Benjamin Franklin Culpepper1

Male, #1492, (27 Feb 1845 - 19 Sep 1890)
Father*Henry Culpepper of Chattahoochee Co., GA (18 Dec 1811 - 11 Aug 1884)
Mother*Tempy Tucker (May 1811 - 27 Mar 1888)
DNA* Benjamin has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Henry Culpepper of Chattahoochee Co., GA. DNA has also proved that Henry is a grandson of James Culpepper of Nash and 2-great-grandson of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*27 Feb 1845 Benjamin was born at Muscogee Co., Georgia, on 27 Feb 1845.2 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Emaline, Benjamin, John, Nathaniel, Mary, William, Angeline and Tempy listed as a household member living with Henry Culpepper of Chattahoochee Co., GA on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Muscogee Co., Georgia.3 
Relocation13 Feb 1854 He, as a family member, accompanied Henry Culpepper of Chattahoochee Co., GA in relocating on 13 Feb 1854 at Chattahoochee Co., Georgia; The Culpeppers did not literally relocate but were living in the southern part of Muscogee County in 1854 when that part of the Muscogee was split off to form Chattahoochee County, with Cusseta as its county seat. 
1860 Census1 Jun 1860 Tempy, Angeline, Mary, Nathaniel, John, Benjamin, Emaline, Henry, Charles and Lucy listed as a household member living with Henry Culpepper of Chattahoochee Co., GA in the 1860 Census at Chattahoochee Co., Georgia.4 
Civil War*between 1864 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1864 and 1865.5 
Marriage*1867 He married Nancy Howard at Russell Co., Alabama, in 1867.1 
Birth of SonJun 1870 His son John Nathaniel Culpepper was born in Jun 1870 at Georgia.6 
Birth of Son6 Mar 1872 His son William Frank Culpepper was born on 6 Mar 1872 at Alabama.7 
Birth of Son3 Jan 1878 His son Edgar Benjamin Culpepper was born on 3 Jan 1878 at Russell Co., Alabama.8,9 
Birth of Son17 Apr 1880 His son Charles Henry Culpepper was born on 17 Apr 1880 at Russell Co., Alabama.10,11,12 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Clanton, Chilton Co., Alabama.13 
Death of Father11 Aug 1884 His father Henry Culpepper of Chattahoochee Co., GA died on 11 Aug 1884 at Lee Co., Alabama.14 
Death of Mother27 Mar 1888 His mother Tempy Tucker died on 27 Mar 1888 at Lee Co., Alabama.14 
Death*19 Sep 1890 He died at Chilton Co., Alabama, on 19 Sep 1890 at age 45.2 
Burial*circa 20 Sep 1890 His body was interred circa 20 Sep 1890 at Cedar Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Thorsby, Chilton Co., Alabama.2 
Biography* Benjamin Franklin Culpepper Family
By Diane LaRose, 2843 NW 21st Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32605-2901
     My earliest memories include a special farm in Chilton County between Calera and Jemison and two special people, Claudia Belle Culpepper Weldon and Henry Clayton Weldon, Sr., my maternal grandparents. A family reunion in Clanton about ten years ago sparked an interest in family heritage. As we have returned to the Clanton area regularly, I have learned how truly special Chilton County and the Culpeppers are. They are my history.
     The Culpeppers originally came to America from England... through the Virginia/North Carolina coast, near Norfolk, Virginia. As... generations passed, the Culpeppers moved inland and south into Georgia and Alabama.
     The story goes that Benjamin Franklin (B.F.) Culpepper and his wife, Nancy Howard came from Columbus, Georgia, through Russell and Coosa Counties to settle with their seven children in Chilton County in the early 1880s. They lost one child, Ella, an infant buried in Russell County. Mamie, the first child born in Chilton County, died at the age of ten presumably from a flu epidemic. Two more children were born in Chilton County.
     The boys learned farming from their father. John and Eddie were professional farmers and organized the Chilton County "Farmer's Union". Frank and John married sisters, Anna and Cora Foshee. Frank and Anna raised livestock, honey bees, and fruit and nut trees. They gave some land to the community to build Highland school. The teacher, Etta Williams, boarded with them. Later this couple moved into town where he sold gasoline and kerosene for Standard Oil. They helped Cora raise her five young children after John died in October 1911 at age 40 from typhoid fever.
     Charlie, the youngest son, farmed until he moved his family to Danville, Virginia, to run a hosiery mill.
     When B.F. passed away in early fall of 1890, Nancy farmed the land and raised her younger children with the help of the older ones. Finally Nancy had to mortgage her land and later sold it to the Baker family. She and the girls worked in a textile mill for a few years. After they married, the girls were homemakers.
     B.F. and Nancy are buried with Mamie at Cedar Grove Cemetery outside of Thorsby. Valula (Lula) Culpepper Whalen is also buried there. John, Frank, Eddie, and their spouses are buried at Liberty Hill Cemetery in Clanton. Ida Rose Culpepper Cotton, Charles Culpepper, Mattie Culpepper Cotton, and Bama Culpepper Gallman are buried with their spouse in Birmingham, Danville, Sylacauga and Tuscaloosa respectively. There were 37 grandchildren. We are still counting the three current generations.
     From the writings and recollections of Claudia Culpepper Weldon (John and Cora's daughter, my grandmother) I learned the Culpeppers were a close-knit family - not rich in a material sense but rich in love. She recalled living in log homes, the first automobile (the mailman's), and the telephone coming to Chilton County. She remembered how brokenhearted her mother, Cora, was when John died. As she grew up, she lived with and admired her aunts and uncles. The Culpeppers were active in community and church. They shared a strong faith in God. Claudia and Henry passed down to their children and grandchildren their strong faith in God, and their love of family and the land.15 
Biography Benjamin Franklin Culpepper
February 27, 1845 - September 9, 1890

     B.F Culpepper, Civil War veteran, is in my direct line. When I first started being genealogically curious, like most men, I was interested in finding an ancestor who was involved in the Civil War. To find Benjamin, I had to go back five generations: David Edwin Culpepper 1950-present/Frank E. Culpepper 1929-2005/Carl M. Culpepper 1888-1938/John Culpepper 1870-1910/Benjamin Franklin Culpepper 1845-1890.
     Benjamin was the sixth child of ten ( 6 boys and 4 girls)to Henry Culpepper 1811-1884 and Martha Temperance Wall 1811-1888 in Chattahoochee County, Georgia. That county was later divided, and the family became residents of Muscogee County, Georgia w/o moving. This family was closely associated with Columbus, Georgia from almost its earliest beginning as Henry's father Christopher Culpepper came to that county to farm in 1831. Columbus was created as the most western trading post of the thirteen colonies in 1828 and built on previous Creek Indian land. Christopher Culpepper's land is now part of the Army's Fort Benning reservation and contains the old Culpepper cemetery.
     This family was certainly vested in the Confederacy as Benjamin and three brothers served the CSA: William M. Culpepper Circa 1837-1910. CSA Co. C, 17th Ga Inf; Nathaniel Culpepper 1841-1862 CSA Co F, 39th Al Inf. (Nathaniel died of the mumps, while still in uniform in Mississippi) ; and John Calvin Culpepper 1843-unknown, CSA Co F 3rd GA Battalion and later transferred to Co B, 37th GA Inf.
     Benjamin joined Pemberton's Cavalry July 2, 1864 at the age of nineteen (the muster document says he was 17 and a half) in Columbus, Georgia. His description is 5'10 1/2" tall, dark complexion, blue eyes, and dark hair, occupation farmer. On the same day that Benjamin joined the CSA, his cousin on his father's side, Edmund Berry Culpepper, 1848-1905, also joined. Edmund was sixteen years old. The muster roster shows most of the men to be 16 or 17 years old or in their late 40's. Pemberton's Cavalry was described as "Local Defense Troops" in the Georgia Cavalry State Guard. It was made up of "exempts, details, older men, and disabled men." Its leader was Captain John Stith Pemberton, a local druggist, who is now famous for his invention of Coca Cola. Columbus was one of the biggest war industry support cities in the South with iron works, pistol, shoe, and uniform factories, etc; plus a ship yard. The new cavalry recruits were drilled by Capt. Pemberton at a field on 1801 Fiftieth Street, Columbus, Georgia. Pemberton's Cavalry may have been created in reaction to USA General Sherman's march to Atlanta, which began May 1864. Columbus was considered a prime target. Sherman actually left Atlanta and went to Savannah; thereby bypassing Columbus. Columbus was not actually attacked and burned, until the Battle of Columbus, April 16th, 1865, by federal forces crossing the Chattahoochee River Bridge from Alabama. Ironically, this was after Lee's surrender at Appomattox. Both USA and CSA forces at Columbus were unaware that the war was over.
     After the war, Benjamin married Nancy Howard in 1867, and they had ten children. Benjamin died September 19, 1890 in Chilton County, AL. A side note is that Benjamin's younger brother, Henry married Nancy's sister, Northann Howard.
     Currently, I cannot verify that Benjamin served after Pemberton's Cavalry was disbanded previous to the war ending. However, in 1907, his widow Nancy Howard Culpepper,1845-1918, applied for a War Pension quoting that he served in the 36th GA. In 1914, the Pension Bureau ruled Nancy ineligible as no record could be found that he served in the 36th , nor 1st GA Inf. Nancy reapplied for a pension July, 1916, with an affidavit witnessed by CSA veteran, Sam S Hughes, of Muscogee County, where Hughes swore that he served in Pemberton's Cavalry with Benjamin. On September 13, 1916, the pension was approved. Nancy received the $12 a month pension for less than two years before her death. It seems logical that Nancy got the unit that Benjamin served in during the Civil War from Benjamin himself, and that he likely served in the 36th GA, after Pemberton's Cavalry was disbanded as a state guard by Governor Brown.16 

Family

Nancy Howard (27 Aug 1845 - 19 Feb 1918)
Marriage*1867 He married Nancy Howard at Russell Co., Alabama, in 1867.1 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
James Culpepper of Nash Co., NC : Descendant Chart
Last Edited24 Aug 2012

Citations

  1. "Lineage Chart, Volume 3", Greenville Chapter SCGS, Chart 14 (Ancestors of Thurman Lloyd Gallman, Sr.).
  2. Benjamin D. Roberts, compiler, Cemeteries of Chilton, Clanton, Alabama: Mail Specialist, 198_, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.181 V3c.
    Cedar Grove Methodist Church Cemetery, Chilton Co., Alabama (Page 164)
    + B. F. Culpepper, 27 Feb 1845 - 19 Sep 1890 (Private, Pemberton's Cavalry, 36th Georgia. Served one year and was then paroled)
    + Nancy Culpepper, 27 Aug 1845 - 19 Feb 1918.
  3. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 347A, Hallocox District, Muscogee Co., GA
    Henry Culpepper, 41, M, Farmer, $300, NC
    Emfenand? Culpepper, 40, M, Jones Co., GA
    Angeline Culpepper, 14, F, Muscogee Co., GA
    William Culpepper, 12, M, Muscogee Co., GA
    Mary Culpepper, 10, F, Muscogee Co., GA
    Nathaniel Culpepper, 8, M, Muscogee Co., GA
    John Culpepper, 6, M, Muscogee Co., GA
    Benjamin Culpepper, 4, M, Muscogee Co., GA
    Emaline Culpepper, 2, F, Muscogee Co., GA.
  4. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 502, Cusseta PO, Chattahoochee Co., GA
    Henry Culpepper, 48, M, Farmer, $1000/$318, GA
    Martha Culpepper, 48, F, GA
    Angeline Culpepper, 22, F, GA
    Nathan Culpepper, 19, F (sic), GA
    John Culpepper, 16, M, GA
    Benjamin Culpepper, 14, M, GA
    Mary Culpepper, 19, F, GA
    Emaline Culpepper, 10, F, GA
    Henry Culpepper, 9, M, GA
    Charles Culpepper, 7, M, GA
    Lucy Culpepper, 2, F, GA.
  5. E-mail written 2004-2011 to Warren L. Culpepper from David Edwin Culpepper (#1776), Cumming, GA, e-mail address (July 2011).
  6. Benjamin D. Roberts, compiler, Cemeteries of Chilton, Clanton, Alabama: Mail Specialist, 198_, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.181 V3c.
    Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Clanton, Chilton Co., Alabama. From Clanton, take AL-22 west to County route 37. Turn right and proceed 0.25 miles. The church and cemetery are on the left. (Pages 195-199)
    + John N. Culpepper, 1870 - 1911
    + Cora E. Culpepper, 1876 - 1953.
  7. Benjamin D. Roberts, compiler, Cemeteries of Chilton, Clanton, Alabama: Mail Specialist, 198_, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.181 V3c.
    Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Clanton, Chilton Co., Alabama. From Clanton, take AL-22 west to County route 37. Turn right and proceed 0.25 miles. The church and cemetery are on the left. (Pages 195-199)
    + W. Frank Culpepper, 6 Mar 1872 - 25 Jan 1936
    + Anna F. Culpepper, 10 May 1875 - 17 Jun 1957.
  8. 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
  9. Benjamin D. Roberts, compiler, Cemeteries of Chilton, Clanton, Alabama: Mail Specialist, 198_, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.181 V3c.
    Liberty Hill Baptist Church Cemetery, Clanton, Chilton Co., Alabama. From Clanton, take AL-22 west to County route 37. Turn right and proceed 0.25 miles. The church and cemetery are on the left. (Pages 195-199)
    + B. E. Culpepper, 3 Jan 1878 - 14 Nov 1968.
  10. E-mail written 2001-2008 to Culpepper Connections from William Edward 'Ed' Culpepper (#45433) (based in part on family interviews and records of Thurman L. Gallman), Charlotte, North Carolina, e-mail address.
  11. WW-II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Online database at Ancestry.com.
    Charles Henry Culpepper, White, born 17 Apr 1880 in Chilton, Alabama, residing in Pittsylvania, Virginia, registered 27 Apr 1942.
  12. Find a Grave (online database)
    http://www.findagrave.com
    Highland Burial Park, Danville (city), Virginia
    + Charles Henry Culpepper, 94564395, Apr. 17, 1880 - Dec. 10, 1942
    + Nancy Gertrude Culpepper, "Gertie" Callaway 94564571, Apr. 22, 1886 - Sep., 1981.
  13. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 29, Page 68A, Lines 6-12, Clanton, Chilton Co., AL
    B. F. Culpepper, Head, M, Md, Wh, 34, Farmer, GA/NC/SC
    Nancy Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, Wh, 34, Keeping House, GA/GA/SC
    J. N. Culpepper, Son, M, Sng, Wh, 10, AL/GA/GA
    W. F. Culpepper, Son, M, Sng, Wh, 8, AL/GA/GA
    J. V. Culpepper, Dau, F, Sng, Wh, 6, AL/GA/GA
    I. R. Culpepper, Dau, F, Sng, Wh, 4, AL/GA/GA
    Edicer Culpepper, Son, M, Sng, Wh, 1, AL/GA/GA.
  14. E-mail written 2002 - 2013 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Sondra Jo Gay Lee (d/o #39082), e-mail address (Apr 2013).
    from Bible of Henry & Northann (Howard) Culpepper in her possession.
  15. The Heritage of Chilton County, Alabama, Clanton, Alabama: Heritage Pub. Consultants, 2000, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.181 H2h.
    "Claudia and Henry Weldon", p. 351.
  16. E-mail written 2004-2011 to Warren L. Culpepper from David Edwin Culpepper (#1776), Cumming, GA, e-mail address (July 2011).
    David is a career educator (36 years) and retired from the USAFR (Lt Col) after 28 years. Married to Reba Lewis Culpepper, he has two children, Gwendolyn and Zachary.