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    Charles H. Culbertson, attorney at law, Troy. Our subject was born in Troy Nov. 7, 1831, and is a son of Samuel and Mary (Hedges) Culbertson; the ancestors of this family originally came from Scotland and settled in Cumberland Co., Penn., early in the eighteenth century, where they established and built up what has since been known as Culbertson's Row; five brothers, viz., Joseph, Robert H., Henry W., Samuel and John, immigrated to this county in 1807, and located in Troy; they were a family of merchants, and did the chief part of the business in Troy during a period of several years; they were all prominent business men, and put up most of the early buildings of Troy, prominent among which are Culbertson's Mills, and Cairn's warehouse; they were extensive boat-owners,. and were buyers of pork, grain etc., furnishing a market for the produce of the country, and doing much to build up the commercial wealth of the county; two of the brothers were soldiers in the war of 1812. Samuel and Mary (Hedges) Culbertson, were the parents of ten children, five boys and five girls, eight of whom grew to manhood and womanhood; the eldest daughter, Catherine E. Moore, was one of the twenty-seven organizers of the Christian Church in Troy; she was an exemplary Christian woman of extraordinary ability and much force of character, having the mind to plan and the decision to execute. John W., the eldest son, is an oculist and aurist of considerable celebrity; he is at the head of the eye and ear infirmary of Culbertson & Eaton, located at Indianapolis. Charles H. is a prominent lawyer and a self-made man; as a jurist he stands high in the profession, and has a most extensive practice, which his urbanity of manners and strict attention to business have justly merited; he has made himself one of the solid men of the county, being a large real-estate owner. On the 1st of February, 1855, he was married to Elizabeth Stewart, daughter of Andrew Stewart, a wealthy farmer; the nuptials were performed at the house on the northwest corner of Market and Water streets, on the morning the brick building on the opposite corner was destroyed by fire; Mr. C. soon after came in possession of the same property, where he has since erected one of the finest dwellings in Troy, in which Mr. and Mrs. C. have resided ever since, enjoying the blessings of good health and congenial society; their minds being of a similar cast, they have partaken of the same joys and pleasures; he is a member of the Masonic Order. The third son, Col. Samuel S., volunteered in the regular army, in September, 1861, as a private, but was soon after appointed 2d Lieutenant, upon the recommendation of Gov. O. P. Morton; he afterward rose, by his own efforts to the rank of Major, and was brevetted Colonel for meritorious conduct; he is now in charge of mines near Leadville. He married Miss Hill, daughter of John Hill of Indianapolis. Asenath E., deceased wife of James Kerr, since removed to Illinois, and left a large family of children; the fifth child of Samuel and Mary was Nancy D., Mrs. Kerr. Joseph and Charlotte H., were twins; Joseph was a soldier in the rebellion, a member of the 11th O. V. I.; he served for more than a year, and was discharged for wounds, for which he draws a full pension. He has since married the only daughter of Jonathan Drake, and reared a very interesting family of six children; he is a prominent advocate of the cause of temperance. Charlotte H. married Augustus D. Grosvenor, son of Daniel Grosvenor, one of the oldest lawyers in the State, and resides at Clarinda, Iowa.

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