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Thursday, September 3, 1970

Dr. Abner G. King

Received from a King descendant . . .  

Dr. Abner G. King married Martha “Patty” [Pledger nee] Rentfrow, widow, in Fayette County, Georgia in 1855. Mrs. King was originally from Macon, Georgia. They had eight children. She died in 1900 and is buried in Sonora Cemetery, Fairlie, Hunt County, Texas. It is believed that Dr. King died in 1903* and is buried in Trinity County, Texas. 

One of their sons, Franklin Lafayette King (1855-1929), was a registered pharmacist and the owner of a drug store in Fairlie, Texas. He too is buried in Sonora Cemetery.

Dr. King was a close friend of a Mr. Rentfrow who also moved to Houston County from Georgia to be near the King family. Both Dr. King and Mr. Rentfrow served in the Confederate Army [5th Texas Cavalry] seeing action in New Mexico.

Saturday, October 13th, 1860. To day I went to Dr. Abner G. King's and surveyed for him 110 acres of land out of the Sam Chairs headright & wrote for him the deed for the same, which was executed by Joseph Keen. Boys at work on the carriage house. weather clear, but strong wind from the North and very cool, with a frost at night which is the first of the season.

Sunday, June 14th, 1863. To day I drove my horse (Gladiator) and buggy down after Mother [Mahala Sharp Hall nee Roberts], who came up and spent the day with the little woman [Margaret Hall Stewart nee Sharp]. Roberta [Hall] & Toby [Horace Oscar Hall] also came up on Rat. I purchased from Dr. King his place near Mr. Keen's consisting of forty acres of land with the improvements thereon, for which I paid him 300$ and took his deed. weather clear and hot. Ther: standing at 90°.

1870 Census Houston County, Texas
  • A G King 42
  • M P King 38
  • F D L King 14
  • B C King 12
  • J M King 9
  • E G King 7
  • Mary M King 5
  • M J King 2

*1880 Census Houston County, Texas [Abner does NOT appear with his famiy on this census]
  • Martha M. King 47 [Widowed]
  • Franklin L. King 24
  • James M. King 20
  • Elizabeth G. King 16
  • Nancy J. King 13
  • Malinda E. King 10
  • Emma C. King 6