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David N. Cull Biography

from Hart County, Kentucky – Biographies

David N. Cull was born in Henry County, Kentucky, December 5, 1844.  His father, John W. Cull, was also a native of Henry County; was born in 1822, and married Mary E. Robbins in 1843; to them were born fifteen children, ten of whom are living:  Edward W., Virginia M. (Archer), Christopher C., Abel H., Kittie E. (Davis), Amanda L. (McDonald), John T. (a deaf mute and now foreman in the bindery of the Kentucky Institute, at Danville), Titus P., Mary O. and David N.  Mary E. (Robbins) Cull was born in 1826, and is yet living, aged about sixty years; she is a daughter of Abel and Mary (Watkins) Robbins, the former a Virginian, who came to Kentucky when a young man, and who at his death was ninety years of age; the latter was of Welsh extraction, a native of Virginia, and died in 1866.  John W. Cull was a farmer, and in early life followed the trade of a builder; he was a Democrat and was active in politics, but persistently refused to hold any office; he died in 1878.  He was a son of Hugh Cull, who resided in Henry County, Kentucky, and was born in 1800 and died in Carroll County in 1879.  He was thrice married, and reared a family of four sons and three daughters; he was a plain honest farmer, and noted for his strict business habits and sterling integrity.  His father, John, was a native of Ireland, where the family bore the name of O’Cull.  John came to America prior to the Revolution, engaged in the French and Indian wars, and served under General Harrison in the battle of the Thames.  David N. Cull had but little school training in early life, but having a love for books he stored his mind with a fund of useful knowledge.  His father was a man of more than ordinary education and gave his children the benefit of his learning and experience.  David N. began life as a farmer, but at the age of twenty-two an accident disabled him and he took up the study of law; he read with Captain Yeager of Buford, and in 1870 was admitted to the Trimble County bar by Judges Pryor and Stites; since that time he has been continuously engaged in the practice of his profession in Trimble, Grayson and Hart Counties.  His marriage with Mary M. Hendricks, of Oldham County, was celebrated on the 11th of April, 1877.  Two daughters, Katie L. and Virginia D., are the results of this union.  Mary (Hendricks) Cull was born December 20, 1851.  She is a daughter of Major Isaac C. Hendricks, who is of German descent; her mother was a Miss Malvina J. Springer; she was of Dutch extraction; both were natives of Johnson County, Indiana.  Mrs. Cull is a member of the Christian Church.  Mr. Cull is a Master Mason in Hope Lodge, No. 365.

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