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Mary Susan King

King County, Washington, USA
Death Oct 1855 (aged 2–3 months)
King County, Washington, USA
Burial Non-Cemetery Burial, Specifically: Kidnapped, body not recovered.
Memorial ID 110478360 · View Source
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Born at her parents' farm, King County, Washington, Mary Susan was the infant daughter and last child of Mary Susan Kinsley and George Elisha King.

(see her father's bio for entire history.)

In late 1855, conflict between the Indians east of the Cascade Mountains and American soldiers and settlers spilled over the mountain passes, igniting what came to be known as the Puget Sound Indian War. Hostilities began on October 27, 1855, in what is now often called the White River Massacre.

Nine white settlers were killed and others driven from their homes. White River Indians attacked several settlers in the area on October 28, 1855. At about 8:00 a.m. the Indians began an attack, killing three families -- nine people, in all.

The third family, reported to be residing peacefully in their usual residence was that of George E. King.

George, his wife, Mary Susan Kinsley King and two children were also attacked; the parents were killed immediately. Mrs. King's body was found cut and mutilated, and Mr. King was found burned up in the home.

Their two children, including a baby girl, Mary Susan*, were kidnapped.

The son, five year old George Alma King, was brought to the soldiers at Fort Steilacoom, near Lake Steilacoom, the following spring; having been well cared for by an Indian called "Spoon Bill." However, the baby girl was never recovered; she was assumed killed that day.

The soldiers who attended to the aftermath of the killings reported that they buried the settlers there on their own remote farms, about 20 miles south of Seattle.

During the next six months log forts sprang up across the landscape of the southern Puget Sound, as hostilities continued.

* NOTE: Many thanks to researcher, Niel Simmons, for additional information regarding Mary Susan's identity.

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  • Added: 13 May 2013
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Mary Susan King (Jul 1855–Oct 1855), Find A Grave Memorial no. 110478360, ; Maintained by history4sure (contributor 46997739) Non-Cemetery Burial, who reports a Kidnapped, body not recovered..