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William Benton Culbertson

Male 1835 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name William Benton Culbertson 
    Born 23 Oct 1835  Gilead, Wood, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Notes 
    • A son of John W Culbertson and Elizabeth A Eagle.

      In the Ancestry.com Database "Des Moines County, Iowa Biographical Dictionary" is a sketch on William Benton Culbertson b. 23 Oct 1835 Wood Co., OH ". . . a prominent criminal lawyer" son of John W. Culbertson and Elizabeth A Eagle. William married Feb 1866 Miss S. E. Day b. 1844 Van Buren Co., IA dau of Timothy Day.

      . . ."His father [John W], who was a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., of Irish descent, was an Indian trader among the Maunee tribe in the early days of the settlement of Ohio. His mother was born in Wayne County, Ohio, and her people were Virginians through of English origin.". . .

      Source Information:
      Ancestry.com. Des Moines County, Iowa Biographical Dictionary [database online]. Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004.

      Original data: Portrait and Biographical Album of Des Moines County, Iowa. Chicago: Acme Publishing, 1888.

      Hon. William Benton Culbertson, one of the most prominent criminal lawyers of Iowa, and a pioneer of Jefferson County of 1839, was born in Wood County, Ohio, Oct. 23, 1835, and is a son of Hon. John W. and Elizabeth A. (Eagle) Culbertson. His father, who was a native of Westmoreland County, Pa., of Irish descent, was an Indian trader among the Maumee tribe in teh early datys of the settlement of Ohio. His mother was born in Wayne County, Ohio, and her people were Virginians, though of English Origin.

      William B. Culbertson was reared among the Indians until four years of age, when, in December, 1839, he came with his parents to Iowa, his father locating on Government land near Fairfield, Jefferson County, where he engaged in farming. Being a man of superior ability, he soon became prominent in public affairs, and was chosen a member of the Territorial Legislatures of 1844 and 1846. He was the first State District Clerk, his official service in that capacity being from 1847 to 1850 inclusive, and two years later he was appointed Receiver of public money at the Fairfield United State Land Office, by President Pierce. Mr. Culbertson was an earnest Democrat in his political sentiments to the time of his death, which occurred in 1884. A man of superior attainments, upright and honorable in all relations of life, both public and private, he was highly respected by all with whom he came in contact. Living as they did upon the frontier of civilization, the family was obliged to adapt themselves to primitive modes of living. [1]
    Person ID I16969572  7_families
    Last Modified 6 Jun 2005 

    Father John Welch Culbertson,   b. 3 Jul 1809, , Westmoreland, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 8 May 1883, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth A. Eagle,   b. 20 Feb 1811, Mohican Twp, , Wayne, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1896, Fairfield, Jefferson, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1834  Wooster, Wayne, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F5541999  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Sarah E. Day,   b. 1844, , Van Buren, Iowa Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 13 Feb 1866 
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2005 
    Family ID F5542006  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Lucy Seymour,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 12 May 1859 
    Last Modified 15 Mar 2005 
    Family ID F5541995  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S390210] Des Moines County, Iowa Biographical Dictionary, (Chicago, Acme Publishing Company, 1888), 666 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S390087] International Genealogical Index(R), The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, (Copyright (c) 1980, 2002), downloaded 14 Mar 2005 (Reliability: 3).