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Jess James King
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Birth: May 4, 1882
Douglas County
Illinois, USA
Death: Feb. 3, 1967
Coles County
Illinois, USA

He was the son of Charles Leondras (1860-1932) and Mary Harrison Cheney (1860-1918) King.

He was never called 'Jessie/Jesse'. He dropped the 'e' from Jesse because it was the spelling of Jesse James, the outlaw.

Jess met his wife, Laura, in Sikeston, Missouri through her father who raised sulky horses there. Jess owned and trained sulky race horses.

Jess and Laura had no children.

They moved to Mattoon, Illinois in 1926 and then in 1929 to Charleston. At the Coles County fairgounds Jess trained and cared for horses for other owners. He owned one horse of his own.

About 1936 he and his wife, Laura, started a restaurant in Charleston and then a cafe in Altamont. They next started another cafe in Charleston and lived above it. They next took one across the street.

In the early 1940's they bought a large house and took in roomers. They sold their cafe in probably the late 1950's.

He was a member of the Hugo Christian Church.

He died at age 84 years 8 months 30 days.
Family links: 
  Charles Leondras King (1860 - 1932)
  Laura Elizabeth Hammond King (1899 - 1987)*
*Calculated relationship
Roselawn Cemetery
Coles County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Charlene Harmon
Record added: Mar 26, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67482703
Jess James King
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Rest in peace. Charlene
 Added: Mar. 27, 2011

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