I am starting right from the beginning of my research so here goes what I briefly know..... On the Morrell side of my family (my mothers side) going back 5 generations to our gggg-grandfather named John Morrell, who came to New Zealand from France in the 1800's and arrived in Akaroa.... he then made his way up to the Mahia Pennicelia to settle and marry a Maori Maiden... John was a whaler (which most did back then)...They had alot of children with the Carrols, Johnsons and Hawkins being related in some way or form... there are many many more!!! The family settled around Gisborne/Mahia and ended up with our homestead in Wairoa, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand..... Our tribe is Ngatikahungunu Te Wairoa. Takitimu is our Waka and Marae.....
MY Grandmother and Grandfather (bless them), Hilda Victoria Morrell (nee Hawkins) and Edward (Ned) Morrell. They had 10 children..
Monica (died at 2 yrs),Bill(billy),John(Johnny),Tom,Mereana(lum or Enil),Petre la Pret (Dan),Mina,Theresa,Beverley (Blim) and Noel.
Bevereley (Blim) is my mother who has 4 children and remarried with 2 more children.
Bevs children Rose (myself), Anthony, Leon and Stephen (Russell).
The Morrell family are due for a reunion... the last one that happened was held at Takitimu Marae in Wairoa 1994.
I am interested in everything about the family but also the French side... eg: where he lived in France and family he had there??????
My fathers side of the family.... starts 5 generations back with ggg grandfather "John Lyons Russell", gg grandfather "Teone Retara", g-grandfather "Erueti Papa Russell" and grandfather "Papa Edward Russell (alias Hoani Papa) and my father William Davis Russell.
ggg grandmother "Totori", gg-grandmother "Te Horo Koriana", g-grandmohter "Meri Noihu Hanita", grandmother Rea Manihera Davis (La-Baar)..... I AM VERY INTERESTED IN MY GRANDMOTHER REA DAVIS (LA-BAAR), anything... as she passed away when my father was 8 yrs old (William Davis Russell)... My name Rose being named after my grandmother Rea.
There was a Russell Reunion in the South Island of New Zealand in January on this year 2000. The Russell family have English decent and Scotish Decent also. Relationship to the Edmonds Baking Powder Company in the South Island of New Zealand also would be interesting to hear about!!!!!!
Well I know more names on both sides of the family Russell and Morrell which I can piece together....
One more thing another generation has come into this world this year and that is my grandson "Paora". My son Paul being 19yrs old is very proud of his 1 week old son "Paora" born on 23 Jan 00 and on my side of the family now has 5 (living) generations. I'm very proud to be able to be a part of this :)