Francis John King letter to Martha King

Francis John King letter to Martha King

Dates: 1886 October 7

Materials include a letter from Francis John King to his wife Martha King while working for the Findlay Oil Refining Company. This letter was written during his first week working for the company. Topics include his health, his new office, and hotel room. Dated October 7, 1886.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: King, Francis John. -- Bell, Martha King
  • Call Number: MSS 8607
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8607; Francis John King letter to Martha King; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8607, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Ian Jones in October 2014.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Ian Jones; October 13, 2014.
Subject Terms
Material Types; Correspondence; Oil industries; United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865; King, Francis John; Bell, Martha King
Processing Information
Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
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Finding Aid Title
King (Francis John) letter to Martha King
Finding Aid Author
Nate Burroughs
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This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-05-18 15:26:06 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Francis "Frank" John King (1838-1903) was a Union soldier in the 13th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment or "Bucktails," led by Thomas L. Kane.

Francis John King, known as Frank King, was born on January 26, 1838, in Sudbury, England to William King and Eliza Kewell. He married Martha King Bell and they had one son. During the Civil War, King joined the 13th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment, known as "Kane's Rifles" or simply the "Bucktails," in 1861 until the regiment was mustered out of service on June 11, 1864. This regiment was lead by Thomas L. Kane and fought in several major battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He was later sent to the 190th Pennsylvania Regiment. King was captured and spent the remainder of the war at Salisbury Prison Camp, North Carolina. After the war he worked for the Findlay Oil Refining Company in Ohio. Francis John King died on January 28, 1903, in Washington D.C.

Biographical History

Martha King Bell (1832-1921) was married to Francis John King.

Martha King Bell was born on March 3, 1832, in Kings Run, Pennsylvania, to William Bell and Martha King. She married Francis John King, and had one son together. Martha King Bell died on November 21, 1921, at Kings Run, Pennsylvania.

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