Abram  St. Clair  King

          The first of this name to settle in Central Indiana was  Jesse R. King,  who came from his native state of Kentucky early in the nineteenth century, and located in the county of Marion, before Indianapolis had long been established.  His son, James, who was born in Kentucky in 1819, came with his parents to Indiana when nine years old and grew to manhood in Marion county.  He married  Mary, a sister of  Henry C. Smith,  one of the best known and highly esteemed men of Moral township, whose sketch appears on another page of this volume.  After his marriage  James King  lived for eight years on the farm now owned by  Henry  C. Ruschaupt, and then took possession of eighty acres which he had bought on Sugar creek.  To this he afterward added forty acres, and on this one hundred and twenty acres he lived until his death, which occurred February 11, 1871, when he was nearly fifty-three years old.  Thirty-two years later the remains of his wife were placed by his side in the Pleasant View cemetery, her death having occurred June 19, 1903, when she was over eighty years of age.  To James King and wife ten children were born, namely:  Hardin,  deceased at the age of twenty-eight;  Nancy Amanda and  Betsey Jane died in infancy;  Abram St. ClairWalter lives on the old homestead in Moral township;  Grafton J. also lives in Moral township;  Mary E., deceased wife of  Marion Larrison;  Margaret, deceased wife of  James  Freeman;  Hannah, now Mrs. Yarber, resides in Moral township; Alice, wife of  William  Russell, lives in the township.
          Abram St. Clair King, the fourth of this large family, was born in Moral township, Shelby county, Indiana, October 7, 1849.  His boyhood experience was the same as millions of western boys -- work on the farm, intermittent attendance at schools, with parents until manhood, then marriage and life work for self. December 29, 1875, he married  Nancy Jane, daughter of  Alexander and Julia (Phemister) Means.  Alexander, a son of  John Means, one of the pioneers of Shelby county, was born in Rockingham county, North Carolina, and came to Shelby county with his parents in youth. After he grew up he became a farmer and followed that calling to the end of his days.  He married  Julia, daughter of  Charles  and  Juliet (Turney) Phemister, who came to Shelby county from Kentucky when their daughter was but nine years old. They located at Pleasant View, where the father ended his days, the mother dying in Missouri.  The children of Alexander and Julia Means were:  John L., of Shelbyville, and  Nancy Jane, wife of Mr. King.  The latter has been successful in his undertakings and has considerable to show as the result of his hard work and good management.  The King home farm, consisting of one hundred and twenty-seven acres, is under excellent cultivation, with commodious residence, and well constructed outbuildings.  He also owns eighty acres of land in another part of the township, and is enjoying his full share of the prosperity that has come to the agricultural classes.  Mr. and Mrs. King have had five children:  Raymond  and  Ralph at home;  Jesse married Grace Snyder, lives in Moral township and has two* children,  Dorothy Marie and  Kenneth Clifford;  Alta is at home, and  Effie died in youth.  Mr. King has been a life-long Democrat, but cares nothing for office.  Mrs. King’s Grandmother Means, wife of  John Means, was a  Miss Nancy Smith.  On both sides of the house the families were of the best pioneer stock.
Chadwick's History of Shelby County, Indiana
, by Edward H. Chadwick, B.A., assisted by well known local talent, B.F. Bowen & Co, Publishers: Indianapolis, IN, 1909, Page 823.
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* Note from Amy M. Van:  My grandmother was the daughter of  Jesse King  and  Grace D. Snyder.  Her name was Helen Louise.  She was born in 1916 (after the above was published).  Helen married  James Russell Wilkins  and they had two children:  Marilyn Kay  and  James Thomas  (my father).

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