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Clendon family

James Reddy Clendon and 1) Mrs Sarah Isabella Clendon nee Hill, 2) Jane Cochrane, dau of Dennis Cochrane of Hokianga and his late wife, Takatowai Te Whata.

Arrived: 1832
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Bay of Islands
Source: book- The Bay of Islands, ENZB, Jack Lee; Wikipedia,

Details: James was a sea captain who visited New Zealand for the first time in 1828 as master of the 'City of Edinburgh'. He returned in 1830 and purchased Maori land at Okiato, a few miles south of Kororareka. He went back to England and purchased his own schooner 'Fortitude' and returned with his wife and children and business partner Samuel Stephenson, to develop the farm and establish a trading station in 1832. On 12 October 1838, Clendon was appointed the United States Consul in New Zealand. He was the owner of New Zealand's first bank which opened at Kororareka in September 1840.

Six children with mother Sarah Hill

Son James S Clendon born C1828 obituary
Dau Eliza Chetty Clendon born 1829 at sea near Hokianga married Capt Mark White, RN, 1851.

Eight children with mother Jane Cochrane. Jane was a very talented lady and her father was a big man.

A Personal Narrative of Two Visits to New Zealand in His Majesty's Ship, Alligator, A.D. 1834.by William Barrett Marshall 1836 Among other persons who took a passage across the bay in the Alligator, was a Mr. Clindon, a settler and ship-owner, who has adopted New Zealand for his country, and to whom I was entrusted with letters. He gave me a very kind and pressing invitation to his house, and expressed himself as in no small degree pleased at meeting with an officer afloat, avowedly interested in missionary operations and solicitous for the salvation of the heathen. Inquiry being made of Mr. C. as to his knowledge of the missionaries, their conduct and characters, he said, "But for them, Sir, no Europeans could live in the land! My own place has been frequently surrounded and my personal safety threatened by a host of armed natives; at such times I have only had to send a message to 'the settlement' (at Paihia) to procure the attendance of a missionary, who, upon his arrival, would speak to the principal chiefs, and by his mediation never failed to rid me of the invaders, they being ashamed to perpetrate an outrage in the presence of a missionary!"

After James died, his wife Jane was in the unhappy circumstance of paying off her husbands debts and bringing up the children. She was well educated, wrote fine letters, appealed to any who had in the past said she could appeal to. She was in the happy position of being respected by both Europeans and Maori who regarded her as their princess. When we were recently in the Hokianga, we visited Rawene and Clendon House, now looked after by the Historic Places Trust and we were most impressed by the information and stories we heard, it was a great experience being there. The narrator was a descendant of Jacky Love (Taranaki).
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