A family reunion for descendants of Robert Jillett, a whaler who lived on Kapiti Island in the late 1830s, is being held in Porirua on January 8-9, 2011.
Robert Jillett married Te Tara the daughter of Enaia Te Morere (Ngati Raukawa). They had six children, James, Charlotte, John, Susan, William and Robert. James died in 1859 and the other five children married. John lived in Otaki and Foxton, Charlotte and William lived in Titahi Bay, Susan lived in Inglewood and Robert lived in Otaki.
Any person with the surname: Jillett, Whitehouse, Windley, Rothery, Bennett, Beere, Rickus, Spiers, Ogilvie, Hislop, Moore, Thurston, Richards, Short, Vine, Arres or Bell in their family tree may be related to Robert Jillett and, as such, are welcome to attend the family reunion.
For further information please contact Edward Hardie, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sue Molnar, 04) 236 7886.
- HELEN HAWKINS, Strathmore, Wellington.