Mary Elizabeth Culpepper

Female, #32071, (31 Jul 1811 - 30 May 1883)
Father*John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL (1 Oct 1772 - 13 May 1855)
Mother*Nancy Gillespie (c 1778 - 25 Jul 1848)
Birth31 Jul 1807 Mary was born at South Carolina on 31 Jul 1807. 
Birth*31 Jul 1811 Mary was born at Richland District, South Carolina, on 31 Jul 1811. 
Married Name2 Feb 1827  As of 2 Feb 1827, her married name was Dean. 
Marriage*4 Feb 1827 She married John Wesley Dean at Monroe Co., Georgia, on 4 Feb 1827 at age 15.1 
Birth of Son25 Apr 1828 Her son Joseph John Francis Dean was born on 25 Apr 1828 at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
1830 Census1 Jun 1830 Mary was probably a free white female, age 20 and under 30, in John Wesley Dean's household, on the 1830 Census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama. 25 m-p. 201.2 
Birth of Son19 Nov 1832 Her son Lewis Gibson Dean was born on 19 Nov 1832 at Talbot Co., Georgia
Birth of Son7 Mar 1834 Her son William Fitzpatrick Dean was born on 7 Mar 1834 at Talbot Co., Georgia
Birth of Son1 Apr 1837 Her son George Washington Dean was born on 1 Apr 1837 at Talbot Co., Georgia
1840 Census*1840 She was enumerated in the US Census of 1840 in 1840 at Talbot Co., Georgia
Death of Mother25 Jul 1848 Her mother Nancy Gillespie died on 25 Jul 1848 at Meriwether Co., Georgia
Birth of Son3 Sep 1849 Her son Wesley Summerfield Dean was born on 3 Sep 1849 at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
Birth of Son15 Jan 1852 Her son Alsey Thomas Dean was born on 15 Jan 1852 at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
Death of Father13 May 1855 Her father John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL died on 13 May 1855 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Death of Son8 May 1862 Her son George Washington Dean died on 8 May 1862 at Yorktown, York Co., Virginia
Death of Spouse5 Jul 1879 Her husband John Wesley Dean died on 5 Jul 1879 at Clay Co., Alabama
Death*30 May 1883 She died at Clay Co., Alabama, on 30 May 1883 at age 71. 
Burial*circa 31 May 1883 Her body was interred circa 31 May 1883 at Clay Co., Alabama
Biography* Census: 1850 Randolph Co., AL (Beat 11 p. 385 #168 (Elizabeth 40 GA in hh of John W. Dean)) Census: 24 Sep 1860 Wesobulga P. O. District, Randolph Co., AL (p. 826 #1402 (Mary E. 50 SC in hh of John W. Dean)) Census: 1880 Clay Co., AL. \Coppermine Beat 2 p. 9 (Mary E. Dean 69 SC SC SC).\
      Mary Elizabeth was known as "Elizabeth" or "Betsie." Mrs. D. W. (Ira Gay) Deam of Gay, GA preserved a record of Elizabeth's birth from the John Culpepper Bible and Mrs. D. W. (Lavyn Wright) Sisco copied the record: _________________________Elizabeth Culpepper _________________________b. July 31 1811 _________________________On Wednesday 7 o'clock A. M.
      Dean family records give the date of Elizabeth's birth as 31 Jul 1807 however, the 1850 census listed her age as 40 and the 1860 census listed her age as 50 which would give more weight to the Bible record of her birth in 1811. The 1850 census mistakenly lists Elizabeth's place of birth as Georgia, but this was corrected to South Carolina in the 1860 census. This corresponds with the birth locations for the other Culpepper children. Based on the location of Elizabeth's parents in the 1810 census, she was probably born in Richland District, SC. In the 1880 census of Clay Co., AL the widow, Mary E. Dean, gave her age as as 69 years which would indicate that she believed herself to have been born in 1811. She gave the place of birth for herself and her parents as South Carolina.
      Soon after Mary Elizabeth's birth, the John Culpepper family would have moved to Edgefield District, SC and this is where she would have spent her childhood. Unfortunately the John Culpepper family has not been found in 1820 census records of South Carolina or Georgia, but they are presumed to have been living in Edgefield District, SC. In 1823 or 1824 Mary Elizabeth would probably have moved with her parents to Georgia and this is where she married John Wesley Dean in 1827 in Monroe County. The family apparently moved on to Talbot Co., GA then to Randolph Co., AL and finally Clay Co., AL. Mary Elizabeth and John Wesley Dean are known to have had twelve children.
      Mrs. Deam and Lavyn Sisco also recorded the date of Mary Elizabeth (Culpepper) Dean's death: _________________________d. January 22, 1889
      But Dean records give her date of death as 30 May 1883. This discrepancy has not yet been resolved although it is possible, as was common, that her age at death was recorded in years months and days and since the Culpepper's and the Dean's were using a different birth date to start calculations they reached different results and the differences were exacerbated through the years.
      Another possibility since the death was obviously not recorded by John Culpepper is that whoever entered the death date confused Mary Elizabeth with "Lizzie" Culpepper, Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper's daughter. "Lizzie's" death was entered in her father's Bible as "June 22nd 1889." Could this date have been read as January 22, 1889 and then entered in John Culpepper's Bible as the death date for Mary Elizabeth? 

Family

John Wesley Dean (16 Feb 1805 - 5 Jul 1879)
Marriage*4 Feb 1827 She married John Wesley Dean at Monroe Co., Georgia, on 4 Feb 1827 at age 15.1 
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited9 Jul 2004

Citations

  1. Ancestry.com, compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1997.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/2085a.htm
    Elizabeth Culpepper and Wisty (Wesley) Dean on 4 Feb 1827 in Monroe Co., GA.
  2. P. 201
    John W. Dean m 20-30 w/1 m <5 1f 15-20
    Joseph John Francis Dean 1m <5.

John Wesley Dean

Male, #32072, (16 Feb 1805 - 5 Jul 1879)
Father*John Dean (c 1776 - 1866)
Mother*Nancy King (c 1783 - )
Birth*16 Feb 1805 John was born at Georgia on 16 Feb 1805. 
Marriage*4 Feb 1827 He married Mary Elizabeth Culpepper at Monroe Co., Georgia, on 4 Feb 1827 at age 21.1 
Birth of Son25 Apr 1828 His son Joseph John Francis Dean was born on 25 Apr 1828 at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
1830 Census*1 Jun 1830 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama. 25 m-p. 201.2 
Birth of Son19 Nov 1832 His son Lewis Gibson Dean was born on 19 Nov 1832 at Talbot Co., Georgia
Birth of Son7 Mar 1834 His son William Fitzpatrick Dean was born on 7 Mar 1834 at Talbot Co., Georgia
Birth of Son1 Apr 1837 His son George Washington Dean was born on 1 Apr 1837 at Talbot Co., Georgia
Census*1840 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Talbot Co., Georgia, in 1840. 
1840 Census* John was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census at Talbot Co., Georgia.
(p. 234).3 
Birth of Son3 Sep 1849 His son Wesley Summerfield Dean was born on 3 Sep 1849 at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
Census1850 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Randolph Co., Alabama, in 1850. 
Birth of Son15 Jan 1852 His son Alsey Thomas Dean was born on 15 Jan 1852 at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
Death of Son8 May 1862 His son George Washington Dean died on 8 May 1862 at Yorktown, York Co., Virginia
Death of Father1866 His father John Dean died in 1866 at Talbot Co., Georgia.4 
Death*5 Jul 1879 He died at Clay Co., Alabama, on 5 Jul 1879 at age 74. 
Burial* His body was interred at Clay Co., Alabama
Biography* In the 1850 Census, John Wesley Dean was listed with $1,800 in real estate holdings. Census: 24 Sep 1860 Wesobulga P. O. District, Randolph Co., AL (John W. Dean 55 GA personal property valued at $1200 and real estate valued at $1402)
According to Walter Conrad Dean, John Dean was also a Mason: The records of Miltown Lodge #149 A.F.& A.M. give two initiations of J. W. Dean: E.A. March 4th F.C. April 1st M.M. April 15th 1852 E.A. February 19th F.C. April 15th M.M. June 17th 1852 Demited June 15th 1854 was a charter member of Putman Lodge #212 June 23rd 1854 in Randolph County, Alabama. This Lodge was organized and was held for a long time in one room of his home.

1880 CLAY CO MORTALITY INDEX
John W. DEAN 74 GA (b. abt 1806) Farmer. Married.
Father born in NC. Mother born in GA.
died in July of diabetes.
Lived in the county 10 years.

Mrs. Ellaree Dean Speer noted that John Wesley Dean was "buried just South of Cheaha Mountain in the North corner of Clay County in family cemetery (no name)." 

Family

Mary Elizabeth Culpepper (31 Jul 1811 - 30 May 1883)
Marriage*4 Feb 1827 He married Mary Elizabeth Culpepper at Monroe Co., Georgia, on 4 Feb 1827 at age 21.1 
Children
Last Edited27 Sep 2003

Citations

  1. Ancestry.com, compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1997.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/2085a.htm
    Elizabeth Culpepper and Wisty (Wesley) Dean on 4 Feb 1827 in Monroe Co., GA.
  2. P. 201
    John W. Dean m 20-30 w/1 m <5 1f 15-20
    Joseph John Francis Dean 1m <5.
  3. P 234
    John W Deam 30-40w/1m<5 1m5-10 1m10-15 1f<5 1f15-20 1f20-30 1f40-
    Joseph John Francis Dean 1m 10-15.
  4. E-mail written Jul 2004 to Mary Jo Powell from Freddie Dean, e-mail address.
    Wills for John Dean and Mary A. Dean, 1887, can be found in Box 5, Files #5 and 6, in the Thomaston Archives/ Upson Co. Wills/ Loose".

Rev. William Henry Culpepper

Male, #32073, (17 Oct 1813 - 22 Mar 1909)
Father*John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL (1 Oct 1772 - 13 May 1855)
Mother*Nancy Gillespie (c 1778 - 25 Jul 1848)
DNA* William has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*17 Oct 1813 William was born at Edgefield District, South Carolina, on 17 Oct 1813. 
1830 Census1 Jun 1830 William and George was probably a free white male, age 15 and under 20, in John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL's household, on the 1830 Census at Monroe Co., Georgia.1 
Marriage*27 Mar 1831 He married Sarah Leslie at Upson Co., Georgia, on 27 Mar 1831.2,3 
Birth of Son31 Jan 1832 His son Elias Daniel Culpepper was born on 31 Jan 1832 at Upson Co., Georgia
Birth of Son7 Mar 1834 His son Francis Marion Culpepper was born on 7 Mar 1834 at Upson Co., Georgia
Birth of Son13 Nov 1835 His son John Malcolm Culpepper was born on 13 Nov 1835 at Upson Co., Georgia
Birth of Son10 Oct 1839 His son William Araspes Culpepper was born on 10 Oct 1839 at Meriwether Co., Georgia
1840 Census*1 Jun 1840 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Meriwether Co., Georgia.4 
Birth of Son27 Jun 1842 His son Lewis Washington Culpepper was born on 27 Jun 1842 at Meriwether Co., Georgia
Death of Mother25 Jul 1848 His mother Nancy Gillespie died on 25 Jul 1848 at Meriwether Co., Georgia
Death of Spouse22 Jan 1849 His wife Sarah Leslie died on 22 Jan 1849 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Marriage*2 Jan 1851 He married Catherine Alexander at Coweta Co., Georgia, on 2 Jan 1851 at age 37. 
Death of Father13 May 1855 His father John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL died on 13 May 1855 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Employment*1 Jun 1860 William's occupation: farmer at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 1 Jun 1860. 
Death of Son20 Dec 1861 His son Lewis Washington Culpepper died on 20 Dec 1861 at Evansport, Prince William Co., Virginia
Death of Son25 Jul 1862 His son Francis Marion Culpepper died on 25 Jul 1862 at Columbus, Lowndes Co., Mississippi
Civil War*between 1864 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1864 and 1865

     William Henry Culpepper joined the Home Guard. He served as a 4th corporal in Captain A. P. Hunter's Company, Mounted Infantry, Randolph County Militia, for Falkner's Battalion. On a 21 Oct 1864 muster roll William Henry Culpepper was described as having "blue eyes, grey hair, fair complexion, five feet, ten inches tall.5
Photographedsay 1870 He was photographed say 1870 at Randolph Co., Alabama.6
William Henry Culpepper
1870 Census*1870 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
Photographed*say 1880 He was photographed say 1880 at Randolph Co., Alabama,
This photo was found by Leonard Hoyt Kirk (1907-1998) in the abandoned home of his grandparents, John W. Kirk and Florilla Culpepper. Capos Conley 'Chip' Culpepper III of Little Rock now has the original, in its original frame.
William Henry Culpepper
1880 Census*1880 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Flat Rock, Randolph Co., Alabama
Death of Spouse22 Jun 1880 His wife Catherine Alexander died on 22 Jun 1880 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Marriage*25 Oct 1880 He married Mary F. P. Falkenburough at Clay Co., Alabama, on 25 Oct 1880 at age 67.7 
1900 Census*1900 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Flat Rock, Randolph Co., Alabama
Marriage14 Nov 1901 He, as minister, married Lavonia A. Busbee and John Will Elliott at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 14 Nov 1901.8 
Death*22 Mar 1909 He died at Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 22 Mar 1909 at age 95. 
Burial* His body was interred at Wadley City Cemetery, Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama
Biography* William Henry Culpepper was the tenth child and eighth son of John and Nancy (Gillespie) Culpepper. His parents had been noted in Richland District, SC in the 1810 census but, during the Civil War on a 21 Oct 1864 muster roll for the Home Guard, Rev. Culpepper was listed as Born S.C. Age 51 Farmer, Edgefield Co. S.C. This information was apparently supplied by Rev. Culpepper and appears to indicate that he was born in what was then Edgefield District, SC. It is possible that the family had moved on to Edgefield District by 1813. There is an 1814 record of Rev. Culpepper's father, John Culpepper, receiving a state grant of 138 acres on Cuffeetown Creek in Edgefield District, SC.

Mrs. J. (Clara Haralson) Moorcroft, recalled 9 what she had heard about Rev. Culpepper's childhood:

When my grandfather, my mother's father, William Culpepper, was a boy... he used to tell how the panthers would scream in the swamps when he and his brothers were climbing trees to get and eat the scupenon 10 and other vines that bore fruit.

Unfortunately, William Henry Culpepper's father has not been found in the 1820 census of South Carolina or Georgia so it is not known if the family remained in Edgefield District, SC until moving on to Georgia. The family is presumed to have been living somewhere in the district during this time because, although no record of sale has been found for the land which was granted to William Henry's father, in Feb 1823, John Culpepper sold another 144 acres "where I now live" on Cuffeetown Creek for $800. It was after this that the nine year old William Henry Culpepper presumably accompanied his parents when they moved to Georgia.

Since William Henry Culpepper's father's name was noted on a list of people for whom mail was being held at the Milledgeville Post Office in Baldwin Co., GA on Oct. 1, 1824, the family is believed to have been staying with or near the young family of Daniel Culpepper, one of William Henry Culpepper's older brother. After Daniel's death in October of 1825, William Henry Culpepper probably moved with his parents and the extended family to Monroe Co., GA where William Henry Culpepper's father, John Culpepper, appears in land records in 1827 purchasing land in the Twelfth District for $800.

William Henry Culpepper would have been 16 years old when the 1830 census was taken. His father, John Culpepper, was listed in Monroe Co., GA, with his wife and one son, 10-15 years old, still living at home, presumably William Henry Culpepper's younger brother, Lewis Peek Culpepper. It is possible that William Henry was living in Upson Co., GA by 1830 with family of his older brother, John Jefferson Culpepper. There is a male, age 15-20, in the John Jefferson Culpepper household in the 1830 Upson Co., GA census who has not been accounted for and William Henry Culpepper was apparently living in Upson Co., GA by 1831 since this is where he married his first wife, Sarah Leslie.

Based on the probable birth locations of their children, William Henry and Sarah (Leslie) Culpepper apparently remained in Upson Co., GA until after the birth of their fourth child, John Malcolm Culpepper. Civil War records for William Henry and Sarah (Leslie) Culpepper's first child, Elias Daniel, do not preserve his place of birth but family records for the second child, Mary Bathsheba, and Civil War records for the third child, Francis Marion, give Upson Co., GA as the place of birth. There are two sources of information about the place of birth of the fourth child, John Malcolm Culpepper: Masonic records and an obituary. According to Masonic records 11, presumably based on information supplied by John Malcolm Culpepper, his place of birth was Crawford Co., GA. In his obituary, John Malcolm Culpepper's place of birth was given as "Upton County, Ga." presumably Upson Co., GA. If the William Henry Culpepper family was if fact in Crawford Co., GA at the time of John Malcolm's birth, it would suggest that the family was already in the process of joining up with William Henry's parents in preparation for the extended family's move to Meriwether Co., GA. In any event, it seems likely that not long after John Malcolm's birth in 1835, William Henry and Sarah (Leslie) Culpepper and their young family along with William Henry's parents, John and Nancy, and his brother, Lewis Peek Culpepper, joined George Washington and Perlina (Perdue) Culpepper and their family in Meriwether Co., GA.

In 1838, William Henry Culpepper and his father, John Culpepper, show up in the Meriwether Co., GA deed records 12 in District 8 which is the area around Greenville. John William Culpepper, a George Washington Culpepper descendant, obtained copies of the deeds and F-233 shows that on 6 March 1838 Levi Adams sold land lot #256, in the 8th District, of Meriwether County, Georgia, containing 202 1/2 acres, to George Washington and William Henry Culpepper for $450.00. John William Culpepper wrote: 13 [Land lots 255 and 256 which were sold to John, George Washington and William Henry Culpepper in the] 8th District are located approximately 2 to 3 miles northwest of Greenville, about one mile east off of Georgia Route 100 on the Jarrell road. 255 crosses Jarrell Road.

An article in the 21 Apr 1905 Meriwether Vindicator noted that the families "settled on adjacent farms a few miles northwest of Greenville near the old Ector mill (now Maffetts's)." The article then noted that William Henry's father, John Culpepper, had settled "on what is now known as the Willis Jarrell place near town." But in 1839, George Washington Culpepper began purchasing land near what is now the community of Lone Oak, GA northwest of the farms of his father and brother and he had apparently moved his family there by the time of the 1840 census of Meriwether Co., GA, since John and Nancy (Gillespie) Culpepper were noted living next door to William Henry Culpepper and his young family but the George Washington Culpepper family was noted separately.

In 1842, William Henry and his brother, George Washington Culpepper, are noted deeding land 14 in the 8th District of Meriwether Co., GA to their father, John Culpepper and George Washington Culpepper in turn purchased more land 15 near Lone Oak. But William Henry Culpepper and his young family apparently remained on the land now owned by John Culpepper near Greenville, GA.

The 21 Apr 1905 Greenville, Meriwether Co., GA Vindicator then records that "after residing here some years he [John Culpepper, William Henry's father] disposed of his farm reinvesting in a choice plantation in Randolph county, Ala." Mrs. J. (Clara Haralson) Moorcroft wrote 16 that her grandparents had moved to Alabama when her mother, Sarah Jane Culpepper "was six years old...." Sarah was born 17 Jan 1844 so she would have been six years old on 17 Jan 1850. However, based on the birth locations of their last two children noted in Bible and census records, William Henry and Sarah (Leslie) Culpepper probably moved their family to Randolph Co., AL after September of 1846 and before January of 1849. The youngest child, Florela Caroline, who was born 22 Jan 1849, was consistently recorded in census records as having been born in Alabama. Land records narrow the window even more. In January of 1848, William Henry's father, John Culpepper, sold the farms northwest of Greenville, GA to Jacob Moon. 17 William Henry Culpepper is noted in Randolph Co., AL land records in August of 1848. 18 Mrs. J. (Clara Haralson) Moorcroft also wrote 16 that when her grandparents moved to Alabama, John Culpepper was already a widower. William Henry Culpepper's mother, Nancy (Gillespie) Culpepper died 25 Jul 1848. Circumstantial evidence 19 suggests that the family was already in Alabama when she died, unfortunately, there is no record of the location of Nancy's grave so there is no proof. The family was apparently in Alabama in time for William Henry and Sarah (Leslie) Culpepper's oldest son, Elias Daniel Culpepper, to join the Clegg family which moved from Alabama to Arkansas in 1848.

In any event, the extended family was apparently in Randolph Co., AL at least by August of 1848 and probably earlier. Five months later, in January of 1849, William Henry lost Sarah, his wife of 17 years, who had just given birth to their 11th child, Florela Caroline Culpepper.

The 37 year old widower, William Henry Culpepper, was recorded in the 1850 census of Randolph Co., AL with his younger children (except for his youngest son, Lewis Washington, who was living nearby with his grandfather, John Culpepper). According to census records, William Henry Culpepper owned real estate valued at $1,000. The land that William Henry Culpepper purchased in 1848 was west of what is now the town of Wadley, AL, about half way between the town and the Pleasant Hill Church. Although people had begun settling in the Wadley area in the 1830's, the town did not come into existence until 1906.20 When William Henry Culpepper moved to the area, the business center was across the Tallapoosa River in Louina which had started out as an Indian trading post and was on the old stage coach line from Wedowee to Dadeville.20 Before the Civil War, this was a prosperous area responsible for one-third of the taxes paid in the county. 21 Lebanon Land office records 22 also show that William Henry Culpepper purchased an additional 40 acres of land in the northwest part of the southwest division of Section 11 in Township 20 South, Range 10 East on September 1, 1849. This land is north of what is now Wadley, AL, and south of the Tallapoosa as it curves west after passing under the John W. Overton Bridge on Highway 48.

In January of 1851, William Henry Culpepper married Catherine Alexander. The marriage was recorded in Coweta Co., GA so William Henry must have had some contact there, possibly with Nancy (Corley) Culpepper, the widow of his oldest brother, Joel Culpepper.

In 1855, William Henry Culpepper's father, John Culpepper, died. Unfortunately, it is not known if he was living with or near William Henry at the time and his grave, like Nancy's, has not been located. William H. Culpepper and his second wife, Catherine, were recorded in the 1860 census of Almond P. O. District to the west of Louina, Randolph Co., AL. Although in the 1860 election, the men of this area generally were Democrats and supporters of Stephen A. Douglas,23 William Henry Culpepper was a Republican and probably a supporter of Abraham Lincoln.24 On the subject of slavery, Mrs. J. (Clara Haralson) Moorcroft wrote 16 about her grandfather, William Henry Culpepper:

Mama's father did not own slaves, he did not believe it was right to buy and sell human beings, but he hired them to work....

William Henry Culpepper was 47 years old when the Civil War began and he watched his sons leave for war. In June of 1864, 17 year old boys and 45 to 50 year old men were called to serve in the Confederate Army 25 and William Henry Culpepper joined the Home Guard. He served as a 4th corporal in Captain A. P. Hunter's Company, Mounted Infantry, Randolph County Militia, for Falkner's Battalion. On a 21 Oct 1864 muster roll William Henry Culpepper was described as having "blue eyes, grey hair, fair complexion, five feet, ten inches tall."

The family Bible of a grandson, L. M. Perry, has the following note in the "IMPORTANT INCIDENTS About Ancestry, Birth, Education, Early History, etc., etc." section of Bible:

William H. Culpepper has been a Local Preacher for thirty years in the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Unfortunately, the entry was not dated. One wonders however if the record was made in conjunction with the marriage of L. M. Perry to Ada Flippin in January of 1896. If so, Rev. William Henry Culpepper might have taken up preaching after the Civil War. And "Rev. W. H. Culpepper" was noted as a Methodist minister in the Almond P. O. district of Randolph Co., AL in the 1887 - 1888 Alabama State Gazetteer & Business Directory.26 Almond, to the west of Louina, was described as having a post office and a population of 50 at the time.

In 1872, Rev. William Henry Culpepper also served as a County Commissioner of Randolph County, AL along with W. H. Osborn, W. D. Louvorn, and I. N. Brown. In the 1880 census, Rev. Culpepper was listed as a farmer living at Flatrock Beat #8 near Louina, Randolph Co., AL. His second wife, Catherine, and his widowed daughter, Melvina (Culpepper) Elliott, were also living with him.

Catherine, Rev. Culpepper's wife of 29 years died in June of 1880. Rev. Culpepper was 66 years old. He was married a third time, to Mary F. P. Falkenburough.

Rev. Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper, mentioned his brother, Rev. William Henry Culpepper, in a 19 March 1898 letter to Mr. B. F. Burke, the husband of Georgia (Culpepper) Burke, the youngest daughter of another brother, Francis G. Culpepper:

Brother William was Eighty-four Last Oct.... I was Eighty-one last August. So we are a Long Life People.... My Brother Williams nerves is completely shatered, can scarcely hold his saucer to drink his coffee. But I attribute that in a greate measure to smoking, he is an inveterate smoker, but that is not always the cause....
Rev. William Henry Culpepper was listed with his third wife, Mary, in the 1900 census of Flatrock District, near Louina, Randolph Co., AL. He died in 1909. He was 95 years old. His death was not recorded in the Family Bible.

Obituary for William H. Culpepper, Randolph, Alabama

http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/al/randolph/obits/revwhculpep.txt

January 2002

RESOLUTIONS
----------------------------

In Memory of Bro William H CULPEPPER, Almond Lodge, No 523 A F & A M.

Whereas, God in His infinite wisdom, has seen fit to remove Bro William H CULPEPPER from the walks of men to transplant him in the kingdom above, the Masonic Fraternity has suffered a great loss.

Bro CULPEPPER was our oldest and most loyal member until extreme age prevented.

He was born Oct 17th, 1813; died March 22nd, 1909.

He was made a Mason at Milltown Lodge in 1853.

As a Minister of the Gospel and a true christian [sic] worker, the church has lost a noble life. No better, noble life has this Lodge ever possessed.

Resolved, that while we deeply mourn our loss, we humbly bow to the will of God which was accomplished in this life and death. We will ever cherish in our hearts the memory of this good man and imitate his virtues in our lives.

That the bereaved family have our deepest sympathy in their loss, but we point them to the life he lived, and to all who follow in his footsteps there will be a grand reunion of this lodge and noble family, in that home above, where Jesus has gone to prepare for you, that “where I am there you may be also.”

(Signed)
Alfred M CAMP, W M. [Worshipful Master]
James R WILKINSON, S W. [Senior Warden]
Hiram D ABLE, Secy.

[From The Roanoke Leader (Randolph County, Alabama), 12 May 1909, p.1]

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In 1976, the caretaker for the Wadley, AL City Cemetery where Rev. Culpepper was buried recalled that when Rev. Culpepper died, over 2,000 people attended his funeral which had to be held in an open field since there was no building in the county large enough for the crowd. Rev. William Henry Culpepper was buried in the Wadley City Cemetery which had been a private Elliott Family Cemetery and was known as Mrs. Elliott's Cemetery for Rev. William Henry Culpepper's sister, Sarah (Culpepper) Elliott. 
Family Bible* William Henry Culpepper Family Bible
(Originally owned by Miss Emma Carlisle)
Louina, Randolph Co., AL

The following pages are from a Bible taken to the H. Grady Bradshaw Chambers County (Alabama) Library and Cobb Memorial Archives by an unidentified individual who purchased the Bible at an area yard sale. This person took the Bible and its attendant family records to the Archive in hopes of identifying relatives of those persons named in the Bible.

The Bible appears to have been owned originally by Miss Emma Carlisle, and handed down in her family.

The Bible records were photocopied by the Archivist, Mrs. Miriam Syler, who provided copies of those original copies to C.C. Culpepper who, in turn, transcribed the following pages on February 22, 2003.

Every effort was made to be true to the original spellings and punctuation found in the Bible records. Those rare cases where the transcriber could not clearly make out legible words or letters, and any commentary from the transcriber are clearly identified by use of parenthesis surrounding any information not contained in the original copies.

Transcribed pages contain the same information as the original page, and every effort has been made to capture the information as it appeared in the original document.

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Written vertically in the margin along the upper left-hand edge of an otherwise blank page – underline’s are the original author’s:

This is the 6th day of Nov. 1902.
This is the most lonesome day I ever saw
Emma and I are here all alone

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A large flourishing calligraphic signature appears at the top of page that appears because of its background to have faced the previous page as the right-hand page of a spread:

Miss Emma Carlisle

This the 22 day of Dec. It is raining today
and oh how lonely every thing looks.
Nobody to come or rather nobody cout come.
Per. Corral Carlisle,

Louina, Ala.

Record of W. H. Culpepper
W. H. Culpepper was born Oct the 17th 1813.
Sarah his wife was born Feb 15th 1808.
Cathern his wife was born Nov 5th 1811.
Mary his wife was born June 8th 1842.

Children of W. H. Culpepper..
Elias . D. Culpepper was born Jan. 31st 1832.
Mary . B. Culpepper was born March 17th 1833.
Francis . M. Culpepper was born March 7th 1834.
John . M. Culpepper was born Nov 13th 1835.
Ann . M. Culpepper was born April 28th 1837.
William . A. Culpepper was born Oct 10th 1839.
Emily. M. Culpepper was born March 9. 1841
Louis Culpepper was born June 27. 1842
Sarah J. Culpepper was born Jan 17 1844
Martha L. Culpepper was born Sept 12 1846
Florela C. Culpepper was born Jun 22 1849
all the Children was Sarah his first wifes
theyre were no Children of the other two wifes

(written in the same hand as the Culpepper record)

Sarah . O. Elliott was born Feb 5 . 1802
and Died Nov 19 . 1900. She was a
Sister of W. H. Culpepper . who Died
March 22nd 1909.

Ella Elliott died Jan 22nd 1900.
She was a Grand Daughter inlaw of
Sarah Elliott.

(written in a different hand from the Culpepper record, but appearing to be the same hand as the passage under “Miss Emma Carlisle” from the earlier page)

Family Record
John Greene was borned Nov the 2 1787
Nancy Greene was borned Oct the 10th 1789
Mountain Greene was borned Feb the 10 1810
Hartford Greene was borned Nov the 17 1811
Gilben Greene was borned Oct the 31 1813
Rebecka Greene was borned May the 29 1816
Alletha Greene was borned Feb the 10 1818
Elias & Melinda Greene was borned Jan the 1 1820
Daniel Greene was borned Nov the 17 1821
Franklin Greene was borned Jan the 23 1824
John (marked out) Jonah Greene was borned Mar the 1 1826
Richard Greene was borned Oct the 30 1827
Martha Greene was borned Sept the 17 1829

Tabitha Greene was borned Oct the 30 1836


(written in the same hand as the Greene record)

Family Record
Mary Ann Kirk was borned Mar the 31 1822
Lucy Jane Kirk was borned June the 22 1824
Margaret Kirk was borned Oct the 3 1827
Stephan Kirk was borned Dec the 3 1829
Sarah Kirk was borned Feb the 25 1832
Parthena Kirk was borned Oct the 31 1834
Wm H Kirk was borned mar the 6 1838
Martha Frances Kirk was borned Feb the 3 1840
Susan Elizabeth Kirk was borned Jan the 22 1842
Benjaman franklin Kirk was borned Oct the 31 1844
Samuel Robert Kirk was borned Sept the 8 1850

This Transcription was made by and provided to Culpepper Connections! by Capos Conley "Chip" Culpepper.27
 

Family 1

Sarah Leslie (15 Feb 1808 - 22 Jan 1849)
Marriage*27 Mar 1831 He married Sarah Leslie at Upson Co., Georgia, on 27 Mar 1831.2,3 
Children

Family 2

Catherine Alexander (5 Nov 1811 - 22 Jun 1880)
Marriage*2 Jan 1851 He married Catherine Alexander at Coweta Co., Georgia, on 2 Jan 1851 at age 37. 

Family 3

Mary F. P. Falkenburough (8 Jun 1842 - 24 Jul 1939)
Marriage*25 Oct 1880 He married Mary F. P. Falkenburough at Clay Co., Alabama, on 25 Oct 1880 at age 67.7 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited23 Mar 2011

Citations

  1. 1830 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 194, Unk Twp, Monroe Co., GA (ID: 31566)
    John Culpepper, 1 M10-15, 2 M15-20, 1 M50-60, 1 F50-60.
  2. Dwight L. Carlisle enclosed a photocopy, with a 6 Feb 1996 letter, of the marriage record from the Rev. William Henry Culpepper Family Bible:

    William. H. Culpepper was marrid to Sarah Leslie 27th March 1831
    to Catherine Alexander 2 January 1851
    To Mary F. Falkenburogh Oct 25 1880

    Married in Upson Co. GA by Charles Hardy, E. M. E. C.
  3. Ancestry.com, compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1997.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/2085a.htm
    William H. Culpepper and Sarah Lester on 27 Mar 1831 in Upson Co., GA.
  4. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 123, Unk Twp, Meriwether Co., GA
    William H. Culpepper, 2 M0-5, 2 M5-10, 1 M20-30, 1 F0-5, 1 F5-10, 1 F30-40.
  5. From his biography.
  6. E-mail written numerous messages over 30+ years to Lew Griffin from Tommie Sue Reeves Smith (#23162), 942 Clarice, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, e-mail address.
  7. No. 429 William H. Culpepper To Mary Falkenborough on October 25, 1880 by John B. Miller, Minister, at the residence of W.W. Falkenborough. Bond:William H. Culpepper and L.G.Dean.
    Marriages of Clay County Alabama transcribed by Pat Scott
    .
    Also, Dwight L. Carlisle enclosed a photocopy, with a 6 Feb 1996 letter, of the marriage record from the Rev. William Henry Culpepper Family Bible:
    .
    William. H. Culpepper was marrid to Sarah Leslie 27th March 1831
    to Catherine Alexander 2 January 1851
    To Mary F. Falkenburogh Oct 25 1880.
  8. Dianne S. Herren, Randolph County Alabama Recorded Marriages Book 1: 1896-1900, Woodland, AL: Southern Roots, 1990.
    p. 23, No. 236 by Rev. W. H. Culpepper, witness B. O. Harris.
  9. "The William Culpepper and Sally Leslie Family," typed page
  10. scuppernong - a cultivated muscadine (a grape of the southern U.S. with musky fruits in small clusters) with yellowish green plum-flavored fruits
  11. Saltillo [TX] Lodge #631
  12. F-233, F-396
  13. letter 21 Apr 1995
  14. DB G-458: LL 256 A-100 WD
  15. DB G 452
  16. "The William Culpepper and Sally Leslie Family," typed sheet
  17. Deed Book I 392 11 Jan 1848
  18. Certificate or Warrant 10628 for 39 acres and 64 rods in the southwest part of the northeast division of Section 10 in Township 22 South, Range 10 East to "William H. Culpepper" A photocopy of a page from a register of land sold by township and section records the date of sale as August 10, 1848. Computerized land office records list the "SIGN_DATE" as "1850/03/01"
  19. see the John and Nancy (Gillespie) chapter
  20. Eugenia Elizabeth Smith, A History of Randolph County p. 15
  21. Eugenia Elizabeth Smith, A History of Randolph County p. 11
  22. Access No. AL3170 .069, Image Name 17134, Vol ID 66: Document No. 10121
  23. Eugenia Elizabeth Smith, A History of Randolph County p. 44
  24. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Historical Records of Randolph County, Alabama 1832-1900 (Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, Inc., 1985) pp. 63-64 from Alabama Historical Quarterly Vol. IV, Fall 1942 p. 368 from article #32 of a history of Randolph Co., AL by J. M. K. Guinn from a series which ran in the Wedowee Randolph Toiler from 6 Dec 1894 to 13 Mar 1896
  25. James Trager, The People's Chronology: A Year-by-Year Record of Human Events from Prehistory to the Present (New York: Henry Hold and Company, 1992) p. 495
  26. Marilyn Davis Barefield, Historical Records of Randolph County, Alabama 1832-1900 p. 143
  27. E-mail written 1998-2011 to Culpepper Connections from Capos Conley 'Chip' Culpepper II (#23339), Little Rock, AR, e-mail address.

Sarah Leslie

Female, #32074, (15 Feb 1808 - 22 Jan 1849)
Father*Joseph? Leslie (c 1778 - )
Mother*Mary? Calhoun ? (c 1781 - )
Birth*15 Feb 1808 Sarah was born at North Carolina on 15 Feb 1808. 
Marriage*27 Mar 1831 She married Rev. William Henry Culpepper at Upson Co., Georgia, on 27 Mar 1831 at age 23.1,2 
Married Name27 Mar 1831  As of 27 Mar 1831, her married name was Culpepper. 
Birth of Son31 Jan 1832 Her son Elias Daniel Culpepper was born on 31 Jan 1832 at Upson Co., Georgia
Birth of Son7 Mar 1834 Her son Francis Marion Culpepper was born on 7 Mar 1834 at Upson Co., Georgia
Birth of Son13 Nov 1835 Her son John Malcolm Culpepper was born on 13 Nov 1835 at Upson Co., Georgia
Birth of Son10 Oct 1839 Her son William Araspes Culpepper was born on 10 Oct 1839 at Meriwether Co., Georgia
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Sarah was probably a free white female, age 30 and under 40, in Rev. William Henry Culpepper's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Meriwether Co., Georgia.3 
Birth of Son27 Jun 1842 Her son Lewis Washington Culpepper was born on 27 Jun 1842 at Meriwether Co., Georgia
Death*22 Jan 1849 She died at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 22 Jan 1849 at age 40. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama
Biography* A Leslie family researcher, Coral Betty Lindamood of Harlingen, TX, wrote 4 that she believed but could not prove that Joseph Leslie and Mary Calhoun were the parents of Sarah Leslie and that Sarah was born in North Carolina. Betty thought that the Leslie family moved from North Carolina to Georgia sometime between 1822 and 1828. Another Leslie family researcher, Margaret Bee, believed that the family had moved from North Carolina to Georgia and that Hugh Malcolm Leslie, John A. Leslie, and Daniel Leslie had moved on to Panola Co., TX around 1850.5

Sarah died shortly after the birth of her 11th child and not long after the family had moved to Alabama. 

Family

Rev. William Henry Culpepper (17 Oct 1813 - 22 Mar 1909)
Marriage*27 Mar 1831 She married Rev. William Henry Culpepper at Upson Co., Georgia, on 27 Mar 1831 at age 23.1,2 
Children
Last Edited27 Feb 2008

Citations

  1. Dwight L. Carlisle enclosed a photocopy, with a 6 Feb 1996 letter, of the marriage record from the Rev. William Henry Culpepper Family Bible:

    William. H. Culpepper was marrid to Sarah Leslie 27th March 1831
    to Catherine Alexander 2 January 1851
    To Mary F. Falkenburogh Oct 25 1880

    Married in Upson Co. GA by Charles Hardy, E. M. E. C.
  2. Ancestry.com, compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1997.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/2085a.htm
    William H. Culpepper and Sarah Lester on 27 Mar 1831 in Upson Co., GA.
  3. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 123, Unk Twp, Meriwether Co., GA
    William H. Culpepper, 2 M0-5, 2 M5-10, 1 M20-30, 1 F0-5, 1 F5-10, 1 F30-40.
  4. 1972 family summary
  5. Margaret Bee (TBYF88A) Prodigy message 5 Sep 1994 subject: "Leslie, NC, GA, TX"

Catherine Alexander

Female, #32075, (5 Nov 1811 - 22 Jun 1880)
Birth*5 Nov 1811 Catherine was born at Georgia on 5 Nov 1811. 
Employment* Catherine's occupation: housekeeper at Randolph Co., Alabama
Marriage*2 Jan 1851 She married Rev. William Henry Culpepper at Coweta Co., Georgia, on 2 Jan 1851 at age 39. 
Married Name2 Jan 1851  As of 2 Jan 1851, her married name was Culpepper. 
1870 Census1870 Catherine listed as a household member living with Rev. William Henry Culpepper on the 1870 Census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama. 57 m-p. 572 hh 19. 
1880 Census1880 Catherine was listed as Rev. William Henry Culpepper's wife on the 1880 Census at Flat Rock, Randolph Co., Alabama. 66 m-Beat 8. 
Death*22 Jun 1880 She died at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 22 Jun 1880 at age 68. 
Burial*circa 23 Jun 1880 Her body was interred circa 23 Jun 1880 at Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama.1 

Family

Rev. William Henry Culpepper (17 Oct 1813 - 22 Mar 1909)
Marriage*2 Jan 1851 She married Rev. William Henry Culpepper at Coweta Co., Georgia, on 2 Jan 1851 at age 39. 
Last Edited27 Feb 2008

Citations

  1. Catherine is presumed to be buried in one of the graves covered with a slab near the grave of Rev. William Henry Culpepper.

Mary F. P. Falkenburough

Female, #32076, (8 Jun 1842 - 24 Jul 1939)
Birth*8 Jun 1842 Mary was born at Georgia on 8 Jun 1842. 
Marriage*25 Oct 1880 She married Rev. William Henry Culpepper at Clay Co., Alabama, on 25 Oct 1880 at age 38.1 
Married Name25 Oct 1880  As of 25 Oct 1880, her married name was Culpepper. 
1900 Census1900 Mary was listed as Rev. William Henry Culpepper's wife on the 1900 Census at Flat Rock, Randolph Co., Alabama. Pct 8. 
Death of Spouse22 Mar 1909 Her husband Rev. William Henry Culpepper died on 22 Mar 1909 at Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama
1920 Census*1920 Mary was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama.2 
Photographed*circa 1939 She was photographed circa 1939 at Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama.3
Mary (Falkenburough) Culpepper
Death*24 Jul 1939 She died at Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 24 Jul 1939 at age 97. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Wadley City Cemetery, Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama.4 

Family

Rev. William Henry Culpepper (17 Oct 1813 - 22 Mar 1909)
Marriage*25 Oct 1880 She married Rev. William Henry Culpepper at Clay Co., Alabama, on 25 Oct 1880 at age 38.1 
Last Edited27 Feb 2008

Citations

  1. No. 429 William H. Culpepper To Mary Falkenborough on October 25, 1880 by John B. Miller, Minister, at the residence of W.W. Falkenborough. Bond:William H. Culpepper and L.G.Dean.
    Marriages of Clay County Alabama transcribed by Pat Scott
    .
    Also, Dwight L. Carlisle enclosed a photocopy, with a 6 Feb 1996 letter, of the marriage record from the Rev. William Henry Culpepper Family Bible:
    .
    William. H. Culpepper was marrid to Sarah Leslie 27th March 1831
    to Catherine Alexander 2 January 1851
    To Mary F. Falkenburogh Oct 25 1880.
  2. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    Mary F. P. Culpepper 77 GA
    Brosher Elliott grandson 22 AL.
  3. Norma Kirk Willis records, Norma Kirk Willis to Lew Griffin.
    From back of photo: "My daddy Daniel Patterson Kirk's maternal grandmother Culpepper. Picture made on her 100th birthday. (sic) Date made unknown - Birthdate unknown -- Death unknown. My great grandmother -- Norma Kirk Willis."
  4. Although Mrs. W. H. (Mary F. Falkenborrough) Culpepper is supposed to have been buried in the Wadley City Cemetery, no record has been found.

Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper

Male, #32077, (25 Aug 1816 - 4 Jun 1915)
Father*John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL (1 Oct 1772 - 13 May 1855)
Mother*Nancy Gillespie (c 1778 - 25 Jul 1848)
DNA* Lewis has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*25 Aug 1816 Lewis was born at Edgefield District, South Carolina, on 25 Aug 1816.1 
1830 Census1 Jun 1830 Lewis was probably a free white male, age 10 and under 15, in John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL's household, on the 1830 Census at Monroe Co., Georgia.2 
Marriage License7 Dec 1839 Lewis applied for a marriage license to wed Sarah Ann Culpepper at Pike Co., Georgia, on 7 Dec 1839. 
Marriage*12 Dec 1839 He married Sarah Ann Culpepper at Pike Co., Georgia, on 12 Dec 1839 at age 23.3,4 
Birth of Son15 Sep 1840 His son Joseph Richard Culpepper was born on 15 Sep 1840 at Pike Co., Georgia
Death of Mother25 Jul 1848 His mother Nancy Gillespie died on 25 Jul 1848 at Meriwether Co., Georgia
1850 Census*1 Jun 1850 Lewis was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Pike Co., Georgia.5 
Death of Father13 May 1855 His father John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL died on 13 May 1855 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Death of Spouse29 Mar 1858 His wife Sarah Ann Culpepper died on 29 Mar 1858 at Pike Co., Georgia.6 
Marriage*2 Dec 1858 He married Margarette R. Joyce Bateman at Georgia on 2 Dec 1858 at age 42.3 
Birth of Son21 Oct 1859 His son Francis Daniel Culpepper was born on 21 Oct 1859 at Georgia.7 
Birth of Son1 Sep 1861 His son Thomas Jefferson Culpepper was born on 1 Sep 1861 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Birth of Son18 Aug 1864 His son William Washington Culpepper M.D. was born on 18 Aug 1864 at Randolph Co., Alabama
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 Lewis was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Opelika, Lee Co., Alabama.8 
Photographedsay 1885 He was photographed say 1885
From Dana Johnson:

This was in Aunt Maggie Trimble's house foryears and when she passed, my dad, JT, brought it to me.

The frame is filigree - in the silver portion the holes go all the way through. I don't know if this was the original frame but I would imagine it is. This is what I remembered from when it hung in Aunt Maggie Trimble's home.9
Lewis Peek Culpepper
Photographed*say 1895 He was photographed say 1895
This photo was provided by Essie May Bryant (Mrs. Enoch Melvin Moore), of Jonesboro, GA, in June 1979. Mrs. Moore died in 1986. Her son, Enoch Michael Moore, currently unlocated, probably has the original.
Lewis Peek Culpepper
Photographedcirca 1895 He was photographed circa 1895.10
Joseph Richard & Lewis Peek Culpepper
Death of Son29 Mar 1895 His son William Washington Culpepper M.D. died on 29 Mar 1895 at Wood Co., Texas
Death of Spouse29 Dec 1896 His wife Margarette R. Joyce Bateman died on 29 Dec 1896 at Chambers Co., Alabama
Photographedcirca 1905 He was photographed circa 1905
Left to right: Charles Augustus Culpepper Jr., Charles Augustus Culpepper, Joseph Richard Culpepper, and Lewis Peek Culpepper.
Four Generations in the Lewis P. Culpepper family
Photographedsay 1910 He was photographed say 1910 at Randolph Co., Alabama.
Lewis Peek Culpepper
Death of Son10 Apr 1910 His son Francis Daniel Culpepper died on 10 Apr 1910 at Greer Co., Oklahoma.7 
Death*4 Jun 1915 He died at Chambers Co., Alabama, on 4 Jun 1915 at age 98.11 
Burial*5 Jun 1915 His body was interred on 5 Jun 1915 at State Line Cemetery, Chambers Co., Alabama.12
Tombstone
Biography*12 Feb 2019 Mrs. J. W. (Ira Gay) Deam of Gay, GA preserved a copy of Lewis P. Culpepper's birth record from the John Culpepper Bible and it was transcribed by Mrs. D. W. (Lavyn Wright) Sisco: Lewis Peek Culpepper, b. August 25, 1816, On Sunday 2 o'clock P.M.

The information must have been copied before 1915 since Lewis was recorded as "Living in Chambers Co."

In the early 1900's, Joseph R. Culpepper wrote to a cousin that his father, Lewis P. Culpepper, "was born in Edgefield, South Carolina and lived there until he was 7 years old."

Unfortunately the family has not been found in the 1820 census although Lewis is presumed to have been living with his parents in Edgefield District, SC. Lewis' father is known to have been granted land in Edgefield District, SC before Lewis P. Culpepper was born and he is known to have sold land there in Feb 1823 when Lewis would have been six and one-half years old.

Sometime after this Lewis' father, John Culpepper, moved his family to Georgia where his older sons branched out into several counties but John seems to have settled for a time in Monroe Co., GA where he first shows up in land records in 1827. Lewis Peek Culpepper, the youngest of the eleven children, would have been seven by the time his family reached Georgia and would have been living with his parents. Monroe Co., GA was a frontier county which had been opened to white settlement in 1821. As a result, Lewis had very little chance to attend school and his education was limited.

However at the age of thirteen, he joined the Methodist church. Lewis was the last child to leave home and he was noted as a male 10-15 years of age living with his parents in the 1830 census of Monroe Co., GA.

By 1832, John Culpepper had apparently moved his family to Crawford Co., GA where his sons Joel and James were living and a sixteen year old Lewis was presumably still living with his parents.

In the mid-1830's John and Nancy apparently moved out with son, William Henry, to Meriwether Co., GA and it is presumed that Lewis Peek Culpepper went with them.

However there must have been some contact between John Culpepper and his family and Joseph Richard Culpepper, who was living in Pike Co., GA with his family since in 1839, Lewis married his cousin, Sarah Ann Culpepper, Joseph Richard Culpepper's daughter.

The couple has not been found in the 1840 census but they are presumed to have been living in Pike Co., GA near Sarah's parents. 12 Jan 1844 William C. Beckham recorded a gift of 2 acres (Pike Co. Grantees, G 135, lot 72, dist 9) for a Methodist Church at Powder Springs for whom Lewis P. Culpepper was the agent.

Lewis and Sarah Ann Culpepper had five children between 1840 and 1848. In the 1850 census of Pike Co., GA, Lewis P. Culpepper was listed as a millwright with land valued at $400.

On p. 44 of Sesquicentennial 1822-1972 Pike County Georgia it was noted: Meansville Congregational Church was first organized as New Hope Congregational Methodist Church, in the home of a Mr. [Alfred G.?] Pace [brother-in-law], by Rev. W. H. Graham and Rev. Lewis Culpepper. The first building was erected in 1852 under the direction of Rev. Culpepper and Mr. Pace, and seats were built by Mr. John Daugherty.

In 1857, Sarah Ann Culpepper died of appendicitis. That same year, according to an article written in 1915 by his daughter Maggie (Mrs. George R. Trimble): [Lewis Peek Culpepper] felt called to preach, and in 1857 he united with the Congregational Church and began preaching. He didn't preach for a salary as the ministers of today, he preached for salvation regardless of pay. He went wherever he was called to go. If he spent all the money in his purse going to a church and they didn't pay him any, he walked back home or worked for money to pay his expenses [he was a carpenter, millwright, and gin repairer by trade]. His church paid him if they wanted to and what they wanted to. He never asked for anything.

In 1858, he married Margaret Joyce Bateman, Mrs. Trimble continued: [Lewis Peek Culpepper] moved from Georgia to [near Louina (Wesobulga P.O.), now called Wadley, Randolph Co.] Alabama about 1859 [after the birth of Francis Daniel in Oct of 1859 but before the 1860 census in Sep 1860]. The trip was made in an open wagon and required several days. He resided in several counties but the greater part was spent in Clay and Chambers counties. During the Civil War he did not go to battle but bore his part at home. He was a true friend to the widows and orphans and those made poor by the war. Of course, his sympathies were with the South, but if a Yankee soldier came to his door he was never turned away hungry. He helped wherever he could.

A great-granddaughter, Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn wrote in a 2 Jan 1979 letter of a visit with "Mr. [Alsie] Rutland" in La Grange, GA: This Mr. Rutland told us [Lena and her sister Mrs. C. H. (Margaret Whatley) Lee] Grandpa [Lewis Peek] Culpepper sure was high temperatured - when he got mad, whatever he had in his hand he threw as far as he could.... [Mr. Rutland] said he [L. P. Culpepper] sure was a good preacher. Never carried his Bible with him. He knew it so well he could quote his scripture he wanted to preach from....

One relative recalled that Lewis had once gotten angry and thrown his shoe across the room. I mentioned this to a granddaughter, Mrs. Joseph H. (Margaret Phillips) Dodd, and she replied (12 Apr 1979): I can't remember Grandfather showing any sign of having a temper, however, when he was at our house he was so pampered he had no cause to arouse his temper. Mother [Mrs. Julia Culpepper Phillips] told this story of his anger. A group of Yankees came through on horses and when they saw Grandfather's pretty fat horses in the lot they turned their poor and weary horses in the lot and took Grandfather's horses. They also went in the house and took all the staple groceries they wanted. Grandfather said he called them every name a preacher was allowed to say. They only laughed at him and when one of the Yankees noticed his gold watch and chain, a very precious one, he just went over and took it from Grandfather. There was nothing he could do except get more angry and call them more bad names.

Sometime before 1870, Lewis Peek moved his family to Lee Co, AL where 53 year old "L. P. Culpepper" born in South Carolina was noted (p. 250) with his second wife and their children in the 22 Jun 1870 census of the Opelika P. O. district of Lee Co., AL. His occupation was listed as millwright.

Another granddaughter, Mrs. Earnest L. (Dennie Rutland) Bryant, of LaGrange, GA, shared her recollections in July, 1979: Grandpa Lewis Culpepper was a minister. I was told that he always walked on his church circuit, leaving mules at home to be used on the farm. He preached in several churches - I remember Ashland, Lineville, and Fredonia, Ala.... Grandpa was paid mostly with farm products. I remember once a widow gave him 25 cents and told him to buy himself some coffee. He bought the coffee and took it to the widow woman.... As a small girl, I remember him sitting in the hall of our home, reading his Bible. He did this most of his time. Ministers came to visit him and they enjoyed discussing the Bible.

In the 1880 census, 63 year old "Louis Culpepper" born in South Carolina was recorded (Beat 10 ED 38-15) with his family in Clay Co., AL. His daughter, Mrs. G. R. Trimble wrote in 1915: In 1888, he was the pastor of two churches. All the members of both churches unanimously voted out the Methodist rules and united with the Congregationalist. He remained an active minister until a few years before his death.

Mrs. J. H. (Margaret Phillips) Dodd wrote in a 12 Apr 1979 letter: I remember this story which is on the humorous side. For several years at one of his churches he would hold a revival in the summer. Sister Brown was a "shouter" and when she got happy she would go to her husband or one of the children and beat and pull their hair and keep shouting. The family got wise to all this and when she would start shouting Grandfather said the children would get down on their knees and make for the door. He said it was so funny that he just stood in the pulpit and laughed. Grandmother said, "Darling, you should be ashamed of yourself." He said, "Well, I couldn't help but laugh and the congregation thought I was doing the holy laugh."

In 1896, Lewis P. Culpepper's second wife, Margaret Bateman, died. According to Mrs. Trimble, Lewis P. Culpepper "spent the rest of his life traveling, working, preaching, and visiting his children, and spent the greater part of his last years with his daughter Mira (Mrs. Richard R. Rutland) near Standing Rock in Chambers Co. AL." In the 1900 census (Vol. 8, ED. 1, Sheet 7, Line 50) "Lewis P. Culpepper" was living with his daughter, Elmira, and her husband, R. R. Rutland, in Chambers Co., AL. He was listed as having been born Aug 1816 in South Carolina. A 94 year old Lewis P. Culpepper born in South Carolina was noted (ED 14, Sheet 6, Pct 1, #117) in the 1910 census records at Hickory Flat, Chambers Co., AL with his daughter Elmira in the "Ricks R. Rutland" household. Lewis P. Culpepper listed both his parents as having been born in South Carolina.

Mrs. J. H. (Margaret Phillips) Dodd wrote in a 26 Jul 1978 letter about Lewis P. Culpepper's visit to the Phillips farm at Bacon Level, Randolph Co., AL: Grandfather used to visit us on the farm. He would stay a month or six weeks. All of us kids enjoyed him so much because he was so jolly and gave us so much attention. We had a large shady yard and on Sunday afternoons most of the kids in the neighborhood would come there to play games. Grandfather always sat on the sideline watching and laughing with us. When we got into an argument he would call us over and give us a good moral talk on sportsmanship and we would all go happily back into the game. He had a great sense of humor. Once when he was with us my mother put him in Laura's room to sleep so he would be next to her room and she could hear him if he called her during the night. He didn't have much hair so he always slept with a nightcap on. The next A.M. Mother told J.T. to go wake Laura to help her with breakfast. J.T. was a prankster, so he took a pillow and shook the feathers down in a ball. He forgot Grandfather was in Laura's room so he bopped Grandfather on the head with all his strength, thinking it was Laura. When Grandfather's nightcap flew out in the floor he realized what he had done so he ran. When Grandfather got his breath he yelled, "Julie, Julie, come here." He always called Mother Julie. Mother ran in and Grandfather told her something hit him on the head and knocked his nightcap off. By that time Mother had figured it out and J.T. admitted doing it thinking it was Laura. Mother then explained it to Grandfather and he got a big laugh out of it.

Joseph Wyeth Griffin, a great-grandson, of Leeds, AL, recalled that in old age Lewis liked to sit in a rocking chair in the general store and share his opinions with friends.

Lena Amsler wrote in 29 Jun 1978 letter that her Aunt Mira (Mrs. R. R. (Elmira Culpepper) Rutland) had mentioned that once, while Lewis P. Culpepper was staying with her family, she had noticed that he was missing. When he returned, she discovered that he had walked several miles down the road to visit his even more aged brother, William.

Mrs. Earnest L. (Dennie E. Rutland) Bryant noted in July, 1979: Grandpa was active until he suffered a stroke about a week before his death. He rarely used his glasses. He walked over the back farm, which was about forty acres, on the day before he became ill. He came into the house after his walk, ate a big supper, and went to bed. He suffered the stroke before morning. He lived about a week.

Mrs. Margaret Culpepper Trimble wrote in 1915 that Lewis Peek Culpepper died during the morning of 4 June 1915 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. R. Rutland, on Stateline Road, near Standing Rock. He was buried June 5 at Stateline Church.

Mrs. G. W. (Elaine DeVaughn) Mendenhall wrote in a 4 Dec 1978 letter that her mother, Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn had visited the grave site and added "the cemetery is located near the Georgia line, traveling directly east from Roanoke, AL."

Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn wrote of the visit in a 2 Jan 1979 letter: I sure did enjoy our trip to County Line Church. Wasn't any trouble to find Grandpa Culpepper's grave. The Home Coming Day at this church is the second Sunday in August. If it is the Lord's Will I plan to go and carry some flowers for his grave. Some more have said they hope to go. His grave needs some work done on it....

On 19 March 1898, from Chambers County, AL, Lewis Peek Culpepper wrote the following letter to Mr. B. F. Burke, the husband of Georgia Culpepper, the youngest daughter of Francis G. Culpepper: Mr B. F. Burke Sweet Home, Tex:

"Dear Nephew, I have been thinking of writing to you for the Last twelve months after receiving one from you in reply to one I wrote to Brother. But shortly after receiving that Letter I went to Georgia to visit my Children and relatives and stade Some time [Lewis P. Culpepper must have been writing of a visit to his oldest son, Joseph R. Culpepper, who was living in Macon, GA]. and when I Came back I was sick sometime and one thing and another and the most prominent thing of all carlesness for which I offer an apoligy now - a few days ago I received a Letter from my daughter at McGregor [Martha Jane Culpepper, the wife of Samuel Amsler, of McGregor, Texas] together with a lengthey news Paper account of Brother [an article about Francis G. Culpepper appeared in the Shiner Gazette , Feb, 1898] and his family, also a Photograph of a complete Likeness of my Brother with a tolerable correct historical account with one Exception the paper Says he was born 1806, the record says 1804, but that don't amount to any thing."

As an aside, according to a transcription of a record from the John Culpepper Family Bible made by Mrs. Ira Deam, Francis G. Culpepper was born 31 Jan 1804, on "Friday at 3 o'clock p.m." A perpetual calendar shows that January 31, 1804 would have been a Tuesday. Unfortunately, Mrs. Deams's daughter does not have the Bible and does not know where it is so there is no way of knowing where the error was introduced. It is possible that the Friday was an error in transcription since the birth record preceding that of Francis Gillespie was for Sarah O. Culpepper who was born February 5, 1802, On Friday 1 o'clock p.m.

Getting back to the Culpepper/Burke leter, "My sister two years older than he is Living [Sarah O. (Culpepper) Elliott was born in 1802 and in 1898 was living Louina, Randolph Co., AL]. She was ninetysix In Feb. I was at her house Last august she was then very pert but her hearing and Sight was very deficient. I saw Brother Washington Last November was a year [George Washington Culpepper (born 6 Dec 1808) lived at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., GA where he had moved in the 1840's], he was then all right Physically but had entirely Lost his mind, he was Eighty-nine Last December. Brother William was Eighty-four Last Oct [William Henry Culpepper lived near Louina, Randolph Co. AL.], I was Eighty-one last August. So we are a Long Life People, and I have been a steday Labourer all my Life and have never had but very Little rest all that time. And I am remarkably stout for a man of my age, my nerves are steddy as they Ever were in my Life, my Brother Williams nerves is completely shatered, can scarcely hold his saucer to drink his coffee. But I attribute that in a greate measure to smoking, he is an inveterate smoker, but that is not always the cause. My oldest son Joe is fifty eight years old never used tobacco any way, and his nerves is completely ruined. but his helth was harmed in the War, he Lookes nearley as old as I do. I ought to be thankful and proude of my Family. I have raised twelve children all to be grone, two dead now [William Washington died in Texas after graduating from medical school and Sarah Elizabeth died in Lineville, AL], but all were high toned gentlmen and Ladyes without a stain or a charge of any thing dishonerable. Well I tride to raise them Right. Well I have always believed that holsom Precepts and good Example has a wonderful influence on Posterity, and we all make ourselves just what we are, well I want to come to See you all and IIl never die satisfid unless I do come if I can get Some good responsible Person to accompany me I will come next fall or winter, if I were twenty years younger I would Live there. Well I must close this uninteresting Letter hoping to hear from you soon, let my dear grand niece to write to me I think I got one Letter from her, she writs well yours Lovingly and truly L. P. Culpepper"

In a 28 Sep 1987 letter, Mrs. A. M. (Eleanor Culpepper) Willingham wrote of visiting Lewis Peek Culpepper's grave: This is in State Line cemetery near Ga-Ala line.... This cemetery is in a church yard - State Line Church." Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee visited Rev. L. P. Culpepper's grave and the nearby church and wrote in a 26 Nov 1978 letter that "Lewis Peek preached at that State Line Church a long time." She added that she had visited Alsie Rutland in LaGrange, GA and he told her that "Lewis Peek was very hard of hearing."

Margaret Lee added in a 3 Jan 1979 letter: The State Line Church and Cemetery is 7 miles from Standing Rock.... The State Line Church is across the street from the West Point lake.... I guess State Line Church would be in "Five Points" because that is Mrs. [Harvey] Boone's mailing address and she only lives a few steps from the church & cemetery.13,14 

Family 1

Sarah Ann Culpepper (21 Nov 1817 - 29 Mar 1858)
Marriage License7 Dec 1839 Lewis applied for a marriage license to wed Sarah Ann Culpepper at Pike Co., Georgia, on 7 Dec 1839. 
Marriage*12 Dec 1839 He married Sarah Ann Culpepper at Pike Co., Georgia, on 12 Dec 1839 at age 23.3,4 
Children

Family 2

Margarette R. Joyce Bateman (24 Jun 1833 - 29 Dec 1896)
Marriage*2 Dec 1858 He married Margarette R. Joyce Bateman at Georgia on 2 Dec 1858 at age 42.3 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
LWG / Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper Griffin (Lew Griffin's gtgm): Ancestral Chart
Last Edited12 Feb 2019

Citations

  1. J. W. Culpepper Bible Record, POB from Joseph R. Culpepper.
  2. 1830 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 194, Unk Twp, Monroe Co., GA (ID: 31566)
    John Culpepper, 1 M10-15, 2 M15-20, 1 M50-60, 1 F50-60.
  3. , Lewis Peek Culpepper Bible.
  4. Ancestry.com, compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1997.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/2085a.htm
    Lewis P. Culpepper and Sarah Ann Culpepper on 12 Dec 1839 in Pike Co., GA.
  5. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 125, District 68, Pike Co., GA
    Lewis P. Culpepper, 33, M, Mill Wright, $400, SC
    Sarah A. Culpepper, 32, F, SC
    Joseph R. Culpepper, 9, M, GA
    Silviah A. Culpepper, 8, F, GA
    Sarah E. Culpepper, 6, F, GA
    Martha J. Culpepper, 4, F, GA
    Clarissy E. Culpepper, 2, F, GA
    Robert A. Vaughn, 6, M, GA
    Nancy Nabors, 76, F, SC.
  6. Pike Co. Cemetery Records, Unpublished.
    Vol 1 p 505 13 May 1858 issue.
  7. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Dryden Cemetery, Harmon Co., OK, Submitted by Jeanette Coaly:
    F. D. Culpepper, 18 Oct 1860 - 10 Apr 1910, Father
    M. E. Culpepper, 14 Feb 1871 - 26 Jan 1915, Mother.
  8. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Opelika, Lee Co., Alabama; Lines 37-40 & 1-4, Pages 250A-B (22 Jun 1870)
    L P Culpepper, 53, M, Wh, Mill Wright, SC
    M Culpepper, 36, F, Wh, Keeping house, GA
    M J Culpepper, 33, F, Wh, Keeping house, GA
    F D Culpepper, 11, M, Wh, GA
    T J Culpepper, 9, M, Wh, AL
    W W Culpepper, 6, M, Wh, AL
    M E Culpepper, 6, F, Wh, AL
    A Culpepper, 4, F, Wh, AL.
  9. E-mail written Jul 2009 to Lew Griffin from Dana Marie (Phillips) Johnson, e-mail address.
  10. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), Phoenix, AZ, e-mail address.
    photo original given to Lew Griffin by Joseph Albertus Griffin.
  11. Tombstone.
  12. Margaret Parker Milford, A Survey of Cemeteries in Chambers County, Alabama, Valley, AL: Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, 1983.
    p 153; date Mrs. Margaret Culpepper Trimble article 1915.
  13. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), Phoenix, AZ, e-mail address.
  14. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.
    From: Warren Culpepper
    Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014

    Hi Lew,

    Thanks for calling that quote about your GG-grandfather to my attention. Interestingly, there was a direct connection between my current church and the two churches that Lewis Peek Culpepper led. I mentioned in my previous message that one of my church projects is the update the church’s book of history, published in 1982. Here is an excerpt from the original relevant to your gg-grandfather’s churches:
    “…In 1887 Simeon McDaniel, Steven Bassett, and one or two others had come to Zachary Eddy's home (WLC Note: Eddy was then the minister of Church of the Redeemer, later renamed Central Congregational Church, which is my current church) representing a group called ‘Congregational Methodists,’ which had a number of churches in middle Georgia (McDaniel was from Barnesville and Bassett from Fort Valley). In 1854, having broken with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, they met at Forsyth and constituted themselves as a church. Now they were looking for another congregationally organized communion to join. Eddy was ecstatic, but his pastorate ended before any merger could be accomplished.

    “During George Turk's brief ministry, a ‘United Congregational Conference of Georgia’ was formed, bringing together the Atlanta Congregational Union (Central and its missions) and the Congregational Methodists, but not including the black churches of the Georgia Association. At the organizational meeting, held in February 1888 at Central, Turk was elected president.

    “A.F. Sherrill was to be the broker for the enrollment of about sixty of these Congregational Methodist churches as Congregational churches at the National Council meeting in Worcester in 1889. By then, Sherrill was listed as Home Missionary Superintendent of the Congregational Churches of Georgia. Sixty or so ‘new church starts’ in Georgia was too much to turn down. Despite bitter debate in Worcester over the issue of church segregation, the Georgia delegates were seated. Writing from Detroit the following month, Zachary Eddy captured the sentiment of the denomination on the matter: ‘The Congregational Churches of the North stand, with few exceptions, just where the Church of the Redeemer stands—in Christian fellowship with colored Christians and churches, but not advocating mixed membership in the local churches…’”
    So, not only is Central connected with my Pilgrim roots, it is also connected to your roots.