GEORGE L. KING.
For an extended period George L. King was connected with agricultural pursuits but is now living retired, enjoying
the fruits of his former toil in well earned rest. He is a native of Virginia, his birth having occurred in Wetzel
county on the 1st of January, 1842. He is a son of James and Elizabeth (Wise) King, who were natives of Virginia
and Pennsylvania respectively. They had twelve children, of whom five are yet living. It was in 1850 that the father
brought his family to Marion county, settling near Harvey, where he began farming. Later he removed to Liberty
township, where his remaining days were passed. As the years went on he carefully and systematically tilled his
fields, becoming one of the substantial farmers of the community. He likewise engaged in raising stock. He passed
away October 22, 1901, having for about three years survived his wife, who died in 1898, their remains being interred
in Eureka cemetery. Mr. King was a democrat and was interested in matters of public moment, giving his support
to the measures and movements which he deemed of worth to the community.
George L. King was educated in the public schools. He was one of twelve children, five of whom are yet living,
and when about twenty years of age he enlisted in Company A. Seventeenth Iowa Infantry, with which he served from
the 8th of March, 1862, until the close of hostilities in 1865. He was wounded at Champion's Hill, Mississippi,
May 16, 1863, and after spending but three weeks in a hospital he rejoined his company and was on active duty throughout
the remainder of the war. He participated in the first and second battles of Corinth and in other important engagements
and was taken prisoner at Tilton, Georgia, after which he spent seven months of suffering in southern prison pens,
mostly in Andersonville. When hostilities were over he was honorably discharged at Daveuport and returned to the
north. He certainly has every reason to be proud of his military record, for he never faltered in the performance
of duty, whether on the lonely picket line or on the firing line.
On the 7th of October, 1866, Mr. King was united in marriage to Miss Adeline Gullion and they became the parents
of five children, of whom the first born, Isabel, is deceased. Those living are Maud, Elizabeth, John and Della.
The wife and mother passed away October 27, 1880, and on the 24th of March, 1881, Mr. King wedded Samantha Gullion,
who died in March, 1900. They had a family of six children, Jesse, Jeremiah, George, Annie, Clyde and Perry. All
of the children are living with the exception of Clyde. On the 11th of February, 1903, Mr. King was united in marriage
to Miss Celestia Gause, a daughter of James and Marinda (Davis) Gause, who were residents of Marion county but
now reside in Monroe county.
After his return from the war Mr. King began farming and has made that pursuit his life work. He also engaged in
the raising of graded stock and was closely connected with agricultural interests in this county until 1886, when
he sold his farm and went to the west, spending a number of years in Nebraska and Colorado. In 1894, however, he
returned to Iowa and again resumed farming in Marion county, but after a few years he retired from active life
and took up his abode in Hamilton, where he is now living. He is interested in political affairs but votes independently
as he does not care to be bound by party ties. He belongs to the Christian Union church, and his life has been
an honorable and upright one, so that he enjoys the goodwill and high regard of those with whom he has come in
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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