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Below is a family biography included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1888.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Rev. Enos J. King was born in Somerset County, Penn., February 3, 1835. He is a son of Enos King and Barbary Weimer. The subject of this sketch immigrated with his parents to the Territory of Iowa in 1845, where they settled on a farm near Ottumwa, in Wapello County. On this farm young King grew to manhood with plenty of the privations and hard labor incident to a new country, all his early education being obtained in the old log school-house of those times. In 1856 he was married to Miss Eliza Jane Earls, who was a native of Hancock County, Ind. To them were born four children: Mary A., who is now the wife of G. S. Robinson, of Princeton, Mo.; Jessie B., the wife of L. H. Dorn of Carthage, Mo.; Joanna, who died in her sixteenth year, and Cyrus Sumner, who is still living with the parents in the fifteenth year of his age. In the spring of 1860 Mr. King went on business to Indiana, and there engaged in teaching school. In 1861 he volunteered in the Seventh Indiana Infantry, but was soon discharged on account of poor health, he being a sufferer with that dread disease, asthma. In 1862 he moved to Mount Pleasant, Iowa, and while acting as janitor of the Iowa Wesleyan University he studied theology under the late Charles Ellitt, D. D. He was then engaged in farming and gardening until the spring of 1870, when he was licensed to preach and sent as missionary to Independence, Kas. Here he labored three years organizing the church in this then new country. In the meantime he was ordained and admitted into the Kansas Conference. In 1873 he was sent to Augusta as pastor of the church, and in 1874 to Wellington. In 1875 he was transferred to the Missouri Conference and appointed to St. John, and from thence to Milan, thence to Princeton, thence Spickards, and thence Kingston. In 1880 he was transferred to the St. Louis Conference and appointed as missionary to the young city of Rich Hill, and from thence to Austin and Pleasant Valley, and from there to Carthage, and then to Mount Vernon. His health having failed, he now took a location and began to fit him up a home near Carthage, in which he had succeeded admirably, until on the night of March 5, 1886, fire broke out and his nice cottage with all its contents were totally destroyed. He then sold his land at Carthage and came to Marionville, where he bought eight acres in the city limits. He has built a nice cottage and barn, and purposes spending the rest of his days raising fine fruits and berries. Mr. King is an old time Methodist and Republican.

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This family biography is one of 272 biographies included in The History of Lawrence County, Missouri published in 1888.  For the complete description, click here: Lawrence County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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