- Born: 18 Feb 1855, Sligo, Eire
- Marriage: Florence SCHUTZ on 6 Mar 1883 in Darwen, Lancs
- Died: 18 Dec 1933, St Mary Cray, Orpington, Kent aged 78
- Buried: All Saints Church, Ramsden Rd, Orpington, Kent
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John CULBERTSON born 18-Feb-1855 at Avena, Sligo, Eire Photo as a very young man (8-9yrs) dressed in breeches, taken by J.Nelson of Sligo, with "Uncle John, John Culbertson of Avena, St Mary Cray" written on back Published in The Times newspaper, London, Wednesday, March 7, 1883 - Marriages. On the 6th inst., at St, John's, Darwen, Lancashire, JOHN CULBERTSON, Esq., of The Grove, Boltons, South Kensington, to FLORENCE SCHUTZ, of Norfolk-terrace, Bayswater. See ref 2 Known as "Honest John" in the City where he was Secretary to the London Produce Clearing House. He is recorded in the inquest papers for Robert Spencer Culbertson (see his page). There is a plaque on the north wall of All Saints Church, St Mary Cray, Orpington, Kent where he was a church warden for 40 years. Died at "Avena," Albert Road, St Mary Cray, Orpington. Paper clipping Parishoners' Gift Mr John Culbertson, ex-Vicar's warden of Orpington Parish Church, has received a delightful gift from friends and parishioners. Last Saturday a revolving garden shelter was delivered at his residence, "as a token of esteem," and he agrees that the gift could not have been more happily chosen. Mr. Culbertson was born in 1855, and he and Mrs. Culbertson are enjoying a well-earned rest, in which they have the good wishes of their many friends. For 49 years they have resided at Avena, and of this period Mr. Culbertson was for 40 years Vicar's warden. Paper clipping dated 22-Jul-1932 Orpington Parish Church Gift to Mr. J. Culbertson Mr. John Culbertson, of Avena, Orpington, who resigned on March 31st the position of Vicar's warden at orpington parish Church, after 40 years' valuable service, was presented on Saturday with a revolving garden shelter. The gift came from the parishioners as a "token of respect and esteem," and for Mr. and Mrs. Culbertson's use in their retirement, the evening of their lives. A position in the garden at Avena has been set aside for the shelter, and on Monday Mr. F. Tremain's employees were completing the final erection of it. The shelter can be moved round to face the sun when shining from any point, and a feature is the us of Vita glass. When interviewed by the Kentish Times on Monday, Mr. Culbertson stated that the gift was an ideal one for him and his wife, and it was difficult for him to express his thanks to all his friends in the parish for their kindness. ______________________________________ To the Editor Dear Sir, May I be allowed space to return hearty thanks to all the kind friends who have presented me with a beautiful garden room, fully furnished and fitted with Vita glass. My wife and I will much enjoy its use and hope that anyone who would like to see it will just walk round the garden at any time when passing. Yours, &c., John Culbertson Paper clipping with photograph. Forty Years Churchwarden Mr John Culbertson, who retired in April after being for forty years Vicar's Warden at Orpington Parish Church, was formally presented by the Bishop of Rochester on Friday with a garden house, an illuminated address, and a cheque, subscribed for by friends in the parish. Paper clipping Mr John Culbertson The news of the death of Mr. John Culbertson was received with deep regret, for he was a man, who, in a life of service, had worked especially hard for the welfare of Orpington, the town of his adoption, throughout the past 50 years. His many kindly acts in the district earned for him the description "Peacemaker," while among his City business friends he was known as "Honest John" - two soubriquets which are eloquent testimony of the respect in which he was held. His work as Vicar's warden at orpington for 40 years will long be remembered, and last year a tribute was paid to him by the Bishop of Rochester, who said Mr. Culbertson did splendid service, and the parishioners of Orpington were extremely lucky that they ever had such a Churchman as John Culbertson among them for forty years. . . . He did not know what Mr. Culbertson's methods were, but he was a specialist in the management of Church accounts. Paper clipping Late Mr. John Culbertson To the Editor Dear Sir, The passing of Mr. John Culbertson is a real loss to Orpington. His life of service has been an example to us all, and his death is a call to us to emulate that example. For forty years secretary of the London Produce Clearing House, where he was known to his friends as "honest John," associated with the H.A.C. for nearly fifty years, churchwarden of Orpington for forty years, under five successive Vicars - what a splendid record of service! He knew Orpington as a country village, and saw it grow into one of those large and important residential area which are springing up so rapidly round London. Nothing would have pleased him better than to know that some of the younger and newer residents in Orpington would follow in his footsteps, and, inspired by his genial spirit, carry on the duties which he had so near his heart; and although modern life becomes daily more complicated and more of a rush, there is no finer work than that which, by unostentaious and devoted service, he did to try and make the lives of those around him brighter. May the example he set and the happiness he gave encourage each one of us to go and do likewise. - Yours, &c., Waldron Smithers, Shelleys, Knockholt In Memoriam paper clipping reads CULBERTSON, John - December 18, 1933. Unfading memories to help and cheer life of perfect love and happiness with a man beloved by all who knew him. - F., M. and B. (Florence, Murray and Bryan) (Dated by hand 1945.) In Memoriam paper clipping reads CULBERTSON, John - December 18, 1933. The years pass, but never dim my love and gratitude for over 50 years of happiness with a wonderful husband. - F.C. "Flowers daily bloom in my garden of memories." (Dated by hand 1944) In Memoriam paper clipping reads CULBERTSON, John - December 18, 1933. Daily in memory, I treasure thoughts of your love and our 50 years of perfect happiness together. F.C. (Dated by hand 1946) Buried in the NW corner of the church grounds.
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Grain dealer.
John married Florence SCHUTZ, daughter of Gustavus Claussen SCHUTZ and Susannah MARTIN, on 6 Mar 1883 in Darwen, Lancs. (Florence SCHUTZ was born in 1859, died on 2 Mar 1951 in Ealing, London and was buried on 7 Mar 1951 in All Saints Church, Ramsden Rd, Orpington, Kent.)