James Moore King Papers

Kings

Colonel James Moore King and Martha Batey

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Title: James Moore King Papers

Dates: 1766-1935

Creator: James Moore King

Summary/Abstract: The James Moore King Papers document the life of a nineteenth-century Murfreesboro farmer who served in The War of 1812 and the Indian Wars under the command of General Andrew Jackson. Although the James Moore King Papers is a small collection, anyone looking for insight into nineteenth century life in Rutherford County and other issues will find its original content invaluable.

Quantity/Physical Description: Approximately 3.5 linear feet

Language(s): English

Repository: Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN 37132, (615) 898-2632

Restrictions on Access: None

Copyright: It is presumed that corporate and individual copyrights in manuscripts, photographs, and other materials have been retained by the copyright owners. Copyright restrictions apply. Users of materials should seek necessary permissions from the copyright holders to comply with U.S. copyright laws.

Preferred Citation: (Box Number, Folder Number), James Moore King Papers, Albert Gore Research Center, Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Acquisition: Unknown.

Processed By: Original Processor undetermined

Arrangement: These papers are arranged by series of correspondence, legal documents, biographical, genealogical notes and correspondence, and miscellaneous.

Biographical Note: James Moore King was born on November 18, 1792, in Clinton, North Carolina.  His parents were Henry King IV and Jeanette Moore King.  In 1807, James Moore King moved to Rutherford County, Tennessee, with his widowed mother and his younger brother Henry.  Both men enlisted to fight with Andrew Jackson in the Indian Wars and in General Coffee’s regiment of dragoons for the War of 1812.  James's brother Henry was killed at the Battle of New Orleans. James continued his military service in the militia during the Seminole War.  However, the military was not the primary career that he wanted for himself; instead, agriculture was his path.

In a letter to his uncle upon returning to his home outside Murfreesboro, TN, after the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812, King wrote, “With pleasure I inform you of my return home to the joyful scenes and pleasures of Tennessee, after a trying and fatigueing (sic) campaign of near seven months.”  At the time his home was the original log cabin that he, his brother, mother, and the few slaves they brought with them had lived in when they first moved to Middle Tennessee.  He still maintained strong ties with his family in North Carolina, as evidenced by his active correspondence with those family members remaining in North Carolina, but he considered Murfreesboro his home. In correspondence with his family from 1815-1819, King spoke of finding a wife back in Sampson County, North Carolina, and his family encouraged him to return for that purpose.  Not only was his attempt at this unsuccessful, but his one offer of marriage to a woman there was rejected.  While still remaining in contact with his extended family, by 1820, he was no longer looking for a wife or place to live in North Carolina.  In a letter from his cousin, William G. Parrish, he received the first acknowledgement of their acceptance of this. Parrish wrote, “I at one time enjoyed the pleasing hope, that we ere many years revolved, should become near-neighbors in this pleasant, and salubrious claim, but hearing that you have again entered in the delightful pursuits of Agriculture in your State, precludes all hope of enjoying that pleasure I fondly anticipated.” 

James took over the land that his mother had owned, purchased more slaves, assisted other family members in financial matters, and married a local woman, Martha Batey, in 1821.  In 1831 he completed Rural Rest, a two story, ornate house that became the home for himself, his wife, and their thirteen children until he died in 1877. He never ran for a political office, but maintained close ties with those who did, including his cousin, Thomas O. Moore, the governor of Louisiana.  James Moore King strongly opposed secession, but when the state did secede, he and his sons enlisted with the Confederate Army. During the Civil War, most of the King slaves deserted the plantation leaving the care of the house and the farm to Martha Batey King and her invalid son, William Henry King. When the Union Army occupied Murfreesboro, the King family was assigned a Union soldier to guard their house, but a great deal of their livestock and produce were stolen or appropriated during the war.

Despite these hardships, at the close of the war, James returned home and returned to a life of farming. James and Martha celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 1871 with a large gathering of their family at Rural Rest. Finally, after a long and eventful life, James died in March of 1877 and his wife followed shortly thereafter in August of 1877.

Scope and Content: The James Moore King Papers is a compilation of personal letters, legal documents, and genealogy notes on James Moore King and his family. Colonel King was a prominent citizen of Rutherford County and lived in Murfreesboro from 1809 until 1877. The letters are a mix of Colonel King's personal letters, correspondence written to Colonel King and various letters written between other members of the King family.

The personal letters, which form the largest part of the collection, contain a fascinating look at Murfreesboro and some of its inhabitants during the nineteenth century. The letters also provide a time capsule in which events such as the War of 1812, the Seminole Indian War, and the Civil War are addressed first hand. Also discussed in the letters are the rise of the Whig party in Tennessee and other political concerns. The legal documents found in the collection deal with Colonel King's personal taxes, inventories on property (including slaves), and documents that supply information on land grants and other legal dealings. Last in the collection are the genealogy papers. These documents were actively collected by Dr. James King of Nashville during the early part of this century. Dr. King wrote many letters to relatives and was provided information about Colonel James Moore King and his life.

Series one, Personal Correspondence, consists of personal letters written to and from members of the King family. The letters include news of illness, treatments, deaths, purchase of slaves, land purchases, crop production and other family news.

Series two, Legal Documents, deals with taxes, inventories and land grants of the King family.

Series three, Biographical, includes a typescript photocopy of the memoir of Colonel James Moore King titled, "Colonel James Moore King, A Southern Gentleman, 1792-1877," from Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Series four, Genealogy Notes and Correspondence, includes notes on the King, Moore, Batey, Blackman, and other families. A Booklet Record of the Thomas family 1772 - 1903 and information taken from different family members covering the dates 1795-1932.

Series five, Miscellaneous, includes newspaper clippings and other scraps with notes and other information.

Associated Materials: Photos have been separated into the Photo Collection.

Related Collections: To find out more information on James Moore King and family, please consult the Baskin Collection. Within that collection is a document written by James Moore King's youngest son William King during the Civil War.

Subject Terms

Persons
James Moore King
Martha Batey King
Andrew Jackson

Places
Murfreesboro, Tennessee

Subjects (General)
Farming
Rural Life
Agriculture
Indian Wars
War of 1812

Material Types
Photographs
Printed Material
Newspaper Clippings
Legal Documents
Correspondence

Collection Inventory:

Box

Folder

Series

Description of Contents

1

1

Personal Correspondence

Letter fragments, no date

1

2

Personal Correspondence

Complete Letters, no date

1

3

Personal Correspondence

1813, 1815-1817

1

4

Personal Correspondence

1818

1

5

Personal Correspondence

1820, 1823

1

6

Personal Correspondence

1829

1

7

Personal Correspondence

1830

1

8

Personal Correspondence

1831

1

9

Personal Correspondence

1832

1

10

Personal Correspondence

1833

2

1

Personal Correspondence

1834

2

2

Personal Correspondence

1835

2

3

Personal Correspondence

1836

2

4

Personal Correspondence

1837

2

5

Personal Correspondence

1838

2

6

Personal Correspondence

1839

2

7

Personal Correspondence

1842,1844-1846,1848-1849

2

8

Personal Correspondence

1850, 1852, 1855

2

9

Personal Correspondence

1857-1858

2

10

Personal Correspondence

1859

2

11

Personal Correspondence

1860

3

1

Personal Correspondence

1861

3

2

Personal Correspondence

1862

3

3

Personal Correspondence

1863

3

4

Personal Correspondence

1864

3

5

Personal Correspondence

1865-1866

3

6

Personal Correspondence

1867

3

7

Personal Correspondence

1868

3

8

Personal Correspondence

1869

3

9

Personal Correspondence

1872, 1874-1875,1887

4

1

Legal Documents

1785-1786,1792,1795-1796,1798

4

2

Legal Documents

1807-1812

4

3

Legal Documents

1813

4

4

Legal Documents

1814

4

5

Legal Documents

1815-1816

4

6

Legal Documents

1817

4

7

Legal Documents

1818-1821, 1823

4

8

Legal Documents

1829

5

1

Legal Documents

1830

5

2

Legal Documents

1831-1832

5

3

Legal Documents

1834

5

4

Legal Documents

1853

5

5

Legal Documents

1836

5

6

Legal Documents

1837

5

7

Legal Documents

1838

5

8

Legal Documents

1839

6

1

Legal Documents

1840

6

2

Legal Documents

1841

6

3

Legal Documents

1842

6

4

Legal Documents

1843

6

5

Legal Documents

1844-1845

6

6

Legal Documents

1846-1849

6

7

Legal Documents

1850-1852

6

8

Legal Documents

1853-1855

6

9

Legal Documents

1856, 1858-1859

6

10

Legal Documents

1860-1861,1864,1868-1869

6

11

Legal Documents

1870, 1871, 1877

6

12

Legal Documents

No date

7

1

Biographical

"Colonel James Moore King, A Southern Gentleman, 1792-1877" typescript photocopy, 1832

7

2

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Stephen Blackman and Family Notes

7

2

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

1700 Blackman Notes

7

2

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Blackman Notes and Will/ Family Tree

7

2

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Questions and Answers Concerning the Blackman Family - March 4, 1925

7

3

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Historical Commission of South Carolina on Moores

7

3

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Notes of Moore Family (3)

7

3

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Moore Births and Deaths

7

3

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Notes on Births and Deaths of Moores

7

3

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Postcard to James Moore King from Willis Thompson

7

3

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Small Notes (6)

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Note on James M. King's 81st Birthday

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Genealogy of the King Family back to James Moore

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Notes - 1716 (5)

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

The Man and Citizen - James Moore King (2 copied)

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Note on Aaron B. King and service in the Mexican War

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Letter - 1845

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Mrs. F.W. Dickson

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Notes (3)

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Notes on England Monarchy

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Invitation to Mooreland

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Notes Written on Newspaper

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letters in Dr. Joseph E. J. King's Possession - September 20th, 1942

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Note on the Battle of New Orleans

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Family of Virginia (9)

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King/McClure note

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Names, ages, and births of Henry and Jeanette King's offspring

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

More King Family Marriages

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Note on Alvin King

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King References

 

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Marion Dekalb King and Thomas Moore King - King Records

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Notes - Dallas Co.

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Memory

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Family Record of Names and Births

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Letter on back Nashville - Peabody College

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to J. M. King

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Genealogy as far back as known

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King family of Virginia - William and Mary College Quarterly vol. 16 (7)

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King Family Record

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Note on Helen and Henry King Marriage

7

4

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter addressed to J. M. King, several years after his death

7

5

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Birth dates of Batey form 1760-1817

7

5

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

List of William Batey's Family - Births and Deaths 1760-1854

7

5

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Batey Notes (2)

7

5

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Old Batey Papers

7

6

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King/Blackman Notes

7

6

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Moore and King Notes (2)

7

6

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Ledger of Jeanette M. King

7

6

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Table of King Genealogy

7

6

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Notes on the King and Moore Family

7

6

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Moore/Batey Notes

7

6

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Multiple Family Notes

7

6

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

King/Moore Notes

7

7

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

William B. Lamphlin Note

7

7

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Peter McMullen Note

7

7

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Postcard from Mrs. Williams

7

7

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Mrs. L. J. Hakings Note

7

7

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

James H. Snell Note

7

7

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Record of the Thomas Family 1772-1903

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Empty Envelopes (2)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Mrs. Cox (June 2, 1924) (11)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to J. M. King (August 7, 1924)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Evalyn (May 14, 1924) (8)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Evalyn (April 29, 1924) (14)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. King from Florence King Draper (May 7, 1923) (2)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter - March 23, 1897 (2)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. King (August 25, 1924)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. King from Florence King Draper (April 27, 1923) (2)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Empty Envelopes (6)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter on Hill Plantation from Bessie H. Williams (August 9, 1924)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. King (December 12, 1924) (3)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. King (October 29, 1924) (2)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. King (October 28, 1924) (4)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. King (September 21, 1924) (4)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Mr. Chadwell (September 17, 1924)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. King (September 10, 1924)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Corrected Letters of Kids (August 26, 1924) (5)

7

8

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Corrected Letter of Kid (August 9, 1924)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Henry A. Jones (May 12, 1925) (5)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Mollie King (March 26, 1926) (2)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Empty Envelope (1)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Jeanette M. King from Edward H. Reisner (January 24, 1933)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Nancy Faison (August 30, 1929)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Miss Faison from Charles L. Abernethy (August 28, 1926)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Miss Mildred Rutherford from J.M. King (June 20, 1926)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Miss Mildred Rutherford from J.M. King (May 29, 1926)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Sollie (March 3, 1926)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Henry A. Jones (July 7, 1925)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Joe (May 20 or 25, 1925)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Henry A. Jones (May 6, 1925) (4)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from W.E. MacClenny (March 26, 1925) (3)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from W.E. MacClenny (March 3, 1925)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from W.H. King (February 26, 1925) (6)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Oscar King (February 25, 1925) (2)

7

9

Genealogical Notes and Correspondence

Letter to Dr. J.M. King from Clara DeVane (May 24, 1925) (3)

7

10

Miscellaneous

Note to Birtha and Easter Card

7

10

Miscellaneous

Poem - To the One I Love

7

10

Miscellaneous

Note on blue paper

7

10

Miscellaneous

Poem - Farwell Bright Eyes

7

10

Miscellaneous

Trade Card 1874 (2)

7

10

Miscellaneous

Suffrage Ticket

7

10

Miscellaneous

Whig Electoral Ticket

7

10

Miscellaneous

J.H. King's Report No. 3

7

10

Miscellaneous

McKoy & Devine Attorneys at Law, Clinton, N.C. (Business Card)

7

10

Miscellaneous

Note to Tabitha from sis. (February 9, 1929)

7

10

Miscellaneous

Letter from Charlotte

7

11

Miscellaneous

Nashville Banner - Alumnae Banquet Speakers (May 18, 1930)

7

11

Miscellaneous

The Democrat - Huntsville, AL (August 4, 1858)

7

11

Miscellaneous

Tennessee Telegraph (August 7, 1839)

7

11

Miscellaneous

The Houston Chronicle (April 5, 1925)

7

11

Miscellaneous

Raleigh, N.C. Newspaper (March 7, 1926)

7

11

Miscellaneous

The Nashville Tennessean (April 11, 1925)

7

11

Miscellaneous

Mid-week Pictorial, New York (April 15, 1926)

7

11

Miscellaneous

Album Lines - Unknown

7

11

Miscellaneous

News and Observer; Raleigh, N.C. - How Pirates Ward Wed Kings Officer Who Wearied of Wars (March 7, 1926)

7

11

Miscellaneous

Nashville Banner (May 23, 1926)

7

12

Miscellaneous

Death of Colonel James M. King

7

12

Miscellaneous

Copies of Colonel James M. King's Obituary (20)

7

12

Miscellaneous

Captain Paul Neal - A Pioneer President of Wood County - Answers Final Summons (December 22, 1919)

7

12

Miscellaneous

Old Resident Answers Call - Death of Miss Virginia K. Bradford (December 20, 1919)

7

12

Miscellaneous

A Good Man Has Fallen

7

12

Miscellaneous

Henry D. Jameson (March 14, 1959)

7

13

Miscellaneous

Address of Dorsey B. Thomas to the voters of the state of Tennessee - photocopy (8)

7

13

Miscellaneous

Speech of Honorable Robert Hatton of Tennessee In the House of Representatives (June 13, 1860) (2)

7

13

Miscellaneous

Organization of the House - Speech of Honorable Robert Hatton of Tennessee In the House of Representatives (June 13, 1860) (2)

7

13

Miscellaneous

Appeal to the People of Tennessee - Andrew Johnson

7

13

Miscellaneous

Educational Fund - Speech of Honorable John M. Bright of Tennessee in the House of Representatives (February 2, 1872)

7

13

Miscellaneous

Address of Dorsey B. Thomas to the voters of the state of Tennessee

7

14

Miscellaneous

Henry King's Speech on the values of the Billiard Table (2)

7

14

Miscellaneous

Letter on Preservation of the Union

7

14

Miscellaneous

Resolutions on the Death of Henry A.J. King - Col. James M. King present

7

14

Miscellaneous

Remarks of J.M. King on Mexican War - C.H. King 1888

7

14

Miscellaneous

Slavery and Territorial Question

7

14

Miscellaneous

The Union of this US must be preserved (views of J.M. King on Union and Disunion)

7

14

Miscellaneous

Col. J.M. King

7

14

Miscellaneous

Toast by J.M. King at Boman's Mill

7

14

Miscellaneous

Free Trade and Sailors Rights