m. Abt 1783
Facts and Events
Since Charles King Sr. died in 1818, Charles King Jr. died in 1819, and Charles King 3rd died sometime before 15 May 1821, the probate of all three was extremely intertwined and complicated. Further, a significant portion of what appears to be a sizable estate appears to have been lost through embezzlement and legal wrangling. The outline below is based on material on FHL films 1547989 and 1671516.
Will of "Charles King Ju'r of ... County of Bertie", dated 23 Sep 1819, proved Nov Term 1819, mentions wife Elizabeth ["my second wife Elizabeth King"]; sons William, Henry, Charles, John, Timothy, James, Richard and George; daughters Judath Caudle, Sally King and alse King; granddaughter Elizabeth Caudle. Moses Gilliam Sr., sons Charles and Timothy Exrs. Witnesses J. A. Gardner, Benton King..
It is supposed that the children are mostly given in birth order, though the will of his widow shows Sally and Alse King are interchanged, Sally being daughter of the second wife and therefore younger, with Alse being the daughter of the first wife.
11 Nov 1819 William Pugh appointed guardian for Richard, James, Sarah and George King, "orphan[s] of Charles King". These four are all mentioned as children in the will of the second wife and widow, dated 6 Dec 1820. Presumably all the others were children of the first wife.
Charles King Jr. had no direct role (other than heir) in the estate of his father, Charles King Sr., who died in 1818, but he was appointed guardian of his brother Wilie King's share. Complicating matters, Wilie also died in early 1820. At the May Term 1820, auditors were appointed to go over the accounts of Charles King (3rd), Executor of Charles King (Jr.) who was Guardian of Wilie King dec'd with William Pugh who is adm'r of Wilie King, and report to the court on their settlement.
The death of the son Charles (3rd) before completing his executorship of the estate of Charles Jr. caused many problems. Timothy King, as the replacement executor, sued his brother's executor James Cherry, who answered by saying there were many notes in the name of Charles King and as a result, he was having difficulty distinguishing the estate of the son (3rd) from the estate of the father (Jr.).
Suit brought 20 Jul 1825 by "John Freeman & Sarah his wife" against her former guardian William Pugh alleges that the initial executor of Charles King (jr.) was his son Charles (3rd) who died 1819 [sic, Charles Jr. d. 1819 but his executor d. early 1821] without finishing, that Timothy King was then appointed executor even though he was a resident of Tennessee and shouldn't have been qualified, that Timothy received the assets of Charles King through Timothy's agent William Pugh, and took them to Tennessee where, being "a man greatly wanting in prudence & conduct", he is now feared to be insolvent. The suit alleges that William Pugh knew this improper activity was happening and, as her guardian, had a duty to stop it. Further that William Pugh has mismanaged the estate of Elizabeth King the widow of Charles King (Jr.), of which he was also the executor. (William Pugh's answer is extremely difficult to read, but appears to say that Timothy King had properly qualified as executor, and had taken control of the assets of Charles King Jr. from the administrator of Charles King (3rd) without the known of William Pugh, and then left the state, that William Pugh himself received only those payments those for which he had given receipts and which were included in the attached accounting. It was not until Timothy King's return to the state in 1823 that William Pugh learned of his insolvency, at which time he obtained a decree removing him from the executorship, and that the remedy requested by the complainant would have yielded nothing as Timothy had no property. Further, that the estate of Elizabeth King was also damaged by these activities.)