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hallow my bloodline --my name is Sione Lamipeti Nasilai, my mom 's Seinileva [ Lamipeti Maealiuaki Mafile'o]Nasilai
her dad Finaulahi Lamipeti Maealiuaki Mafile'o and his dad was Lamipeti and Lamipeti parent were Viliami Maealiuaki
Mafile'o and Ma'ata Blake Maealiuaki Mafile'o and Ma'ata Blake were George Alexander Blake and Matelita Fusilangoia
Tangulu 'o Tefisi Vava'u, Tonga.
or should I say cuzzie. Sorry but I have been away on holiday. I will not be back again till the end of January 2011. Those people who you are descended from are famous names in Tonga.
I have been trying to find out more about the religious exile of Ma'ata and Viliamu Maealiuaki to the island of Koru in Fiji from 1887 to 1890. Do you know any thing? I tried to google but only got academic stuff.
1 Were they under armed guards" or did they have freedom to roam around? could they leave the island?
2 Was Ma'afu from Lau Archipelago in charge of them? or protector of them? Siale Ma'afu was married to a sister of Ma'ata Blake - that is Meletonga Blake - she was his third wife.
3 Were they able to visit others of the Blake family who were living in Fiji on Vanua Balavu? and at Lomaloma?
4 Are you able to tell me any thing about their married life?
5 Where did Ma'ata live? Was it an arranged marriage? etc. Were the Blake family that important?
5A Because I understand that Ma'ata married again later. Or did her first husband die before her?
6 I know Ma'ata went to secondary school in Sydney after about 1854 ... but which school?
She was apparently the only Blake child to be educated overseas. On each trip she went via Auckland.
7 I know Ma'ata was invited to visit her Blake grand parents in England, to live with them and go to school there. But she did not go.
8 A lot of clothes were brought back for the children when the Wesleyan Minister from Nei'afu on Vava'u visited the Blake family in England, and brought back a lot of presents in a big case for the family in about 1857.
9 Ma'ata's youngest sister, and my great grandmother was Mini Blake. She married in 1880 to an English man, John Cockayne Parsons, at Nei'afu, Vava'u, and they shifted to New Zealand in 1886 with their one child, Frederick Parsons. They had 7 more children in NZ. Most of their families have lived in New Zealand ever since.
Cheers, Don Goodall
You might find it helpful to share some questions on the Yavusa Tonga forum. There are two very knowledgeable people who know both Fiji and Tongan family histories.
I know George Blake here in Tonga. He was once the Commissioner of Police and he is a very good friend.
I will pass on your forum topic to him.
Hi Don I am a descendant of Meletonga Blake
was he a Architect ? because that would be my uncle George named after george blake he has recently passed away last year I think the 20th of Janurary.
We are all descendants of Meletonga.
check more info on my Blog Post About the blake family.
Ofa lahi atu Mapili
The George Blake I met in Nuku'alofa in 1980 was very high up in the Tongan Police Force.
I was introduced to him by Lepoi Tupou. He said he was a grand child of Mini Louisa Blake. He said when he was about 10-12 Mini taught him how to bargain at the markets, how to drive a horse and buggy cart, and how to brew beer.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org Please tell me exactly how I can access your blog site.
I am a real beginner. There are some really interesting things I would like to discuss with you in private about Meletonga and Mini.
Hi Cuzzie Sione,
Have you ben able to reach back further into the ancestry of Matelita Fusilangoia? I would welcome any explanations you can make about our family tree, because I do not have a good understanding of Tongan status and protocols.
It is my understanding that Matelita's father was a talking chief [matapule?] for an important chief at Tu'anuku, Nei'afu in Vava'u.
Mini also reckoned that her female ancestors on Matelita's side were related to King Tupou George 1, who was originally from Ha'apai I understand. Then he conquered Vava'u Islands before taking on the Tongatapu chiefs.
And this is why Alexander Blake took on the name George... as a mark of respect.
And also it is why he shifted the Blake family from Vava'u to Tongatapu about 1855.
Sorry but i must show my ignorance here -
In the name after Matelita Fusilangoia you say "Tangulu". Was she of the Tangulu family? Or is this a title?
Tefisi, was her father named Tefisi? or does this mean she was from a place called Tefisi on Vava'u? We thought they lived at Tu'anuku. Or are they both places within Nei'afu town?
Can you add any knowledge about our shared family?
Can you confirm any of the above?
Cheers Don Goodall