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CHURCHIS nee BAKER - Ada Maria. RANGIAHUA  

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Churches04
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19 July, 2018 8:25 am  

Evening 

My name is Tasha and I am the great grand daughter of the above lady.  Firstly I thank you in advance  for allowing me the opportunity to write in here. 

I have been looking for this lady  for many years and finally found her place of rest in Waipapa.  Her history is shrouded and I am looking to give her a voice and to mark her life. I have no concrete proof and am seeking guidance. 

Ada Maria  Baker  was born in Rangiahua during the 1880's. I have found that she attended Rangiahua Native School and was listed as a Maori woman when granted a divorce in 1938.

Her age at her passing was listed as 60 in 1941. I have not been able to link her to her parents on this information. This may be due to an error jn her birth records of approximately  6-7 years. I did locate a John Baker of Hokianga  who married Maria BOWYER of Rangiahua. Their place of marriage is listed as Waima. Maria Baker was previously married to an Amos VICKERY. Her parents are listed as Francis Bowyer and Margaret Bowyer also known as Margareta  KAMU KAMU. 

I have no link other than being drawn to the name Mere Maro KOPERU who was married to John BAKER a Kauri  logger. On his death in 1869 at 75 he was listed as a serrler originally from County Cork IRELAND.

There is a BAKER and  a BOWYER buried in the Rangiahua urupa. 

As I wrote earlier, i have no links that connect these people to eachother. I come from a family where old mindsets still stand strong that no Maori blood is to be acknowledged  let alone respected and this shames me deeply. I ask for guidance and advice to confirm that I am on the right journey. If I am not then I shall start again until I give my great grandmother  a voice and a sense of recognition. 

I am very happy to be contacted by email magsboliz@gmail.com or on here. 

I thank each and all for taking the time to read  this. 

 

Regards 

Tasha Ngatai 


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poutokomanawa
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21 July, 2018 1:05 am  

Firstly welcome to the Whakapapa Club.  I read your other post and there is information in there that is not in this post, so I am adding that here so we have all of the information together.

Ada Maria CHURCHIS  is at rest in Pungaere Cemetery Waipapa, date of death 1941 aged 60. She attended Rangiahua Native School Upper Waihou  which could indicate that she was of Maori descent or lived in a Maori community.

In the NZ herald of 1938 there is a divorce decree awarded to Ada Maria Churchis, a Maori woman.

In the family search.org  section there is an Ada Maria BAKER born in 1889 to a John Jnr BAKER and a Maria BAKER nee BOWER/BOWYER who was of Rangiahua as well. John and Maria's  place of marriage is listed as Waima around 1878. John BAKER is listed as being a resident of Hokianga. Here I found that there is a Bowyer  and a Baker  laid to rest at Rangiahua Urupa.

I am travelling up from Auckland this weekend to see if this is my family. On the forums I found that John BAKER may be the son of John Holroyd  BAKER of County Cork, Ireland who is listed as as settler. Date of death  is approximately 1869 aged 75years. His wife is listed as Mere Maro KOPERU of Hokianga.  I have no concrete evidence that this is my family other than I was inexplicably drawn to Mere's name.

I am asking if there  is anyone that could please help me or guide me to either confirm  that Ada Maria  CHURCHIS  nee BAKER is of this lineage or I am to continue my journey to find who she was.

Looking at the maps of the hokianga and Keri keri areas, the above information all appears to tie in. I do not have alot of information  on this side other than the family had land in Waipapa and may have laid claom to land in Hokianga and Te Papa both on the BAKER and BOWYER sides. My grandfather died when I was two and the family history went with him.  I would love to be able to give my children a connection to their home and a line that they can look back on.

Now here is a tree version so we can see what we have.  The = means married to and the | means is a child of the above line

Francis BOWYER = Margaret ? (aka Margareta  KAMU KAMU)
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Maria BOWYER (of Rangiahua) = John Baker (of Hokianga) = Mere Maro KOPERU (of Hokianga)
                                                                                |
Ada Maria BAKER

So we need to find the parents of Ada BAKER.  Firstly see if you can find the baptism records for the area.  They may be held in the libraries around the area or in some of the museum archives - I know Te Ahu in Kaitaia have baptism records from around the area.  Back in the 1800s a lot of the ministers travelled and had their own register, so even if you look in one register, it will still pay to look in other registers that cover that time period.

In the historical records for BDM there is an Ada Maria BAKER born in 1883 but here parents are listed as Martha and Joseph. The only way to find out more information, for example where they are from etc would be to order a printout.  Oh, fyi, never order a certificate if you are looking for whakapapa info from BDM, instead order a printout as these can sometimes contain more information that you will see on a certificate.

As you refer to the possibility of Maori land, the other option is the Maori land court records.  PEKA is often used for BAKER - I am not sure about BOWYER.  The old MLCM are written in Maori but you could skim them for where they list names and look for PEKA.  These are held in public libraries and if you ask at the desk you can probably do a search on the MLCM index which will give you the references for finding the records.

Good luck and let us know how you get on 🙂

Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
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Together we will get there!
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poutokomanawa
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21 July, 2018 1:24 am  

John Baker Whakapapa - look from Page 179 onwards.  This may not help but may also clear up some things 😀

Nau te raurau,
Naku te raurau,
Ka ora ai nga tangata!
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Together we will get there!
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