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Michael King

Birthdate: (70)
Birthplace: Norwich, Norfolk, England
Death: Died in Nansemond County, Province of Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of Francis King and Dorothy Aston
Husband of Elizabeth King
Father of Henry King; William King; Nathan King; Michael King; John King and 1 other
Brother of Enfield Alfred King, I; John King; Edmund King and Dorothy Waller

Occupation: Immigrant to the New World
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About Michael King, immigrant

This person is NOT a member of Arlene King Sampson's family. Please delete

Sampson County, NC - King Family Biography

                   Norwich to Piney Grove
               (The Trail to Charles Shaw King) 

The purpose of this article is to show the connection between Michael King of Norwich, England and Charles Shaw King of the Piney Grove Township of Sampson County, North Carolina. Michael King of Norwich (ca.1630-ca.1700) was the first King ancestor of Charles Shaw King to come to America. He is thought to have arrived in the Colony of Virginia with the assistance of a headright (John Wright) about 1646. Once Michael King of Norwich repaid the debt he owed to the headright he ventured forth on his own right and did so very successfully. It so happened that he maintained a friendship with John Wright that lasted until Wright’s death in 1698. One of Michael King of Norwich’s sons, John King, was called on to assist the family at John Wright’s death.

     According to the family Bible of Solomon King (1720-1794) a great 

grandson of Michael King of Norwich, his great grandfather came out of the city of Norwich, England. He crossed the Atlantic Ocean and settled in Nansemond County, Virginia. The area in which this Michael King lived is just west of the present city limits of Suffolk, Virginia. After Michael King of Norwich worked off his indenture to John Wright, he married Elizabeth Hare (could be Hiry or Hairy as the last name is indistinct in the writings of Solomon King) also of the Nansemond County area. By the year 1675 Michael King had received three land patents which totaled 1800 acres in Nansemond County and he and wife, Elizabeth, had produced a family consisting of five sons. A sixth child was added a year or two later and this was their only daughter. The order of birth of these six children is taken from the Bible records mentioned earlier as this is the best source now available for this information. The children of Michael and Elizabeth (Hare) King were; Nathan (ca.1668-?), William (ca.1670-ca.1725), Michael (#2). (ca.1672-1735), Henry (#1) (ca.1674-ca.1716), John (ca.1675- 1735) and Elizabeth (ca.1677-?). As mentioned earlier most of the information we have about this Michael King, who is the progenitor of most of the Kings of Sampson County, comes from a great grandson Solomon King who for most of his life lived in what is now Gates County, North Carolina. Most official records of Nansemond County, Virginia were destroyed by fires and actions which took place during the Revolutionary War and Civil War. There is a reference made to a will of Michael King, Senior, of Nansemond County, Virginia in the Colonial Records of North Carolina. It was proven in a North Carolina General Court in 1700 on behalf of John King, one of his sons. However, no copy of the actual will is believed to remain in existence. John King claimed that his father had left a legacy for two of his sons in his will and he wanted to make sure his sons received their due. Several of Michael King of Norwich’s sons lived at one time or another in what is now Gates County, North Carolina. These include; Nathan, John, William, and Henry.



Family record from Solomon King's Bible (published 1769)

  Michael King was born in Old England and came out of the City of Norwich to Virginia and there served his time with John Wright in Nansemond County after that he married with Elizabeth Hiry (indistinct) and lived in the Upper Parish of Nansemond Co. on the Southern Branch of Nansemond River - and he had by his wife six children viz. Nathan William Michael Henry John and Elizabeth and their he bought a plantation with land in the year 1686 and built a large dwelling house with brick and bought several negro slaves and also a large copper still. Written by me Solomon King son of Charles King the said Charles was the son of William which was son of Michael the older.


There is no proof that Michael King of Norwich, Norfolk Eng./Nansemond, VA is a son of Francis King of Cheshire, Eng/Northumberland, VA. There is no documentation to support a relationship and note: they lived in different counties (in England and in Virginia).

Francis's descendants are thought to be in the "William Alfred King" group.

Michael's parents are still unknown.

about Michael: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/r/i/g/Carol-P-Rigsbee/GENE4-0001.html


about Francis: http://www.genealogy.com/ftm/k/i/n/Rebecca-King-KY/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0505.html



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Michael King, immigrant's Timeline

Norwich, Norfolk, England
Age 22
New Kent, New Kent, Virginia
Age 43
Nansemond, Virginia, United States
Age 70
Nansemond County, Province of Virginia