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Dimised premises unto him the said Joseph King his heirs and assignes: In Witness whereof and as a further confirmation of this Instrument: I the said James King and Elizabeth King my wife haue hereunto set our hands and affixed our seals this tenth day of Aprill Annoqe Domini one thousand seven hundred and eleven being the teneth year of the reign Anne of Great Brittaine, france and Ireland Queen &c.
Signed Sealed & Deliuered
James King Seal
her Elizabeth X King Seal mark James King and Elizabeth his wife personally appeared in Suffield this ioth Aprill 1711 before me Sam11 Partridge Esq. one of hur Majesties Justices of the Peace and did then & there own & acknowledge the above Instrument to be their act and deed Resigning up all their rights in the premises unto their son Joseph & to his heirs forever as attest
(Endorsed Received and recorded May ye 30th 1711 In the Records of the County of Hampshire Book No B page 230. John Pynchon Reg1)
The seals after the names of James King and Elizabeth King were once of red wax, but both have been broken and powdered until only traces of red powder remain, rendering it impossible to tell whether either seal ever had any design impressed thereon.
Elizabeth King, as we have said, was born in Ipswich, Mass., in 1652, and at that time there were there no school facilities for the education of females. There were scarcely any women of her generation there who could write their names. She was one of nine children—seven boys and two girls—and home duties in those days scarcely permitted school instruction. Both the father and mother of Elizabeth (Fuller) King were well educated and wrote well, and two of her uncles were ministers, one being a graduate of Harvard.
DEED OF JAMES KING TO JOSEPH KING.
Dated Feby 23, 1722
Know all Men by these presents That I James King of the Town of Suffield in the County of Hampshire in his Majt8 Province of the Massachusetts Bay in New England divers good causes and considerations me hereunto moving but especially for and in consideration of a certain sum of money to me in hand paid by Joseph King of Suffield in the county aforesd the receipt whereof I do acknowledge and myself therewith fully satisfied and contented have given, granted, bargained, sold made over conveyed and confirmed and do by these presents give, grant bargain convey and confirm unto the said Joseph King his heirs and assigns forever a certain piece or parcel of land lying and being in the Township of Suffield aforesd containing by estimation three acres be the same more or less butted and bounded as followeth viz East on the road or the town street, north on land belonging to Thomas Smith: West on a highway leading to Clay Gutter or Common Land and south on land belonging to the heirs of Joseph Pomery Deceasd To Have and to Hold the said piece or parcel of land (it being given or granted to me by the Town for my son) with all the priviledges and appurtenances to the land belonging or any ways appertaining to him the said Joseph King his heirs and assigns forever to his and their only proper use and behoof forever and that the said Joseph King his heirs and assigns shall and may from time to time and at all times forever hereafter have hold use occupy possess and enjoy the said demised and bargained premises with ye appurtenances free and clear and freely and clearly acquitted, exhonorated and Discharged of and from all and all manner of former and other gifts, grants bargains sales wills entails joynters dowrys judgments and incumberances whatsoever furthermore I the said James King for my heirs executors and admts do covenant and I engage the above demised premises to him the said Joseph King his heirs and assigns against the Lawfull claims and demands of any person or persons whatsoever forever hereafter to secure and defend. In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the twenty second day of Febry in the eighth year of his Majesties Reign Annoqe Dom. i72i/2 Signed Sealed & Delived
In the presence of us James King (seal)
Hampshire |j the 1st day of March 17 fi James King the subscriber unto the above instrument personally appeared and acknowledged the same to be his free act and deed before me Luke Hitchcock
Justis of Pease
(Endorsed—Received and Recorded July 31st 1722 In the Records of the County of hampshire book No D, page 146—John Pynchon Regt.)
A photographic copy of the above deed is presented on the page facing this.
On the seal to the foregoing instrument are impressed the King Coat of Arms which we have already discussed quite fully (pages 25-37 ante) and to which we need not here make further reference except to say it was undoubtedly that of his family in England and brought with him or his father to this country; and although, when as a mere lad of fifteen or sixteen years of age he arrived in New England, he at once, in obedience to the prevailing sentiment of the time and place, embraced a trade and useful occupation, yet he was none the less of gentle blood and entitled to the Coat Armor he used and which his descendants have ever since borne.
James King had nine children, three of whom died in infancy and six survived him.
James", b. Ipswich, Mass., March 14, 1675; d. Suf.
July 15, 1757; m. Suf. June 22, 1698, Elizabeth
m. Suf. Oct. 5, 1699, John Austin.
m. April 24, 1712, Remember Hall.
March 6, 1756; m. (1) Hartford, Conn., Mary
Jesse (widow) May 2, 1717; (2) Suf. Hannah
Devotion, June 2, 1740.