1870 Census: 20 JUL 1870
Place: Livingston Co, Michigan
Note: Living with his parents, John and Louisa King.
1880 Census: 26 JUN 1880
Place: Hamburg, Livingston Co, Michigan
Note: A Farmhand living with the Steven Teeple family.
Birth of Daughter: 17 AUG 1899
Name: Anna Belle King
Place: Hamburg, Livingston County
Note: Died 28 Jan 1900 at 5 months old from consumption of the lungs
Buried: Wright Cemetery, Iosco Twp, Livingston Co, Michigan
Click to see parents: John M. King and Louisa Perdy
My mother was Mary Ella McIntyre, daughter of Olive M. (Herrick) and Donald McIntyre. My father, Isaac J. King, son of Louisa (Purdy) and John King. I was born August 3, 1895 on the shore of Cordley Lake in Hamburg Twp, Livingston Co, Michigan. My parents owned 40 acres. My father planted a row of evergreen trees which were still standing last time I was there.
My father’s health was poor. He had “consumption”, it was called then. At this time I had two brothers, Emmett Lee, 8 years, and Ira N., four years, two sisters, Erma Leal, six years, and Lura Mae, two years. Brother Hazen B. was born January 27, 1897.
In 1898 my father traded with a Mr. Peck (Will, I think) for five acres with a small house and barn north of Millville on what is now M52, Stockbridge, Michigan. There we kept a cow, horse and chickens. As long as his health permitted he “drew mail”. He would go to Stockbridge, I think, twice a week to get mail for Plainfield and Millville which had post-offices in their general stores. In those days people would go to the store or Post-office for their mail.
In 1899 my father’s health became worse and in November of 1899 he passed away. A baby girl was born in August 1899. Anna Belle was a sickly baby and lived only until February 1900. We always attended church at Millville. My mother walking with all of us when weather permitted. Sometimes walking to Sunday School in the A.M. and again to church services at night. Little Hazen would go to sleep and have to be carried, the rest of us stumbling along unless some kind neighbor gave us a ride.
Mother made all of our clothes. Usually cut down for size. She also sewed, washed, cleaned, papered, etc., for other people receiving 50 cents per day. Men in the community had a “wood bee” each fall, drawing wood poles from their woods which we cut up to have fuel. All helped, little ones sitting on the poles, larger ones helping.
As soon as Lee and Ira were big enough they worked doing chores for their board. Erma went to live with Uncle George and Antie Wright. She was my Father’s sister. His other sisters were Jennie (Mrs. Joe Placeway), Augusta, (Mrs. Russell Hastings). Father had one brother, Charles. My mother’s sisters were Anna (Mrs. John H. Smith) and Flora who died quite young. Her brothers were George and Donald who was a doctor in Big Rapids, Michigan.
We attended school at Millville. My first teacher was Ed Granger then Mary Wigle. My mother would go away to work sometimes leaving us alone. One time Lura, Hazen and I were alone when we saw a band of gypsies coming. We locked the doors and hid behind the pantry door. They went around the house trying the doors, then went on down the road. Usually during the summer several bands would go past, begging and sometimes stealing.
There was a shoe shop on the corner by our house, run by an old man we called Grandpa Gauss. We would go there and he would give us a black shoe wax to chew. As I remember it did not taste very good. We had no gum but if we could find a spruce tree, fine, otherwise got tamarack pitch which was not as good. We had no candy except at Christmas or when Mother made molasses candy, which we pulled like taffy. We had popcorn popped over the wood fire in a big iron kettle, stirred with a long spoon while popping. Sometimes we had cracker-jack made with molasses. We ate lots of Johnny Cake and corn meal mush. Mother would get a big, wooden barrel of flour.
When I was nine, my mother went to work near Howell, Michigan for a Mrs. D. O. Smith and took me with her. Lura went to Uncle George Wright’s, Erma went to work by the week. Hazen went to Uncle John and Aunt Anna Smith’s. He was so homesick he ran away once and tried to find us. They lived near Webberville, Michigan. Mother got $3 a week. She cooked, washed and kept a thirteen room house for four men, two women and me.
I attended the Anderson school in Marion Twp, Livingston Co, for two years. I was quite happy there. I tagged the men around, especially Ed Smith. They would get me candy when they went to town. Bess Munsell wanted my mother to work for her while they were building a barn. So we went there for about one year. I attended Thayer School. Fred Berry was the teacher. Next year we went back to Millville. Lee, Ira and Erma were working “out”. Lura, Hazen and I were home again. After a year or so Lura started “working out”. Smith’s offered Mother $5 a week to come back. Mother had hard work making ends meet so went. Hazen went back to Uncle John’s but he was never contented. Lee was a roamer, went out west, then up north, etc. Finally enlisted in the army. He died in 1918 at Walter Reed Hospital, Washington D.C. His unit was soon to be sent overseas. He was in the Cavalry. His horse slipped and broke Lee’s ankle. While he was in the hospital he contracted the flu which took so many lives that year. Lee had pneumonia and died. His body was sent home and services were held at Erma’s with burial in Mapes Cemetery (Wright Cemetery) Livingston Co, Michigan.
When Hazen was 15 years old he “worked out” different places. He was 18 years old in January 1915. In February he had appendicitis, was operated on at Uncle George Wright’s by a doctor brought from Detroit, Michigan. The appendix had burst, perotinitis had set in and he died. Thank God for modern hospitals and surgery. Brother Ira married Hazel Nicholas when he was 18 years old. They took most of Mother’s furniture and started housekeeping on the Charles Hayner farm. Erma, who had been working for Dyers and Toppings at Plainfield, Michigan married James Caskey. – Excerpted from a notebook belonging to Mina L. (King) Kleinschmidt
1870 Census: 01 JUL 1870
Place: White Oak, Ingham Co, Michigan
Note: Living with her parents, Donald and Olive McIntyre
1900 Census: 12 JUN 1900
Place: White Oak Twp, Ingham, Michigan.
Note: Took on William Burgess as a Boarder.
1910 Census: 19 APR 1910
Place: Marion Twp, Livingston, Michigan.
Note: Living in the Household of David O. Smith. Listed as a hired woman.
1920 Census: 23 JAN 1920
Place: Unadilla Twp, Livingston Co, Michigan
Note: Living with her son-in-law and daughter, James and Erma Caskey.
Living: FEB 1920
Note: Living with daughter, Lura, whose boy Raymond suffered with the flu. Ella helped to care for the boy for a time until he passed away.
Note: Was a hard worker. Lived in Howell with her sister for a time. Was a dress maker.
Living: Winter of 1936 Note: Stayed with daughter, Mina, while she and her husband were sick. Ella helped to look after the children. Mina notes that her mother was always there when needed.
Occupation: ABT 1940 Note: Went to work for Mrs. Busha
Death: 05 OCT 1945
Place: Iosco Twp, Livingston Co, Michigan
Note: Had general arteriosclerosis for 5 years. Died of chronic myocardis.