Dates: 1856-1924

Collection Number: MS 88

Physical Location: Archive Room File Cabinet

Extent: 5 folders.

Access Restrictions: Collection is open to research.

User Restrictions: No restrictions.

Preferred Citation: John C. Culin Family Papers, MS 88, Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society, Charlottesville, Va.

Acquisition Information: Gift, Mrs. C.C. Wells, February 1984.

Biographical/Historical Information:

John C. Culin (1834-1890) was a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and came to Charlottesville, Virginia before the Civil War. He was a tailor by trade.  He married Sarah F. Farish (1829-1916) on 16 April 1857. During the Civil War, he was a Captain of Company A, 19th Virginia Infantry. He was wounded seven times during the war, in fact, in every battle in which he participated. He lost a leg during the Battle of Five Forks and was taken prisoner. He lived the rest of his life in Charlottesville.

John and Sarah were the parents of Charles E. (1858-1917), Robert E. (1867-1944), and John C. (1871-1918). John C. was also tailor and lived in Charleston, South Carolina and Charlottesville, Virginia. His son, John C. Jr., served in the 116th Infantry during World War I and was killed in France on 17 October 1918. He is buried in the Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery, Romagne, France.

Scope and Content:

These papers relate to the family and descendants of John C. Cullin (1834-1890):

Folder 1: approximately 20 items, 1856-1924. These include the Civil War military record of John C. Culin (1834-1890), a copy of his will (23 October 1890), and a U.S. Citizenship Paper (3 October 1866) for Frederick Moulter.

Folder 2: 1 ledger, 1869-1871. Tailor’s ledger of John C. Culin.

Folder 3: approximately 40 letters, 1917-1918. John C. Culin (1897-1918) to his mother. Includes a memorial resolution made to him after he was killed, 17 October 1918, in France.

Folder 4: approximately 40 receipts, 1865-1915. Most are made out to John C. Cullin (1834-1891) and to Mrs. Sarah F. Culin, but also to Robert E. Culin, Nancy Farish, and Elizabeth Wood.

Folder 5: 7 items, 1922-1924. Relates to Lilian Culin’s teaching career.


  • Culin, John C., 1834-1890
  • Culin, John C., 1897-1918

Family Names: Culin family.


  • Civil War (1861-1865)
  • Culin Family
  • Soldiers
  • World War I (1914-1918)

Record Types: Correspondence.