John King

Brief Life History of John

When John King was born about 1801, in County Roscommon, Ireland, his father, Henry King, was 10 and his mother, Martha Jane Henry, was 12. He married Marcella Hanigan about 1829, in County Roscommon, Ireland. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He died on 4 February 1876, in Athleague, County Roscommon, Ireland, at the age of 76.

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John King
Marcella Hanigan
Marriage: about 1829
Owen King
Anne King
Daniel Hanigan King
Mary King
Sarah T. King

Sources (3)

  • John King, "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881"
  • John King, "Ireland Civil Registration Indexes, 1845-1958"
  • Legacy NFS Source: John King -

World Events (2)


The Night of the BIG WIND. In Killarney and its neighborhood there was a terrible hurricane. The town sustained much damage and many houses were shattered.


The Irish Potato Famine. Many Irish emigrate to America. Irish population drops from 8 million to 6 million due to death from starvation or emigration.

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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