Isaac C. King was one of two sons of William W. and Tempy Hulsey King who lived to marry. He was born 5 August 1856 in Hall County, Georgia, and married Eliza Ann Ellen Patterson around 1879. The facts of Isaac’s life are provided mostly by his daughter, Myra, since there is almost no documentation.
The memories of Myra’s stories tell us that Isaac, half Cherokee, attended North Georgia Agricultural College in Dahlonega in Lumpkin County, and received certification as a grade school teacher. He had a small farm on Timber Ridge Road south of the church and cemetery, where he and Ann raised three daughters: Cora, Myra and Clyde. Ann Patterson, known to the family as Mother Dear, said she was born in Five Forks, Madison County, Georgia, but that is all that is remembered about Myra’s stories of the Patterson family.
Myra remembered that Isaac taught school since before her older sister, Cora, started attending, and that he was the only teacher they ever had. He would go to the school in the morning by himself and fire up the stove that sat in the middle of the one room schoolhouse on Latty Road. The children from surrounding farms, between the ages of six and sixteen, would come later and find the school warm and ready.
Then Isaac was stricken with Palsy, according to Myra, and could no longer bend his legs or sit. While it was known as Palsy, it may have been a different medical problem. When he could no longer teach, Ann took his place until the county could find a suitable replacement. Isaac suffered several years, but it took his life on 3 September 1905.
If not for the Federal Census and the King plot at Timber Ridge, there would be no record of Isaac King. North Georgia College only records the names of graduates, and according to Myra teaching certification was provided to students who were not part of the graduating class. He probably attended during the late 1870s around the age of twenty. Isaac married Ann around 1879, based on the census dates, and his three daughters were born between 1880 and 1884
Isaac’s father, William, purchased 100 acres from Richard M. Miller for $150 on 26 December 1877. It is the only known land purchase William made that was not adjacent to King’s Place along the Chattahoochee River. This property was located at the head waters of Cedar Creek, about half way down Timber Ridge Road. The reason for this purchase so far away from King’s Place is unknown, but there are no records showing he transferred the deed to his son.
The property was adjacent to the farm of Lewis G. Smith, who at some point in the 1870s moved his family to Hall County from Madison County. Smith’s first wife Harriett died during the Civil War, as did Robert Patterson, the first husband of Sarah Adaline Kirk. Sarah was left with two children and Lewis Smith had four. Even though Smith was older, they married some time after the war. But by 1877, Eliza Ann and John Henry Patterson became step children in a strange new home. It is easy to see how Isaac and Ann met.
If Myra’s memories are correct, Isaac would have been the teacher at the school on Latty Road before 1886, when Cora would have started attending. Depending on how long he suffered from the disease, he would have taught until around 1900 when Ann took over for him. There are no known remaining records on the Latty school itself, although some exist on the administration of the schools in the Glades District.
This log lists all the Hall County teachers examined in 1892, 1893 and 1894. The purpose for testing the teachers in what appears to be a haphazard fashion is not known, but they were given a grade of 1, 2, or 3, or a Class A, B or C. Rarely was a teacher examined more than once, and on 24 June 1893, one of the teachers was I. C. King, receiving a rating of Grade 2.
The current location of the Latty school may not be the same as it was when Myra attended. Isaac’s daughters would walk down Timber Ridge and cross what is now Highway 52. A path through the woods led them directly to the schoolhouse on Latty Road. When they reached a certain tree before leaving the woods, they would sit down to change into their good shoes before walking across Latty Road to the school. The building is now much farther away from Timber Ridge.
After Isaac’s death in 1905 and the marriages of her three girls, Ann continued to live on Timber Ridge Road. She and Isaac were buried together in a plot in Timber Ridge that included all three daughters and three grandchildren who died young. Cora and her husband were moved to Alta Vista cemetery in Gainesville by their children.
The three daughters of Isaac and Ann included:
Cora King: Cora was born on 27 September 1880, and died on 2 January 1957. She married Jasper Marion Martin around 1900 and raised five children:
1. Martha Marion Martin (1903)
2. Martha Lee Martin (1905)
3. Willard Martin (1907)
4. Britt Martin (1909)
5. Myra Bob Martin (1912)
Myra Ellen King: See the next page.
Clyder Ann King: Clyde was born 23 September 1884, and died 1 January 1950. She married Henry C. Williams around 1909. Williams was the son of Jackson Williams, and Jackson was the son of Elisha Williams and Elizabeth Kendrick. She was the granddaughter of Abel A. Kendrick, who was the grandfather of David Martin’s wife Terresa. All three husbands were related. Clyde and Henry raised four children:
1. Cora Lee Williams (1910)
2. Henry Vernon Williams (21 September 1913 - 19 July 1914)
3. Hugh Dorsey Williams (1917)
4. Marion Mawd Williams (1921)
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