Cutlock and Cullum

Cutlock wasn’t a name I knew before starting family history research, although it subsequently appeared in Dad’s notes.

The Ancestry website name search feature, which trawls the 1891 census records to find the number of people with a surname and their distribution, found just 10 ‘Cutlock’, all in Norfolk. (Just beaten in the 1891 rarity stakes in the family tree by Laddiman.)

Common transcription errors: Cutlack, Catlock, Cuttock. And the one which got in the way of finding Cullum half-relations earlier, as per marriage record transcription, Cutloch.

See About Us for “why Cutlock and Co?”.

Ann Harriet Cutlock

Ann Harriet Cutlock was the daughter of Harriet Cutlock, no father mentioned on the birth certificate or otherwise known. Born 10th December 1858 (synchronicity – this site started 10th December 2010) in Norwich, at Red Lion Yard.

Ann Harriet Howes (Cutlock) with daughter Gertie on the beach

She appears living with her grandparents John Cutlock/ Charlotte Plunkett on 1861/71/81 censuses, latterly in Ninham’s Court (see Norwich Yards website). Marries Arthur AB Howes 1885 (both witnesses were Cullums) and moves to Rose Yard.

Connected blog posts: Happy Birthday great gran Ann Harriet, Searching for clues to Ann Harriet Cutlock.

Cutlock/Cullum

Mother Harriet Cutlock meanwhile married William Bishop Cullum in 1865 (4th June St Augustine), with a resulting half a dozen Cullum half siblings:

  • William John born 1868 Norwich, married Sarah Neve 1892 Norwich, and died 1948 Newick, Sussex at Burnt House. Death notice in London Gazette. Originally a ledger clerk, “Uncle William” was a fruit grower by 1933, living at Burnt House – a fair size property compared to where the rest of the families lived. See more on A fruitful life for a Norfolk accountant.
    Offspring:

    Fred Cullum, Dora Briselden, wedding Sep 1926
    • Two boys died in infancy: William Robert (b 1893 Mutford, d 1894 Greenwich), Henry Arthur (b/d 1894 Greenwich).
    • Arthur Frank b 1896 New Cross, d 1973 Colchester. Married Susan Bradfield 1922 (‘Susie’ in old family notes, 1895-1961). Children Doreen and Irene.
    • Frederick b 1900 Catford, d 1933 Ealing. Married Dora Briselden (1894-1964) 25 Sep 1926, daughter Muriel N Cullum (married Roy Shephard).
    • Stanley John b 1904 Catford, d 1984 Lewes, Sussex. See All at sea with a new cousin.
  • Herbert Thomas b 1869 Norwich, married Mary Ann Pye 1894 Norwich. Offspring (more info on A Cullum update):
    • Hilda Edith Cullum b 1896 Norwich, married Harry Whitney 1944, d 1980 Yarmouth. Mentioned in William J Cullum’s will (written 1942).
    • Cecil Herbert Cullum b 1905 Norwich, m Vera Evelyn Pitt 1927 New York. (Vera, b 1899 Glascoed, Wales, died 1970 Los Angeles.)
    • Bertie Robert and Kate Emma b 1907 Yarmouth. Bertie m Muriel Fish 1934 Norwich, d 1981. Kate died 1993 North Yorks.
  • Elizabeth Mary b 1870 Norwich, died 1954 Norwich.
  • Robert Frederick b 1872/3 Norwich, married Stella Annie Camp 1911 Norwich. Offspring:
    • Grace Alice Cullum b 1913 Norwich, d 1997. Married Thomas WJ Hurley 1937 – Thomas was the headmaster of Red House Farm Approved School, Buxton and got an MBE.
    • Jessie Marjorie Cullum b 1914/5 Norwich, d 2009. Married Harry Ken Worship 1939, children Josephine and Pauline. See Getting excited by an obituary – also on Notable Names as Harry got an OBE.
  • Alice Edith 1876-1886.
  • Edith b 1879 Norwich, d 1947. Married 1905 Norwich to Albert William Sales (1877-1949). Daughter Eva b 1914, d 1980, marriage to Leonard Gamble 1946 Norwich.

Selected notes

Arthur Frank Cullum’s WW1 record is intriguing. Signing up in 1916 he seems to have served in at least four regiments, all ‘at home’ in Britain. These include Huntingdon Cyclist Battalion, Bedfordshire, Suffolk, and probably Royal Sussex.  As a clerk by training perhaps he went round sorting out their paperwork/money, wherever he was needed?

Harriet Cutlock (1840-1915) and William Bishop Cullum (1839-1901) were both tailors.

William Bishop Cullum was born before his parents married, and has a tale around his name (info courtesy of Nathan Caine). His mother was Tabitha Culham* (b about 1819 Wacton), father William Bishop (b about 1819 Blofield). He was christened William Bishop Culham, but was registered as William Bishop Bishop! Presumably known as plain William Bishop in his early life, by 1861 he  had adopted the surname of Cullum, accidentally or otherwise mis-spelling his mother’s maiden name. So we can be reasonably sure that this branch of Cullum is not connected with any other by that name *.

* UPDATE: on trawling familysearch.org January 2011, I find a Tabitha Cullum baptised in Wacton 5th Jan 1817 (mother Rebecca). It now seems more likely that William was merely correcting the spelling of his mother’s name and there IS a wider Cullum connection.

It would be great to hear from anyone related in some way to anybody mentioned here.

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2 thoughts on “Cutlock and Cullum

    1. Thanks for your note, Peter. Do you know rough dates for Grace and Tom at Red House Farm School? I’ve got him in the phone directory for that address at 1949 and for his MBE in 1973 …

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