Thoughts on a Maling Surname Study

I am contemplating doing an (in)formal surname study of the Maling surname in the United States. Initially I plan to study users of the exact spelling and then branch out into some variants using Soundex variants.

The major goal of the study will be to determine origins and migrations of the few families who use the name. Currently there are fewer than five hundred or so Malings in existence in the United States. Most of them seem to have emigrated from England in the mid to late 1700s. A sizable number have immigrated from elsewhere since and live in various parts of the country.

The exact details will come up as they come up. Currently I am collecting data on others with the surname. I have done extensive work on my own family, and some other families, especially the one from Penobscot County, Maine. There are several other largish family groups, but I have not really examined them. One seems to have come into the country from Russia via Canada, and another seems to have originated in Germany.

In other thoughts, there are two England-based societies which host one-name (surname) studies, The Surname Society, and the Guild of One-Name Studies. I may join one or the other of them at some point when I “cross the pond,” but that time is not nigh.

Any thoughts or considerations I should account for before I dive in?


Amended Sketch of Moses Cushing Maling

3. Moses Cushing3 Maling (Thomas2, John1) was born in Maine on 19 November 1819.[1] He died on 6 October 1893[2] and was buried at Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk Village[3]He married at Kennebunkport, on 5 July 1847 Olive Porter Chadbourne, daughter of Elisha Chadbourne and Susannah Lord.[4]Olive was born at Kennebunk, on 17 March 1824, and she died at Kennebunk, on 20 December 1878.[5] She was buried at Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk Village.[6] Moses married second, on 11 October 1886, Lucia Wells (Nason) Folsom, daughter of Benjamin and Olive (–) Nason.[7] Lucia was born on 14 March 1834 at South Berwick, York County, Maine,[8] and she died at York, Maine, on 9 October 1920.[9]


1, 2, 3, Moses Maling’s gravestone. Photograph, Taken 29 November 2002, Photographed by G. C. C. Maling, The Author (Seattle, King Co., Washington).

4, Marriage publication date of 13 June 1847 from Chadbourne genealogy. The Kennebunkport Historical Society materials state 5 July 1849 for the marriage date, which is after Mary Abby’s birth in May 1849. Elaine Chadbourne Bacon, compiler, The Chadbourne Family in America: A Genealogy (North Waterboro, Maine: Chadbourne Family Association, 1994), 157; Maling family in Kennebunkport area, family information file, October 1995 Kennebunkport Historical Society.

5, 6, see note 1.

7, Maine Marriages, 1771–1907, database online,

8, 9, Maine Vital Records, 1670-1921, database online,

See also: Maling Family Resources for more materials on Moses.

Updated: Brief Genealogy of the Maling Family

I’ve just discovered that some sites are still linking to the long-gone site. geocities was closed by Yahoo in the summer/fall of 2009, so all of the links from other sites to that domain are broken.

My site in particular should be considered obsolete and inaccurate. Please contact me if you desire to know whether anything you use from that site is still correct. Please also remember that the material on that site is copyrighted.

As an update, I’ve edited and updated the ‘introduction’ from that site, and made it into an article for your reference. It is a PDF document, designed to be printed front-to-back, or double-sided, to save paper. Here is A Brief Genealogy of the Maling Family.