Robert and Naney.
Robert King and his wife, Nancy Agnes (Beaty) King. This picture probably was taken at
their home in Fentress Co. around 1890. ?
Robert King, my father's maternal grandfather, was born in March 1819, in Tennessee. He
died November 3, 1900, in Fentress County. I am not sure who his parents were. Some say
that they were John A. King and Ann (Shields) King; while others say that his father was
Robert King, Sr. He appears to have been a younger brother of William King, born in 1814,
and James King, born in 1816. But these 3 do not appear to fit into the John A. King - Ann
(Shields) King family. For they had a son named James, born in 1829; and also one named
William, born in 1834. And there was a Robert King listed in the 1830 Fentress County
census who was born between 1770 and 1780. He had a wife, 3 sons and 6 daughters. And
their two oldest sons fitted the age brackets of William and James King. The Fentress
County Kings probably were descendants or close kin of those who lived in Washington and
Sullivan County, Tennessee, around 1800.
In June 1841, Robert King married Nancy Agnes Beaty, in Fentress County. She was born
November 14, 1824, in what is now Clinton County, Kentucky; which was part of Cumberland
County, Kentucky, at that time. She died June 28, 1904, in Fentress County, Tennessee. Her
parents were Thomas Beaty born in 1801, in Kentucky; and died
about 1880, in Fentress County; and Jane (Mullinix) Beaty, who was born in 1804, in Barren
County, Kentucky, and died January 7, 1893, in Fentress County. Her paternal grandparents
were Andrew Beaty, (1758-1836), and Elizabeth (Cooper) Beaty,
daughter of John Cooper. Her paternal great-grandparents were John
Beaty, Sr., born in Ireland, and Margaret (Montgomery) Beaty. Her maternal
grandparents were Nathaniel Mullinix and Delilah (?)
Mullinix. Her maternal great grandparents were Richard Mullinix and
Elizabeth (Poynter Mullinix.
The children of Robert and Nancy King were as follows: Thomas Green, born November 8,
1843; James Foister, June 1, 1845 - April 25, 1864; William Jefferson, born January 23,
1848; Peter Priam, August 22, 1849-January 2, 1929; Sarah Jane, February 23, 1852 -
December 1, 1924; Elizabeth Ann, February 27, 1854 - April 16, 1911; Martha Emeline,
December 24, 1857 - January 17, 1913; Matilda Catherine, March 20, 1862 January 1925;
Susan Ellen, born July 24, 1864; John Cyrus, December 29, 1866; August 2, 1935; and Henry
Robert, February 8, 1870 - December 6, 1941. Thomas Green King, the oldest son, probably
died as a child, or as a soldier in the Civil War, as I have no more information on him.
James Foister King, the second son, a Union soldier in the war, was in Company D, 2nd
Regiment, of the Tennessee Infantry, and died as a p.o.w. in the Andersonville, Georgia
prison, before his 19th birthday; so he never married. William Jefferson King, the third
son, probably died young too, as I have no more information on him.
The marriages of the other sons and daughters were as follows: Peter Priam King, the 4th
son, married Susan Ann Beaty, daughter of William R. Beaty and
Rebecca (Sells) Beaty, in 1870 probably; Sarah Jane King, the oldest daughter, married
Thomas Cooper, son of Jacob and Catherine Cooper, about 1870; Elizabeth Ann King, the 2nd
daughter, married John Taylor Wright, son of Mathias Austin Wright and Elizabeth Jane
(Wright) Wright, in 1869; Martha Emeline King, the 3rd daughter, married Marion B. Beaty, son of David and Jane (Smith) Beaty, about 1676;
Matilda Catherine King, the 4th daughter, married John Allen McDonald, son of Thomas and
Susan (Hunt) McDonald, about 1880; Susan Ellen King, the youngest daughter, married
Alexander Smith; John Cyrus King, the 5th son, married Catherine Beaty, daughter of Joel
and Rebecca J. (Young) Beaty, about 1886; and Henry Robert King, the youngest son, married
Selena Beaty, daughter of James Kuhn Beaty, born in 1845, and Sarah Beaty, born in 1845.
James K. was a son of Allen Beaty, who was born about 1815. James K. married two women
named Sarah. By this first one, he had 4 daughters: Margaret, born in 1866; Melvina, born
in 1868; Selena, born about 1972; and Mary Celina (Jan. 17, 1873 - Aug. 6, 1947). By the
2nd wife, Sarah E. (Smith) Beaty, born in 1853, a sister to Asa
Smith, he had 3 other daughters: Lee Ann, born in 1876; Dora, born in 1879; and
Fannie, who was the mother of Kelly Cobb.
Robert King's daughter Susan Ellen and her husband Alexander Smith migrated to Oklahoma.
Elizabeth Ann (King) Wright, her husband John Taylor Wright and their family moved here to
Casey County, Kentucky, about 1903. John Cyrus King and his family moved to Monroe.
Overton County, Tennessee. Matilda Catherine (King) McDonald, her husband and their family
also moved to Overton County. Four of Sarah Jane (King) Cooper's daughters also moved to
Overton County. These were the 3 oldest ones, Nancy (Cooper) Numan, Tilda Ellen (Cooper)
Smith, and Cora (Cooper) Wright, and the youngest one, Ova (Cooper) McDonald. Two of
Martha Emeline (King) Beaty's sons, William Richard Beaty and Johnnie Beaty, were also
among the Fentress County families who moved to the Monroe area of Overton County. Another
of Sarah (King) Cooper's daughters, Ollie (Cooper) Wright, moved to Oak Grove, in southern
Pickett County, Tennessee.
The burial places of Robert and Nancy (Beaty) King, their sons, daughters, and some of the
grandchildren are as follows: Robert and Nancy are buried in King-Beatytown Cemetery, in
Riverton area, in western Fentress County. Two of their sons, Peter Priam King and Henry
Robert King, their wives, some of their sons and daughters, and several other relatives
are also buried there. Sarah Jane (King) Cooper and her husband Thomas Cooper are buried
in Cooper Cemetery, in Fentress County. Their oldest daughter, Nancy (Cooper) Numan, and
her husband John Numan are buried in Fellowship Cemetery in Overton County. Their 2nd
daughter, Tilda Ellen (Cooper) Smith, and husband Ruffin H. Smith are also buried there.
There 3rd daughter, Cora (Cooper) Wright, and her husband James M. Wright are buried in
Bethsaida Cemetery in Overton County. Their youngest daughter, Ova (Cooper) McDonald, and
her husband Webb McDonald are also buried there. Their 4th daughter, Ollie (Cooper)
Wright, is buried in Oat Grove Cemetery in southern Pickett County. Elizabeth Ann (King)
Wright, her husband John Taylor Wright and several relatives and friends are buried in
Whited Cemetery, here in Casey County, Kentucky. Martha Emeline (King) Beaty is buried in
Ann Wood Cemetery, near Little Crab, in Fentress County. Two of her sons, William Richard
Beaty and Johnnie Beaty, and Johnnie's wife, Benice (Taylor) Beaty, are buried in Robbins
Cemetery, near the home of Martha's grandson, Willie Beaty, on East Port Road, at Monroe,
in Overton County. Matilda Catherine (King) McDonald and her husband John Allen McDonald
are buried in McDonald Cemetery, in Overton County. John Cyrus King, his wife Catherine,
and some other relatives are buried in Beaty Swamps Cemetery, near Monroe, in Overton
County. The Kings here in Casey County, Ky. are not kin to the Fentress County Kings, as
far as I know.
by Roscoe Hollis Wright