Dr. Samuel Edward McCully was born on the 13th of April, 1841 in Howard Township. He was the youngest child of Samuel McCully and the former Sarah Bennett. Both Samuel and Sarah were from Nova Scotia. In 1833, Samuel and Sarah McCully moved from Nova Scotia and lived briefly in Rushton’s Corners in Kent County, before moving to a homestead in Howard Township. In 1835, Mr. McCully walked 75 miles in one day to Sandwich, Ontario to record his deed of 100 acres in Howard Township to avoid a land dispute. Dr. McCully had 2 brothers Jonathan and Matthew and two sisters, Hannah and Margaret.
Dr. McCully graduated from Victoria College in Coburg, Ontario in 1862. Dr. McCully set up his medical practice in Blenheim. He was listed in the Kent, Lambton and Essex County Directory and Gazetteer of 1864-1865 as having an office in Blenheim and being a Coroner for the County of Kent. According to the 1872 Ontario Medical Register, Dr. McCully joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 15th of September, 1868.
Dr. McCully was married to Hester Matilda Baur and they had a son Samuel ‘Rolph’ McCully who was born in Montreal, Quebec on the 14th of October, 1866. Another son, William was born in 1870. According to the 1871 census, the family was living in Richmond, Quebec. His wife Hester died on the 29th of December, 1873 at the age of 38 years and 11 months. She was buried in Sherbrooke, Quebec.
Dr. McCully married Helen Elizabeth Fitzgibbon on the 10th of February, 1875 in Waterdown, Wentworth Co. She was the daughter of John and Eliza Fitzgibbon. Dr. and Mrs. McCully had a daughter born to them on the 14th of August, 1877 in Waterdown, Wentworth County. A son Kenneth Clare McCully was born on the 14th of April, 1880 in Waterdown, in Wentworth County, Ontario. A daughter Helen Geraldine McCully was born in Waterdown, on the 28th of September, 1882 and died 6 months later on the 28th of April, 1883. A daughter Laura Elizabeth McCully was born in Toronto on the 17th of March, 1886. In 1881, Dr. McCully’s first child, Samuel ‘Rolph’ was living with his grandmother, Sarah McCully in Howard Twp, near Bothwell. Rolph was still there in 1891. In 1885 Dr. McCully was listed in the Wentworth County Business Directory as practicing medicine in Waterdown.
Dr. McCully was listed in the 1887 Ontario Business Directory as practicing at 283 Jarvis Street in Toronto. According to the 1896 Ontario Business Directory, Dr. McCully was practicing on Yonge Street in Toronto.
According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Dr. McCully had moved to Topeka, Kansas where he was practicing medicine and living with his 3rd wife, Nannie. She was born Nancy Hudson in Kentucky in September of 1853. Her 20 year old daughter Elizabeth Mathers was also listed on the census. Mrs. Nannie McCully died on the 26th of February, 1906. She was buried at Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Kentucky.
On the 18th of July, 1906, Dr. McCully married his 4th wife Susan McRoberts in Houston, Texas. She was born in 1870 in Lucan, Ontario, the eldest child of James and Jane McRoberts. Her father was a grain dealer and she had 2 younger siblings, a brother named Alva and a sister named May. According to the 1900 U.S. Census, Mrs. McCully had immigrated in 1896 to Wabash Twp, in Indiana with her mother and her siblings. Her occupation was listed as a stenographer and her brother was a pharmacist. In June of 1906, Dr. and Mrs. McCully were living on Rock Island, Colorado County, Texas. In 1910, they were residing at 107 Allen Street in Dallas Texas.
The 1911 Canadian Census found his children Kenneth and Laura living with their mother in Toronto, Ontario. Mrs. Helen McCully stated that she was a widow, but in fact, Dr. McCully did not die until the 23rd of August, 1921. He died in Victoria, Texas and he was buried there at the Evergreen Cemetery. In 1930 Mrs. Susan McCully was living at 407 West Forest in Victoria. She died on the 9th of March, 1941. At the time of her death, she resided at 107 N. Moody Street, in Victoria. She was buried at Evergreen Cemetery next to Dr. McCully.
His daughter Mary Bertha became a musician. She drowned on the 6th of July, 1906 at the age of 28. His daughter Laura, became an accomplished published author and poet. She died in Toronto on the 9th of July, 1924 of complications from diabetes at the age of 38. His second wife, Helen Fitzgibbon McCully died on the 22nd of September, 1931. Kenneth died on the 1st of August, 1944 and they are all buried at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Toronto. His son Samuel Rolph McCully died on the 2nd of December, 1928 and he was buried at Saint Johns Anglican Church Cemetery in Toronto.
*His brother Dr. Jonathon McCully is also featured on the Chatham-Kent Physician Tribute website.