Jeremiah King, son of Sarah (Earnest) and John King, was born 19 Sept 1830 in Sangamon County, Illinois and died 19 March 1922 in Sangamon County, Illinois. He is buried in the Wood Wreath Cemetery in Sangamon County.
An honor roll was taken of the pioneers present, which was made as accurately as possible. One of the interesting characters of the day was Jeremiah King, 88 years of age, the only "snowbird" who was present. Mr. King was born on Sept. 19, 1830, the fall of the year of the big snow. He spent all his life on his farm on the Jacksonville road about twelve miles from Springfield until about twenty-five years ago, when he moved to the city, where he has resided ever since. He now lives on West Monroe street, but state yesterday that each time he visits the old farm on which his son, Roy, now lives, he feels that "somehow that is where he ought to stay." All but one of Mr. King's eight children are at the present time residing in Sangamon county.
In speaking of the days gone by Mr. King said: "I remember the time when the court house was fenced in with rail fence. This rotted away and was replaced with a post and rail structure." Concerning Lincoln, Mr. King said: "Lincoln's statue doesn't look as I remember him. Perhaps that is because the sculptor couldn't make his great kind heart shine forth. Lincoln was a man with a big heart, once he knew a man he always knew him."
[Source: Daily Illinois State Register; Springfield, IL; Thurs. 29 Aug 1918]
J. King Is Dead At New Berlin
New Berlin, March 19 - Jeremiah King, 91 years old, died at 10 o'clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons at New Berlin. He was the last surviving member of a family of seven, and was a pioneer of Sangamon county having been born in this county September 19, 1830.
Funeral services will be held at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons. Burial will be in Wood Wreath cemetery.
He was the father of eleven children, eight of whom survive. They are: Mrs. J.W. Anthony, Bates City, Mo.; Mrs. W.G. Coons, New Berlin; Mrs. D. V. White of Bates City; Edward E. of Farmingdale; Earnest of New Berlin; Mrs. Jessie Houston of Springfield; Otis of New Berlin; Roy of Curran; twenty-three grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Mon. 20 March 1922]
Jeremiah King to be Buried Tomorrow
New Berlin, March 20 - Funeral services for Jeremiah King, 91 years old, who resided in Sangamon county during his entire life, will be conducted at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. W.G. Coons. Burial will be in Wood Wreath cemetery.
Mr. King died Sunday morning at the home of his daughter in New Berlin. He was the last survivor of a family of seven. Eight of his eleven children survive.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Tues. 21 March 1922]
Jeremiah King Will Filed For Probate
Directing executors to sell his property and divide it equally among his sons and daughters, the will of Jeremiah King was filed yesterday morning in the office of Probate Clerk O.G. Addleman.
Recognizing the fact, that several sons and daughters were given property during his life, Mr. King, in his will, directs that the amount that each has received be deducted from his or her share in the estate.
The will names the following heirs: Otis King, Ida B. Anthony, Sadie Coons, Elizabeth White, Edward E. King, Earnest King, Jessie Houston and Ray King. Edward King and Ernest King are named executors. The will was signed March 28, 1902.
[Source: Daily Illinois State Journal; Springfield, IL; Sun. 2 April 1922]
7 & 8 June 1880, New Berlin Twp. Sangamon County, Illinois:
King, Jeremiah W M 49 Farmer b. IL fb. KY mb. KY
-----Mary E. W F 36 wife Keepinghouse b. IL fb. KY mb. VA
-----Ida W F 16 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Sarah W F 14 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Anis W F 13 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Elizabeth W F 11 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Edward E. W M 9 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Mary E. W F 7 dau b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Ernest W M 5 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Jesse W M 3 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
-----Otis W M 1 son b. IL fb. IL mb. IL
Eberhardt, John W M 25 Boarder b. IL fb. OH mb. OH