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frequently declined solicitations to accept office but his activity in the political organization and his familiar acquaintance with many of the eminent men of his party gave him an extensive political influence.
At the breaking out of the Rebellion in 1861 he was among the foremost in the matter of procuring enlistment and filling the local regiments and until the close of the war did all in his power for the cause of freedom and the preservation of the Union.
As a consequence of his undeviating course when the Draft Riot occurred in 1863 his house was one of those designated in advance for destruction by the mob, which sacked the office and the entire establishment of the Troy Daily Times, and destroyed the furniture and nearly demolished the residence of Hon. Martin I. Townsend, who was his near neighbor.
Warning of this intention having reached Mr. King, his family was sent out of the city for safety; but he with large numbers of other loyal citizens remained on the ground. The late arrival of a military force on the scene caused the mob to disperse before their design could be accomplished.
During the last two years of the war Mr. King was actively connected with the work of the United States Christian Commission, an organization with branches in all the loyal States, having for its object the relief of sick and wounded soldiers. As Chairman of the Troy Branch, Mr. King devoted much time and labor to this cause.
In this connection the following incident may not be without interest. Just before the surrender of General Lee, a convention of the officers of the several branches of the Christian Commission was in session at Washington, and a reception was given them at the White House by President Lincoln. At the close of the reception, and while the guests were departing, Mr. King, with whom he was conversing, was invited by the President to go with him to his private office. During the conference which ensued Mr. King said: "Mr. President, it seems to be pretty certain that the war is nearly at an end, and that you may soon have the rest which you so much need." With the sad, weary look which had then become so noticeable, President Lincoln replied: "Yes, I think that the war is nearly at an end, but I see no prospect of rest for me. There will be very much for me to do after the war is ended." Within a few weeks thereafter an assassin's bullet brought to the martyr President eternal rest.
Mr. King has been for many years one of the most prominent, active and public-spirited citizens of Troy. As a lawyer he has always held an excellent rank and commanded a large patronage. His legal learning, his sound judgment and his long and varied experience have peculiarly fitted him as an adviser and his services as a counselor have always been in especial request. In the midst of a most busy professional life and of exacting public duties he has always found time for personal culture and has added to his excellent youthful education the wisdom and graces of an extensive reading. Genealogy became with him a congenial recreation and he compiled a history of his own and the New York Branches of the King Family of Suffield, Connecticut. The author of the present Genealogy is indebted to Mr. Harvey J. King for a critical review of the introductory chapters and the first five generations of this work and for his excellent advice and judgment as well as constant aid and kindly assistance. At the present time his son, Edwin Arthur King, Esq., is in partnership with him in the practice of the law, under the firm name of King & King.
[note—The foregoing sketch, with the exception of some additional statistics, is copied from the "History of Renesselaer County, New York," published in 1880, and was written by Irving Browne, Esq., a prominent lawyer and editor of the Albany Law Journal.]
680* i. Harriet Christina,7 b. July 26, 1852; m. Oct. 30, 1888, William S. Kennedy.
681* ii. Edwin Arthur, b. June 19, 1857; m. Sept. 4, 1884, Annie L. Beach.
682 iii. Ellen B. L., b. July 18, 1859; d. Aug. 9, i860.
Henry8 King, (Jonathan? Lt. Eliphalet? Capt. Joseph,3 James,2 William1), born in Suffield, Conn., July 16, 1804; died in Hammond, St. Lawrence Co., N. Y., Feb. 26, 1865; married Henrietta Ayres. Children born at Hammond.
683 i. Julia Ann,7 b. May 14, 1828; d. Oct. 8, 1863.
684 ii. Cornelia, b. 1830; d. June 30, 1852.
685 iii. Horatio, b. 1832; d. 1832.
686* iv Henry Clinton, b. Nov. 19, 1833; d. Feb. 3, 1885; in. June 11, 1856, Antoinette Phillips.
687 vi. Myron, b. 1836; d. Jany. 3, 1854.
688 vi. Edwin, b. Aug., 1838; d. July 25, 1852.
689 vii. Amelia Adalaide, b. July 5, 1841. Res. Hammond,
690 viii. Susan Lucina, b. May 13, 1845; d. Dec. 30, 1864.
Alfred6 King, (Jonathan? Lt. Eliphalet? Capt. Joseph,3 James? William1), born in Suffield, Conn., 1807; died in Marengo, Ill., 1846; married Emeline Bass. He removed from Hammond to Marengo, Ill. Issue:
691 i. Lucy Jane,7 b. Sept. 11, 1833.
692 ii. Mary Amanda, b. March 19, 1835; d. about 1900.
693 iii. Augustus Carter, b. Aug 2, 1837.
694 iv. Elizabeth, b. Jany. 21, 1841; d. Feb. 15, 1841.
695 v. Emma, b. Sept. 3, 1843; d. March 10, 1845.
696* vi. Alfred Henry, b. May 21, 1846; m. (1) Aug. 1, 1882, Susan C. Dickinson; (2) Aug 11, 1897, Dora Rowe.
Lucy Ann" King, (Maj. Seth? Lt. Eliphalet? Capt. Joseph,3 James? William1), born in New Ipswich, N. H., March 2, 1812; died in Westfield, Mass., Aug., 1878; married in New Ipswich, N. H., May, 1831, Nathan Gardner Parlow, who died in Multewan, N. Y., 1863.
i. Mary Elizabeth7 Parlow, b. May 17, 1833; m.
1 Mary8 Hancock, b. July 3, 1857; d. Jany. 1, 1892,
2 Robert Hancock, b. Dec. 6, 1859; m. Burlington,
Vt, Dec. 24, 1884, Nellie Grimes. Resides at
1 Ethel M.* Hancock, b. Aug. 8, 1887.
2 Robert E. Hancock, b. Oct. 28, 1889.
3 Lucy F." Hancock, b. 1861; d. March, 1864.
4 Carrie Packard, b. Aug. 17, 1868; m. Erving,
Mass., Dec. 25, 1885, Charles J. Bates. Res.
1 William O.* Bates, b. June 5, 1887.
2 Fred G. Bates, b. March 3, 1889.
3 Etta M. Bates, b. Aug. 9, 1893.
ii. George Henry7 Parlow, b. Oct. 18, 1838; d. St. Paul, Minn., April 9, 1896; m. Hudson, Wis., Jany. 4, 1863, Sarah Rebecca Martin, dau. William Henry and Martha Jane (Merchant) Martin. Mr. Parlow was one of the old settlers of St. Paul and owned the stage coaches that brought the mail to St. Paul before the railroads reached the State of Minnesota. Thereafter he engaged in the livery business. Issue:
1 Mary Ellen8 Parlow, b. Hudson, Wis., Nov.
14, 1866; d. July 4, 1896, unmar.
2 Annie Frances Parlow, b. St. Paul, Minn., July
15, 1869; m. St. Paul, May 5, 1887, Joel N. Sheppard of Washington, Ill., d. Sept. 23, 1896, son Capt. Sheppard, a veteran of the Civil War, Ill. Vols.
1 George Harrison9 Sheppard, b. St. Paul,
Minn., Nov. 7, 1888.
2 Sarah Frances Sheppard, b. Washington, Ill.
Sept. 13, 1895.
3 Lucy Ann King,8 Parlow, b. St. Paul, Minn.,
March 16, 1879; m. April 16, 1903, John Shepherd, b. Sheffield, England, son of Joseph and Hannah (Norton) Shepherd of Sheffield, Eng. Mr. John Shepherd is head of the accounting department of the Northern Machinery Co., of Minneapolis, Minn. Was with Great Northern R. R. 10 years.
4 George William Barlow, b. St. Paul, Minn.,
July 19, 1881. Is in charge of the auditing department of the Great Western R. R. iii. William Otis' Parlow, b. Aug. 18, 1839; d. Westfield, Mass., Aug 18, 1883; m. , Sarah Leathers,
b. , in England.
1 Ella Malard8 Parlow, b. Westfield, Mass., Jany.
13, 1869. Unmar. Res. Concord, N. H.
iv. Charles Eliphalet7 Parlow, b. New Ipswich, N.
H., Aug. 7, 1844; d. Boston, Mass., Oct. 12, 1872.
v. Ella Frances Parlow, b. New Ipswich, N. H., Sept.
6, 1847; d. abt. 1875, Westfield, Mass. Unmarried.
George Eliphalet8 King, (Maj. Seth,* Lt. Eliphalet* Capt. Joseph,* James? William1), born in New Ipswich, N. H., June 11, 1814; died in San Francisco, Cal., Dec. 27, 1897. Graduated at Union College, Schenectady, N. Y., 1839. Admitted to practice law in New York State as Attorney and Solicitor May 15, 1841, and as a Counselor-at-Law October 1, 1844. Settled in Rochester, N. Y. He married (1) in Rochester Jany. 23, 1844, Janet Cameron8 Haight, daughter of Hon. Fletcher Mathews7 Haight (Maj. Genl. Samuel S.,8 Stephen,8 Jonathan, John,8 John,2 Simon1 Hayte, also Hait, of Salem 1628, of Dorchester 1630, of Scituate Mass. 1635 and of Windsor, Conn. 1640), who was afterward in 1861 appointed by President