Culp Family

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Johann Christian Kolb
(b:????; d:1774)

There is no primary evidence proving Johann Christian Kolb is the father of Christopher Culp (b:abt 1747; d:1833), but it is a good guess. This conclusion is based on the research of Linton Love. He has thoroughly searched probate records, land records and church records. From the will and Orphan's Court Records he found the order of birth of Johann's children. Christian was the oldest. The spelling of Kolb in the tax and assessment records changes from year to year. In 1772 it was spelled Culp. Another interesting fact is that Christopher Culp turned up in Strasburg Township in 1774, the year Johann Christian Kolb died. In 1774 Christopher is shown living on 1/2 acres with 1 cow. His modest beginning in Strasburg Twp. would tie in with the small inheritance of less than 9 pounds and no land.

Christopher Culp
(b:abt 1812; d:1873)

Database Record for Christopher Culp
Descendants Chart for Christopher Culp and Ann Averill
Christopher Culp's Obituary - Big Rapids Magnet
Portrait and Biographical Album
Culp Dam
Christopher Culp Land Entry Files

1870 Census Aetna Twp, Mecosta Co, Michigan
Roll 690 Page 3R - Christopher, Ann, David, Ira (also George Brady and family)
Roll 690 Page 4 - Charles, Tirzah, Clara, Mary A, Ada

Tirzah Culp
(b:9 Dec 1857 Newaygo Co, Michigan; d:14 Mar 1908 Mecosta Co, Michigan)

Database Record for Tirzah Culp
The Free Methodist Obituary for Tirzah (Culp) Brady

Misc Items

Culp Cemetery Transcription, Newaygo Co, Michigan
Brady and Culp Photographs - Burton Collection

Other Culp Websites

Culp Family Forum

Thank You

Thanks to Ray Staffen for information on the Culp and Averill families.

Thanks to Linton E. Love of Collingwood, Ontario for sharing his research on Johann Kolb and Christopher Culp. The maps, tombstone photographs, tax records, etc. are all courtesy of Linton Love. Roots Web World Connect Project

Thanks to Pati Blowers May for the Grossman family information

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