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Adam Meek King was born in September, 1836, in Jefferson County, Illinois. Adam M. King had a younger brother, Thomas E. King. They were the sons of Thomas King and Margaret Meek, who moved their family from Illinois to Texas in about 1839. Father Thomas, himself, is thought to have arrived in Texas by 1835. He is apparently the Thomas King who served in the Siege of Bexar in the fight for Texas Independence. He later served in the federal service in the Mexican War, mustering in on July 6, 1846.
The family was enumerated in the 1850 census of Walker County where Thomas was a carpenter and helped build the first courthouse. Margaret died in 1854, and Thomas married Jane V. Gillespie in 1856. They moved to the vicinity of Montgomery and were enumerated in the 1860 census of Montgomery County.
On March 29, 1860, in Montgomery County, Adam was married to Minerva Ellen Ezell. Minerva was born in March, 1845, in Tennessee, the daughter of Collatinus Cinncinatus Ezell and Rebecca Jane Mayfield, and immigrated with her family from Rutherford County, Tennessee. Her sister, Susan Ezell, married John G. Kellett. Her mother, Rebecca Jane Mayfield, was the sister of Samuel Brooks Mayfield.
Two years after their marriage, to the day, Adam enlisted as a private in Second Texas Lancers under Captain Samuel D. Wooldridge. His company was later to become Co. B, 24th Regiment Texas Cavalry. He was sworn in by John E. George at Danville. Adam lived fifty miles from Camp Carter at Hempstead, the place of rendezvous. The value of his horse was $165.00 and his equipment was worth $30.00.
Adam trained at Camp Carter and rode to Arkansas with the other members of his company, where he was dismounted with the others. He fought at the Battle of Arkansas Post and was captured by Union forces on January 11, 1863.
He was transported with the other men to Camp Butler, Illinois. He is on the roll of prisoners captured in January and on the roll of prisoners paroled at City Point, Virginia in April of 1863.
The next roll Adam appears on is the roll of April 1863, at which time he was absent in the hospital at Petersburg, Virginia. The muster roll dated June 1863 has a notation that Adam was Absent, detailed at Hospital, Petersburg, Virginia.
Adam seems to be the only member of Company B to have spent time in the Petersburg Hospital, although others were detailed at other hospitals. Being detailed at the hospital means that he was given a job to do by his commanding officer, probably assisting the nurses or other staff. It was not unusual for soldiers to be detailed to care for the sick and wounded at the military hospitals.
Confederate Fortifications at Petersburg, Virginia
He was paid in August by the paymaster at Petersburg, Virginia. A notation on his muster roll states that there was pay due him for the hire of his horse for one month and for the use of his gun for six months, and mileage from his home to place of rendezvous. We next learn that Adam was wounded in the Battle of Chickamauga, Georgia, which took place in September of 1863. He was sent to the hospital again, although the name of the hospital is not recorded.
Finally, in December of 1863, he was paid for the use of his horse and gun.
Adam is counted present on the muster rolls through April, 1864, which is the last muster reported for the men of Company B. Although no records survive for the ensuing year, there is a report showing that he was transferred to Company I, Granbury’s Consolidated, as were the other surviving men of his regiment, on April 28, 1865.
He surrendered at Greensboro, North Carolina, and was paroled with the few other surviving members of his company.
Adam King returned to Montgomery County and is enumerated in the 1870 census with his wife Ellen and children. According to the 1877 conference minutes of Union Grove Baptist Church, (found in the Copeland family file in the Montgomery County Library vertical files) A. M. King served as the Moderator of the church. His brother, T. E. King, was also a member of this church, as was Oliver Perry Chambers.
Adam M. and Ellen M. King and five of their children, ranging in age from four to nineteen, are enumerated in the 1880 census of Montgomery County, Precinct One. His occupation was Farmer & Preacher. His next-door neighbor was Oliver Perry Chambers.
In 1900, Adam M. King, farmer, and wife Manrvia E. were living in Willis. They had one son, age eighteen, in the household.
Adam died on November 20, 1900. It is thought that the A. M. King buried in Hickory Grove Cemetery, according to caretakers' records, is Adam. A young son of Adam and Minerva, William Perry King, is also buried in Hickory Grove. (Thanks to Frank Johnson for this burial information.)
Thanks to Velma Greer for her Findagrave photo of Hickory Grove Cemetery.
Adam's wife, Minerva, survived him. In 1910, she was living in Precinct One of Montgomery County with her son George. She received a Texas Confederate Pension (No. 18161) based on Adam's service in the CSA.
Minerva died on January 30, 1919, at Ollie, Polk County, Texas, while living with her son, G. A. King. Her body was removed to Soda, Texas, for burial, though her grave has not been located.
Thanks to pgoodwin for sharing this photo of Adam King with the Ancestry community
For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at frankmjohnson.net or by contacting Frank at email@example.com.
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