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Rose Ellen King Hatch
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relationship to me wife of brother-in-law of sister-in-law of paternal grandfather of husband of great granddaughter of wife of husband of sister-in-law of 1st great grand nephew of wife of brother-in-law of 1st great grand aunt of wife of 1st cousin 5x removed
- Michael J. Lanni
 Added: Nov. 13, 2013
Rose Ellen King Hatch's great-grandfather, John King, lived in Ashfield, Massachusetts, in the 1760's and died in Bennington County, Vermont, in 1822. His son, Enoch King, was the one who first joined the Church in September, 1830, and moved to Hiram, Ohio. This was during the Kirtland period of Church history, and many Saints were moving to Kirtland, Hiram, and vicinity. Enoch King also bought land in Jackson county, Missouri, and later near Nauvoo, Illinois. It is reported that he tried to come west but was unable to because of his wife's strong objections.Rose Ellen's mother was Hannah Amelia Montgomery, who married Enoch's son, John Russell King. She was John Russell King's second wife, as his first wife had died. Rose Ellen had twelve brothers and sisters, three of them from the earlier marriage of her father.Rose Ellen's father, John Russell King, farmed. He woulld often buy pieces of depleted land, replant the land with legumes, and then plow them into the soil. By doing this over a period of several years to enrich the soil, he was then able to sell the land for a profit. He and his family came west shortly after the first pioneers. They were a prosperous family and did not sell their home in Ohio. They were able to take many horses west with them.When they arrived in Salt Lake City, they visited Jane King Smith, John Russell King's niece, who was the wife of Judge Elias Smith. While there, one of the King family had a dream which was interpreted to mean that only one of the family would remain in Utah. This was later fulfilled as Rose Ellen King was the only one to settle in Utah. The family left Salt Lake Valley and journeyed north to Brigham City, and , while there, John Russell King helped to survey mantua, five miles east of Brigham City Utah. The Kings were not impressed by the farming conditions here and decided to return to Ohio by route of Alder Gulch (Virginia City, Montana) with the intention of doing some gold prospecting on the way. While traveling, in order to protect themselves from some roughnecks along the trail, they joined Ephraim Hatch and his brother who were freighting produce from their farm in Woods Cross to the miners in Nevada City, Montana. Rose Ellen and Ephraim fell in love and later were married in Nevada City. She obtained work as a cook and Ephraim planted grain on a local farm. He grew a fine crop but became disillusioned as the owner allowed horses to run over and damage the grain. The young couple left Nevada City and returned to Woods Cross where they established themselves permanently. (Writings of Thomas F. King, son of Thomas J. King, Treasures of Pioneer History, p. 49. Vital Records of Vermont, F6593, part 1.)
- Crystal Burnham
 Added: Oct. 20, 2011

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