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26 June 1838 – Ann McCulloh to James W. McCulloh

Dear James,

If you approve of employing W. Hord please sign and forward this to Sister Margaret immediately and request her to return it to us by return mail.  It will be necessary to obtain the consent of the heirs.  Mr. H. will not undertake the business without the consent of the whole.

Supposed to be due from the State of Penn, 450 acres of land and 150 acres from the United States and between 9 & 8000.

In conversing with Mr. H. I find that he has prof sufficient of  father’s service.  He says there is not an old soldier in any part of the U.S. that he hears of that he does not visit and has not a doubt but it will be recovered.  He thinks it may be with interest, which will be tried which will amount to as much as ours.  He has been engaged in this business eight years and has a list of the old soldiers whom he has visited.  he says he has been successful in 19 cases out of 10.

We are all well, love to all.  We are expecting Sarah any moment.  She is coming in the packet Pheston to this port – sailed on the 4 day of June.

Yours afftly, Ann

28 July 1838

My dear Brother Jas. W. Mc will if he approves of this plan sign this paper & send it to brother Sam with a request to return the document to Philadelphia as soon as practical.  We are all well & send much love to you all.  I  hope to see you before the summer closes.

Yours affectionately, S. [Sarah] b. McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 114, 115

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26 June 1838 – John McCulloh Revolutionary War lands

We the subscribers, heirs at law of John McCulloh who was an officer of the Pennsylvania line in the revolution, hereby employ Robt Hord of Port Royal, Virginia to prosecute out claim against the state aforesaid of the United States for any land bounty, pay, or commutation & interest that may be due by either on account of the revolutionary services of said Jno McCulloh alias McCullow.  And we agree that the said Hord shall have a compensation for his services & expenses incurred in said prosecution, one third of all land and money that be recovered, he the said Hord paying all expenses and looking to success alone for a reimbursement, as well as for remuneration for his services.  We also employ said Hord to prosecute & recover on the ___ terms, all and any lands which belong to the said John McCulloh in Crawford County & state of Pennsylvania & we hereby bind ourselves to execute to said Hord whenever there shall be a recovery of any or all the afore named claims, conveyances for the proportion of the same herein before agreed to be given to him.  In testimony whereof we have set out hand & seals the 26 June 1838.  Executing of the estate of Jn McCulloh

Anna McCulloh, Ann S. McCulloh, Eleanor McCulloh, Jas. S. Green, Isabella W. Green, Charles Cummins, Margaret Cummins

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 113

Brotherly Wrangling – 6

No date – William McCulloh vs Samuel McCulloh

William sues to recover sums of money from (his father) John McCulloh’s estate

15 September 1836 from Boston – William McCulloh to James W. McCulloh

Dear Brother,

Herewith you have my power of attorney to [know] when to settle with Dr. Samuel.  I have delayed it this long on purpose to hear previously the fate of my dfs [defense] on him.  You have also a copy of my letter of 3rd isnt, also his letters to me, which is rather a curiosity.  Altho he seems quite guarded, yet it may go to know that he admits my claim as an heir to the estate.  I am very anxious that it may be swiftly to a close, especially in Mother & sisters a/c.

You mention he says in a few years he will be able to dispose of the lands to advantage.  A little money will probably be of more service ___ now than a larger sum a few years hence.  Please let me hear from you.  You can write by vessels going out from your port for Port a Prince or you can send your letters here addressed to care of Messrs Robinson & Plumer who will forward them directly.  Shall embark in three weeks for Jamaica.

Truly yours,  William McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 72, 75

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24 May 1836 – John Claypoole

John Claypoole wrote wanting to buy land.  Also Tho Fenly.  Many letters requesting sale of lands on Allegany River.


2 August 1836 – Samuel McCulloh to William McCloud

The payments to ___ interest from the time purchase to be second by July.  Price offered by you is less than I am willing to take.  Tract 293.


28 October 1837 – John Gilpin

Wants to buy land near river.  Samuel McCulloh replies – higher estimate than you are willing to give.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 6, frame 67, 70, 94, 96

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26 March 1833 from William Johnston to Samuel McCulloh

Dear Sir,

Having ascertained that you are the owner of a tract of land lying on the Allegany nearly opposite the town of Kinanning and being desirous to purchase the same in the event you having the ___ and wish to sell, I have taken the liberty to address you on the subject.

If you will sell upon what terms – payments, etc.  If you do not wish to sell, I would cheerfully become your agent for all your lands in this country, pay the taxes and have the property attended to for the rents or any other reasonable compensation.

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 456

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24 January 1832 from Philadelphia – Margaret McCulloh to Samuel McCulloh

My Dear Brother,

I this afternoon received your letter of yesterday enclosing a check on the Bank of Penn. for three thousand dollars, which Dr. Green has endorsed and I intend sending it to the bank tomorrow.  And when I receive the money shall immediately pay it over as you request to Mother, Sarah & Ellen.  Ann is in Princeton with Isabel.  I will send theirs as soon as they tell me how to do it.  And when I get their receipts they shall be forwarded with ours to you.

When your former letter on this welcome business reached us, Sarah was out of town helping to nurse Le lit, the favorite Anna Neil who has been extremely ill.  And since her return we have been daily expecting to hear again from you.  Sarah means to write but perhaps will now wait till we send the receipts.

We are all well.  Mary & Richard are busy and happy.  I think they are making good progress in their studies. Chemistry seems to be Richard’s favorite one at present.  We have not heard very lately from Samuel.  His last letter was to Uncle Dr. G which I shall answer for him as soon as I can say definitely when the commencement of Jef. Med. College will take place and when Samuel ought to be here, at which time we all hope to have a visit from Ann Eliza if Father & Mother will consent.

My love and best wishes to you all. Please tell Ann Eliza I got her letter many weeks ago and would now offer an apology for not having answered it if I thought she had not long since made one for me in her own mind.

Yours truly & aff, Sister Marg McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 440, 441

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4 January 1832 from Rockland, Maryland – Samuel McCulloh to Sarah B. McCulloh

Background:  Sarah’s address was 214 Spruce St., which means they are still living in her father’s house.

My Dear Sister,

It is with the greatest pleasure I inform you that I have just received remittance from my professional agent in the Western County, who has been ever since my visit to New Orleans in 1826, entrusted with the collection of debt in the country, assigned to me.  At the period we sustained so heavy a loss by the unfortunate failure of our brother James and which I am sorry to say will not yield an inconsequence of a variety of adverse circumstances, anything near what was expected at the time of its assessment.

I am happy, however, in being able to appraise you that I shall in the ___ of the month, forward to our dear mother $500 and a like sum to yourself as well as to each of our sisters, Margaret, Isabella, Eleanor & Ann.  This distribution, I flatter myself, will meet the approbation of all the past interest due.  Be that as it may, I at least feel it to be my duty so to apportion it for the reason that neither you or the others named have received any part of the estate and which a ___ of calamitous circumstances beyond our control have thus long kept out of our possession.  Not having time at present to write each individually,  must beg the favor of you to make my apology for the remission and request that you will at the same time communicate to each and all of them the for going interesting intelligence.  Should our sister Isabella not be in Philad when this reaches you, I shall be obliged by your consigning to her as early as your convenience will permit the pre part of this letter.

Being now for some time past too much of an invalid to be able to take exercise on horseback with comfort myself and the extreme severity of the season cooperating, confining me to my farm.  So soon however as I can with safety leave home to make the necessary arrangements for carrying into effect the message herein described, it is my intention to consummate them.

My family have as yet been exempt from the prevailing complaints of the season and both wife and daughter unite with me in the request that you will present our love and kind regards to Mother, etc, etc, etc and accept from them & myself assurances of our most sincere affection

Sam McCulloh

McCulloh Papers, 1773-1848, Maryland Historical Society, MS 2110, microfilm reel 5, frame 431, 432