According to records at FamilySearch.org, James Coulman was born on January 4, 1823 and baptised on May 24, 1832 at All Souls in Marylebone, Middlesex. His parents are listed as James and Maria Coulman.
In the 1841 census, a James Coulman is listed as a 15 year old stone mason apprentice living with the Adkins family in the Borough of Marylebone, Parish of St. Pancras, York Place in London. I assume this is the same James, given that in later censuses he is listed as being a mason.
I have a copy of James Coulman‘s marriage certificate. He marryied Mary Ann Pardoe on August 14, 1843 at the parish church in the parish of Paddington in the County of Middlesex, England. They are both listed as being of ‘full age’ and James was a mason. The certificate states that his father, James Coulman, was also a mason and her father, Thomas Pardoe, was a brass founder.
James Coulman (28) is listed in the 1851 census as being married to Marrianna (24 or 29). They have two children at that point, Samuel (5) and Emily (1). He is a stone mason and they are living in the parish of Islington in the County of Middlesex.
In the 1861 census, James (38) and Marian (38) are living in Kensington, St Mary Abbott in Middlesex. He is a stone mason. Samuel is no longer listed – he may well be apprenticed to someone else. Emily (11), Edward (8), Charles (6), Henry (3), and James (1 month) are the other children. Emily, Edward and Charles are all listed as scholars.
I have yet to find the family in the 1871 census.
James died in the sinking of the SS Princess Alice in the River Thames on September 3, 1878. His last address is shown as 10 Lawn Terrace, Fulham and when Marion (57) shows up in the 1881 census as widow, that is where she is living. She is the head of the household. Emily Catherine (31) is a milliner. Charles (26) is a railway clerk. James (15) is a carpenter apprentice.
Marian passed away on April 8, 1888 from Bright’s disease and Dropsy Bronchitis. Her son Henry J. Coulman was the informant of her death and they both appeared to have been living at 67 Paxton Road in Chiswick.