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


Death of a Sibling – 3

1809 – March term in Baltimore Court – Andrew McCulloh is listed as an insolvent debtor

29 May 1809 – Andrew McCulloh is appointed military agent for New Orleans station, believing him worthy of that trusts.

7 August 1809 from New Orleans – To Samuel McCulloh

My dear sir,

A painful duty devolves on me to inform you that I was called to witness the last respiration of your Brother Andrew this morning at on o’clock.  Immediately on his arrival he was attacked by a billious fever which proved fatal, though not of the malignant features that [are] usually called yellow fever.  He had the best medical aid which could be provided and I believe if human skill and attention could have saved his life he would not have died.

He had not assumed the functions of his office.  Of course has no public accounts to settle.  His private affects and papers will be put in the charge of the commanding officer.

Respectfully Silas Dinsmore

14 August 1809 from New Orleans – John Nicholson to Samuel McCulloh

Dear Sir,

It is with heart felt regret I have to inform you of the death of your Brother Andrew, my most amiable friend.  He died Monday last after an illness of 8 days.  it was unfortunate.  I heard not of his being sick until three days before his death as I might have had it in my power to do more for him than I did.  The commanding officer here will take charge of his public business & I suppose settle with the war department as to the few transactions preformed by him while here.  Jos. Laul cashier of the bank, special administrator to all strangers owing intestate, has made an inventory of his affects.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 15, 37, 52, 54


Death of a sibling – 2

Background:  James was the last of John McCulloh’s brother’s to die.  The two were close and as business partners wrote constantly.  John’s sister mentioned below was Sarah McCulloh, the wife of Edward Pannell.

10 January 1798 from Baltimore – Edward Pannell to John McCulloh

With extreme concern of mind I now inform you of the death of your brother James who departed this life on the 8th Inst and with real concern of mind we regret his loss.  By his wish it appears that you, myself and Samuel Wilson of Somerset County [Maryland] are appointed executors. When the Orphans Court meets I shall have the will proved.  This will be the 13th Inst and the following post I will forward you a copy of the will under seal.  Our family are at present well except your sister [Sarah] who is much indisposed.                                                        My best respects to you & family, Edward Pannell

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 3, frame 308

Robert’s death – 2

Background:  Mr. Rupil below (correctly spelled as Mr. Roupell) was the father-in-law of Robert McCulloh.

10 March 1790 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh

Dear John,

I am just returned from the Eastern Shore where I have been for these three weeks and have now only time to inform you that your friends order for the purchase of Coffee cannot be complied with here near his terms.  In my last I desired you to sell my certificates for L9.  If you have done so let me know, if not send it to me as I can dispose of it to advantage.  I want a bushel of red clover seed.  Get it for me and send it by the first water state and you’ll oblige me very much.

I had a letter from Mr. Rupil and from my niece Eleanor.  The girls are gone over with their Aunt Brown to Ireland.  Frank is living in a state of idleness which gives much pain to them all.  As well as your most affect                                                                                         James McCuloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 273

Robert’s death

Background:  Robert McCulloh was the oldest son of John McCulloh b. 1721 and brother to John Mcculloh b. 1747 and the only brother to remain in England.  He died May 29, 1789.  Eleanor, Frances and Francis (Frank) were his three children.

13 October 1789 from Baltimore – James McCulloh to John McCulloh

Dear John,

I have yours covering K M James certificates.  Thank you.  The account of A Williamson should be handed to him.

I am sorry to inform you that no possible mistake can be respecting my poor brother’s death, as I have a letter from his executor, one from his daughter Eleanor and one from Mrs. Browne all of which mention it in the most pathetic style.  He has left his daughters all his property, say 2000 pounds each and Frank 10 pounds only.  This dissolution of our partnership has put such a load of business upon me that I am with my badly infirmities almost weighed down.                                                                          My dear John believe me your affectionate J McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 2, frame 244

Estate papers

Background:  Joseph was the 7th child of John b. 1721 and Elizabeth McCulloh.  It appears that Joseph owed his step father for the various activities below which were  still outstanding at time of Joseph’s death in 1784.

Philadelphia May 9, 1775

The estate of Joseph McCulloh deceased             To the estate of Henry Rankin

1774 – To his boarding, washing and lodging with horse.  Keeping 12 weeks @ 3 of   18 – –

1775 – To cash paid Charles Hamilton for 7 yd linen @ 3/8 a yd making 2 shirts.  To one pair shoes, one pair hose.  To 5 servants boarding brought from Ireland & unto Lancaster at different times.                       1-5-8

1776 – To his board, washing, lodging with his horse keeping 15 weeks at 3of.  22-10-0.   To his horse keeping being sent from Philadelphia and ordered to be sold in a month  3-0-0.

1777 – To one feather b ed & clothes for 5- –

1778 – To 4 shirts @ 15of & 2 pairs of hose @ 7/6   3-15-0

1780 – To cash lent him & receipt L1501-6-3.  Continental reduced to specie  25-0-6

Total:  L89-16-2

Personally appeared before me Israel Howell one of the Justices for the city and county of Philadelphia, Elizabeth Rankin and made bother that the above account is just and true and due the estate of Henry Rankin, dec.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 1, first frame