John Culler came to Ohio with his wife Anna, and their 7 oldest children about the year 1819 from Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, and settled in Columbiana County. John's 3 younger children were born in Columbiana County. This information of the family Coming from Westmoreland County, came from a newspaper article I have on the first Culler Family Reunion in 1898. (see his wife's note's for more information on this article.) I believe John came to Ohio in 1819 because, all of his children up to David gave the census takers their birth place as Pennsylvania, the three younger children gave Ohio. David was born in 1818, and John purchase land in Columbiana County in 1819. I also have a old hand written baptism for John & Anna's daughter Sarah, which has her birth place as Hopewell Township, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania. Sarah was born on May 2, 1813, so they were still in Pennsylvania at that time. As you read on, I will give as much information that I can on John & Anna.
John and Anna purchased land from a Abraham and Catherine Hiestand in Columbiana County on January 26,1819, for $90. Abraham was Anna's brother. ( See Anna's notes for more information on the Hiestand's ) This land was located in (Range 2, Township 13, Section 32). The County line changed years later, and this land is now located in Mahoning County. John later sold this land to a man name John Burkholder on March 15,1828. According to the Steubenville Land Office John Culler purchased land in Stark County, Ohio on March 25, 1828 (Range 6, Township 19, Section 29). On August 20, 1828 he purchased additional land (Range 6, Township 19, Section 30). This land was John and Anna's home until their death. John was a Carpenter & Farmer. John was one of the founders of the Reading Church of the Brethren, located between North Georgetown and Homeworth, Columbiana County, Ohio.
John and Anna are buried on this land which is located about three miles north of Louisville at the point of Route 62 and Route 44. John's son David first wife Anna Hoover, and second wife Catherine Bowser, and 18 Culler children are also buried there. Years ago the cemetery was vandalized and all of the stones were destroyed or stolen. The bases of the tombstones are the only thing that remains. On October 1994 there were 2 tombstones turned into the Louisville Police Department. The police Department contacted Betty Krabill a great great granddaughter of John and Anna Culler. Betty and her husband Bob went to identify the stones. The two stones came from the family cemetery. The first stone read Catherine wife of David Culler Daughter of D & A Bowser Died 1855. This was David's second wife. The second stone read Anna wife of John Culler Died January 20,1863. This was Anna Hiestand Culler's headstone. The stones were found by Loyd Schmucker, he said there was a water back-up behind Pierce Upholstery and he and Ed Maurer were digging under the steps that went up to the second floor to the Masonic Hall and Doctor Jackson's office. They found the headstones 2 to 3 feet under the ground in the North-East corner. How & when these headstones ended up their, is a mystery.
I called Mr Maurer to get permission to dig under the steps to see if I could find other stones, but no luck. In the summer of 2003, Donald Shoemaker with the help of his family erected a cross at the family cemetery. Donald is a 2nd great-grandson of John and Anna Culler.
This next is a letter that Jonas Cullar wrote to his Cousins, it was dated March 29, 1938, Columbiana, Ohio. Jonas was a great-grandson of John & Anna Culler. A copy of this letter was sent to me from John & Jane Cullar of Kokomo, Indiana.
Dear Cousins, One and All,
I wonder if any of you have a record of our great - grandparents, births and deaths, also of their children; my father did not, and what I am sending you, I found out since his death. I'm sending this to you, then you can send record and this letter to Uncle Simon Cullar family. If any of you want to copy the record you may.
I remember great-grandfather (John Culler) quite distinctly, although I was only four or five years old. He was very tall but rather stooped, walked with a cane, long hair and beard, both nearly white as snow. Doors of his house were cut in two so upper one could be opened, and lower closed. His daughter Elizabeth kept house for him. She never married.
Have no records of where he was born, but have a record of their fourth child, Sarah, who was born in Hopewell Twp., Huntington Co., Pennsylvania, and baptized by Preacher Schumacher. Evidently they were born in Pennsylvania. They lived within three miles from where we live because their son David was born there, after which they moved to Stark Co., Ohio near Louisville.
Great-grandfather was a good shot with his flintlock rifle. Shot some 90 deers. He was very very nervous, hands shaking. My father visited him frequently. Lived 32 miles from here. Father said one of the last times he visited him, they walked along the garden fence. A ground squirrel ran on the garden fence. Great-grandfather told my father to get the gun and shoot it. He got the gun and told Great-grandfather to shoot it. He thought he might miss it and Great-grandfather would laugh at him. Father said when he raised the gun and saw how unsteady he held it, he would miss for sure. When the gun cracked, off rolled the squirrel. Father said, "I thought you were too nervous to hit it." Great-grandfather said, " One must know when to pull the trigger." True in life today.
I remember three of their children, Elizabeth, David and Sarah. Our Grandfather Isaac died when my father was 11 years old. He is buried about 25 miles from here. I have been at his grave frequently. Grandmother is buried two miles from here.
David was married three times, two of his children lived near Goshen, Indiana. Last week two of his children, Noah Culler and wife, visited here. They brought their dinners along and I had vegetable hash in the oven, so we had a good meal. You all try the same stunt sometime. One of their brothers (Jesse) is a quilter by trade, has quilted for people in nearly every state in the Union. He has a special sewing machine to quilt them.
We had not heard from cousins Matilda and Rosa for years. In fact never had a letter from Cousin Rosa until last week. Wrote several letters to her and when California flood was, sent her a card inquiring if she was safe. She wrote me a nice long letter then saying they were safe. Her husband Prather Baker died 12 years ago and her son Creed Baker 20 years ago. I visited them and cousin Matilda and husband Cousin Josiah and wife the Fall of 1884 in Kansas. Had a letter from cousin Matilda's daughter, saying she is not well and 77 years old. Have a letter she and Josiah wrote in 1878. If we receive a letter from cousin Nellie, then will have had letters from all our first cousins. We hear from her through the Shrock and Watkins families who we learnt to know in Idaho.
We would be pleased to receive a long letter from each of you. May God bless you and keep you. Your Cousins, Jonas and Rebecca Cullar