West - King Family Notes

Chemung County NY



1790 – 1950

History of West-King Family

Taken from family Bibles and obituary notices up to 1950

Submited by Dr. Chip Satterlee

Ichabod West – Born at Shaftsbury, Vermont, on March 10, 1790. Died at Catherine, near Odessa, Schuyler Co., N.Y. January 1851. His wife, Vashti Smith, born at Pittston, N.Y. (near Troy) July 23, 1790. They moved from Grafton, Ronsulair Co. to Spencer, Tioga Co. in 1832. She died at the home of her son Anson, at Watkins, N.Y. December 4, 1868. Both were buried in Catherine cemetery. We find no record of brothers or sisters although there were some. To them were born four children and they were brought up in a strictly religious home. In those days a child who made a false move in church, where the sermons were two hours long, was severely punished upon reaching home. At school if punished they, without investigation, were again punished at home. The youngest son in this home was the tale-bearer. In spite of the severe treatment they all grew to have homes of their own.

Prudence – the oldest child, was born at Grafton, N.Y. October 23, 1812; married to Henry S. Rhoode 1841; died September 26, 1902. They had three children; Jonas, Araminta and Baron. Lived on a farm at Besserner, near Ithaca, N.Y. Very strict and well-to-do farmers. She lived to a good old age; always retained her strict Puritan ways. A very good woman. The children went away to school. Had a good education for those days.

Jonas – remained on the farm; did not marry until in later life. He had four sons: Henry, Newton, Benjamin, and Fay. After the death of his mother they moved to Ithaca where they had a nice home. Henry took charge of the farm. Jonas died a few years ago. His wife, Jennie, soon followed. The three boys still live in Ithaca; married and doing well.

Araminta – always called Minnie, and beloved by all who knew her, was known for her good deeds. She married Thomas D. Beckwith of Geneseo, NY., December 3, 1866. They lived there for sometime; later moved to Rochester, N.Y. Both children were born in Geneseo: Corie January 9, 1869. She was educated in Rochester; became a very successful teacher, with promotions over a period of thirty years. She, with another Rochester teacher, were on a leave of absence taking a trip to California, which included Alaska. She died on the boat in Alaskan waters June 18, 1918. She was a faithful Sunday School teacher; at one time church soloist at North Presbyterian Church, Rochester. Her father and mother were charter members of the above church. She, also her brother, were members. Her body was returned to Rochester and buried beside her parents in Riverside Cemetery. Mother died June 1899 age 50 years. The father was in the 70’s. Corie was devoted to her invalid father over a period of years; kept the house at the same time her teaching position. Anson, the son, was about three years younger. He too was educated in Rochester; was a 32nd degree Mason, was a coal dealer for a number of years. He married Marion King of Buffalo, N.Y. They had one son Dwight, now living in Rochester. Anson and Marion are both deceased.

Baron – was born and lived on the farm until her marriage to James Patterson whom she met while visiting her sister Minnie in Geneseo. He came of a well established family of Scotch descent. They always lived in Geneseo where their three sons were born: Robert, Jonas and James Patterson; all reached manhood. Robert a doctor in Rochester; James also lives in Rochester. Jonas remained with his father and carried on the business – a merchant tailor. Was very successful. A fine family. All married.

Mary Ann West – born in Pittston, NY, married the Rev. Enos Puffer. She died August 1875, leaving two sons. Smith – the older, born in 1837, died January 2, 1875. He left a wife and two little girls, Minnie and Lois. Both sons lived in Binghamton. James died July 4, age 64 years.

Anson West – born August 28, 1820, at Grafton, NY, married Stella B. Satterlee at Johnson Settlement near Odessa, April 9, 1846. Both lived in Catherine at the time. He died at Watkins, NY, Nov. 29, 1890. She was born Oct. 12, 1825, and died Jan. 30, 1889. They always were a devoted couple. He was never the same after she died. Most of their lives were spent in Watkins, with the exception of a few years in Havana, now Montour Falls, New York City and at the Magee Fish Ponds where he was Superintendent. After that he again took up his work as a harness maker, a trade he learned as a young man. They had four children: Emma, Ella J., Charley and Eddy K.

Emma – born at Havana, April 26, 1847, was married to Edward Hull King of Middletown, NY, December 14, 1865; died at Geneva, NY, July 23, 1930. He died November 22, 1871. Both are buried at Glenwood Cemetery at Watkins Glen, NY, also her father, mother and their two sons. They had five children; the two older boy and girl died at birth. Minnie E., Stella B., Ferd Hull King, all born at Watkins, NY. Their record is with the King Family.

Ella J. – born November 3, 1850, at Havana, NY, married to Gabrial Emmitt Drake, Nov. 6, 1872 at the family home. He was born Sept. 22, 1839. Youngest of a large family. She died June 10, 1915. He lived about four years longer, making his home with his daughter. He died March 20, 1919. They had two children: Anson Thomas, named for his two grandfathers, born April 20, 1874, near Odessa, NY., married Magdaline Swarthout of Glenora, NY, March 22, 1899. Four children were born to them. He was an engineer on N.Y. Central R.R. and lived in Corning. N.Y., where the children were born. Alfred born Dec. 9, 1899. He married; had two children, Betty a trained nurse and Anson who had plenty of experience in World War 2 from Pearl Harbor when the Japs made their sneak attack, also throughout the Pacific area. Both are married; live in Elmira, NY. Anson’s wife had a baby boy, Robert Anson. Arthur Emmitt born April 4, 1902. He is married, has a son. Esther and Edward, twins born March 20, 1905, are married. Esther had a son Philip who was drowned in Chemung River when 14. A sad chapter in the family history. He was a bright and useful boy; held in high esteem by church and Sunday School which paid a fine tribute to his memory. Edward is married, has four children. Two of them are married. Mary Esther Drake born Aug. 27, 1875, in the town of Catherine. She married Walter Adair Orr of Reading, May 9, 1901. He was born March 11, 1873. They have had three children: Walter Adair Jr. born May 1, 1903, at Corning, NY. He was married to Lillian Strang of Long Island, August 31, 1935. They have two children, Francis born August 5, 1837, and Dorothy E., born Jan. 4, 1940. Both are bright and interesting children. They all live on Long Island. Winifred Drake Orr, born Feb. 4, 1907, has traveled extensively in this country and abroad. She was married Jan. 30, 1937, to Arthur R. Pratt in New York City where she has lived for sometime; is a trained nurse who has had much experience and intensive training. They have a son, James Walter born at S and S Hospital in PennYan, NY, July 30, 1939. He lives with his grandparents at Rockstream, the family home of Walter and Mary Orr. He is a very promising young lad making good in school, also Sunday School work. Onalee Teressa Orr, born Feb. 27, 1915, died May 6, 1918, a sweet little girl who went to her Heavenly Home early.

Charles West – died Sept. 21, 1855, age 6 months, another child who went Home early.

Eddy Kipp West – born in New York City Sept. 10, 1858, died at Watkins Sept. 27, 1869, following a long illness (T.B.).

Benjamin C. West – born at Pittston, NY, March 25, 1823, married to Cornelia E. Bradley of Guilford, Conn., Oct. 17, 1853. She came of a very old and aristocratic family, never did a days work in her long life. They had one son, Dr. Redfield Frisby West, is mother’s family name. He became an eminent physician, was also state chemist. He married not too happily. The family are all deceased. B. C. as he was called, died Jan. 9, 1910. She survived him by a few years; was most unhappy after his death and not getting any comfort from her daughter-in-law. Her son was good to her.

Family of Stella B. Satterlee West

Her father, Ephrain Satterlee came from Connecticut and settled on Seeley Creek, south of Elmira, NY., born May 12, 1786, died Jan. 10, 1868. Was married to Christian Seeley in 1811 of a prominent family in that locality. She was born Nov. 10, 1794, the daughter of Nathaniel Seeley. There was other children of whom we find little record. Only know some of the descendants.

Morgan Seeley, a banker, in Oscilla, Pa., was a nephew of Christian; also three ladies who were sisters of Esther Ephrain or Christian. Mrs. Clinton Dorsey of Geneva, NY., Mrs. Newell Taft of Lyons, NY., who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary; also Mrs. Patton of Lyons. Then Mrs. Maria Satterlee Broderick of Havana, N.Y. Christian died July 21, 1874. Abigail Broderick Patterson had two brothers and one sister. She being the youngest and was always Aunt Abbey to the families’ children. She was born in the town of Catherine overlooking Beautiful Seneca Lake, Aug. 15, 1823. A devout Christian lady beloved by all who knew her. She was married at Havana to Archibald Patterson Jan. 17, 1844. They had two sons: Duane who was a soldier in the Civil War and gave his life for his country. George lived a long and useful life, a real comfort to his father and mother and a credit to the community in and around Burdett where they always lived. A firm supporter of the Presbyterian Church. He married; had three sons all grown to manhood. His father died in 1884 age 69 years. She outlived him by a number of years. Her grandfather was a captain in the Revolutionary War. He and his company formed a part of the army of Gen. John Sullivan in the well known Sullivan Expedition of 1779 which passed through this section and is now marked by markers telling of the opening up of this part of the country. That was the fore runner of civilization around here.

Ephrain and Christian Satterlee moved to Catherine township where all of their children were born and lived until 1844 when all but two, Stella and Charles, moved to Tioga Co., Pa. Near Wellsboro. They were relatives of Samuel Seeley who built the first frame house in Hector, near Hector Falls, a most scenic location. Ephrain Satterlee helped in the building of the Jefferson House in Watkins, which is a landmark, although kept up-to-date throughout the years, as a hotel. When completed in 1842 or 1843, Dr. Watkins, the builder, gave a banquet for all who helped in the construction of the building. Their oldest daughter Betsy was one of a party to make the first steamboat trip on Seneca Lake. It mush have been about 1883 when she had her first ride on a train, when she came to Watkins to visit her sister Stella, the first time she had returned to the scene of her childhood.

Following are the children:

Susan Satterlee, born Aug. 14, 1813, Elizabeth (Betsy) June 14, 1814. Married to Mr. Jeffers. They had one son Ephrain who saw plenty of service in the Civil War. Badly wounded and imprisoned, he survived. Later married. He and his wife Julia had one daughter. Samanthia – June 25, 1815. Selah Dec. 25, 1816. He was twice married; had several children. Archibald – Aug. 14, 1818. Charles S. – March 25, 1820; married Sarah Canfield, lived to celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. He died about three months later in 1904. She too, was of a pioneer family, one of nine children. Most of their lives were spent near Burdett on a farm owned by her father, Jonas Canfield. After the death of her mother he bought the farm from the other heirs. Beautifully located on the top of a high hill is still known as Satterlee Hill. Sullivan expedition camped in the woods on this farm, down near the lake. All of their six children were born on this farm. They were an honest and upright Christian family always throwing their influence on the side of right.

Anna – the oldest daughter married George Simon Himrod, an honest upright Christian man. They had three children: Emma who married John Kiermaier of Brooklyn. They had three sons: George who married Marguerite Hawes of Watkins Glen. They had three daughters, the youngest a baby when her father died abed 40 (T.B.). They lived at Haworth, N.J. His mother did not live long after her sons death. She became blind. Was always such a good girl, wife and mother. Their next son LaVerne was a World War 1 veteran. He died in 1929 or 1930. Her husband did not long survive LaVerne, leaving a younger son Harold. Sadie Himrod married Walter Moore of Brooklyn. They had one son Leon. George Himrod was born after both of his sisters were married. He died when about 3 years old.

Ella Satterlee married Joseph Keef whose home was not far from the Satterlee home. They had two daughters. She died when Anna was a baby (T.B.). Della was a little child; lived with her father at his mother’s home. His sisters cared for her when their mother passed on. Her people always kept Anna. The father never re-married. All good people. Anna was such a comfort to her grandparents; always faithful to look after their needs long as they lived. After that she went to her father’s home. The two girls were not really separated; saw one another often and are now alone together. All of both families are gone and they are not too good. Neither of them married.

William Satterlee, the oldest son, married Imogene Gerow of Burdett. Within a year he died of T.B. Stella Satterlee married Edward Wykoff of Burdett, a good farmer, kind husband and father of 3 children. They have all married: George, Carrie Lou and Adell.

Charles Satterlee married Carrie Harrington. They had two sons; Lionel now deceased – also his father; they lived in Rochester, NY. Carrie and younger son are still living there. Henry, youngest of the Satterlee family, died when a young boy. Sally Ann Satterlee born Dec. 8, 1821. Martha and Mary – twins born July 12, 1823. Both lived, were married and had families. Mary married Ephrain Francis. They had a nice home in Charlestown township near Wellsboro, Pa. He died when the children were grown. She died Feb. 4, 1913, not long after he went. They had five children: Esther married Charley Scott, lived near her people, no children. Wade, the oldest, married and lived at Wellsboro; had two children. Cora of Wellsboro married Melvin Petrie. They had one son Harry. He too, is married. Elsworth stayed on the farm with his mother but married later. Mamie the youngest married while real young. She had a little girl named Benedict. The family were brought up in a good Christian home. Stella Satterlee, born Oct. 12, 1825, married Anson West April 9, 1846, died Jan. 30, 1889. Her record is with the West family. Rebecca M. Oct. 29, 1827. Electa Lewis May 7, 1829. Caroline C. Dec. 26, 1831. Henry Rowlind Feb. 26, 1833. Robert C. Sept. 2, 1834. Was a Civil War veteran. His wife Anna and he lived together happily for many years. He was the last of a large family (16 children) to die. He was a brave soldier, genial man and missed by a large circle of friends, being 84 at his death. Both are buried in the Wellsboro cemetery. The oldest son George lives in Corning, NY. He was a railroad man for years. William and Charles of Wellsboro, Mrs. Wm. Harrison of Wellsboro, Mrs. George Lewis of Corning. There are 11 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Samuel D. Dec. 1, 1838, also a Civil War veteran. Was twice married. No children.

King Family Record up to March 1950 from early 1700

Most of the information has come from the Bible of Samuel King Jr., also from letters written by his youngest daughter Victoria to her sister-in-law Emma West King, who copied the history, also saved letters bearing further information. The older King Bible went to Cornelia King Ogden and was lost to us after her death.

Abraham Montanie (De La Montanye) or Elder Benjamin Montanye, was a chaplain in George Washington’s Army with rank of Sergeant. No record of his birth. Before the war some of the Dutch settlers who came here when New York City was named New Amsterdam, bought land and settled on 453 acres. This land was deeded to the heirs of those who became dissatisfied and rather than go through a war left all and returned to Holland. There were 23 who deeded their acres to their heirs for "So long as grass grows and water flows". It was written on parchment and recorded in New York City. Upper Central Park is part of the land. It was contested several times but through bribery New York has kept the land.

Our ancestor, Elder Benjamin De La Montanye also known as Dominie Montagnie (Dominie meaning preacher), near the close of the war, was selected as one trustworthy to go on a very dangerous but important mission down through Ramapo Pass, to deliver papers which were sewn inside the lining of his coat. He was personally interviewed and accepted by General George Washington before given the secret message. He knew he would have to pass through enemy territory; was warned of his danger. He was captured, after a hard struggle; searched and papers found. This was what General Washington wanted for it was a fake message and turned the tide of the war. He wanted the enemy to move north so he could move south and attack Cornwallis in Virginia. The Sergeant was taken prisoner; sent to the Old Sugar House Prison in New York where he remained until the close of the war, soon after Cornwallis surrendered to Washington.

At the end of the war Montanye went to New Vernon, Orange Co., N.Y., became pastor of the Old Scotch Baptist Church where he remained until he died. He was buried in the churchyard cemetery where there was erected a suitable marker to his memory. In this cemetery are the bodies of many of the King family, not a few of whom were Revolutionary soldiers. Have been told that this branch of the King family goes back to the Stuarts on the throne of Scotland.

Mary Roe, oldest sister of Phoebe Roe King, married into the Drake family. They had their coat of arms and crest. The Drakes trace their ancestry back to England. In all probability, the first Drake in England was a Roman soldier who came with the army of Julius Ceasar and instead of returning to the Roman Empire, remained in England and formed the Drake family which was well settled in County of Devon when William the Conqueror came over from France in 1066.

Mary Roe’s grandmother was Nancy Vail, closely related to the Drakes and Sweezeys, all connected with the King family. Her full name, Mary Roe Phillips, a very talented and beautiful woman, both in heart and mind. Was loved by all who knew her and a credit to the family circle. She entered by marriage. E. P. Roe the novelist, was a cousin of Phoebe Roe King and Mary Roe Phillips.

The King family was related to the DePeysers, Stewarts, Livingstons and Knickerbackers through Nancy Vail King. Isaac Montanye was a cousin of Samuel King Jr., lived in Goshen also Middleton. Was an editor and member of assembly. The Benjamin and Andrew Thompson family, bankers, were cousins of Hannah Vail King.

They once fenced in six acres of Harlem property and Mr. James Cassy, whose wife Judy was also an heir, got possession of a good brick house and kept it. That and much more belonged to the King heirs, but New York City fought it and won out. It was Mr. Cassy who had the deed translated from Dutch to English and Samuel King Jr. read and witnessed the recording. Mr. Cassy was a shoe merchant. Would have been a rich man had he not spent so much trying to get what belonged to the King heirs. He and the Thompsons kept the case in the courts for years. In 1903 it came into the courts again but through bribery nothing came of it. Original name on grant was Abraham Montanie (De La Montanye).

Elder Benjamin De La Montanye, no date of birth or death, or for his wife. We know he had a daughter Nancy who married Samuel King Sr. They had a son Samuel King Jr. He had four brothers and one sister, making six of this generation of Kings, who were widely scattered.

Montanye, the oldest, went to Michigan; married and settled there. Clinton married – had a daughter Carlotta who was born in Mexico where her father had a government position. She was a very talented young lady. They later returned to the United States. Thomas went to Australia in search of gold and never returned. Charles married; had two daughters Madeline and Ella King. The latter married a Mr. Beard. The three lived in Jersey City. The sister, Cornelia King married a Mr. Ogden of Jersey City. When she died the King Family Record was lost to us.

Samuel King Jr., born March 4, 1805, married Phoebe Roe King, Nov. 21, 1830. She was the daughter of Joshua Roe and Hannah Vail; was born in Goshen, NY., Aug. 17, 1807. She had an older sister, Mary Roe Phillips. No record of others. They lived happily together. Had six children. He died Feb. 3, 1874; she Sept. 30, 1878. Both are buried in Mr. Auburn cemetery, Boston, Mass. Their later years were spent with their oldest daughter "Dolly", her pet name. She was small and very attractive. Her husband named her that.

Henry O. King – born Nov. 24, 1839, died while a child, April 12, 1842.

Samuel H. C. King – born Dec. 6, 1841, died in infancy, April 3, 1842. Children of Samuel King Jr. and Phoebe Roe King.

Also the following children:

Eliza Jane King (Jennie) born Dec. 6, 1844. She never married; lived with her sister after the death of her parents. She never was very well; died at the home of her younger sister, Vicky, in Westminster, Md. May 20, 1923. Was tenderly cared for thoughout the years; buried at Westminster same as her sister and brother-in-law.

Victoria Lavinia King – Dec. 21, 1848. Was always devoted to her family, caring for each of them in their last illness. Seems as though her whole life was spent in doing for others. She was married to John J. Hanners April 21, 1869. They had ten happy years together, then tragedy came. He was a railroad man; instantly killed while on duty April 9, 1879. They had a little girl, Mildred Lillian, born March 14, 1874 and were so happy with her. She died suddenly Jan. 9, 1879, just a short time before her father; and Vicky’s mother who lived with them in Jersey City, died Sept. 30, 1878. Three deaths in a few months. She then went to Boston to live with her oldest sister who was a semi-invalid; cared for her husband also, who later had a long illness. He was like an own brother to her, always good and kind. He died in March 1892. After his passing his wife depended upon Vicky for everything, even the finances. The daughter Maude married soon after the death of her father. Her mother died Oct. 25, 1896. After that Vicky and Jennie went to Jersey City for awhile. Later she accepted a position as homekeeper for Mr. Charles Clayton Lovejoy of New York City, a very genial gentleman. He was a very well-known contractor and traveled extensively in his work. He was Superintendent, under William Gibbs McAdoo (later Treasurer of the U. S.) when the first New York City Subway was built in the early 1900’s. At that time he had 10,000 men working for him. He was contractor for the Equitable Life Insurance Co. which was one of the first skyscrapers in New York City. He was a most conscientious man because he said he aged ten years during the contract for that job. If one door didn’t hang perfectly he couldn’t sleep at night. (In recent years they have built a new Equitable Bldg. But they said the old one was still in good condition but just obsolete).

Mr. Lovejoy had four grown-up children. They all loved her as did their father. It resulted in their being married June 29, 1904. They were very happy together; lived in New York for sometime – later at Lakewood, N. J.; from there to Cambridge, Md. Where they bought a home; going south for her health. He retired and later bought another home in Westminster, Md., right in town. He was in failing health and she could not stand the cold winters so they never came back north. He died Nov. 11, 1925, following a long illness. She gave him loving care during all that time. After his passing she kept the home, renting part of it. With all her immediate family gone she stayed there among her friends who gave her loving care during her last illness, repaying her for what she had done for them.

All of the step-children were gone except the oldest daughter who came at the time of death Dec. 22, 1933, and she settled the estate. Burial was in Westminster. Truly a good woman had gone to her reward. The history of the King family would never have been written only for her getting the materials together, and her sister-in-law, Emma West King, copying the letters and preserving others – making this history possible.

In all probability the father of Benjamin Montanye is also buried in same cemetery as his son. He was a scout for General George Washington when Washington was a young officer leading the Virginia Militiamen in the battle at Ft. Duquesne – 1755. General Braddock was slain.

Descendants of Elder Benjamin Montayne, Chaplin in general

George Washington’s Army: (father of Nancy De La Montayne)

Born Married Died Info
Samuel King Sr.

Nancy De La Montayne

Joshua Roe

Father & Mother of
Hannah Vail

Phoebe Roe King

Samuel King Jr. Mar. 4, 1805 Nov. 21, 1830 Feb.3, 1874 4 brothers: Clinton,
Phoebe Elizabeth Roe Aug. 17, 1807
Sept. 30, 1878 Thomas, Montayne, Charles, Cornelia, King Ogden

Baron Ferdinand VonOlker Belgium Oct. 2, 1856 March 1892 2 daughters: Mildred
Angeline Emily King (Dolly) Jan. 18, 1832
Oct. 25, 1896 & Maude

Edward Hull King Feb. 23, 1834 Dec. 14, 1865 Nov.22, 1871 Minnie, Stella &
Emma P. West Apr. 26, 1847
July 23,1830 Ford Hull

John P. Hanners
Apr.21,1869 Apr.9,1879 1 Daughter
Victoria Lavenia King Dec.21,1848
Dec.22,1933 Maude Lillian

Charles Clayton Lovejoy
June 29,1894 Dec.11,1925
Victoria King Hanners Dec.21,1848

Ferd Hull King Aug.3, 1871 Dec.18,1890 Sept.20,1910 7 children:Ethel, Ferd
Mary Henrietta Bennett Mar.31, 1868
Aug.24,1950 Minnie,Cora,Edward,Emma Jane,Jennie
Stella B. King Mar.10,1870 Nov.4,1891
4 Children: Philip
George P. Filer Dec.25,1859
Dec.3,1941 Earl,Gladys & Margaret

Children of Samuel &

Phoebe Roe King:

Angeline Emily King

Edward Hull King

Henry O. King Nov.24,1839

Samuel Harlem C. King Dec.6,1841 Apr.12,1842

Eliza Jane King
Apr. 3,1842

Victoria Lavenia King

Grandchildren of

Samuel & Phoebe King:

Mildred VanOlker Feb.14,1861
May 14,1869 2 daughters of
Carl Leroy Mason
Emeline & Ferd
Lillian Maude VonOlker Apr.17,1874
May 1919 VonOlker

Mildred Lillian Hanners Mar.14,1874

Only child Victoria King and John Hanners
Minnie E. King Nov.16,1868
Stella King Filer Mar.10,1870 Nov.4,1891
4 Children
Ferd Hull King Aug.3,1871 Dec.18,1890 Sept.20,1910 Survived by 6 children

  Born Married Died Married
Children of Ferd and

Etta King:

Ethel B. King


Ford Hull King Aug.6,1893 Jan.20,1915
Irene Habbershaw
Minnie Etta King July 4,1895 July 3,1915
Edward Bohle
Edward Harold King July 2,1897 Aug.31,1920
Helen Carroll
Cora B. King Jan.9,1899 May 20,1918
George Conover
Emma Jane King Aug.30,1900 Dec.15,1920
John Hessenauer
Jennie Mae King Jan.1,1908 Mar.26,1932
Richard Roginson

Grandchildren of Ferd

And Etta King:

Edward Raymond Bohle May 22,1916 June 21,1941
Alice Vincent
Jack Hull King April 15,1920 Nov.6,1943
Lucille Mattice
Margaret Ann E. King June 4,1926 Mar.29,1952
Robert M. Fellabaun
Edward Robert King Sept.10,1920

Cornelia Conover Gilbert Jan.6,1920 June 23,1942
Leslie Gilbert
Mary Kathryn Hessenauer Sept.6,1921 May 29,1952
Glenn ??? Smith
John Fred Hessenauer Mar.31,1930

Carl King Hessenauer Aug.7,1935 Aug.1951(57?)

Harold Robert Hessenauer June 25,1938

Richard King Hessenauer Jan.30,1947

Richard King Roginson Dec.14,1933
June 20,1954 S/o Jennie May King Roginson

Dorothy Mae Bohle Dec.29,1922
Jan.1,1923 D/o Minnie & Edw.Bohle

Great-grandchildren of

Ferd and Etta King:

Dannie Bohle Aug.16,1946

Grandson,Minnie & Edw. Bohle
Leslie John Gilbert July 17,1946

G-children Cora &
Carroll Mae Gilbert May.24,1948

Geo. Conover
Barbara Ann King June 1, 1947

D/o Jack & Lucille King
Patricia Ann King Aug.10,1943

Children Bob &
Edward R. King, Jr. Oct.17,1944

Lawrence M. King July 29,1948

Children of Stella King

And George Filer:

Philip King Filer Jan.25, 1896

Grace McLeod
Earl Leon Filer July 5,1897 July 13,1928
John W. Ritchie
Gladys Madeline Filer Oct. 28,1899 Aug.15,1917
Montague Bonner
Margaret Puella Filer July 30,1907 Sept. 15,1928

Grandchildren of Stella

King & George Filer

Mary Harris Filer Dec.31,1920

Children of Grace
Rhoderick George Filer Apr. 22, 1931

And Earl Filer

Children of Gladys and

John Ritchie:

Mary Agnes Ritchie Aug.31, 1918 Dec.19,1946
Eugene D. Smith
Margaret Joan Ritchie Oct. 13, 1920 March 8, 1941
James Kelly Park
John King Ritchie Apr. 21, 1922 Dec.29,1951
Marita Dyck
Doris Maude Ritchie Apr. 27, 1925 Sept. 7, 1944
Kenneth Sutton

Children of Margaret

And James Park:

Geoffrey James Park July 17, 1946

Gregory Allen Park Apr. 21, 1943

Penelope Park Nov. 5, 1947

Margaret Ann Park July 25,1952

Children of Doris Maud

And Kenneth Sutton:

Madeline Jean Sutton Aug. 13, 1945

Judith Ann Sutton Sept.7, 1947

Barbara Hope Sutton Mar.14, 1951

Kenneth Sutton Dec. 1956

Angeline Emily (Dolly) born Jan. 18, 1832, died Oct. 25, 1896. She was married Oct. 2, 1856, to Baron Ferdinand Von Olker of Belgium. He and his brother were talented musicians and wished to make that profession their life work. Their family strongly objected saying it was beneath their Royal status (work). They renounced their titles; came to America and made good as composers and orchestra leaders; also taking pupils. Both married and had two children each. Honest and upright in all their dealings. Ferdie was loved by all of the King family, lived in Boston, later in Providence, R.I. They had two daughters: Mildred (Minnie) born Feb. 14, 1861; died May 14, 1869. A very bright little girl. Later another daughter arrived, Lillian Maude, born April 17, 1874. She married soon after her fathers death, Jan. 18, 1894 to Carl L. Mason of Lowell, Mass. She died in May 1919 leaving two little girls and her husband. Her parents were buried at Mr. Auburn, Boston, Mass.

Edward Hull King born Feb. 23, 1834, in Orange Co., N.Y. During his young manhood he lived in and near Middletown. Learned telegraphy when quite young, later became a dentist. Came to Watkins as a Supt. For the Magee Coal Co, where he was located at the time of his early death. He met Emma West and decided to live in Watkins. They were married Dec. 14, 1865, at the home of her parents, Mr. And Mrs. Anson West. Soon after he bought a home where they lived long as both of them lived, except three or four years when she and her three children went to her father’s home until the children were of school age. They had five children, the two older dying at birth. He died Nov. 22, 1871, following a short illness. The home has been in the family until summer of 1949. She died July 23, 1930 at the Dixon Sanitarium in Geneva, N.Y. Burial in the family plot of Glenwood Cemetery, Watkins Glen, N.Y. Their short lives together were happy with plans for their future and they enjoyed their children. Baby boy born Dec. 11, 1866. Baby girl Oct. 14, 1867. Minnie Emma – Nov. 16, 1868. She spent her childhood and school days learning millinery in Watkins. Together with a friend and business partner they had a millinery parlor in Geneva for a number of years. Later she was connected with the J. W. Smith Drygoods Co. until failing health made retirement necessary. Geneva is her home. She united with the Methodist Church in Watkins and has always kept up her interest in church work, especially with children. She is the compiler of this family record.

Stella B. King – born March 10, 1870 at Watkins, N.Y. Lived in Watkins and was a member of the Methodist Church. Both girls were interested in millinery. She was employed at Dundee, also Geneva; was instrumental in getting Minnie into the Geneva outfit as a co-partner of Ella L. Doty. These two girls became life long friends. Stella’s home was in Watkins until she married George P. Filer of Rochester, N.Y. Nov. 4, 1891. He, same as our family, could trace his family history back to the Revolutionary War period. The Filer family originally came from England. Two brothers came; one settled in Greece, near Rochester (now a part of Rochester) same as Charlotte. Philip Henry Filer, brother, went to Michigan where his family was born. He became well-to-do. Filer City in Filer County, Mich. Was named for him. His son, E. Golden Filer, became a millionaire. Comstock Hanford of Hanford Landing, on the Genesee River, was an uncle. He was a soldier. The British came up the river to Hanford Landing, which was located on the west side of the river below Genesee Falls. The bank was high. There used to be an elevator at the landing, to get to and from the river bank. This writer remembers going up and down in that old elevator to have a boat ride down the river to the lake. These British were going to take possession of the place but soldier Hanford had his men march round and round, in and out, among the trees on the hill. It appeared to be a big army. After some discussion the British decided to leave. That large army didn’t look good to the British so they went back down the river never to return. Philip Filer was born in Greece. He and his wife Roxie had five children. Alvah George born Dec. 25, 1859; died Dec. 3, 1941. Three daughters: Puella, Mary and Fannie, all deceased. Philip Jr. was a General in the Civil War. (Have heard him a number of times relate the above history. M.E.K.)

George and Stella had four children. They were brought up in a good Christian home, George being Superintendent of Sunday School and Stella a faithful teacher whose influence was always on the side of right. The children: Philip K. was born Jan. 25, 1896, in Rochester, N.Y. as were all of the children. He became a successful young business man in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, where the family lived as the children were growing up. Earl Leon, born July 5, 1897, married Grace McLeod of Edmonton on July 13, 1928. They have a daughter Mary, born Dec. 31, 1920. She is a very successful artist now teaching at McGill University, Montreal, Canada. Their son, Rhoderick George, born April 22, 1931, is now attending college at VanCouver, British Columbia, where the family now live. Their father, Philip and Earle, were in the nursery business; also sold real estate. Mrs. Filer also was a member of the Great West Nursery. Philup majored real estate. Earle was interested in a paper firm; was transferred to Regina where they lived for several years. Later they moved to VanCouver and is in business for himself and making good.

Gladys Madeline Filer, after finishing school where she was making good as an elocutionist, decided to get married rather than teach pupils, except her own. She is happily married to John W. Ritchie of Edmonton. She was born October 28m 1899; married August 15, 1917. They have four children, all doing well, having been brought up under good Christian influence. She left a good Christian home. Her father was a S. S. Supt. For years and her mother a faithful S. S teacher. Now she goo is a S. S. Supt. Doing much good in the country town near where she lives, 50 miles from Edmonton. Her husband is a teacher of the boys’ class. Her mother, after the death of her father and during his illness, carried on the nursery business. He had a long illness. She too, is an artist of no mean ability. Has always been doing good. She has been back to the States several times, having crossed the continent 13 or 14 times. The Ritchies moved to Busby, Aslta. When the children were small. He owns a large fur farm. The oldest child, Mary Agnes, was born Aug. 31, 1918. She loves the out of doors. During World War 2 she went up the Alaskan Highway to White Face as a canteen worker. In spare time she sketched from nature; sold her paintings for Christmas presents. She had a trip to Alaska and wrote beautiful descriptions of her trips in her letters home, which should have been published. She met and married an American soldier named Eugene D. Smith Dec. 19, 1946. His people live in the state of Washington. At the close of the war they settled at Lowell, Wash. Are happy together. Both love the out of doors; take long treks into the mountains together. No children. He has not met her family. She has been home once since her marriage.

Margaret Joan Ritchie, born Oct. 13, 1920, another fine Christian girl, married James K. Park March 8, 1941. He went overseas during World War 2. She and her two little boys lived in Edmonton alone during his absence. Upon his return they went to Wainwright, Alta. To live, where he has a good position. Jeffrey James born Nov. 29, 1941; Gregory Allen born April 21, 1943. They now have a little daughter Penolope born Nov. 5, 1947. A very happy family. Children are being brought up to attend church and Sunday School regularly; boys are in school.

John King Ritchie, the only boy, born April 21, 1922. Soon after finishing school he enlisted for overseas service. He saw a lot of service in the European sector. He is now making a home for himself and starting a fur farm. He does not live too far from his people. When the children were at home and old enough they all helped their father and mother in their church work. John is now a minister in B.C. (1958). John married Dec. 29, 1951.

Doris Maude, the youngest, was born April 27, 1925; married Kenneth G. Sutton Sept. 7, 1944. They have a home of their own near her brother John. Two little girls have joined the happy family, Mageline Joan born Aug. 13, 1945 and Judith Ann Sept. 7, 1947, on her parents wedding anniversary.

Mrs. Gladys Filer Ritchie, who is very modest and shrinks from publicity, had plenty of it in early March of 1950. When temperatures went from 20 to 60 below zero with high winds. Coldest winter on record. She became very ill; everyone practically snowed in; no doctor could get to her bedside. Her husband in desperation called their doctor in Edmonton. He said get her there without delay. He then contacted the Edmonton Red Cross. They sent an airplane and nurse. Could only land on a little lake nearby. A neighbor with bobsled and team took her on a mattress in bottom of sled to plane. When on the plane she was too sick to be scared. In 22 minutes they had her at the Edmonton airport, 50 miles from their home. She was met there by ambulance; also four reporters with cameras who took pictures as she was being transferred. The pictures with big headlines were in the daily paper. Then the radio came in for their share of the good work. That same night the event was broadcast far and near. We at Geneva, N.Y. heard the report over the 11 P.M. broadcast but did not get the name. We are 2550 miles from Edmonton and it came into the home very plainly.

The youngest of the Filer children, Margaret Puella, was born July 30, 1907 at Rochester General Hospital. She does not remember much of her life in the States. At an early age (between 3 and 4 years) she recited beautifully having learned poems beyond her years from her sister Gladys. "Curfew Shall Not Ring To-night" was one of her favorites. She was four when the family moved to Edmonton. All except Gladys have made return trips to the States. Margaret married Montague Bonner Sept. 15, 1928. Both are interested in church work he being an organist and choir leader. She sings in choir. He also has pupils, two of whom are his own children. They have an exceptionally fine and talented son and daughter, Douglas M. born Sept. 29, 1937 and Margaret Joan April 19, 1942. Both are in church and Sunday School every Sunday unless sick. They are also making good in school; have a good Christian background.

Ferd Hull King born Aug. 3, 1871 at Watkins, N.Y. His father died when he was three months old. Most of his life was spent in Watkins where he was a respected citizen. When he was 19 he married Mary Henrietta Bennett of Geneva at the Baptist Church Dec. 18, 1890. She was a niece of Dr. Mathew Bennett of Watkins with whom she lived for a few years. During that period he taught her to give readings at the various churches in Watkins. People still remember one of her favorites, "Whistling in Heaven" and it was quite vivid in her memory until just before her death. They were a very devoted couple. Like his father he did not live to see his little family grow up, the youngest being 2 ½ and the eldest 15 years old. He passed on Sept. 10, 1910. All the village stores were closed during his funeral. He was a member of the Methodist Church and held the highest offices in the Order of Odd Fellows and Red Men Lodges. His wife survived him 40 years. During that time she was very busy trying to care for six children but she always missed him. She always kept a letter he wrote her saying she was the prettiest girl in Rochester. She died Aug. 24th, 1950. They had seven children. Ethel B. born Feb. 22, 1892, died Nov. 28, 1893. A dear little girl. Is buried in Glenwood cemetery by the side of her father.

Ferd Hull King, Jr. born Aug. 6, 1893. He attended Cook Academy, later took a course in Drafting and has become very successful as an Engineer. He was married to Irene Habbershaw of Montour Falls, N.Y. Jan. 20, 1915. For a time they lived in Binghamton, N.Y., later moving to Toledo, Ohio, where they have a lovely home. After he married he changed to his wife’s faith, Episcople, and he has been Treasurer of her church for a number of years. Jack Hull King was born April 15, 1920. He was in the service during World War 2 and saw much of the U.S., Texas being one of the states in which he received training and while there visited his father’s sister in Dallas. Later he was sent to Japan. He married Lucille Mattice of Toledo, Nov. 6, 1943. All of the family love her. They are living in Detroit, Mich. He is also a draftsman, he having done work along that line while he was in the service. They have a dear little daughter Barbara Ann born June 1, 1947. Margaret Ann Elizabeth King, born June 4, 1926, is a beautiful and most attractive young lady; graduated from High School and Business College in Toledo. Has a fine position and a car of her own.

Minnie Etta King – Born July 4, 1895 at Rochester, N.Y. When still a baby the family returned to Watkins where she attended school and lived until the family moved to Geneva, a few years after their father died. Then she met and married Edward H. Bohle July 3, 1915. They have a son Edward Raymond born May 22, 1916. Most of his life has been spent in Geneva. He is a very successful draftsman. He was married to Alice Vincent of Willard, N.Y. June 21, 1941. During the war he did his bit by working at Belle Aircraft Co. in Buffalo. While living there a dear little son was born to them, Danny, August 16, 1946. He is the idol of the family. A little daughter, Dorothy Mae, was born Dec. 29, 1922 to Minnie and Edward Bohle. She died Jan. 1, 1923. It was such a disappointment for they so much wanted a little girl.

Edward Harold King – born July 2, 1897. He attended school and lived in Watkins until he was ready for a position. He found one in Geneva then in Rochester with the Rochester Electric Co. where he has been for a number of years. He married Helen Carroll of Rochester, in Detroit, Mich. Aug. 31, 1919. They have one son Edward Robert, born Sept. 10, 1920. He was in World War 2, on a boat, in the European Theatre, which was blown apart. He, with others, was rescued. He married a very sweet girl, Shirley and they had a little girl, Patricia Ann, born Aug. 10, 1943, just before he went into the service. Edward Robert Jr. was born Oct. 17, 1944. He reminds the King family so much of his grandfather when he was a little boy, the same curly hair; really a handsome boy. The baby, Lawrence M. King was born July 29, 1948. He is very sweet and mischievous. The grandparents are very proud of these children as they both wanted a large family of their own. They say the little girl looks like her grandmother when she was a child.

Cora B. King – born Jan. 9, 1899, a tiny baby with beautiful big brown eyes. Her school days were passed in Watkins. She was not too well as a little girl. After coming to Geneva she met and married George Conover May 20, 1918. He came of a long line of Geneva’s staunch men of good character and a help to any community. They have one daughter, Cornelia Rose, born Jan. 6, 1920. When she was a little girl they moved from Geneva to Rochester, where her father was in a Jewelry Store as clock and watch maker. Later had a store of his own. Cornelia was educated in Rochester, graduated and soon after was married. She played the violin and was in the High School orchestra. At school she met John Leslie Gilbert and later married her boyhood friend, June 28, 1942. He was in World War 2, in the European sector. They are very happy; have two little children, a boy, named for his father, called Johnnie, born July 17, 1946; Carol Mae born May 24, 1948. They say she steals the show. Both children are such a comfort to their parents and the idol of their grandparents. A third child, Coreen Cherie born Dec. 3, 1952 is now the idol of all.

Emma Jane King – named for her two grandmothers, was born Aug. 30, 1900, the first little girl of the family to have long curls like her mother used to have. She attended Geneva High School and Barclay’s Business School in Geneva and finished her education in Washington, D. C. where she had a position as stenographer with the Veteran’s Administration. Her mother and younger sister lived with her for awhile. During this time she was married to John Fred Hessenauer of Evansville, Ind. Who had a good position with the Treasury Department, Internal Revenue as auditor. December 15, 1920, was their wedding day. They always have been very happy together. They had a nice home in Washington. In 1939 he was transferred to Dallas, Texas, as Technical Advisor on national resource cases. They had a beautiful home in Dallas which they hated to leave when he transferred back to Washington because his wife wanted to be nearer New York State and their old friends, 1949. John Hessenauer’s grandmother came from Germany on a sailboat which took five weeks to cross the Atlantic Ocean. His grandfather came from Switzerland and Germany, (both paternal). His mother’s parents were also German. All his father’s brothers, 9, bought farms near Evansville and most of them after retiring subdivided their property into real estate lots. There was one sister which made news lately as she is near 90 and still busy making quilts. From this big family of boys John Hessenauer’s four boys are the only males to carry on the name. They are now living in Arlington, Va.

Mary Kathryn Hessenauer, the only daughter, is a most attractive young lady. She graduated from Highland Park High School, attended Texas State College for Women. She majored in business and later had a very good position with the Civil Service Commission in Dallas. She is now with the Navy Department doing budget work, but is being investigated by the V. B. I. For a position with Atomic Energy Commission. She has her own car and commutes five days a week. She was born Sept. 6, 1921. She was named Mary for her grandmother (although everyone called her Etta). Kathryn was her father’s sister.

John Fred Hessenauer, 3rd, (Jack) was born March 31, 1930, on his grandmother King’s birthday. He received his graduation diploma from Highland Park High School where he attended 3 years but attended his last year in McKinley High School, Washington, D. C. He also received diploma from Radio and Television School in Kansas City, Kan. But as he is in the Navy Reserve, Air Corps, he cannot do anything about his future because of World War 3, which seems inevitable.

Carl King Hessenauer was born Aug. 7, 1935. We call him "Little Sunshine", full of mischief but a good boy. He has always been very busy. He looks very much like his mother used to as a child. He has two morning paper routes which serves the community in which he lives. He is very good in Art, and anything that keeps his hands busy. His sister, Jack and also Bobby are extraordinary in Art. Mary Katheryn really wanted to major in Art in college and Jack had a picture accepted by the Navy when he was in Highland Park High School. It was Navy Day and the program was on the radio and televised when he received the prize. He also had pictures selected from his school and entered in New York exhibit. He wanted to major in Industrial Art. Carl was called the artist from his school when he made the cover for his graduation book from grammer school.

Harold Robert Hessenauer, the third son, born June 25, 1938, was a little over a year old when they moved to Texas. So good on the long trip, via boat from New York City to Galveston, Texas. They took their car with them and drove up from Galveston to Dallas. They came to see the family before going so far away. Bobby has a very sweet disposition. His father calls him "Money Bags Bobby" because he has started a collection of old coins. All his spare time he spends by reading his coin books, looking through the church collection that he helps his father count and saving his money. Carl is just the opposite, Bobby also has a paper route in his neighborhood.

Richard King Hessenauer, a little Texan, was born at Dallas January 30, 1947, President Delano Roosevelt’s birthday. A dear little boy who looks like his sister who took entire care of him the first couple months. It takes the whole family to care for him now. They are all a credit to their family. Little Richie likes to attend Sunday School where his father is Treasurer, the Potomac Heights Community Church, and was Treasurer 13 years. Before moving to Dallas. His mother was quite busy in dramatic club before going to Texas but since coming back Mary Kathryn and Jack have taken her place.

Jennie Mae King – was born January 1, 1908, youngest of the Ferd King family. She was a New Years gift to the whole family and we all loved her dearly. The older children exchanged their gifts and bought tin horns and paraded up and down the street in honor of her arrival. Her early childhood was spent in Watkins and later in Geneva where she attended school, also in Washington, D.C., later taking a business course. Later she went to Rochester where she has had good positions. She was married at the North Presbyterian Church in Rochester March 26, 1932, to Richard Roginson of Buffalo, where their son Richard King Roginson was born Dec. 14, 1933. He is a very good looking young High School student expecting to graduate very soon. They make their home in Rochester.


BOHLE Edward G. Bohle


GENEVA - Funeral services for Edward G. Bohle, 74, of 42 Milton St., were this afternoon at 2 p.m. in the Corwin Funeral Home. The Rev. Vernon Lee officiated. Burial was in Sandhill Cemetery on the Geneva- Canandaigua Rd. Bearers were William Metcalf,Donald Dubbs, Ernest Lerkins, Henry Iredale, WayneSheridan and James Sheridan all members of IOOF Castle Lodge of Geneva.Mr. Bohle died Tuesday in Geneva General Hospital following a short illness. The Obituary was published 16 Jun 1986, in the Finger Lakes Times,  Geneva, N.Y. "GENEVA - Mrs. Alice E Bohle, 69, of 26 Oak St., died at Geneva General Hospital Sunday (June 15) following several months illness. She was the wife of Edward R Bohle. Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Corwin Funeral Home. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday with a prayer at the funeral  home followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St Stephen's Church. Burial will be in Sandhill Cemetery, Geneva-Canandaigua Road. Memorial contributions may be made to the American CancerSociety, 343 N Main St., Canandaigua, N Y ,14424 Mrs. Bohle was born in  Willard, daughter of Arthur and Mildred Feehan Vincent. She had been a resident of Geneva since 1947. She was married June 21, 1941, at Ovid. She was a member of St Stephen's Roman Catholic Church, a member of the Women of the Moose and the Elkettes of the Geneva Elks Lodge and also a member of the American Association of Retired Persons.  Surviving are her husband, Edward R ; and one son, Daniel of Waterloo.   Submitted by Gary Butler


KING Minnie E. Bohle


GENEVA -  Mrs. Minnie E. King Bohle, 71, of 42 Milton St, died this morning in Geneva General Hospital following a several months illness.  She was the widow of Edward G. Bohle who died Tuesday. He will be buried tomorrow. The funeral services for Mrs. Bohle will be Monday afternoon at the Corwin Funeral Home at a time to be announced. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery, Geneva - Canandaigua Rd. Friends may call at the funeral home tomorrow from to 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday  from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m.  Mrs. Bohle was born in Rochester, July 4, 1895, the daughter of the late Ferd H. and Etta Bennett King. She spent her early childhood in Watkins Glen and came to Geneva shortly after the death of her father in 1910. Her marriage to Edward G. Bohle took  place in Geneva in 1915. She was a member of First Methodist Church.Survivors are one son, Edward R.; one grandson, Daniel of Geneva; three sisters, Mrs. Cora B. Conover of Rochester, Mrs. Jennie Roginson, also of Rochester, Mrs. John Hessenauer of Shephardstown,Pa.; one brother, Edward Harold King, Sun Valley, Ark; several nieces and nephews.  Submitted by Gary Butler

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