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The Founder of Elgin Settlement

"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"
Mark 8:36

  Events People Objects
1812 >

Born and raised in Londonderry, Ireland

  Ireland Map
1830 >

Enrolled in Glasgow University

Sir Thomas Buxton

Glasgow University
1833 >

Moved to North America

  King Farm In Ohio
1836 >

Accepted a teaching position and moved south

  Rector Papers
1841 >

Married Mary Phares and becomes a slaveowener

  Bed carved by slaves
1843 >

Became a father

 

 
1844 >

Enrolled at Edinburgh University to become a Minister

Frederick Douglass

 
1846 >

Loses his family

Rev. Thomas Chalmers  
1848 >

Settled his Louisiana estate

Dr. David Phares  
1848 >

Frees his slaves

  King's Slaves
1849 >

Creation of the Elgin Association

George Brown
1849 >

Elgin Settlement beginnings

 

Settlement

1850 >

Encountered financial difficulties

Liberty Bell
1851 >

Appointed Trustee of the Chatham Collegiate Institute

Dr. Thomas Cross  
1853 >

Influenced Buxton society

   
1853 >

Married Jemima Nichole Baxter, daughter of Rev. David Baxter of Roxoborough Shire, Scotland.

  King Household Items
1856 >

Inspired a book character of Harriet Beecher Stowe

Harriet Beecher Stowe

Dred: A Tale of the Great Dismal Swamp

1856-8 >

Hosted notable visitors and gave tours of the settlement

Horace Greeley

Henry Christy

5th Earl Spencer

King Household Items
1859 >

Fund-raising trip to the British Isles

The Anti Slavery Reporter by the British & Foreign Anti-slavery Society

Dr. Martin Delany

Donation Flyer

Donation Letter

Will of Barbara Donaldson

1861-5 >

Civil War Insights

Samuel Gridley Howe The Refugees From Slavery in Canada West
1865 >

Hopes for a new Buxton in the south

   
1873 >

Dissolution of Elgin Association and a vacation abroad

Archibald McKellar

Elgin Association Receipt

Anchor Line Passenger List

1880 >

King Retires

  King at Clayton House, Buxton, ON
1887 >

Jemima King dies and King moves to Chatham

   
1892 >

Wrote his autobiography

  Autobiography of Rev. William King
1893 >

Wrote the King Family History

  King Family History
1895 >

January 7, 1895
Rev. King died in his home

  Obituary
2005 >

Rev. Wm. King Designated as a National Historic Person

   

 

William King
could have lived a life
of ease in the opulent
antebellum South,
but he was a man who
dared to stand by his
convictions.
 

 

He made his home
among the oppressed
and opened doors
for those who had been victims of the most vicious racial cruelty
.

 

His story is one of
passion, courage, faith, and determination.

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