Jan 26, 2012

James Reed

My G, G, Grandfather and his wife Kahumahinga lived and raised kids on one of the Kermadec Islands (Raoul) which was then known as Sunday Island. References keep popping up from time to time here is the latest.
Following is an extract.

Captain James Reed, son of Count Maurice- Phillippe de Montboisier Beaufort, married Te Kahumahinga or Agnes, daughter of Te Pukere and Paretona originally of Urenui.  She was a connection of Te Rauparaha. He met her at Te Awaiti, the whaling station. They had 3 children born in Cloudy Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound- Thomas- 1832, Edmund- 1833, Charlotte- 1835. In 1836, The couple, their 3 children and a group of slaves which she had been given by Te Rauparaha, sailed to Raoul Island in the Kermadec group north of New Zealand. They were later joined there by Daniel and Noa Baker.
The Reeds had 4 children born on the island- Harriet Anne- 1837, Sarah Kaohi- 1839, John- 1840, and William - 1844. In 1843 the island, which is a live volcano, began erupting, and the Reeds decided to return to New Zealand. Their 8th child William was born at Northcote, Auckland in 1844. Captain Reed and Te Kahumahinga had a Christian marriage at St Pauls Anglican Church, Auckland on 15 April, 1845. They had 4 more children later, a girl, Thomas2- 1850, James-1850, and Alice- 1855.

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