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The Genealogy of Martin Luther King Jr

The family tree of late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, who was born on 15 January 1929 in Atlanta Georgia, was actually named Michael L King. On the fourth of April 1968, during a visit to Memphis, Tennessee he was assassinated by James Earl Ray, a fugitive from the Missouri State Penitentiary. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr comes from a long line of preachers.


Willis Williams, Rev. Martin Luther King’s great grandfather was a preacher in the slave-era. His son, Rev. Adam Daniel WILLIAMS was born on the 2 January 1863 in Penfield, Greene County, Georgia and died 21 March 1931.

His grandfather James Albert King who was born in December 1864 in Ohio married Delia Linsey, who was born in July 1875 in Henry County, Georgia, and died on the 27th of May 1924. They were married in 1895 in Stockbridge, Henry County, Georgia and had the following children:

1. Woodie KING, born in April 1896
2.  Michael KING, born in December 1899
3. Lucius KING was born in Sept. 1901 and died before 1910.
4. Lenora KING was born in 1902
5.Cleo KING was born in 1905
6. Lucila KING was born in 1906
7. James KING Jr was born in 1908
8. Rubie KING was born in 1909

James Albert King died about four years after the birth of his grandson, Rev. Martin Luther King, on 17 November 1933 in Atlanta, Georgia.


Michael King (also known as “Daddy King”) was born in Stockbridge, Henry County, Georgia on 19 December 1899. On 25 November 1926 he married Alberta Christine Williams, born on 13 September 1903 and they had the following children:

Willie Christine KING was born 11 September 1927 Martin Luther KING, Jr. was born on 15 January 1929 Alfred Daniel Williams KING was born 30 July 1930

Martin Luther King Jr. married a Coretta Scott King, born 27 April 1927, on the 18th of June 1953 in Marion, Alabama at her parent’s home. They had four children born to them.

Yolanda Denise King, born 17 November 1955 Martin Luther King III, born 23 October 1957 Dexter Scott King, born 30 January 1961 Bernice Albertine King, born 28 March 1963

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was first laid to rest in the South-View Cemetery in Atlanta but his remains was later removed to a tomb on the grounds of the King Center which is adjacent to the Ebenezer Baptist Church.

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