Maria Josephine King

Female25 April 1836–1882

Brief Life History of Maria Josephine

When Maria Josephine King was born on 25 April 1836, in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States, her father, Jonathan King, was 33 and her mother, Susan H. Bryant, was 27. She married Nelson Billings Dwight on 17 November 1860, in Putnam, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 1 daughter. She lived in Massachusetts, United States in 1870 and Amherst, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States in 1880. She died in 1882, at the age of 46, and was buried in Ware, Hampshire, Massachusetts, United States.

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Nelson Billings Dwight
Maria Josephine King
Marriage: 17 November 1860
Edward A. Dwight
Allyn Raymond Dwight
Susie Bryant Dwight
Robert Nelson Dwight

Sources (70)

  • Josephine M King in household of Jonathan King, "Massachusetts State Census, 1855"
  • Maria Josephine King, "Massachusetts Births and Christenings, 1639-1915"
  • Maria J. King, "Massachusetts Marriages, 1695-1910"

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  • Marriage
    17 November 1860Putnam, Zanesville, Muskingum, Ohio, United States
  • Children (5)

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    Siblings (2)

    World Events (5)


    Age 10

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 27

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    1863 · The Battle at Gettysburg

    Age 27

    The Battle of Gettysburg involved the largest number of casualties of the entire Civil war and is often described as the war's turning point. Between 46,000 and 51,000 soldiers lost their lives during the three-day Battle. To honor the fallen soldiers, President Abraham Lincoln read his historic Gettysburg Address and helped those listening by redefining the purpose of the war.

    Name Meaning

    English: nickname from Middle English king ‘king’ (Old English cyning, cyng), perhaps acquired by someone with kingly qualities or as a pageant name by someone who had acted the part of a king or had been chosen as the master of ceremonies or ‘king’ of an event such as a tournament, festival or folk ritual. In North America, the surname King has absorbed several European cognates and equivalents with the same meaning, for example German König (see Koenig ) and Küng, French Roy , Slovenian, Croatian, or Serbian Kralj , Polish Krol . It is also very common among African Americans. It is also found as an artificial Jewish surname.

    English: occasionally from the Middle English personal name King, originally an Old English nickname from the vocabulary word cyning, cyng ‘king’.

    Irish: adopted for a variety of names containing the syllable (which means ‘king’ in Irish).

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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