History of Bucks County, Pa Volume 3 by William H. Davis
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JOHN G. KING, vice-president of the Doylestown National Bank, was born in New Britain township, December 6, 1857, a son of John F. and Mary (GODSHALK) KING, both of German descent.  Among the early German emigrants to Pennsylvania were many of the name of KOENIG, long since Anglicized into King, all of whom seem to have settled originally in Montgomery county, from whence they migrated into several other sections as the country became settled westward and northward.  Among these was Peter KING, who with two brothers, Nicholas and Balthasar, emigrated from Germany in the year 1752, arriving in Philadelphia on October 16th of that year in the good ship “Snow Kitty,” Theophilus BARNES, commander.  They probably remained for some time, so says tradition, in the neighborhood of Germantown, but about 1760 Peter KING purchased a farm in Hatfield township, Philadelphia, now Montgomery county, and settled thereon.  Here his two sons, Peter and Martin KING, were reared, though both eventually found homes in Bucks county.

      Martin KING, great-grandfather of the subject of this sketch, first located in Bucks county in 1783, when he purchased a farm of one hundred acres near Leidytown, in Hilltown township.  He later purchased another farm in that neighborhood and became a prominent man in the community.  He was one of the original trustees of the Hilltown school house, erected in 1795, and maintained for the education of the youth of the neighborhood.  He died on his Hilltown farm in September, 1831, his wife, Elizabeth, surviving him.  His children were: Peter; Catharine, wife of George ECKHARDT, of New Britain; Henry; Martin, Jr.; John; Elizabeth, wife of Jacob WISLER; Mary wife of Samuel DANNEHOWER; Sarah and Margaret.  Martin KING, Jr., was the grandfather of the subject of this sketch.  He was born in Hilltown township, and on arriving at manhood married Catharine HARTMAN, who bore him three children, John F., Amos and Catharine.  The father, Martin KING, Jr., died about the year 1827, and his widow remarried a man by the name of SNYDER, and survived her husband many years, dying in Doylestown about 1878.

      John F. KING, the eldest son of Martin and Catharine (HARTMAN) KING, was born in Hilltown township April 19, 1820.  At the age of sixteen years he went to Philadelphia and learned the trade of a stair builder, which he followed for a few years in Philadelphia, and then returned to Bucks county, where for several years he followed the trade of a carpenter.  In 1849 he purchased of his cousin, John ECKHART, a lot of eighteen acres near Newville, in New Britain township, where he made his home until 1867, when he purchased the farm and mill property now owned by the subject of this sketch, on the Herkiaken, a tributary of the North Branch, near Fountainville, in New Britain township.  Mr. King was an active business man.  He operated the saw and grist mill in connection with his farm for several years, and greatly improved the property.  Mr. KING was a man of high standing in the community.  Both he and his wife, Mary GODSHALK, were Mennonites. In politics he was a Republican.  He died in August, 1892. 

      John G. KING, the subject of this sketch, was born near Newville, in New Britain township, and was reared on the farm, obtaining a good common school education.  Being the only child of his parents that grew to maturity, his only brother Isaiah dying at the age of twelve years, his services were in demand in the management of conduct of the mill and farm, and he never left home excepting for a period of eighteen months, nine of which he spent in travel and the other nine months in a mill.

      After the death of his father he acquired title to the farm, and has taken great pride in its management.  In the fall of 1900 he was elected prothonotary of Bucks county, and filled the office with eminent ability for three years.  At the reorganization of the Doylestown National Bank, in the fall of 1903, he was selected as a director and on February 1st, 1904, was elected vice-president and given a general supervision over the affairs of the bank, to which he devotes his entire time.  In April, 1894, he removed to Doylestown borough.  He was married, December 26, 1882, to Belle M. WORTHINGTON, daughter of Aaron M. and Elizabeth (MICHENER) WORTHINGTON, of Plumstead, and has one child, Mabel W., born September 19, 1895.  In politics Mr. KING is a Republican, and has always taken an active interest in its councils.  He is a member of Aquetong Lodge, No. 193, I.O.O.F., and of Doylestown Encampment, No. 35.

Test taken from page 472-473 of:

Davis, William W. H., A.M., History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania [New York-Chicago: The Lewis Publishing Company, 1905] Volume III

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