David King1

b. 21 August 1726, d. 11 March 1807
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3rd great-grandfather of Ruth Minerva Fairfield.
5th great-grandfather of Laura Jane Munson.
Family Background:
Fairfield and Allied Families
Appears on charts:
Pedigree for Ruth Minerva Fairfield
     David King was baptized on 21 August 1726 in New North Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1 He was the son of John King and Mary Stowell.1 Marriage intentions for David King and Elizabeth Gray, daughter of John Gray and Jane Patten, were published on 27 February 1762 at Biddeford, York County, Maine.2 They were married by Reverend Moses Morrill on 14 March 1762 in First Congregational Church, Biddeford.3,4,5,6 He died on 11 March 1807 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Hays, at Buxton, York County, at age 80.7,8,3
     Hannah Storer King Heywood, youngest daughter of Cyrus King, and granddaughter of Richard King of Scarborough, recollected that her grandfather's brother David was a merchant in Saco. However, since David King died a few years before Hannah was born, her "recollection" was obviously second hand. Nevertheless, the information shouldn't be discounted because her father, a prominent attorney in Saco, and U.S. Representative, undoubtedly had first hand knowledge of his uncle.9 Furthermore, Folsom, in his early and respected history of Saco and Biddeford wrote that "the first merchants or traders of whom we have an account on the east side [Saco], were Tristram Jordan, Andrew Bradstreet, Thomas Cutts, Thomas Donnell, and David King..." and "Mr. David King traded a short time near the head of the wharf, but soon after his marriage, 1762, removed to the west side of the river [Biddeford]."10 The probable reason for the move is that his father-in-law John Gray built a house for him at the place called 'King's Corner,' a short distance above the upper meetinghouse on the Biddeford side.10

Additional Data
David King was witness to the deed by which Richard King of Boston, in 1746 conveyed to Jonas Cooledge of Watertown, land in Watertown, bought of Thornton in 1742.11

David King bought land on 21 April 1762: "deed of James Miller, of Biddeford, to David King, of Biddeford, trader, land on the Saco river in the township of Biddeford."12

David King and Elizabeth King sold land in Pepperellborough, Maine, on 16 September 1765: "David King of Maine trader and Elizabeth his wife to Richard King of Scarboro, Gent."13

David King was a soldier in the American Revolution. He entered service on 17 July 1775. He was in Capt. Benjamin Hooper's Company raised for defense of the seacoast in York County, and was stationed in Biddeford in the district of Pepperelborough (Saco).14,15 His service was to 31 December 1775, six months.14

David King was mentioned in a deed in Pepperellborough, York County, Maine, on 13 March 1777: "John Gray, of Biddeford, yeoman, to Elizabeth King wife of David King, of Biddeford, 150 acres in Pepperellborough."16

David King is on a list of men belonging to Capt. Benjamin Hooper's (Buxton) Company, dated 31 January 1782.14

Children of David King and Elizabeth Gray


  1. [S718] Thomas Bellows Wyman, New North Church Records, Boston, 1714-1799 (n.p.: n.pub., 1867).
  2. [S761] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register; (Online database: NewEnglandAncestors.org, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001), (Orig. Pub. New England Historic Genealogical Society, Boston, MA. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register, 148 vols., 1847-1994) 71:221.
  3. [S716] William Henry Harrison Stowell, Stowell Genealogy; A Record of the Descendants of Samuel Stowell of Hingham, Mass (Rutland: The Tuttle Company, 1922), 53.
  4. [S719] S.M. Watson, "David King, of Saco, and some of his Descendants", Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder 3:2 (1886): 118, gives only the date.
  5. [S720] A.K.P. Meserve M.D., "Records of First Congregational Church in Biddeford", Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder 6:1 (1889): 297, "David King and Elizabeth Gray, both of Biddeford."
  6. [S725] E.B.L., "Notes. David King", Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder 2:1 (1885): 59.
  7. [S727] Daughters of the American Revolution National Society Lineage Books of the Charter Members of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, 76 (Washington, D.C.: Washington, D.C. Press of Judd and Detweiler, Inc., 1925), 86, Miss Italia Evans Evans, DAR ID Number 75222, year only.
  8. [S728] Charles R. King, "Richard King", Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder 1:3 (1884): 152, no date.
  9. [S731] Unknown author, "Notes", Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder 1:4 (1884): 214, citing Maine Historical Collection, III, 215.
  10. [S1072] George Folsom, History of Saco and Biddeford, with notices of other early settlements, and of proprietary governments, in Maine, including the provinces of New Somersetshire and Lygonia (Saco, Maine: A.C. Putnam, 1830; reprint Bowie, Maryland: Heritage Books, 1984).
  11. [S731] Unknown author, "King Family Notes" 1:4:214.
  12. [S724] Antiquary, "King Deed Extracts", Maine Historical and Genealogical Recorder 3:3 (1886): 214, citing Registry of Deeds, Alfred, Maine, Vol. 36, p. 248. The year may be wrong as the last number is unreadable. The deed was executed before 1765, and the guess is based on what little is left of the image as compared to other numbers on the same page that are readable.
  13. [S724] Antiquary, "King Deeds" 3:3:214, citing Registry of Deeds, Alfred, Maine, Vol. 38, p. 210.
  14. [S149] Secretary of the Commonwealth, compiler, Massachusetts Soldiers and Sailors in the War of the Revolution, 17 vols. (Boston: Wright and Potter Printing Co., State Printers, 1907), 9:246.
  15. [S727] Daughters of the American Revolution National Society DAR Lineage Book 76, 86, Miss Italia Evans Evans, DAR ID Number 75222.
  16. [S724] Antiquary, "King Deeds" 3:3:214, citing Registry of Deeds, Alfred, Maine, Vol. 46, p. 16.
  17. [S719] S.M. Watson, "David King of Saco" 3:2:118.