Eliza Cullembaugh of Calvert County
The following information was sent to me by Nancy O'Conner,
<NOCONNOR@CINCI.RR.COM>. It comes from a small booklet
written by a relative some 20 years ago based mostly on family
tradition and an early
bible. Since Eliza married in Calvert County, she wonders if the
Cullumbaugh was actually Cullember or if Cullember started out as
Cullumbaugh. It is possible that they were going to Maryland
because of some unknown family connection.
Eliza Cullumbaugh, who
became the wife of Maulden (or Malden) Baker, was born in Scotland,
British Isles, in the year 1806. In 1809, her parents with her and two
other sisters started to America. At that time, it took six weeks to
make the trip, which had to be done, of course, in a sailing vessel.
Owing to unsanitary conditions and the food used on the trip, an
epidemic of cholera broke out on the ship and many died. The vessel was
quarantined in the harbor at Baltimore, Maryland, for several weeks.
The two parents died of the malady and were buried at sea. Eliza and
her two sisters were "farmed out," that is taken by others of the
colony and raised and, while they evidently remained in the same
neighborhood, they likely bore different names and they eventually
became separated. Eliza was reared by a family named "Clark." Little is
known of her sisters nor of the families who took care of them. Owing
to the lack of convenient correspondence, they were soon lost trace of
them when Maulden and Eliza moved to Indiana.
Maulden Baker and Eliza Cullumbaugh were married in
Calvert County, Maryland on December 25, 1825, so reads the old Bible
record. Further than that there is no written record. They lived there
until the autumn of 1833 on or near the "Petuxin" River, which flows in
the Chesapeake Bay about seven (?) miles from Baltimore. During the
month of October 1833, they joined a colony of emigrants who were
coming to Indiana to build new homes. They made the trip over the
mountains and down the Ohio River to a landing place just down the
river from Madison, Ind. From there they journeyed overland to the
temporary Government Land Headquarters at Big Springs in Martin County
Indiana. From there they located their new homes and many of them came
to the "Hill Country" of Green and Monroe Counties and helped to
establish the towns of Stanford, Solsberry, Newark, Bloomington and
Bloomfield. Hence, also we have Maryland Ridge and Green County Chapel,
which is the Methodist Episcopal Church standing nearly on the line
between Monroe and Green counties, just about one mile west of
Grandfather Maulden spent
much of his early life as a "fresh water sailor" on the Chesapeake Bay
and also worked for the plantation owners in Western Maryland. He never
owned a slave. It was in that vocation that he earned and saved the
money on which he ventured Westward in 1833.
He was a shoemaker for the
colony and also his neighborhood in Indiana. I have some of his old
tools yet. He became a licensed exhorter or local preacher in the
Methodist Protestant Church.
Here's the information on the migration Eliza and Malden made from
Indiana with abolitionists and freed black slaves:
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is used here with her permission.
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