Thomas John Wills (1832 - 1917) MP

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Birthplace: Plymouth, Devonshire, England
Death: Died in Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
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About Thomas John Wills

Died in Hawera, 11th December, 1917.

Ten years old when he arrived in New Zealand.

Son of James and Betsy Wills.

Married Martha Bishop.

Children: Thomas John; Albert; James Daniel; Wyndham Harry; Daniel Irwin; William; Pamela; Mabel; Settled at Bell Block with his family.

Became fluent at speaking Maori.

As a youth, Thomas spent time in Mokau.

Farmed at Bell Block.

Thomas knew well, some of the old missionaries such as Rev. Messers, Creed, Turton and was very friendly with Reverend John Whitelely.

Because of his knowledge of the Maori language, he assisted Rev. Whiteley when troubles arose.

Thomas took an active part in the Military during the Waitara land wars, becomming lieutenant under Captain Good.

He often played a role of peacemaker, healing quarrels and misunderstandings which arose between the settlers and Maori.

His family later moved to Hawera.

Thomas recieved a New Zealand medal for his war service.

References: ARC 1213 - Timandra Skinner Obituaries Taranaki Biography Files

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Thomas John Wills's Timeline

1832
January 6, 1832
Plymouth, Devonshire, England
1841
November 2, 1841
Age 9
Plymouth, UK

Family set sail on the Timandra from England heading to New Zealand

1858
December 2, 1858
Age 26
1859
1859
Age 26
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
1861
May 19, 1861
Age 29
New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
1862
November 6, 1862
Age 30
New Zealand
1863
1863
Age 30
Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
1865
1865
Age 32
1867
August 31, 1867
Age 35
Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
1869
January 11, 1869
Age 37
Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand