Friday, November 18, 2016

52 Ancestors - Week 151: #204 Philip Jacob Konig (1738-1792)

Here is my 52 Ancestors biography for week #151:

Philip Jacob Konig (1738-1792) is #204 on my Ahnentafel list, my 5th great-grandfather, who married #205 Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779) in 1763.

I am descended through:

*  their son, #102 Philip Jacob King (1764-1829, who married #103 Catherine Ruth (1770-1813) in about 1789. 
*  their daughter #51 Elizabeth King (1796-1863) who married #50 Daniel Spangler (1781-1851) in 1815.
*  their daughter, #25 Rebecca Spangler (1832-1901), who married #24 David Jackson Carringer (1828-102) in 1851.
*  their son, #12 Henry Austin Carringer (1853-1946), who married Abbie Ardell Smith (1862-1944) in 1887.
*  their son, #6 Lyle Lawrence Carringer (1891-1976), who married #7 Emily Kemp Auble (1899-1977) in 1918.
* their daughter #3 Betty Virginia Carringer (1919-2002), who married #2 Frederick Walton Seaver (1911-1983), in 1942.
*  their son #1 Randall J. Seaver (1943-....)


1)  PERSON (with source citations as indicated in brackets):

*  Name:                         Philip Jacob Konig[1–5]
*  Alternate Name:         Philip Jacob King[2,6–9,11-12]    
*  Alternate Name:        Jacob Phillip King[10]     

*  Sex:                            Male   

*  Father:                       Johann Nicolaus Konig (1707-1776)   
*  Mother:                     Maria Margaretha Stuber (1702-1771)   
2)  INDIVIDUAL EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Birth:                         15 February 1738, Niederhorbach, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[2–3]   
*  Baptism:                    18 February 1739 (age 1), Edenkoben, Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany[4]   
*  Military:                    17 June 1779 (age 41), York, Pennsylvania, United States[6]   
*  Property:                   1780 (about age 42), Tax and Exoneration List; Manchester, York, Pennsylvania, United States[7]   
*  Census:                     1786 (about age 48), Septennial Census; Manchester, York, Pennsylvania, United States[8]   
*  Deed:                        10 April 1787 (age 49), Land Warrant, Manchester, York County, Penn.; Manchester, York, Pennsylvania, United States[9]   
*  Census :                    1 August 1790 (age 52), Manchester, York, Pennsylvania, United States[10]   
*  Death:                       before 25 February 1792 (before age 54), Manchester, York, Pennsylvania, United States[11]   
*  Probate:                   25 February 1792 (age 54), will written 9 November 1791, registered on 25 February 1792, York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[12]   

3)  SHARED EVENTS (with source citations as indicated in brackets):
*  Spouse 1:                  Maria Barbara Wilhelm (1740-1779)   
*  Marriage 1:              1 April 1763 (age 25), Lancaster, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, United States[5,13]

*  Child 1:                    Philip Jacob Konig (1764-1829)   
*  Child 2:                    Elizabeth Konig (1767-    )   
*  Child 3:                    Henry Konig (1770-    )   
*  Child 4:                    George Konig (1774-1844)   
*  Child 5:                    Peter Konig (1775-    )   
*  Child 6:                    John Konig (1776-    )   
*  Child 7:                    Barbara Konig (1777-1805)   

*  Spouse 2:                 Maria Catherina Ziegler (1749-1826)   
*  Marriage 2:              about 1781 (about age 43), York, York, Pennsylvania, United States[14]   

*  Child 8:                   John Adam Konig (1783-1835)    
*  Child 9:                   Catherine Konig (1787-    )   
*  Child 10:                 Anna Maria Konig (1791-    )   
4)  NOTES (with source citations as indicated in brackets):   

Some of the material presented below is excerpted from the book The Kings of York County:  Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers by Richard Shue.  Part II details the life and times of Philip Jacob King, the elder, the Patriot[1].  Other information was obtained from records in the York Public Library[2] and from other available records.

Philipp Jacob Koenig was born 15 February 1738 in Niederhorbach[2-3]  and baptized on 18 February 1739 in Edenkoben in Rheinland-Pfalz, according to the German Birth and Baptism records on FamilySearch[3].

Jacob King came to America in 1752.  He became a naturalized British subject in 1762, in accordance with an edict of His Majesty's Parliament[1].

On April 1, 1763, the Reverend John Waldschmidt, of the reformed faith, married Philip Jacob King and Maria Barbara Wilhelm, in the parlor of the bride's home, in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.  The marriage record in Lancaster church records says[5,13]:

"KONIG, Philip Jacob, s. of Nicolaus Konig, and Maria Barbara, d. of Jacob Wilhelm; Apr. 1, 1763; in Jacob Wilhelm's house."  

Philip Jacob and Maria Barbara (Wilhelm) Konig had seven children between 1763 and 1777 in York County, Pennsylvania[1-2].  The first four were baptized in the First Reformed (Trinity) church in York, and the last three were baptized in Manchester Lutheran  church.

On 27 December 1763, Jacob purchased 200 acres of his parents farm, including their home.  Jacob was a farmer until 1771, when he became a miller of grain.  His brother-in-law, Martin Cronemiller, died in 1771, and his grist mill became the property of his widow Elizabeth, Jacob's sister.   On June 10, 1771, he became the owner of the grist mill and 13 acres of adjoining land[1].

In 1775, Philip Jacob King emerged as a public figure, with his appointment as Supervisor of Highways for Manchester township.  In November 1775, he was chosen by popular vote as a member of the York County Committee of Safety.  This was after the American Revolution had begun, and the committee was the local authority in all matters pertaining to prosecution of the war.  The committee selected officers for the Sixth Pennsylvania Battalion, formed the battalion and trained them for service.  The committee members also served in the local militia[1].                   

On 7 July 1776, three days after the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia, the five militia battalions of York County were on the march to the rendezvous point at Perth Amboy, New Jersey, to prepare for battle with General Howe's Army threatening New York City.  After New York was captured by the British, in the disastrous battle of Fort Washington on 16 November 1776, the York County troops were outflanked by the enemy and almost the entire command was captured.  However, the York County troops were at the vanguard of the battles of Trenton and Princeton on the morning of 26 December 1776, following the crossing of the Delaware[1].

Upon his return to York, Jacob King resumed his activities for the Committee of Safety, and served in 1777 and 1778 as Assessor for Manchester Township, while remaining active in the militia.  In 1779, he began a three year enlistment as commanding officer of the Fourth Company, Third Battalion, holding the rank of Captain.  His company numbered 72 men.  The company was disbanded after the end of the war in 1783[1,6].

After the birth of their daughter Barbara in 1777, Jacob's first wife, Barbara, died[1].  

In 1779, Jacob King purchased a large lot in York for 1,500 pounds from Henry and Catharine Wolf.  A saw mill was erected and put into operation before 1781[1].  

In the 1780 Tax and Exoneration List for York County, Pennsylvania, Philip Jacob King was listed in Manchester township[7].  He had:

*  Warranted land:  256 acres
*  3 horses and mares
*  4 horned cattle
*  1 grist mill
*  1 sawmill
*  Value:  £132-7s-6d

He married, secondly, before 1781, his second wife, Maria Catherine Ziegler, daughter of John and Anna Ziegler, born 10 March 1749 and baptized in Christ Lutheran Church in York.  They had three children between 1783 and 1791[1].

In 1783, he was the owner of two houses, a grist mill, a saw mill and 250 acres in Manchester township.  He had three horses, five cows and twelve sheep[1].

Philip Jacob King was enumerated on the 1786 Septennial Census in Manchester, York County, Pennsylvania[8].

On 10 April 1787, Philip Jacob King "... requested to take up 50 acres of land, including an improvement, adjoining George Wolf, Casper Knaub, Gust Herbasuch and other land of the said King in Manchester Township...." provided he pay 10 pounds per hundred acres to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  The warrant was signed by Benjamin Franklin, President of the Supreme Executive Council[9].

In the 1790 United States Census, Jacob Phillip King was enumerated in Manchester, York County, Pennsylvania[10].  The household included:

*  3 free white males under age 16
*  1 free white male over age 16
*  4 free white females
*  1 other free person.

Philip Jacob King drafted his will on 29 November 1791[12];  it was probated on 25 February 1792, with his eldest son, Philip Jacob King, and his friend Peter Diehl, designated as executors of the estate. Regarding his widow, the executors were empowered to purchase a widow's seat in York for a price not to exceed 100 pounds.  She was also to receive 600 pounds annually from the estate, and be given "one cow, two beds, six pewter plates, two pewter platters, two large pewter basins, six pewter spoons, a copper kettle or an iron pot and a tea kettle, all of which she shall have her choice, the clothes press and as much linens as she shall choose, and have need for herself and small children."

Henry, the second son, inherited his father's grist mill and saw mill together with 50 acres of land on which they stood.  The will directed that Henry should make an initial payment of 1,500 pounds to the estate, 400 pounds after the first year, and 100 pounds yearly thereafter, to be equitable to the other eight children.  Adam, Peter and George were granted equal shares of land owned in Westmoreland County.  50 pounds was bequeathed to the First Reformed Church in York.  Lastly, it was his wish that the remainder of his real and personal property be sold at public sale and the proceeds divided equally to his nine children, with the one exception that his eldest son, Philip Jacob, receive 120 pounds, part of which he had received prior to the date of the will.

The life estate in York for the widow was consummated on 17 March 1792 for 180 pounds.  Catherine King lived there for 34 years until her death in 1826.  The public sale occurred in the first week of May, and two plantations of approximately 200 acres were sold for almost 1,600 pounds each.

Philip Jacob King and his two wives and several children are probably buried at Prospect Hill Cemetery in Yortk, Pennsylvania. 

1. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers (York, Penn. : the author, n.d.), Part II, page 2.

2. Konig-King research material ( letters and family group sheets), 1973-1980;  held by Historical Society of York County Pennsylvania, [address for private use]., Johann Nicholas Konig family group sheet, Philip Jacob Konig baptism record.

3. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," indexed database, FamilySearch (, Philipps Jacob Koenig entry, birth 15 Feb 1738; accessed on FHL microfilm 193,822.

4. "Deutschland Geburten und Taufen, 1558-1898," indexed database, FamilySearch (, Philipps Jacob Koenig baptism entry, 18 Feb 1739; citing  FHL microfilm 193,822.

5. "Pennsylvania Marriage Records, 1700-1821," digital images, (, Lancaster > Rev. John Waldschmidt, 1752-1786, page 235, Philip Jacob Konig and Maria Barbara Wilhelm marriage entry, 1 April 1763.

6. U.S. Sons of the American Revolution Membership Applications, 1889-1970, online database and images, (, SAR Membership 68972, Philip Jacob King service.

7. "Pennsylvania, Tax and Exoneration, 1768-1801," indexed database and digital image, (; citing Tax & Exoneration Lists, 1762–1794. Series No. 4.61; Records of the Office of the Comptroller General, RG-4. Pennsylvania Historical & Museum Commission, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, York County > Manchester, image 3 of 88, Philip Jacob King entry.

8. "Pennsylvania, Septennial Census, 1779-1863," digital image, (, York > 1786, Manchester township, page 31 (image 18 of 68), No. 91, Philip Jacob King entry.

9. "Pennsylvania, Land Warrants and Applications, 1733-1952," online database and digital images, (, Jacob Philip King entry.

10. 1790 United States Federal Census, York County, Pennsylvania, population schedule, Manchester, page 351, Jacob Phillip King household, digitial image, (; citing National Archives Microfilm Publication M637, Roll 9.

11. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers (York, Penn. : the author, n.d.), Part II, page 26.

12. "Pennsylvania, Probate Records, 1683-1994," digital images, FamilySearch (, Philip Jacob King will, written 9 November 1791, registered 25 February 1792; accessed in York County, “Wills, 1789-1803, Vol. H-K,” Book H, pages 289-291, images 164 and 165 of 779.

13. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers , Part II, page 2.

14. Richard Shue, The Kings of York County: Pioneers, Patriots and Papermakers , Part II, page 5.

NOTE:  Amy Johnson Crow suggested a weekly blog theme of "52 Ancestors" in her blog post Challenge:  52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks on the No Story Too Small blog.  I have extended this theme in 2016 to 156 Ancestors in 156 Weeks.


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