Mary (?)

Female, #36931, (say 1668 - )
Ancestry Unknown* Information about the ancestry and siblings of Mary (?) is wanted. See page footer for contact information. 
Birth*say 1668 Mary was born say 1668. 
Marriage*say 1690 She married Arthur Purcell say 1690. 
Married Namesay 1690  As of say 1690, her married name was Purcell. 

Family

Arthur Purcell (say 1665 - )
Child
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
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Anne Cooke

Female, #36932, (before 1727 - )
Father*Reuben Cooke (s 1695 - )
Mother*Hannah Atkinson (s 1700 - )
Birth*before 1727 Anne was born at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, before 1727. 
Marriage*after 1744 She married Arthur Whitehead at Virginia after 1744. 
Married Nameafter 1744  As of after 1744, her married name was Whitehead. 

Family

Arthur Whitehead (say 1693 - 1751)
Last Edited11 Dec 1999

Reuben Cooke

Male, #36933, (say 1695 - )
Birth*say 1695 Reuben was born say 1695. 
Marriage*say 1725 He married Hannah Atkinson say 1725. 

Family

Hannah Atkinson (say 1700 - )
Child
Last Edited11 Dec 1999

Hannah Atkinson

Female, #36934, (say 1700 - )
Birth*say 1700 Hannah was born say 1700. 
Marriage*say 1725 She married Reuben Cooke say 1725. 
Married Namesay 1725  As of say 1725, her married name was Cooke. 

Family

Reuben Cooke (say 1695 - )
Child
Last Edited11 Dec 1999

William Whitehead

Male, #36935, (say 1672 - after 1711)
Father*Arthur Whitehead Jr. (s 1650 - s 1710)
Mother*Mary Godwin (s 1653 - )
Birth*say 1672 William was born at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, say 1672. 
Marriage*say 1692 He married Rachel (?) say 1692. 
Birth of Sonsay 1693 His son Arthur Whitehead was born say 1693 at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
Birth of Sonsay 1695 His son Lazarus Whitehead was born say 1695. 
Birth of Sonsay 1697 His son Robert Whitehead was born say 1697. 
Birth of Sonsay 1699 His son William Whitehead was born say 1699. 
Death*after 1711 He died after 1711. 
Biography* William Whitehead was born in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, about 1672. The date of his death is uncertain, but it was after 1711, since he was mentioned in his father's will as one of the legatees in 1710/11.
No records of William, or his wife or widow have been discovered after 1711, as of this writing. It is certain that he married and had at least three and possibly four sons. As early as 1723, the estate of William West was settled by Arthur Whitehead in Isle of Wight County. In 1726 Barnaby Thomas, the son of William Thomas of Isle of Wight, bought 250 acres of land from Lazarus Whitehead. Also an inventory was returned for the estate of Robert Whitehead of Surry County, Virginia, in 1731 It seems positive that Arthur and Lazarus were sons of William, and probable that Robert was also, for no records of any earlier Whiteheads in this area exist than those already given. The names of the first two, and those of their later descendants, further confirm their being the sons of William, The existence of another son is clear in the will of Arthur Whitehead dated 12 March 1744, in Southampton County, Virginia, wherein he mentions his brother William as one of the executors. This brother and another brother Lazarus were witnesses to this will.
Source: "Whitehead of Isle of Wight", CD191 Family History: Southern Genealogies #1, Historical Southern Families, Vol. I.
 

Family

Rachel (?) (say 1674 - )
Marriage*say 1692 He married Rachel (?) say 1692. 
Children
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
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Rachel (?)

Female, #36936, (say 1674 - )
Ancestry Unknown* Information about the ancestry and siblings of Rachel (?) is wanted. See page footer for contact information. 
Birth*say 1674 Rachel was born say 1674. 
Marriage*say 1692 She married William Whitehead say 1692. 
Married Namesay 1692  As of say 1692, her married name was Whitehead. 
Birth of Sonsay 1693 Her son Arthur Whitehead was born say 1693 at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
Birth of Sonsay 1695 Her son Lazarus Whitehead was born say 1695. 
Birth of Sonsay 1697 Her son Robert Whitehead was born say 1697. 
Birth of Sonsay 1699 Her son William Whitehead was born say 1699. 

Family

William Whitehead (say 1672 - after 1711)
Marriage*say 1692 She married William Whitehead say 1692. 
Children
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited1 Jan 2012

Arthur Whitehead Jr.

Male, #36937, (say 1650 - say 1710)
Father*Arthur Whitehead (s 1625 - s 1655)
Mother*Katherine Ruffin (1634 - b 1688)
Birth*say 1650 Arthur was born at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, say 1650. 
Death of Fathersay 1655 His father Arthur Whitehead died say 1655. 
Marriage*say 1671 He married Mary Godwin say 1671. 
Birth of Sonsay 1672 His son William Whitehead was born say 1672 at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
Death*say 1710 He died at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, say 1710. 
Biography* Arthur Whitehead, was born about 1650 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia, and died there about 1710. He married Mary Godwin, the daughter of William Godwin (G. B. 2-52; W. & D. Bk. 2-528; C. -M-35)
     The earliest presently known record of Arthur Whitehead, occurs 11 August 1673, when he gave some cows to his half-sister Rebecca Thornton, probably as a wedding present after her marriage to Stephen Horsefield. On 9 February 1687/8, he presented the inventory for the estate of Christopher Wade. Captain Thomas Godwin was one of the creditors of this estate. About 1696, William Strickland and his brother Mathew sold 200 acres of land to Arthur Whitehead, and this deed was attested by Barnaby MacQuinney, Jno. (X) Barrett, and John Worrell. Three years later, on 1 February 1699, William Strickland and his wife Oliffe sold another 150 acres to Arthur Whitehead, at-George Pierce's line, as attested by John Giles, John Chapman and Andrew Woodley. Sometime in 1704, he appraised the estate of John Cooke, along with George Pierce, William Johnson and John Bardin. The following year, on 9 April 1705, with William Johnson and Henry Pope, he was one of the appraisers of the estate of George Pierce. The last recorded reference to Arthur, occurs 30 March 1721, ten years after his death, when Richard Braswell patented 365 acres in Urah Meadows in Chowan County, N.C., on Arthur Whitehead's line and John Cotton's indicating that he had purchased lands in North Carolina before his death. No further records are found, either of himself or of his widow, but further study of the land records of Isle of Wight County might be fruitful.
     In his will he made bequests to his son William, and wife Mary, the latter being named executrix. Philip Rayford, Philip Pierce, and Thomas Boone are named as witnesses, and the will is dated 11 January 1710/11, but no date is given for its recording (W. & D. Bk. 2-528; C-1-72-73.)1 

Family

Mary Godwin (say 1653 - )
Child
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited15 May 2008

Citations

  1. Whitehead of Isle of Wight, Southern Genealogies, CD-ROM Volume CD191, Whitehead family.

Mary Godwin

Female, #36938, (say 1653 - )
Father*William Godwin (s 1625 - b 26 Sep 1720)
Mother*Elizabeth (?) (s 1630 - )
Birth*say 1653 Mary was born say 1653. 
Marriage*say 1671 She married Arthur Whitehead Jr. say 1671. 
Married Namesay 1671  As of say 1671, her married name was Whitehead. 
Birth of Sonsay 1672 Her son William Whitehead was born say 1672 at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia

Family

Arthur Whitehead Jr. (say 1650 - say 1710)
Child
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Arthur Whitehead1

Male, #36939, (say 1625 - say 1655)
Ancestry Unknown* Information about the ancestry and siblings of Arthur Whitehead is wanted. See page footer for contact information. 
Birth*say 1625 Arthur was born at England say 1625. 
Marriage*before 1650 He married Katherine Ruffin at England before 1650. 
Birth of Sonsay 1650 His son Arthur Whitehead Jr. was born say 1650 at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia
Death*say 1655 He died say 1655. 
Biography* Arthur Whitehead was probably born in England about 1625, and came to Virginia sometime before 1643. He died about 1655, presumably in Isle of Wight County. His place of birth in England is not known at this time.
On 22 March 1643, he was listed as one of the Head Rights of Obedience Robins, who on that day received a patent for 450 acres in Northampton County, Virginia, bounded by a former devisement of the said Robins for the transportation of nine persons: John Coleman, Henry Edwards, Arthur Whitehead, Nicholas Every, John Ells, Henry Baston, Stephen Horse (probably Horsefield), Thomas Chapman, and John Carter. Of these it is interesting to note that all but two of the family names are subsequently found in the records of Isle of Wight County, which supports the conclusion that Arthur Whitehead, settled there. (C. P. 225)
Arthur died about 1655.2 

Family

Katherine Ruffin (1634 - before 1688)
Child
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited15 May 2008

Citations

  1. Whitehead of Isle of Wight, Southern Genealogies, CD-ROM Volume CD191, Whitehead family.
  2. "Whitehead of Isle of Wight", CD191 Family History: Southern Genealogies #1, Historical Southern Families, Vol. I.

William Godwin

Male, #36941, (say 1625 - before 26 Sep 1720)
Ancestry Unknown* Information about the ancestry and siblings of William Godwin is wanted. See page footer for contact information. 
Birth*say 1625 William was born say 1625. 
Marriage*say 1650 He married Elizabeth (?) say 1650. 
Death*before 26 Sep 1720 He died at Isle of Wight Co., Virginia, before 26 Sep 1720. 

Family

Elizabeth (?) (say 1630 - )
Child
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited15 Dec 2007

Elizabeth (?)

Female, #36942, (say 1630 - )
Ancestry Unknown* Information about the ancestry and siblings of Elizabeth (?) is wanted. See page footer for contact information. 
Birth*say 1630 Elizabeth was born say 1630. 
Marriage*say 1650 She married William Godwin say 1650. 
Married Namesay 1650  As of say 1650, her married name was Godwin. 

Family

William Godwin (say 1625 - before 26 Sep 1720)
Child
ChartsWLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited1 Jan 2012

Blanche Culpepper

Female, #36943, (circa 1907 - )
Father*Robert H. Culpepper (13 Nov 1876 - 20 Nov 1934)
Mother*Willie Talula Herrington (25 Dec 1879 - 4 Jul 1950)
Birth*circa 1907 Blanche was born at Arkansas circa 1907. 
ChartsSampson Culpepper of Wilkinson Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited14 Jul 2000

Pauline Culpepper

Female, #36944, (circa 1909 - )
Father*Robert H. Culpepper (13 Nov 1876 - 20 Nov 1934)
Mother*Willie Talula Herrington (25 Dec 1879 - 4 Jul 1950)
Birth*circa 1909 Pauline was born at Arkansas circa 1909. 
ChartsSampson Culpepper of Wilkinson Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited30 Sep 1999

Mary E. Culpepper

Female, #36945, (circa 1912 - )
Father*Robert H. Culpepper (13 Nov 1876 - 20 Nov 1934)
Mother*Willie Talula Herrington (25 Dec 1879 - 4 Jul 1950)
Birth*circa 1912 Mary was born at Arkansas circa 1912. 
ChartsSampson Culpepper of Wilkinson Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited30 Sep 1999

John Lee Culpepper

Male, #36946, (12 Aug 1915 - 7 Apr 1934)
Father*Robert H. Culpepper (13 Nov 1876 - 20 Nov 1934)
Mother*Willie Talula Herrington (25 Dec 1879 - 4 Jul 1950)
Name Variation He was also known as Johnnie Lee Culpepper. 
Birth*12 Aug 1915 John was born at Rison, Cleveland Co., Arkansas, on 12 Aug 1915.1 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 John and Otis was listed as a son in Robert H. Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Rison, Cleveland Co., Arkansas.2 
Death*7 Apr 1934 He died at Rison, Cleveland Co., Arkansas, on 7 Apr 1934 at age 18.1 
ChartsSampson Culpepper of Wilkinson Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited4 Feb 2019

Citations

  1. Find a Grave (online database)
    http://www.findagrave.com
    https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/40325376/willie-talula-culpepper
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED13-12, Sheet 5-B, No street addresses, Rison, Cleveland Co., AR
    Home owned, Value not shown, Radio=No, Farm=Yes
    Robert H Culpepper, Head, M, 53, M, md@25, AR/MS/AL, Farmer, General Farming, Vet=No
    Lula Culpepper, Wife, F, 51, M, md@23, AR/MS/GA, Not employed
    John F Culpepper, Son, M, 15, S, AR/AR/AR
    Otis W Culpepper, Son, M, 11, S, AR/AR/AR.

Otis Windburn Culpepper1

Male, #36947, (circa 1918 - 27 Aug 1944)
Father*Robert H. Culpepper (13 Nov 1876 - 20 Nov 1934)
Mother*Willie Talula Herrington (25 Dec 1879 - 4 Jul 1950)
Birth*circa 1918 Otis was born at Cleveland Co., Arkansas, circa 1918.2,3 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 John and Otis was listed as a son in Robert H. Culpepper's household on the 1930 Census at Rison, Cleveland Co., Arkansas.2 
Death of Father20 Nov 1934 His father Robert H. Culpepper died on 20 Nov 1934 at Rison, Cleveland Co., Arkansas.4,5 
Residence*Oct 1943 Otis resided at Lauderdale Co., Mississippi, in Oct 1943.3 
World War II*between 1943 and 1944 He enlisted in Camp Shelby, Attala Co., Mississippi, and served in World War II between 1943 and 1944
(Private, U.S. Army, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division. Killed in Action in France. Awarded Purple Heart. According to his niece, Patricia Pollock, Otis was a sharp shooter and was acting as a sniper in Patton's Third Army when at age 24 he was killed at the battle of St. Lo, France.)6,3,1 
Death*27 Aug 1944 He died at Saint Lo, Manche, Lower Normandy, France, on 27 Aug 1944.6,1 
Burial*circa Sep 1944 His body was interred circa Sep 1944 at Brittany American Cemetery, Saint James, Manche, Lower Normandy, France. Grave number: b 12 1.6,1,7 
ChartsSampson Culpepper of Wilkinson Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited3 Sep 2010

Citations

  1. American Battle Monuments Online Database, American Battle Monuments Commission, 2005.
    http://www.abmc.gov/
    Otis Windburn Culpepper, Mississippi, Private, 34875355, 314th Infantry, 79th Division, Died 27 Aug 1944, Buried at: Plot B Row 12 Grave 1, Brittany American Cemetery, St. James, France. Awards: Purple Heart Medal.
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED13-12, Sheet 5-B, No street addresses, Rison, Cleveland Co., AR
    Home owned, Value not shown, Radio=No, Farm=Yes
    Robert H Culpepper, Head, M, 53, M, md@25, AR/MS/AL, Farmer, General Farming, Vet=No
    Lula Culpepper, Wife, F, 51, M, md@23, AR/MS/GA, Not employed
    John F Culpepper, Son, M, 15, S, AR/AR/AR
    Otis W Culpepper, Son, M, 11, S, AR/AR/AR.
  3. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8939
    Otis Culpepper, born 1918 in AR, White, Single, Education: Grammar School, Height/Wt: Unk; Resided in: Lauderdale Co., MS; Enlisted 23 Oct 1943 at Camp Shelby, MS (Drafted).
  4. Desmond Walls Allen, compiler, Arkansas Death Record Index, 1914-1923 and 1934-1940, Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996-c1999, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.7 V22ad....
  5. Arkansas Death Index Books, 1914 -- 1948.
    has 19 Nov 1934.
  6. National WW-II Memorial Registry, National Parks Service, 2008.
    http://www.wwiimemorial.com
    Overseas American Cemeteries:
    Otis Culpepper, 34875355, Private, Entered the Service from Mississippi
    U.S. Army, 314th Infantry Regiment, 79th Infantry Division
    Died Sunday, August 27, 1944 and buried at Brittany American Cemetery, B Row: 12 Grave: 1, St. James (Manche), France
    Awarded Purple Heart.
  7. Quartermaster General’s Office, compiler, U.S. Rosters of World War II Dead, 1939-1945, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2007.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=1102
    Name: Otis Culpepper
    Gender: Male
    Race: White
    Religion: Protestant
    Cemetery Name: Saint James (Permanent Cemetery), Saint James, France
    Grave number: b 12 1
    Disposition: According to next of kin
    Service Branch: Army
    Rank: Private
    Service Number: 34875355.

Daniel Culpepper1

Male, #36948, (circa 1858 - )
Father*Luke Culpepper of Wilcox Co. AL (c 1817 - )
African* He was an African-American. 
Birth*circa 1858 Daniel was born at Wilcox Co., Alabama, circa 1858. 
1870 Census* Daniel was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Wilcox Co., Alabama.2 
1880 Census* Daniel was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Wilcox Co., Alabama.3 
Marriagebefore 1884 He married Margaret Reid at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, before 1884. 
Birth of Son29 Feb 1888 His son Moses Culpepper was born on 29 Feb 1888 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.4 
Birth of Son27 Jun 1891 His son Will Culpepper was born on 27 Jun 1891 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.5 
Birth of Son10 Jan 1894 His son Langston Culpepper was born on 10 Jan 1894 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.5 
1900 Census* Daniel was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.6 
Birth of Sonsay 1903 His son David Culpepper was born say 1903. 
Birth of Son13 Jan 1904 His son Daniel C. Culpepper Jr. was born on 13 Jan 1904 at Mobile, Mobile Co., Alabama.7 
1910 Census* Daniel was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Wilcox Co., Alabama.8 
Marriage*say 1912 He married Amy R. McCowen at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, say 1912. 
Death* He died at Riverside, Riverside Co., California
Birth of Son12 Apr 1913 His son Herbert E. Culpepper was born on 12 Apr 1913 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama
Birth of Son5 Jun 1917 His son Finley Isaiah Culpepper was born on 5 Jun 1917 at Riverside, Riverside Co., California
1920 Census*1920 Daniel was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Riverside, Riverside Co., California.9 
Reunion*18 Jun 2005 Descendants of Daniel Culpepper (born 1858 in Wilcox Co., Alabama, and the progenitor of the African-American Culpeppers of Riverside, California) held their most recent family reunion on June 18, 2005 in Riverside. Contact Sherry Ogbebor at e-mail address or call her at 619-287-0661.10 

Family 1

Margaret Reid (say 1870 - before 1912)
Marriagebefore 1884 He married Margaret Reid at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, before 1884. 
Children

Family 2

Amy R. McCowen (23 Apr 1885 - 12 Sep 1953)
Marriage*say 1912 He married Amy R. McCowen at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, say 1912. 
Children
ChartsOrphan / Luke Culpepper of Wilcox Co., AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited27 Mar 2008

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2000-2005 to Lew Griffin from Sandra Louise Schiffer Durbin, San Diego, CA, e-mail address.
  2. P. 330, family 220.
  3. FHL Film 1254035, National Archives Film T9-0035, Lower Peach Tree, Page 373A.
  4. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Moses Culpepper, Black, born 29 Feb 1888 in Lower Peach Tree AL, registered in Santa Rosa Co., FL.
  5. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Langston Culpepper, 218 38th St, Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Alabama, age 23, born 10 Jan 1894 in Lower Peachtree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, Employed as a Laborer by the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Alabama; Single; Black; No prior military service; No exemption from service claimed; Short height, Stout build, Black eyes, Black hair, Not bald, No disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama.
  6. ED 133, sheet 9, line 20, Pct. 7.
  7. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180
  8. ED 153, sheet 4.
  9. ED 124, sheet 13, line 51.
  10. E-mail written 2005 to Warren Culpepper from Sherry Marks Ogbebor, Riverside, California, e-mail address.

Mary Ida Culpepper1,2

Female, #36949, (15 Feb 1894 - 21 May 1941)
Father*Daniel Culpepper (c 1858 - )
Mother*Margaret Reid (s 1870 - b 1912)
African* She was an African-American. 
Birth*15 Feb 1894 Mary was born on 15 Feb 1894.3 
Marriage*after 1920 She married George Yates at Riverside, Riverside Co., California, after 1920. 
Married Nameafter 1920  As of after 1920, her married name was Yates. 
Death*21 May 1941 She died at Riverside, Riverside Co., California, on 21 May 1941 at age 47.4 
Biography* The following is from a Feb 2000 e-mail:
.
My name is Sandra Louise Schiffer Durbin. My Mother's name was Lornetta Inez Yates Taylor. Birth date 10/28/27 Death 1968.
.
My Grandmother's was Mary Ida Culpepper Yates. Birth and death dates not yet known.
.
My Great-Uncles and Great-Aunts were Wayan (Will) Culpepper, Mamie Culpepper Johns, Langston Culpepper, Zeola Culpepper Jones, Daniel Culpepper, Herbert Culpepper (half brother), Finley Culpepper (half brother) and an additional girl (half sister), name unknown, who died young.
.
My Great-Grandfather was Daniel Culpepper of Wilcox County. Birth 1858? Death date not yet known. My Great-Grandmother was Margaret Reid Culpepper. Birth and death dates
unknown. Daniel then married Amy Reid, Margaret's younger sister and had Herbert, Finley, and a girl, name unknown.
.
I have been researching my family history. I have come upon Erasmus Culpepper III., listed in the 1850 census of Wilcox County, Alabama. In interviewing the oldest remaining family members, I have come across some very interesting information.
.
Erasmus III. had a son by the name of Ernest, who was listed in the 1850 census as being a year old. According to my Great-Aunt Ethel Culpepper, who is still alive, and was married to my Great-Uncle Langston Culpepper, born in 1899 and who died in 1983, the name given to my cousin Ernest, son of Langston Culpepper, was given that name because of the same Ernest Culpepper listed in the 1850 Wilcox County census. My Uncle insisted on that names to honor the
white Ernest Culpepper for literally being my family's savior.
.
Apparently, according to my Great-Grandfather's story, it was Ernest Culpepper ( a white man) who moved my Great- Grandfather's family to the Lower Peachtree, Alabama property, near where some members of my family still live today. It was Ernest who took care of obtaining a house and land for my Great-Grandfather and his family. It was also Ernest who kept my Grandfather and his family safe from all harm. I believe that it was probably also Ernest Culpepper who bankrolled the
trip out to California for my Great-Grandfather and his entire family (except for the youngest, Mamie, who was in love, and ran off and got married so she could stay in Lower Peachtree, Alabama.
.
Where would former slaves get money to do all of that?
.
When Daniel Culpepper and his family arrived in California,in the early 1900s, we apparently had money and went on to become one of the more prosperous Black Families of Riverside County, California, and we are listed as such, in the County Historical records. My Grandmother, Mary Ida Culpepper Yates, owned several properties and businesses while she was alive. This was back in the late 1920s and1930s. After Mary (call by the name of Ida at this time) died, when my Mother was 13 years old, things went wrong (probably because of the depression). And although we still owned three residential lots, in the 50's and 60's, we were poor by today's standards.
.
One time, when I was talking to My Uncle Lank, back in the early 1980s, he told me that Daniel Culpepper (my Great-Grandfather), and his other brothers and sisters(?), did not have a "real Daddy". When I question him further, he said that all he knew was what his father said that his mother( my Great-Great- Grandmother) had told him. Unfortunately, My Uncle did not know, or could not remember his Grandmother's ( Daniel Culpepper's Mother) name.
.
What I know is that it was highly ir-regular for a slave owner to take such interest in his prior owned slaves. Why give my family land, a home, money, help us move to the Lower Peachtree property, while keeping our entire family safe (after the civil war, when it was very unsafe for people of color living away from a town) and then help us on to California.
.
My question is " Was Erasmus Culpepper III., the 32 year old of the 1850 census, my Great-Grandfather's Father and was Ernest Culpepper my Great-Grandfather's half-brother?
.
Why would the Culpepper family do all of that for someone who was "just" a former slave?
.
Was my Grandmother named after the 13 year old Mary Culpepper listed on the 1850 census?
.
I know that both my Great-Grandfather, with his family and his brother, with his family, all moved to California. Even at the turn of the century, it was probably not cheap to bring all of those people to California.
.
I should note that I was told that my Great-Grandfather had a light complexion, as did my Grandmother, as do I. I also have long hair , as my grandmother did. The lighter complexion does not happen with every generation. My deceased mother had, and my brother and sister have a dark complextion. I was married to an Irish man and our daughter does not look half and half, she looks more white than black.
.I find this all very interesting.

 

Family

George Yates (say 1893 - )
Child
ChartsOrphan / Luke Culpepper of Wilcox Co., AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited6 Oct 2000

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2000-2005 to Lew Griffin from Sandra Louise Schiffer Durbin, San Diego, CA, e-mail address.
  2. E-mail written 1999/2000 to Lew Griffin from Jennifer Walker (Mrs. Harry Walker), e-mail address (Jan 2010).
  3. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180
  4. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180
    listed as "Ida M. Yates."

Langston Culpepper1,2

Male, #36950, (10 Jan 1894 - 18 Oct 1983)
Father*Daniel Culpepper (c 1858 - )
Mother*Margaret Reid (s 1870 - b 1912)
African* He was an African-American. 
Birth*10 Jan 1894 He was born on 10 Jan 1894 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.3 
Birth20 Jan 1899 Langston was born on 20 Jan 1899.4 
WWI Draft Reg*5 Jun 1917 He registered for the WW-I draft on 5 Jun 1917 at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama.3 
Marriage*say 1933 He married Ethel Shreve say 1933. 
Birth of Son13 May 1943 His son Ernest Leo Culpepper was born on 13 May 1943 at Riverside, Riverside Co., California.5 
Death*18 Oct 1983 He died at Riverside, Riverside Co., California, on 18 Oct 1983 at age 89.4,6 
Burial* His body was interred at Olivewood Cemetery, Riverside, Riverside Co., California
Biography* Langston moved to Riverside, CA, in 1917. 

Family

Ethel Shreve (12 Sep 1912 - 14 Jan 2003)
Marriage*say 1933 He married Ethel Shreve say 1933. 
Children
ChartsOrphan / Luke Culpepper of Wilcox Co., AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited11 Dec 2005

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2000-2005 to Lew Griffin from Sandra Louise Schiffer Durbin, San Diego, CA, e-mail address.
  2. E-mail written 1999/2000 to Lew Griffin from Jennifer Walker (Mrs. Harry Walker), e-mail address (Jan 2010).
  3. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Langston Culpepper, 218 38th St, Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Alabama, age 23, born 10 Jan 1894 in Lower Peachtree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, Employed as a Laborer by the Tennessee Coal, Iron and Railroad Company, Fairfield, Jefferson Co., Alabama; Single; Black; No prior military service; No exemption from service claimed; Short height, Stout build, Black eyes, Black hair, Not bald, No disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama.
  4. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  5. Center for Health Statistics / California Department of Health Services, compiler, California Birth Records, 1905-1995, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5247
  6. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180

Daniel C. Culpepper Jr.1,2

Male, #36951, (13 Jan 1904 - 15 May 1950)
Father*Daniel Culpepper (c 1858 - )
Mother*Margaret Reid (s 1870 - b 1912)
African* He was an African-American. 
Birth*13 Jan 1904 Daniel was born at Mobile, Mobile Co., Alabama, on 13 Jan 1904.3 
Marriage* He married Ruby Strickland
Birth of Son18 Jan 1930 His son Henry Strickland Culpepper was born on 18 Jan 1930 at Riverside Co., California.4 
Death*15 May 1950 He died at Riverside, Riverside Co., California, on 15 May 1950 at age 46.3 
Biography* Daniel was a restaurant owner in Riverside.
Source: Jennifer Walker. 

Family

Ruby Strickland (say 1907 - )
Children
ChartsOrphan / Luke Culpepper of Wilcox Co., AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited10 Sep 2001

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2000-2005 to Lew Griffin from Sandra Louise Schiffer Durbin, San Diego, CA, e-mail address.
  2. E-mail written 1999/2000 to Lew Griffin from Jennifer Walker (Mrs. Harry Walker), e-mail address (Jan 2010).
  3. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180
  4. Center for Health Statistics / California Department of Health Services, compiler, California Birth Records, 1905-1995, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5247
    Henry Strickland Culpepper, Male, born 18 Jan 1930 in Riverside Co., CA. Mother's maiden name: Strickland.

Zeola Culpepper1,2

Female, #36952, (21 Apr 1884 - 24 Jan 1972)
Father*Daniel Culpepper (c 1858 - )
Mother*Margaret Reid (s 1870 - b 1912)
African* She was an African-American. 
Birth*21 Apr 1884 Zeola was born at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, on 21 Apr 1884. 
Marriage*1915 She married Luther Jones at A. M. C. Methodist Church, Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, in 1915. 
Married Name1915  As of 1915, her married name was Jones. 
Death*24 Jan 1972 She died at Riverside, Riverside Co., California, on 24 Jan 1972 at age 87.3 
Biography* The following is from Sandra Louise Schiffer Durbin, San Diego, CA, an 8 Feb 2000 e-mail:
.
I can not speak for other branches of black Culpeppers, but in my family, the hierarchy was strictly Matriarchal. My Great- Aunt, Zeola " Mama Jones" Culpepper Jones ran our entire family. Until she died, she sat at the head of the table at family gatherings. When there was a family decision to be made, Mama Jones had the final say so.
.
When I was a little girl, Mama Jones would loan me out to the old
ladies in the neighborhood (when they would be left at home alone overnight), and I stayed with my Aunt Edna several times. She taught me how to make rag hooked rugs, and tried to teach me the piano. I now wish I had written down all the stories I heard as a child. Some of the women I stayed with had actually been slaves and I listened to the stories like they were from a story book, instead of realizing how important the stories of their lives were.

 

Family

Luther Jones (say 1886 - )
ChartsOrphan / Luke Culpepper of Wilcox Co., AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited23 Mar 2001

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2000-2005 to Lew Griffin from Sandra Louise Schiffer Durbin, San Diego, CA, e-mail address.
  2. E-mail written 1999/2000 to Lew Griffin from Jennifer Walker (Mrs. Harry Walker), e-mail address (Jan 2010).
  3. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5180

Luther Jones1

Male, #36953, (say 1886 - )
African* He was an African-American. 
Birth*say 1886 Luther was born say 1886. 
Marriage*1915 He married Zeola Culpepper at A. M. C. Methodist Church, Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, in 1915. 

Family

Zeola Culpepper (21 Apr 1884 - 24 Jan 1972)
Last Edited23 Mar 2001

Citations

  1. E-mail written 1999/2000 to Lew Griffin from Jennifer Walker (Mrs. Harry Walker), e-mail address (Jan 2010).

John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL1

Male, #36954, (20 May 1884 - )
Birth*20 May 1884 John was born at Georgia on 20 May 1884.2 
Marriage*circa 1909 He married Masey (?) circa 1909.3 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1910 at Wacissa, Jefferson Co., Florida.3 
WWI Draft Reg*1917 He registered for the WW-I draft in 1917 at Calhoun Co., Florida.2 
Birth of Son1 Mar 1918 His son John E. Culpepper was born on 1 Mar 1918 at Blountstown, Calhoun Co., Florida.1,4 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Blountstown, Calhoun Co., Florida.1 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Quincy, Gadsden Co., Florida.5 
Research note* The ancestry of John is unknown. If you can identify him, please contact Warren Culpepper.6 

Family

Masey (?) (circa 1888 - )
Marriage*circa 1909 He married Masey (?) circa 1909.3 
Children
Last Edited27 Dec 2004

Citations

  1. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    Page: 25B, ED: 14, Image: 1064 (3 Feb 1920), Precinct 5, Blountstown, Calhoun Co., FL
    John L. Culpepper, HH, M, W, 36, M, GA/VA/GA, GA/Superintendent at sawmill
    Masey Culpepper, Wife, F, W, 31, M, FL/AL/AL
    Isabel Culpepper, Dau, F, W, 6, S, FL/GA/FL
    John E. Culpepper, Son, M, W, 2, S, FL/GA/FL.
  2. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    John L. Culpepper, b. 20 May 1884, White, , Calhoun Co., FL.
  3. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 68, Sheet 10B, Lines 94-95, Wacissa Precinct, Jefferson Co., FL
    J. L. Culpepper, Head, M, 26, md-1 yr, GA/GA/GA, Bookkeeper
    Mary R. Culpepper, Wife, F, 20, md-1 yr, FL/FL/FL.
  4. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  5. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 20-4, Sheet 3A, Lines 72-74, Quincy, Gadsden Co., FL
    Rent=$4, Radio=N, Farm=N
    John L. Culpepper, Head, M, 46, md@26, GA/VA/VA, Laborer/Highway, Vet=N
    Masie L. Culpepper, Wife, F, 41, md@21, FL/AL/AL
    Bessie J. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 16, Sng, FL/GA/FL
    John E. Culpepper, Son, M, 12, Sng, FL/GA/FL.
  6. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.

Masey (?)1

Female, #36955, (circa 1888 - )
Name Variation She was also known as Masie (?)2 
Name Variation She was also known as Mary R. (?)3 
Birth*circa 1888 Masey was born at Florida circa 1888.1 
Marriage*circa 1909 She married John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL circa 1909.3 
Married Namecirca 1909  As of circa 1909, her married name was Culpepper. 
1910 Census15 Apr 1910 Masey was listed as an unknown person 's wife on the 1910 Census at Wacissa, Jefferson Co., Florida.3 
Birth of Son1 Mar 1918 Her son John E. Culpepper was born on 1 Mar 1918 at Blountstown, Calhoun Co., Florida.1,4 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Masey was listed as John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL's wife on the 1920 Census at Blountstown, Calhoun Co., Florida.1 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Masey was listed as John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL's wife on the 1930 Census at Quincy, Gadsden Co., Florida.2 

Family

John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL (20 May 1884 - )
Marriage*circa 1909 She married John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL circa 1909.3 
Children
Last Edited27 Dec 2004

Citations

  1. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    Page: 25B, ED: 14, Image: 1064 (3 Feb 1920), Precinct 5, Blountstown, Calhoun Co., FL
    John L. Culpepper, HH, M, W, 36, M, GA/VA/GA, GA/Superintendent at sawmill
    Masey Culpepper, Wife, F, W, 31, M, FL/AL/AL
    Isabel Culpepper, Dau, F, W, 6, S, FL/GA/FL
    John E. Culpepper, Son, M, W, 2, S, FL/GA/FL.
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 20-4, Sheet 3A, Lines 72-74, Quincy, Gadsden Co., FL
    Rent=$4, Radio=N, Farm=N
    John L. Culpepper, Head, M, 46, md@26, GA/VA/VA, Laborer/Highway, Vet=N
    Masie L. Culpepper, Wife, F, 41, md@21, FL/AL/AL
    Bessie J. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 16, Sng, FL/GA/FL
    John E. Culpepper, Son, M, 12, Sng, FL/GA/FL.
  3. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 68, Sheet 10B, Lines 94-95, Wacissa Precinct, Jefferson Co., FL
    J. L. Culpepper, Head, M, 26, md-1 yr, GA/GA/GA, Bookkeeper
    Mary R. Culpepper, Wife, F, 20, md-1 yr, FL/FL/FL.
  4. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm

Isabell Culpepper1

Female, #36956, (circa 1913 - )
Father*John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL1 (20 May 1884 - )
Mother*Masey (?)1 (c 1888 - )
Name Variation She was also known as Bessie.2 
Birth*circa 1913 Isabell was born at Florida circa 1913.1 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Isabell was listed as a daughter in John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL's household on the 1920 Census at Blountstown, Calhoun Co., Florida.1 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Isabell was listed as a daughter in John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL's household on the 1930 Census at Quincy, Gadsden Co., Florida.2 
Last Edited15 Dec 2004

Citations

  1. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    Page: 25B, ED: 14, Image: 1064 (3 Feb 1920), Precinct 5, Blountstown, Calhoun Co., FL
    John L. Culpepper, HH, M, W, 36, M, GA/VA/GA, GA/Superintendent at sawmill
    Masey Culpepper, Wife, F, W, 31, M, FL/AL/AL
    Isabel Culpepper, Dau, F, W, 6, S, FL/GA/FL
    John E. Culpepper, Son, M, W, 2, S, FL/GA/FL.
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 20-4, Sheet 3A, Lines 72-74, Quincy, Gadsden Co., FL
    Rent=$4, Radio=N, Farm=N
    John L. Culpepper, Head, M, 46, md@26, GA/VA/VA, Laborer/Highway, Vet=N
    Masie L. Culpepper, Wife, F, 41, md@21, FL/AL/AL
    Bessie J. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 16, Sng, FL/GA/FL
    John E. Culpepper, Son, M, 12, Sng, FL/GA/FL.

John E. Culpepper1

Male, #36957, (1 Mar 1918 - Jul 1978)
Father*John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL1 (20 May 1884 - )
Mother*Masey (?)1 (c 1888 - )
Birth*1 Mar 1918 John was born at Blountstown, Calhoun Co., Florida, on 1 Mar 1918.1,2 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 John was listed as a son in John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL's household on the 1920 Census at Blountstown, Calhoun Co., Florida.1 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 John was listed as a son in John L. Culpepper of Calhoun Co., FL's household on the 1930 Census at Quincy, Gadsden Co., Florida.3 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Florida.2 
Death*Jul 1978 He died at Trenton, Mercer Co., New Jersey, in Jul 1978 at age 60.2 
Last Edited15 Jan 2005

Citations

  1. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    Page: 25B, ED: 14, Image: 1064 (3 Feb 1920), Precinct 5, Blountstown, Calhoun Co., FL
    John L. Culpepper, HH, M, W, 36, M, GA/VA/GA, GA/Superintendent at sawmill
    Masey Culpepper, Wife, F, W, 31, M, FL/AL/AL
    Isabel Culpepper, Dau, F, W, 6, S, FL/GA/FL
    John E. Culpepper, Son, M, W, 2, S, FL/GA/FL.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 20-4, Sheet 3A, Lines 72-74, Quincy, Gadsden Co., FL
    Rent=$4, Radio=N, Farm=N
    John L. Culpepper, Head, M, 46, md@26, GA/VA/VA, Laborer/Highway, Vet=N
    Masie L. Culpepper, Wife, F, 41, md@21, FL/AL/AL
    Bessie J. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 16, Sng, FL/GA/FL
    John E. Culpepper, Son, M, 12, Sng, FL/GA/FL.

Nolan Culpepper1

Male, #36959, (9 Apr 1911 - 7 Dec 1973)
Father*Clarence H. Culpepper1 (9 Feb 1892 - )
Mother*Maggie Nichols1 (c 1892 - )
Birth*9 Apr 1911 Nolan was born at Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi, on 9 Apr 1911.2,1 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Nolan and Odell was listed as a son in Clarence H. Culpepper's household on the 1920 Census at East Saint Louis, Saint Clair Co., Illinois.1 
Marriage*say 1932 He married Paula W. Kleine say 1932.3 
Death*7 Dec 1973 He died at Saint Charles, Saint Charles Co., Missouri, on 7 Dec 1973 at age 62.2,3 

Family

Paula W. Kleine (2 Sep 1912 - 24 Apr 2004)
Child
ChartsJoseph Culpepper of Morgan Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited26 Aug 2008

Citations

  1. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 176, Page 1B, Lines 60-64, East St Louis Ward 7, St. Clair, IL (5 Jan 1920)
    Clarence Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 28, md, MS/AL/AL, Motorman/City __ Co.
    Maggie Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 28, md, MS/MS/MS
    Nolan Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 8, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Odell Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 5 1/12, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Mildred Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, 3 7/12, sng, MS/MS/MS.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. Belleville News-Democrat Online, Belleville (St. Clair Co.), IL.
    http://www.belleville.com
    Obituary for Paula W. Culpepper, 27 Apr 2004.

Odell Culpepper1

Male, #36960, (circa Nov 1914 - )
Father*Clarence H. Culpepper1 (9 Feb 1892 - )
Mother*Maggie Nichols1 (c 1892 - )
Birth*circa Nov 1914 Odell was born at Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi, circa Nov 1914.1 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Nolan and Odell was listed as a son in Clarence H. Culpepper's household on the 1920 Census at East Saint Louis, Saint Clair Co., Illinois.1 
ChartsJoseph Culpepper of Morgan Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited26 Aug 2008

Citations

  1. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 176, Page 1B, Lines 60-64, East St Louis Ward 7, St. Clair, IL (5 Jan 1920)
    Clarence Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 28, md, MS/AL/AL, Motorman/City __ Co.
    Maggie Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 28, md, MS/MS/MS
    Nolan Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 8, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Odell Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 5 1/12, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Mildred Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, 3 7/12, sng, MS/MS/MS.