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of James King, who was baptized at Ugborough November 7, 1647, a"d settled at Suffield, Connecticut in 1678.
Dr. Alexander" King (Joseph* James8 James*, of Suffield, William1 of Ugborough), who was born at Suffield in 1737, and lived there until his death in 1802, was the author in 1796 of a very full genealogical and historical record of the King family of Suffield down to that time, beginning with William Kinge of Ugborough. During all the early years of his life Dr. King was contemporary with four of the children of James King, Senior, and was in constant intercourse with them. With William, one of the four, at the time of whose decease he was thirty-seven years of age, he evidently sustained peculiarly intimate relations, for after devoting three pages to an elaborate and somewhat eulogistic sketch of his personal characteristics, and the prominent position which he occupied in public affairs, he frankly adds: "If after the character I have given Dr. King (in which however I conceive I have not done him justice), I should say I honor and respect his memory for he was my father's and my friend, it may perhaps be retorted upon me Proprio Iaus sordet in ore." (Praise is cheap in one's own mouth.)
Dr. Alexander King was himself prominent in public affairs tor a long period of time. For many years he represented Suffield in the General Assembly of Connecticut, and in January, 1788, he was a delegate to the Convention held at Hartford to ratify the Constitution of the United States.
From his record we learn that William Kinge, who lived at Ugborough, Devonshire, in the west of England, was interested in the Fisheries on the New England coast, "and on his last voyage in that business he was cast away and drowned on the banks of Newfoundland. He had two sons, James and William, who both came to America and settled, William in one of the southern States, of whom I can give no further account."
It may be interesting to notice here the fact that the fishing trade between England and America appears to have been an important and profitable enterprise in those days, and for half a century previously. It is a matter of history that Capt. John Smith, the founder of the Colony of Virginia, was employed during the summer of 1614 in fishing off the New England coast, near to the Isles of Shoals, which he named "Smyth's Isles," and there loaded two vessels with fish, returning with them to England the same year. The Isles of Shoals were for two centuries famous as fishing grounds, and were probably the best locality in America for carrying on the Fisheries industry (Mass. Hist. Coll. ist Series, vol. 7, page 247). We shall speak of the Newfoundland fisheries hereinafter in connection with William Kinge, Sr.
We have no further information relative to William of Ugborough, and the date of his decease is not known. His son James, the founder of the Suffield family, was certainly at Ipswich, Mass., in April, 1670, as he then made a deposition there of which we shall speak hereafter.
1548—John Hayman and Maria Kynge, Aug. 27.
1577—Alicia and Joanna, daughters of William and Margaret Kinge.
1581—Thomas, son of William and Margaret Kinge.
1584—Robert, son of William and Margaret Kinge.
1643—William, son of William and Agnes Kinge, Dec. 31.
1647—James, son of William and Agnes Kinge, Nov. 7. \
1579—Joanna, daughter of Thomas Kynge. 1662—Agnes, wife of William Kinge, April 7.
GENERATIONS IN UGBOROUGH.
The following are the probable generations (though some links are missing) from the period of opening the Parish Registers:
Thomas Kynge, born before 1538, when parish registers were opened.
William and Margaret Kinge, 1550-1620 (?).
William and Christina (Lapp) Kinge—married 1621.
William and Agnes (Elwill) Kinge—married 1642. ,
i. William King, bapt. Dec. 31, 1643. Came with his brother
James to America, ii. James King, bapt. Nov. 7, 1647, who subsequently settled
in 1678 at Suffield, Connecticut, and became the Founder of
the King Family of Suffield, Connecticut.
PRIOR ENGLISH ANCESTOR.
Going back to a period long before the opening of parish registers, we find a much earlier probable ancestor in Roger King, living at Dodbrook, 8 miles from Ugborough Church, Devonshire, in 1389, who was a landed proprietor, and made the deed above herein described by which he conveyed to John Sormond, A. D. 1389, a triangular piece of land at Dodbrook.
END OF ENGLISH ANCESTRY.
A. D. 1662-1907.
The abbreviations used in the following pages, beside those which are of customary and general use, are as follows: b. for born; bapt. for baptized; d. for died; m. for married; dau. for "daughter of"; Suf. for Suffield, Connecticut. The small number after a Christian name indicates the number of generations down from and inclusive of the first ancestor who was in America.
The asterisk * following the Arabic numerals placed in the margin just before the Roman numerals which precede the name of a child indicates that a further history and genealogy of the person so designated will be found later on in the book under the same number in larger bold-faced type. Thus "io*vii Joseph," etc., indicates that the genealogy and history of Joseph is continued and extended in a paragraph further along in the book and numbered 10- These numbers may be used as crossreferences backward as well as forward.
The descendants of James King of Suffield are arranged and grouped herein by generations in the order of their regular succession. The name of every child mentioned among the "issue" of its parents, and whose surname is King, is given a number. The descendants of a female King, who by marriage takes the surname of her husband, are grouped together under the numbered paragraph devoted to and descriptive of her; and her descendants are therein given and carried down to and including her great-grandchildren, if their records could be obtained.