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Anthony Cullen

Anthony Cullen

Male Abt 1806 - 1870  (~ 64 years)

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  • Name Anthony Cullen 
    Born Abt 1806  County Cavan, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Nov 1870  Templeton Township, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • Anthony was a leading citizen of Templeton Township in the mid 1800s and was the entrepreneur and business success of the Cullen family. He was a mini-barron in the squared timber business, operating shanties in the winter and timber marketing of white and red pine from the plentiful forests of Templeton and surrounding townships. He became a significant investor in land for his timber business, owning some 1,400 acres between 1847 and 1864. He operated the business from the 1830s to his death in 1870. He also had a sizeable farming operation in East Templeton.
      Anthony was a pillar of the Catholic Church and was instrumental in creating St. Anthony of Padua parish in Perkins. And he donated the bell for St. Francois de Sales church in Pointe-Gatineau.
      He was a captain in the Templeton militia, a justice of the peace and an investor in infrastructure, toll bridges and the planned Montreal and Bytown Railway. He was involved in local and provincial politics, culminating in a run for office in 1857.
    Person ID I125  Cullen family tree

    Father John Cullen,   b. Abt 1776, County Cavan, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Aug 1858, Templeton Township, Canada East Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Elizabeth Carolan,   b. Oct 1779, Doone, Mullagh, County Cavan, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Mar 1862, Templeton Township, Canada East Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 1805  County Cavan, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F2289  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Ursula Macdonell,   b. 06 Oct 1822, Pointe Fortune, Lower Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Jul 1870, Templeton Township, Quebec Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 27 Nov 1839  St. Andre Est, Argenteuil County, Lower Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. Mary Elizabeth Ursula Cullen,   b. 09 Apr 1841, East Templeton, Canada East Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Sep 1907, Ottawa, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)  [natural]
     2. John Godfrey Cullen,   b. Aug 1843, Templeton Township, Canada East Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Dec 1866, St. Augustine, Florida Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)  [natural]
     3. Anthony Cullen,   b. Abt May 1845, East Templeton, Canada East Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 Jun 1862, East Templeton, Canada East Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 17 years)  [natural]
    Family ID F2499  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    St. Anthony of Padua church Perkins, Quebec (now Val des Monts)
    St. Anthony of Padua church Perkins, Quebec (now Val des Monts)
    Four generations of Cullens were parishioners of this parish in Templeton Township.

    Anthony Cullen was instrumental in the creation of the parish in the 1850s. He was present at the dedication ceremony in 1857 and witnessed the official record of the proceedings.

    Pointe-Gatineau and St. François de Sales church c1910
    Pointe-Gatineau and St. François de Sales church c1910
    A view of Pointe-Gatineau showing the second St. François church erected about 1853 and Templeton Township and the Gatineau Hills in the background.

    Anthony Cullen was a principal patron of the parish. He and wife Ursula donated a 252 pound bell to the new church. It was named "Ursule-Antoinette" in her honour.

    Map of Lac Cullen, Petit Lac Cullen & Lac Cassidy
    Map of Lac Cullen, Petit Lac Cullen & Lac Cassidy
    The two Lac Cullens, located in Wakefield Township in Range 11, Lot 8 south of Lac Saint-Charles, are probably named after Anthony Cullen who logged extensively in the region in the mid 1800s. Lac Cassidy to the west in Lot 7 was likely named after the family of my 3rd great grandfather Thomas Cassidy and his son James who farmed on Lots 3 and 4 in Range 11.
    Ursule-Antoinette Bell donated to St-François-de-Sales church, Pointe-Gatineau
    Ursule-Antoinette Bell donated to St-François-de-Sales church, Pointe-Gatineau
    Anthony and Ursula Cullen signatures 1858
    Anthony and Ursula Cullen signatures 1858
    Anthony Cullen – probable site of his toll bridge over the Blanche River
    Anthony Cullen – probable site of his toll bridge over the Blanche River
    In the 1860s, Anthony built two toll bridges, one on Lot 7 Range 2 over the Blanche River and another on Lot 9 Range 6 over a smaller waterway. This view is north on Rue Cheval Blanc at the bridge over the Blanche in Gatineau.
    Anthony Cullen Legislative Assembly election material 1857
    Anthony Cullen Legislative Assembly election material 1857
    In late 1857, Anthony Cullen agreed to stand for election as a member of Parliament representing Ottawa County. In January 1858, he withdrew from the race, in deference to another candidate.
    Anthony Cullen family tree chart
    Anthony Cullen family tree chart
    Old Time Stuff – Anthony Cullen
    Old Time Stuff – Anthony Cullen
    Anthony Cullen saves William Boon at Long Island locks

    Histories
    John Cullen and Elizabeth Carolan's Children
    John Cullen and Elizabeth Carolan's Children
    Biographical sketches of John and Elizabeth Cullen's 7 children, notes and appendices.


    Excerpt from The Cullens of Templeton A Two Hundred Year Journey, Mark Cullen, 2010, Chapter2, pp 40-63, 268-271 and 203-225

    John Cullen (c1776-1858) and Elizabeth Carolan (1879-1862)
    John Cullen (c1776-1858) and Elizabeth Carolan (1879-1862)
    The emigration of John Cullen and Elizabeth Carolan from County Cavan to Canada in 1826 and settlement in Templeton Township. John and Elizabeth were our first generation of Cullens in Canada.

    Excerpt from The Cullens of Templeton A Two Hundred Year Journey, Mark Cullen, 2010, Chapter 1, pp 10-37 plus notes and appendices


    Albums
    John Cullen & Elizabeth Carolan family
    John Cullen & Elizabeth Carolan family (11)
    John & Elizabeth Cullen's Children
    John & Elizabeth Cullen's Children (21)
    Photos for John and Elizabeth's seven children

  • Sources 
    1. [S181] Lawrence Cullen research.

    2. [S206] Necrologies des Pierres Tombales du Cimetiere Notre Dame d'Ottawa, LesEditions Quesnel de Tomblanche, Vanier 1981, Vol 10 Page 995.

    3. [S54] Mariages du comte d'Argenteuil Rivest 1972, 165.