Biography of Melvin N. King of Le Roy, NY

Melvin N. King, born in Stafford, March 7, is a son of Merritt and Lucinda (Smith) King. Merritt King was born in Bennington, Vt., December'30, 1796, and was a teamster in the War of 1812. With his parents he came to Genesee County in 1813, moving with an ox-team and sled, and settled on 100 acres two miles west of Le Roy village, which had been located bya brother, Nathaniel King, who was killed in the battle of Lewiston. Here Merritt married and then sold the farm, and in 1841 he located in Le Roy village, where he ran a dray the remainder of his life. He was thrice married. By his first wife he had two sons and three daughters. One son, Willard, was a sutler in a New York regiment. His second wife was Eliza Howard, and his third Maria Lord, by whom he had three sons and three daughters. He died aged 81 years. His father was Zedediah King, who came to Genesee County with a son, and died. He reared three sons and three daughters, the sons being Ezekiel, Nathaniel, and Merritt. Melvin N. King was reared in Le Roy village, received his education at the old Round house, and has earned his own living since 10 years of age. He learned the trade of painter, and August 30, 1862, enlisted in Co. I, 151st N. Y. V. His first duty was as special guard on the B. & O. Railroad. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Spottsylvania, Cold Harbor, first battle of Petersburg, and several others, and was taken prisoner at the battle of Monocacy Bridge, July 9, 1864, and served seven months and 13 days at Danville and one month in Libby, receiving his discharge in August, 1865, at Rochester. He was engaged in the produce business 10 years. In 1867 he was elected constable, which position he has since filled, except one year. In January, 1873, he was appointed deputy sheriff, and has filled the position three terms. He married Helen M., daughter of Leander and Rachel Stevens, of Bergen, and they have two children, Willard M. and Alice.

Gazetteer and Biographical Record
of Genesee County, New York
Edited by: F. W. Beers
J.W. Vose & Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1890



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