7 May 2009

Mc Culpin . . . ?

In all the excitement of finding another ancestor in court I missed the birthday of Charles O'Connell Culpin, my great-great-grandfather's brother.

He was born yesterday in 1836 in the village of Hemingford Grey, the son of Charles & Sophia (nee Kington) and grew up in St Ives. By the age of 14 (the 1851 census) he was already a member of the family profession - a blacksmith, and in 1859 he married Ellen Berridge in nearby Brampton (next door to Huntingdon, now got a race course). Between 1864 and 1867 local trade directories show him as an agricultural implement maker, in Darwood Terrace in St Ives.

Sadly he died young, at the age of 31, on 23rd September 1867, leaving his widow, Ellen, and four surviving children. He's buried in Broadleas cemetery, together with two of the children.

His eldest daughter Ellen (Nellie), born in St Ives in 1860, went on to marry George Dellar in 1887. They produced four children and stayed in St Ives until Nellie's death in May 1916. Fortunately she died just before her eldest son George, who died in December that year of wounds received in the Great War.

Rumour has it that George Dellar senior married again but I haven't found any confirmation of that yet.

The "McCulpin . . ." of the title? Well, Charles was Charles O'Connell and his brother was Millice Campbell. Both these middle names have Scots implications and don't appear anywhere else in the family; besides, I always understood the the origins of the Culpin name came from the Huguenots . . . . . although I'm open to other ideas!

More soon.


Konein said...

Hello fourth cousin,

Sorry the Culpins were just simple Northamptonshire people I'm afraid.
No Scottish ancestry to be found. And there are more Millices in the Culpin family tree although not always spelled the same way:
5 Millice-s, the eldest being an uncle of Millice Campbell (Charles' 1811 youngest but one brother) born in about 1820,
2 Millis-s the eldest being born in 1734,
and 1 Millais Culpin (the 'famous' doctor pictured in the BBC series).

Maybe the first Millis (1734) was named after a maternal grandfather or uncle.

Konein said...

Okay...it's late...definitely haven't read your blog with full attention. You weren't referring to the name Millice but the Campell bit. Time for bed I suppose..
I did try (once when I was young and could still concentrate) to find the Scottish middle name link but no luck so far. Maybe it was something really simple you'd never be able to trace..maybe Charles & Sophia had really really nice Scottish neighbors..

Genpen said...

I love the idea of Charles & Sophia having some nice Scottish neighbours! That's the one I'm going with . . .

Konein said...

I've been thinking about the Scottish middle names this week and wondered if they could be derived from godparents. Maybe it would be an idea to have a look at their christenings?