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Roswell in Fulton County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Roswell King

 
 
Roswell King Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 27, 2013
1. Roswell King Marker
Inscription.
1839 “He was founder of the village which bears his name. 1939
A man of great energy, industry and perseverance; of rigid Integrity, truth and justice. He early earned and long enjoyed the esteem and confidence of his fellow men.”


Roswell King, son of Sarah Fitch and Timothy King, was born at Windsor, Connecticut on May 3, 1765. He moved to Darien, Georgia, in 1788 and became a leader in the religious, civic and business life of the community. In the early 1820s the Bank of Darien having large holders in the gold fields of northern Georgia and North Carolina sent Roswell King into these fields to attend to its interests. It was on this trip that he crossed the Chattahoochee River near the mouth of Vickery – now Big – Creek, and then he visualized for the first time the colony that was to bear his name. Being impressed by the water power Vickery Creek afforded, the healthful climate, the abundance of natural resources and the general beauty of the section he decided to make it his home.

A short time later he, accompanied by his son Barrington, made another trip from the Low Country to this unsettled area of the Cherokee country. Barrington King was more was more enthusiast than his father over the potentialities of the section destined to be the site of Roswell. With
Roswell King Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 27, 2013
2. Roswell King Marker
this encouragement, Roswell King came again, about 1830, to this the land of his desire and by 1835 he had acquired sufficient lands for his needs and construction was begun on a cotton mill. By March 4, 1835, the mill was completed and became the main business interest of the community.

A few weeks later Barrington King, with his family, arrived and the son began to take responsibilities of the father. The Kings missed their accustomed community life and to enlarge the colony offered building sites to friends and relatives on condition that they come and build permanent homes. The offer was accepted and by 1839 a colony of six families existed. The colonists then completed the building of a Presbyterian church, an academy and their permanent homes. These buildings exemplified the truest expression of the classic architecture of that period and with the exception of the academy remain to this day.

Thus a vision became a reality and the community founded was called Roswell, in honor of the man who first envisioned the possibilities of the site and who was the most beloved citizen of the community until his death, February 15, 1844.
 
Location. 34° 0.862′ N, 84° 21.8′ W. Marker is in Roswell, Georgia, in Fulton County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Marietta Highway
Roswell King Memorial which includes the Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 27, 2013
3. Roswell King Memorial which includes the Marker
(Georgia Route 120) and South Atlanta Street (Georgia Route 9). Touch for map. The marker is located at the Roswell King Memorial at the south end of the Roswell Square. Marker is in this post office area: Roswell GA 30075, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. James S. Bulloch (within shouting distance of this marker); Barrington King (within shouting distance of this marker); Bulloch Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); Roswell Town Square (within shouting distance of this marker); Nathaniel A. Pratt (within shouting distance of this marker); Elizabeth King Hand (within shouting distance of this marker); Archibald Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); John Dunwoody (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Roswell.
 
More about this marker. While not specifically stated on the marker, it is probable the marker was erected in 1939 or 1940.
 
Also see . . .  More about Roswell King. (Submitted on December 17, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.)
 
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Site of Roswell King's Home image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, May 27, 2013
4. Site of Roswell King's Home
This historic marker stands at the site of King's home in Roswell, at the intersection of Mimosa Boulevard and Magnolia Street.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on December 17, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 67 times since then and 21 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 17, 2017, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.
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