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Gentry, Catherine (looking for my connections)
Kia Ora Whānau,
I am looking for my grandmothers connections. Her name was Catherine Gentry from ngaruawaahia. She married my grandfather Eddie Barbarich. They had five children i believe my father eddie barbarich being one of the eldest. My grandparents moved to matawai and since then i have only one memory of ever returning to ngaruawaahia around 1986 for a family reunion at turangawaewae. Both my father and my grandmother have passed on and i had been looking for my father's tainui connections for some time, however dad was too sick to help me. If anyone has any information or advice on how to get some information please i am desperate to do this for my father.
My grandmother is Vera May Gentry. She married my grandfather, Okeroa Harry Honetana. So she is buried in our Waitii Urupa in Tahuna near Morrinsville. I am not sure about her genealogy but I have a Paki Reunion book from the reunion that was at Turangawaewae in 1988. John Hone Kiripato Paki (8 June 1898 - 1 Jan 1962) married twice. Firstly he married Rebecca Jane Gentry. They had 13 children and she passed not long after the birth of the 13th child as she began to haemorrage. THere is a road built in her memory to Matakowhai by Dame Hilda Ross. Following her death John Kiripato Paki married her younger sister also a widow, Mary. She already had children and they had four more together.
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