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William MOFFATT

Male 1841 - 1880  (39 years)


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  • Name William MOFFATT 
    Gender Male 
    Born 1841  New Jersey, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration about 1852  Rochdale, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1861  13 Greenwood Street, Rochdale, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Emigration about 1862  New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died November 1880  Taumarunui, King Country, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I33942  Clan Moffat UK
    Last Modified 27 November 2017 

    Father Henry MOFFATT,   b. 1808, Kendal, Westmorland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Esther Coe STEWART,   b. 10 April 1805, Deane, Bolton-le-Moors, Lancashire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 July 1847, Moravia, Cayuga, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 42 years) 
    Family ID F12514  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Emiri MOKENA,   b. 1858, Rangiota, Manawatu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1920, Rangiota, Manawatu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 62 years) 
    Married April 1879  Ngawhakaraua, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. The Hon. William Arthur MOFFAT,   b. 4 March 1880, Tiakitahuna, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 July 1961, Palmerston North, Manawatu, New Zealand Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years)
    Family ID F10142  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Adventurer. Supplier of gunpowder. Jailed by British Authorities. Executed by the Maoris as a trouble-maker. Just to the east of the town of Taumarunui, on the Matapuna Flat, is the place where the chief Ngatai and a party of seven Taumarunui men intercepted and shot a white man named William Moffat in the year 1880. This was the last of what may be termed political murders in the Maori country. The deed was rather in the nature of an execution than murder. Moffat had lived with the Maoris in this district during the wars and had made coarse gunpowder for them. His presence was not desired there when he attempted to return from the south in 1880. It was believed he was a land-buying agent and intended prospecting for gold. Wahanui, Rewi, and Taonui, the head chiefs of the Kingite party, sent instructions that he was to be killed if he attempted to evade the interdict against white trespassers in the Rohepotae, and as he persisted in coming to Taumarunui in spite of warnings he was shot. The Government made inquiries into the affair, but as the Kingite party was a law unto itself in the interior, and as it was made clear that it was on political grounds that the wandering pakeha was killed, the act was condoned. The Government of that day could scarcely do anything else without entering on another little war. (The New Zealand Railways Magazine Vol 3, Issue 5, Sept 1928)


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