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Wilbert Coup
1880 - 1957



WILBERT COUP
Born : 20 March 1880
Place : Jackson Twp, Wood Co, OH
Died : 15 May 1957
Place : Whangarei, New Zealand
Father : Joseph Coup
Mother : Rebecca Ellen Noecker

Married : 31 March 1904
Place : Registrar's Office, Wellington, New Zealand
ALICE ELIZABETH ROBINSON
Born : 30 September 1885
Place : Wellington, New Zealand
Died : 18 May 1977
Place : Public Hospital, Whangarei, New Zealand
Father : John George Robinson
Mother : Alice Matilda Hedges

Children of WILBERT COUP and ALICE ELIZABETH ROBINSON are :

i CORA MAUD COUP
Born : 27 February 1906
Place : Kilburnie, Wellington, New Zealand
Died : 28 June 1911
Place : Wellington, New Zealand







ii MARY REBECCA COUP
Born : 9 June 1908
Place : Wellington, New Zealand
Died : 23 January 1984
Place : Whangarei, New Zealand

Married (1) : 1928
Place : Unknown
HERMAN JOHN WRIGHT FISHER
Born : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown







Married (2) : 22 September 1945
Place : Airedale St. Church, Auckland, NZ
STANLEY HERBERT HAWKLESS
Born : 1910
Place : Pongaroa, Hawkes Bay, NZ
Died : 8 June 1991
Place : Auckland, NZ
Father : Charles Hawkless
Mother : Laura Olive Josephine Prebble







Married (3) : Abt 1964
Place : Unknown
RICHARD WALLBANK
Born : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown
iii ALICE AMELIA COUP
Born : 9 June 1908
Place : Wellington, New Zealand
Died : 8 July 1990
Place : Whangarei, New Zealand

Married : 21 July 1928
Place : Whangarei, New Zealand
 GORDON THOMAS HARCOURT THOMASSEN
Born : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown
iv MYRTLE CORDELIA COUP
Born : 11 July 1910
Place : Wellington, New Zealand
Died : 15 July 1996
Place : Middlemore Hospital, Auckland, New Zealand

Married : 21 December 1931
Place : Regisrty Office, Whangarei, New Zealand
WILBERT LIONEL RUDDELL
Born : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Died : Unknown
Place : Unknown
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown
v HAZEL EVELYNE COUP
Born : 21 November 1912
Place : Wellington, New Zealand
Died : 27 June 1999
Place : Whangarei, New Zealand

Married : 23 June 1936
Place : Whangarei, New Zealand
JOHN WILLIAM FLOWER
Born : Abt. 1911
Place : Unknown
Died : 22 September 1994
Place : Whangarei, New Zealand
Father : Unknown
Mother : Unknown
vi GEORGE WILBERT JOSEPH COUP
Born : 22 March 1922
Place : Wellington, New Zealand
Died : 31 March 1989
Place : Te Awamutu, New Zealand

Married : 29 January 1950
Place : Stratford, New Zealand
 JEAN RHODA MITCHELL
Born : Private
Place : Private
Died : Private
Place : Private
Father : Private
Mother : Private


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Supporting Evidence

Thanks to Margot Hawkless, for the information on Stanley Hawkless. If you are interested in the Hawkless family please go to http://www.hawkless.org

Newspaper Report 1954
Took Part In Famous Cherokee Strip Rush
Today is the golden wedding anniversary of Mr and Mrs W. Coup, of Whangarei. Mr and Mrs Coup were married 50 years ago in Wellington, where Mrs Coup, formerly Miss Alice Elizabeth Robinson, was born.
Mr Coup was born in Ohio, USA, and took part in the famous rush to the Cherokee Strip. Family and friends of the couple will help them celebrate their anniversary on Saturday. After their marriage, Mr and Mrs Coup lived in Wellington, Ohakune, and in 1925 came to Whangarei, where Mr Coup was on the works staff of the borough council for many years.
Vivid Recollections
One of Mr Coup's most vivid recollections of his youth in America was the great homesteaders' rush when the territory of the Cherokee Indian nation was opened up in land which is now known as Oklahoma.
This much-written-about and often-filmed episode in American history began when the Indians were cleared from the Cherokee Strip and all whites were prohibited from entering the area until midday on a certain day in 1895.
The strip was 200 miles wide at one point and narrowed down to a width of 40 miles. At the appointed hour, men on horseback, with bullock wagons, with penny-farthing bicycles, and on foot lined up for many miles waiting for the starting signal. Among them were Mr Coup and his father.
Fired Too Early
Unfortunately, someone fired a gun at five minutes to twelve, and bedlam broke loose as the line began to move forwards in a race for the choicest pieces of land while police tried to stop them. The Coup family pegged out a land claim 20 miles inside the strip, but Mr Coup wandered over much of the United States before going to England and eventually to New Zealand in 1899. A big strike was in progress in England, and New Zealand was on everyone's lips when he decided to come to this country.
"people said you had only to walk to the hills and start digging in New Zealand to strike gold." he remarked.
"But I found things were not as good as they were cracked up to be.
"Good Country"
"When I arrived in Wellington I had to get a job and I found I could not even get near the goldfields
"However, conditions began to improve about 1906 when the big shiploads of immigrants started to arrive.
"This is a good country now."
Mr Coup is the oldest member of the Kilbirnie Lodge of the MUIOOF. His wife has been a hard worker for the Whangarei Happiness Club. Mr and Mrs Coup have five children, 12 grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren. The Children are: Rebecca (Mrs S. Hawkless, Auckland), Alice (Mrs G. Thomassen, Whangarei), Myrtle (Mrs W. Ruddell, Poroti), Hazel (Mrs J. Flower, Whangarei), and Mr George Coup (Putaruru).

Wilbert Coup
1880 - 1957
Alice Elizabeth Coup
1885 - 1977
Cora Maud Coup
1906 - 1911
Mary Rebecca Coup
1908 - 1984
Alice Amelia Coup
1908 - 1990
Myrtle Cordelia Coup
1910 - 1996
Hazel Evelyne Coup
1912 - 1999
George Wilbert Joseph Coup
1922 - 1989

Photo Acknowledgements

Daryl Coup, New Zealand