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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)
William Robert (My line)
Robert William Jnr
This ancestor was a Captain in 65th Regiment during the Maori wars in New Zealand. He had three known children to his Maori wife prior to him returning to England and married Isabella, and posted to India where he had a second family.
Two of his children (males) from his 1st wife Ani Te Kai died as infants.
Charles Frederick Benjamin Blewitt
Henry Walker Blewitt
I descend from his daughter Annie Walker Blewitt, a.k.a, Ani Waaka Bluett who married Leonard Durling (from Kent)in Bulls, New Zealand
My interest is in finding any living descendant from his 2nd family
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