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John Cullen of Little Hale, Lincolnshire 22Jul1814
from fiche of Lincolnshire Inquests in the Lincoln, Rutland, and Stamford Mercury

John Cullen (Ref 4401): An inquest was held at little Hale on Saturday last by Mr Edwards, Coroner on the body of a young man named John Cullen who met his death in consequence of having an excessive quantity of spirituous liquor forced upon him by some foolish company. It was expected that the enquiry would have led to some highly criminal charges as it was reported that the liquor was poured down the throat of the poor young fellow when he was almost insensible from having a drink too much. The jury however returned only a general verdict of "died from excessive drinking". The deceased was an apprentice of Mr Brown painter of Sleaford, and was an ingenious youth respected by all who knew him. [LRSM 22 July 1814]

The report in our last paper of the circumstances which led to an inquest at Little Hale on Saturday, se’nnight are very incorrect. They are as follows. John Cullen or Cullings and other young men assembled at the public house in Little Hale at a very early hour (four o’clock in the morning) of the preceding Wednesday, and were drinking gin. By the way of a frolic (it being the Feast Day) they drank the gin out of a funnel, and accordingly one of the party applied the small end of the tube to the mouth of each person with drink - and it was passed round in this manner from one another until all had drunk. This was found to be a very convenient vessel for the purpose and they afterwards drank gin out of a half pint glass until they were very much intoxicated. Cullings rose from a bench whereon he was sitting, fell flat on the ground and received such hurt by the fall as to cause insensibility - he remained in this state about ten hours and then died. It appeared in evidence that the deceased drank the gin voluntarily and that no force was used. The Jury after investigating the circumstances for several hours returned a verdict of "died by excessive voluntary drinking, accelerated by a fall which he got whilst intoxicated and not from any injury done to him by any person or persons". The deceased was only 15 years old [LRSM 22 July 1814]

Obituary - Mrs. John W. Cullen

Mrs. Alice Jane Coonrod Cullen, wife of John W. Cullen, died at the family residence at Newberry Ave., Bay Bridge, Sunday at 2:30 a.m., after six months' illness, aged 70 years and nine days. She leaves beside her husband, two daughters, Mrs. Clarence Armstrong and Mrs. Leon Matter, Sandusky; two sons, John H., Sandusky, and Forrest, Bay Bridge; 21 grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Michael DeVanna, Vickery, and two brothers, Allen and Rance Coonrod, Vickery.

Mrs. Cullen was a member of Jessamine Review No. 192, Women's Benefit Association of the Maccabees of Erlin.

The remains were brought to the Frey Funeral Home. Monday evening they will be returned to the residence where friends may call.

The funeral will be held from the house Wednesday at 1 p.m., and, at 2 p.m., from the Vickery M. E. church with the Rev. Mr. Burris, pastor, officiating.
Burial in Tew Cemetary.

The funeral of Mrs. Alice Jane Coonrod Cullen, Wife of John W. Cullen, who died Sunday, was held from the family residence at Bay Bridge this afternoon at 1 o'clock and, at 2 o'clock, from the Vickery M. E. church, with the Rev. Mr. Burris, pastor, officiating.

Burial in Tew Cemetary.

Pallbearers were William Cullen, Eugene Pelton, B. C. DeVanna, Lloyd Coonrod, Bruce Witter and Joseph Mangett, nephews.

Source: Sandusky Register (newspaper) - Alice died Aug 11, 1935.

Obituary - Betsy Jane Cullen

Mrs. Betsy Jane Cullen died at the family residence in Castalia at 4:20 a.m. Sunday, aged 80 years, 3 months and 10days. She is survived by two sons. Charles Cullen of Castalia and John of Bay Bridge, fourteen grandchildren and thirty-one great-grandchildren; one brother, Nathan James of Cooperville [Coupeville, Island Co.], Wash., and one sister, Mrs. Oscar Sweet of Mt. Pleasant, Mich.

Funeral services will be from the late residence Tuesday at 1:30 p.m., and at the Congregational church at 2 o'clock, the Rev. J. W. Overmyer officiating. Interment will be made in the Castalia Cemetary.

Source: Sandusky Register (newspaper) - Jul 29, 1918

Obituary - Charles E. Cullen

CULLEN - At the family residence on the Ransom Station-rd, Tuesday, February 13, 1923, at 8:45 a.m., Charles E. Cullen, aged 61 years, 11 months and 16 days.

Funeral services at the residence Saturday, February 17, at 1:30 p.m., the Rev. C. H. Small officiating. Interment in Castalia Cemetary. Friends invited.

Source: Sandusky Register (newspaper) - February 16, 1923

Obituary - James H. Cullen

BELLEVUE - Funeral services for James Cullen, 72, who died Friday in Bellevue Hospital, will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in Harris Funeral Home. Burial will be in Castalia Cemetary.

Mr. Cullen, a Townsend Township resident all of his life, was a farmer, born March 26, 1887.

Survivors include a son, Carl, Sandusky; a daughter, Mrs. Helen Neese, Sandusky; a brother, William of Clyde; two sisters, Mrs. Betsie Napenburger, Green Springs, and Mrs. Mary Thorn, South Gate, Calif.

Source: Sandusky Register (newspaper) - Jan 9, 1960

Obituary - John W. Cullen

John W. Cullen of Bay Bridge, a former employee of the Medusa Cement Co. died this morning at 6:10 o'clock at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Iola Armstrong, 925 N. Depot St., after an illness of four years. He was aged 74 years, eight months and 24 days.

Surviving him beside his daughter, Mrs. Armstrong, are another daughter, Mrs. L. H. Matter, also of Sandusky; two sons, Forrest and John Cullen; 22 grandchildren; one great-grandchild, and many relatives and friends. His wife preceded him in death, August 11, 1935.

The body has been taken to the Frey Funeral Home where friends may call after Tuesday noon and where funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock with the Rev. H. L. Miller, pastor of the First Christian Church, officiating. Burial will be made in the family lot in Tews Cemetary between Castalia and Clyde.

The Rev. H. L. Miller officiated at funeral services for John W. Cullen at the Frey Funeral Home this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial was made in Tews Cemetary.
Pallbearers were Elmer Wobser, Martin Malone, Clayton Armstrong, Oliver Matter, William Cullen and Bartlett DeVanna.

Source: Sandusky Register (newspaper) - Jul 11, 1938

Horse's Fatal Kick

Lester, 13-year-old son of Charles Cullen, living between Vickery and Castalia, was kicked in the temple by a colt last Thursday and sustained injuries which resulted in his death that night. The lad was visiting at the home of his brother, William Cullen, when the accident occurred, while he was playing about the barn shortly before noon. Following the kick he was unconscious for only a few minutes and then walked to the house. Dr. Bowman was called immediately but his condition did not seem alarming until about 5 o'clock in the evening, when he gradually grew worse and about 8 o'clock died.

The funeral was held from the home of his parents Sunday afternoon, interment taking place at Castalia. Besides his parents, the deceased lad leaves two brothers and three sisters.

Source: Clyde Enterprise (newspaper) - April 13, 1911

Mrs. Elizabeth Cullen Striken Saturday At Hospital

Mrs. Elizabeth Sarah Cullen passed away at Memorial Hospital, Sandusky, Saturday afternoon at half-past three, just four weeks to the day and hour from the time she was taken to the hospital after she had suffered a broken hip in the fall in the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anna Smith, on June 5. All during her stay at the hospital she was cared for by her daughters, Mrs. Smith of Clyde, Mrs. Mary Thorne of Middletown, and Mrs. Bessie Knappenberg of Green Springs.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon, July 8, at 2:00 o'clock, at the Fiser Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Norman Moser of the Missionary Church, and burial will be made on the family lot in the Castalia Cemetary. The pallbearers will be Clifford and Lester Cullen of Clyde, Carl Cullen and Howard Black of Sandusky, Lyle Tea of Bellevue, and Wilbur Bell of Green Springs.

Elizabeth Sarah was a daughter of James and Maria Goodwin and was born on Nov. 7, 1861 on a farm in Erie County near Sandusky. Her early life was spent in Erie County. On July 2, 1881 she was married to Charles Cullen who was also from Erie County. Seven children were born to the couple, two sons preceding the mother in death. Mr. Cullen died about 20 years ago, after which Mrs. Cullen moved to Clyde and has made her home here since that time. She was much beloved by all who knew her.

Surviving are the three daughters, Mrs. Annie Smith of Clyde, Mrs. Leroy Thorne of Middletown, Mrs. Bessie Knappenberg of Green Springs; two sons William of Clyde and James of Vickery; 16 grandchildren, 21 great grandchildren, a brother Charles Goodwin of Greeley, Colorado, and 4 sisters, Mrs. Maria Pelton and Mrs. Emma Payne of Fremont, Mrs. Fred Robinson of Cleveland and Mrs. Millicent Thorp who resides in Alaska.

Funeral services were held at the Fiser Funeral Home, Thursday afternoon for Mrs. Elizabeth Cullen, 81, who died the afternoon of July 3 at the Memorial Hospital, Sandusky.

The Rev. Norman Moser conducted the service, and burial was made on the family lot in the Castalia Cemetary. Friends and relatives who came from a distance to attend the services were Mr. and Mrs. Fred Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Al Miller of Rocky River; Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Cullen of Cleveland; Mr. and Mrs. Zeldon Gilbert and Mr. and Mrs. John Payne of Fremont; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Miller and daughter Thelma and Mr. and Mrs. William Pearson of Vickery; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hoffman of Castalia; LeRoy Thorne of Middletown.

Source: Clyde Enterprise (newspaper) - July 8 and July 15, 1943

Aged and Well Known Citizen, Passed Away

At the advanced age of 88 years, Seth Cullen, a well known and highly respected resident of Paulding passed to his reward last Sunday evening.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 from the home, conducted by Rev. W. S. Philpott, of McClure, O., a retired M. E. minister, who served the Paulding church about twenty years ago.

Interment in Live Oak cemetary.

Father Cullen was so well and favorably known as to need no eulogy by this paper. He lived a christian life and earned the highest esteem of every acquaintance. The following obituary account has been furnished by the family:

Seth Cullen was born June 21, 1819 in Great Hale near Boston, Lincolnshire, England, and died at his home in Paulding August 25, 1907, aged 88 years, 2 months and 4 days.

He united with the Wesleyan Methodist society in 1839. He came to America in 1840 and united with the Methodist Episcopal church in 1841 in Maumee. He was married to Susannah Perrin in May of 1843. They moved to Napoleon in 1861 and to Paulding in 1873.

He was liscensed to preach in 1842 and through the many years until old age he faithfully served the church where duty called.

Feeling that his life's work was done, he for many months was ready to welcome the death messenger. He leaves six daughters, one son and many grandchildren to battle with life while he is enjoying the reward for his toil.

Source: Paulding, Ohio newspaper - August 29, 1907

Mrs. Seth Cullen Called at a Ripe Old Age

People of Paulding were shocked last Saturday morning when the news was circulated that Mrs. Cullen, one of the best known pioneer ladies of the town had suddenly and unexpectedly passed away.

When Mrs. Cullen failed to arise at her usual hour that morning members of her family investigated and found her sleeping the sleep that knows no waking. She had passed away but a short time before discovery as her body had not yet taken on the death chill. She laid with features calm and peaceful, as if there had been no struggle and evidently she had unconsciously passed from the mortal to the immortal sleep.

Mrs. Cullen was one of the Mothers of Israel. Her character was one of the kind that all admire, pure, sweet, holy, a christian of life long service and devotion. She united with the M. E. church in 1842 and has ever been earnest and consistent in the service of the Master. The Paulding congregation will miss the gentle and helpful influence which she has for many years exerted.

The funeral was held from her late home on north Williams street Monday afternoon, conducted by Rev. W. T. Stockstill, and the remains were laid to rest in Live Oak cemetary.

There were numerous and beautiful floral offerings from loving friends.

Susan Perrin Cullen was born in River John, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, December 1, 1826; died December 16, 1905, aged 79 years and 15 days. She married Seth Cullen May 6, 1843. To this union were born nine children; one, Marion, dying at the age of eleven, and Mrs. George Hildred of Napoleon passed away July 5, 1893. The surviving ones are Mrs. J. L. Halter, of Napoleon; Mrs. Elizabeth Heller, of Puerto Rico; Mrs. Henry Hulinger, of Andrews, Ind.; Mrs. J. P. Gasser, W. H. Cullen; Mrs. Ira Betts and Miss Ava Cullen, of Paulding. Two brothers, David and William Perrin, of Maumee, also survive. With her husband she located in Paulding in 1872. Her husband, Seth Cullen, is still living, aged 86 years. She leaves twenty grandchildren and twelve great grandchildren.

The following out of town people were here in attendance at the funeral of Mrs. Seth Cullen Monday afternoon: David and Wm Perrin and wives, of Maumee, O.; Mrs. Chris Finkbeiner, of Perrysburg, O.; Frank Heller, of Toledo, and Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Halter, of Napoleon.

Source: Paulding, Ohio newspaper - December 21, 1905

William E. Cullen

CLYDE - William E. Cullen, 81, 1, Clyde, died Friday in Memorial Hospital after an illness of two weeks.

A lifelong resident here, he was a retired farmer and a member of the Bellevue Eagles.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Blanche, and daughter, Melba.

Survivors include a daughter, Mildred Bechtel, Sandusky; two sons, Lester, Clyde, and Lloyd, Oklahoma City, Ok.; a sister, Mrs. Mary Thorn, South Gate, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and three great - grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at the Mitchell - Auxter Funeral Home today with the Rev. Reuben Radar, First Methodist Church, officiating.

Burial will be in McPherson Cemetary.

Source: Sandusky Register (newspaper) - Dec 26, 1965

Mrs. Ella Pelton

Mrs. Ella Cullen Pelton was born in Erie County, May 25, 1859; died at her home in Vickery, November 19, 1894, aged 35 years, 5 months, 25 days. She leaves a husband and five children, also a mother and two brothers, besides a host of other relatives and friends to mourn her loss. She was united and baptised in the Methodist faith during her prolonged illness. She was also a prominent member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Vickery. She was a kind and loving wife and mother, and a favorite in the community in which she lived. Her last wishes were that her husband and children would live Christian lives and meet her in heaven. The funeral was held at the M. E. church, on Thursday, November 22'nd, conducted by Rev. C. H. Rutledge, of North Ridge. Interment in Parkhurst cemetary.

Ah, we will miss you, dear sister
Out from our circle of prayer,
Listen in vain for the faithful
Words you oft spoke to us there.

Yes, we shall miss you, dear sister
Out from our labors of love;
Miss your brave word and good counsel,
Pointing us ever above.

But while we miss you so sadly
You're safe on the ever-green shore,
Close to your dear, loving savior,
Joy to be yours evermore.

Whereas, It has pleased our heavenly Father, to remove from our midst our sister, Ella Pelton, and
Whereas, The intimate relations held by our deceased sister with the members of our union render it proper that we should place on record the evidence of our appreciation of her worthy membership in our Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
Resolved, by the W. C. T. U. that while we bow in humble submission to the Most High we can but lament and deplore the loss of a sister who has been called to rest from her eternal labors.
Resolved, that this union tender heartfelt sympathy to the broken family of the deceased and we pray that God may comfort and sustain them in their sad affliction.
Resolved, That we drape our banner and badges in mourning for thirty days.
Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the weekly papers and a copy sent to the family of the deceased.
MRS. E. L. BOWMAN, President

Source: Clyde Enterprise (newspaper) - Nov 29, 1894

Pelton Funeral Here Saturday

Funeral services for George J. Pelton, former Sandusky and Vickery resident, who died at his home in Fremont, shortly after noon Thursday, will be held from the Chas. J. Andres Son's Funeral Home in this city Saturday at 1:30 p.m., with the Rev. Theo. J. C. Stellhorn officiating. Burial will be made in Parkhurst Cemetary at Clyde.

Mr. Pelton, who was 75 years, five months and 21 days, is survived by three sons, Burton and Eugene Pelton, of Sandusky, and Charles, of Bloomsburg, Pa.; a daughter, Mrs. George Connelly, of Clyde; 15 grandchildren, five great grandchildren; two brothers, Fred Pelton, of Los Angeles, Calif., and Frank Pelton, of Fremont, and three sisters, Mrs. Meta Weed, of Fremont; Mrs. Myra Heysey, of Swanton, Oh., and Mrs. Della Mitchell, of Austin, Pa.

The body was brought to the Andres Funeral Home in this city and friends may call there after Friday noon.

Funeral services for George J. Pelton, former Sanduskian, who died at Fremont Thursday, was held Saturday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. from the Charles J. Andres Sons' Funeral Home, on Jackson St., with the Rev. Theo. J. C. Stellhorn, pastor of the Zion Lutheran church, officiating.

The interment was in the family lot in Parkhurst cemetary, Clyde.

Source: Sandusky Register (newspaper) - George died Thurs., Dec 11, 1930.

Obituaries - Thomas M (1839-1918)
& Laura Wendell (1850-1945) James

After two weeks at Battle Creek, Mich, where he had gone in the hope of regaining his rapidly failing health, T.M.James, one of the oldest settlers of Kansas and Shawnee County, died Saturday at a sanatorium. He was in poor health for the last two years.

Mr. James came to Topeka in 1867, settling on the north side. He served thru the civil war as a volunteer in Company B, First Ohio heavy artillery, and won a lieutenant's commission before receiving an honorable discharge. He was a member of G.A.R. Blue post No. 150, and served one term as senior vice commander in the G.A.R., department of Kansas.

He was a strong Republican and active in politics, being elected to the Kansas legislature in 1872 and again in 1878, and for a number of years he was inspector of government timber lands and had charge of the destruction of government timber in Oregon, Wyoming and Utah. He served here two terms as county treasurer. He was a member of Masonic lodge, golden Rule No.90.

He is survived by his wife and four sons. Burial will take place at his old home in Sandusky, Ohio.

clipping courtesy Mariott H James


T.M.James, one of the oldest settlers of Kansas and of Shawnee county died yesterday afternoon at a sanitorium at Battle Creek, Mich.,where he went two weeks ago in the hopes of improving his health. Mr James has been failing for two years.

Mr James came to Topeka in 1869 and located on the North side, where he owned considerable real estate at the time of his death.

He was a veteran of the civil war, serving from 1861 until 1865. He volunteered in Company B, First Ohio Heavy Artillery, and at the time of his discharge, was a lieutenant. He was a member of the G.A.R. Blue Post No.150. He served one term as senior vice commander in the G.A.R. Department of Kansas.

He was a strong Republican and was active in politics during all of his residence in Kansas, being elected to the legislature in 1872 and again in 1878-79 and 80. Subsequent to that he was appointed inspector of government timber lands of the United States and had charge of the destruction of government timber in the states of Utah, Wyoming and Oregon, in which capacity he was employed for a number of years. He was, also, a member of the Masonic Lodge No.90. He is survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter. Burial will take place at his old home in Sandusky, Ohio.

clipping courtesy Mariott H James

Funeral services for Thomas James, who passed away at his home in Michigan, were held at the George Beatty residence at Bloomingville, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock, the Rev. J.S. Carrie officiating. Internment was made in Bloomingville cemetery. He was a resident of Bloomingville [a] number of years ago and leaves a number of relatives.

clipping courtesy Katharyn Wunderley, Sandusky, Ohio

The funeral of Thomas M. James, 82, former resident of Bloomingville, but who has lived in Topeka, Kan.,for a number of years, and who died in Battle Creek, Mich.,was held at the home of his sister, Mrs. Viola Beatty, at Bloomingville, Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. J.S. Carrie officiated. Internment was in the cemetery at Bloomingville.

The decedent was one of the well-known members of the G.A.R. and a Civil war veteran. At the outbreak of the hostilities between the states, it is said he organized a company at Bloomingville and Monroeville. He has been in Battle Creek on account of his health.

After leaving this county, James became a prominent business man in Topeka. Besides his widow, he is survived by two sisters, the one at whose home the funeral was held, and Miss Jane James; five sons, Louis, David, Thomas-Jr.,Edwin and Mariott H, all of Topeka. The five sons and a nephew, George Beatty, acted as pall bearers.

clipping courtesy Katharyn Wunderley, Sandusky, Ohio

Mrs. Laura James, 94, of 1303 North Kansas, died in a local hospital Friday night. Born in Booneville, MO.,she came to Kansas when 8 years old and has lived here since.

Survivors include four sons, Lewis [Louis] of Toledo, Malcolm of Minneapolis, Minn.,Edwin of Kansas City and Marriotte of Denver; one sister, Mrs. Lucy Hopkins of La Mesa, Calif.,six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

[Laura is buried at Rochester Cemetery, Topeka, KS, section 1, lot 339. Her son David W James, is also buried in this section]

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