& Elizabeth PULLING
Charles PULLING, wine and spirit merchant, and Elizabeth Sarah PULLING were married at St. Mary Somerset London (only the tower remains in a small garden near the corner of Upper Thames St and Lambeth Hill, EC4) on 12 July 1831. They emigrated to Australia with seven children aged 9-17 arriving per "Gibson Craig" in August 1853. Elizabeth died 3 months afterwards on 14 November 1853 in Canvas Town, Melbourne.
Charles PULLING was born in 1802 and baptised at Berry Pomeroy near Totnes, Devon on 7 January 1803. His parents were William PULLING, wine merchant, and Elizabeth PENNY and he was the second youngest of twelve children. He remarried in 1854, to Elizabeth Sarah DAVIDSON and they had one daughter. Charles died aged 78 on 15 December 1880. Berry Pomeroy church has a memorial (pictured) to William and various family members.
Weston House (lodge and house)
Elizabeth Sarah PULLING was born 28 Nov 1804 in St Arvans, Monmouthshire. Her parents were George Christopher PULLING and Elizabeth MOSER. George Christopher was a Post Captain in the Royal Navy and during his career he made attempts to establish friendly relations between Newfoundland settlers and the Beothuk Indians. He took a leave of absence from the navy and went to Newfoundland for a year to interview the settlers about their interactions (mainly hostile) with the Beothuk Indians. Despite his efforts, the Beothuk Indians were to die out by about 1830, however, George Christopher was the first of several people to document their language before they were wiped out. The church at St Arvans has a memorial (pictured) adjacent to the altar.
Charles and his first wife were second cousins and I can't help but wonder about the circumstances of their getting married in London so far from their respective families in Devon and Monmouth. I've included a descendent tree below for their great-grandfather John PULLING as well as an ancestor tree for Albert Edward PULLING, Charles and Elizabeth Sarah's youngest son, my great-great-grandfather.
George Christopher and William's grandfather John Pulling of Staverton married Mary King at Buckfastleigh 11 Jun 1728.