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1432 South Third Street
Louisville, Kentucky 40208
502.634.3100;  866.522.5078 toll free

Lineage and Descendents of Samuel A Culbertson (1864-1948)
(an attempt at genealogy)

dates are in m/d/y format.  Red signifies the person we will follow to the next generation.
* = born  + = died

Early Culbertson's in Scotland and Ireland

Early history here is very sketchy and confusing.

Culbertson's have been mentioned, theoretically at least since the 11th Century when surnames began to be taken up after the Norman invasion of Britain.  The earliest recorded candidate was from in a deed of 1097 by King Malcolm of Scotland:  Culuert, son of Duncan (a probable relation of King Duncan whose story is told in Shakespeare's Macbeth).  Culbert might have been derived from Culuert, the "son" being added at some point from the tradition left by Norse invaders of the 10th C.  Later, Culbertson's with their full family name were known to have lived continuously near Kelso, Scotland since about 1400 (in the village of Morebattle, 8 miles south of Kelso in County Roxberg).  Other Culbertson's could later be found in Kintyre, a peninsula on the Scottish West Coast.

And then there is Jean Baptiste Colbert, advisor to Cardinal Mazerin and French finance minister in the mid 1600s who claimed to be descended from a noble Scottish family.  (We hope that Stephen Colbert will contact us to clarify this)

Anyway back to the Kelso area Culbertson's.  Some of them left Scotland for Ireland:

All we know here is that [Name not known] Culbertson, a son of a Scotch [Name not known] Culbertson emigrated from Scotland to Ireland between 1660 and1685(?).  He lived and died in "Culbertson Row", at Ballygan, near Ballymoney, County Antrim, Ireland.

(We're still trying to work out the earlier Scotch Culbertson's and the branch of the family that emigrated to N. Ireland in the late 1600s, defended Londonderry in 1688 with the Presbyterian Covenanters against Catholic King James II. Most, though not all, of the Culbertson's in America seem to be descended from the Irish.)

Children of this unnamed Culbertson:

Alexander *5/17/1714?   + 4/2/1756
     (came to America with his brothers around 1730-1735, became Captain, French & Indian War)
Samuel *1719   +9/9/1789
Robert  *before 1722  + 1762

First Cousin of the three "Row" brothers listed above:

Joseph  * before 1722  +1794

All four emigrated to America and settled in Lancaster Co., Pa., in what was afterwards Cumberland Co., and still later Franklin Co. Pa. They called their Pennsylvania settlement "Culbertson Row" after the Irish Culbertson Row. The "Row" proper was seven miles north of Chambersburg; four miles from Rocky Spring and six miles from Middle Spring.

Children of Joseph Culbertson (ca.1721-1794) and Mary Breckenridge Culbertson
married probably after 1730-1735

Samuel * before 1746  + well after 1780
Joseph * 1753?   + 11/??/1818
Robert  * 7/23/1755  + 7/26/1801
Martha  + 1793
Margaret  dates?
Mary   + before 1784
Elizabeth  dates?

Joseph Culbertson came to America from Ireland along with his cousins (above) sometime between 1728 and 1742.  He received land in Lancashire Co PA in 1744. Mary was related to the powerful Breckenridge family of Virginia and Kentucky. Of their children, Samuel & Joseph became captains, Robert a colonel.

Children of Col. Robert Culbertson (1755-1801)
married a Miss Duncan of Middle Spring, Franklin Co, PA, (daughter of Capt Wm Duncan) May 6, 1778

Joseph  * 2/27/1779   + 7/??/1858
William  * 9/15/1780   + 8/??/1785
Robert * 7/16/1782   + 8/??/1864
Alexander * ?/??/1784   + 4/??/1809
Samuel Duncan * 2/26/1786  + 8/25/1865
William * 12/12/1787  + 7/12/1824
Stephen * 1/15/1790  + 6/??/1854
John Craighead * 9/19/1791  + ??/??/1860
Mary  * 4/9/1793   + ??/??/1852
Daniel * 4/15/1895  + 12/??/1808
Anne * 4/18/1797   + 2/??/1867
James  * 10/12/1799   + 02/??/1873

Col. Robert Culbertson fought in the Revolutionary War.  Of his children, Samuel Duncan became a doctor, John Craighead a captain and James a colonel.   Mrs. Robert Culbertson lived until March 1827.

Children of William Culbertson (1787-1824) and Julia Stuart Culbertson (1787-1857)
married December 25, 1810

Mary Ann  *10/3/1811   +10/6/1880
William Stuart  *2/4/1814   +6/25/1892
Robert  *5/16/1816   +12/4/1826
John Craighead  *1/20/1819   +?/??1890
Julia  *1/1/1822   +11/??/1822
Julia De Witt *5/15/1824   +11/??/1828

William was a merchant in New Market, PA.  Julia Stuart Culbertson was the daughter of William Stuart, Quartermaster to General Sullivan.

Children of William Stuart Culbertson (1814-1892)

with 1st wife Eliza Vance Culbertson (+1/3/1865)
married February 19, 1840

William Arthur *1840   +1885
John Vance *3/??/1843   +8/??/1843
Mary Julia *1/??/1847   +9/29/1867
Frances Stuart *2/??/1849   +8/??/1851
Charles Stuart *4/??/1852   +2/26/1901
Joseph Simpson *11/??/1855   +3/??/1904
Anna Vance *7/24/1859   +4/8/1910
Samuel Alexander *8/15/1864   +12/11/1948

with 2nd wife Cornelia Eggleston Culbertson (+10/18/1880)
married January 10, 1867

Walter Stewart *11/??/1867   +8/??/1868
Blanche Warner *9/??/1870   +??

with 3rd wife Rebecca Keith Culbertson (+1924)
married about 1884-1885?

There were no offspring

For more on William Stuart Culbertson and his family click here

Children of Samuel A. Culbertson (1864-11948) and Louise Craig Culbertson (1865-1938)
married April 6, 1886

William Stuart  *8/27/1887   +2/12/1935
Louis  *6?/1888   +1889?
Alexander Craig  *4/18/1890   +6/2/1973

William seems to have married 3 times, but had no children.  Louis died in infancy.

Children of Alexander Craig ("Craig") Culbertson (1890-1973)

with 1st wife Florence McFatrick Culbertson (+1952)

Samuel Alexander II  * 6/2/1915   +?
Florence  dates?
Vesta Putnam  dates?

with 2nd wife "Bessie" (Elizabeth Avery Haldeman) Culbertson (1892-1983)

Alexander Craig Jr. ("Craigie") * 9/17/1928   +?

Children of Samuel A Culbertson II Children of Alexander Craig Culbertson Jr.

and Beatrice Farnham Kunhardt
married June16, 1938

Samuel Alexander III  * 12/12/1940
William S  dates?
Edward A  dates?

and Nancy L Gardner nee Madlener
married when?

Edward A (Nancy's son by a previous marriage)   dates?

and Jane Shreve Polk Culbertson (1925-2000)
married Dec 10 1955

Guthrie Polk  * 2/12/1957   +?
Jane Shreve  * 8/22/1958  + 9/13/1987

Children of Vesta Putnam Culbertson Carr and Robert F. Carr Jr.
married January 15, 1938

Robert F Carr,  III


Samuel A Culbertson Timeline

Main timeline

Samuel's father:
William S Culbertson of New Albany, IN and his three wives:
     Eliza Vance Culbertson
     Cornelia Culbertson
     Rebecca Keith Culbertson
William S Culbertson Mansion, New Albany, IN
Children of William Stuart Culbertson

About Samuel and his family:
1886 Wedding of Samuel A Culbertson / Louise Craig
Louise Craig Culbertson, wife of Samuel A. Culbertson
Samuel & Louise Culbertson's 1st house 1886
Telegram from Mrs. Sam Culbertson to the War Dept 1899
1918: Samuel Culbertson enlists in the army
Culbertson Family vacationing at Narragansett, 1928
Churchill Downs years



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