Sunday, June 26, 2011

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 Keohokaleleonalani (1857-1922)
Henry Lipine (1859-1928)
James Joseph Keliikoliola (1860-1920)
Maria Kalola(1860-1936)
John James (1861-1912)
Kamana (1867- )
George James (1871-1928)
Joseph James (1872-1920)
Isabella (1878-1929)

All the children married, except Kealalaina, I have no record for her.

Around 1860/61 the family moved to Kohala on the Big Island, John James Lipine Moeone Fern being the 1st child being born there.  According to my records, Kaipo had her 1st child, William at age 18 and her last child, Isabella at age 52!  I've always suspected that the youngest or maybe even the 3 youngest children are actually her grandchildren that she raised, which was not uncommon at all in Hawaiian families.

Where in England was he born?  Why did he come to Hawaii?  What did he do on Maui? and why did the family relocate to Kohala?  These are the questions I have on the Fern family.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

This Is The Face of Genealogy

Fern family by cosmorama
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.

Saturday, June 4, 2011


Stabbing by cosmorama

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?

Pepehi Kanaka (Murder)

The following English and Hawaiian language newspaper articles deal with the murder/suicide committed by my 3rd great grandfather, Samuel Sm...