Calif. Families King LL & Annie King Chapter in History of Placer Co. Contact
From History of Placer and Nevada Counties, California, W. B. Lardner & M. J. Brock; 1924

ANNIE C. KING,-- The varied experiences which have filled the greater part of the life of Annie C. King, one of Placer County's most prominent pioneers, make of her an entertaining link in the chain which leads back to the early days of the' State. She has been an eye-witness of the changes which have come with the passing years; and with her husband, the late Lewis Leroy King, she bore her part in the upbuilding and development of the natural resources of the section which has been the family home for so long a time.

One of California's native daughters, Annie Catherine (Hellar) King was born at Hayward on May 11, 1862. Her parents were Thomas and Eliza (Knock) Hellar, the former born at Ringold's Manor, Hagerstown, Md., and the latter a native of Kent, England. The paternal grandfather, Jacob Hellar, was born at Clear Spring, Md., December 19, 1777, of German [Ed.; probably Dutch] descent; while. his wife, in maidenhood Isabella McKinzey, was born at Philadelphia, Pa., August 1, 1785, of Scotch and Welsh descent. Grandfather Hellar was an extensive planter, and was the owner of Ringold's Manor, at Hagerstown, which continued to be the family home until the time of the death of himself and wife. The mother, Eliza Knock before her marriage to Thomas Hellar, was the only daughter of William Knock, a tailor by trade, and the granddaughter of Sir George Knock, who was knighted by Queen Victoria for chivalrous and courageous action. in time of war. When the mother of our subject was eight years old, her parents came to the United States and located in Petersburg, Va.. Thomas Hellar brought his family to California in 1850 and settled in the Haywards. Here he purchased 400 acres of land, which he successfully farmed. There were eleven children born to this pioneer couple. William T. is an orchardist living at Visalia, Cal, Mary became the wife of Orrin Hale; she passed away on November 10, 1895. Edward M. married Miss Emma George, of Hayward; he died in 1914, leaving a family of seven children. Samuel is a farmer in Trinity County. Thomas made his home with our subject at Elm Court, Roseville, until his death, on March 14, 1924, John D. is deceased. Annie Catherine is the subject of this interesting sketch. Eliza is the wife of M. A. Kruger, residing in Roseville. Nora I is the widow of the late T. W. Haynes, of Strawberry Valley, Cal. Rhoda and Martin died in infancy. The mother of our subject passed away at the age of sixty-two, and subsequently the father married Miss Clara Bridges. One daughter was born of this union, Myrtle, now the wife of W. H. Seaver, a photographer in Roseville.

Annie Catherine Hellar received her education in the schools of Hayward. At Levy, Sumner County, Kans., on April 4, 1880, Miss Hellar was united in marriage with Lewis Leroy King. Mr. King was. born at Mission San Jose, March. 30,11855, a son of Robert and Sarah (Lewelling) King, the former born in Iowa in 1828, and the latter born in St. Helena, Cal. The parents of Sarah Lewelling, John and Elvy (Elliott) Lewelling, were early pioneers of California and successful orchardists at San Lorenzo, and later at St. Helena. The original name, Llewellyn,: was changed to Lewelling; and the mother of Lewis Leroy King was a direct descendant of Prince Llewellyn of Wales. The King family were also. of Welsh descent. Lewis Leroy King was educated in Napa College, from which he was graduated. He also attended McClure's Academy in Oakland, and was later graduated from Heald's Business College in San Francisco. After finishing his general education, he read law; and in the early days at Cherry Glenn, now within the corporate limits of Roseville, he was frequently called upon to decide in legal matters for the earl settlers.

After their marriage, Mr. and Mrs. King returned to California and settled at San Lorenzo, where Mr. King engaged in horticulture until 1890, when they removed to Placer County. Here he set out 11,000 fruit trees, ,consisting of cherries, peaches, apricots, plums, almonds and figs. This tract of orchard land was known as the Cherry Glenn Orchards, and is now known as the Cherry Glenn Addition to Roseville. He also set out forty acres, known as the Elm Court Subdivision, to table grapes. In 1890 he built his beautiful residence, Elm Court, which has since been the family home of the Kings.

Mr. King established the first real-estate and insurance business in Roseville, and was a prime mover in the organization of the Roseville Telephone Company, and acted as the first secretary of the organization. He became well-known and prominent, and could be depended upon to help in all matters pertaining to the advancement of his community. Capable and enterprising, he was counted among the most successful citizens of Roseville. He was the owner of 200 acres of fine land adjacent to the city.

Four children were born to this prominent couple: Elva, who married A. T. McBride, a rancher of Antelope, Cal.; Lelia Eliza, now the wife of William C. Keehner, street superintendent of Roseville, who is represented elsewhere in this history; Lewis Leroy, in the real-state business in Roseville, whose sketch may also be found in this volume; and Earl Elisha, who passed away on May 28, 1900. Mr. King passed away at the family home in Roseville, on Thanksgiving Day, 1914, aged fifty-nine years. He was an active member of the First Presbyterian Church at Roseville; he gave of his means and time to the building of their house of worship, and served as superintendent of the Sunday School for many years. He also donated two lots for the Methodist Episcopal Mission Church in Roseville.

Mrs. King has been a member of the Presbyterian Church for the past thirty-five years. Prominent in social-and civic affairs, she also belongs to the Women of Woodcraft and to Rose Chapter, Order of the Eastern Star. She has served as vice-president of the Women's Improvement Club of Roseville, and declined the nomination to act as its president. In politics she is a Republican, and a stanch supporter of prohibition. She is. interested in all that pertains to Roseville and its advancement, and can be counted upon to give liberally to all well-directed movements for its further development.

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