Joshua King, 18471928 (aged 80 years)

Name
Joshua /King/
Given names
Joshua
Nickname
Jos
Surname
King
Birth June 17, 1847 28 32
Military

Note: Joshua is recorded both as a Sapper, and as a 2nd Corporal 22 Company, in the Royal Engineers (both…

Joshua is recorded both as a Sapper, and as a 2nd Corporal 22 Company, in the Royal Engineers (both as of record year 1871). He landed in Magdala, Abyssinia (now Ethiopia,) on December 12, 1867 to fight in the Battle of Magdala. He was 20 years old. His Regimental number was 8712. He may have been awarded a medal for his efforts in this battle. (Source: UK Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1739-1949)

Possibly also posted to Afghanistan, as a Telegrapher +?

All participating soldiers and officers apparently received a campaign medal - the'Abyssinian War Medal". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abyssinian_War_Medal

Promoted from Sapper to Corporal 2nd class in 1871?

Occupation
Postmaster,

Address: 47a South Road Manaia Taranaki New Zealand
Corporation: New Zealand Post Office
Note: Joshua King is shown 4th in a list of past Manaia postmasters on the document "Manaia Heritage Inven…

Joshua King is shown 4th in a list of past Manaia postmasters on the document "Manaia Heritage Inventory" by South Taranaki District Council, 2000 (amended 2003)

George Osborne Email to Paul King (27/09/06) "He put the first telegraph wire round Mt. Egmont"

HISTORY - Excerpt from pg 54 of that document

"In May 1881 Manaia settlers were agitating for a post and telephone depot. The following year, deputations pressing for a Post Office met with visiting Premier Mr Hall and a Post Office inspector to put their case. In September 1882, Parliament approved the post and telephone office, and on 5 October it was set up in part of the Drill Hall. When the Armed Constabulary was removed in 1883 a permanent Post Office building was erected, using materials from the redoubt. As business increased itwas added to three times. During the process of establishing a post and telegraph depot in Manaia, it was discovered that there was another Post Office named Manaia situated 47 miles from Auckland. Local Manaia residents refused a name change and the Post Office near Auckland was renamed 'Dunbar'. In 1910/1911 a decision was made to build a new Post Office and for £90 Messrs Lloyd and McVicar moved the existing building on rollers around the corner where it became a library and dental rooms. The telephone exchange, which began in May 1917, now stands in its place.

ResidenceClara Jane SkeltonView this family
Yes

Address: Manaia, Taranaki, New Zealand
Note: First known NZ residence for Joshua King's family

First known NZ residence for Joshua King's family

Joshua King was Postmaster in Manaia from 1888. Moving south, Joshua is later listed in the The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts] 1903 as being in Tapanui, Otago: "The Tapanui Post And Telegraph Office is picturequely situated upon one of the most elevated situations in the town, and can be classed as one of the neatest country offices in Otago. Internally, it is a model of convenience and consideration for the needs of the public. The office was erected in 1895 at a cost of £500. During the Queen's Diamond Jubilee a very handsome clock was presented by the residents of Tapanui and placed in the centre of the building, where it is a decided ornament. Mr. Joshua King is Postmaster and Telegraphist."

The family is listed in Dunedin city directories from around 1912.

Death of a motherElizabeth Tucker
November 9, 1854 (aged 7 years)

Residence 1871 (aged 23 years)
Source: England and Wales Census, 1871
Note: The census of 1871 lists Joshua as aged 23, and a lodger.
Marriage of a siblingWalter KingEmma View this family
1872 (aged 24 years)

Death of a fatherHenry King
January 1876 (aged 28 years)

Religious marriageClara Jane SkeltonView this family
August 28, 1879 (aged 32 years)
Religion: Catholic Apostolic Church
Occupation
Telegraph officer, postmaster, and stationmaster
between November 1, 1878 and December 24, 1880 (aged 33 years)
Employer: Post Officer, and then Railways
Source: www.elibrarynz.com (NZ Railway Post Offices)
Note: Email from Jeff Pyle of www.elibrarynz.com to Monica Moriyasu 8/9/2013 ".. Shows your great grandfa…

Email from Jeff Pyle of www.elibrarynz.com to Monica Moriyasu 8/9/2013 ".. Shows your great grandfather, Joshua King was the Postmaster and Station Master at Halcombe, Manawatu from 1.11.1878 to 24.12.1880 when his position was taken over by James B Gould.

It would appear that the railway line was opened to here from the southeast on the 22 April 1878 he would have operated the telegraph link until the Post Office was moved from the local store (which had opened in Halcombe settlement store with W.H.Lask as Postmaster on 1 July 1878) on 1st November 1878. For his duties as Postmaster and Telegraph Officer he was paid 80 pounds PLUS his railway salary as Stationmaster. (A large salary in those days.)"

Birth of a daughterFlorence King
July 27, 1880 (aged 33 years)

Birth of a sonWilfred King
June 6, 1881 (aged 33 years)

Birth of a daughterAlice King
December 9, 1882 (aged 35 years)

Note: Month of December is a best guess - the cursive and abbreviated handwritten record of mother Clara J…

Month of December is a best guess - the cursive and abbreviated handwritten record of mother Clara Jane is very difficult in this case - see source

Birth of a daughterIvy King
March 22, 1883 (aged 35 years)

Birth of a sonSidney King
February 3, 1885 (aged 37 years)

Death of a daughterIvy King
October 25, 1886 (aged 39 years)

Birth of a sonOliver King
February 11, 1887 (aged 39 years)

Birth of a sonRoland King
March 9, 1888 (aged 40 years)

Birth of a daughterClarice King
April 1, 1889 (aged 41 years)
Death of a sonWilfred King
January 3, 1890 (aged 42 years)
Note: 22 NOV 1889 is recorded in Clara Janes Register, noted probably 13-15 years after the fact.

22 NOV 1889 is recorded in Clara Janes Register, noted probably 13-15 years after the fact. Cemetary records made at the time record 03 JAN 1890, and this is assumed most likely to be correct. As Registrar at the time, it is very likey father Joshua King's own record with Births Deaths & Marriages would clarify.

Burial of a sonWilfred King
January 5, 1890 (aged 42 years)
Cemetery: Manaia Burial Old Lawn
Note: Clara Jane's family register shows Wilfred as having died on 22 November 1889, while the South Taraa…

Clara Jane's family register shows Wilfred as having died on 22 November 1889, while the South Taraanaki online cemetary registry listing shows death on 03 Jan 1890, interrement on 05 Jan 1890.

Email from June Wallace, Library Plus Officer, Manaia, South Taranaki District Council (27/09/06): "I have checked our burial register and the only information that we hold is what is showing on our Cemetery records. The burial register book showsthat Wilfred King died at Manaia on the 3rd January 1890, no burial date, no age at time of death. The burial was paid for by Joshua King on the 3rd January 1890.

The information has been taken from both the headstone at the cemetery and the written record from the burial register.

Sorry I can not give you any further information but it may be possible for you to obtain further information from Death, Birth and marriage records."

Paul King (27/09/06) comment: Ironically, Joshua would have been the local Registrar at the time, so would have had to record his own son's death.

Joshua must also have needed a great level of self control to have arranged and paid for his own sons burial on the very day he died - perhaps just better to get it over with?

Will meanwhile assume the Cemetary register record, having been taken at the time, is more likely to be accurate than Clara Janes record written after the fact (likely at between 13 to 15 yeas later, judging by handwritten entries).

Birth Deaths & Marriages records should be consulted to verify

Gravestone is located in the "Old Lawn", new Plot ID 797, Block V

Birth of a sonMarcus King
May 15, 1891 (aged 43 years)
Birth of a sonGilbert King
March 28, 1893 (aged 45 years)

Birth of a sonArnold King
January 18, 1894 (aged 46 years)
Birth of a sonBasil King
August 13, 1896 (aged 49 years)

Death of a daughterAlice King
July 18, 1913 (aged 66 years)
Death of a brotherWalter King
October 5, 1913 (aged 66 years)

ResidenceClara Jane SkeltonView this family
1915 (aged 67 years)
Address: Cameron Street, Napier, New Zealand
Text:

https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/arnold-king

Death of a sonArnold King
August 17, 1915 (aged 68 years)
Cause: Gunshot wound to upper thigh/groin
Note: Commonwealth war graves website http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=112993

Commonwealth war graves website http://www.cwgc.org/search/casualty_details.aspx?casualty=112993 lists the following details

Name: KING, ARNOLD Initials: A Nationality: New Zealand Rank: Private Regiment/Service: Otago Regiment, N.Z.E.F. Date of Death: 17/08/1915 Service No: 8/2031 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: D. 36. Cemetery: CAIRO WAR MEMORIAL CEMETERY

Paul King (7/8/06): Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery appears to be at in Abu Seifein Street, Old Cairo.

Arnold's entry in the Evening Post "Roll of Honour" casualty list: Volume XC, Issue 46, 23 August 1915, Page 2

..."DIED OF WOUNDS OTAGO BATTALION

King Arnold, 8/2031), Pte. (Joshua King, Mill-road, Mornington, Dunedin, father); 17 August. 2nd General Hospital, Cairo"...

Birth of a granddaughterDiana King
May 20, 1919 (aged 71 years)
Birth of a granddaughterShirley King
July 7, 1920 (aged 73 years)
Birth of a granddaughterClemency King
July 7, 1920 (aged 73 years)

Birth of a grandsonGeorge Osborne
October 5, 192221:30 approx (aged 75 years)
Birth of a grandsonArnold Thane King
January 16, 1923 (aged 75 years)
Birth of a granddaughterMary Elizabeth Osborne
September 15, 1926 (aged 79 years)

Death June 3, 1928 (aged 80 years)

Burial June 6, 1928 (3 days after death)
Cemetery: Karori Cemetary
Family with parents
father
18181876
Birth: October 1, 1818 33 32Oxfordshire, England
Death: January 1876
mother
18141854
Birth: October 12, 1814Morston Marsh, Gloucestershire
Death: November 9, 1854
Marriage MarriageMarch 10, 1837
10 years
himself
Tapanui General Post Office circa 1905
18471928
Birth: June 17, 1847 28 32Woburn, Bedfordshire
Death: June 3, 1928
brother
Family with Clara Jane Skelton
himself
Tapanui General Post Office circa 1905
18471928
Birth: June 17, 1847 28 32Woburn, Bedfordshire
Death: June 3, 1928
wife
Snippet from Clara Jane's Diary
18541935
Birth: November 3, 1854 30 31Westminster, Middlesex
Death: August 26, 1935
Religious marriage Religious marriageAugust 28, 1879Wellington, New Zealand
11 months
daughter
10 months
son
18811890
Birth: June 6, 1881 33 26
Death: January 3, 1890Manaia, Taranaki
18 months
daughter
18821913
Birth: December 9, 1882 35 28
Death: July 18, 1913Dunedin
3 months
daughter
18831886
Birth: March 22, 1883 35 28
Death: October 25, 1886
23 months
son
18851965
Birth: February 3, 1885 37 30
Death: 1965
2 years
son
18871954
Birth: February 11, 1887 39 32
Death: July 1954
13 months
son
13 months
daughter
18891959
Birth: April 1, 1889 41 34Manaia, Taranaki
Death: December 18, 1959Wellington, NewZealand
2 years
son
Treaty Of Waitangi
18911983
Birth: May 15, 1891 43 36Manaia, New Zealand
Death: August 22, 1983Levin, New Zealand
23 months
son
18931942
Birth: March 28, 1893 45 38
Death: May 19, 1942Wellington, New Zealand
10 months
son
1914-1915 Star with supplied ribbon
18941915
Birth: January 18, 1894 46 39Manaia, Taranaki
Death: August 17, 1915Egypt
3 years
son
18961981
Birth: August 13, 1896 49 41
Death: June 8, 1981
Residence@England and Wales Census, 1871@
Occupation@www.elibrarynz.com (NZ Railway Post Offices)@
ResidenceNew Zealand War Graves Project
Text:

https://www.nzwargraves.org.nz/casualties/arnold-king

Military

Joshua is recorded both as a Sapper, and as a 2nd Corporal 22 Company, in the Royal Engineers (both as of record year 1871). He landed in Magdala, Abyssinia (now Ethiopia,) on December 12, 1867 to fight in the Battle of Magdala. He was 20 years old. His Regimental number was 8712. He may have been awarded a medal for his efforts in this battle. (Source: UK Military Campaign Medal and Award Rolls, 1739-1949)

Possibly also posted to Afghanistan, as a Telegrapher +?

All participating soldiers and officers apparently received a campaign medal - the'Abyssinian War Medal". https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abyssinian_War_Medal

Promoted from Sapper to Corporal 2nd class in 1871?

Occupation

Joshua King is shown 4th in a list of past Manaia postmasters on the document "Manaia Heritage Inventory" by South Taranaki District Council, 2000 (amended 2003)

George Osborne Email to Paul King (27/09/06) "He put the first telegraph wire round Mt. Egmont"

HISTORY - Excerpt from pg 54 of that document

"In May 1881 Manaia settlers were agitating for a post and telephone depot. The following year, deputations pressing for a Post Office met with visiting Premier Mr Hall and a Post Office inspector to put their case. In September 1882, Parliament approved the post and telephone office, and on 5 October it was set up in part of the Drill Hall. When the Armed Constabulary was removed in 1883 a permanent Post Office building was erected, using materials from the redoubt. As business increased itwas added to three times. During the process of establishing a post and telegraph depot in Manaia, it was discovered that there was another Post Office named Manaia situated 47 miles from Auckland. Local Manaia residents refused a name change and the Post Office near Auckland was renamed 'Dunbar'. In 1910/1911 a decision was made to build a new Post Office and for £90 Messrs Lloyd and McVicar moved the existing building on rollers around the corner where it became a library and dental rooms. The telephone exchange, which began in May 1917, now stands in its place.

Residence

The census of 1871 lists Joshua as aged 23, and a lodger.

Occupation

Email from Jeff Pyle of www.elibrarynz.com to Monica Moriyasu 8/9/2013 ".. Shows your great grandfather, Joshua King was the Postmaster and Station Master at Halcombe, Manawatu from 1.11.1878 to 24.12.1880 when his position was taken over by James B Gould.

It would appear that the railway line was opened to here from the southeast on the 22 April 1878 he would have operated the telegraph link until the Post Office was moved from the local store (which had opened in Halcombe settlement store with W.H.Lask as Postmaster on 1 July 1878) on 1st November 1878. For his duties as Postmaster and Telegraph Officer he was paid 80 pounds PLUS his railway salary as Stationmaster. (A large salary in those days.)"

Residence

First known NZ residence for Joshua King's family

Joshua King was Postmaster in Manaia from 1888. Moving south, Joshua is later listed in the The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts] 1903 as being in Tapanui, Otago: "The Tapanui Post And Telegraph Office is picturequely situated upon one of the most elevated situations in the town, and can be classed as one of the neatest country offices in Otago. Internally, it is a model of convenience and consideration for the needs of the public. The office was erected in 1895 at a cost of £500. During the Queen's Diamond Jubilee a very handsome clock was presented by the residents of Tapanui and placed in the centre of the building, where it is a decided ornament. Mr. Joshua King is Postmaster and Telegraphist."

The family is listed in Dunedin city directories from around 1912.

Note

Mark King (phone call with Paul King 18/7/2015) reports family legend that Joshua got his job as postmaster / telegrapher on arrival in New Zealand because he put his hand up when somebody asked "who knows anything about electricity?"

Staff procurement procedures were presumably a bit more straightforward back then.