Hi Frances, The New Zealand COULINGs descend from William COULING and Mary Ann BRYAN from Churchill, Oxfordshire, England.The family name was COULDING in parish records from 1787 until at least 1851. At that time, the census shows the family head as William COLING, 20, his wife Mary Ann, 22, and son George, 3 months.
William b: October 11, 1830, Long Compton, Warwicks. d: Sept. 16, 1909 buried: St. John's Cemetery, Waikiwi, Invercargill, NZ
Mary Ann b: May 2, 1828 d: August 23, 1909 buried: St. John's Cemetery, Waikiwi, Invercargill, NZ
Married: October 8, 1850 Churchill Parish Church Landed in NZ February 13, 1875 accompanied by his wife and nine children. At least 1 son went to South Africa.
Their children were: George1850-1942 (joined them there in 1876) Albert1852-1924 ( and his wife paid separately) Mary1853-1915 Emily1856-1938 Charles1858-1939 Job1860-1938 James1862-1949 Frederick1865-1908 Elizabeth1867-1880 Alice1870-1926 Louisa1871-1929
In 1986 the descendants of William and Mary Ann held a reunion at Invercargill, January 24-26. I am very fortunate to have the book that was published for that occasion.
Why do I have it? Because in 1997 I bought a copy of "The World Book of COULINGs' which was published by Halbert's in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Such genealogical gems were frowned upon by serious genealogists. But I saw it as an opportunity because the last chapter was an International Registry of COULINGs taken from a wide variety of databanks. I did not have a computer (or Internet access) then to search these sources myself. So my husband sponsored my next step.... a Mailing Blitz...
I wrote a form letter in January 1998 and sent it out to over 500 COULING families around the world! The returns were tremendous - at least 22% - and the information, stories, data, photos, and books exciting! In fact, I am still receiving information, making contacts and discovering cousins I didn't know I had.Just last month, Connie from South Africa sent me some additions to her line.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you. Glad I could help.