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McCulloch, Henry

by A. Roger Ekirch, 1991

d. 27 Oct. 1755

Henry McCulloch, was a British placeman who resided briefly in North Carolina. Little is known of his early life or ancestry, except that he was probably a cousin of Henry McCulloh, the enterprising land speculator, from whom he acquired over six thousand acres in North Carolina.

From 1746 to 1748 McCulloch was a naval officer at Cape Breton while it was under English control. He spent the next six years in England trying to secure another office from the powerful Duke of Newcastle. Appointed secretary of North Carolina, judge of the viceadmiralty court, and a member of the Provincial Council in 1754, McCulloch served in these posts until his death. He left a wife, Mary, and four daughters.


John Cannon, "Henry McCulloch and Henry McCulloh," William and Mary Quarterly, ser. 3, 15 (1958).

Land Grants (North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh).

William L. Saunders, ed., Colonial Records of North Carolina, vol. 5 (1887).

Will Book 7, 1755-58, Secretary of State Papers (North Carolina State Archives, Raleigh).

Additional Resources:

"Henry McCulloch's Will." North Carolina wills and inventories copied from original and recorded wills and inventories in the office of the secretary of state. Raleigh [N.C.]: Edwards & Broughton printing company, printers. 1912. 304. (accessed July 19, 2013).

North Carolina General Assembly"Minutes of the Lower House of the North Carolina General Assembly September 25, 1755 - October 15, 1755." Colonial and State Records of North Carolina. Documenting the American South, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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