Elizabeth Anne VanderPutten - Family Documents
1994: An Introduction to my King/Fallon Family History, by my late Uncle Bert
|300 East 40th Street 4J
New York NY 10016
March 10, 1994
Dear King/Fallon family member:
Enclosed you will find what we know about the King/Fallon family as of today.
The earliest records are references to the marriages of William King to Ann Shouler April 23, 1777, whose son was Benjamin and of Edward Hatton to Elizabeth ?? in 1760, whose daughter was Frances. Benjamin and Frances were married March 17, 1815. Their son Charles was the father of Augustus Amor, my grandfather.
We have been less lucky with the antecedents of Mary Elizabeth Fallon, my grandmother and wife of Augustus Amor King.
There are still many sources to check, and further examination of Census records may bring details that will be sent you as soon as known.
Augustus Amor is first recorded in the Brooklyn City Directory in 1884 as an “Agent”. By then he was 31, had been in the USA 15 years, and had been a Naturalized Citizen since October 2nd 1876. Families moved frequently, possibly to keep up with the expanding family. Only one of the thirteen, Herbert, died in infancy. Augustus moved each year until 1909/10 when the family moved to Winstead and then Torrington CT.
If I can help trace your non-King ancestors, you must send me everything you know about the- Immigrants, age on arrival, with whom they traveled, where they stayed in the New York area, when and where they died, and at what age, occupations and who and when they married.
Research takes time, so be patient.
I hope you and your descendants are interested in why these brave souls gambled their lives on leaving home and family to come to these foreign shores. Your comments will be welcomed.
Best personal regards,
Herbert J. VanderPutten
I began this fascinating work with the realization that Mary, Grandma King, lived with us from 1923 to 1931 and I cannot recall one word of conversation between us. I also spent some summers with my cousin Bill Finley when Augustus was running a bakery business out of a converted chicken coop. My one contact with him was his yelling at us because we punched down a big load of bread he was ‘rising’. I would like to think that our grandchildren will remember us a little more clearly and will keep these notes and future ones for passing along to another generation for further development.
H. J. V. (1/24/94)