Historical documents, treatises, biographies, theories and
debunked legends concerning the early Colepepers and Culpepers of
England, Barbados and Virginia.
18th and 19th Century Wartime Service
The Sussex Colepepers.
A two volume work on the early Colepepers (Culpepers)
in England during the period of 1170-1700. By Col. F. W. T. Attree
Proprietors of the Northern Neck. The early Culpepers in
England and Virginia during the period of 1475-1800. By Fairfax Harrison (1926).
Culpeper's Rebellion (1667-1679). An uprising in
northern Carolina, involving John Culpeper of Albemarle, sometimes referred to as the
Carolina Rebel. Written as a Master's thesis by William Smith (1990).
Alternative Form of Courtship? A paper written by Julia Pope, M.A.
and presented at the International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo. MI, May
2003. Based upon the 15th century abduction of the Wakehurst sisters by
the Culpeper brothers.
Prior to 30 Jun 2011, this paper is available
here. Afterwards, the paper will be relocated to the family tree and
found on the page for Margaret Wakehurst
The Second Virginia
Charter, 23 May 1609. Shows Thomas Culpeper of Wigsell, Esquire, and John
Culpeper, gentleman, being among
a group of "Adventurers" (Investors) involved in the First Virginia Colony
The Third Virginia Charter,
12 Mar 1612. Shows as adventurers, Sir Edward Culpeper, Knight; Sir Wareham St.
Leger, Knight; John Culpeper, and Robert Peake.
Wrecking Crew. A 1909 sermon given to fellow church ministers by
noted Methodist Evangelist, Rev. John
The Ancestral Journey to
England (from 60,000 BC to 1000 AD)
English/New World Linkage: An outline of our working theory
Four Johns vs. A
In constructing the relationships of the Colonial Culpepers, one
must sort out a variety of John Culpepers found in England and its
colonies during the 17th century.
The Culpepers of Barbados.
The Culpepers in Barbados nearly all descended from a single couple,
the Rev. William Culpeper and Margaret Alleyne, one or both of whom
emigrated from England circa 1650 with their children. The Bajan
Culpepers are the progenitors of the Colepepers of South Africa, the
Culpepers of Canada, the Culpepers of Puerto Rico, and possibly the Culpepers
of India and Australia. John Culpeper of Albemarle ("The Carolina
Rebel") possibly descended
from this family.
Culpeppers of early Edgecombe County, NC. Records in early
Edgecombe County, NC, show that three men named Benjamin
Culpepper were living there at one time or another between the
late 1730’s and the mid-1750’s. One is known to have died in
1746, since a fragment from his estate has survived. A second
Benjamin died there in 1772. A third Benjamin was mentioned in a
deed with the second one, in 1752, in which one was referred to
as Benjamin, Sr., Ferryman, and the other, as Benjamin, Jr. The
question, which has yet to be conclusively resolved, is how were
these three Benjamin’s related to each other, and to Joseph
Culpepper of early Edgecombe.
Lew Griffin offers a his theory.
Not everything you've heard about your forefathers is
necessarily true. Some of the more widespread myths are reviewed in the links
Four Lord Culpepers, but Not Enough Sons (1644-1725). Many
modern-day Culpeppers have heard that they were descended from Lord Culpeper of Virginia.
On the page in the Family Tree for Thomas, Second Lord Culpeper, we review the facts that show the claim to be a myth.
The Apocryphal Culpeppers.
A hundred year old hoax involving fanciful accounts of fictitious characters,
including: John Marlo Culpepper
(1633-1693), his son Thomas Fairfax
Culpepper (1660-1724), his sons John Marlo
Culpepper II (1692-?)(aka John Marlo Pepper) and
Sam Low Culpepper (1692-1763), and his
sons Charles Marion Culpepper
(1739-1794) and Alfred Norman Culpepper
(1742-?). If you have grafted any of these imposters into your
family tree, you should call a tree surgeon.
Irish Culpeppers. Were there any Irish Culpeppers?
We know of none. However, from time to time, we have heard
researchers who believed that they descended from Culpeppers in Ireland.
On our page in the family tree for David Culpepper of Laurens Co., GA,
we examine one source of the misunderstanding.
Indian Princesses and Other
American Indian Stories. There are many
different family stories about male Culpeppers marrying female Native
Americans. Most claim descendancy from Cherokee Indians, and some even
assert that the wife was an Indian Princess. But with the exception of
one branch in Mississippi who is descended from Pocahontas (see link
above), we have been unable to prove any linkages of Culpeppers to Native
Plaques, Manors and Monuments
A 1700's portrait in the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Thomas Culpeper, Esquire
William Culpeper, Esquire (1664-1726)
William Hamilton (1663-1737), husband of
Margaret Culpepper (1666-1736) who was the sister of Thomas
and William Culpeper above. The notorious "Blue Dick"
pamphlet was directed by William Culpeper to his hated
brother-in-law, William Hamilton.
02 Jan 2015