Denise and Gail from New Zealand have been researching the Willison side of their family and have found a direct link back to James Willison (1739 – 1804).
Their great-grand father George William Willison (born 1836 Hobart, Tasmania) came to New Zealand in 1863 from Tasmania via Melbourne, Australia (he signed on as a recruit for the Militia to fight in the Maori Wars and then married a Maori woman in 1871)
His parents were Thomas Willison (b1781) and Martha Matilda Cumming (m 4/11/1820) who arrived in Hobart on the Westmoreland on 5/5/1821 with their first baby James (b 7.12.1820).
They had a further 11 children; James, Marian/Marion, Elizabeth, Alexander, David, John, Catherine, George and Thomas with Elizabeth & Alexander dying as infants.
Denise and Gail are heading to the UK in 2021 on a family tree trek. We hope to meet up with them - the direct connection being Thomas’s parents were James Willison (1739 – 1804) and Marian/Marion McKindlay (1748 – 1823)