Henry Morshead SYMONS
- Born: 1824, Saint Germans, Cornwall, England
- Christened: 3 May 1825, Saint Germans, Cornwall, England
- Marriage (1): Rauti
- Marriage (2): Ann Maria BRUCE on 26 Sep 1853 in Rangiatea Church, Otaki, Wellington, New Zealand.
- Died: 22 Dec 1886, Foxton, Horowhenua, New Zealand. at age 62
Another name for Henry was Te Pahua SIMMONDS.
Born in 1824, Henry Morshead Symons of Cornwall, son of Dr. Harry Symons and his wife Mary (nee Morshead) and his cousin Charles Henry Symons came to New Zealand with their uncle James Henry and his wife Jane and their four children. Henry was then 18 and Charles 17. They sailed from Gravesend on the "Catherine Stewart Forbes" which made only one stop at the Azores arriving at Port Nicholson on 11th June, 1841. Here they first lived with Judge Halswell in a house near the present Parliament Buildings. James and Jane acquired 100 acres in the Upper Willis Street area which they farmed and called "Goathurst".
In 1844 Henry and Charles moved north to the Manawatu River where their Uncle James had leased land from the Maoris at Oturoa, just south of Whirokino. They both took Maori wives and were thus, for a time, safe from raiding parties.
Henry's first wife was Rauti, a Maori girl of high rank of the Ngati Raukawa tribe.
He was employed by Captain Robinson and Dr. Best as stock manager
Henry and Ann Maria were proprietors of a licensed hotel for a while and Henry also operated a ferry across the Manawatu River but most of his life was spent farming.
Henry married Rauti, daughter of Unknown and Unknown. (Rauti was born about 1829 and died in 1914 in Te Waotu, Waikato, New Zealand.)
Henry next married Ann Maria BRUCE on 26 Sep 1853 in Rangiatea Church, Otaki, Wellington, New Zealand. (Ann Maria BRUCE was born in Feb 1806 in Brendwell-On-Sea, Essex, England and died on 20 Aug 1889 in Foxton, Horowhenua, New Zealand..)