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Free Genealogy Biography of Benjamin King,
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Benjamin J. King

Benjamin J. King was born in Spring Garden Township, September 25, 1839, a son of Henry and Leah (Johnston) King, natives of York County, Penn. He was brought up in York, and educated at the York County Academy, and Bland's school on the Plank Road. When fifteen years old he began clerking in a drug store, which he continued two years, then clerked in a dry goods store two years, and afterward followed the trade of house painting until the breaking out of the war.

April 19, 1861, he enlisted at York, Penn., in Company A, Sixteenth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 16th Regiment, and served three months. He re-enlisted on August 24, 1861, for three years, in Company E, Eighty-seventh Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, 87th Regiment, and was honorably discharged on account of disability, April 10, 1863.

He entered the service as sergeant and came out with that rank.

When he returned from the war he engaged in draying freight until April, 1883, and was transfer agent of the Peach Bottom, Pennsylvania & Northern Central Railroad for eleven years, when he sold his business to the Northern Central Railroad Transfer Company, when he began the bottling business, which he followed one year. He then sold out and purchased the Violet Hill Hotel, one-half mile south of York, and moved there July 1, 1884, and kept hotel until April 1, 1885, when on account of sickness of his wife he moved to York, Penn. Mr. King has leased his Violet Hill Hotel to Frank M. Egee for one year, with the privilege of five years. Mr. King has moved to York, and leased his bottling works to Henry Weigee for one year, with the privilege of five, and is not engaged in any business at the present time.

Mr. King was married in York, Penn., April 23, 1861, to Margaret J. Ilgenfritz, daughter of Thomas Ilgenfritz. They have three children living: Harry J., Lillie and Samuel J. T. Mr. King is a member of the I. O. O. F. and Encampment. He was one of the organizers of the city market, and is a stockholder in the York Opera House.

Source: York County, Pennsylvania Biographical History, John Gibson, Chicago: F.A. Battey Publishing Co., 1886.

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