NORTHERN NEW YORK
Genealogical and family history of northern New York: a record of the achievements of her people
in the making of a commonwealth and the founding of a nation.
New York: Lewis Historical Pub. Co. 1910.
Transcribed by Coralynn Brown
The family MacCulloch (spelled also McCullock, McCullough and in various other ways) is one of the oldest and most distinguised in Scotland. It was established before the Norman conquest, in Wigtonshire and Kircudbrightshire, Scotland, and numbers is every generation some of the leading men of Scotland.
(I) General William McCullock, of the Kirkcudbright famikly, was an officer of the British army, and died in the service in India. He was doubtless related to William McCulloch, of Mertoune, Kircudbright, member of the Scottish parliament.
(II) William, son of General William McCullock, was born in Kircudbrigtht. He was in Canada as early as 1756, and cornet in the Fifty-fifth regiment in the British army. He came to New York City in 1799, and engaged in the leather business, which he followed the rest of his life. He died at an advanced age, about 1824.
He married Nancy Van Wie, of Van Wie's Point, six miles below the city of Albany. (See Shankland.)
Robert, Kennie, Catherine and William.
(III) William, son of William (1) McCullock, was born in New York City in 1800, and died in Lowville, N.Y., Nov. 12, 1887. He was educated in the public schools, and served an apprenticeship of six years at the tinsmith trade under Philip Embury, a nephew of the namesake of the first Methodist Episcopal minister in the United States.
In 1826 McCullock came to Watertown, N.Y., and worked there as a joyrneyman at his trade. He then established himself in business at Brownville, N.Y., and continued as a master tinsmith with much success until 1841, when he removed to Lowville. From that time until 1853, he had a hardware store and tinsmith business at Lowville. After 1853 he conducted a private banking business. In 1864 his bank was chartered as the First National Bank of Lowville, of which he was cashier the remainder of his life, a period of twenty-seven years. He made it one of the largest and strongest banking institutions of Northern New York.
He was a self-made man, shrewd and upright in business, an able financier and useful citizen. In early life he was a Whig, but he joined the Republican party early in its existence, and supported it loyally during the war and afterward. He never sought public office for himself.
He was one of the founders of the Protestant Episcopal church at Lowville, one of the first vestrymen of old Trinity Church of Watertown, and the last survivor of the original membership of that church.
He married, in 1822, Mary Van Slyck, born in 1800, died in August, 1853, daughter of William Van Slyck, of Schenectady, N.Y. She is buried in Greenwood cemetery, Long Island, as are all the deceased members of the family.
Frederick, mentioned below.
William, served in the Fourteenth New York regiment in the civil war, and died in New York in 1862.
(IV) Frederick, son of William (2) McCullock, was born at Brownville, N.Y., Sept. 14, 1834. HE was educated at the Flushing (Long Island) Institute. Then he served an apprenticeship of six years, learning the trade of tinsmith and the hardware business. In 1853, before he was of age, he engaged in New York City in one of the first fruit canning establishments in the country, under the firm name of J. McCullock & Company, and continued for about seven years.
After spending a year at Middletown, Orange county, N.Y., he opened a tinware and hardware store at Martinsburg, Lewis county, N.Y., and conducted a successful business for several years.
In 1887 he came to Lowville to take charge of his father's banking interests, and since 1899 has been president of the First National Bank of Lowville. He is a member of the Protestant Episcopal church.
In politics he is a Republican.
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