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HomepageDescendants of Lord Richard Cullen
of Sittingbourn, Kent, England
forwarded by John & Dick Cullen
additional information provided by Michael B. Cullen

There are several sources of information on the Cullen families from Kent in England. It is clear that Cullens have been present there for many generations prior to the earliest recorded individual in the genealogy on this page. The earliest recorded individual, Richard Cullen who died about 1850, is the subject of ongoing research for several interested groups. My own interest is in the suspicion that there is some connection between the Cullens families related to Lord Richard Cullen of Kent and my own family line in Upton, Nottinghamshire.

I will point out here that my site is not the only reference to the Cullen families outlined in the genealogy below. There are several other websites containing information more complete and useful than the summary which I have included here. To help you along, I have collected the links that you may find helpful. They are:

Before going into the family data, I would like to pass on some of the oral tradition concerning the ancestry of this Richard Cullen. Much of this information came from correspondence with a contact in England, discovered through a reference in the Family Registry File at the LDS Library. Michael Cullen provided these details from his and other's research and knows more than we are able to present here from the few letters still held by the family. I have put together the bits and pieces into one story as best as I was able to:

In 1066, there was a Culling that came over with William the Conqueror from Normandy and, for his valiant service in the Battle of Hastings, Culling was awarded his peerage and made Lord at Devon. It is the descendants of these Cullen/Culling Lords of the Manor at Devon, Devonshire, that Michael Cullen felt we were certainly related to. In Kent, the Cullen surname can be traced back to the 14'th century. As for my line in Upton, Notts., spelling variations included: Cullen, Cullin, Culling, & Cullinge. Concerning the spelling variations in the Nottinghamshire Cullens, I am told that the difference between the Cullin and Cullen families is marked, especially in Lincolnshire. In some graveyards, one finds both spellings. It is believed that the Cullens came down from Scotland while the Cullin families came up from Norfolk, losing the 'G' on the way; thus, Culling became Cullin. This rule is not hard and fast since spelling variations occur on both sides. - J.C. Among the descendants of the Cullen/Culling Lords of Devon, there is given one Lord Richard of Kent, said to be the son of Lady Gray, Queen of England. Evidently, Richard took as his surname the maiden name of his mother and so we then have Lord Richard Cullen. This occured several generations prior to the Lord Richard Cullen that begins the genealogy on this page below. That this earlier Lord Richard was the son of Lady Jane Gray, short lived Queen of England, is something of a debate that is ongoing. Another question is the title "Lord" which has been applied here. It seems this was added later, just as the "Queen of England" was likely added at a later time concerning the connection to the Grey family. There are other Gray/Grey (or de Grey) families that also have ties to the Cullen family. Either way, it is pointless to rehash the details of the debate; future research will hopefully clear up the apparent contradiction. For now, we begin the genealogy as we know it; descendants of Lord Richard Cullen who died about 1850 in Sittingbourn, Kent, England. This family tree has been updated with new information from Michael Cullen who has been located at long last. As is customary for all genealogies on my site, I have not included information on individuals in later generations for reasons of privacy. I have all the individuals in four generations only, for posting to this page.

Though the format of the family tree below can be difficult to follow, it allows me to make updates rather easily and all the information is present with minimum fuss. It may be best to search the page for names using your browser's search function. When the download section of this site is completed, the GEDCOM will be freely available.


Descendants of Lord Richard Cullen
of Sittingbourn, Kent, England
contributed by John & Richard Cullen
additional information provided by Michael B. Cullen

Concerning Richard Cullen who died in 1850 at Sittingbourne. According to the information gathered from his will, Richard lived at Greenstreet Farm in Teynham. He was baptised in 1762, a son of Robert & Ann Cullen. Additionally, there were these brothers and sisters of Richard:

  • Mary: christened 1752 at Lynsted.
  • John: christened 1753 at Lynsted.
  • Robert: christened 1755 at Lynsted.
  • William: christened 1760 at Lynsted.
  • Thomas: christened 1765 at Lynsted.
  • Hetty Bella: christened 1767 at Lynsted.
Robert & Ann Cullen were likely married around 1751 and it is conjectured that Robert may be the son of Robert & Ann christened in 1719 at Westwell but proof of this has not surfaced. Follows is the descendancy chart of Richard Cullen of Sittingbourne, Kent:


1 Lord Richard Cullen d: Abt 1850 Green Street South, Sittingbourn, Kent , England
...... 2 Samuel Cullen b: 1797 d: Sittingbourn, Kent, England
...... 2 Joseph Cullen b: October 11, 1799 Sittingbourn, Kent, England d: March 19, 1848 Providence, Webster Co., KY
.......... +Unknown
.............. 3 William Henry Cullen b: September 06, 1819 Near Siottingbourn, Kent, England d: November 03, 1877
.................. +Unknown Powell
...................... 4 Joseph Cullen b: August 20, 1836 d: 1910
.......................... +Louisa Walker
............................... 5 Mary Cullen
...................... 4 Liddia Cullen b: March 07, 1837
.......................... +Nathaniel Jeffries
...................... 4 Ezekiel Cullen
...................... 4 Sarah Cullen b: July 12, 1842 d: August 20, 1842
.............. *2nd Wife of William Henry Cullen:
.................. +Missiniah Dodge
...................... 4 Mary Cullen b: July 22, 1847
.......................... +Marion King
...................... 4 Richard Dodge Cullen b: April 02, 1849 near Birdsville, Union Co., KY d: May 11, 1937
.......................... +Juliet McMican Grubbs
............................... 5 Ernest Elmo Cullen b: January 18, 1880 near Birdsville, Livingston Co., KY d: September 12, 1964
............................... 5 Lee Roy Cullen b: April 05, 1881 Livingston Co., KY d: November 17, 1957
............................... 5 Blanche Cullen b: January 21, 1883 near Birdsville, Livingston Co., KY d: July 07, 1970
............................... 5 Oscar Turner Cullen b: December 08, 1883 near Birdsville, Livingston Co., KY d: January 21, 1967
............................... 5 Richard Lewis Cullen b: March 16, 1885 Hamilton Co., IL d: October 21, 1954
............................... 5 Missiniah Susan Cullen b: October 14, 1887 Hamilton Co., IL d: November 23, 1964
............................... 5 William Grubbs Cullen b: July 24, 1889 Hamilton Co., IL
................................... +Elizabeth Given
............................... 5 Caleb Grubbs Cullen b: July 24, 1889 Hamilton Co., IL
............................... 5 John Cullen b: February 06, 1891 Hamilton Co., IL
................................... +Julia Isabel Emery
............................... *2nd Wife of John Cullen:
................................... +Bertha Klappal
............................... 5 Alma Ruth Cullen b: March 19, 1897 Hamilton Co., IL d: January 16, 1916
............................... 5 Paul Bryan Cullen b: February 01, 1900 White Co., TN d: December 25,1997
...................... 4 Hezekiah Franklin Brady Cullen b: November 14, 1853
.......................... +Betty D. Rudd
............................... 5 Mamie Cullen
...................... 4 Nancy Eveline Cullen b: August 08, 1858
.......................... +? Clark
...................... 4 Hulda Ann Cullen b: May 17, 1856
.......................... +W. N. Latta
...................... 4 Joshua Harrison Cullen b: June 29, 1862 d: November 04, 1883
...................... 4 Arthur Elijah Cullen b: May 24, 1845 Salem, Union Co., KY d: August 19, 1933
.......................... +Laura Belle Wallace
............................... 5 Flora Belle Cullen b: January 29, 1886 Wheatcroft, Webster Co., KY d: March 11, 1967 Madisonville, Hopkins Co., KY
............................... 5 Kathryn Cullen b: July 12, 1887 Wheatcroft, Webster Co., KY
................................... +Richard Eugene Doss
............................... *2nd Husband of Kathryn Cullen:
................................... +William Leyhew
............................... 5 Mary Posey Cullen b: May 24, 1889 Webster Co., KY d: August 03, 1982 Earlinton, KY
............................... 5 Kathryn Ecton Cullen b: July 12, 1887 Webster Co., KY d: 1975 Webster Co., KY
...................... 4 William James Cullen b: June 25, 1851 KY d: October 11, 1935 near Cairo, IL
.......................... +Nora ?
...................... *2nd Wife of William James Cullen:
.......................... +Mary E. Johnson
............................... 5 Carrie Lee Cullen
............................... 5 William Marshall Cullen b: May 1876 d: 1927
............................... 5 James J. Cullen b: September 04, 1875 KY d: January 26, 1961
............................... 5 Richard Ashley Cullen b: January 12, 1878 d: March 04, 1936
............................... 5 Sally Mae Cullen b: May 1879
............................... 5 Hattie Belle Cullen
................................... +Ura Gannon
...................... *3rd Wife of William James Cullen:
.......................... +Chatherine D. Johnson
............................... 5 Mortie Kiah Cullen b: January 12, 1887 Hamilton Co., IL d: May 02, 1929
............................... 5 John Cullen b: 1891 Hamilton Co., IL
............................... 5 Mamie Cullen b: Hamilton Co., IL
................................... +Henry A. Howard
.............. 3 Arthur Cullen
...... *2nd Wife of Joseph Cullen:
.......... +Sarah Boultinghouse
.............. 3 James B. Cullen b: October 04, 1827 Illinois d: March 31, 1904 Providence, Webster Co., KY
.................. +Martha ?
...................... 4 Joseph J. Cullen b: February 05, 1849
.......................... +Mary E. Fugate
............................... 5 George Ira Cullen b: November 11, 1875 d: 1943 Pontiac, MI
.............. *2nd Wife of James B. Cullen:
.................. +Mary C. Dorris
...................... 4 Mary Margaret Cullen b: January 14, 1870
.......................... +C. T. Franklin
...................... 4 Matilda Cullen
.......................... +? Elder
...................... 4 Zachariah Boultinghouse Cullen b: March 18, 1858 d: July 28, 1927
.......................... +Nancy Ellen Curry
............................... 5 Bertha Cullen b: May 02, 1889
............................... 5 Edna Cullen b: August 07, 1893
................................... +Everett Givens
............................... 5 Ellie Cullen
............................... 5 Mary Matilda Cullen b: April 09, 1876 d: April 22, 1941
............................... 5 George Thomas Cullen b: December 11, 1877 d: December 29, 1897
............................... 5 Martha Cullen b: July 25, 1881
............................... 5 Ida Margaret Cullen b: May 04, 1884 d: January 31, 1966
............................... 5 Clarence Cullen b: May 23, 1895 d: 1985
...................... 4 Henry Cullen b: September 12, 1860 d: December 17, 1922
.......................... +Mary Ann Wilson
............................... 5 Grady Lee Cullen b: February 24, 1884 d: July 16, 1914
............................... 5 Mary A. Cullen b: 1885 d: July 15, 1896
............................... 5 James Edward Cullen b: May 05, 1887
............................... 5 Isaac Henry Cullen b: November 05, 1889 d: January 21, 1962
...................... *2nd Wife of Henry Cullen:
.......................... +Leottie Lovan
............................... 5 Gertrude Cullen b: February 11, 1892 d: March 16, 1924
............................... 5 Albert Newton Cullen b: July 05, 1893 d: February 27, 1949
............................... 5 Etta May Cullen b: September 29, 1895 d: April 10, 1963
............................... 5 Strauther Bryne Cullen b: February 05, 1897
............................... 5 Otho Ray Cullen b: July 17, 1899 d: June 11, 1951
............................... 5 Ollie Everett Cullen b: February 28, 1901 d: June 05, 1969
............................... 5 Rua Ann Cullen b: July 03, 1904
............................... 5 Andy Lawrence Cullen b: September 08, 1912 d: March 30, 1965
...................... 4 William Newton Cullen b: April 09, 1853 d: February 18, 1931
.......................... +Virginia C. Dorris
............................... 5 ? Cullen b: 1875
............................... 5 Nona C. Cullen b: April 28, 1876
............................... 5 William Hahn Cullen b: July 05, 1878 d: March 22, 1947
............................... 5 Albert Russell Cullen b: December 26, 1880 d: 1964
............................... 5 John W. Cullen b: January 14, 1883
................................... +Florence Travis
............................... 5 James E. Cullen b: April 03, 1885
............................... 5 Virginia C. Cullen b: March 09, 1888
...................... *2nd Wife of William Newton Cullen:
.......................... +Rebecca F. Rushing
............................... 5 Velda C. Cullen b: August 19, 1894
...................... 4 Ann Elizabeth Cullen b: June 23, 1855
.......................... +John Parker
...................... 4 Rachel Cullen b: November 17, 1862
.......................... +J. W. Williams
...................... 4 Sarah F. Cullen b: October 25, 1866
.......................... +A. B. Chambers
.............. *3rd Wife of James B. Cullen:
.................. +Sarah
.............. 3 Harriet Cullen b: July 12, 1830 White Co, IL d: August 10, 1889
.................. +Andrew Johnson
.............. 3 Joseph Polk Cullen b: April 19, 1843 d: June 09, 1873
.................. +Eliza E. Jennings
...................... 4 Joseph Polk Cullen b: June 19, 1873 d: March 07, 1905
.......................... +Laura E. Holt
.............. *2nd Wife of Joseph Polk Cullen:
.................. +Susan Oakley
...................... 4 Mark Cullen
...................... 4 Jimmie Cullen
...................... 4 Daughter Cullen
.......................... +Lit Hodge
.............. 3 Daniel Head Cullen b: March 29, 1846 Webster Co., KY d: August 27, 1934
.................. +Martha J. Martin
...................... 4 Sarah Matila Cullen
.......................... +William Summerfield Northern
...................... 4 John Cullen
.......................... +Sarah Webb
............................... 5 Wallace Cullen b: 1901
................................... +Katherine Reynolds
............................... 5 Ada Cullen
...................... 4 Franklin Cullen b: September 16, 1873 d: June 08, 1935
.......................... +Mary Webb
............................... 5 Ruth Cullen
............................... 5 Ora Gelene Cullen
............................... 5 Lillian Cullen
...................... 4 James Hardy Cullen b: May 18, 1878 d: 1943
.......................... +Mary Glisson
............................... 5 Virginia Cullen
...................... 4 Edward Cullen
.......................... +Lula Kennedy
............................... 5 Joe Cullen
................................... +Joe Rigo
............................... 5 Edrie Cullen
............................... 5 Daniel C. Cullen b: July 16, 1906
............................... 5 Clyde Cullen b: January 31, 1913 d: December 15, 1915
...................... 4 Olive Varco Cullen
.......................... +Carl Humphrey
.............. 3 John Davis Cullen b: April 27, 1839 d: August 27, 1934
.................. +Elizabeth Jane Dorris
...................... 4 J. D. Cullen b: 1871 d: 1935
.......................... +Sallie E. ?
...................... 4 Margaret M. Cullen b: February 02, 1871 d: April 03, 1885
...................... 4 Dora P. Cullen b: February 10, 1873 d: November 25, 1906
...... 2 Frederick Cullen b: 1800 Green Street South, Sittingbourn, Kent , England d: August 10, 1879
.......... +Sally Cheatam
.............. 3 Alfred Cullen b: April 21, 1839 England d: August 07, 1906
.................. +Sarah F. Parris
...................... 4 John William Cullen b: May 07, 1866 d: February 07, 1897
.......................... +Ollie Hall
............................... 5 Ophy Cullen
............................... 5 Grady Cullen
...................... 4 Mason Cullen b: 1868 d: 1951
.......................... +Ollie Hall
...................... 4 Mary Catherine Cullen
...................... 4 Thomas A. Cullen b: 1871 d: 1926
.......................... +Ettie B. ?
............................... 5 Ruby Cullen b: December 11, 1893
............................... 5 Liston E. Cullen b: July 23, 1895 d: October 17, 1905
............................... 5 Carl Cullen
............................... 5 Selma Cullen
............................... 5 Erman Cullen
...................... 4 N. Clarence Cullen b: 1875 d: 1934
.......................... +Malinda E. ?
............................... 5 Irene Cullen
................................... +? Keester
............................... 5 Francis Cullen b: July 17, 1906 d: April 23, 1918
............................... 5 Buford A. Cullen b: January 02, 1913 d: July 03, 1915
...................... 4 Charles David Cullen b: 1883 d: 1953
.......................... +Ella May Riggs
............................... 5 ? Cullen b: June 27, 1905 d: July 30, 1905
............................... 5 Charles Cullen
............................... 5 Eugene M. Cullen b: July 18, 1910 d: October 27, 1911
...................... *2nd Wife of Charles David Cullen:
.......................... +Florence ?
...................... 4 Marshall Cullen
...................... 4 Gertrude Cullen b: March 19, 1879 d: Abt 1970
.......................... +Ben Gardner
.............. 3 Frederick Cullen b: 1845 USA d: 1924
.................. +A. R. ?
...................... 4 Holbert Cullen b: October 09, 1873 d: August 19, 1877
...................... 4 James B. Cullen b: June 26, 1876 d: August 13, 1877
...................... 4 Fannie Cullen
.......................... +Lum Padgett
...................... 4 Ila Cullen
...................... 4 Ida Mae Cullen
.......................... +? Duckworth
...................... 4 Hampton Cullen b: August 26, 1882 d: July 07, 1960
...................... 4 Landon F. Cullen b: August 25, 1886 d: March 21, 1952
.......................... +Alice ?
............................... 5 Freddie Cullen
............................... 5 Mary Anna Cullen
.............. 3 Janie Cullen
.................. +Unknown Holtsclaw
.............. 3 George L. Cullen b: March 06, 1853 d: 1930
.................. +Phoebe Elizabeth Hall
...................... 4 Bertha Arnett Cullen b: 1876 d: 1877
...................... 4 James Thomas Cullen b: July 05, 1878 d: May 1963
.......................... +Fannie Wallace
...................... 4 Liston Marshall Cullen b: 1880
.......................... +Hattie Vancleave
............................... 5 Ellis Cullen b: July 22, 1915
............................... 5 E. B. Cullen b: July 22, 1916
............................... 5 G. T. Cullen b: 1918
............................... 5 Stella Cullen
................................... +Rudolph ?
...................... 4 Annie Cullen b: August 06, 1883 d: July 03
.......................... +Houston Riggs
...................... 4 Minerva Elizabeth Cullen b: January 17, 1885
.......................... +John Daniel
...................... 4 Hattie Bell Cullen b: March 24, 1889
.......................... +Bruce Beaven
...................... 4 Adlai Omer Cullen b: April 25, 1893
.......................... +Ada Waugh
............................... 5 Helen Cullen
............................... 5 Patsy Waugh Cullen
............................... 5 Reggie Cullen
.............. 3 Mary F. Cullen
.................. +David Luttrell
.............. 3 Richard Cullen
.................. +Mary Jane Perkins
...................... 4 Charles Cheesman Cullen b: April 06, 1867 Union Co., KY d: May 28, 1937 Louisville, KY
.......................... +Margaret Green
............................... 5 Gladys Marie Cullen b: June 01, 1896
............................... 5 Francis Clay Cullen b: September 10, 1897 Louisville, KY d: April 17, 1963
............................... 5 Richard Arnult Cullen b: May 27, 1900 Louisville, KY d: February 12, 1967 FL
............................... 5 Willie Ruth Cullen b: August 04, 1902 Louisville, KY
............................... 5 Charles Joseph Cullen b: February 03, 1905 Louisville, KY d: December 30, 1949
............................... 5 Mary Italia Cullen b: August 02, 1910 Louisville, KY
...................... 4 Robert Lee Cullen b: August 28, 1866 d: July 16, 1954
.......................... +Mae Brown
............................... 5 Brown Cullen b: October 1894
............................... 5 Mary Lee Cullen b: July 25, 1898
................................... +Walter M. Hatcher
...................... 4 Fannie Bence Cullen b: December 22, 1870 d: 1933
.......................... +? Bennett
...... *2nd Wife of Frederick Cullen:
.......... +Elizabeth Ann Collins
.............. 3 Sarah Bell Cullen b: 1861
.................. +James B. Parris
.............. 3 Martha Anna Cullen
.................. +McFall?


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