Here is my much revised research on the origins of ancestor Prussian born “plain” John Gotty, who settled in New Zealand in the 1840s. I claim that Gotty was the son of a Prussian Count and that his mother, a woman famous in her own right, was the unacknowledged daughter of  the German literary great Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. This is not widely known because Gotty kept his family origins private. Enjoy.

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