American settlers in 19th century Fiji is a biography of American citizens, and their Fiji born children, known to have resided in Fiji during the 19th century. Over time, more will be added, so please keep coming back.
Born in New York, married a Fiji woman at Toga, Rewa by Catholic missionary.[i]
Born in Norfolk, Virginia, July 4, 1817.[i]
Married a Fijian woman by indigenous Fijian ordained Christian missionary at Vatu Lele. 3 children.[i]
BRUCE, William H.
Born in Portland, Maine, November 11, 1834.[i]
Born in Newark, New Jersey, A. D. 1836.[i]
BURT, George Rodney
Born near Sacketts Harbour, New York, February 1, 1829.[i]
COPELAND, T. A.
Known by his friends in Fiji as an American citizen.[i]
Captain Isaac Driver, of Beverly, Massachusetts. His wife was Fijian, they married ‘Vaka Viti’. Son: Isaac Driver.[i]
Born of American parents in Sydney, Australia, sailed in American vessels from New Bedford, Massachusetts. Wife was Fijian, married “Vaka Viti”.[i]
O’FARRA (or FARRELL), John
Born in New Orleans, Louisiana. Married Fijian woman at Levuka by Rev. Rony, Wesleyan missionary. Children: 2 sons.[i]
John marred a Fijian woman at Lakeva by Rev. Rony, Wesleyan missionary. Place of birth given as United States only. Known by his friends in Fiji as an American.[i]
Born in Albany, New York, A. D. 1817.[i]
His widow in Samoa, one daughter in California, one daughter married to an American named Cole, in the Caroline Islands, one son in Line Islands, one son in Fiji. His birthplace given as United States only.[i]
HATHAWAY, Isaac P.
Native of New Bedford, Massachusetts, married to Keziah Whippy at Levuka by Rev. John Binner, June 3, 1856. 3 children..[i]
HENRY, B. R.
A citizen of Tualatia, Washington County, Oregon.[i]
Citizen of the United States, so known by his friends in Fiji. He married in Vanua Levu by a Wesleyan missionary. Five children.[i]
Hoyt arrived in Fiji about 1859. In 1869 he was living on Kioa. He purchased Matasalevu on Macuata Coast in 1869 with John Mackay which was later sold to William Whaley BILLARD on 11th January 1875.[ii]
Hoty died May 31, 1884 at Suva.[iii]
PARROTT, James A.
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, A. D. 1834.[i]
Citizen of New Bedford, Massachusetts. Married by a Wesleyan missionary on the Rewa River, A.D 1856, Eight children.[i]
RYDER, Thomas T.
Native of New York City. He was married by Wesleyan missionary at Viwa, Viti Levu. His will speaks of “my wife Sarah”. Heirs: Isaac and Abraham.[i] Thomas Ryder died in Fiji April 19, 1864.[iv]
SHUTE, Thomas R.
Declared to be an American citizen and he was also known to by his friends in Fiji. Immediate relatives (brothers and others) resident in United States. Wife, a half –caste Samoan, was married to him by a Wesleyan missionary at Bua, Vanua Levu. Four children. 4 children.[i]
Living in Nadi in 1880.[v]
Children: William SHUTE born about 1870.[vi]
SPARR (or ESPARR), John
An American Indian born in Florida. Wife was Fijian, married at Ono, Kadavu by Wesleyan Missionary named Fowler (or Powla).[i] Heirs John Sparr or Espar, or of “Indian John”: Vilise, Vitiyeme, Mere and Pioti.[vii]
Born at Nantucket, United States of America; was United States Vice-Commercial Agent at Levuka in 1846. Married at Vuva, near Bau, by Re. Mr. Hunt. Heirs: 2 sons.[i]
WILLIAMS, J. B.
Former United States Commercial Agent in Fiji, heirs of living in United States.[i]
WILLIAMS, J. H.
Former United States Consul in Australia, heirs of living in United States.[i]
WORK, Ezra Wlater
Born in Providence, Rhode Islands, September 4, 1832.[i]
Winter claimed he was naturalised in California and describes himself in his last will as an American citizen. Suspected to be George Winter, British nationality.[i] That George Winter died in Levuka, Fiji on 14 September 1879 and was married Elizabeth Cox.[viii]
Compiled by Dulcie Stewart. Published: 12 February, 2015. Updated: 13 February, 2015.
If you would like to cite this post:
Stewart, Dulcie (2010-2015). American settlers in 19th century Fiji, Fragmented Identities. Retrieved from https://fragmentedidentities.wordpress.com/2015/02/12/american-settlers-fiji.
[i] British-American Claims Arbitral Tribunal. 1913. American and British claims arbitration. Claim 44 – answer. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, pp. 118-119. Retrieved online from http://hdl.handle.net/2027/nyp.33433081736211 accessed 12 February 2015.
[ii] UK House of Commons. 1883. Fiji. Correspondence relative to land claims in Fiji. Paper number: [C.3584] [C.3815], pp. 187-190.
[iv] Consular Despatches, Lauthala, Issac M. Brower to the Secretary of States (1864, June 30); Despatches from U.S. Consuls in Lauthala, Fiji Islands, 1844-1890. [microfilm T-25, reel 4]. US Department of State Archives, Washington.
[v] UK House of Commons. 1883. Fiji. Correspondence relative to land claims in Fiji. Paper number: [C.3584] [C.3815], p. 244.
[vi] UK House of Commons. 1883. Fiji. Correspondence relative to land claims in Fiji. Paper number: [C.3584] [C.3815], p. 255.
[vii] British-American Claims Arbitral Tribunal. 1913. American and British claims arbitration. Claim 44 – answer. Washington: U.S. Government Printing Office, p. 90. Retrieved online from http://hdl.handle.net/2027/nyp.33433081736211 accessed 12 February 2015.
[viii] George Winter (Australian politician). Wikipedia. Retrieved from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Winter_%28Australian_politician%29, accessed 13 February 2015.