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Elizabeth Osborne Wilson King
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Birth: Nov. 23, 1887
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Death: Apr. 20, 1979
Fulton County
Georgia, USA

Aged 77 years. Section 10, Block 10, Lot 4, Grave 2. Could possibly be the wife of John Olmstead King. If you have information on Elizabeth or this family, please contact me.

Section 10, Block 10, Lot 4, Grave 2.
n Oakland Cemetery, Atlanta, Georgia, in section 10, block 10, lot 4, we have:

[1] John Olmsted King, memorial #64004575
[2] Elizabeth Osborne (Wilson) King, memorial #64007956 - grave 2.
[3] Elizabeth Osborne King, memorial #64007994 - grave 1.

As you inferred, #1 and #2 were husband and wife. #3 is one of their children.

I came across the graves looking for information on Elizabeth “Betty” Osborne King (#3) for a possible Wikipedia article on her, as she is recently in the news, due to an outbreak of a rare infection. Elizabeth, apparently known as “Betty”, was a clinical microbiologist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), who studied difficult-to-identify organisms. Several of the microorganisms that she discovered have since been named in her honor.

In 1960, she first described an organism that has come to be called Kingella kingae, which is one of the five gram-genative organisms grouped together as the “HACEK group” of bacteria that cause 1.5-3% of cases of infective endocarditis. Ordinarily in Latin you’d expect an organism named for a researcher named “King” to be “kingii”, but because the discoverer was a woman, the female ending “ae” is used.

In the news recently is the microorganism known as Elizabethkingia meningoseptica, which Elizabeth King isolated in 1959 from children with meningitis. She initially named it Flavobacterium meningosepticum, but it has gone through a series of renamings as more has been discovered about it. In 2005 that organism, along with another isolated from the Russian space station Mir, was placed in a new genus, Elizabethkingia, named for her. Elizabethkingia meningoseptica is an uncommon cause of human disease, but is increasingly reported as causing infection in critically ill patients. Interestingly, Elizabethkingia meningoseptica is often isolated from the spigots of soda fountains.

Anyway, I hope this is interesting to you. I am guessing you are related through the Wilson family and so might be interested.

I looked through various online genealogies and traced some of Betty’s ancestors, which I will attach. I am pretty sure some of the other Kings buried in the Oakland Cemetery are relatives.

- Dennis J. Cunniff
Family links: 
  John Olmsted King (1887 - 1943)*
*Calculated relationship
Oakland Cemetery
Fulton County
Georgia, USA
Created by: Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
Record added: Jan 10, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 64007956
Elizabeth Osborne <i>Wilson</i> King
Added by: Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
Elizabeth Osborne <i>Wilson</i> King
Added by: Judy K. Brantley/Wilson
Elizabeth Osborne <i>Wilson</i> King
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