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James J. Fern

One of the mysteries I'd like to find out is where in England my 3rd great grandfather came from and why he came to Hawaii.  Some of his descendants seem to think he came on a whaling ship, which is highly possible.  Many years ago another descendant, told me the town he came from in England, but I've searched all my records and emails and can't find the message.  It started with the letter L is all I can remember.
What we have on James J. Fern is either he came from the mainland, but most people have him coming from England.  A record at states that he was married to Kaipua Kaipo Luahoomae in 1843, most likely in Maui, since that's were his 1st nine children were born.  Kaipo was born 1826, Keokea, Maui and was a descendant of chiefs who had served with Kamehameha the great, during his campaign to unite the islands.  Their children were:
William (1844-1904) Robert (1850-1906) Caroline Kamakee (1952-1924) Mary Ann (1853-1918) Kealalaina (1854- ) Elizabeth Keo…

This Is The Face of Genealogy

Fern family, a photo by cosmorama on Flickr.
Emma & Joseph James Fern. This photo is in response to the LA Weekly article that's causing a stir in the genealogy community, because of the picture that was originally posted to go with the article. Geneabloggers asked genealogy bloggers to post a photo that represents our family history.

The couple (my great-great grandparents) are what we call hapa-haole (half-white), both are half Hawaiian and the husband is half English, the wife, I have yet to find her caucasian ancestors, but she list's herself as hapa-haole in the 1890 census. Her 1st husband was Hawaiian/Portuguese and he had a Tahitian/Hawaiian 1st wife and a Hawaiian 2nd wife, this marriage being his 3rd. The children on the steps are the products of those marriages and represent the melting pot that is Hawaii.


Stabbing, a photo by cosmorama on Flickr. A article about the stabbing and death of Private Webster C. Strawser, who was the boyfriend of my grandfather's half sister, Beatrice Pookalani. According to the article, Beatrice was Alvin R. Fenn's boyfriend, then they broke up and Beatrice started seeing Webster and then Alvin stabbed and killed Webster and stabbed Beatrice, who survived. A few years ago I got a picture of Beatrice with another women, possibly her sister Victoria and a man in uniform. I wonder if the man in the photo is either man, Alvin or Webster?