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Maimiti Isobella

Maimiti Isobella

Female - 1841

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  • Name Maimiti Isobella 
    Born Tahiti, Iles Du Vent, Pacific Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 19 Sep 1841  Pitcairn Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I899  Brooksbank
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2010 

    Spouse Fletcher Christian,   b. 25 Sep 1760, Moorland, Cumberland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1793, Pitcairn Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years) 
    Married 16 Jun 1789  Tahiti, Iles Du Vent, Pacific Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 28 Jan 2010 
    Family ID F305  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • She was said to be the daughter of a Tahitian chief, however, because Christian was at that time lower in rank to the "English chief" Bligh, it is more likely that he would have been equated with ra'atira rank, thus it is likely that Isabellad have been of that rank as well. She was said to be very tall, perhaps 6 feet, which also speaks to her above average status.
      She would also have been a bit older, thus willing to settle down with one man, and if Gardner's estimate is to be believed, she is likely to have been somewhere around 35. She was a devoted wife to Christian until his death. The legend is that they were officially married on Tahiti in the custom of her people before leaving for Pitcairn.
      In 1841, George Gardner, visiting the island, described her as the 'most perfect picture of an old hag I ever saw. She is surprisingly active, her age being estimated between 80 and 90. She remembers Captain Cook and speaks of him'. But evene interesting, she remembered Heywood, and being told of his success, later marriage, and recent death, she gathered several yards of beautifully decorated tapa cloth, made by her own hand, and gave it to Captain Jones as a present for 'Peter's wife'.
      Other visitors of that period indicated that visitors would not talk to her, and considered her children to be mentally deficient (she did have one child who was, and another that had a club foot). Within a month of Gardner's visit, she hadn the epidemic.