John Benjamin LEWIS
John was born at Monmouthshire, Wales.
He emigrated to NZ, arriving at Napier in Jan 1878.
He married Isabella Paul (born at Dumbarton, Scotland in 1853) at Napier in Feb 1878).
They had six sons & four daughters. One son dies as an infant. A son, Robert died of wounds suffered at the Somme in WW1. Another son, Albert, also served and was wounded.
Another son died in a mental hospital, another died at age 30, drowned saving a dog. Two of the children married Shaw siblings
John was a labourer in Gisborne (where most of the children were born) before moving to Levin around 1905. He & the family are recorded on the unofficial census in Levin in 1905. By 1911 he was a farmer in Upper Hutt before moving to Hamilton. By 1938, after Isabella has died, he has become a missionary/evangalist worker.