Charles Henry Culver, Sr. was married to Harriet Newberry
Smith; he was her second husband. There is a strong indication that
Harriet’s first husband was Charles Smith and they had two daughters,
Sarah and Clara.
Census records show that both Charles and Harriet were born in New
York; exact place not specified for Charles, but Harriet’s death record
shows she was born in Brownville, Jefferson Co., NY. They were first
found on a census record in 1850, living in Painted Post, Steuben Co.,
Charles and Harriet were the parents of the following: Charles
Culver, Jr. (1848-1918); Solan Kiser Culver (ca.
1852-1923); Nancy Emeline "Emma" Culver (ca. 1854-ca. 1927); Clarence
Belden Culver (1859-1915); George W. Culver
(1861-1934) and possibly Ida who was born ca. 1862.
Through Charles Culver, Jr.’s military papers, he was tracked from
Phelps, New York to Ohio and onto his final place of residence,
Belding, MI. Solan left New York at some point in time and was found in
Louisiana in the 1880 census. He married Cynthia Coon in 1877.
Emma Culver married Sidney Condit and lived most of her adult
life in Phelps, NY. Clarence was known to have lived in Arcade, Wyoming
Co., NY. George W. Culver lived in New York and Pennsylvania and is
buried at Newark, NY. If Ida was indeed their daughter, it is possible
she married Lodewick Toombs. They were in the 1880 Seneca
Co., NY census with a child, also named Ida.
Charles Culver Sr.’s death record states he was the son of Heziah
Culver and Nancy Culver. There was a Hezekiah Culver living
in Waterloo from ca. 1840 until his death, ca. 1869 and was possibly a
brother to Charles. Hezekiah was married to Mary Ann Newberry.
Interestingly, Harriet’s maiden name was also Newberry. Mary Ann’s
death record states she was born at Pillow Point, which is located near
Brownville, also in Jefferson Co. Harriet’s
death record indicates she was the daughter of Samuel Newberry
In 1880, Charles and Harriet were living in Victor, NY. He was always
listed as being a blacksmith, boiler maker and/or carpenter.
Did these folks not leave a paper trail of any kind? Surely, if
they lived within a few hundred miles between 1850 and the time of
their deaths, there are more records in existence for these two people.
Harriet’s daughter by her first marriage, Clarissa "Clara," bought a
house at Phelps, located on Quarry St., at some point in time. At her
death in 1917,
the house was given to her half-sister Emma Culver Condit; however, her
was not settled for several years. A distant cousin, who lives in
NY, located Clara’s estate papers and, finally, confirmed the
of all these people.
by Mary Ellen Dickerson
Many thanks to Mary Ellen for sharing this family history.
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