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Paula (Cullen) Staunton

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Paula J. Staunton formerly Cullen
Born 1990s.
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Daughter of [private father (1950s - unknown)] DNA confirmed and [private mother (1960s - unknown)] DNA confirmed
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I was born in New Zealand growing up in the town of Waipu. I am currently living in Ireland where I am undertaking a PhD. I am married to an Irishman originally from Ennis, Eoin Staunton.

My ancestors immigrated from Europe mostly in the mid to late 1800's. The table below indicates the surnames of my immigrating ancestors, where they came from and what year they immigrated in. A lot of these families were involved in the creation of new settlements in New Zealand including Waipu, Puhoi and Maungaturoto.

Surname Origin Destination Year
Cullen Nottingham, England Maungaturoto, New Zealand 1863
Bowmar Nottingham, England Maungaturoto, New Zealand 1864
Baldock Lincolnshire, England Australia 1840
McKay Scotland via Nova Scotia Waipu, New Zealand 1851
Stewart Scotland via Nova Scotia Waipu, New Zealand 1857
Guntern/ren Switzerland via England New Zealand 1921
Atkinson Cumberland, England New Zealand 1921
Dodd Lancashire, England New Zealand  ?
Copley Yorkshire, England New Zealand 1862
Ramsbottom India (British Army) Australia / New Zealand 1854 (AU)
Morrow County Cavan, Ireland Australia/ New Zealand  ?
Mason County Down, Ireland Australia/ New Zealand  ?
Wech Bohemia Puhoi, New Zealand 1865
Wright Norfolk, England Tasmania, Australia/New Zealand 1835 (AU)
Green Norfolk, England Tasmania, Australia/New Zealand 1841 (AU)
Thomson Scotland New Zealand 1859

My ancestors were mostly farmers. Many left their home countries due to hard times or being evicted from their land. Two were convicts sent to Australia. There are also some sailors and members of the British army in India. I have yet to find any nobles.


Henry Mason - Henry apparently lived to be 101. He was born in about 1830 possibly somewhere in County Down. He apparently immigrated to Australia when he was about 21 and worked on the gold fields in Ballarat. He later immigrated to New Zealand. He was a horse dealer during the Maori Wars before setting up as a farmer in Rodney. He married a Bohemian immigrant Helena Wech in 1885. This was apparently his first marriage. The marriage certificate lists his father's name as James and his mother as Ellen. I can't make out her surname. These names may be incorrect. His age is also off by a number of years so it isn't the most accurate marriage record. Henry passed away in 1931.
The information I have on Henry's past is largely from on obituary. I have not found confirmation in Australia or Ireland to confirm his past. There are records of him going back and forwards between Australia and New Zealand when he was trading horses.
George Wright & Sarah Green - This couple were both convicts sent to Tasmania who married there and immigrated to New Zealand. I have found the records and newspaper articles relating to their conviction and transportation but I have not been able to find either of the parents. They also apparently had more children but their children's births were not registered. George's death certificate lists his parents as Frank Wright and Alice Yaxley. Online trees have linked this to Alice Yaxley but she married Frank Cork before George's birth.
James Ramsbottom - James Ramsbottom married a half Indian woman Cecilia Rycall in Madras in 1832. I am not sure how the Ramsbottom's appeared in India or where they came from.
George Rycall - George was a clerk for the British Army in India. He married an Indian woman. George was born in about 1786. I am unsure where.
Other brickwalls largely related to records for those towns not going back far enough or surnames being to common.

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Hi Paula. My Mum's father was William Francis Mason, son of Henry Mason. My sister and I are trying to find information about Henry, to verify his story. Reading your comments, it seems you got stuck in the same place as we have. Have you managed to get any further?

Many thanks

Rae Hooper

posted by Rae Hooper
Hello Paula

You and my kids are a DNA match, via A 9cM match with one of them, 16cM with another. DNA confirms the documentary trail which has you and my kids as 5th cousins once removed, common ancestors being John BALDOCK & Sabina BEE.

I have a couple of online discussion groups for your BALDOCK & BEE lines. See:

Cheers, Steven

posted by Steven Knowles
Paula: Hello, trust you are coping with 'the pandemic'.

I have recently adopted a profile (Perfect-135, my wife's Great-grandmother) which you created in mid-2018. Thank you for starting the ball rolling. I would very much appreciate your advising me, if possible, of any sources you have found for dates, places and details, if any, for birth and/or baptism/christening of Emma Perfect. I regret to say that I've been totally unsuccessful in locating such source information and trust that you please may be able to help. My thanks in advance for any/all assistance you are able to provide. Stay well, stay safe. Best regards.....Phil (Grace-883)

posted by Phil Grace
I want to congratulate you on your Super Star Badge awarded 9 Apr 2020 .

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From your friends at the Appreciation Team:

Congrats on the Super Star Badge!

posted by SJ Baty
Hi Paula

I have just noticed that you have added a bio and sources to Isaiah Richards so this is a belated thank you very much xxx

Hello, Paula,

We are sorry to lose you as a member of the Connectors Project, but we understand that life gets busy and interests shift. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin the project in the future if you wish.

Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it.

Deb ~ Volunteer Coordinator

posted by Deb (Lewis) Durham
Hello Paula,

It has been a couple of weeks since we contacted you about your participation in the Connectors Project and as we haven't heard from you, we are following up to make sure you wish to remain a member. We understand that interests shift as we grow our shared tree and that some members may have moved on to projects more pertinent to the branches they are currently building. If this is the case for you, please let us know. If we do not hear back from you within the week, we will assume you have moved on to other things for the moment and remove you from the project. Please know that you will always be welcome to rejoin should your interests shift back in this direction. Thank you so much for your participation; we genuinely appreciate it. Michelle~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Paula,

On behalf of the Connectors Project Leaders, we are doing a six-month check-in with members. Please let us know if you are still active. If you are active, please let us know in which ways you are currently contributing to the project.

All of us at WikiTree would like to thank you for your contributions and hope that you are enjoying exploring your roots.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Michelle ~ Volunteer Coordinator

Hi Paula!

Congratulations on making more than 1,000 contributions to WikiTree for the Month of May. We all appreciate your efforts to make our Shared Tree the best it can be. Keep up the great work and THANK YOU!

Pip Sheppard

WikiTree Appreciation Team

posted by Pip Sheppard
Thanks Paula have merged the two Jack Tippetts.

Ann Hale nee Tippett

posted by Ann Tippett
Uh oh, we have a problem with the merge of Agnes Montgomerie aka Montgomery John Montgomery (1698-). (Merged Montgomerie-214 into Montgomery-5225. My John Montgomery was Scottish, and marriage produced children in Scotland, whereas the marriage of the other John Montgomery may have taken place in America, produced children in Connecticut while my Montgomery's where being born in Scotland. Will Separate these profiles in due course.
posted by Debra Davies
Greetings from -22C Ontario, Canada! Thank you for the info re: Greeves/Rix. Profile has been updated. Onward and upward.
posted by Tony Broscomb
I'm very impressed with your knowledge and ability. I would love for my family tree to be 'as together' as yours. I don't know how to use the software enough yet!!
Happy to merge info on Thomas McMurdo. It's guesswork as to his heritage, but I believe he is the son of Stephen McMurdo who married Agnes Faries in 1735, as Thomas and Marion Lorimer had a son Stephen in 1778 (possibly named after his grandfather).
posted by Carmel McMurdo
Hi there Paula I'm the Gdaughter of Doris. I meet Gail whom worked at Lighting direct in Maxics so yrs ago as she was my mums 1st cousin. I'm very sad at keeping in touch in person but FBI n messenger I find ... would love to connect with family.
posted by Anonymous McGinty

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