91st PA: George Bloomfield Kulp

George Bloomfield Kulp

Name

Some texts have his middle name as 'Brubaker'. However, Joseph Kulp's signature on the consent for his son's enlistment lists his name as 'George Bloomfield Kulp'. 'Bloomfield' is derived from the Revolutionary War hero General Bloomfield, later New Jersey governor and a US Congressman. George's uncle George B Kulp, a minister, may have had 'Brubaker' as a middle name. George Brubaker Kulp (born 11 February 1839, Reamstown, Lancaster County, Pennsylvania) was a prominent attorney in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania, who served as the Register of Wills, edited and owned the Luzerne Legal Register Reports, owned a newspaper, and was a local historian. George Brubaker Kulp and George Bloomfield Kulp are not known to have been related. [sources: 23, 26]

Before the war

He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 23 July 1845, to [unknown] and Sarah Kirkpatrick Kulp (from New Jersey). [sources: place: 1, 4, 5, 6 (64 in 1910), 7 (74 in 1920), 9 (84 in 1930), 22, 29, 30. date: 1, 4 (93 at death), 22 (3 days less than 94), 25 (citing the 22 July 1862 Declaration of Recruit), 29 (5 in 1850), 30 (15 in 1860). parents: 22, 26, 29, 30]

He may be the George Culp living in Cedar Ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1850. If so, he was living with Joseph and Sarah Culp (presumably his parents), and with Charles W (presumably his brother). They were living in the same house as Ann Kulp, who was apparently living on Harrison Street. [source: 29]

The 1850 George Culp was still living with Joseph and Sarah in 1860, in ward 7 of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was a brickyard boy. [source: 30]

When he enlisted, he was a whip maker. [source: 1]

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 9 inches tall, had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and light hair. [source: 1]

During the war

He enlisted for three years on 22 July 1862, at Philadelphia Pennsylvania. He was enlisted and mustered into service by Lieutenant Gregory. He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1, 4, 10, 35, 36]

He claimed to be 19 years old when he enlisted, but was actually 16, and was discharged because he was under age His father also signed a consent to enlistment claiming he was 19. (He was three months younger than his son was when he enlisted, in 1898.) [sources: 1, 4, 12, 25]

On 22 April 1863, he was captured, while on duty at United States Ford. He spent several months in a Confederate prison. [sources: 3, 4]

On 8 September 1863, Sinex reported that he was in Philadelphia and able to rejoin the regiment, and requested his return. Sinex reported that Kulp was said to be working at brick making, and that he was a paroled prisoner. [source: 2]

After he was released from prison, he was discharged because he was under age. He was discharged on 25 July 1863. He was a private, in company E. [sources: 1, 4, 10, 35, 36]

He also served in company F of the 95th Pennsylvania Infantry. [sources: 8, 10, 36]

After the war

He married Jane Williams. In January 1869, they were divorced. [source: 22]

On 6 March 1869, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, he married Anna R Rodenberger. She was born in May 1850, in Pennsylvania. This was his second marriage. They apparently had five children:

(Frank A Kulp was a Battle Creek city councilman, and a Michigan State Senator. He ran for other offices, sometimes running as a Socialist, and was a Probate Judge. His son Karl Marx Kulp died at 8 months.) [sources: 5 (5 children, all living in 1900), 6 (5 children, all living in 1910), 9 (23 years old at first marriage!?), 22, 23, 25 (citing pension application), 26, 28]

In 1872, he was pastor of Epworth Methodist Church. He was also pastor of the West Side Mission, and Sayres Memorial Church. [source: 22]

He was a messenger for the Survey Department, City of Philadelphia, apparently approved on 30 December 1878. [source: 22, 33]

He became a minister in Pennsylvania, within ten years of his discharge. He founded several churches in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Nebraska. He "was known as a fiery, no-nonsense evangelist preacher". (See George Kulp [a separate page, not part of the 91st PA website] for some of his sermons.) [source: 4]

In 1880, he was living on Fisher Avenue, 24th ward, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was living with his wife Annie, and children Esther, Francis, and Sarah. He was a rodman. [source: 24]

In March 1880, the Philadelphia Methodist Episcopal Annual Conference elected him to elders' orders, from the South Philadelphia district. [source: 34]

Around 1882, he moved to Michigan. [source: 22]

On 3 March 1892, at the East Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, he gave a lecture about the war, describing the battles he was in and also Libby Prison. [source: 11]

On 1 June 1894, he was living in the 5th ward of Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. [source: 26]

On 13 April 1897, he applied successfully from Michigan for a pension. [sources: 8, 10]

In April 1898, his son, George B Kulp, Junior, enlisted for one year in the Second Michigan. George Kulp Senior was then living in Grand Rapids. George Kulp Junior was then three months older than his father was when he enlisted. [source: 12]

On 27 August 1898, a detective broke into a downtown Grand Rapids room and found Kulp with a female choir member. Kulp cut his hand on the door glass. The woman's husband reportedly claimed nothing was wrong, and all parties had effected "a conciliation". [source: 13]

Kulp did not preach in his church on the next day. [source: 14]

On 11 September 1898, the Kalamazoo Gazette published a report claiming that Kulp would stop being a minister and study law instead. Shortly after that, Kulp did not attend the Methodist Conference. However, he then "acknowledge his guilt" in "capitulating to an unholy infatuation", and was allowed to withdraw from the conference. [sources: 15, 16, 17]

In February 1899, Kulp was rumored to be preaching in Nebraska. The Methodist Episcopal conference had not restored him. [source: 18]

By April 1899, he had organized an independent congregation in Battle Creek, Michigan. [source: 19]

In 1900, he was living at 44 Meachem Avenue, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. He was living with his wife Anna, and children Sadie and Charles. He was a minister. [source: 5]

In 1905, his daughter, Sadie Kulp, was ordained a minister in the Apostolic Holiness denomination, and was minister of a church in Orleans, Indiana. [source: 20]

On 25 July 1907, he again applied for a pension. [source: 10]

In 1910, he was living at 112 Battle Creek Avenue, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. He was living with his wife Anna, his daughter Sadie, and his mother Sarah Kulp. He was a minister in the Holiness Church. [source: 6]

In September 1914, he resigned as minister of the Immanuel Holiness Church, which he had been for fifteen years. He intended to "do evangelistic work" for the International Apostolic Holiness Church, beginning in Oklahoma. [source: 21]

In 1920, he was living at 106 Battle Creek Avenue, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. He was living with his wife Anna and a servant. He was a minister--evangelist. [source: 7]

On 15 August 1919, his wife, Anna R Kulp, died. She was buried in section C, lot 47, rt 2 of the Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. [source: 32]

In 1930, he was living at 4 Grand View Drive, Battle Creek Township, Calhoun County, Michigan. He was living with his sister-in-law Mary E Mahick [?]. He was not working. [source: 9]

He died on 24 July 1939. He was buried in section C, lot 47, rt 1, Oak Hill Cemetery, Battle Creek, Calhoun County, Michigan. [sources: 22, 27]

Bibliography

Sources

[not in Bates]

1 Company E descriptive roll, entry 110

2 letter, Sinex to Marvin, 8 September 1863

3 consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 24 April 1864 (Private Kulp)

4 George Kulp, searched 30 December 2004 (this includes a picture of Kulp) (George Brubaker Kulp)

5 1900 US census, Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 30, microfilm series T623, film 704, page 95 A = 11 handwritten (George B Kulp)

6 1910 US census, Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek City, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 32, microfilm series T624, film 640, page 19 A = 7 handwritten (George B Kulp)

7 1920 US census, Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 38, microfilm series T624, film 759, page 141 A = 5 handwritten (George B Kulp)

8 pension index by name (George B Kulp)

9 1930 US census, Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek Township, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 13-34, microfilm series T626, film 979, page 14 = 5 B handwritten (George B Kulp)

10 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company E (George B Kulp)

11 'War reminiscences', Kalamazoo Gazette 4 March 1892, page 1 (Geo B Kulp)

12 'Now the son enlists', Grand Rapids Herald 26 April 1898, page 7 (George B Kulp)

13 'Rumor of scandal', Grand Rapids Herald, 28 August 1898, part 1, page 3 (George B Kulp)

14 'Pastor was absent', Grand Rapids Herald 29 August 1898, page 3 (George B Kulp)

15 [a rumor that Kulp would quit the ministry], Kalamazoo Gazette 11 September 1898, page 5 (George B Kulp)

16 [a chilling hush], Grand Rapids Press 14 September 1898 (George Kulp)

17 [withdrawal from the conference], Kalamazoo Gazette 17 September 1898 page 4 (George B Kulp)

18 'Kulp not restored', Grand Rapids Herald 4 February 1899 page 4 (George B Kulp)

19 [an independent congregation] Grand Rapids Press 22 April 1899 (George B Kulp)

20 'Woman to fill pulpit', Grand Rapids Press 21 October 1905, page 2 (George B Kulp)

21 'Kulp resigns', Kalamazoo Gazette 19 September 1914 page 2 (George B Kulp)

22 e-mail, Richard C Osterhout to Harry A Ide, 20 March 2010 (George Bloomfield Kulp)

23 e-mails, Richard C Osterhout to Harry A Ide, 7 and 10 April 2010 (George Bloomfield Kulp)

24 1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 570, microfilm series T9, film 1183, page 402 = 24 A handwritten (George Kulp)

25 e-mail, Richard C Osterhout to Harry A Ide, 13 April 2010

26 e-mail, Richard C Osterhout to Harry A Ide, 16 and 22 April 2010 (citing Michigan State Census of Civil War Veterans, in Access Genealogy Online)

27 Find-a-Grave, memorial 16015527, created by Debra Stanley, added 5 October 2006, accessed 5 September 2010 (George B Kulp)

28 IGI record, George B Kulp married to Annie R Rodenberger on 6 March 1869 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (accessed 28 Jan 2012)

29 1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Cedar Ward, microfilm series M432, film 812, page 62 recto = 123 handwritten (George Culp)

30 1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 7, microfilm series M653, film 1157, page 419 = 419 handwritten (George Kalp)

31 selected Philadelphia directories

32 Find a grave, memorial 16015528, created by Debra Stanley, added 5 Oct 2006, accessed 29 Jan 2012 (Anna R Kulp)

33 'Local summary', Philadelphia Inquirer 31 December 1878 page 3 (George B Kulp)

34 'The Philadelphia M.E. annual conference'. Philadelphia Inquirer 15 March 1880 page 2 (George Kulp)

35 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (George B Culp)

36 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (George B Kulp)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1870 US census
HeritageQuest and FamilySearch indices (accessed 28 Jan 12)
Joseph and Sarah Kulp are living in the 80th division of the 24th ward of Philadelphia, at microfilm series M593, film 1411, pages 505 verso = 38 handwritten to 506 recto = 39 handwritten; no one else is in their house
1890 US census, veterans' schedules
Ancestry index (accessed February 2006)

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George B Kulp in the 91st PA gedcom on RootsWeb WorldConnect

George B Kulp in the 91st PA database

1850 census

[1850 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Cedar Ward, microfilm series M432, film 812, page 62 recto = 123 handwritten]
[identity is uncertain, based only on the absence of other candidates, and the report that George's mother is named 'Sarah'; also I have no evidence of the death of a George Kulp this age or his presence in the 1880 census]
[the previous family, in the same house, is Ann Culp (50), Casper (18, brickmaker), George (13), and Eliza (9)]
line18192021
Dwellings visited[700]   
Families visited1080   
NameJoseph " [sc. Culp]SarahGeorgeChas W.
Age272652
SexMFMM
Color    
Occupation of males over 15 yearsBrickmaker   
Real estate owned    
BirthplacePennaJerseyPennaJersey
Married within year    
Attended school within year    
Over 20 & can't read/write    
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.    

1860 census

[1860 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 7, microfilm series M653, film 1157, page 419 = 419 handwritten]
[identification is uncertain--see the note on the 1850 census entry above]
line89101112
Dwelling number2524    
Family number3167    
NameJoseph KalpSarah "George "Charles "Matilda Kirkpatrick
Age3635151220
SexMFMMF
Color     
OccupationBrick maker Brick-yard-boydoWeaver
Value of real estate owned     
Value of personal estate450    
Place of birthdo [sc. Pennsylvania]dododoNew Jersey
Married within year     
Attended school within year     
Cannot read & write     
Deaf, dumb, blind, etc.     

1880 census

[1880 US census, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, ward 24, supervisor's district 1, enumeration district 570, microfilm series T9, film 1183, page 402 = 24 A handwritten]
line1213141516
street nameFisher Ave
house number     
dwelling visit #217    
family visit #223    
nameKulp George- Annie R- Esther R- Francis- Sarah
colorWWWWW
sexMFFMF
age3430963
month born if born in year     
relationship WifeDaughterSonDaughter
single  111
married11   
widowed/divorced     
married during year     
occupationRodmanKeeping House   
months unemployed     
currently ill?     
blind     
deaf/dumb     
idiotic     
insane     
disabled     
school this year     
can't read     
can't write     
birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
father's birthplacePennaPennaPennaPennaPenna
mother's birthplaceN JerseyPennaPennaPennaPenna

1900 census

[1900 US census, Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 30, microfilm series T623, film 704, page 95 A = 11 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other families at this address]
line33343536
streetMeachem Ave
house number[44]   
dwelling number263   
family number275   
nameKulp George BAnna CSadieCharles W B
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterSon
colorWWWW
sexMFFM
birth dateJuly 1845May 1850Nov 1876Mar 1886
age54502314
married?MMSS
# years married3131  
mother of how many children? 5  
# of children living 5  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaMichiganMichigan
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceNew JerseyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvania
immigration year    
# years in USA    
naturalized citizen?    
occupationMinister  At School
# months not employed0   
# months in school   9
can readYesYesYesYes
can writeYesYesYesYes
speaks EnglishYesYesYesYes
owned/rentedR   
free or mortgaged    
farm/houseH   
# of farm schedule    

1910 census

[1910 US census, Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek City, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 32, microfilm series T624, film 640, page 19 A = 7 handwritten]
line25262728
streetBattle Creek Avenue
house nr112   
dwelling nr164   
family nr173   
nameKulp George B- Anna R- SadieKulp Sarah
relationshipHeadWifeDaughterMother
sexMFFF
colorWWWW
age64593386
marital statusM2M1SWd
#years present marriage4141  
mother of # children 5  
mother of # living children 5  
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew Jersey
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew Jersey
mother's birthplaceNew JerseyPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew Jersey
immigrated    
naturalized/alien    
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish
occupationMinisterNoneMinisterNone
nature of industry etc.Holiness Church Holiness Church 
employer etc.W W 
out of work 15 Apr 1910?    
# weeks out of work 1909    
can readyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyes
school since 1 Sep 09    
owned/rentedO   
owned free or mortagagedF   
farm/houseH   
nr on farm schedule    
civil war vet[blank (sic]   
blind    
deaf & dumb    

1920 census

[1920 US census, Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek Township, supervisor's district 3, enumeration district 38, microfilm series T624, film 759, page 141 A = 5 handwritten]
[I did not transcribe the other people at this residence, headed by Belle L Downs]
line434445
streetBattle Creek Ave
house number[106]  
dwelling visit number[104]  
family visit number[105]  
nameKulp George B- Anna R- [sic] Draper Mina
relationshipHeadWifeServant
own/rentO [sic]  
free/mortgaged (if owned)F  
sexMFF
raceWWW
age at last birthday746960
marital statusMMWd
year of immigration   
naturalized/alien   
year of naturalization   
attended school since Sept 1919   
can readyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyes
birth placePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNew York
native language   
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaEngland
father's native language  English
mother's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaNova Scotia Canada
mother's native language   
can speak Englishyesyesyes
occupationMinisternoneMaid Servant
industry, businessEvangelist Private F[amily]
employment statusOA W
number of farm schedule139  

1930 census

[1930 US census, Michigan, Calhoun County, Battle Creek Township, supervisor's district 16, enumeration district 13-34, microfilm series T626, film 979, page 14 = 5 B handwritten]
line5152
streetGrand View Dr
house number4 
dwelling visit #125 
family visit #125 
nameKulp, George BMahick [?] Mary E
relationHeadSister-in-law
owned/rentedR 
value or rent40 
radioR 
farmNo 
sexMF
colorWW
age8465
married?WdWd
age 1st marriage2320
school/college since 9/29NoNo
can read & writeYesYes
birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvania
mother's birthplaceNew JerseyPennsylvania
native language  
immigration year  
naturalization  
can speak EnglishYesYes
occupationNoneNone
industry  
worker class  
at work yesterday  
unemployment schedule #  
veteran?  
war  
farm schedule #  

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 26 Mar 2014, from Fold3]


Culp George B.
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
REFERENCE CARD.
Original filed under
Kulp George B.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.


[card 2, transcribed 17 August 2014]

Kulp George B
Co. E, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also 95 Pa Inf.

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

'War reminiscences'

['War reminiscences', Kalamazoo Gazette 4 March 1892, page 1]
WAR REMINISENCES. [sic]
Rev. Geo. B. Kulp Lectures at the East Avenue M.E. Church Last Evening.

The East avenue M.E. church was well filled last night, quite a number of the G.A.R. being present to listen to Rev. George B. Kulp of Battle Creek lecture on "Company F" or Reminisences [sic] of the War. He commenced by saying that Rev. DeWitt Talmage had remarked that no minister ought to attempt to lecture, for if he did he would make a failure of it. He was not speaking from a ministerial standpoint, but as one of the boys who took part in the late rebellion. His vivid descriptions of the numerous engagements in which he took part, kept the audience spell-bound, and in describing life in Libby prison, he touched the sympathetic chord which caused many a sigh to be heard. He paid a glowing tribute to Fighting Joe Hooker. Those who failed to hear him missed an intellectual treat.

'Now the son enlists'

['Now the son enlists', Grand Rapids Herald 26 April 1898, page 7]
Now the Son Enlists.

Kalamazoo, Mich., April 25.--Frank A. Kulp this forenoon received a telegram from his father, the Rev. George B. Kulp of Grand Rapids, stating that George B. Kulp, Jr., enlisted today in the Second Michigan regiment for the year. The young man will be 17 years of age the 10th of next August, and is three months older than his father was at the time of his enlistment at Philadelphia in the war for the union. George being under 18, it is necessary that he should get his parents' consent, which was freely given, his father accompanying him to the recruiting station.

'Rumor of scandal'

['Rumor of scandal', Grand Rapids Herald, 28 August 1898, part 1, page 3]
RUMOR OF SCANDAL
EXCITEMENT OVER REPORT AFFECTING REV. GEO. B. KULP
AND A WEST SIDE WOMAN
SAID TO HAVE BEEN FOUND IN A ROOM TOGETHER.
Detective Kennedy Broke into a Room in a Down Town Block Late Yesterday Afternoon--No Arrests and the Matter is Said to Have Been Settled by the Parties Concerned.

There was considerable excitement on the down-town streets last night over a widely circulated rumor connecting the name of the Rev. George B. Kulp, pastor of the Second Street M.E. church, with that of a woman on the west side who is a member of his choir. The rumor became so general that a dozen or more persons called The Herald office by telephone asking that the story be published and volunteering alleged details of the affair. The rumor was to the effect that Detective Kennedy had broken into a room in the Wright block at Monroe and Ionia streets about 5 o'clock in the afternoon, where he found the Reverend Kulp and the woman in question, and that the two were kept there until the woman's husband arrived to see them in each other's company. It was also reported that during the excitement in the room following the unexpected and sudden appearance of the detective, Mr. Kulp broke the glass in the door, cutting his hand so severely that he had to procure the services of a surgeon. A reported for The Herald called at the home of Mr. Kulp last evening to learn whether the rumor of the alleged occurrent was true or not, but he was denied an audience with Mr. Kulp or any of his family. He then visited the home of the woman whose name had been connected with the affair. The woman's husband admitted that his wife and the minister had been found in each other's company, but said there was nothing wrong, and that he and his wife and Mr. and Mrs. Kulp had discussed the matter and that a conciliation had been effected. He further said that all had agreed to forgive and forget, and he asked for the sake of his family and all concerned that his wife's name be kept out of the paper. Considering the circumstances of the case, the name of the woman is withheld from publication in connection with the rumor. Detective Kennedy was communicated with by telephone, but he declined to say anything about the matter further than that he had promised to keep it a secret.

'Pastor was absent'

['Pastor was absent', Grand Rapids Herald 29 August 1898, page 3]
PASTOR WAS ABSENT
THE REV. GEORGE B. KULP DID NOT FILL HIS PULPIT.
ELDER GRAHAM PREACHED
WILL NOT PREACH BEFORE GENERAL CONFERENCE IS HELD.
Trustees of the Church Think That the Pastor Will Attend Their Meeting Tonight to Make a Confession in Regard to Reports Concerning His Conduct.

There were many tear stained eyes in the audience of the Rev. George B. Kulp's church on Second street yesterday morn- called to preach." [sic] According to the cus- [sic] friends who are much depressed over the revelations of Saturday afternoon.

Although the story had become widely circulated down town Saturday night, there were few church going people who had any knowledge of it when they went to the Second Street Methodist church yesterday morning, expecting to hear the Rev. Mr. Kulp preach. The Rev. John Graham, presiding elder of the conference district, delivered the morning sermon, and touched upon the incident uppermost in every one's mind by saying: "It is our duty not to judge or condemn, but to pity and pray for." Quite a large gathering was present and the occurrence of Saturday had cast a gloom over all. The Rev. O. K. Wightman preached in the evening.

"I think Mr. Kulp will make a clean confession. He won't say black is white, for I have known him intimately," said a member of the church last evening. If Mr. Kulp makes a confession it will probably be before the board of trustees, which will hold a regular meeting this evening. The board has no power to remove him, as Mr. Kulp issued instructions Saturday evening for the carrying out of both services yesterday. He did not appear at church, remaining at home all day. The general conference will meet at Lansing September 14, and that is the body that will make disposition of his case. One of the trustees said last night that he thought the conference would place Mr. Kulp on probation if he makes confession and still thinks he is "divinely called to preach." According to the custom the conference will probably transfer him to another conference, if he shall be retained in the ministry.

The report of Mr. Kulp's downfall published yesterday morning was the subject of much discussion around the city all day and especially among residents of the West Side in the vicinity of the church, of which he is pastor.

rumored quitting

[[a rumor that Kulp would quit the ministry], Kalamazoo Gazette 11 September 1898, page 5]

Rev. George B. Kulp will quit the ministry and study law.

a chilling hush

[Grand Rapids Press 14 September 1898]
'In a chilling hush George Kulp's name called at Methodist Conference. No one answered tomorrow.'
[the link on Genealogy Bank led to an error (accessed January 2010)]

withdrawal from the conference

[Kalamazoo Gazette 17 September 1898 page 4]

The Michigan Methodist Episcopal conference that has been in session in Lansing allowed Rev George B. Kulp to withdraw from the conference for capitulating to an unholy infatuation. The minister acknowledged his guilt. This is the case that created such a sensation at Grand Rapids a few days ago.

'Kulp not restored'

['Kulp not restored', Grand Rapids Herald 4 February 1899 page 4]
KULP NOT RESTORED.
Question About His Taking a Work in Nebraska.

"The papers state that the Rev. George B. Kulp, formerly of this city, has resumed pastoral work in Nebraska," said the Rev. Dr. John Graham, presiding elder of the Grand Rapids Methodist district yesterday. "The statement as published may lead to a wrong impression. Mr. Kulp's papers were surrendered at the last conference and are still in my hands. He cannot be restored to the church nor be admitted to membership in any conference in the United States until he receives his papers back. I do not know the circumstances under which he has resumed preaching, if he has done so, as stated, but it is possible he has located in some small town as a homesteader and the presiding elder of that district has given him a mission charge or something like them [sic]. But he is not restored to the church."

an independent congregation

[Grand Rapids Press 22 April 1899]
'Again he leads others. George B. Kulp has organized an independent congregation in Battle Creek.'
[the link on Genealogy Bank led to an error (accessed January 2010)]

Woman to fill pulpit

[Grand Rapids Press 21 October 1905, page 2]
Woman to Fill Pulpit.

Battle Creek, Oct. 31.--Miss Sadie Kulp, daughter of the Rev. George B. Kulp, pastor of Immanuel church, and sister of Alderman Frank Kulp, was recently ordained a minister in the Apostolic Holiness demoniation and has accepted a call to Orleans, Ind.

'Kulp resigns'

['Kulp resigns', Kalamazoo Gazette 19 September 1914 page 2]
Kulp Resigns.

Battle Creek, Sept. 18.--Rev. George B. Kulp has resigned as pastor of the Immanuel Holiness church, which position he has filled for fifteen years, and will do evangelistic work, starting in Oklahoma, under the auspices of the International Apostolic Holiness church.

Philadelphia city directories

[transcribed 28 January 2012, from Fold3]
[I have not added information from these directory entries to the narrative above, because of the uncertain identifications]
1850 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 229
[no George, no Joseph, no brickmaker, no Kulp on Harrison]
[page 90] Culp Ann, Harrison
[no George or Joseph Kulp]
1852 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 245
Kulp Joseph, brickmr, Harrison
[no George; no other Kulp on Harrison
1854 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 290
[no George, no other Kulp at 29 Harrison]
Kulp Jos., brickmr, 29 Harrison
1855 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 302
Kulp Jos., brickmr, 29 Harrison
[no George, no other Kulp at 29 Harrison]
1856 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 354
Kulp Ann, 29 Harrison
Kulp Jos., brickmr, 29 Harrison
[no George, no other Kulp at 29 Harrison]
1858 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 374
Kulp Jos., brickmr, 2132 William
[no George, no other Kulp at 2132 William]
1859 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 393
Kulp John, brickmr. 512 S 22d
[no George, no other Kulp's at 512 S 22d
1859 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 393
Kulp Jos., brickmr, 2132 M'Duffie
[no George; no other Kulp on McDuffie]
1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory page 525
[no George, no Ann]
Kulp Joseph brickmaker, 2132 Naudain
1860 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 542
Kulp Ann, wid. Philip, Haines (Gtn)
Kulp George, shoemaker, 829 South
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, 2132 Naudain
[note on p.740: Nieland William, tailor, 827 South]
[note on p.121: Burrichter Clements, stoves, 827 South]
[note on p.582: Looby John,plasterer, 2130 Naudain (and Mary Looby widow John)]
[no other George or Ann]
1861 Sherman's Philadelphia directory, page 543
Kulp Ann, wid Philip, Haines
Kulp George F., morocco case maker, 859 N 5th
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, 2132 Naudain
[no other George; no other Kulp at either address]
[note Bird Charles, plasterer, 859 N 5th (p.68)]
[note Heiss, John S., dentist, 855 N 5th (p.424)]
[note on p.991 Thompson Robert, lab., 2136 Naudain]
[note on p.121 Bilsland John carter, h 2134 Naudain]
[note on p.582 Looby John, plasterer, 2130 Naudain; Looby Mary, widow John, 2130 Naudain]
[note on p.78: Bones Geo., blacksmith, 2128 Naudain]
1863 Biddle and McElroy's Philadelphia directory, page 426]
[no George Kulp; no other Kulp on Naudain]
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, 2132 Naudain
1864 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 410
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, 2132 Naudain
Kulp Joseph, wheelwright, r 832 N 3d
1865 Biddle's Philadelphia directory, page 542
Kulp George, shoemaker, 829 South
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, 2132 Naudain
[no other George; no other Kulp on Naudain
1867 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 754
Kulp Caspar, brickmaker, h Allison n N 55th
Kulp George, brickmaker, h Allison n N 55th, W P
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, h Allison n N 55th, W P
[no other George; no other Kulp at Allison n N 55th]
1868 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 926
Kulp Caspar, brickmaker, h Allison c Arch, W P
Kulp George, overseer, h N 54th n Westminster av
Kulp George B., brickmkr, h Allison n Market, W P
Kulp Joseph, brickmkr, h Allison n Market, W P
[no other George; no other Kulp on Allison]
1869 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 865
Kulp George, teamster, 1332 Kates
[no other George; no brickmaker]
1870 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 886
Kulp Carper [sic], laborer, h N 56th n Arch, W P
Kulp Charles W., brickmaker, h N 55th n Vine
Kulp George, brickmaker, h N 56th n Arch, W P
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, n N 56th n Arch, W P
[no other George, no other Kulp at those addresses]
1871 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 842
Kulp Charles W., brickmaker, h N 55th n Vine
Kulp George, brickmaker, h N 56th n Arch, W P
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, h N 56th n Arch, W P
[no other George; no one else at those addresses]
1873 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 771
Kulp Charles W., brickmaker, h N 55th n Vine
Kulp George, brickmaker, h N 56th n Arch, W P
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, h N 56th n Arch, W P
[no other George; no other Kulp at N 56th n Arch]
1874 Gospill's Philadelphia directory, page 771
Kulp Charles W., brickmaker, n N 55th n Vine
Kulp George, brickmaker, h N 56th n Arch, W P
Kulp Joseph, brickmaker, n N 56th n Arch W P
[no other George, no other Kulp at N 56th n Arch]
1876 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 865
[no George; no brickmaker]
1877 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 831
[no George Kulp; no Joseph brickmaker; no brickmaker]
1878 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 887
Kulp George (Joseph Kulp & Bro.), h N 54th n Westminster av
Kulp Joseph (Joseph Kulp & Bro.), h Fisher's av n Race
Kulp Joseph & Bro. (Joseph & George), flour, 4500 Lancaster av
[no other George; no one else at those addresses]
1879 [Gopsill's] Philadelphia directory, page 915
Kulp George B., messenger, 224 S 5th, h N 56th n Vine
[no other George, no other Kulp on N 56th]
1880 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 963
[no George Kulp; no brickmaker]
1881 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 932
[no George Kulp; no Kulp on Fisher Ave]
1882 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 885
Kulp George, brickmaker, h James n Fkd
Kulp George B., laborer, h Fisher's av c Race
1884 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 910
Kulp George, brckmkr, h James n Fkd, W Hall
[no other George; no other Kulp in W Hall or on James
1885 Gopsill's Philadelphia directory, page 1004
Kulp George, brickmaker, h James n Washington, W Hall
Kulp George, msn, h Tacony c Monroe, Tacony

elected as elder

['The Philadelphia M.E. annual conference', Philadelphia Inquirer 15 March 1880 page 2]
[transcribed 29 Jan 12 from GenealogyBank]

The Philadelphia M.E. Annual Conference-- ...

The following local preachers were elected to elders' orders:

...

South Philadelphia District--George Kulp

messenger

['Local summary', Philadelphia Inquirer 31 December 1878 page 3]
[transcribed 29 Jan 12 from GenealogyBank]

LOCAL SUMMARY.

At a meeting of the Survey Committee of Select Council yesterday afternoon it was agreed to report in favor of George B. Kulp as a messenger of the Survey Department.


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