Although the great Culverhouse puzzle is yet to be solved, more has been learned about some of the Culverhouses of colonial Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina.
Here is a POSSIBLE- BUT SPECULATIVE- relationship of these 'colonial Culverhouses':
1.0 William Culverhouse (bef April 17, 1689). Immigrant from England.
1.1 John Culverhouse (d. bef 29 Nov 1745).
1.1.1 Thomas Welman Culverhouse (b. abt 1726, d. bef Nov 1789).
1.1.2 William Welman Culverhouse (d. aft 1789).
1) William Culverhouse came to St. Mary's County, Maryland before 1680.
[G. Skordas, The Early Settlers of Maryland. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1968) p. 118]
"Wm Coulverhouse" was witness to serving of a writ, March 4, 1678.
[Elizabeth Meritt, "Proceedings of the Provincial Court, 1678- 1679". Archives of Maryland, Vol. 68 (1959) p. 217]
In detailing the account of Daniel Clocker, April 17, 1689, "William Culverhouse" is mentioned as "dead, insolvent" .
[Antecedents and Descendants of John Nuthall of Cross Manor (BEF 10 February 1614) p. 36]
2) John Culverhouse leased property from the Calvert Family in St. Mary's County, Maryland in 1731 and 1733. In the latter year, a fellow leaseholder was Thomas Wellman.
[D. V. Russell, "The Proprietary Rent Rolls for 1731 and 1733". Maryland Genealogical Society Bulletin. Vol. 44, No. 2. pp. 207, 208]
John died in Fairfax County, Virginia before 29 November 1745.
[J. E. S. King, Abstracts of Wills and Inventories, Fairfax County, Virginia 1742- 1801. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978) p. 4]
3) Though many sources show that Thomas Welman Culverhouse was born about 1750, it is clear that he was born between 1724 and 1727. This is shown in the Granville County, North Carolina Census of 1784- 87, which shows three males in his household: no white males between ages of 21-60, two white males under age 21 and one white male over age 60.
He is also listed as a free adult over 21 in the Fairfax County, Virginia 1749 Tithables List, confirming that he was born before 1728.
Thomas Welman CULVERHOUSE an evidence for Joseph STEPHENS against Samuel JACKSON [JOHNSTON?] having attended two days ordered that he pay him for the same 50 lbs. of tobacco.
[Fairfax County, Virginia, Minute Book 1756-1763 Pt. 1, 18 March 1757 p. 74]
Joseph STEPHENS and Ann his wife she being first privately examined and thereto consenting acknowledged a Deed with the Livery and seizen endorsed to Thomas Welman CULVERHOUSE & ordered to be recorded.
[Fairfax County, Virginia, Minute Book 1756-1763 Pt. 2, 17 March 1761 p. 565]
Thomas Welman CULVERHOUSE an evidence for John TAYLOR against Randall DAVIS having attended two days ordered that he pay him 50 lbs. of tobacco for the same.
[Fairfax County, Virginia, Minute Book 1756-1763 Pt. 2, 18 March 1761 p. 568]
Thomas Welman CULVERHOUSE acknowledged a Deed of Partition to John TAYLOR & ordered to be recorded.
[Fairfax County, Virginia, Minute Book 1756-1763 Pt. 2, 15 September 1761 p. 632]
"Thos. Willman Culverhouse" appears in the list of 1764 Fairfax County Rentals.
[The Register of the Kentucky Historical Society, Vol 52
He purchased land in Granville County, North Carolina in 1771. The Cash and Hall families relocated to North Carolina about the same time. They may have gone together.
4) On May 21 1771, "William Welman Culverhouse" was a party in a law suit in Fairfax County, Virginia. At a second hearing, October 22, 1771, he is called "William Culverhouse".
[Fairfax County, Virginia, Order Book 1770-1772, 22 October 1771. pp. 211, 298]
He may be the "Wilman Culverhouse" mentioned in the 1774 Fairfax County, Virginia Rent Role.
[J. Estelle Stewart King, Abstracts of Wills and Inventories, Fairfax County, Virginia 1742- 1801 (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1996) p. 45]
He paid Tithables in Fairfax County, 1783- 1787, and Loudoun County 1791- 1798.
[Fairfax County, Virginia Personal Property Tax List, 1782- 1800]
As "William Culverhouse" he and "Chloe Culverhouse" witnessed the Will of Moses Ball December 15, 1786.
[J. E. S. King, Abstracts of Wills and Inventories, Fairfax County, Virginia 1742- 1801. (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1978) pp. 31, 45]
It is important to note that this speculative relationship, if correct, does not resolve the relationship of these people with the following:
1) John Culverhouse, living 1774, in Maryland.
[Deposition Mentioning Wm. Jenkins, ca. 1774. The Maryland Province Collection. Georgetown University. Box 5, Folder 23].
2) Christofer Culverhouse. Named as husband of Elizabeth Dishman. Another source, an Ancestry.com marriage record, shows Elizabeth married Elias Culverhouse, in Loudoun County, Viginia, 31 Dec 1818. Are they the same person or is one source in error?
3) Margaret Culverhouse, named in the 1771 Fairfax County court case.
[Fairfax County, Virginia Order Book 1770- 1772 p. 298
22 October 1771: Margaret Culverhouse.]
4) William Culverhouse of Grainger County, Tennessee. William was born before 1765 in Virginia. He migrated to North Carolina, then Grainger County, Tennessee, where he appears holding 400 acres of land in 1805, and iis cited in the 1810 U. S. Census.
5) John Culverhouse of Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina and John Culverhouse of Rowan County, North Carolina.
[File # 1376 John Culverhouse Land Warrant, Montgomery County, NC 200 acres SW side of Yadkin River entry: Sept 2, 1793 issue: March 12, 1800
1800 U. S. Census, Salisbury, Rowan County, North Carolina. Series M32 Roll 33 Page 276: John Culverhouse. One white male under 10, two white males 16 thru 25, one white male 26 thru 44; one white female 16 thru 25. This indicates John was born between 1756 and 1774.
1800 U. S. Census, [no township listed] Rowan County, North Carolina. Series M32 Roll 33 Page 286: John Culverhouse. One white male under 10, two white males 16 thru 25, one white male 26 thru 44; one white female 16 thru 25; one slave. From this he was born between 1756 and 1774. The next entry is William Corzat.
Rowan County, NC Will Bk G, pg 92, 93
Testator: John Culberhouse
Place: Salisbury, NC
24th day of Aug 1802
Beneficiaries: Wife, Elizabeth Culberhouse & two children, not named.]
6) Elizabeth Bryant. Elizabeth, referred to as "a woman of the Culverhouse family", was the second wife of Joseph Cash (b. 1706 in Washington Parrish, Westmoreland County, Virginia; d. abt 1780, Granville County, North Carolina), and mother of eight of his thirteen children.
[Donna Carmichael, Re: Thomas Wilmore Culverhouse- Granville Co. Culverhouse Family Genealogy Forum. Genforum.com. <http://genforum.com/culverhouse/messages/39.html>]
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