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HomepageThe Cullen Family of
Maungaturoto, New Zealand
From the family history collection of Cliff Cullen (Aukland, NZ)

If you are introduced as a Cullen in New Zealand, it is inevitable that you will be asked if you are of Maungaturoto. This branch of the Cullen family has grown considerably since the founding father, John Ash Cullen, arrived there back in 1863. The extended family now includes over 2000 individuals. Cliff Cullen has documented this family in book form, complete with photographs and document reproductions, from Richard Cullen the first of the Rude Forefathers abt1560, all the way down to the present day.

It would be impossible to reproduce Cliff's monumental work here in its entirety (over 400 pages) so I have collected the known male lines of this branch starting with the emigrant ancestor, John Ash Cullen. If you are interested in the ancestry of John Ash Cullen, read the article on the Cullens of Eastwood, Nottinghamshire on the English relatives page; that history ties John's line into that of the Rude Forefathers.

If you would like to order the complete Cullen Family History in book form, it is available from Evagean Publishing, 266 Shaw Road, Titirangi, Aukland, New Zealand. Prices are (and this may not be current): $190 Super De-luxe leather bound, $125 Deluxe Edition hardcover, $88 Standard Edition soft cover. Shipping charges apply. The prices may seem steep, but remember that the book runs over 400 pages, including photographs and reproductions of the wills of the early Cullens (1575-1805) in Nottinghamshire.

There are photos of some of the members of the New Zealand family of Cullens on a website put up by Ralph Cullen, son of Malcolm Cullen. (See Malcolm's place in the family tree below). Ralph has solid roots in New Zealand and, as you'll see, has carried on the traditional family values. Please take the time to visit Ralph Cullen's Web Site.

Susannah Baldock was the wife of John Ash Cullen. She was born in 1829 to John and Sabina (Bee) Baldock. If you'd like to learn more about this Lincolnshire Baldock family and other related families, please take the time to visit Kim & Steven's Home Page where you will find a page of surname interests, including the Baldock Family of Lincolnshire that emigrated to Gawler, Australia in 1840.


Brief Biography of John Ash Cullen

John Ash Cullen was born at Fiskerton, Nottinghamshire, on January 9,1813, to parents Benjamin and Esther (Ash) Cullen. John's christening was at St. Mary's, Upton, on March 15, 1813. He likely worked in the lace-making business run by his father because, at the age of 18, John designed machinery for making lace and had intended to patent the design. Another inventor beat him to the patent and so John deserted this occupation for another. He may have worked on his Uncle Gervase's farm in Lincolnshire since his future wife's family lived in the area. John and Sabina (Bee) Baldock were the parents of Susannah Baldock (John's future wife); the entire Baldock family emigrated from Lincolnshire to Australia in 1840 aboard the Fairfield. Some time later, John Ash also emigrated to Australia as he was married to Susannah Baldock at the Adelaide Congregational Church in Australia on November 5,1844. At the time of his marriage, John had been in Australia at least three years as a farmer at Morpeth Vale.

John and Susannah continued life at Morpeth Vale and had three children there; Henry (1845), Esther (1847), and Sabina (1849). In 1851 gold was discovered at Forest Creek and the Cullen family followed this pursuit. Their next two children were; Benjamin born 1851 in Gawler Town, and Mary Anne born 1853 in Forest Creek. Once again John had his hard work taken from him; their prospecting partner stole away in the middle of the night with their share of the gold. Dismayed, the family returned to England in 1853.

Soon after this, John and his growing family headed overseas again and settled as farmers at Guelph, Ontario, Canada. The piece of land they farmed was long known as Cullen's Farm. They remained there nearly ten years and had four more children; John born 1856 at Blythe Hulleth, William (1859), Sarah (1860), and Thomas (1862). These last three children were all born at Morris. Ill health of one of the children saw them return once more to England.

Very soon afterwards, the family once again ventured overseas, this time aboard the Tyburnia, bound for Aukland, New Zealand. They departed on a three month voyage on June 2,1863. There were many difficulties after their arrival on September 4,1863. Young Thomas, who had been so ill, died December 11'th at just over a year and a half old. The family obtained lands at Kaiwaka, 70mi north of Aukland. This was the family home for a year and a half until the homestead at Maungaturoto was ready for moving in. In 1865, after John and his sons had cleared the land and built a suitable home, the family moved in for permanent residence at Maungaturoto. By 1869, the family had increased in size; Elizabeth born 1864 at Mangawhai, Thomas (1866) and James Edward (1869) born at Maungaturoto.

At long last, John Ash was enjoying the fruits of his labor. The farming venture at Maungaturoto proved to be entirely successful and the family busied themselves with the farming effort and community works. Unfortunately, John's share in the happiness was cut short. John Ash Cullen died of cancer on June 6,1870 at the age of 57. Though he suffered much to provide a good life for his family and had fate slighting him at nearly every turn, the legacy of this amazing man has survived undiminished to this day. John Ash Cullen took the brunt of misfortune yet maintained determination and good faith in order to overcome. Due to his efforts and example, his descendants have enjoyed a prosperous life in New Zealand and no doubt look forward to an even brighter future.



Genealogy of the Cullen Family of Maungaturoto

1'st Generation


1'st Generation: John Ash & Susannah (Baldock) Cullen
Husband: John Ash Cullen. Born 09Jan1813 Fiskerton, Nottinghamshire, England. Died 06Jun1870 Maungaturoto, Northland, New Zealand.

Wife: Susannah Baldock. Born 02Mar1829 Lincolnshire, Eng. to John & Sabina (Bee) Baldock. Died 14Sep1910 Maungaturoto.

Married: 05Nov1844 Adelaide, South Australia.
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2'nd Generation

2'nd Gen: Henry Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Henry Cullen. Born 04Sep1845 Morpeth Vale, Australia. Died 18Mar1931 Maungaturoto.

1'st Wife: Eleanor Jane Bailey. Born 19Feb1849 Birmingham, Eng. to William John & Emma (Lowe) Bailey. Died 05Sep1918 NZ. Married Henry Cullen 09Sep1869 Maungaturoto.

2'nd Wife: Fanny Lowe Jones (Bailey). Born 02Jan1856 Birmingham, Eng. to William John & Emma (Lowe) Bailey. Married an unknown Jones abt 1878 in NZ. Married Henry Cullen afterwards.

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2'nd Gen: Benjamin Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Benjamin Cullen. Born 18Jul1851 Gawler Town, Australia. Died 11Dec1937 Maungaturoto.

Wife: Georgina Bowmar. Born abt 1858.

Married: 09May1878 Kaiwaka, NZ.
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2'nd Gen: John Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: John Cullen. Born 18Mar1856 Blythe, Canada. Died 1941 Te Awamutu, near Hamilton, NZ.

Wife: Emma Palmer Bailey. Born 02Jan1865 Birmingham, England. Died 1953 NZ.

Married: 1885 NZ.
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2'nd Gen: William Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: William Cullen. Born 28Mar1858 Morris, Canada. Died 27May1931 Hamilton, NZ.

Wife: Sarah Jane Kirk. Born about 1860. Died in Hamilton, NZ.

Married: 10Oct1883 Maungaturoto.
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2'nd Gen: Thomas Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Thomas Cullen. Born 10Sep1866 Maungaturoto. Died 10Aug1947 Maungaturoto.

Wife: Marion Edith Dunn. Born 1868 NZ (?). Died 03Sep1922 Maungaturoto.

Married: 1888 at Wadestown (?), NZ.
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2'nd Gen: James Edward Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: James Edward Cullen. Born 22Aug1869 Maungaturoto. Died 13Nov1951 NZ.

Wife: Agnes "Argate Kate" Mooney. Born abt 1870 NZ (?). Died 28May1898 NZ.

Married: 1886 NZ.
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3'rd Generation

Names only given for children of the 3'rd generation (many are still with us).

3'rd Gen: William Henry Cullen, s/o Henry Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: William Henry Cullen. Born 25Jan1870 NZ. Died 14Mar1949 NZ.

1'st Wife: Jeannie Davidson. Married 1895 NZ. Born 04Jan1875 Halifax, England to Charles Edward & Mary Elizabeth (Haining) Davidson. Died 03Aug1898 NZ.

2'nd Wife: Beatrice Maud Mooney. Married 1902 NZ. Born 1894 NZ. Died 05May1942 NZ.

Married: see wives above.
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3'rd Gen: Frederick Earnest Cullen, s/o Henry Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Frederick Earnest Cullen. Born 1871 NZ. Died 03May1958 NZ.

Wife: Emma Ford nee (?). Born 1874. Married and unknown Ford abt 1891 NZ. Died 24Feb1940 NZ.

Married: 1893 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Herbert John Cullen, s/o Henry Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Herbert John Cullen. Born 1874 Maungaturoto. Died 1940 NZ.

Wife: Hermione Davidson. Born 07Aug1844 at sea aboard the S. S. & A. Hermione to Charles Edward & Mary Elizabeth (Haining) Davidson. Died 1944 NZ.

Married: 1905 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Robert Stanley Cullen, s/o Henry Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Robert Stanley Cullen. Born 1878 NZ. Died 28Dec1967 NZ.

Wife: Mary Davidson. Born 1882 Burnley, England. Died 22Feb1964 NZ.

Married: 1908 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Joseph Arthur Cullen, s/o Henry Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Joseph Arthur Cullen. Born 1882 Maungaturoto. Died 29Aug1974 Whangarei, NZ.

Wife: Gertrude Eileen Worker. Born abt 1898 NZ. Died abt 20Oct1989 Whangarei, NZ.

Married: abt 1920 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Edward Laurence Cullen, s/o Henry Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Edward Laurence Cullen. Born 1883 NZ. Died 05Jul1951 NZ.

Wife: Ann McAuley. Born 1879 NZ. Died 01Dec1947 NZ.

Married: 1908 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Francis Leopold Cullen, s/o Henry Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Francis Leopold Cullen. Born b. 1887 NZ. Died 25Jun1971 NZ.

Wife: Linda Elizabeth Stewart. Born 1888 or 1889 NZ. Died 02Jun1977 Maungaturoto.

Married: 1912 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: George Henry Bowmar Cullen, s/o Benjamin Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: George Henry Bowmar Cullen. Born 18Oct1883 NZ. Died 28Feb1955 NZ.

Wife: Emma Nellie Drake. Born abt 1884, possibly in NZ. Died 22Mar1964 Maungaturoto.

Married: 1905 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Lionel William Bowmar Cullen, s/o Benjamin Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Lionel William Bowmar Cullen. Born 1888 NZ. Died 01Jun1952 NZ.

Wife: Daisy Florence Dodd. Born 1890 NZ to Peter Antwist & Eliza Jane Dodd. Died 02Mar1974 Whangarei, NZ.

Married: 1916 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Leroy Chester Bowmar Cullen, s/o Benjamin Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Leroy Chester Bowmar Cullen. Born 1898 NZ. Died 27Oct1965 Waipu, NZ.

Wife: Edith May Elizabeth Dodd. Born 1899 Maungaturoto. Died 12Jan1952 NZ.

Married: 1918 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Phillip Warner Bowmar Cullen, s/o Benjamin Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Phillip Warner Bowmar Cullen. Born 1901 NZ. Died 1984 NZ.

1'st Wife: Alexandrina May Bowmar. Married abt 1924 NZ. Born 1904, possibly in NZ. Died 1956 NZ.

2'nd Wife: Violet Renton. Married abt 1960 NZ. Born abt 1908, probably in NZ.

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3'rd Gen: Phillip Alan Cullen, s/o John Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Phillip Alan Cullen. Born 1886 NZ. Died 1961 NZ.

Wife: Christina Joy Paul. Born abt 1888, possibly in NZ. Died in NZ.

Married: abt 1907 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: John Raymond Cullen, s/o John Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: John Raymond Cullen. Born 1895 NZ. Died 1983 NZ.

Wife: Elizabeth Hilda Raine. Born 1898, possibly in NZ. Died 1989 NZ.

Married: abt 1922 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: William Percival Cullen, s/o William Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: William Percival Cullen. Born 1884 NZ. Died 1936 NZ.

Wife: Laura Elizabeth Beatrice Johnston. Born abt 1890, possibly in NZ. Died in NZ.

Married: 1913 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Wellesley Marsden Cullen, s/o William Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Wellesley Marsden Cullen. Born 1902 NZ. Died 1978 NZ.

Wife: Ethel May Walters. Born abt 1901, possibly in NZ. Died 22Apr1990 Aukland, NZ.

Married: abt 1924 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Clifford Arnold Cullen, s/o Thomas Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Clifford Arnold Cullen. Born 26Jan1899 NZ. Died 25Dec1991 Whangarei, NZ.

Wife: Vera Nazer. Born abt 1900, possibly in NZ to Edgar Francis & Isabel Nazer.

Married: 29Apr1925 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Edward Verne Cullen, s/o James Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Edward Verne Cullen. Born 31Dec1894 NZ. Died 16Apr1971 Whangarei, NZ.

Wife: Irene Grace McLeod. Born 09Jan1909 Waipu, NZ. Died 23Jul1961 Aukland, NZ.

Married: Jun1936 NZ.
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3'rd Gen: Victor Arnold Cullen, s/o James Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Victor Arnold Cullen. Born 1895 NZ. Died 1973 NZ.

Wife: Dorothy Evelyn Sands. Born abt 1896, probably in NZ. Died in NZ.

Married: abt 1916 England.
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3'rd Gen: Stanley Guy Cullen, s/o James Cullen, s/o John Ash Cullen.
Husband: Stanley Guy Cullen. Born 09Jul1896 NZ. Died 07Jul1968 Maungaturoto.

1'st Wife: Mary Catherine McLeod. Married abt 1926 NZ. Born 28Oct1906 NZ. Died 28Aug1928 NZ.

2'nd Wife: Margaret Jane Nazer. Married abt 1930 NZ. Born 1910 Mangawhai, NZ to Edgar Francis & Isabel Nazer. Died 03Dec1958 Maungaturoto.

Married: see wives above.
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