About Isabella McLaren (Mendez)
Isabella Mendez was reputedly of Spanish Catholic background. She brought her three sons to New Zealand, where their father - Charles Lett - lived, in 1854. He died a few months later. Two years later, she married John McLaren, a younger man (29 to her 36) and a working class seaman. He later became Wanganui pilot and harbourmaster. They did not have any children together.