It is not known to what extent the contention that Admiral King was a elder brother of Ann's father has been disseminated among persons interested in Gordon/King family genealogy. However it is apparent to this compiler that a reference in a Ada Gordon letter to a 1835 death year was definitely not as has been contended a reference to Ann's father, but no more than a speculation by Ada that Ann's father may have been a naval Captain who had died in 1835, as had been noted by her in a published biography of the born in 1776 royal navy Captain Andrew King, who married a Mary Lewin on Mar 5, 1821 and was the 4th Lieutenant on Nelson's famous flagship the Victory at the historic Battle of Trafalgar in 1805 5, 6.Sources:
Ada Gordon was merely speculating, in the hope of receiving confirmation from her aunt, that Capt. Andrew King may have been Ann Gordon's father and accordingly his older brother Admiral King her uncle. Maybe this speculation on the part of Ada Gordon arose by way of her New Zealand resident aunt Letitia Garmonsway, who whilst clearly not having known her King grandfather by his given name, in response to Ada's persistent genealogical inquiries had given her the impression her King grandfather may have been in the Royal Navy and perhaps at the Battle of Trafalgar, and that such a suggestion led Ada Gordon in the hope of identifying him to doing a Sydney library search for published biographies of naval Kings' duly found in those for Captain Andrew King and his brother Admiral Sir Edward Durnford King.
Biographies of these two naval gentlemen were published in Lieutenant John Marshall's volumes of Royal Naval Biography and William O'Byrne's A Naval Biographical Dictionary, of which the first had a biography of both, and the second a biography Sir Edward whose obituary also appeared the The Times newspaper 1, 2. There were four named King on Nelson's flagship the Victory at the Battle of Trafalgar, and many more with the King surname among the 17,000 plus on the English ships that fought that day of whom some are recorded as having been awarded medals.
In Ada's genealogical speculations Captain Andrew King was not the only person named King she suggested to Letitia Garmonsway as a possible candidate for Letitia's King grandfather. In another letter written over a year later in about May 1889 it is apparent Ada Gordon by then had switched away from the navy to the army as the service in which Letitia's grandfather might have served, for she wrote to Letitia: "I saw the death notice of a Capt. Henry King who died in India in 1811. Was that your grandfather?"
In this compiler's opinion it can safely be assumed if Letitia Garmonsway ever told Ada Gordon anything about her grandfather's identity it would have been no more than that she thought he had been an officer (perhaps a Captain) in one of England's armed forces. No doubt the current day holder of the Ada Gordon letters in arriving at these genealogically significant misinterpretations gave insufficient regard to the full context in which the two King name mentions appeared, which was that they were merely being submitted by Ada to Letitia as possibles in the hope she would identify one as having been her grandfather, and to the somewhat delightful description given of Ada in a letter written by her cousin Henry Fulford - that she was "a melodrama" 3.
Ada was also a very naive person, having fallen for the old "heirs wanted" scam by paying a London advertiser a £10 heir registration fee re a potential advertised Battley family inheritance in England, and even suggesting to her aunt Letitia that she may care to do likewise in respect of similar advertisements for the heirs of Letitia's mother's King family, which in respect of any pot of gold sitting in England just awaiting its collection her own father Henry had shrewdly dismissed as "too good to be true" 4. A letter stated Ann had a brother John who had been a milkman on a vessel. It is assumed he must have milked the goats to provide milk and cheese for the captain's table. Perhaps he died without a living wife and living issue leaving an estate of a few pounds, and such gave rise to the original advertisements in an English newspaper seeking heirs and naming Ann King wife of Robert Gordon, her sister Martha wife of George Lambert, and an Andrew King who could have been their brother or a cousin. Alternatively the small estate could have been that of their mother Ann King (Ovey).
At a commonsense level one may safely assume if in fact Ann Gordon had in addition to the James Henry King who died at Waterloo, a father in the person of the 4th Lieutenant on history's most famous warship at history's most famous naval battle, and an uncle who had been full Admiral, knight of the realm, and for several years Commander at the Nore which covered the strategically all important English Channel, then Ann's son Henry Meldrum Gordon during the three years spent as a pupil at the colony's establishment school The Kings School with a curriculum weighted towards the study of Latin and of British history, would have been told by his mother of this distinguished grandfather and grand uncle, so would not have found it necessary in 1889 to ask his N.Z. resident son William to inquire of his sister Sarah Ann Moir in Mangawhai as to if she knew his King grandfather's name so that he might know to which King family he belonged. She answered that whilst she wished for her mother's sake she could give her brother Henry the name of his grandfather she could not, as all she could recollect was her mother having told her when she was a child was that she had an uncle who had been killed at Waterloo!
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