Christian P. Culpepper1,2

Male, #10829, (18 Oct 1878 - 12 Sep 1936)
Father*Sherwood Culpepper (c 1854 - 14 Sep 1936)
Name Variation He was also known as Chris. 
Birth*18 Oct 1878 Christian was born at Corsicana, Navarro Co., Texas, on 18 Oct 1878. 
Military service*between 1904 and 1932 STATEMENT OF MILITARY SERVICE - CHRIS CULPEPPER R-342-200
Enlisted Regular Army, Houston TX 14 May 1904
HNR DSCG, Ft. McDowell, CA 13 May 1907 - Private CO. K 22nd Infantry Enlisted Regular Army, Ft. Sam Houston, TX 12 July 1907
HNR DSCG Nome, Alaska 15 July 1910 - Corporal CO. K 22nd Infantry
Enlisted Regular Army, Nome, Alaska 16 July 1910
HNR DSCG, Texas City, TX 15 July 1913 - Corporal CO. L 22nd Infantry
Enlisted Regular Army, Ft. Logan CO 11 January 1915
HNR DSCG, Camp Dodge, Iowa 1 May 1919 - Master Sgt. CO M 2nd Infantry
Enlisted Regular Army, Camp Dodge, Iowa 2 May 1919
HNR DSCG, Fargo, North Dakota 1 May 1922 - Sgt. CO D 3rd Infantry
Enlisted Regular Army, Fargo, North Dakota 2 May 1922
HNR DSCG, Fargo, North Dakota 1 May 1925 - Sgt. DEML (ROTC) North Dakota Agricultural College.
Chris re-enlisted every 3 years from 2 May 1925 through 30 September 1932 when he retired from being an instructor at the North Dakota Agricultural College in Fargo, North Dakota at the rank of Master Sergeant, DEML (Reserve Officer Training Corps.)

Service Outside the Continental United States:
Philippine Island: 26 June 1904 - 1 October 1905
Alaska 26 June 1908 - 20 July 1910
Hawaii 13 March 1915 - 28 June 1918
Chris was awarded Mexican Border Service Medal and World War I Victory Medal.

(Believed to be the son of Sherwood Culpepper. Known father of Betty Lou Culpepper and Mary Ann Culpepper, grandfather of Michelle Lackey-Dawson.)2 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1910 at Valdez, Valdez-Cordova Co., Alaska.3 
World War I*between 1917 and 1918 He served in World War I between 1917 and 1918
(Master Sgt US Army.)
Chris Culpepper
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1920 at Val Verde Co., Texas.4 
Marriage*16 Mar 1923 He married Verna Claire Hilgendorf at Cass Co., North Dakota, on 16 Mar 1923 at age 44.5 
Census*1 Apr 1925 A census listed Christian as head of household at Fargo, Cass Co., North Dakota, on 1 Apr 1925.6 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Christian was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Barnes, Cass Co., North Dakota.7 
Death*12 Sep 1936 He died at Houston, Harris Co., Texas, on 12 Sep 1936 at age 57
A brief obituary appeared in the Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, Texas, 12 Sep 1936. See for details.8 
Biography* Chris was apparently born in Corsicana, Navarro County, TX, on 18 Oct 1878. He is not listed in early Navarro County birth records. His mother is said to have died at birth.
Chris enlisted in the U. S. Army 14 May 1904, at Houston, Texas and stayed in the military through 1932.
In his military records it states that C. C. Lowery of Lufkin, TX, was his uncle. Caroll C. Lowery, butcher, was living in Lufkin, Angelina Co., TX, in 1900. He was born in GA in April 1852. His wife Lizzie was born in Arkansas in November 1860. Her father was born in Kentucky, her mother in Missouri. Both of Carroll's parents were born in Georgia. The couple was married about 1883 and had eight children in 1900. It is not clear whether Chris was related to Caroll or to his wife Lizzie. Her maiden name is unknown. But these were apparently relatives of Chris's mother, who died young.
Chris also stated in his military records that his father was killed in a railroad accident. Sherwood Culpepper, his father, was a locomotive engineer. The date of this statement is not known.
Chris has not yet been found in the 1880 or 1900 census. He was in Valdez, Alaska, in 1910, with the military.
In the 1920 census, he was an enlisted man at Camp Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX. He was 42 years old, born in Texas, and was serving in Co. B., 3rd U. S. Infantry.
From 1922 to 1932 he was in the service of the ROTC program at the North Dakota Agricultrual College. His daughters were born while he was employed by the college. He was listed there in Barnes, Cass Co., ND, in the 1930 census.
Chris seems to be the son of Sherwood Culpepper, of Corsicana and Houston, TX, and an unknown first wife. 


Verna Claire Hilgendorf (say 1895 - 13 Sep 1936)
Marriage*16 Mar 1923 He married Verna Claire Hilgendorf at Cass Co., North Dakota, on 16 Mar 1923 at age 44.5 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Robert Culpepper Jr. of Lower Norfolk Co., VA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited11 Aug 2011


  1. Middle initial P. is from the brief obit for C. P. Culpepper in the Port Arthur News, 12 Sep 1936.
  2. E-mail written 1999 to Lew Griffin from Michelle Lackey-Dawson, e-mail address.
  3. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 7, Page 177, Family 354, Valdez, Alaska (21 May 1910)
    Christian Culpepper, Lodger, Male, White, 31, born Jul 1878, age 21, Single, TX/TX/TX.
  4. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 211, Sheet 59A, Pg 70, Camp Del Rio, Val Verde Co., TX
    Company “B” 3rd U.S. Infantry, (11 Feb 1920)
    Chris Culpepper, M, 42, D, TX ENG ENG, Enlisted man-US Army.
  5. Cass Co. ND Marriage License Index: #08611.
  6. 1925 North Dakota State Census (
    Sheet 82, Lines 10-11, 7th Ward, Fargo, Cass Co., ND (1 Apr 1925)
    Chris Culpepper, 39, M (#10829)
    Verna Culpepper, 21, F
    Bettie Lou Culpepper, 8 mos, F.
  7. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 9-10; Sheet #11A; Page 37, Lines 11-15, Barnes, Cass Co., ND
    Home owned, Radio=Yes, Farm=Yes
    Crist Culpepper, Head, M, 49, M, md@40, TX/VA/VA, Instructor/US Army, Vet=Mex/Box/Phil/WW
    Verna C Culpepper, Wife, F, 26, M, md@20, MN/Germany/MN
    Betty Low Culpepper, Dau, F, 5, ND/TX/MN
    Mary Ann Culpepper, Dau, F, 4, ND/TX/MN
    Mildred Redenbaugh, Sis-in-law, F, 12, ND,/Germany/MN.
  8. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at, 2006.
    Chris Culpepper, Harris Co., Sep 12 1936, 45590.