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Friday, March 27, 2020

Anthony, Betsy and Dorcas

Dorces or Dorcas Pickle or Pickel or Bickel was one of two wives of my 4th gg Anthony King. Anthony was born in New Jersey and may have been the descent of Harmanus King who went to New Jersey from Holland.
Harmanus spoke Dutch and he married Marcy or Mercy or Mary Green or Smith.
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While I have a death record for Dorcas I can find no marriage record for her.
However, I have found the marriage record for Anthony's other wife Elizabeth Hartzo. She was the daughter of Englebert Hartzo and she married in 1795, about five years before the birth of his daughter Sarah King Shockey.   

It appears that Elizabeth is the mother of Anthony's children, at least some of them. But at some point in time, Anthony married Dorcas as she is listed as the mother in the marriage record of Michael M King, when he married his second wife, Mary Puckett Price in 1882.

So Dorcas is probably the second wife of Anthony and the mother or stepmother of Michael. At any rate it appears she was in the kids lives in 1882. Still dont know when Anthony died but I found him in the 1850 census living with my ancestor and his son, Anthony Jr., who btw was born in Virginia, which puts Anthony Sr. there when he was born, so about 1810 or earlier. Anthony Sr. was alone then so both his wives may be gone at this point.

I dont know much about the Hartzos. They were probably from Germany, but it looks like Elizabeth was the biological mother of Anthony's children.
Dorcas was born about 1772 and died in 1859. She married in 1795 at about 23 and the first known child was born about 1800.

Sarah was b. 1800 m. 1830 but her mother is not listed on the marriage record. Was she alive then?
Next is my 3rd gg Anthony who was b. 1810 m. 1830. No parents mentioned in the record but I am pretty sure his father was living with him in 1850, seemingly unmarried. Also, records show that Dorcas was alive then. She died in 59, but Michael still listed her as his mother in 82.

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