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ROYAL Whanau: Levin
Searching for whanau on my Dads side. Information is vague but this is what I know. Maggie Royal married Lionel Dixon (my grandparents) in the Levin area. They had two sons, Robert (my Dad) and Lionel, they also had a daughter who died at an early age. The marae I know and have been to is Kikopiri in Muhunoa, Levin When Maggie died Lionel moved to Rotorua and remarried. He owned a butcher shop
Kia ora mareeneil2000
You could also do a search in http://www.whitepages.co.nz for Royal in the Wellington area as there are a few of them and maybe you will be able to find the conections.
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Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
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Kia ora Maree. I think we are related.
My grandmother Sarah Gilling (b. 01.08.1862 m. John Armstrong and died at Otaki 03.06.1950) was a sister of Maggie Gilling b. 15.07.1866 at Kaikoura, m. 04.04.1886 to Te Kerehi Roera (Royal) at Ohau, d. 25.05.1944 br. Ohau.
Their mum was Whawhai Pataua who married Yorkshireman William Gilling b. 25.08.1826 d. 10.07.1908 and I'm still trying to confirm her whakapapa. There is a version that traces her to Ngati Raukawa but I have some doubts as I always thought my Gilling tupuna were Ngai Tahu.
If you're interested I have a book containing most of the Gilling descendants, but I know very little about Whawhai.
I'm guessing your grandmother Maggie Royal would have been a daughter of my great-aunt Maggie Gilling. Wondering too if Lionel Dixon was a whanaunga of my old schoolmates Kere and Ann Dixon from Otaki who are buried at Rangiatea.
Most of my whakapapa is live on my own web page http://home.clear.net.nz/pages/mirihika if you click the Personal Info button. That takes a while to load but after a while a button with a bushy green family tree icon will appear near the middle of the page. Click any name and if there are notes a button to read them will appear above that name.
Can anyone else help with information about Whawhai please?