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INTRODUCTION.

"Honor and shame from no condition rise
Act well your part, there all the honor lies."

Pope. Whatever may be one's responsibility to his descendants for their moral or physical characters, it is certain that no person is entitled either to credit or blame for the virtues or vices, the greatness or lowliness of his ancestors; yet a knowledge of who they were, whence they came and what pursuits they followed is usually of interest to most men; and if among them is found here and there some one who was eminent or distinguished in the times in which he lived, his descendants may be pardoned for feeling that natural pride of one kinsman in the achievements of another. Even between two friends the success of one is a source of gratification to the other. Influenced by some such feeling I venture to hope that the following remarks on the origin of family names in general and of the surname King in particular, the short sketch of the King family in Great Britain, and especially the genealogical and historical record of one branch of the King family which has now been established in America for nearly two and a half centuries—eleven generations of which have lived upon her soil and many members of which have fought to establish and perpetuate the Great Republic under which we live and to preserve the liberty we enjoy—may not prove uninteresting to those who are connected by blood with that family.

Many years ago my father, George Eliphalet King, Esq., exhibited to me an old manuscript which gave some account of my great-grandfather, Lieutenant Eliphalet King, his service as an officer in the Continental Army, his presence at the Battle of Bunker Hill and his participation in many other engagements during the struggle of the American colonies for independence. After my father's death in 1897 I discovered that this old manuscript had been accidentally destroyed and I resolved to supply its loss bv collecting from authentic sources such data concerning-the lives of my American ancestors as could be conveniently obtained. My intention at first was to write merely a concise history of my own immediate ancestors beginning with William Kinge who was the first of our family to come to America. Before I had proceeded far with my self-appointed task I was urged to extend the scope of my investigations so as to include some research concerning our English ancestry and also to embrace, as far as possible, the various branches of the family in America, which are scattered over many states of the Union. In an unguarded moment, without fully realizing the vast amount of labor it involved, I rashly consented and began the compilation of this Genealogy.

Eight years have elapsed since then and during that period I have devoted all the time which I could spare from professional duties to this work. It has necessitated the investigation of parish registers in England and of many church and town records in New England; the searching of probate, court and land records; the examination of numerous ancient and modern deeds, wills and documents relating to members of the King family; the carrying on of a very extensive correspondence as a means of obtaining more accurate information; and the collection generally of the material which is herein presented to the reader. Members of the same family sometimes differ as to dates. A few records will be found incomplete, but generally this is due to the failure of persons to make reply to repeated letters of inquiry. And though I have exercised the greatest possible care to avoid errors, undoubtedly some will be discovered in the book. Notwithstanding these imperfections I am content with the work. I have done the best I could do and I sincerely hope that my kinsmen who read these pages may also be satisfied with my effort.

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