Person:Charles King (53)

Charles King, III
m. Abt 1783
  1. Judah KingBef 1787 -
  2. Henry KingBef 1787 - 1841
  3. William King1786 - Abt 1825
  4. Charles King, IIIBef 1790 - Bef 1821
  5. Alice KingBef 1790 -
  6. John KingBef 1794 - Bef 1825
  7. Timothy KingAft 1794 - Aft 1850
m. Abt 1815
Facts and Events
Name[3] Charles King, III
Gender Male
Birth[4] Bef 1790 Bertie, North Carolina, United States
Marriage Abt 1815 to Catherine Unknown
Death[1][2] Bef 5 Feb 1821 Stewart, Tennessee, United States


Charles King III was one of 3 nominated executors of the will of his father, Charles King Jr, and the only one who qualified to be appointed. Unfortunately, he died intestate before completing his executorship, throwing his father's estate into a considerable state of confusion (see Person:Charles King (52)).

Charles' own estate was not free from problems, as the following petition by his widow, and her subsequent husband, show. [Taken from FHL film 1671516 Bertie County NC Probate Records (file of Charles King).]

15 May 1821: Bond of James Cherry for administration of Charles King

14 Feb 1826: Bond of Thomas C King for administration of Charles King

May Term 1827: Ordered by the Court that Henry L Wall be appointed Guardian to Charles Ann Rodes King...


Excerpts from an undated petition, probably filed in 1828 in Bertie County, NC

"Petition of Henry E Wall & his wife Catharine and of Charles Ann Rodes King an infant under the age of twenty one by her Guardian Henry E Wall ... that Charles King departed this life sometime in the year of [blank] Intestate. And that your Petitioner Catharine & Charles Ann Rodes King are the distributees of his personal estate. Your Petitioner Catharine having been his widow & Your Petitoner Charles Ann Rodes King is his only child & heir at Law. Your Petitioners further shew that administration of the estate of Charles King deceased was granted by the County Court of Bertie at [blank] to James Cherry. ... That the same Cherry departed this life sometime in the year [blank] and that at the County Court held for Bertie on [blank] administration de bonis non of the estate of Charles King deceased was granted to Thomas King. ... that Thomas King departed this life before such certificate [of guardianship of the daughter] could be sent on. And that Your Petitioners Henry E Wall is now ready to produce such certificate. Your Petitioners Henry E Wall & Catharine further shew that they intermarried sometime in the year of [blank] sometime before Thomas King deceased became the administrator de bonis non of Charles King deceased -

Your Petitioners further shew that at February sessions held for the County of Bertie in 1828 administration de bonis non of the estate of Charles King deceased was granted to Humphrey Hardy who has taken into his possession all the assets of the estate. ... [ask for] a full account of his administration &c.

The answer of Humphry H. Hardy the administrator de bonis non of Charles King due to the bill of complaint of Henry E Wall & Catharine Wall & of Charles A R King an infant. ... that James Cherry was appointed the administration of Charles King, & that on the death of James Cherry or soon after, Thomas C King was appointed administrator de bonis of Charles King, & that this defen was appointed administrator of said Charles King at February Sessions 1828 of Bertie County Court. This defendant immedeatily on his undertaking the office of administration to Charles King, made application to William B King the executor of Thomas C King to come to a settlement & pay to him the estate of Charles King that came into the hands of Thomas C King his testator, but the said William B King declined to do so without the ??? of some competent tribunal. This defendant [caused a ????] forthwith to be instituted against William B King the [ink blot] executor of Thomas C King & has received as judgment at the [March?] Term of this Court for $1759.89 with interest from the 15th of May 1828. The amount of the above judgment this defendant has not received, but expects to receive the same as soon as he can collect the same, by due course of law unless the amount be paid without recourse to process of law = The defendant has understood that Henry Wall the petitioner has intermarried with the widow of Charles King as set forth in the bill of complaint, but has no personal knowledge of that part - he has also understood [???] that Charles Ann Rhodes King is the only child & distributee of Charles King other than the widow of said Charles. But as this defendant has no personal knowledge of the fact & as the complainants reside in a foreign state, he prays they may be put to strict proof whether the complainant Henry E Wall has been appointed guardian to the said Charles A R King according to laws ...

  1. Roll 38, Minutes Vol. 1, Nov. 1819 – May 1821, in Historical Records Project (Tennessee); Historical Records Survey (Tennessee); and Tennessee. County Court (Stewart County). County Court minutes, 1804-1819, Stewart County, Tennessee. (Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1940, 1942)
    Stewart County Genweb.

    [Monday, 5 February 1821 Court #299]
    Court issues letters of administration to Henry King in the estate of Charles King, with Lewis Elliott & Lewis Bond his securities
    [Charles bought land in Stewart County in 1811. It is presumed that Charles was ruled a resident of Bertie County, NC, either because of larger land holdings there, or due to his role as executor of his father's will, and that the administration thereS2 superceded this one. However, this earlier report probably better reflects his actual date of death.]

  2. FHL film 1671516, in North Carolina. Superior Court (Bertie County). Probate records, 1728-1844, 1848-1961; indexes, 1868-1961, 1728-1961. (Raleigh, North Carolina: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, 1961).

    15 May 1821: Bond of James Cherry for administration of Charles King.

  3. Three generations of Charles King's all died within 3 years of each other. This being the last of the three, it is convenient to refer to him as Charles, III. He is actually fourth in a string of four consecutive generations of Charles King. In some probate documents he may be referred to as Jr. or "the younger", depending on the perspective of the document. Keeping the references straight can be challenging.
  4. The household of Charles King, Jr. had 2 male children in 1787 state census, and 3 in 1790 Federal census. Based on the order the children where named in their father's will, this third son was Charles.