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EDWARDS a whaler in New Zealand

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Looking for ancestors of Robert William Edwards, a whaler in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Known more commonly as William Edwards born abt 1808 in what we believe to be Glouchestershire. He arrived in hawkes Bay 1839 though he may have been elsewhere in New Zealand previously.

His son John in a 1875 affidavit states his father was of a English shipbuilding family, but, 10 years later in another affidavit states his father was born in wales ??????? ...........

We understand he had a brother named John who may have ended up in Canada ?????

The children he had in New Zealand are (Hoping for a name carry)

Jane
William Robert (My line)
Henry
Reuben
John William
Sarah
Robert William Jnr

Surnames: EDWARDS
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on 2010-09-05 17:51:43

Damaori , from Porirua, Wellington, New Zealand, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Aug 2010. is researching the following names: KENNY, EDWARDS, INGE and 1 other(s).

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by ngairedith on 2010-09-05 18:08:53

Hi Damaori,
Do you have a death date for Robert William and a wife's name?
Did he settle in Hawkes Bay or move elsewhere as there quite a number of Robert William Edwards in NZ?

by Damaori on 2010-10-25 23:55:00

Robert William born abt 1808 died 1894 in Waipukurau. His wife was known as Harata Wharehuihui a.k.a Puma md by Colenso in 1849 already with 5 kids. A house fire in 1847 destroyed all his personal belongings, so apart from the affidavits, we are at a loss. Colenso states in 1849 that Wm Edwards had been on these shore 10 years, but not sure whether direct from England or from another area of New Zealand.

by Horiana on 2014-02-09 21:31:13

Kia ora, my husbands paternal grandmother Ripeka Waihape nee Edwards is a grand daughter of William & Harata Edwards, her father was Reuben. He married Miraka Wairoa from Porangahau. I'm also looking for any information regarding both William and Harata.

by Damaori on 2014-02-10 19:07:08

Horiana, Nga mihi for making contact. Whaler Edwards became a Carpenter after Whaling ended and was involved (with his son Wm) in building Te Aute College. Harata Puma had whakapapa ties to Porangahau.

N "Damaori"

by marsey65 on 2014-08-10 05:06:15

Robert William Edwards aka William Edwards, had a son Hoani aka Jack or John Edwards. Can you give me any information of his Wife. Maraea. Surname may have been Kereru or Karetu not sure. Thank you

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