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Abraham Woodhull
Birth: Oct. 7, 1750
Death: Jan. 23, 1826
Setauket
Suffolk County
New York, USA

Friend and confidant of George Washington, Head of the long Island Secret Service During the American Revolution he operated under the alias Samuel Culper Sr. To him and his associates have been credited a large share of the success of the Army of the Revolution. Born in Setauket Oct. 7, 1750 in the original Woodhull homestead, son of Richard W. & Margaret Smith. Fifth generation from Richard Woodhull, the original grantee of a large portion of Brookhaven Town. He was a Presbyterian, occuping a "Pew of Authority" in the old church and doing much toward the building of the new church. He was a man of integrity punctual and precise in his business relations. He freed his slaves long before they were legally free. He filled numerous important positions being Magistrate in Setauket many years, Judge of the Court of Common Pleas 1793-1799, First Judge of Suffolk Co. from 1799-1810.

This Memorial conceived and erected by Mayflower Chapter - DAR Setauket, L. I., N.Y. - June 25, 1936

Woodhull served as a lieutenant in the Suffolk County militia for a short period of time in the fall of 1775 but resigned after a few months. He returned to Setauket to care for his parents and sister. In October of 1778 after swearing allegiance to the crown, he began spying for the Patriots and reporting to Gen. George Washington. While using the alias "Samuel Culper", he was a leading member of the American Culper Spy Ring on Long Island.
After he married his cousin Mary Smith in 1781 he resigned from service. He married his second wife Lydia Terry in 1824.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Richard Woodhull (1712 - 1788)
  Margaret Smith Woodhull (1714 - 1803)
 
 Spouses:
  Mary Smith Woodhull (1759 - 1806)
  Lidia Terry Woodhull (1792 - 1864)*
 
 Children:
  Jesse Smith Woodhull (____ - 1844)*
  Elizabeth Woodhull Brewster (1785 - 1856)*
  Mary Woodhull Arthur (1794 - 1853)*
 
 Sibling:
  Susanna Woodhull (1739 - 1804)**
  Abraham Woodhull (1750 - 1826)
 
*Calculated relationship
**Half-sibling
 
Burial:
Setauket Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Setauket
Suffolk County
New York, USA
 
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Record added: Oct 17, 2006
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Hero Rest in Peace. Thank you for your service Mr. Culper, Sr.
- Elsie Celestino
 Added: May. 1, 2015

- P Cain
 Added: Apr. 28, 2015
Many thanks to Mr. Culper, Sr.!!
- Taphophile
 Added: Apr. 24, 2015
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