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Oliver Belden Culver
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Birth: Mar. 11, 1791
Addison County
Vermont, USA
Death: Dec. 11, 1852
Sweet Water
Menard County
Illinois, USA

Illinois Abolitionist, Pioneer Farmer and Lincoln Neighbor

Oliver Belden Culver was born in Shoreham, Addison County, VT, 11 Mar 1791. He was the son of Theodosia Belden and Revolutionary Patriot Eliakim Culver. Oliver's maternal grandfather was Captain Oliver Belden, another proud Revolutionary Patriot.

Oliver married first, Sally S. Holcomb on 1 Jan 1813 (b. 27 Mar 1794 Granby, CT; d. 01 May 1816 St. Lawrence, NY). There were no surviving children.

Oliver married second, Elizabeth "Betsey" Holcomb on 25 Oct 1818 (b. 08 Jan 1792 Granby, CT; d. 26 Aug 1872 Indian Point, IL. Buried: Indian Point Cemetery, Menard, County, IL.) Betsey was the older sister of Sally S. Holcomb.

Oliver was a sergeant in the War of 1812. Oliver served in Captain Dorrance's Company, Colonel William Williams' Regiment of Detached Militia. He was in U.S. Service four months and twenty-nine days in 1812. First as a corporal, then as a sergeant. (Source: Book 53, AGO Page 59)

Oliver was mentioned in 1816, 1817 and 1819 as a road overseer in the early records of the town of Stockholm, New York.

Oliver, his wife Betsy Holcomb moved their young family from Stockholm, St. Lawrence County, New York to Sangamon County, Illinois about 1835. As a result of legislative actions by Abraham Lincoln and other Illinois Legislators, the area became Menard County in 1839.

Farming northeast of Indian Point and about twenty miles north of Springfield, IL, Oliver's pioneer family lived and worked near a young Abraham Lincoln. Oliver reportedly took wheat to be ground at the New Salem Mill, where he would see the young Abe Lincoln.

Oliver was an active Abolitionist, and a charter member of the Illinois Anti-Slavery Society. Oliver was also a member of the Springfield Anti-Slavery Society Constitution.

Together with several family members, Oliver was one of the Springfield residents attending Alton's Elijah P. Lovejoy's Anti-Slavery Convention on 26 Oct 1837. A week later, Lovejoy was murdered by an angry mob on 7 Nov 1837.

Web site honoring Oliver: Oliver Belden Culver - Illinois Abolitionist, Pioneer Farmer and Lincoln Neighbor

Oliver was affiliated with North Sangamon Presbyterian Church (Indian Point) and a founding member of Second Presbyterian Church (Westminster), originally known as the "Abolitionist church."

Oliver died at Indian Point, Menard County, IL, 11 Dec 1852. Oliver was the first Culver buried at Indian Point.

Children of Oliver Belden Culver and Betsey Holcomb:

Female Child, b. 02 May 1819 Stockholm, NY; d. 14 Jun 1819 Stockholm, NY.

Jonathon Segur Culver, b. 03 Apr 1821 Stockholm, NY; m. 17 Aug 1848, Elizabeth Shelton Brasfield; d. 09 Jan 1874 Indian Point, Menard County, IL; Buried: Indian Point Cemetery, Menard County, IL.

Ann Jane Culver, b. 26 May 1823 Stockholm, NY; m. 25 Feb 1841, John Grosvenor Paine; d. 19 Jan 1936 Springfield, IL. John G. Paine is listed in Springfield, IL's 1850 Census as a "chairmaker." In this Census, the Paine's and Estabrook's (below) are listed as living immediately next to each other. Buried: Indian Point Cemetery, Menard County, IL.

Sarah "Sally" Culver, b. 20 Jul 1825 Stockholm, NY; m. 15 Feb 1849, John Dillingham Brasfield; d. 24 Jul 1856 Indian Point, Menard County, IL; Buried: Indian Point Cemetery, Menard County, IL.

Laura Stone Culver, b. 24 Nov 1827 Stockholm, NY; m. 23 Apr 1846, Abel Wilder Estabrook; d. 28 Dec 1898 Springfield, IL; Abel Wilder Estabrook ran the subscription Springfield Academy. For three years (1850-1853), Abel was the teacher of Robert Todd Lincoln, the eldest son of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln. Buried: Indian Point Cemetery, Menard County, IL.

Edward Herrick Culver, b. 2 Jan 1832 Stockholm, NY; m. 3 Feb 1881, Annie M. Johnson; d. 10 Dec 1892 Indian Point, Menard County, IL. In 1864, Edward enlisted in the 133rd Illinois Volunteers, Company I as part of the "Hundred Dazers" or hundred day enlistments. He served guarding Confederate POW's at Rock Island, IL. Edward passed 10 Dec 1892 after catching pneumonia while chopping wood. Buried: Indian Point Cemetery, Menard County, IL.

 (bio by: NickTrack) 
Family links: 
  Eliakim Culver (1754 - 1841)
  Theodosia Belden Culver (1759 - 1818)
  Elizabeth Culver (1792 - 1872)
  John Segur Culver (1821 - 1874)*
  Ann Jane Culver Payne (1823 - 1906)*
  Sarah Culver Brasfield (1825 - 1856)*
  Laura Stone Culver Estabrook (1827 - 1898)*
  Edward Herrick Culver (1832 - 1892)*
  Laura Culver Stone (1783 - 1845)*
  Eliakim Culver (1788 - 1849)*
  Oliver Belden Culver (1791 - 1852)
  Zoroaster Culver (1794 - 1878)*
  Samuel Culver (1796 - 1873)*
  Lemuel Culver (1798 - 1879)*
*Calculated relationship
Indian Point Cemetery
Menard County
Illinois, USA
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