Thomas John Wills

Is your surname Wills?

Research the Wills family

Thomas John Wills's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Thomas John Wills

Birthplace: Plymouth, Devonshire, England
Death: Died in Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Immediate Family:

Son of James Williams Wills and Betsy Brooming Wills
Husband of Martha Maidstone Wills
Father of Thomas John Wills; Albert Frederick William Wills; James Daniel Wills; Arthur Henry Wills; Wyndham Wills and 7 others
Brother of Albert Frederick Williams Wills; Thirza Rickard Foote; Maria Williams Old; James Williams Wills and Betsy Rickard Old

Managed by: Jason Scott Wills
Last Updated:

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

view all 17

Thomas John Wills's Timeline

January 6, 1832
Plymouth, Devonshire, England
Age 26
New Plymouth, Taranaki, New Zealand
May 19, 1861
Age 29
New Plymouth, New Plymouth District, Taranaki, New Zealand
November 6, 1862
Age 30
New Zealand
Age 30
Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
Age 32
August 31, 1867
Age 35
Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand
January 11, 1869
Age 37
Hawera, South Taranaki District, Taranaki, New Zealand