(McCully, McCulloch, McCollough, McCollum, McCally)
My great-great-grandfather Alexander McCulley has always been a mystery to me. He is the one -- you know the type -- that takes FOREVER to find just a little bit of information. My grandma knew nothing about him. Her grandma ( his wife) did not talk about him. In the beginning I did not even have a name!
Let's start with the basics. This information is what I believe to be true about him. Please remember this is an on-going project.
Alexander McCulley was born between 1836-1838 in either Indiana or Kentucky. He enlisted to fight in the Civil War on the Union Side on August 15, 1862. He fought with Company C, 11th Illinois Infantry Regiment and the the 109th Illinois Infantry Regiment. According to military records he might have been married during the Civil War. There is a good chance that he married again on January 1, 1866 to Mary Gurley in Union County. If this is him then at least one son came from this marriage. Documents show that they divorced 10 years later. Alex then married Delia Wentz (nee Lewis) a recent widow at the young age of 18. They were married for over 20 years and 8 children (5 living) came from that marriage. He worked as a labor in the farm fields. Somewhere between the 1900 census and the year 1903 Alexander died and records point to him being buried in Popular Ridge Cemetery in Jackson County, Illinois.
Part 2 will show census and marriage records