David S. Cullum is a native son of Texas, his birth having occurred in Red River county, December 18, 1846. His father, John H. Cullum, was a native of Stonington, Connecticut, and with his mother came to Texas in early boyhood. At that time there was a bounty offered to the heads of families with children in the shape of lands as an inducement for them to settle in Texas and in this way the Cullums came into possession of considerable land, to which they afterward added. The property was eventually inherited by John H. Cullum and his sister, the only children of the family. The former was married in Red River county and afterward removed to Hopkins county, where he lived for about ten years, when he took up his abode in Navarro county. In the spring of 1861 he went to Fayetteville, Arkansas, but after a residence of about two years returned to Red River county, Texas, living there and in Hopkins and adjoining counties until 1880, when he removed to Weatherford, Parker county, Texas, where he died in 1883. His marriage occurred in Red River county in 1844, the lady of his choice being Miss Mary Ann Moore, a native of Alabama, who came to Texas with her father when a little child. She was a daughter of Ephraim D. Moore and died in Weatherford in 1887. She had five sons and five daughters who reached adult age.
David S. Cullum accompanied his father on his various removals until 1870, when he married and started out in life for himself, Miss Mary Sardina Crowder, a native of Hopkins county, Texas, becoming his wife. Following his marriage he engaged in farming in that county until 1877, when he removed to Shackelford county, where he was engaged in the cattle industry until 1882. He then disposed of his cattle and removed to Albany, where he engaged in the livery business, conducting the same until August, 1904, when he sold out and removed to Stamford. Here his attention is given to the transfer business, in addition to which he conducts a cattle ranch in Stonewall county which he has owned for about three years, devoting considerable time and attention to keeping it well stocked with good grades of cattle.
Mr. and Mrs. Cullum have a family of three children: Stella, the wife of D. O. McRimmon, a prominent merchant of Stamford; Mamie and Myrtis, both at home. The youngest is a graduate of the Peabody Normal School at Nashville, Tennessee, and for the past few years has been connected a part of the time with the public schools at Stamford as principal. The family is one of prominence in the community and their home is the center of a cultured society circle.
Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), Vol. II, pp. 594-595.