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Below is a family biography from the book, History of Kentucky, Edition 1 by J. H. Battle, W. H. Perrin and G. C. Kniffin and published by F. A. Battey Publishing Company in 1885.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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JOHN H. VAN CULIN, Sr., was born in 1821, in the town of Salem, Salem Co., N. J. His parents were John Van Culin, of German descent, and Sarah (Ware) Van Culin. John H. was but a small boy when his father died, and his subsequent boyhood’s days were fraught with a remarkably checkered experience. At the age of sixteen years, he decided to go west, and after reaching Pittsburgh, Penn., he found his limited means exhausted. He succeeded in securing a position as clerk in a dry goods store, and after three years of such employment, he obtained a clerkship on a steamboat. About 1841, he went to Hopkinsville, Ky., and obtained a position as book-keeper for Gant & Kinkead, but at the end of one year was elected to a clerkship in the branch Bank of Kentucky, next to cashier of that institution, in which he continued until July, 1854. He then went to New Orleans, and there engaged in a general commission business, which he conducted with marked success, accumulating a handsome fortune, which was mostly swept away by the results of the civil war. In 1869, Mr. Van Culin removed from New Orleans to Paducah, Ky., and engaged in mercantile business. In 1876, he established his present book business, and is now located at No. 107 Broadway. In 1858, he married Miss R. E. White, a native of Tennessee. They have a family of three sons, viz.: John H. Jr., a traveling salesman; Nolan W., assistant cashier in the Bank of Madison, at Jackson, Tenn., and David L. Van Culin, of Paducah.

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This family biography is one of 165 biographies included in the McCracken County, Kentucky section of the book, The History of Kentucky, Edition 1 published in 1885 by F. A. Battey Publishing Company.  For the complete description, click here: History of Kentucky, Edition 1

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