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Who Are the Pitcairners?


SMITH, William Douglas --> WARD, Frederick Percival

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Smith, William Douglas, Steley. William Douglas Smith, along with his wife Louisa, was a Seventh-day Adventist missionary on Pitcairn Island in 1933 and 1934.

Stewart, George, Lareau. He was born in 1766 in South Ronaldsay, Orkney. He died Aug. 30, 1791, in the sinking of H.M.S. Pandora. He was married in 1789 to Peggy, who was born about 1772 in Tahiti, and died in 1791 in Tahiti. He was a Midshipman on H.M.S. Bounty. His child with Peggy was Maria DeLaAscencion Stewart, born in 1790.

Stimpson, Oliver L., Steley. Oliver L. Stimpson, along with his wife Yvonne, who served as Pitcairn's medical officer, was pastor of the Pitcairn Island Seventh-day Adventist Church for three terms of service, the first being from 1979 to 1982.

Sully, Wahlroos; Sully, also known as Sarah, was the daughter of Teio and a Tahitian man. We do not know her real name, nor the name of her father. he was only ten months old on arrival at Pitcairn Island, the only child on board Bounty. Island lore has it that she was ferried ashore from the Bounty in a barrel. Sully grew up to marry Fletcher Christian's second son, Charles, in 1810. She bore him eight children: Fletcher, Edward, Charles Jr., Isaac, Sarah, Maria, Mary, and Margaret. On March 7, 1826, before reaching her thirty-seventh birthday Sully died of an unknown cause, leaving Charles with four sons and four daughters ranging in age from about fifteen to a little over a year old.

Tararo, Wahlroos. Tararo was one of the Polynesian men who accompanied the mutineers to Pitcairn Island. He was also known as Talalo. He was from Raiatea.

Tay, John I., Steley. John I. Tay first went to Pitcairn Island in 1886 as a layman to tell the Pitcairn people the principles of the Seventh-day Adventist faith. His witness was responsible for the conversion of many of the Pitcairners from the Church of England to Seventh-day Adventist beliefs. He returned to Pitcairn Island in 1890 on the Adventists' missionary schooner Pitcairn, and after a brief stay went to Fiji where he died while in the service of his faith.

Teatuahitea (?), Teathuahitea (?) was born on Tahiti. She married William Brown circa 1789. She died between 1808 and 1814, on Pitcairn Island. Teathuahitea (?) was also known as Sarah (?).

Teehuteatuaonoa (?), Snell; Teehuteatuaonoa (?) was born on Tahiti. She died on Pitcairn Island. Teehuteatuaonoa (?) was also known as Jenny (?). She and John Adams were associated circa 1788 at Tubuai. She and Isaac Martin were associated circa 1789, on Pitcairn Island. In 1817, she left Pitcairn on the Sultan.

Teimua, Wahlroos. Teimua was also known as Teirnua. He was from Tahiti. On Pitcairn Island he was associated with Mareva, who was also known as Melewa.

Teio (?), Teio (?) was born on Tahiti. She married John Adams on December 17, 1825, on Pitcairn Island. The died on March 14, 1829, on Tahiti. Teio (?) also went by the nick-name of Mary (?). She and William McCoy were associated circa 1789. From December 17, 1825, her married name became Adams. The child of Teio (?) was Sully (?), who was born sometime in March 1789, and died March 7, 1826. The children of Teio (?) and William McCoy were Daniel McCoy, born in 1792, and died December 26, 1832; and Catherine McCoy, who was born in 1799, and died June 8, 1831. The child of Teio (?) and John Adams was George Adams, who was born on June 6, 1804, and died on October 29, 1873.

Temiua (?), Teimua (?) was born on Tahiti. He died dirca 1793, on Pitccairn Island. Teimua (?) and Mareva (?) were associated.

Teraura, Teraura, [nickname: "Susannah"]was born about 1775 at Raatiran, Tahiti. She married Thursday October Christian, son of Fletcher Christian and Maimiti, about 1805 on Pitcairn Island. She died on July 15, 1850 on Pitcairn. Teraura was also known as Doubit. She was also known as Mata-Ohu. Teraura also went by the nick- name of Susannah. She was also known as Tacupiti. As of about 1805 her married name was Christian. The child of Teraura and Matthew Quintal was Edward Quintal, born in 1800 and died on September 8, 1841. The children of Teraura and Thursday October Christian were Charles Christian, born in January 1808, and died June 25, 1831; Joseph John Christian, born in 1809, and died November 24, 1831; Mary Christian, born in 1810, and died October 25, 1852; Polly Christian, born in 1814, and died May 16, 1831; Arthur Christian, born in 1815; Peggy Christian, born in 1815, and died May 12, 1884; and Thursday October Christian, born in October 1820, and died on May 27, 1911.

Tevarua (?), Tevarua was born in 1774 on Tahiti. She died in 1799 on Pitcairn Island. Tevarua (?) also went by the nick-name of 'Big Sully' (?). Tevarua (?) also went by the nick-name of Sarah (?). She and Matthew Quintal were associated circa 1789 on Pitcairn Island. The children of Tevarua (?) and Matthew Quintal were Matthew Quintal, who was born in 1791, and died in September of 1814; John Quintal, who was born in 1792, and died in 1792; Jane Quintal, who was born in 1795; Arthur Quintal, who was born on May 6, 1795, and died November 19, 1873; and Sarah Quintal, who was born in 1797, and died November 27, 1851.

Tinafanaea, Snell; Tinafanaea (?) was born on Tubuai Island, Tahiti. She married Tetahiti (?). She died between 1808 and 1814, on Pitcairn Island. When Adams' consort, Obuarei, died towards the end of the first year on Pitcairn, Tinafanaea was 'given' to Adams. Earlier, Tararo's consort, Toofaiti, had been 'given' to Williams. This was more than the Tubuaian men and Tararo could tolerate, and the two outrages combined to set off the bloodshed that eventually wiped out almost all of the men on Pitcairn Island. Tinafanaea seems to have stayed in Adams' household even when he, after Mills was killed on Massacre Day, took Vahineatua as his consort. Tinafanaea died sometime between the visit of the Topaz (1808) and the Briton and the Tagus (1814). She left descendants. She was also known as Nanai (?). She may have been from Tubuai and it is likely she came along voluntarily when the Bounty sailed from Tahiti for the last time. On Pitcairn, she was shared as a consort by the two Tubuaians, Titahiti and Oha. Some sources claim she was Titahiti's but that he shared her with Oha. She and John Adams were associated.

Titahiti (?), Titahiti (?) was born on Tubuai. He was the son of Tahuhuatama (?). He died circa 1793, on Pitcairn Island. Titahiti (?) and Tinafanaea (?) were associated circa 1790 on Pitcairn Island.

Toofaiti, Toofaiti was born in Tahiti. She died on June 9, 1831 in Tahiti, having gone there with the Pitcairn group in the exodus of 1831. She was also known as Hutia, and was from the Polynesian island of Huahine. Toofaiti also went by the nick-name of Nancy. She and Tararo were associated in Pitcairn Island. She and John Williams were associated circa 1791 in Pitcairn Island. She and Edward Young were associated in Pitcairn Island. Edward was born about 1762, and died December 25, 1800. Her children by Edward Young were Polly Young, born on Pitcairn Island c. 1794 and died December 17, 1843; George Young, born about 1797, and died May 4, 1831; Robert Young, born about 1799, and died August 18, 1831; and William Young, born in 1799, and died February 6, 1839.

Evelyn Rachel Evelyn Rachel

Totenhofer, Evelyn Rachel, Evelyn Rachel Totenhofer was born in 1884 at Tasmania, Australia. She married Leonard Elwyn Christian, son of William Lancy Christian and Anne Elizabeth Warren, on Pitcairn Island. She died on May 12, 1977, on Pitcairn Island. Evelyn came to Pitcairn in 1944 as island nurse. She was trained as a nurse at the Seventh-day Adventist Sanitarium Hospital in Wahroonga, Sydney, Australia. She spent 17 years at the Seventh-day Adventist Hospital, Batuna, and in 1944 was appointed to the dispensary on Pitcairn Island. Although she retired from nursing in 1956, she continued to assist with maternity nursing and attended her last case on October 14, 1975, when Shaun Christian was born. She was "Nurse" on the Island. Her married name became Christian.

Vahineatua (?), Vahineatua (?) was born on Tahiti. She died before 1809 on Pitcairn Island. Vahineatua (?) was also known as Parah Iti (?). She was also known as Balhadi (?). Vahineatua (?) also went by the nick-name of Prudence (?). She and John Mills were associated circa 1789 on Pitcairn Island. She and John Adams were associated at Pitcairn Island. The children of Vahineatua (?) and John Mills were Elizabeth Mills, who was born in 1792, and died November 6, 1883; and John Mills, who was born in 1793, and died in 1814. The children of Vahineatua (?) and John Adams were Dinah Adams, who was born in 1796, and died on January 18, 1864; Rachel Adams who was born in 1797 and died September 7, 1876; and Hannah Adams, who was born in 1799, and dies on August 27, 1864.

Volk, Albert J., Albert J. Volk was born at Owbert, Cardiganshire, Wales. He arrived on Pitcairn in 1881 as a result of the shipwreck of the Acadia, a British ship outward bound from San Francisco. He married Mary Ann Young, daughter of Simon Young and Mary Buffett Christian, on September 8, 1881, on Pitcairn Island. After three years, he and his wife left Pitcairn to live in Wales. The children of Albert and Mary Ann Young were Percy Volk and Walter Volk.

Volk, Earnest P.Glen Jenkins & the  Earnest P. Volk was born on Pitcairn Island in 1883.  He was the first son of Albert J. Volk and Mary Ann Young.  It is assumed that when his parents left Pitcairn Island in 1884, they took Earnest with them to live in Wales.

Volk, Mary Ann Young, (See "Mary Ann Young")

Volk, Walter A.Glen Jenkins &  Walter A. Volk was born on Pitcairn Island in either 1884 or 1885.  He was the son of Albert J. Volk and Mary Ann Young.  Walter’s father, Albert J. Volk, arrived on Pitcairn in 1881 a crew member of the shipwrecked British ship Acadia.  After three years, Albert and Mary Ann left Pitcairn to live in Wales, and it is assumed they took Walter, and his brother Percy Volk with them..

Ward, Frederick Percival, Steley. Frederick Percival Ward, along with his wife Myrtle Lewis, were Seventh-day Adventist missionaries on Pitcairn Island for two periods of service, from 1938 to 1944, and from 1947 to 1951.