There is extensive information available about my Great Great Great Grandfather Henry Burling, who settled in New Zealand in 1842. This research carried out by Scott Barker gave me the impetus to begin my own research on my family.
A recent trip to the UK, and subsequent visit to Lewes in Sussex, and County Clare in Ireland, has inspired me to continue with researching the branches of my extensive tree.
I am the Great Great Great Granddaughter of Henry Burling, who was born in Essex England in 1801 and traveled to New Zealand with his wife Mary Worsley on the SS London in 1842. They settled in Burlings, now called Featherston and raised a family of seven children. When he died in 1911 at Waikanae, New Zealand, he was reputed to have over 600 living descendants. There are considerably more now!
My Great Great Grandfather Frederick Henry Christopher Lenz travelled to New Zealand with his wife Mary Wieblitz, son John Frederick William and Dorothee Williamina Louise, in 1875, from Germany. John became a well respected Bee Farmer in Kuripuni, Masterton, and Dorothee was my Great Grandmother. She married James Budd, son of William and Fanny (Hilder), who emigrated from Sussex in England 1877. Dorothee and James had two daughters, Catherine Mabel (my Grandmother) and Clara Olive Melitia. Catherine Mabel married Alexander Alfred Jesse Burling, a descendant of Henry. They had eight children, the youngest Louise May, my mother, married Sydney Desmond O'Connor, a descendant of John and Mary (Madden). They had two sons (that I am aware of), the second son Patrick married Annie Mary Picket. They had 6 children, Thomas Michael married Carolyn Beatrice Williams. They had two sons, Sydney James married Valetine Monica Margaret Helen Carrig. They had three children, the eldest being my father. Monica Carrig is a descendant of Patrick and Ellen (Brandon). They emigrated to New Zealand from Ireland in the late 1800's. They had six children. Patrick, the eldest, married Mary Winifred Potter, they had four children, the third child is my grandmother.
The search continues.