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Hansen family

Arrived: 1814
Country of origin: England
Area in New Zealand: Te Puna
Source: Book; The First Family

Thomas Hanson Snr was born in London in 1762, he married Hannah Coats in 1784 in London. They emigrated to Australia on the 'Duke of Portland' as free settlers in July 1807. Thomas purchased and land and was granted other land. The Hansen's were next door neighbours with the Marsdens. In 1812 his daughter Hannah and John King were married by Rev Samual Marsden. Thomas sold his land and gave up farming to go back to sea.

Thomas was the commander of the 'Active' when it sailed for New Zealand arriving December 18th 1814. On board was his wife Hannah, daughter and son-in-law Hannah and John King and his son Thomas jnr amongst other passengers. After off-loading everyone at Rangihoua in the Bay of Islands, Thomas sailed down to the Thames and back again. Samuel Marsden formerly purchased land from the natives for the mission on February 24th 1815. Thomas snr also purchased land but this was later disallowed in the Old Land Court in 1841 for lack of evidence. Thomas made many trips around the pacific taking missionaries to their stations but was dismissed by Rev S Marsden at the end of 1816 after Hannah Hansen who always accompanied her husband on these trips, was allegedly bossing him around and drinking.

Thomas continued working as master on ships. Hannah was caught gun-running and sentenced to 7 years in Newcastle but was bound over to her husband. She was 67yrs old at the time.

Hannah died in May 1823 aged 71yrs whilst they were living at Cadman's wharf, George St, Sydney.

Thomas died in 1837. His obituary reads: Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser 2nd February 1837
Died at the house of Mr John Cadman, Lower George St, much respected by all who knew him, Mr Thomas Hanson, late commander of the schooner Isabelle, at the advanced age of 74 yrs. Mr Hanson emigrated to this colony about 25 years since and resigned his employment under government, two years since from ill health.

Thomas Hansen Jnr
Thomas,born 1785 was christened at Stepney in London. He arrived as crew on the boat 'Active' with his father in 1814. Young Thomas stayed with the mission in New Zealand when his parents departed on the 'Active' in February 1815. Later that year he traveled back to Sydney with his parents and sister where he met and married Elizabeth Atkinson Tollis, daughter of Corp Thomas Tollis and a convict, Betty Atkinson. In 1815, Elizabeth was 16 years old. The young couple returned to New Zealand in Feb 1816. Their first child, a daughter named Hannah King Hansen was born Jan 1817.

Thomas and Elizabeth's children were not schooled at the mission even thought it was just next door, for the mission station taught the Maori and the children of the missionaries only. It is thought that some of the children received some schooling later at Paihia or Waimate North.

Butler employed Hansen who was living on 4acres next to the mission station. In 1825 only the Hanson and the King families were left at Oihi after the Kendalls and the Halls returned to Sydney. By the end of the 1820's the mission was focused at Paihia, Kerikeri and Waimate North.

Thomas later diversified to carpentering and bushwork. He helped build Kemp house in Kerikeri and milled timber for John Logan Campbell.

Thomas also worked on ships occasionally and kept up with who's who on the ships coming and going. He was always interested in finding husbands for his daughters amongst them and was known to ask for handouts like shoes for the children. Thomas and Elizabeth never left New Zealand after arriving back in 1816 and Thomas helped provide an early bridge between the ship's captains and local Maori as the missionaries drew a line at common people who might like the odd drink or two.

Thomas, unlike the missionaries he worked for, did not grow rich by buying more land than he could use, but unlike the missionaries whose families seemed beset by illness and misfortune, his family flourished and grew and grew.

Elizabeth Atkinson Hansen died on March 25th, 1867 aged 69yrs. Thomas died at Russell where he had been living with one his children on March 8th 1874 aged 89yrs but was buried at Oihi according to his wishes.

(1) Hannah King Letheridge nee Hansen formerly Clapham
Hannah married George Clapham, Captain of a whaler in 1837. They settled at Kerikeri until 1845 when they went to Sydney. George remained a captain and often sailed to the Navigator Islands out of Sydney. George died and Hannah remarried to Jeremiah Letheridge in Sydney and they returned to New Zealand. She had a son and two daughters to George. The two elder children died in Sydney and the younger returned with her mother to New Zealand.

(2) Thomas Hansen (3rd)
Thomas was baptised by Rev. Butler in 1819. He went to Sydney for a few years as a young man and returned to the Bay of Islands where he had a cattle station at Mimiwhangata or Purerua. He had married 1852 in Sydney to Elizabeth Huckstepp, a dressmaker from London. They didn't have any children and often lived apart. Thomas was found to be very convivial company and was famous for his hospitality. He died at Russell in 1894. His niece, Hannah Mountain nee Clapham and her husband George Pinn Mountain took over the farm.

(3) Jane Flowerday nee Hansen
Jane was baptised in 1820 by Rev. Butler. She married Charles Flowerday who was on the whaler 'Harriet' in 1838. She was 19 and he was 39.Charles became a baker. Apart from fleeing Russell in 1845,they resided there until their deaths.

(4) William Brind Hansen
William was baptised 3rd June 1823 by Rev John Butler at Kerikeri. He migrated to Australia and married Jane Cheers in NSW. He died in Queensland in 1889 and had a total of eleven children.

(5) Edward Hansen
Edward was born at Oihi on June 24th, 1823 and became a butcher and had his own business in Kawakawa. He married in 1847 to Mary Ann Cains, born 1829 in Sydney, she had been eight years old when she came with her family to New Zealand. They had eleven children and retired to Opotiki where Edward is buried. Mary Ann died at Kawakawa. Edward was an enthusiastic student of the local Maori Chief and learnt the genealogy of the tribe.

(6) Harriet Hansen
Harriet was born in 1824 and baptised in 1827. She married Samuel Bowyer in Whangaroa in 1847. They lived at Kaeo and had thirteen children. Harried died in 1911 and Samuel in 1891.

(7) Martha Hansen
Martha born 1826, was baptised in 1829. She married Mr Reed and had three children, the to Mr Wood and had two sons, and finally to a Mr White.

(8) Phillip Hansen
Phillip born 1828, died 1891. He emigrated to America.

(9) Dinah Hansen
Dinah was born 1831 and died 1910. She married Daniel Poole and they had seven children. They were married at Paihia by Rev. Henry Williams in 1850.

(10) Amy Hansen
Amy was born in 1832 and died in 1920. She married William Baker and they eight children. William was a boatbuilder and they lived at Russell.

(11) John Tollis Hansen was born in 1834 and died in 1910. He married Martha Lang and they purchased land near where the old mission station was built and farmed there till they died. They had thirteen children.