Capt Doctor Franklin King


Capt Doctor Franklin King

Leatherwood, Henry County, Virginia, USA
Death 31 Oct 1922 (aged 79)
Leaksville, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Eden, Rockingham County, North Carolina, USA
Memorial ID 16614897 View Source
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42nd Infantry Regiment

He resigned from the 42nd infantry to enlist with Capt. Robinsons' Company.
32nd Bttn.
10th VA Cavalry (where his older brothers were serving)

Doctor was the 7th son of the 7th son, so traditionally he was named Doctor.

Deed of Mortgage:
L. J. Martin and M. C. Martin and D. F. King.
Parcel of land lying in Leaksville, Rockingham County, N.C.,
adjourning the lots of the Ray Hotel and the storehouse of Smith Bros. known as the Bullard Store House and now occupied by said Martin as a confectionary and restaurant. March 29th, 1890.

D.F. King was part owner of the Hampton Buggy Company.
It was organized in 1879 by J.H. Hampton, his son W.W. Hampton, D.F. King and J.M. Hopper.
It consisted of 3 buildings on Washington Street in Leaksville, N.C.
About 1000 buggies, surreys and hacks were built here every year.
They were sold to customers throughout N.C., S.C. and VA. The company employed 35 men, most spending much of their life working for the company.
Sales began to fall off around the start of WWI.
In 1919 the factory stopped building buggies but continued to maintain a repair shop and assemble an occasional buggy from parts on hand.
The last buggy was sold in 1927.

The following bio is from a book pub. in 1925, "The History of Henry County, Virginia":
He was a grandson of Rev. John King, and the youngest son of Joseph Seward King and Elizabeth (Lester) King.
The mother was a woman of sterling character. Though widowed and moderately circumstanced, she did well for her children, and this youngest son's devotion to her was marked. He grew up a steady boy, a manly youth, a choice young man. He and his six brothers volunteered for the Confederate service in the Civil War. He served as Second Lieutenant in the Forty-Second Virginia Regiment, his brother Jesse O. King was Captain in the Tenth Va. Cavalry. Three of his brothers were killed, two others were wounded, but he, having served bravely and faithfully, came back unhurt to take up the battle of life.Except health and character and the stained uniform he wore, he had nothing with which to begin his career, but with energy and cheerfulness he and his brothers rented a farm and began raising tobacco. Later he moved to Leaksville, N. C., where he made his home until his death in October, 1922. For twenty five years he was engaged in buying and manufacturing tobacco. Later he established the first banking business in the vicinity. He seemed to prosper in everything he undertook, until he became the best known and most influential citizen of the place. Forty five years he served as deacon in his church, twenty five years as moderator of Pilot Mt. Association. He was a liberal contributor to religious causes, and with enlarging prosperity he gave in increasing sums. He was a devout believer in the inerrancy of the Bible; therefore ardently opposed the theory of evolution as being contrary to the Scripture account of creation, He was a man of strong convictions, never evaded any issue, and never left anyone to doubt where he stood. He was an ardent foe of every form of unrighteousness, and the friend of morality and progress in civil and religious life. He was a devoted husband and father, a kind neighbor, a patriotic citizen, and one who never turned a deaf ear to the cry of the poor and needy. He lived a glorious life and died a true Christian gentleman.

He built their family home called "Idlewild" ca. 1871-1875 in the heart of Leaksville, N.C.

Leaksville, N.C., Oct. 31.
Dr. Franklin King, prominent North Carolina banker and business man, died at his home here today.

Mr. King was a native of Henry County, Virginia.

He served in the Confederate Army during the War Between the States.

He was a son of Joseph King who served several terms in the Virginia Legislature and was a member of the State Senate at the time of his death.

Doctor is survived by his widow and six children.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 16614897
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