|This is the headstone for my 3G-grandfather , Thomas Murray King (1790-1880). He is buried in the Duncan Cemetery on property that was once a part of his farm. Duncan, one of the older cemeteries in McCreary County, is located on a hill surrounded by woods, just a few miles from the little community of Kingtown. |
My grandfather, Thomas Letcher King (1881-1973), was born not far from here, near the 1st Otter Creek Baptist Church, also on land that Thomas Murray King (his GGF), used to own. He was born just one year after his GGF's death and was named "Thomas" in his honor.
Thomas Murray King (TMK) is buried next to his wife, Mary Rebecca "Polly" Cox (1800-1881), who he married in 1814. Thomas was born in a part of Tennessee that was then still part of North Carolina. Mary is thought to have been born in present day North Carolina.
Sometime during the 1825-28 time period, Thomas and Mary moved their family from Campbell Co., TN to McCreary Co. (then Whitley Co.), KY where the last seven of their fifteen known children were born. In 1841 they helped establish the Marsh Creek Baptist Church before moving to the Kings Valley area.
Thomas Murray King was the patriarch of the King family in McCreary County and although not a wealthy man, is said to have once owned over 2,000 acres of rugged land in the lower part of that county. The little community of Kingtown was named thus as the result of one of his grandsons, Emby King, Sr. (1852-1937), donating land for a school, a cemetery and a church and also selling land to numerous members of the King family.
This picture was taken by my wife, Diane, in 2009.