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Edmondsallan- The next few sentences may cause some feelings / irritation / etc among the Pakeha & Maori descendants I am sincere when I say this is part of a life's story that should be of interest to us all . I can asure everyone no offence is meant . At this point we need to mention ( in the right tense ) Pakeha & maori and some personal feelings back in those times . Although " John Samuel Edmonds" was a lay preacher / stone mason his father " John " although he was brought to NZ to christianize , pakehas & maoris he was very angry and bit upish about 3 of his sons marrying or having the company of Maori Woman He never forgave " Arthur " for his marriage & John Tucker's marriage to women of Maori heritage . " Ruben - the Rover also caught many a tongue bashing from His father When " Arthur " the apple of his eye married a woman of maori blood and who already had a child , he told Arthur never to cross his footsteps again. John Tucker also felt the harshness of his tongue and he never did have any more to do with them until he died . John Samuel Edmonds was not the " God loving Man " many believed he was. In fact some of his dealings in aquiring land from the maori chief's for his own personal gain, left a lot to be desired and so did his collection of monies for the church . I will not go any deeper than this , as it is gone & past I can asure the readers of this journal , he was not the image he showed to his flock of parishoners Of interest nearly all of John's sons worked in the gum fields.at Kerikeri , including their own swamp . Many an argument was with their father " John "who at one stage did all the selling for his sons gum findings . In one of these very heated arguments , with a lot of profane language being used by all edmonds & sons in attendance they took the controls from him as they reckoned he was withholding monies from them any not getting all the selling price . After this huge family set to, 3 weeks later " Samuel John Edmonds " headed to auckland and became one of the great business success stories in that era ." Arthur also took off & later opened up his grocery / all sorts of stock shop for sale in Kaikohe . " John " also lost over 3,962 acres ( value was approx' 1,981 pounds ) he aquired from the maori chiefs of the Ngati Wai iwi( recorded in the land court register ) When " Govenor Grey " first came to Nz, one of his first tasks was to give back many many acres of their land - stolen / cheated / under valued / or just taken - to the local chiefs it had been aquired from . " John Samuel Edmonds " who had accumulated his acres by unseemingly trading practices and only outlaying an amount less than 500 pounds , was confiscated by the NZ Government . Because of his sons he was allocated the fifty acres for each son at Lake Opare. near Kaikohe .A total of 548 acres However because of his financial position , at that time . & land was 10 shillings an acre, which would have meant finding 274 pounds to pay the Govt' land settlement department he was only took up a grant of 50 acres at kaikohe . Later on I will give a summary of the Monies & land grants given to John Edmonds & his family Regards edmondsallan

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edmondsallan , from auckland .nz , has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2010. is researching the following names: CLAYTON, EDMONDS.

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