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Named after Christian County in Kentucky through the influence of emigrants from that county.
Established February 15, 1839 as Dane County (Laws, 1839, p. 104). Name changed to Christian County in 1840.

Portrait and biographical record of Christian County, Illinois : containing biographical sketches of prominent and   representative citizens, together with biographies of all the Governors of the state, and of the Presidents of the United States.  Chicago, Ill. : Lake City Pub. Co., 1893.  Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards, 2007.
SILAS W. CULP has been engaged in the drug business in Morrisonville since 1882, having resided here since 1876, and for the last six years. has also been proprietor and publisher of the Morrisonville Times, a weekly independent newspaper, which has an extensive local circulation and is ably conducted. In 1889 Mr. Gulp also engaged in the jewelry business, and is still carrying on the three distinct enterprises.

Our subject is a son of Jacob W. and Eliza (Branch) Culp, natives of Ohio. He is one of eleven children, four sons and seven daughters, eight of whom are yet living, two having died in infancy, and Martha, the fourth in order of birth, and formerly the wife of Horace Kilton, of Tupper's Plains, Ohio, is also now deceased. The others in order of birth are as follows: Maria, wife of Lewis Worthen, of Arkansas: Silas W., who was born April 22, 1845, in Meigs County, Ohio; Phoebe, wife of Henry, Runge, of Nokomis, Ill.; Mary, wife of John Anderson, a resident of Monticello; Caroline and Calvin, who reside in Nokomis; Douglas, of Sioux Falls, S. Dak.; and Lowis, of Nokomis.

Our subject's paternal grandfather, Adam Culp, who was of German parentage, was a native of Pennsylvania, but removed to Ohio, where he followed farming. He lived to be sixty-three years of age, and reared a family of sixteen children. The maternal grandfather, Cyrus Branch, who was also a farmer, was born in Massachusetts, and attained a good old age in his Ohio home. Jacob W. Culp was for many years engaged in farming near Nokomis, Ill. He came to this State from Ohio in the fall of 1865, locating on the farm where he still resides near the town of Nokomis. His wife died in 1880, at the age of fifty-seven years. Both parents have been for many years members of the Christian Church.

Silas W. Culp, whose name heads this sketch, was reared to manhood in Meigs County, Ohio, there receiving a good education. He pursued his higher studies in Blackburg University, at Carlinville [ed., Blackburn University, at Carlinville, Ill.], graduating from that institution of learning in 1873. For nine successive years he engaged in teaching school successfully, and afterward embarked in the drug business in Morrisonville, coming here in 1876. As a business man he has met with good success, and merits the extensive patronage which he receives on account of his correct methods and honorable manner of conducting his affairs.

On the 27th of January, 1886, Mr. Culp was united in marriage with Miss Nina Maxon Dunning, a daughter of Andrew J. and Sarah J. (Hale) Dunning, well-known residents of Christian County. She was reared to womanhood in Sangamon County, and presides over the home of our subject with womanly grace and hospitality.

Mr. Culp owns some eighty acres of land in Dakota, and had in former years a slight acquaintance with farming, as during the years from 1865 to 1871, when he was engaged in teaching school during the winter season, he carried on a farm the remainder of the year near Nokomis. He owns a good home property in Morrisonville in addition to his store building. For one term he held the office of Township Collector, is the present Township School Treasurer, and for six years acceptably filled the position of School Trustee. Socially, he is a member of Morrisonville Lodge No. 681, A. F. & A. M., of Taylorville Chapter, and belongs to St. Omar Commandery, of Litchfield. He is also connected with the Modern Woodmen of America. In politics, he is a supporter of the Democratic party.

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