Rev Joseph Pyram King

Rev Joseph Pyram King

Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Death 7 Jan 1948 (aged 100)
Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Wilmington, New Hanover County, North Carolina, USA
Plot Section D- Lot 1
Memorial ID 30450622 · View Source
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The Reverend Joseph Pyram King, MD, was believed to have been Wilmington's oldest minister, both in the number of years he lived, and years preaching, died quietly at his home, 808 South 8th Street on a Friday afternoon. He was Minister at the Sixth Street Advent Christian Church of which he built and founded. He was Pastor Emeritus for several years after his retirement. He preached his regular annual Father's Day sermon the previous spring and was looking forward to the ritual again the year he passed.

"In the beginning of the Civil War, young Joseph helped his Mother sew bags for the Confederate Army for which they received $1.00 for every 100 bags in Confederate currency. At that time, A box of matches cost $5.00, a pair of boy's boots cost $1000.00 and flour cost $1500.00 a barrel."

"All of his the brothers who were old enough, went into the Army. His older brother returned from the war after being wounded and was assigned to the Commissary Department and the Army stables located in Wilmington. Young Joseph worked with his brother as a stable boy which brought in a small revenue for the family. He was also given waste sweepings of grain allowing him to feed a few pigs. He felt this blessing was sent by God to get them through hard times until other changes brought them greater blessings. Finding out about his skills as a butcher, the Army took him in without enlistment to butcher cattle and sheep for the Army at Fort Fisher. After Fort Fisher fell to the U.S. Navy and Army and later after General Robert E. Lee surrendered to Grant who became President in 1869, Joseph was sent home as he was not an enlisted soldier. All of the other brothers returned home and started their lives all over again. Other brothers served in battles at Fort Caswell, at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the worst battle ever fought on American soil, The Battle of Gettysburg."

"In later years Rev.King was trained as a Medical Doctor by his Grandmother who having graduated from a Medical School in Germany, taught him through the years, first the rudiments of medicine, and then the science, giving him a complete and working knowledge, thereby equipping him to pass examination required to receive the Degree of Doctor of Medicine. In those days, the law provided that if you put yourself under a practicing physician for training and could pass the examination provided by the state in Wrightsville, NC, you could receive a certificate granting the Degree of Doctor of Medicine. He received this Degree in the year 1869."

"In early manhood, he went again into the butcher business and also became proficient in playing the violin. But after a few years he decided that God did not want him to play in a band or remain in the business. He felt that God wanted him to become a messenger for Him and that he should place himdelf in a position to serve the sick who were unable to secure medical aid and on that conviction, he then dedicated his life in the service to God. Rev. King worked and served in the church for several years and became a ordained Baptist Minister. He served in the Baptist church for several years,until 1880 when the doctrine he was preaching was questioned by the Eastern Baptist Association. A trial ensued and he was expelled from the Baptist Church. The following years, Rev. King preached the Gospel all over southern States and in 1895 his doctine was considered Adventist which at that time had some following south of the Mason-Dixon line, but there were many more in the Eastern United States. One of the largest revivals of the church was later to become the Advent Baptist Church and in the early part of the century was renamed Advent Christian Church. He answered the call to the Advent Church in Jacksonville, Florida only to return to Wilmington around 1905 where he remained preaching the rest of his life.

Reverend King was the son of Joseph King (d. 1860) and Rosana (Rosa) Matthews Strausse and was one of seven brothers and sisters: Isaac Watts King (1838-1917), James Madison King (1841-1917), William King (1843-1858), Benjamin Rueben King (1850-1939 m. Maggie), Martha Rosana King (1854-1903) and Washington Winfield King (1856-1937). He had four half-siblings: Joseph Pyram King (1826-?), Mary Elizabeth King (1827-1910), John Edward King (1829-1910) and Charles Clifton King (1832-1924). Five of the brothers were ordained ministers. Rev.King was married to Eliza Jane King, daughter of Bryant and Sallie Garnto (Garnlo) King for over fifty years and had eleven children:
-JOSEPH MARION KING, b. January 10, 1870, New Hanover Co., Wilmington, NC; d. July 06, 1945, Detroit, Wayne Co., Michigan.
-ROSA JANE KING, b. June 25, 1875, New Hanover Co., NC; d. June 27, 1955, New Hanover Co., Wilmington, NC.
-ESTHER ELIZA KING, b. July 10, 1876, New Hanover Co., NC; d. June 10, 1899.
-ARCHIBALD SAMUEL KING, b. August 26, 1879, New Hanover Co., NC; d. April 03, 1919, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC.
-SARAH SALLIE JUDSON KING, b. October 29, 1879, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC; d. June 07, 1968.
-THEODOSIA ITHEAL KING, b. August 31, 1880, New Hanover Co., NC; d. May 23, 1952, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC.
-MARY ELIZABETH KING, b. November 17, 1883, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC; d. July 08, 1884, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC.
-JESSIE CUETHAH KING, b. November 03, 1885, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC; d. March 09, 1886, Wilmington, New Hanover Co., NC.
-JOHN MARANTHA kING, b. September 7, 1886, Wilmington, NC, d. June 29, 1888.
-SION JOSEPH KING, B. March 23, 1888, Wilmington, NC, d. Feb 4, 1944.
-GRACE GLORIA KING, b. February 8, 1890, Wilmington, NC, d. August 29, 1934.
He had 46 Grandchildren, 73 Great Grandchildren and 16 Great-Great Grandchildren at the time of his death.

Following the death of Eliza J., Rev. King remarried twice. His second wife was Alice Hardison King and his third wife, with him at the time of his death, was Lucille Carney King. The entire family lived most of their lives in New Hanover County, Wilmington, NC and later in Jacksonville, FL.

"Rev. King He is remembered by his family as one of the brilliant Bible scholars of his time and was known as such to thousands of Christians throughout North and South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. He help the sick and needy without reservation or compensation."

Excerpts used from a family biography written by H.S.King.


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