Bethia <I>Case McCormick</I> King

Bethia Case McCormick King

Kentucky, USA
Death 28 Jan 1874 (aged 78–79)
Arcadia, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA
Burial Arcadia, Hamilton County, Indiana, USA
Memorial ID 93178584 · View Source
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Bethia (Case) McCormick King was the first white pioneer woman to step foot in Indiana. In May 1820, her husband, John McCormick, entertained the state commissioners a part of the time when they were there for the purpose of selecting a site for the seat of government. Bethia and Patsy (Case) McCormick (her sister) made dinners for them, primarily of venison.

These men stayed at the McCormick cabin until Jun 7, 1820, when the State Capital was formed. An engineer who laid out he plans for the design of the capital stayed with the McCormicks to do his work. The capital was platted "mile square".

When it came time to name the capital, Bethia helped to muster courage at the special session of Indiana General Assembly. She got up on the platform and said..."We and the Pogues were the first settlers in this part of the state. I know you must think I'm a little bragger indeed to be standing here in front of you, I didn't want to, but I want you very much to consider the name ‘Indianapolis' as the Government Seat." It was at that moment that Indianapolis was established as the state capital of Indiana.

Bethia had 9 children with John McCormick (including a set of twin girls). After John died in 1825, leaving her pregnant with their last child, she married John King in 27 Nov 1828. She and John King had at least two more sons together.

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  • Find a Grave Memorial 93178584
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