Thanks very much for replying.
I descend from the brother of your tipuna. Nani Te Kerehi Apatari and Henare Hohatana the second are brothers. Of Nani's family, most of his children and his wife had passed away young, he then died about 1910. A boy and two girls survived into adulthood. The brother, Tamanuhiri Apatari died in France WWI. The youngest daughter Harata Nehu Apatari married Meke Matutaera Ngarangioue and had one child. Harata died aged 28. Their sole surviving sibling is Ngaroimata Henare Te Apatari who married William Kaapo Porou (Bartlett). They are my father's paternal grandparents. They had eleven children.
Nanny was whangai to many people in her youth. During this time she had been trained as a Tohunga. We have a theory which says she spent quite some time in Rangitane, as she writes a little about it. More importantly though she names a daughter after your nanny Ereni.
We have sketchy photocopies of a photoalbum which seems to have belonged to your tipuna Te Rewanui and Henare the second, showing Te Peeti, Ereni, Henare the third, Clara Topsy Richards (I think), Jack and Henare Rititi, ie Henare the fourth and many others. I wish to find the album to try and find evidence of my orphaned nanny having stayed there, besides a natural curiosity to know of my relations in more detail. Nanny was baptised there, and is thought to have visited there in later life. More enticingly though, there is much writing in the album, and many PTO notes indicating writing behind some photos. That info would be so helpful to our family.
I recently received a picture of the third Henare holding a violin. An appealing thing for me, a music tutor/musician. I've seen another photo of him at a piano.
It seems both Nani's and Henare the second's lines both met with misfortune in disease. Luckily we now have quite a few descendants in our line. We recently held our first Apatari Porou reunion at Te Muriwai in Ngai Tamanuhiri.
I have a little information on Ngai Te Apatari, including a little on Henare Te Apatari senior and Mere Te huia. I would be more than happy to share this all with you if you would like to get in contact. We can excahgne contact via email.
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