I happen to have the wills of his father William d. 1797 and his mother Mary (SIMONTON) McCULLOCH and at least one of his unmarried brother James . . . . . He had several sisters—one Sarah, married to John LINN, Jr (son of John Sr who was ruling elder of Hopewell A.R.P. church in chester District and brother of the Rev. Matthew Linn) [his sister Jane Linn McGuire is buried in the Strahan Cemetery, Tilden, Randolph Co., IL—her sons, too, one of whom married Nancy Strahan]; one Rosannah married to Christopher STRONG [her husband sold land in 1793 in Chester District S.C. to the Rev. William BLACKSTOCK, whose sister Jane Blackstock SKELLY is buried next door to the Strahans in the BOYD cemetery in Tilden, Randolph Co., Illinois]; John who died 1834/1839 unmarried in SC; Margaret who married Patrick PHINNEY/FINNEY; Hugh who married a Sarah ?; Mary "Polly" who married a William McCaw; and Ann Simonton who married a Reese Bowen—I don't know the order of birth.
The brother of his father William is the Rev. Robert McCULLOUGHb. ca 1760 d. 1824 married to Margaret SIMONTON (prob. Mary's sister).He was with the Old Catholic (sic) Presbyterian Church in Chester District, where he and his wife are buried.I don't have his will, but I have been able to find several of his daughters through respective family histories!I am very interested in whether he had any sons who could have been my girls' father . . . . Among his girls are a Mary who married a Dav id BOYD where they went unknown to me,
a Melinda who married Samuel McCULLOUGH son of Samuel McCULLOUGH and Elizabeth McCRORY (heretofore there was only a George—who went to Indiana and ended up in Iowa and a James who went to Gibson Co., Indiana) and may have been married ???
an Elizabeth who married John BROWN and went to Perry Co., Illinois [where he and two sons are buriedPinckneyville—Hopewell Cem— where the Isabelle and Leander are buried ] and then 60 miles outside of Austin Texas where she and her son Leander are buried . . . .Her daughter Jane Brown Campbell, married to Hugh, brother of James Alexander CAMPBELL stayed in Perry Co., Illinois and is buried in Hopewell Cem. . . . ;
the fourth daughter Sarah (not sure of order) probably married a DAVIS, rather than the John Linn, Jr, as some have thought—confused with her first cousin
and then there is a possibly sister probably named Agnes Nancy and going by "Nan" who had four husbands —I don't have them all in front of me but in 1850 between the #2 DEEM and the #3 James Alexander CAMPBELL, brother of the William? married to her sister? was living with Isabelle wife of a William with son Leander b. 1837 in Petoka Twp., Gibson Co. Indiana—Isabelle and Leander are buried with Jane Brown CAMPBELL's sons and husband in Hopewell Cem., Pinckneyville, Perry Co., Illinois;
I have though that the William married to Isabelle w/ son Leander (Civil War) may have been a son of the Rev. Robert McCULLOCH and Margaret SIMONTON and that the Agnes "Nan" may be another sister because of the close physical proximity of the same household and the same cemetery as the other siblings and neices, etc.
Basically I'm interested in this nest of McCulloughs because of the name Leander and the surnames beginning with B. and a Margaret matriarch in the background . . . .behind Margaret SIMONTON is a mother Margaret SIMONTON. . . . . . .bur. with one of the daughters in a cem. in S.C.[In our family first daughters are often named after mother's grandmother not mother or grandmother and mother]
Now to make all of this even more complicated Edna Hazel Lowery has a William C. McCullough who bought land near Pinckneyville, was born in Ohio, and had other names for his wives the Isabelle and moved quickly on to Missouri.I'm looking for her letter; she's a snail correspondent . . . . One of these families has some Neelys in their background.Can't find it at present . . . .
Let me tell you a little about my girls:Jane b. 1814/1815 S.C. and Mary Ann B. b. ca 1826 S.C. who show up without identifiable family of origin in Randolph Co., Illinois by ca1840
Both girls named their oldest daughter's Margaret; Mary named hers Margaret Isabelle. Mary's oldest son was a James (but her husband's father was a James STRAHAN); her second oldest was Charles McKelvey (after the family doctor?) so she had James [James A.?] [husband's father was a James] Margaret Isabelle "Belle" Charles McKelvey "Charley" Hugh Henry Blair "Henry" [Husband's first cousin] Leander Joseph "Joe" Nancy Jane "Jenny" Francis Edwin "Ed
Her sister had only one son, named Robert Henry EDMISTON.Her other daughters were a Mary Ann and Jane beside the oldest Margaret.Her sister Jane remarried to a Samuel LITTLE, prob son of Samuel LITTLE a ruling elder of the Old Bethel Church in Eden, Randolph Co., Illinois. [Jane's first husband John EDMISTON and his first wife Vashti JONES are buried in that churchyard]Jane went off to Kansas by 1880 and is found living w/ daughter Margaret (Edmiston) Keally in Dunlap, Morris Co., Kansas.After that she is not found in census records or graves . . . .
Same with her sister Mary STRAHAN, who last appears in 1880 census Tilden, Randolph Co., Illinois and then disappears from census and cemeteries . . . . .In 1880 census Mary states that her mother was born in South Carolina and her father "Ireland (above is written 'At Sea')".
Indaglio felix (happy finding) Linda Carol Strahan
P.S.:I see you have some NEELY middle named McCulloughs—seems to me that NEELY shows up somewhere in this next in S.C. and in the emails Rowanda Smith has sent me.Alas I don't have all of that in computer because I haven't have room or time to enter all the data (should have done it as a received them then I could have at finger tip.)