Carl Friederich Christian (Charles) Kelling (1818-1898) and his brother Johann Friederich August (Feodor) Kellin (1820-1909) emigrated from Mecklenberg Germany to Nelson, New Zealand, arriving 1 Sept 1844.Lived near Klutz, Mechlenburg and worked on the Count Ranzau Estate.Travelled to New Zealand on the "Skiold".
Feodor was a Grand Master Chess Player.
Charles had 12 chldren and is my great-grandfather.
I'm trying to fill in some very large holes in my family tree.My father had done quite a lot of research (he supplied above info and some more), but I have been unable to find any of this research since he passed away a few years ago.
Is there anyone out there who can help.Maybe the New Zealand connection will help some of you close out some missing pieces in your own family trees.