Great story of love and deception!
Clarence King’s ancestry went back to Alfred the Great, the Magna Carta, and the Massachusetts Bay Colony. There was no doubt about King’s Anglo roots. But people believe what they want to, and pale, blue-eyed King lived a double life as a white man and a black man, which spanned the breadth of New York society.
King’s mom was only 15 years old when she got married, and her 21 year old husband was already an established businessman. King was born while his father was in China on business, and he was raised with the help of a colored nanny. When King was only six his dad died in China. The family also lost two baby girls leaving only mother and son.
A pattern of financial troubles and sickness that would follow King for the rest of his life started in 1856 in Canton, China when the family business was…
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