Looking For WILLIAM BENJAMIN THOMAS of Kaeo New Zealand
Hello I am trying to find out any information on my grandfather and his family his name was William Benjamin Thomas born June 20 or 21st June 1910 and passed away in 1978. He was named after his father William Thomas, and his mother as far as I know was known as Hera Matiu, my grandfather had 4 younger sibblings maraea, marietta,mina and sophie, apparently maraea had 2 families the first she had 5 children whom I believe would have carried their fathers surname which was Hotere????? My mother knows one of the childrens names as Mavis, and she also had 5 children in the second family dick, marshall, robbie, tommy and may. Marietta married Herbert Pukeroa and we believe had 3 children Ben, Marama and Jenny, we belive mina had a daughter angelina that spent alot of time on matakana island. We do not have much info on sophie but know she passed away between 1996 - 2000. I know my great grandmother Hera passed away when my grandfather was 14 years old which is when he left home and his father remarried, and had 2 more sons which we have no info on.
Apparently my grandfather and his sibblings had quite a strict catholic upbringing and attended the waitaruke convent in Kaeo.
Also my grandfather did tell my mother a name Kawhena we do not know if this is any significant or not and also the name Rota was also mentioned. During my search it has also been mentioned that the name tamati may have used instead of thomas in the earlier days.
If there is anyone out there that maybe able to help me that would be fantastic,,,,