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CULBERTSON,  Robert

CULBERTSON, Robert[1]

Male Est 1810 - 1862  (~ 52 years)

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  • Name CULBERTSON, Robert 
    Born Est 1810 
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 May 1862  Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Aged 52 years
    Notes 
    • Robert Culbertson lived in a house (see photo) called Avena in Ballysodare, near Sligo, Eire. He was a mill owner (see photo) and a J.P.
      He had one son from a first marriage to Ellen Spencer Ashlin and then 6 children by Agnes Harvey.
      There was also a strong link with the LYONS family.
    • Need to travel to Sligo and Ballysodare (Ballysadare) to try and find the deeds for the mills etc. Anecdotal evidence suggests that Robert Culbertson was in fact Robert CUTHBERTSON and that his surname was mispelt in a deed as CULBERTSON.
    • Photo taken by London Stereoscopic Company of 54 Cheapside (12 doors from Bow church), under the patronage of Her Majesty. Has "Robert Culbertson, mother's father" written on back.
    • From "History of Sligo" by Archdeacon O'Rorke
      In 1833 Mr Robert Culbertson erected a great Oatmeal Mill. He later erected on the left bank a famous Flour Mill. A great explosion occurred here in 1856, which destroyed the mill and killed and maimed many workers. The shock ruined Mr Culbertson's health, and it was due to the memory of this disaster that the large hearted and tender hearted man's health deteriorated, also the state of his mind. So much not for his own losses, but for the loss of life and limb that had befallen so many of his neighbours.

      Also ...

      About 1840 Mr Culbertson's new mill was burned down with immense quantities of oats and meal that it contained; and in 1856 an explosion took place in his flour mill - the largest and best appointed in Ireland - which blew off the roof with a stunning sound, shot sheets of flame in an instant through all parts of the building, destroyed vast stores of bread stuffs, and caused the loss of nine lives. It is supposed that this calamity was occasioned, in some way not discovered, by chemicals, which, it seems, were freely used for colouring the flour, and were kept under lock and key in a room in the mill. The person who had care of this department was absent in England at the time of the explosion.
      The names of those who lost their lives are, James Brennan, James Tighe, Mark Brown, John Connington, Edward Drummy, William Boyd, William Boyd, jun. (son of preceeding), William Taylor and William Smith.
      Those who suffered, but survived, were Edward Rochfort, Robert Mulvagh, John Brothers, Thomas Tiernan, James Carter, John Carroll and John Johnston.
    • 22-Feb-1999 Letter from Tom Waugh with inscription on grave stone in St Johns Church of Ireland cemetery in John Street, Sligo as follows:-
      "Necminus Fortiter
      Sacred to the memory of Ellen M Culbertson who departed this life on the 18th April 1845 aged 25 years. Also of her daughter Ellen who died January 2nd 1847 aged 4 years, also Robert Culbertson Ballisodare who departed this life 9th May 1862 aged 52 years. Universally beloved and respected. Also of Agnes Culbertson who departed this life 8th October 1868 aged 46 years."

      Also pamphlet with
      In the year 1833, Mr Robert Culbertson erected the great oatmeal mill on the right bank of the river. Later, he put up, on the left bank, the famous flour mill, which for several years after its erection, supplied all the shopkeepers and bakers of County Sligo as well as many in the counties of Roscommon and Leitrim. In 1840, Culbertson's new mills were burned down, and large quantities of oats and meal were destroyed. The cause of the fire is not known, but we do know that the mills were quickly rebuilt and Culbertson continued to work them successfully. In 1856, there was a fatal explosion in the mills which blew the entire roof off the structure, killed nine men, maimed several workmen, destroyed vast stores of wheat and flour and much of the machinery. It is reputed that the explosion was caused by chemicals which were used for discolouring the flour, and which were kept locked in a room at the mill. The person in charge of this department was absent in England when the explosion occurred, and thus, it is not known how it came about.
    • February 1853
      The l70 ton Tolagazone carrying Indian corn for Robert Culbertson of Sligo and Ballisodare wrecked on the Bomore Rocks off Inishmurray. Captain and crew rescued by the Mullaghmore Coastguard.
    • In Ballysodare church there is a handsome stained glass memorial window in memory of Robert Culbertson Esq. J.P. as well as a memorial plaque. See photos.
    Person ID I13  Culbertsons
    Last Modified 24 Mar 2017 

    Father CULBERTSON, David,   b. Abt 1778,   d. 2 Jan 1843  (Age ~ 65 years) 
    Mother NK, Jessie? 
    Family ID F233  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 ASHLIN, Ellen Martha Spencer,   b. Aug 1819, Battersea, London Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1845, Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 25 years) 
    Married 7 Apr 1842  Paddington, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    • Witnesses Geo. Ashlin 68 Oxford Terrace, Mary Anne James, Emma Harvey, J???? Culbertson, Anne Ashlin
    Notes 
    • Marriage certificate shows Robert Culbertson @ 75 Connaught Terrace & Ellen Martha Ashlin @ 68 Oxford Terrace. Groom's father is David Culbertson & bride's father 1st name not shown, but witnesses were Geo. Ashlin of 68 Oxford Terrace, Mary Anne James, Emma Harvey, ? Culbertson & Anne Ashlin. Both fathers shown as merchants
    • Marriage 07-Apr-1842 by licence at St John's Church in the Parish of Paddington in the County of Middlesex. Robert Culbertson - full age, bachelor, gentleman - residence at time of marriage 75 Connaught Terrace - father David Culbertson, merchant, to Ellen Martha ASHLIN - full age, spinster - residence at time of marriage 68 Oxford Terrace - father ........ ASHLIN, merchant.
      Witnesses:- Geo ASHLIN, 68 Oxford Terrace, Mary Anne JAMES, Emma HARVEY, Jessie CULBERTSON, Anne ASHLIN.

      Neither father witnessed this marriage (both deceased?)
      Was Jessie CULBERTSON Robert's mother?
      Was Anne ASHLIN, Ellen's mother?
      Was Emma HARVEY, Ellen's sister-in-law?
    Children 
     1. CULBERTSON, Ellen,   b. Abt May 1843,   d. 2 Jan 1847, Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 3 years)
     2. CULBERTSON, Robert Spencer,   b. 9 Feb 1845,   d. 23 Apr 1894, 40 Threadneedle Street, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 49 years)
    Last Modified 10 Feb 2012 
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 HARVEY, Agnes,   b. Abt 1822,   d. 8 Oct 1868, Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Married 9 Jun 1849  Battersea, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Witnesses John Harvey, Helen Harvey, Adeleaide Harvey
    Notes 
    • Marriage certificate shows:- Robert Culbertson, widower, merchant of Ballysodare, County of Sligo, father David Culbertson a merchant. Agnes Harvey, spinster of Lavender Hill, Battersea, father John Harvey a gentleman. Witnesses were John Harvey, Helen Harvey & Adelaide Harvey
    Children 
     1. CULBERTSON,   b. 1 May 1850,   d. 1 May 1850  (Age 0 years)
     2. CULBERTSON, Louisa,   b. Est 1851,   d. 5 May 1925, Brooke House, Upper Clapton, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 74 years)
     3. CULBERTSON, Agnes,   b. 1854,   d. 5 Sep 1936, 'Lexden' 7 Kings Road, Paignton, Devon Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years)
     4. CULBERTSON, John,   b. 18 Feb 1855, Sligo Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Dec 1933, Avena, St Mary Cray, Orpington, Kent Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     5. CULBERTSON, Ellen,   b. Est 1857,   d. 20 Feb 1943  (Age ~ 86 years)
     6. CULBERTSON, Arthur,   b. 13 Aug 1858, Ballisodare, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 Jun 1898  (Age 39 years)
     7. CULBERTSON, Annie,   b. 28 Mar 1860, Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1 Jan 1924 and 31 Mar 1924, Paddington, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    Last Modified 21 Apr 2017 
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 7 Apr 1842 - Paddington, Middlesex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Jun 1849 - Battersea, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 9 May 1862 - Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Robert Culbertson
    Robert Culbertson
    Photocard handwritten annotation Robert Culbertson Mother's father
    Produced by London Stereoscopic Comp. 54 Cheapside, London (2 doors from Bow church)
    Robert Culbertson
    Robert Culbertson
    Photo
    'Avena', Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire
    'Avena', Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire
    Robert Culbertson's house in Ballysodare, Sligo, Eire
    Robert Culbertson age c. 30yrs
    Robert Culbertson age c. 30yrs
    A hand tinted photograph
    Robert Culbertson's mill at Ballysodare, Sligo
    Robert Culbertson's mill at Ballysodare, Sligo
    Photo taken in 2003, when building unoccupied. Has since been redeveloped into apartments.
    Culbertson Mill now redeveloped as apartments
    Culbertson Mill now redeveloped as apartments
    Detail of stained-glass window at Ballysodare Church
    Detail of stained-glass window at Ballysodare Church
    Detail of memorial stained-glass window to Robert Culbertson on South wall of Holy trinity Church, Ballysodare
    MI to Robert Culbertson in Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare, Sligo
    MI to Robert Culbertson in Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare, Sligo
    This MI beside the stained-glass window to Robert Culbertson, on South wall of Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare
    MI & Stained-glass window to Robert Culbertson, in Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare, Sligo
    MI & Stained-glass window to Robert Culbertson, in Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare, Sligo
    On South wall of church
    Altar in Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare, Sligo
    Altar in Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare, Sligo
    Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare, Sligo
    Holy Trinity Church, Ballysodare, Sligo
    'Avena', Ballysodare, Sligo
    'Avena', Ballysodare, Sligo
    Robert Culbertson's house in Ballysodare, Sligo

    Documents
    The Morning Post 23 Apr 1845
    The Morning Post 23 Apr 1845
    Announcement of the death of Helen Culbertson née Ashlin, wife of Robert Culbertson, in the 26th year of her age. Youngest daughter of the late John Ashlin of Lavender Hill, Surrey
    Paper clipping
    Paper clipping
    Announcement of marriage at Battersea of Robert Culbertson & Agnes, daughter of John Harvey of Lavender Hill, Surrey
    Marriage Certificate for Robert Culbertson & Ellen Martha Ashlin
    Marriage Certificate for Robert Culbertson & Ellen Martha Ashlin
    Married 7 Apr 1842 at St John's Church, Paddington
    Bridegroom's father David Culbertson, a merchant
    Bride's father Ashlin, a merchant
    Witnesses, George Ashlin, Mary Anne James, Emma Harvey, ??? Culbertson, Anne Ashlin
    Marriage Certificate for Robert Culbertson & Agnes Harvey
    Marriage Certificate for Robert Culbertson & Agnes Harvey
    Married 9 Jun 1849 at Battersea Parish Church
    Bridegroom's father David Culbertson a Merchant
    Bride's father John Harvey a Gentleman
    Witnesses John Harvey, Helen Harvey, Adelaide Harvey
    Marriage Record Richard Gordon to Tessie Culbertson
    Marriage Record Richard Gordon to Tessie Culbertson
    Married 14 Aug 1849 at St John's Union, Sligo
    Bridegroom's father William Gordon a merchant
    Bride's father David Culbertson a merchant
    Witnesses Robert Culbertson & George Paul Willis
    Marriage Record Moffat Jackson to Jane Culberton
    Marriage Record Moffat Jackson to Jane Culberton
    Married 9 Feb 1858 at Sligo Presbyterian church
    Moffat Jackson a Minister, Jane Culbertson a Lady
    Bridegroom's father William Jackson a Landowner
    Bride's father a Merchant
    Witnesses Robert Culbertson, John Walker Rodgers
    Marriage Record Robert Spencer Culbertson to Anna Christian
    Marriage Record Robert Spencer Culbertson to Anna Christian
    Married 8 Dec 1869 at St John's Union, Sligo
    Bridegroom's father Robert Culbertson a Gentleman
    Bride's father Robert Christian a Gentleman
    Witnesses M Cuthbert & Robert Christian
    Marriage Record for William Thomas Vernon to Louisa Culbertson
    Marriage Record for William Thomas Vernon to Louisa Culbertson
    Married 8 Jan 1873 in the Parish of St George, Dublin
    William Thomas Vernon of Wine Street, Sligo, father James Daly Vernon MD
    Louisa Culbertson of 4 Mountjoy Place, Dublin father Robert Culbertson a Merchant
    Witnesses Agnes Culbertson, Richard Gordon Lun??
    Daily News 8 May 1850
    Daily News 8 May 1850
    Births announcement - May 1, at Avena, Sligo, the wife of R. Culbertson Esq., of a daughter, still-born.
    The Morning Post 18 Aug 1858
    The Morning Post 18 Aug 1858
    Birth announcement - On the 13th instant at Avenue Ballisodare, the wife of Robert Culbertson, Esq., of a son.
    The Morning Post 2 Apr 1860
    The Morning Post 2 Apr 1860
    Birth Announcement - On the 28th ult., at Avena, Ballisodare, the wife of Robert Culbertson, Esq., of a daughter
    The Morning Post 15 May 1862
    The Morning Post 15 May 1862
    Death announcement - CULBERTSON — On the 9th inst., at Avena, Ballisodare, Sligo, Robert Culbertson Esq., J.P., aged fifty-two.
    The Morning Post 26 Apr 1894 – death announcement
    The Morning Post 26 Apr 1894 – death announcement
    CULBERTSON — On the 23rd inst., suddenly, Robert Spencer Culbertson, 9 Pitt-street, son of the late Robert Culbertson, of Sligo, aged forty-nine.

    Histories
    History of Ballysodare Mills by Dara Gallagher
    History of Ballysodare Mills by Dara Gallagher

    Videos
    Video of <b>Culbertson Row</b>, Wine Street, Sligo, taken in 2003
    Video of Culbertson Row, Wine Street, Sligo, taken in 2003

  • Sources 
    1. [S6] Marr.Cert., GRO (Reliability: 3), 24 Apr 2008.

    2. [S6] Marr.Cert., GRO (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S21] Marriage Register, Volume 3 page 251 (Reliability: 2), 10 Feb 2012.
      Marriage registered Apr-Jun 1842 in Kensington district of London