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Jane Eliza Gormly King

Birth
Natchez, Adams County, Mississippi, USA
Death 14 Aug 1884 (aged 78–79)
Inez, Victoria County, Texas, USA
Burial Inez, Victoria County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 176337299 · View Source
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Born the only known child to Catherine Armstrong Gormly and James Gormly in Natchez, Mississippi, Jane Eliza was named for her mother's favorite sister and her maternal grandmother. Called Eliza, she grew up to lead an adventurous life.

In 1820 Eliza married Jacob Cobun King, the young son of one of the wealthiest men in town, Maj. Richard King (his wife was Esther Cobun King). Eliza and Jacob lived for a few years in the Natchez area, but longing for adventure, they moved northwest to the central area of the state called Yazoo where there was more opportunity and where other King relatives had recently moved.

After living there for several years, and having several more children, they decided to go west to Texas. Jacob sold his share of his inheritance from his father's extensive estate and they headed west in a covered wagon. The route they took most likely passed through Port Gibson and across the Mississippi River there as that was a popular way for many people heading to Texas from Mississippi and Alabama to go. It would have also been a good way for them to go as they could have had a last good bye to Jacob's family just outside of Port Gibson at Buckhorn Plantation. That's where his brother's family, the William Kings lived.

Eliza and her family made the long ardous journey to Victoria, Texas. At first they settled in the Mission Hill part of Victoria County. Life was quite hard there. It truly was the wild wild west. There was no plantation system like they were used to back home. Even though they took some slaves with them, life was much more a "do it yourself" type of life. In addition there was also the constant danger from the Indians who were still around.

Shortly before his death, Jacob had arranged to trade some of his Mission Valley land for some near his son's land in Inez. After Jacob's death in 1858, Eliza decided to move from the Mission Hills area to that land near her son Francis Boardman King's place near Inez. She remained there until her death in 1884.

When she died in 1884, she was buried on her son's land in the family cemetery at King’s Landing there. Numerous other Kings, including her husband are buried there in this historic cemetery.


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Gravesite Details The Cemetery was completely grownup and inaccessible when I visited there in 2010.

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  • Created by: Magnolia
  • Added: 14 Feb 2017
  • Find A Grave Memorial 176337299
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Jane Eliza Gormly King (1805–14 Aug 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 176337299, citing King's Landing Cemetery, Inez, Victoria County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by Magnolia (contributor 47022453) .