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My name is Marion Chase-Seymour (nee CHASE) and my younger sister and I carry the names of
'Ripeka' and 'Ngahuia' respectively, from our great grandmother, RIPEKA
NGAHUIA OHOMAIRANGI, who was married to JOHN IRAIA CHASE.
My father, SAMUEL HOTENE TUATEA CHASE, told me that JAMES ALVIN SHAW CHASE was in fact, a
shipbuilder from California, USA. He was on his way to Australia when he became ill at
sea and they set him down in Napier, NZ.
All the CHASE family in New Zealand have descended from JAMES ALVIN SHAW CHASE. The line
continues from California, USA to the Eastern States - among those of Maryland and
Massachussetts mainly. A bit of trivia: Judge SAMUEL CHASE of Maryland is also one of
the Signers of the Declaration of Independence.
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