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John King

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Son of John Henry King and Eleanor Mary King
Husband of Nochuku 'Patience' King
Father of John King; Thomas King; William King; Henry King; Ellen Sarah King and 4 others
Brother of Sarah King and Benjamin King

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About John King

John aged 2, departed for South Africa with parents and sister Sarah 1 on the Weymouth.

Hyman's party of 1820 settlers. DN 1715/1865, CO48/41 father John King described as a weaver age 27 from Frome, Somerset. Children: -John (this person). 3 sisters: -Eleanor, 1818-1819 m. William Watson and d. 6 Mar 1865 age 46 (q.v.) -Sarah -Jane. - and 1 brother? Benjamin?

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-Nchuku, or Patience, died Oct 1906, aged 87yrs. A granddaughter of Nquma, the white girl found on the beach near Mlambass in East Pondoloand (Note 22 of William Bazley, cited in a 1950's article by Prof Kirby of Rhodes University).

-John KIng's wife died 24 Oct 1906 (Note 39 ibid)

-Eliza King got married an Irishman married Conway. Dalasile was a brother of Mrs King (Note 30 ibid) -Mrs Conway is Mrs J King's eldest daughter (Note 37 ibid)

-Mrs Conway's eldest daughter's name was Ellen. She is Mrs Van der Byl, and lives at Libosh. Eliza, Mrs Gale, in Bomvanaland. Annie, a mrs van der Byl. (Note 23 ibid)

-Harry King's father was married to a Van der Byl, a Portuguese (note 40 ibid) ...Crampton, Hazel. ‘The Sunburnt Queen’. Johannesburg: Jacana. 2004. pp256-7

In 1829 , when Nochuku was ten years old... Rev Shepstone... the missionary railed against their pagan upbringing:

"When I was at Cetani's [Bessie's grandson, Ngcetane] kraal the other day. some of his sons... were nearly white, although belonging to the third generation"

...Crampton p257

A letter written in 1852 by a missionary based near Morley Mission confirmed [that] Bessie's grandchildren were "now about Morley. One is married to an Englishman, John King." ...Crampton p258

Register of Baptisms for Morley Mission [show] John and Nochuku's children:

  • Thomas, b 7 Sep 1842 - bap Morley 29 April 1857 (alreasy 14yrs old)
  • John, b 25 Oct 1845, bap Morley 11 Aug 1850, along with younger siblings William & Eliza
  • William, b 19 Oct 1847
  • Eliza, b 4 Dec 1849
  • Henry, b 15 April 1851, bap Mqanduli 15 April 1852
  • Ellen Sarah bap 19 June 1858 at Tshinini (probably Ntshilini)
  • Frederick, bap Morley 1 Aug 1859
  • Elizabeth, bap Tshinini 7 Juy 1861
  • James, bap Tshinini 24 July 1863
  • Joseph, bap Tshinini 1 Sep 1864

"I had done John King a great injustice in assuming that like Dick King, Henry Francis Flynn and some other traders, he may have abandoned his wife and children of colour, in favour of a white wife. He and Nochuku ...had been marred for at least 64 years." ... Crampton pp 262-3

There are a number of Kings still living in and around Port St Johns, the busy little town around at the mouth of the Mzimvubu River, and in Bomvana territory, near old Morley. Some, undoubtedly are Bessie's descendants, but there is little indication that her story had been preserved among them. Much had already been lost 100 years ago when the indefatigable William Bazley, the ... Grosvenor connoisseur, enlisted the help of of Eliza Onway, eldest daughter of Nochuku and John King, in an effort to uncover her family's unique past. ...Crampton p 270

Crampton, Hazel. ‘The Sunburnt Queen’. Johannesburg: Jacana. 2004. pp256-8; 262-3, 270. Contact Sharon Doubell

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John King's Timeline

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