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Francis John King letter to Martha King

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8607

Content Description

Materials include a letter from Francis John King to his wife Martha King while working for the Findlay Oil Refining Company. This letter was written during his first week working for the company. Topics include his health, his new office, and hotel room. Dated October 7, 1886.


  • 1886 October 7


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Francis John King letter to Martha King must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Francis "Frank" John King (1838-1903) was a Union soldier in the 13th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment or "Bucktails," led by Thomas L. Kane.

Francis John King, known as Frank King, was born on January 26, 1838, in Sudbury, England to William King and Eliza Kewell. He married Martha King Bell and they had one son. During the Civil War, King joined the 13th Pennsylvania Reserve Regiment, known as "Kane's Rifles" or simply the "Bucktails," in 1861 until the regiment was mustered out of service on June 11, 1864. This regiment was lead by Thomas L. Kane and fought in several major battles, including Antietam, Fredericksburg, and Gettysburg. He was later sent to the 190th Pennsylvania Regiment. King was captured and spent the remainder of the war at Salisbury Prison Camp, North Carolina. After the war he worked for the Findlay Oil Refining Company in Ohio. Francis John King died on January 28, 1903, in Washington D.C.

Biographical History

Martha King Bell (1832-1921) was married to Francis John King.

Martha King Bell was born on March 3, 1832, in Kings Run, Pennsylvania, to William Bell and Martha King. She married Francis John King, and had one son together. Martha King Bell died on November 21, 1921, at Kings Run, Pennsylvania.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Purchased from Ian Jones in October 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Ian Jones; October 13, 2014.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)

Processing Information

Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.

Register of Francis John King letter to Martha King
Nate Burroughs
2014 October 22
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States