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Darlington Renninger Kulp (1826-1893)

Darlington R. Kulp (middle name likely Renninger)

Born 29 Nov 1826 in Philadelphia, Pa.
Married 5 Oct 1851 to Elizabeth Gilbert (1832-1902)
Died 29 Dec 1893 in Shamokin, Northumberland County, Pa.

Raised in Pottstown, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, he was the son, probably eldest, of Christian Kolb (Kulp) and Catherine Renninger. As a young man he moved to the nearby area of Washington Township in Berks County, and later settled in the surrounding villages of Barto, Bally (formerly Goshenhoppen), and Schultzville. In these locales he worked first as a carpenter and cabinet maker, and then as a sawmiller. His eldest son, Monroe Henry Kulp, the foremost figure of my research, was born in Barto in 1858.

During the Civil War, Darlington enlisted on July 6, 1863 as a private in Company H, 42nd Pennsylvania Infantry Regiment, serving as one of those who were known as “emergency men” during the invasion of Pennsylvania. He was, however, discharged a month later.

In 1867, with Darlington becoming involved in the lumber business, the family moved to their permanent home, Shamokin, Northumberland County. Here, he became involved in a number of firms and enterprises over the years, including the Roaring Creek Water Company, one-time mercantile store D.R. Kulp and Son, and the firm of Kulp and McWilliams (lumber, brick and ice). In the latter company, during the early 1880s, he first became affiliated with William C. McConnell, brother of Monroe Kulp’s future bride, Sarah. Darlington, a Republican, also served in Shamokin’s borough council at one time.

He died December 29, 1893, at the family’s old homestead on the corner of Dewart and Orange Streets. Though his career would later become far overshadowed by that of his eldest son, it may be judged that Darlington Renninger Kulp was the man who first brought the Kulp family out of a relatively obscure existence in rural Montgomery County, to the horizons of a more prosperous and notable future in the town of Shamokin.

More About This Individual

  • Short biography of Darlington Kulp: Bell’s History of Northumberland County (Look for pages 908-909)
  • Short biography of Darlington Kulp: Floyd’s Genealogical and Biographical Annals of Northumberland County (Look for pages 861-862)
  • Transcription of Darlington Kulp’s will, c. 1890
    I, Darlington R. Kulp of the Borough of Shamokin in the county of Northumberland and state of Pennsylvania hereby make, publish and declare this my last will and testament hereby revoking and making void [all other] wills by me at any time heretofore made. First I [illegible] that all my final [?] debts and funeral expenses be [(missing)]. Second I give devise and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Kulp the three lots of ground [at the] corner of Dewart and Orange Streets on which are erected three Dwelling houses, one Double House on Dewart Street, the Homestead House in which I now reside and one dwelling House on Orange Street occupied by Morris Williams in the said Borough of Shamokin, free from all liens and encumbrances also all household furniture and personal property of every kind in and about my homestead dwelling house, stable buildings therein and connected thereinwith including my driving horses harness carriages and equipment connected therewith, to have and to hold the same unto the said Elizabeth Kulp her heirs and assigns forever their absolute property. Third I give and bequeath unto my beloved wife Elizabeth Kulp the sum of Ten [?] [missing] dollars as her absolute property to have and to hold the same unto the said Elizabeth Kulp her [heirs] administrators and assigns forever. Fourth I desire that my hereinafter named Executors shall [convert my] Estate real and personal into money as soon after my decease as they my [sic] deem to the interests and [illegible] of my estate and I hereby authorize and empower them to carry on any business in which I may be [(missing)] at the time of my decease until the same can be profitably wound up and I do hereby authorize and [direct] my hereinafter named Executors to grant bargain, sell and convey all my real estate wheresoever [multiple missing words] public [or] private sale or sales and to make, execute and deliver unto the purchaser or purchasers the [(missing)] [good] and sufficient deed or deeds for the same at such time or times upon such terms as they may deem [illegible] to the advantage of my estate and to sell the same in such portions as they may deem advisable excepting the lots of ground devised to my wife in the second [multiple missing] this my last will and testament and the personal property therein bequeathed unto my wife Elizabeth Kulp [(missing)] when my said estate shall have been converted into money I give and devise and bequeath the [remainder] unto my Eight children share and share alike except as to the share of my son Clayton [multiple missing] devise and bequeath the same unto my hereinafter named Executors in trust that they or the [(missing)] them will [invest] the same in good interest bearing securities keep the same so invested in the interest [?] thereof for the support of my Son Clayton his wife and children for and during [the life of] my said Son Clayton and the life of his wife and the survivor of them and after their death [they] to pay on the principal and all [illegible] interest therein unto his children share and share alike [(missing)] [illegible] of or the expiration of five years from the date of my death my said son shall become of [(missing)] habits and capable of managing his estate in the judgment of my hereinafter named executors [(missing)] pay over [?] unto my said son Clayton the one fourth of his share and should he continue of [illegible] for the term of five years longer and show himself capable of managing they [?] shall [illegible] unto my said son the balance of his share principal and interest as his absolute property [illegible] Sixth In addition to the provisions hereinbefore made for my wife I give and bequeath [unto] her all my life’s [illegible] and the money arising therefrom [several missing sentences]
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