|Birth: ||Feb. 1, 1844|
|Death: ||Jan. 13, 1933|
THE CLEARFIELD PROGRESS, CLEARFIELD, PA., THURSDAY EVENING, JANUARY 19, 1933.
EDWARD R. KING'S LIFE SPANNED TWO GLORIOUS EPOCHS
Edward R. King, who died at his home in Cherry Tree on January 13th following an attack of pneoumonia, was a descendant of pioneer settlers in that part of the County, one of the few remaining Civil War veterans, and a man whose clear memory provided one of the most interesting links between modern times and the physically more tempestous day of settlement and conquest.
Mr. King's father was George King who came to Cherry Tree with his father, Reeder King, early in the nineteenth century to establish the first white settlement at that point. Reeder King came from Lycoming County in 1823 and selected what later became Cherry Tree as the point at which to start harvesting the rich timber of this County. He is said to have piloted the first raft down the Susquehanna River from this point. After several years of labor, during which he cleaned land and built a house, and returned to Lycoming County for his family.
George King, father of the late Edward R. King, was then a mere lad but remembered enough of those hazardous days to relate his tales to his son. It was from those stories of knowledge handed down by the brave men of three generations, that Edward King drew tales that delighted his friends and entertained and intertwined his own family.
Most of the hazardous work of exploration and settlement was completed when Edward grew to manhood, but his youth brought him even more dangerous experiences than were known by his famous father and grandfather. He was one of the first to enlist for the Civil War and for almost four years he engaged in the principal battles, missing Gettysburg only because he was at that time in an army hospital.
Edward King enlisted in Company D, of the 78th Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, at Kittanning on September 10th 1861. He served under Capt. Forbes and Capt. McCormick, taking part in more than 20 battles. He fought at Nashville, Pulaski, Neely, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge and many other hottest points on the battle line.
On June 20 1864, he was wounded at the Battle of Kenesaw Mountain Georgia, and was sent to the hospital in Jeffersonville Indiana, suffering with a bullet wound through the nose, which nearly blinded him. He was able to return to his Regiment in time for the Battle of Pulaski on September 26, 1864 and returned in service until discharge at Kittanning Nov. 4, 1864.
Mr. King's service won him promotion to Corporal on Mar. 25, 1863 until he was made a Sergeant and ended his army days with that rank. On his return to civilian life, he became a leading member of Post No. 10, G.A.R. at Cherry Tree, and when he was broken up by the death of most of it's members, he bacame affilliated with John Scott Post, American Legion.
In his private life Mr. King was a carpenter. He built most of the substantial homes in Cherry Tree during the period of the town's greatest growth, and some of the finest workmanship in the community is ascribed to him.
While he never took any prominent part in municipal affairs, Mr. King was a popular and prominent citizen. His store of war stories and pioneer anecdotes was priceless, and the fact that he kept al his faculties until the day of his death made him a most interesting and sought-after companion of old and young alike.
Mr. King was also the oldest member of the Odd Fellowship in Clearfield County, it is believed that he joined the Lodge at Cherry Tree on Dec. 22, 1866, and had been a member continuously for 67 years. He was also a lifelong member of the Presbyterian Church.
Mr. King was born in Cherry Tree Feb. 1, 1844 and was approaching his 89th birthday when he died. Up until 5 days prior to his death he was able to perform his usual chores about the home and enjoyed the best of health until he contracted pneumonia, which proved to be fatal.
Only one daughter of Mr. King's immediate family survives. She is Mrs. Stanton (Jeanette) Nelson of Cherry Tree. One sister, Mrs. Albert Morton of Erie. Five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren also survive. The grandchildren are Mrs. Frances McKenrick of Grampian; Edward Nelson of Chicago; Mrs. Emma Forney, Robert J. Nelson and Mary Alda Nelson, all of Cherry Tree. The great-grandchildren are: Edward and Frederick Baum, and Frances McKenrick of Grampian; Dorothy Baum of Cherry Tree, and Gladys May Nelson of Chicago.
Funeral services were held at Mr. King's residence at Cherry Tree on Tuesday Jan, 17th. Odd Felows conducted services at the home on Monday evening and the John Scott American Legion of Cherry Tree had charge of the services at the grave Tuesday afternoon. Interment in Cherry Tree Cemetery.
Frances A. Patrick King (1849 - 1896)*
Created by: Larry King Jr.
Record added: Aug 25, 2009
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