Lee County Biography

James King
Ashton Township


James King, farmer, Ashton, was born in Merrimac county, New Hampshire, in 1821. His parents were John and Sarah (Hill) King, natives of New Hampshire and children of English parents. James' grandfather was Gen. Wolfe's aide-de-camp at the battle of Quebec. His parents came to Illinois, where they spent their last days at the residence of their son. Mr. King received but little educational training in his early youth. He emigrated to Illinois in 1854 and settled in Bradford township, where he remained till 1875 engaged in farming. Having sold his farm of 165 acres he moved to Ashton. He was married in 1849, to Rolana Barnard, daughter of Ezekiel and Judith (Sargent) Barnard. She was born in Warren county, New Hampshire. By this union he has three children: Aimon E., Walter B. and Flora D. His two boys are at present engaged in the mercantile business in Redwood, Minnesota. Mr. King, like most men who came to Illinois in the time of its first settlement, had but little means, but by judicious management and industry prospered. After selling his farm he has lived in Ashton, where he has a beautiful home and forty acres near the village. He has held the offices of commissioner and supervisor. In politics he is staunch republican.

Source: History of Lee County Pg 624

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