British Connection – 3

Background:  Francis McCulloh was the brother of Eleanor McCulloh who married her cousin, Samuel McCulloh

Will of Francis McCulloh

This is the last will and testament of Francis McCulloh of East Guntster in the County of Sussex, Esquire.  I desire that I may be interned in the family yard at St. Charlton in the County of Kent.  And whereas on the marriage of my sister Frances Browne with George Boone Roupell, Esquire, I settled a moirty of my one third part of Certain Estates in the Counties Kent and Leicester on the said George Boone Roupell and Frances Browne and their issue in the event of my dying without issue, reserving to myself a power to make a provision for any wife I might marry and whereas I have since charged all my said Estate with a jointure for Susan my wife, I do therefore confirm the said settlement and jointure and provision which I have made for my said wife and subject thereto and to the payment of all my debts and bequeath and dispose of my real and personal estate in the manner following:

That is to say, I give and devise the unsettled moiety of my said one third part of the said estates in the said county of Kent and the money produced by the sale of the said estate in the said county of Leicester of which I have power to dispose or if the said estate in the said county of Kent shall be sold in my life time then I give and bequeath the money to arise from such sale unto George Boon Roupell.

Upon trust to sell and dispose of my said real estate or such part as shall not be sold at the time of my death and to give receipts for the purchase money which shall be a discharge to the purchaser who shall not be bound to see to the application of the purchase money and to lay out and invest the money arisen or to arise from the sale of my said estates in the Purchase of Stock in public funds or on real security and to pay and apply the interest to dividends thereof and the rents and profit until sale of the said estates to or to the use of my sister Eleanor McCulloh for and during her natural life and from and after her death to pay or transfer such money or stock unto an amongst my nephews and nieces, the children of said George Boone Roupell and Frances Browne his wife who shall be living at the time of my decease and to whom I give and bequeath the same in proportion and in the manner following:

That is to say, I give and bequeath unto my niece Ann Susan Roupell and to my nephew Francis Pooley Roupell the sum of 1500 pounds sterling each and the rest and residue of my real estate and money arisen or to arise from the sale thereof I give and bequeath the same unto and to be divided amongst my nephews and nieces the nine children of said George Boone Roupell and Frances Browne…

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 179


George McCulloh

15 February 1812 – Letter from Isabella McCulloh

George had a fine voyage of 307 days.

3 Dec 1815 –

George reported lost in a storm.  He was put on a boat because he wasn’t feeling well.

An 1820 letter says George is still alive.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 120, 173


Family Happenings – 10

11 October 1810 – from Mary McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

Mother would have acknowledged yours of the first inst, with the enclosed $200, but we are in the midst of moving and she is much fatigued.  Her constitution breaks fast.  Poor George was quite overcome with the change in her appearance, but it is not so visible to me, who are constantly with her.  I’ve had a very affectionate and more satisfactory letter from him when at Alexandria than he has ever written.  They expected to sail last Sunday.  He says he is beloved by his Captain, respected by the seamen and linked in chains of friendship with his friend Howell, a son of Colonel Howell in New Jersey.  They have been several voyages together.

I received a letter from Cousin David today by William Todd, a son of Aunt Mary’s.  He brought a daughter of Cousin Parkers with him…

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 97

Western lands – 4

10 February 1810 – Anna McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Sammy,

I received your letter of the 8 with the enclosed $200 and fifty cents.  I am glad to hear that you have got so much of the purchase money of Mr. Davis as you have.  He certainly will fulfill his engagement rather than forfeit the money he has paid.  I am pleased to hear you have sold some more of the lands and have a prospect of getting money for it.  I shall be pleased if you can make it convenient to be the bearer of the deed yourself.  If you cannot, you will please to give particular directions how I am to proceed in this business.

Mr. David Todd is still with us but expects to leave this about the 6 or 10 of March.  He says he will write you before he goes if he don’t go through Baltimore which he wishes very much.  John Todd stays till after examination.  We have all enjoyed our usual share of health this winter, except colds.  I have not heard from George.  It was fortunate they did not come on our coast this cold winter.

Give my love to James.  Tell him I should be pleased to see him as he is a free man he must pay us a visit.  Margaret mentioned in a letter to Mary you wished a copy of the inventory of Andrew’s effects which I have sent you which you will see on the next page.

Give my love to all my children and friends.  Kiss Ann Eliz for me.  Tell her Uncle William is grown up boy now.  I must bid you farewell as the children come in from church and make no small talk.

The next page is a list of Andrew’s inventory – Trunk 1, 5.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 75, 76

James W. McCulloh

23 December 1809 from Philadelphia – James W. McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

Dear Brother,

Your last favor came duly to hand which was welcomed by a joy of receiving more of your kind advice for certainly you cannot suppose I consider it as ill natured remarks. No Sir.  I assure you it is rec’d by me as marks of your kindness & good wishes for my advancement in life.  it was in but one particular that I thought you rather hard upon me which was that of calling my Brothers & Sisters to my assistance.  Because Mama & Brother Sammy generally reads your letters to me, any advice that you may think proper to bestow on me for the future shall be attended to to the utmost of my ability.  I thank you for your kind congratulations on the profession & situation which I have made choice of for my future business.  Mr. Knox is certainly as capable of affording me knowledge of business in general as anyone else as far as I am able to judge. It gives me pleasure to serve him.  [unreadable] paying strict attention to his admonitions I will reap great advantage.  It is true that to attention must be added the strides of integrity & honor for a man without these stands very low in the rank of this life.  I shall strive to adhere to them by calling to my remembrance, the many good instructions of a departed parent whose name shall ever be held dear to me, while I have the honor of hearing it for it is certainly as you observe an honor to me to hear his name who was affectionate & worthy Father.  Indulgent friend, may I ever be guided by his instructions, follow the paths which he has followed & laid open unto us.  For I trust his ways were pleasant & his end everlasting peace.  Happy indeed would it be for us at the close of our lives to receive his [Christ’s] merited award which I hope is laid up for all those who believe & trust in him who was meek & lowly of heart.

A thousand thanks my dear brother for the good wishes you express’d for my health & happiness.  I can only return that fortune may crown you with success in business is my sincere wish.

I suppose that good news of Mr. Thomas Jefferson’s being elected as president operates very well on you.  I think the Carolinians managed the business exceedingly well and it must be mortifying to Mr. Adams to be taken so sudden from chief Magistrate of the nation to subject.  I believe the people in general would now have been much displeased if Mr. Adams had been elected so that they put Mr. Jefferson in as vice pres’t in expectations that Mr. Adams would be too old to serve again & would resign.  In that time the republican party would be but a poor chance of electing their favorite Mr. Pinchry.

With due respect and affection I remain yours truly J. W. McCulloh

Ps.  Had there an opportunity offered by private hand, I would have sent it by that person.  But I now hand you this by post thinking it full time to return you an answer.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 72

Family Happenings – 9

Not date – from Sarah McCulloh

Background:  Isabella is Samuel McCulloh’s wife.  The money Sarah refers to was usually $200 send regularly to support his step mother and sisters.

It is almost two months since I have had the pleasure of receiving a letter from my dear Isabella, but I think I hear you say “you must attribute it to your own negligence” but your goodness must excuse me for the present if I promise to do better in the future.

Brother’s letter and money enclosed arrived here safely yesterday which mother is much obliged to him for.  We were pleased to find by his letter the you all enjoy good health.  I hope sister may escape a return of her disagreeable visitation the rheumatism this winter.

Aunt Sally and myself have just returned from a tour through the country.  We were absent three weeks which time we spent very agreeably.  Tell sister Margaret I am most offended with her for not writing to me before this. Your cousin Eliza and Cornelia Bringhurst…

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 67

Death of a Sibling – 4

29 August 1809 from Philadelphia – Anna McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Sammy,

By a letter from Capt. McCutching to Mr. Robert McMillin we have the melancholy news of the death of your brother Andrew.  He died at New Orleans the 6 of August of billas fever.  The particulars he did not write concerning his death.  Poor fellow, he was very sanguine in his expectations of how soon was he taken from the busy cares of this world.  I  hope to a better one.  If he made his peace with God he is happy and may this dispensation of divine providence be a warning to us all, that we may be prepared to go when we are called for.

George left us two weeks ago.  The vessel cleared for Malta.  The Captain was much please with him the last voyage, so much, that Mr. Lewis has made him second mate of the Bramin, Capt. Singleton.  Robert is much please with his situation and Mr. Woodard speaks very favorable of him.  We are all well.  Give my love to my sister Sarah and all my children.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 57