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 William Monroe King

William Monroe King

Birth
Shelby County, Texas, USA
Death 22 Aug 1898 (aged 21–22)
Huffman, Harris County, Texas, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 43732713 · View Source
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Listed in Ligon's Portraiture of Preachers in 1899.

The Persecutions of God's People.

Dear Brethren and Sister: I wish to say a few words in regard to the persecutions and troubles of the disciples here is Southeast Texas. In the first place, we, the disciples of Christ, are few in number here in Huffman, and we are surrounded by some of the most prejudiced sectarians there can be found in the world. We, some few of us, have been trying for the past five years to establish Christianity in this community, but being few in numbers and weak in "the knowledge," we had not one with the qualifications or that desired to be an elder or teacher; so we have just simply been doing nothing, except now and the, send for a preacher and have some few days of protracted meetings, which have never turned out with ver much success. Though we have had some as fine preachers as there is in Texas to hold meetings for us. Well, some few of us, not willing to spend our lives in a place where we have no Christian privileges, and knowing our duty as to meeting on Lord's Day for worship, set in to get a preacher to move into our midst, which we at last succeeded in doing. So in February of this year (1898) our much loved and highly esteemed Bro. A. D. King, with his benevolent family, left their home in Shelby county and came to our assistance. Little did he or we, think of the trouble that might await him and family here, while trying to teach the Gospel to a lost people. But lo, they had been here but a short time while till prejudice began to rise higher and higher; they began backbiting and telling all manner of falsehoods on the disciples, and at last on one bright Lord's Day morning (August 21) a most notable young brother, W. M. King, son of our dear Bro. A. D. King, was hatefully and cowardly assassinated—met while on his way to the church house and shot down without any warning at all whatever, and for no cause save that he was a Christian a preacher's son, and had come into our community to try to build up the cause of Christ. It was only prejudice and envy the cause of his life being taken from him. He was a bright, intelligent young man of only twenty-two years, and one that was promising to be one of Texas' most brilliant stars. He was the pride of the whole family, and loved by all who knew him. Now his heart-broken parents are away from home and friends, and without money, and their mainstay taken away from them in their old age by death at the hands of a cruel murderer. Brethren and sisters, everywhere, one and all, I ask you to pray for them, that they may be able to bear their troubles.

Now brethren, I pen these few remarks that you may know some of the troubles and trials of which we are having to undergo down here in Harris county. I sometimes feel discouraged and almost ready to give up, but then I remember how our blessed Redeemer and the apostles were persecuted, and "that we must, through much tribulation, enter into the kingdom of God," and I push forward with renewed energy, ever "ever looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith."

I sympathize with Sister Lucy Todd; may the Lord bless her, and all other faithful ones, and I ask prayers of Christians everywhere in behalf of the few disciples here in this unfriendly part of the world. Sister Wilmeth has my sympathy and prayers. I know some of the hardships she will have to undergo, being left alone myself with eight fatherless children to care for, and wish I could send more; and now, brethren and sisters, let everyone who reads this send her some, if it is only one dime, for one dime from every reader of the Firm Foundation will greatly assister her. Don't let her suffer in a foreign land, "for the sake of the cause of Christ." Your sister in hope of eternal life. —Donie Guinn, Huffman, Tx. Firm Foundation Dec. 15, 1898, 395-96.



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  • Created by: Tom Childers
  • Added: 30 Oct 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 43732713
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Monroe King (1876–22 Aug 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 43732713, ; Maintained by Tom Childers (contributor 46515204) Unknown.