I’ve been searching for details about Mary Couling (born c 1840) for some time. From her marriage certificate I knew that her father was John Couling, deceased, and the 1871 census gave her place of birth as Oxfordshire. Another researcher suggested some possible leads, so when I had time I started to follow the trail.
In 1861, before his marriage to Mary. my great great grandfather Thomas Brittain was lodging at 7 Spanns Place, St Pancras, in the household of Joseph and Rebecca Constable both of whom were born in Oxfordshire. I finally found a possible marriage for this couple, in Headington Oxford in 1844 and then found them both in London in 1851; with them was an Elizabeth Cooling born in Oxford!
So could I prove a connection between this Elizabeth Cooling, and my Mary Couling?
Here’s the family in 1841:
ST THOMAS STREET, OXFORD
And this seems to be the same family in the 1851 census:
HAMEL, OXFORD ST THOMAS:
So I reckon there’s a reasonable chance that Mary Couling was the sister of Rebecca Constable, in which case her parents were John and Rebecca.
My next tasks are to find a marriage between John Couling and Rebecca, and to establish where John was born. In 1841 he says he was born in county (i.e. Oxfordshire) but the 1851 census states “Ireland”.
I shall probably have to buy a birth certificate for one of the Couling children as that will give me more information.
On with the search!