I will proceed to introduce my self,I am a fourth generation Australian my name is Athol Coutman. My great grandfather on my mothers side (Alfred John Baguley) migrated from Macclesfield arriving in Australia on the 29th march 1883. Joining the building of the railway from Bolivia nsw to the Queensland border. He then settled at Sandy Flat ,Some 12 miles south of Tenterfield. He was one of the Pioneering families to settle there.I have a lot of information about the Baguleys which has come from the Cheshire Historical society and a few churches in England.
But i am having a lot of trouble trying to track my Dads side of the Family (James Edward Coutman) he was born in Liverpool in1833 exact date not known. He came to Australia in 1855,i dont know if this is correct or not. Maybe another year or broke the journey.His Father in England was Benjamin Coutman born 1807 i think ,Mother unknown. I dont know how he got to Australia, maybe he swam .But the information.i have may not be accurate. Rob is there anyplace in Liverpool that i could contact by e mmail that would have this information. Rob is there any Coutmans listed in the local phone book.
I havent had any trouble with the Baguleys there ancestral home is Macclesfield and surrounding districts. I have a lot of information from St Marys church at Bowdon. There is an effigy of Sir William Baguley in the church plus a lot of other information. Sir William i have tracked back to the 13th century.
But the Coutmans are very hard to track ,So Rob if you could help in this matter it would be greatly appreciated.If you require any information about the Baguleys I can forward it by a postal address