KING John[1]

Male 1720 - 1808  (~ 88 years)


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  • Name KING John 
    Born CA 1720  [1
    Gender Male 
    _UID 559E514BA63F45F49D797511D20896833CEB 
    Died Oct 1808  Peldon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • (aged 88 years.)
    Buried 1 Nov 1808  Peldon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    St. Mary's Church 
    Notes 
    • I have been unable to discover much detail of John's early life. Most of the early Church registers for the villages around the Peldon area in Essex have been lost or destroyed. (The baptism/marriage/burial registers for Peldon only date back to 1725. Layer de la Haye registers only date back to 1767). It is therefore extremely difficult to research events before those dates. Some of the following details have had to be interpreted from other parish records in the archives, and may not be 100% commplete.

      According to his burial record, John King was born about 1720. As he was recorded as living in Peldon for most of his life, it is likely that he was born in Peldon or one of the surrounding villages.

      (There was a John King who was born and baptized at St Mary's Church, Peldon on 29/10/1727, son of John King and Elizabeth nee Prick. That record may relate to him).


      John married his first wife, Sarah Ady, on 28/6/1747 at St James' church, Colchester. The marriage register recorded him as being a bachelor “of Layer de la Haye” at the time of the marriage. (Whether he was born in Layer de la Haye or was simply living there at the time is not known). His wife was recorded as being a “spinster of Peldon”.

      The couple set up home in Peldon after their marriage. They had the following children:

      Sarah, born 10/3/1748, baptized 1/5/1748
      Mary baptized 2/12/1750
      Elizabeth born about 1758, baptized 20/9/1761. The register was noted that she was “aged about 3”.
      Ann baptized 20/9/1761
      Those were the only four children of John and Sarah who were baptized in Peldon. None of them were recorded as being buried in Peldon, so it seems they all lived to adulthood.
      John's wife Sarah died in 1767 and was buried on 25/1/1767 at Peldon.


      John King, widower, married his second wife, Rachel Cooper (widow), on 31/1/1769 at St Mary's Church, Peldon. (Rachel was the widow of Thomas Cooper. Her maiden name was Ewes).

      John and Rachel had a son, James, who was baptized on 17/11/1771 in Peldon. James died in 1772 and was buried in Peldon on 1/3/1772. He was the only known child of the marriage.

      John's wife Rachel died in 1774 and was buried in Peldon on 7/3/1774.


      John King (widower) then married his third wife Elizabeth Wright (widow) on 29/5/1785 in Peldon. (Elizabeth was the widow of John Wright, and was aged about 41 in 1785. Her maiden name was Ives. John King was aged about 65 when he married her).

      There are records in the archives that the Peldon Parish Overseers were paying relief to “John King and children” in April 1798. There was only one John King living in Peldon at the time- the one married to Elizabeth. All of John and Elizabeth's offspring from their previous marriages were too old to be classed as “children” by 1798. It therefore seems to follow that John and Elizabeth must have had children after their marriage.

      No children of John and Elizabeth were ever baptized in Peldon or any of the surrounding villages. (This may have been because from 1783 couples had to pay a tax if they had their children baptized. A lot of couples could not afford to pay that tax and therefore simply did not have their children baptized).

      Based on the various Parish documents that I have seen, I believe that John and Elizabeth had two children; James born about 1786 and George born about 1790.


      John King received many payments from the Overseers of Peldon. The fact that they were prepared to support him and his family strongly suggests that they considered him to be a native of Peldon. (The Overseers had the power to send people back to their home villages if they were being a financial burden to the Parish. I have not found any record of them trying to send John to any other village).


      John King died in October 1808. He was buried in Peldon on 1/11/1808. His age was recorded in the burial register as 88. I have found no trace of him leaving a Will.


      John King's children

      (From 1st marriage, to Sarah ADY)

      Sarah King
      was baptized on 1/5/1748 in Peldon. There is an entry in Peldon marriage register on 1/8/1775 where the writing is very unclear. The marriage was between Stephen Chapman and Sarah (either King or Ansey?). That may have related to Sarah. (Sarah and Stephen Chapman did not have any children baptized in Peldon, and neither Sarah nor Stephen was buried in Peldon. It would appear that the couple probably left Peldon after their marriage and set up home elsewhere).

      Mary King was baptized 2/12/1750 in Peldon. She was not buried in Peldon as a child, so she is presumed to have lived to be an adult. I have found no other record for her. It appears that she probably found work and moved away from the village.

      Elizabeth King was baptized 20/9/1761 in Peldon (“aged about 3 years”, according to the register). There is no record of her being buried in Peldon as a child, so is presumed to have lived to adulthood. She did not marry in Peldon, Little Wigborough or Great Wigborough. It is likely that Elizabeth left Peldon as a teenager to work elsewhere, and probably married in the area where she was working.

      Ann King was baptized in Peldon on 20/9/1761. There is no record of her being buried in Peldon as a child, so it is presumed that she lived to adulthood. She did not marry in Peldon, Gt Wigborough or Lt Wigborough. It is likely that she left Peldon as a teenager to work elsewhere. I have been unable to discover what happened to her.


      (From 2nd marriage, to Rachel COOPER nee Ewes )

      James King
      was baptized in Peldon on 17/11/1771. He died in 1772 and was buried in Peldon on 1/3/1772.


      (From 3rd marriage, to Elizabeth WRIGHT nee Ives)

      James King
      was born about 1786. He was not baptized in Peldon or any of the surrounding villages.
      James married Sophia Juniper on 6/10/1812 in Peldon. He was recorded as being a bachelor of Peldon. The witnesses were George King and Robert Hales. (I believe George was James' brother). James and Sophia set up home in Little Wigborough after their marriage. They had two children baptized in Little Wigborough:- Amelia baptized 7/11/1813 and George baptized 8/11/1815. (I believe that they also had a daughter Sarah who was born 1824. “Sarah King aged 21” was buried in Lt Wigborough on 16/9/1845. As the only other Kings who were buried in the village were James and his wife, it is likely that Sarah was their daughter).

      James died in 1830. He was buried in Little Wigborough on 7/10/1830 aged 44.
      After his death his widow Sophia moved to Peldon. She was living in Peldon on the 1841 census with their son George. She died in 1847 and was buried in Little Wigborough on 8/10/1847 aged 57.

      George King was born about 1790. His precise place of birth is debatable- census returns recorded it as Copford or Stanway, whereas the Peldon Overseers treated him as if he had been born in Peldon.
      George himself gave his year of birth as 1789-1791 on census. (His daughter gave his year of birth as
      1786 on a later census and his burial record. It appears she may have been slightly mistaken).

      George married Mary Avis on 29/10/1812 in Peldon. The witnesses were James Ives and William Avis.
      George and Mary lived in Little/Great Wigborough for a few years after their marriage. They moved back to Peldon in about 1825, where they lived until their deaths.
      George's wife Mary died on 6/2/1870. After her death, George moved in with his daughter Sarah and her husband.
      George died on 13/3/1872 and was buried in Peldon “aged 86”.

      Children:- William James baptized 1813, Sarah Ann baptized 1815, John bapt 1816, George baptized 1817, Mary Ann baptized 1819, Eliza Ann baptized 1821, Elizabeth Ann baptized 1825, Ann Amelia baptized 1829, James Edward baptized 1831 and Frederick baptized 1833.
    Person ID I1005  Tasker Database
    Last Modified 5 Jul 2012 

    Family 1 ADY Sarah,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 28 Jun 1747  Colchester, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Address:
    St. James Church 
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F291  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 EWES Rachel,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 31 Jan 1769  Peldon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F292  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 IVES Elizabeth,   c. 2 Jan 1745, Colchester, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Married 29 May 1785  Peldon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. KING George,   b. CA 1790,   d. 13 Mar 1872, Peldon, Essex, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
    Last Modified 17 Mar 2018 
    Family ID F289  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S192] Correspondence-Email-SENA Deborah (TASKER), FW: Kings of Peldon; 3 June 2012; Paul M. Noyes.
      research provided by Jane King janeking763@btinternet.com - email to Deborah (Tasker) Sena, 30 May 2012.