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Subject: [UTPIUTE] info on King family
Date: Fri, 09 Mar 2007 21:20:09 -0000


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Author: melbadonna1
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Here is some info that was in an Piute Co. Book I have, hope it helps, Melba

Four more families soon followed from Sanpete County, including Francis (Frank) Eaton and Marcia Frances Bessey (De Besse) King. Unlike other pioneers of this area, the Kings did not come to Utah as Mormons. Their unusual story bears noting, particularly since three generations of the King family would make their homes in Marysvale.

Francis Eaton King was born in South Paris, Oxford County, Maine, on 22 December 1833. Marcia Frances Bessey was born five years later in the nearby town of Bethel on 1 August 1838. They married on 27 September 1855 in Reading, Massachusetts, when he was twenty-two and she was seventeen. Two years and one baby later (a daughter, Louisa, was born 22 June 1856), the young family was on the trail to California, apparently traveling alone much of the way. Marcia had a twenty-two-year-old brother, George Anthony Bessey, who had left for California somewhat earlier. They hoped to meet him in the Salt Lake Valley and continue on to the coast together. Meanwhile, the brother had met a pretty young Mormon woman named Susan Matilda Lane, married her, and joined the LDS church.

In late July 1857 near South Pass, Wyoming, the Kings caught up with a wagon train from Arkansas headed by Alexander Fancher. Believing they would be safer from Indians with a larger group, they decided to travel with them. The Kings traveled with the Arkansas company to Salt Lake City, covering a distance of about 250 miles in two weeks. They found the company congenial and "not boisterous or in anyway uncivil. You would hardly hear an oath from anyone," Frank King later remembered.

When they entered Emigration Canyon, Marcia had mountain fever. The Fancher party had decided to camp at the top of the canyon, so King took his family into the Salt Lake Valley, where Marcia could get rest and care at her brother's home. As soon as her health permitted them to travel again, they planned to catch up with the Fancher party in southern Utah before they started across the desert.

By the time that Marcia was well enough to travel, however, members of the Fancher train had met their demise at the hands of Mormons and Indians in the massacre at Mountain Meadows. Frank joined the Mormon church on 5 November 1857, believing his baptism would remove any taint of their association with the ill-fated Fancher party and secure them all safe passage on to southern California.

The Kings remained in the valley three months, starting south on 4 December. When they arrived in Beaver, the new bishop, Philo T. Farnsworth, advised Frank to stay there for the winter "as the Indians, after the massacre, were more than usually hostile." Apparently Farnsworth understood that the Indians were not the only ones hostile, for, "notwithstanding the friendliness of the Bishop" or Frank's newly acquired church membership, he "was twice ordered to move on" by some of the more fanatical Mormons in the community who apparently knew of the family's earlier association with the Fancher wagon train.

The Kings started for California again on 15 May 1858, reaching Cedar City on 17 May. "I had not unhitched my team;" Frank remembered, "when John M. Higbee, and Elias Morris, second counselor to Isaac C. Haight, ordered me to leave before the sun rose the next morning." Frank "regarded the order as ominous, and returned to Central Utah." He had additional concerns, for Marcia was expecting their second child. The previous January, Marcia's brother, Wayne Bessey, and his wife, Susan, had settled in Manti in Sanpete County. The Kings decided to join them there, rather than risk going on to California alone. Marcia was baptized into the Mormon church that summer; their two-year-old daughter Louisa died in September. On 9 November 1858 Marcia gave birth to a son whom they named Frank Anthony.

The 1860 census indicates that Frank and Marcia King had moved seven miles north to Ephriam. Frank King was listed as a shoemaker with one child, but Marcia was pregnant again. The shoemaker's children came often: by 1886 Marcia had given birth thirteen times; four of their children died in childhood. When the family arrived in Marysvale in 1864, the couple had two children: Frank (age five) and Aurilla (age two). Another son, William C., was born that November. Other families moved to Marysvale in the spring of 1865, among them were those of William Lamb and Samuel Allen

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