Brenda (King) Cambron Boswell

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My father was Emby Luster King (1905-1987), my mother, Beatrice Leona Chitwood (1907-1994). Mom and Dad were married for 63 years and I am the youngest of their five children.

My paternal grandparents were Rev. Burel King (1875-1945) and Mittie Alice Gooch (1881-1962). My maternal grandparents were Coffee Maynard "C.M." Chitwood (1879-1947), a long time school teacher, and Viola Rose Griffith (1884-1981).

I was born and raised on a farm located on Kingtown Road in Kingtown, McCreary Co., Kentucky, just a short walk from the 2nd Otter Creek United Baptist Church and Kingtown Cemetery. As a child I attended a one room school located on Kingtown Road, also just a short walking distance from my home.

Our little one room school (grades 1-8) was known as the Emby King School due to my great-grandfather, Emby King Sr. (1852-1937), having donated the land, the lumber and the labor for the building. During my years there I received a good education and had the pleasure of having two of my aunts as teachers. I have fond memories of those days and I'm still in touch with some of my friends from that little school.

After elementary school I continued my education at Oneida High School (Scott Co., TN) and then the University of Louisville.

My great-grandfather, Emby Sr., who my Dad was named after, also donated the land for the Kingtown Cemetery (1891) and the Kingtown 2nd Otter Creek Baptist Church (1920). The church's first pastor was his son (my grandfather), Burel King. Burel's wife (my grandmother), Mittie (Gooch) King, was the mid-wife for the Kingtown community as well as the surrounding area for many years.

Our family farm, the cemetery, the church and the school were all on land that once belonged to my GGG-grandparents, Thomas Murray King (1790-1881) and Mary Rebecca "Polly" Cox (1800-1881). They had migrated about 1819 from Campbell County in northeastern Tennessee to the Marsh Creek area of McCreary County, KY (then a part of lower Whitley Co.).

In 1841, they were founding members of the United Baptist Church of Christ, now called the Marsh Creek United Baptist Church. In the mid-1850s my GGG-grandparents moved to the area that eventually came to be known as King's Valley. They are buried in the Duncan Cemetery.

As mentioned earlier, The Kingtown Cemetery was started in 1891. Franklin Asberry King, a three year old son of my paternal grandparents, Emby Sr.and Rosie King, was the first burial. The first adult burial in the cemetery was my maternal GG-grandmother, Margaret Hail Williams (1836-1897). My parents, paternal grandparents and paternal great-grandparents are all buried in the Kingtown Cemetery. My brother, Estol Lee King (1931-1996), is also buried there.

As you can probably tell I really love genealogy. I enjoy talking and corresponding with kinfolk and friends, both old and new.

The memorials that I maintain on this site are all family members. I want to thank everyone who was so kind as to create many of these memorials and later transfer them to me. Biographical information will eventually be added to each memorial. I promise to take good care of them.

Feel free to get in touch with me to ask questions, to add information to my memorials or just to chat.


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