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As an officer of the Twenty-second Regiment of Foot, Continental Army, the record of Eliphalet King can also be found in "Historical Register of Officers of Continental Army During War of the Revolution," by F. B. Heitman, published at Washington, D. C, 1893. The original commission of Eliphalet King as Ensign of the Second Connecticut Line, and also the original commission issued to him as Second Lieutenant in the Twentysecond Regiment of Foot, Continental Army, are now in the possession of Mr. Rufus James' King (Augustine,5 Lt. Eliphalet,* Capt. Joseph,3 James,2 William1) of Dayton, Ohio, and both are carefully preserved in airtight glass-covered frames, together with a silhouette of Lieutenant Eliphalet King with his oldfashioned queue hanging down on his back.
Though an officer, yet Lieut. Eliphalet King bore a gun as well as his sword. The gun he carried was captured from the British by him and, evidently for that reason, much prized. Perhaps he regarded it as a fair compensation for the gun he had lost to the British in the Arnold Expedition against Quebec. (See "Record Conn. Men War of Rev." p. 92.) The gun, carefully preserved by Mr. Rufus J. King of Dayton, Ohio, is an old English flint-lock musket, brass-mounted, and upon the lockplate is stamped, "Vernon 1762." The musket has a silver plate on its stock with the following inscription: "THIS MUSKET Captured at the opening of the American Revolution from the British tyrant George the Third was borne and used in several battles by ELIPHALET KING of Suffield, Conn., Ensign in the 2nd Regiment Conn. Colony Line and afterward Lieutenant in the 22nd Regiment of Foot and by him presented to his son, Augustine King, who presented it to his son, Capt. Edward A. King, of the 15th Reg't of Infantry U. S. Army, December 1847." Captain Edward A. King therein mentioned was a veteran officer of the Mexican War and afterward Colonel of the 6th Regt. of Infantry, U. S. Army, and also Colonel of the 68th Indiana Volunteers. He was in command of the Second Brigade, Reynolds Division, 14th Army Corps, when he was killed at the Battle of Chicamauga, Sept. 20, 1863. He was the brother of Mr. Rufus J. King, the present possessor of the gun.
Lieutenant Eliphakt King had four brothers, Joseph, Thaddeus, Theodore and Ichabod, who served the American cause as soldiers in the War of the Revolution. His youngest brother, Ichabod, thirteen years his junior, served as a private soldier in the 10th company of the 2nd Conn. Regt, of which Eliphalet was Ensign, and again as a private in the 3d company of the 22nd Regt. of Foot, Continental Army, of which Eliphalet was Lieutenant.
Mary Remington, the first wife of Eliphalet King, was the daughter of Jonathan4 (Jonathan,3 Thomas,2 John1) and Thankful (Warner) Remington. She was born at Suffield July 12. 1743. Her great-great-grandfather, John Remington, and his wife, Elizabeth, came from Yorkshire, England, to Newbury, Mass., in 1637 and in 1643 removed to Rowley, where he was commissioned Lieutenant of a military company at that place. Subsequently Lieut. John Remington moved to Roxbury and in 1658 reconstructed the meeting house there. Thomas Remington, the great-grandfather of Mrs. Eliphalet King, was one of the original proprietors of Suffield, where as early as 1674 he had a grant of 60 acres of land on what is now called Feather street. Mary (Remington) King, wife of Lieutenant Eliphalet King, died at Suffield June 24, 1788, and was buried there. The tombstone over her grave bears the following quaint epitaph:
"In memory of
Mrs. Mary, Wife of
Lt. Eliphalet King
who died June 24, 1788
in the 45th year
of her age.
Life is Uncertain
Death is sure
Lieut. Eliphalet King was thus left a widower with a large family of very young children, and he married again October 2, 1788, Silence Rumriil, who died Oct. 16, 1839, aged 71 years.
For some time before his death Lieut. King resided at West Springfield, Mass. In the book above cited, "Record of Service of Conn. Men in War of Rev." (p. 640), in the "list of those drawing pensions under the Congressional Act of 1818 and residing in Massachusetts" appears "Eliphalet King (rank) Lieutenant." He died at West Springfield, Mass., August 29, 1821, after a long and painful illness in which he suffered greatly. The following is a copy of a letter written by his son, Elijah King, to Ichabod King, brother of Eliphalet, living then at Marlboro, Vermont:
"West Springfield August 31, 1821 Dear Uncle: I have the melancholy task of informing you of the death of my Father, Eliphalet King. He died on Tuesday morning the 29th of August of the greatest bodily sufferings that a man could endure. He had been confined to his bed for about four months and had not walked a step since last Sept. Uncle Theodore is very low—is quite deranged in his mind. Aunt Hannah is almost helpless. The rest of your friends here are in tolerable health.
My respects to you and yours.
Elijah King" ,
Lieutenant Eliphalet King had nine children by his first wife and seven by his second wife, thus blessing the world with sixteen children, most of whom lived to ripe old age and left numerous descendants. They were all born in Suffield.
By First Marriage: 118 i. Epaphras,5 b. Sept. 4, 1769; d. Suf. Oct. 15, 1769.
119* ii. Roger, b. Jany 16, 1771; d. Aug. 15, 1855; m.
(1) Feby 4, 1795, Anna Granger; (2) July 23,
1812, Christina Auringer. 120* iii. Jonathan, b. Nov. 11, 1772; d. July 11, 1862;
m. 1795, Dorcas Gillette. 121 iv. *seth, b. Oct. 15, 1775; d. Sept. 24, 1776. 122* v. , Seth, (again) b. Sept. 27, 1777; d. July 12, 1851;
in. Oct. 15, 1808, Anna Preston.
123* vi. Eliphalet, b. Sept. 3, 1779; d. March 26, 1866
m. 1816, Lydia Mead. 124 vii. Henry, b. Aug. 8, 1781; d. Suf. Nov. 20, 1801
unmarried. 125* viii. Augustine, b. Sept. 19, 1783; d. Sept. 19, 1856 m. Feby II, 1811, Mary Webb.
126 ix. Mary, b. Dec. 4, 1786; d. ;unmarried.
By Second Marriage:
Elijah, b. Oct. 14, 1789; d. Aug. 21, 1847.
Lucy, b. Nov. 12, 1791; d. ;unmarried.
Aurelia, b. Sept. 8, 1793; d. before 1824; un-
Harriet, b. , 1798; d. Aug. 29, 1802.
Matilda, b. Feb. 6, 1799; d. March 15, 1865.
Hannah4 King, (Capt. Joseph,3 James,- William1), born in Suffield, Conn., Aug. 23, 1744; died in Suffield Oct. 28, 1821; married in Suffield Jany 17, 1765, Bildad Granger. He was one of those who responded promptly to the Lexington Alarm and marched from Suffield in Capt. Elisha Kent's company, in which also were his wife's brothers, Joseph, Thaddeus, Theodore and Ichabod King, and her cousins, Dan, Jonathan, Gideon and Pelatiah King. Children born at Suffield. Issue:
i. Bildad5 Granger, b. June 2, 1766; d. Ohio, ;m.
Hannah Caulkins. Children born at Suffield.
1 Carlos8 Granger, b. Jany 15, 1790; m. May 31,
1813, Sarah Stiles, daughter of Chauncey and Sarah (Sikes) Stiles of Suffield. They lived and died at Painesville, Ohio; no children.
2 Elizabeth Granger, b. Oct. 11, 1792; m. Dr.
Denton of Chardon, Ohio.
3 Lydia Granger, b. Sept. 20, 1794; d. Nov. 19,
4 John Orville Granger, b. May 6, 1797; d. Rich
wood, Ohio, Oct. 5, 1870; m. (1) Artemesia Stiles, daughter of Chauncey and Mary (Stannard) Stiles of Southwick, Mass.; (2) Sarah M. Phelps. Children born at Chardon, Ohio.
Issue: (First wife)
1 Sarah A.7 Granger, b. Aug. 17, 1824; m.
Jany 19, 1840, Charles Ginty; lived in Missouri.
2 Chauncey Granger, b. July 16, 1826; d. Sept.,
3 Phyana M. Granger, b. Jany 25, 1831; d.
Oct. 5, 1859; m. Amos M. Parker.
4 Edgar O. Granger, b. Sept. 13, 1832; d. Jany
1, 1886;M. Marietta Darling.
5 Henrietta E. Granger, b. Aug. 29, 1834; m.
6 John C. Granger, b. Nov. 11, 1836; unmar
ried; P. O. Ramey, Ark. ii. Epaphras King5 Granger, b. Feb. 2, 1768; d. Mohawk Valley, N. Y., April, 1845; m- Smith of
Suffield. She died at Honeoye Falls, N. Y. They lived at Suffield and afterwards in New York State. Children born at Suffield.
1 Henry S.s Granger, b. July 2, 1792; d. March
28, 1858; m. (1) 1818, Nancy Sutton; (2) Abigail Bement.
1 Albert7 Granger, b. July 14, 1819; m. Alice
2 Harriet Granger, b. Mechlenburg, N. Y.,
Jany 30, 1821; d. Feb. 23, 1879, at Kendle
3 Jane Granger, b. July 24, 1826; m. (1) John
Livermore; (2) John Calvin West.
4 Francis Granger, b. Ithaca, N. Y., Feb. 12,
1831; m. Cora S. Myers.
5 Nancy Granger, b. March 22, 1835; unmar
ried. P. O. San Francisco, Cal.
2 Jemima9 Granger, d. Covert, N. Y.; m. Luke
3 Charlotte Granger, d. Jacksonville, N. Y.,
1871; m. Solon Lovell.
4 Julia Ann Granger, d. Itheca, N. Y., 1876; m.
Smith Weed. No children, iii. Hannah5 Granger, b. Jany 30, 1770; m. Moses Shattuck.