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Richland Co., Ohio

Family of Gervase and Elizabeth (Millward) Cullen
Husband: Gervase Cullen. Born 1718 Upton, Nottinghamshire, England. Died 1786(?) Spanby, Lincolnshire (farmer; Wills Index). Likely Gervase is descended from the line of " The Rud Forefathers" in Upton.

Wife: Elizabeth Millward. The first child to the marriage was christened at Upton but the family had relocated to Grantham Parish in Lincolnshire by about 1753.

Married: Aug 7, 1749 at North Muskham, Nottinghamshire.

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Family of William and Martha (Charity) Cullen
Husband: William Cullen b. Jan 24, 1762 Spittlegate, Grantham, Lincs. d. Mar 22, 1845 Vernon, Richland Co., Ohio.

Wife: Martha Charity b. Mar 29, 1778 Lincs.(?) d. May 19, 1849 Vernon, Richland Co., Ohio.

Married: Feb 1, 1800 Thurlby near Bourne, Lincs.

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Family of Garvis and Mary (Jackson) Cullen
Husband: Garvis Cullen b. Jul 14, 1803 Lincolnshire, Eng. d. Nov 6, 1884 Shelby, Richland Co., Ohio.

Wife: Mary Jackson b. Nov 9, 1807 Lincs., Eng to William & Charlotte Jackson. d. Oct 3, 1883 Shelby, Richland Co., Ohio.

Married: May 18, 1845 Mansfield(?), Richland Co., Ohio

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Family of John & Sarah (Myers) Cullen
Husband: John W. Cullen b. Aug 10, 1848 Richland Co.(?), Ohio. d. After 1908.

Wife: Sarah I. Myers b. Jan 1, 1849 in Ohio to John and Mary (Hockinsmith) Myers.

Married: Oct 3, 1872 Richland Co., Ohio.

  • M Corrine: b. Aug 16, 1880 d. Jun 1, 1881.
  • Trenna: b. ?.
  • Ethel: b. ?.
John W. Cullen

John W. Cullen from History of Richland County, Ohio: publ 1908

John W. Cullen is pleasantly located just outside the corporation limits of Shelby on West Main street, where he has four acres of land surrounding a comfortable and attractive home, which he erected in 1892. For forty years he had resided upon the farm in Sharon township, where his birth occurred August 10, 1848, and he is still the owner of one hundred and sixty acres of land on section 2, from which he annually derives a good rental. His parents were Jarvis and Mary (Jackson) Cullen, both of whom were natives of Lincolnshire, England.

The father was born July 14, 1803, and they were married in Richland county, Ohio, May 18, 1845. He had left England for America April 21, 1844, in company with his brother William. After reaching the United States he remained for one year in New York, where he was employed at farm labor, and then removed to Huron county, Ohio, whence he afterward came to Richland county and purchased the farm now owned by our subject. He first invested in on hundred acres and later bought eighteen acres, whil thirty-two acres have been added by John W. Cullen. This land the father cleared and placed under the cultivation and remained upon the farm until his death, which occurred November 6, 1884. His wife came to the United States as a young lady with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Jackson, the family home being established near Mansfield. The maternal grandparents were William and Charlotte Jackson, who spent their last days in this country. Their family numbering the following named: Charlotte, born March 30, 1799; William, August 7, 1805; Thomas, September 11, 1807; Mary Ann, July 6, 1810; George, December 22, 1812; John, September 3, 1815; Maria, May 20, 1818; and Charles, October 11, 1822. Of this family only John is living and he now resides at Muncie, Indiana. All came to the United States with the exception of Thomas and Maria, who died in England. The daughter Mary became the wife of Jarvis Cullen and to them were born two children, but the daughter died in infancy, leaving John W. Cullen the only child. The father was a devoted member of the Baptist church and led a quiet home life.

Under the parental roof John W. Cullen was reared, while the public schools and Oberlin College afforded him his educational privileges. He was early trained to the work of the fields and was thus well qualified for carrying on farming when he started out in life on his own account. For forty years he lived on the farm and through the period of his manhood worked diligently and persistently to make the place productive. That he succeeded is indicated in the excellent appearance of the farm and also in the fact that he is now practically living retired. In June, 1892, he built his present home just outside the corporation limits of Shelby, where it stands in the midst of well kept grounds covering four acres. In addition to the home farm, which he owns, he has eighty acres in Plymouth township and forty acres of timber land in Vernon township, Crawford county. He has been a stockholder in the Citizens Bank of Shelby since its organization, is a stockholder in the building and loan association and is interested in the Shelby Land & Improvement Company. He displays keen sagacity in business affairs and his investments have been carefully made.

In October, 1872, Mr. Cullen was married to Miss Sarah I. Myers, who was born January 1, 1849, and is a daughter of John and Mary (Hockinsmith) Myers, who were natives of Pennsylvania, the former born in 1808 and the latter in 1811. They went to Stark county, Ohio, with their respective parents and were married there, after which they removed to Richland county, settling on a farm three miles west of Shelby, where their remaining days were passed. Mr. Myers died at the age of eighty-seven years, while his wife died at the age of eighty-one. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Cullen have been born three children: Corrine, who died at the age of nine months; Trenna, the wife of Reuben Sutter, of Shelby; and Ethel, at home.

In his political views Mr. Cullen has always been a stalwart republican and keeps well informed on the question of the day. He has served as township trustee for one term, but has never been a politician in the sense of office seeking. He belongs to the Lutheran church, to the support of which he contributes generously. He stands today as one of the prominent citizens of Richland county, a man widely recognized for his excellent business ability, for his loyalty in citizenship and his progressiveness in every relation of life. He has many stanch friends and well deserves mention in this volume.
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Family of John & Marinda (Waldren) Cullen
Husband: John Cullen b. Sep 3, 1815 Folkingham(?), Lincs., Eng. d. Nov 12, 1910 Muncie, Delaware Co., Indiana. Buried in Hamilton Twp, Indiana.

Wife: Marinda Waldren b. Feb 14, 1821 in Ohio. d. Aug 27, 1902 in Hamilton Twp., Indiana.

Married: 1842 in Richland Co., Ohio or Delaware Co., Indiana.

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Accidental Poisoning of the Cullen children

John Cullen usually took his wheat to Wallace & Hibbits mill in Muncie to be ground into flour. It seems that the Cullens had gone away for a few days visit. On return, within a few days, the small children became very ill and died. It was presumed that rats had carried arsenic into the flour bin and of course the flour was used to make biscuits, causing the children to die.

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Family of William & Roxena (Waldren) Cullen
Husband: William Cullen b. Aug 7, 1805 Lincs., Eng. d. Mar 9, 1840 Vernon, Richland Co., Ohio. Buried in Sharon Twp.

Wife: Roxena Waldren b. 1818. d. 1903 and bur. Delaware Co., Indiana. Roxena was later married to Elisha Athey and had two other children: Henry B. born Sep 1853 and Acsha E. (daughter) born 1843. Acsha d. 1916 and bur. Delaware Co., Indiana.

Married: 1838 Richland Co., Ohio.

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Family of George & Elizabeth (Arnsberger) Cullen
Husband: George Cullen b. Dec 22, 1812.

Wife: Elizabeth Arnsberger. No dates.

Married: Jun 9, 1836 Richland Co., Ohio

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Family of Thomas & Elizabeth (Reed) Cullen
Husband: Thomas Cullen b. Sep 11, 1807 Lincs., Eng.

Wife: Elizabeth Reed.

Married: 1834 Swinstead, Lincs., Eng.

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Family of Charles & Mary Ann (Sanger) Cullen
Husband: Charles Cullen b. Oct 11, 1822 Lincs.(?), Eng. 2'nd wife was Emily W. Amsden whom he married in 1874. This Charles Cullen kept a business ledger in which he also kept a record of the family history back to Gervase & Elizabeth (Millward) Cullen.

Wife: Mary Ann Sanger.

Married: 1856 Ohio.

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