John King1

M, #3393, b. circa 1740, d. 7 March 1804
Last Edited=5 Dec 2012
     John King, was born circa 1740 at Bladen County, North Carolina.1

John King married Jane Moorhead, daughter of James Moorhead and Sarah (?).1

On 1 Jan 1771 John King and wife Jane of Bladen County, North Carolina, sold 103 acres to Peter Byrne. This property had originally been sold to James Moorhead. A deed was singed by John and Jane King and will witnessed by William Moorehead and James Moorehead.2

He was a Revolutionary Soldier, serving as a private in the First Georgia Regiment, Continental troops for about three years.3,4

A note about Camden County, Georgia, where John King and his descendents lived:
Many of the early settlers of the county came down the coast by boat from other states including the New England states, while others desiring to move back to the United States after having fled to Florida during the Revolution, crossed the St. Marys River and located in Camden. Some families moved in from further up the Georgia coastal area. The first settlements were on Cumberland Island. St. Marys as a town-site was laid out about 1788.5

"He was one of the five commissioers of the town of St. Marys when it was founded, and a justice of the Inferior Court of Camden County, 1794 - 1804. He served as a state senator and port collector. He was one of the largest landowners in the county, owning property near the town of Jefferson and at Cherry Point.6,7,8

The King family owned the Cherry Point Plantation in Camden County, Georgia. "King was among the first settlers in the early history of Camden County, and became a prominent citizen in county life. No information suggests any relationship between the Thomas King who built the plantation known as Kings Bay Plantation and John King, other than the common surname..."

"John King of Camden County was granted 200 acres at Cherry Point soon afterward, but was probably not the John King from the First Georgia Battalion, since that John King was granted 230 acres in Washington County in northern Georgia..."

"In May 1787 King received warrants for two tracts of land, one for 920 acres and one for 1360 acres...A 1365 acre tract was surveyed in June 1787...and granted to King by the governor of Georgia in January 1788...The tract was listed as pineland in the 1794 tax digests, so King was probably using it for timber or cattle grazing, instead of rice or cotton."

"However, at Cherry Point, King's land use is better known...The 200 acre parcel may have been claimed as head right: 'In 1783 an amendment provided that the head of a family should receive 200 acres with no charge but the surveying and offices fees' ...

"By 1794 King owned 1365 acres of pineland plus 400 acres of third quality oak and hickory land, and five slaves...In 1795 King sold the 1365 acre tract on the Satilla River to his oldest son, William...and concentrated his energies toward Cherry Point and community affairs...King was able to make a tidy profit from some of his land dealings..."

"John and Jane King had six children. They left the Woodbine property to their son William, 300 acres of the Marianna Creek property to their son James, and sold another 100 acres of the Marianna Creek property. No record was found of what happened to the rest of their land."1,9

"A description of what life was like during that time comes from men who had visited or lived in St. Mary's:
'The country is very good for cattle, but it is at present very poor for piety or morality, few people make any profession of religion. Persons who violate the laws of their country find it convenient to flee from justice either o the Indians on the west, or to the Spaniards on the south, and thence get out of the laws of the United States. Many of the inhabitants were cattle raisers who drove their cattle to the little city of St. Marys, whence they were shipped to the West Indies' (Smith 190).

'Much the greater part is pine barren, unimproved & uninhabited--The good is what is called hammock land--originally, thickly covered with live oak--after clearing it produces cotton & is cultivated for nothing else...The men in town chiefly engaged in mercantile business--in speculation. Cotton ginning, & steam mills...I suppose in all Camden County there is scarcely a planter with a hundred dollars by him & perhaps his plantation & slaves worth a hundred thousand--Provision extremely scarce, no fresh meat. Fish, hominy & salt beef & pork are the articles on which we exist & these difficult to obtain...It is natural to inquire the reason of this want in a country...capable of producing all the necessities...The inhabitants...depending on the exertion of slaves for every thing, the universal object of those exertions is the production of Cotton, & if unsuccessful, as has been the case 2 or 3 year back--the poor creatures are in danger of starving.' (Murdoch 1970).10

John King received land by Grant or Headright in Camden County, Georgia at four times: 1365 acres in 1788; 200 acres in 1792; 750 acres in 1798; and 200 acres in 1802.11

John King left a will on 1 August 1803 at Camden County, Georgia, The will reads as follows:
"Be it Remembered that I John of the County of Camden State of Georgia planter have this day given and granted for and in consideration of the love and affection which I have unto my beloved son James King, a certain negro man named Tom, to have and to hold the said negro man Tom to him self his _____ and assigns, fully and of wright. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my Hand and seal this 20th day of August, One thousand Eight hundred and one."

And: "Know al whom it ay concern that I john King of the County of Camden planter have this day for the love and affection which I bear to my beloved son Thomas King given and granted unto him my said son Thomas King three certain negroes _____ Peter, Pheb, Nancy, to have and to hold the said negroes Peter, Pheb, & Nancy aforesaid as he cometh of age and until that time the said Negroes Peter, Pheb & Nancy is hereby declared to be under the directions of my beloved wife Jane King, to bring up and educate my son Thomas King in such manner as the produce of their labour will justify. In witness whereon I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 23rd day of June 1802. John King.12

John King died on 7 March 1804 at Camden County, Georgia.4 According to one source, John King was probably buried in unmarked graves in the Cherry Point area in Georgia.4

Children of John King and Jane Moorhead


  1. [S382] Judy Stewart Kroker, "Correspondence with Judy Kroker Regarding the King/Adams Family," (author E-Mail address private) at Orlando, Florida, to this researcher, May 2008 and following. Hereinafter cited as "Correspondence - Judy Kroker."
  2. [S406] Brent H. Halcomb, compiler, Bladen County, North carolina Abstracts of Early Deeds 1738-1804 (Easley, South Carolina: Southern Historical Press, 1979), page 22.. Hereinafter cited as Bladen County, North Carolina Deeds.
  3. [S405] Lucian Lamar Knight, compiler, Georgia's Roster of the Revolution: Containing a List of the State's Defenders, officers and men; Soldiers and Sailors; Partisans and Regulars; Whether Enlisted from Georgia or Settled in Georgia After the Close of Hostilities (Baltimore: Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Company, 1967), page 106.. Hereinafter cited as Georgia's Roster of the Revolution.
  4. [S375] Eloise Bailey and Virginia Proctor, editor, Camden's Challenge: A History of Camden County, Georgia (Alpharetta, Georgia: WH Wolfe Associates, 1976), p. 420. Hereinafter cited as Camden's Challenge.
  5. [S373] Folks Huxford, compiler, Camden County, Georgia, Court House Records (Homerville, Georgia: Huxford Genealogical Society). Hereinafter cited as Camden County, Georgia, Court House Reords.
  6. [S375] Eloise Bailey and Virginia Proctor, editor, Camden's Challenge: A History of Camden County, Georgia (Alpharetta, Georgia: WH Wolfe Associates, 1976), p. 420.. Hereinafter cited as Camden's Challenge.
  7. [S369] Shirley Joiner Thompson, compiler, The People of Camden County, Georgia: A Finding Index Prior to 1850 (Kingsland, Georgia: The Southeast Georgian, 1982). Hereinafter cited as People of Camden County, Georgia.
  8. [S368] Patricia Barefoot, Images of America: St. Marys and Camden County (Charleston, South Carolina: Arcadia Publishing, 2001), p. 15.. Hereinafter cited as Images of America, St. Marys.
  9. [S386] Willam Hampton Adams, Reports of Investigations: Archaelogical Testing of Aboriginal and Historical Sites, Kings Bay, Georgia: The 1982-1983 Field Seasons, Series 4 (Gainsville, Florida: University of Florida), pages 19-26.. Hereinafter cited as Reports of Investigations - Cherry Point Plantation.
  10. [S386] Willam Hampton Adams, Reports of Investigations: Archaelogical Testing of Aboriginal and Historical Sites, Kings Bay, Georgia: The 1982-1983 Field Seasons, Series 4 (Gainsville, Florida: University of Florida), p. 20.. Hereinafter cited as Reports of Investigations - Cherry Point Plantation.
  11. [S404] The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas Jr., editor, Index to the Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia 1756-1909 Revised Edition (Greenville, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1982), p. 163 Book PPP, p. 226 Book XXX, p. 560 Book AAAAA, p. 582 Book DDDDD.. Hereinafter cited as Index to Headright & Grantsof Georgia.
  12. [S85] Recorded Will, 1 Aug 1803, Camden County, Georgia, Will Book and Minutes Book F, pages 85 and 86. photocopy or digital copy is in the personal records of this researcher, Florence, Pinal County, Arizona.