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From: Ruth Westbrook <>
Subject: [KORNEGAY-L] Basil Kornegay family
Date: Sat, 27 Jun 1998 16:16:36 -0400

An article printed in a local newpaper several years ago by Claude Moore, (
Now deceased) who was a historican and College professor.


During the years I havve written several articles about the prominent
Kornegay family in Duplin and other parts of North Carolina. All the
Kornegays are related but in many instances it is a very distant relationship.

The first of this family to come to America was George Kornegay (** This
should have been John) who came in New Bern in 1710 and was killed in 1711
in the Tuscarora Indian War in 1717, Mrs. Bessie Hogan Williams (1851-1925
of Selma, Alabama, a granddaughter of Basil Kornegay of Mount Olive wrote
the following:
"The first Kornegay to come to America was named Konig and he came from
Kornigsburge, Germany, but when he came to America his neighbors called him
Kornegay, and he liked the name better so he let it go that way."

A later George Kornegay, called senior in the records received a large land
grant aabout four miles east of Mount Olive and called "Red Hill" .

The Holmes Garden and lake are on this grant. George Kornegay, Sr had
several children among whom was George Kornegay, Jr, who married Margaret
Downing , the daughter of a London barrister. Their children were: Basil
Kornegay, who married Tabitha King of Sampson County and a sister of Vice
President William R. King (1782-1853) George Kornegay III< Civil
Kornegay, Daniel Kornegay, and Jacob Kornegay.

Mrs Williams further writes in 1917, "Basil Kornegay, the youngest of the
family was very handsome, tall with golden curles and blue eyes, and had
always been spoiled and was allowed to have his way in all things."

According to the census of 1810, Basil Kornegay was the head of a family.
Besides lands and slaves, he was a surveyor. It is believed that he was
married in 1809 to Tabitha King (1788-1870 ) and they lived at "Red Hill"
near Mount Olive. They had the following children: Margaret, Louisa,
Thomas and and Katherine.

In 1817, the Hon. William R. King (congressman, diplomat) migrated to
Dallas County, Alabama and carried with him his widowed mother, grandmother
and brothers, and his sisters and their families. He invited Basil and
Tabitha Kornegay to go with them but he refused. They were already having
domestic problems, to put it mildly. Tabitha went to Alabama with her
brother and kept house for him since he was single. Basil would not allow
the children to go, but died in 1821 and the children went tolive with
their mother, and her brother was made guardian.

Margaret Tabitha Kornegay (1811-1841 married Gongo W. Gayle and lived in
Cahaba, Alabama and had two children.
Thomas King Kornegay (1813-1846) died unmarried.
Louisa King Kornegay (born 1814) married Dr. Benjamin Rush Hogan and had
nine children. A son, William R. King Hogan was killed at the Battle of
Chancellorsville, Virginia, 1863 The Hogans finally settled in Desolo
Parish, Louisiana.
Catherine Kornegay married Wiley Thomas in Dallas County, Alaabama.
Tabitha King Kornegay died in 1870

The movement of the Kings and other to Alabama is part of the story of the
migration of North Carolina families to the far South between 1800-1860.

Hope you enjoy this article

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