George Luther Culpepper

Male, #1507, (16 Feb 1850 - 18 Mar 1932)
Father*Jeremiah Culpepper (c 1830 - a 1880)
Mother*Elizabeth Rowell (c 1831 - b 1870)
DNA* George has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of James Culpepper, son of Robert Culpepper, Jr., who is a grandson of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Name Variation He was also known as Daniel.1 
Name Variation He was also known as George Littleton
(Some think that George's middle name was Littleton, but according to his daughter Josie, it was Luther.) 
Birth*16 Feb 1850 George was born at Muscogee Co., Georgia, on 16 Feb 1850.2 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 George and Elizabeth listed as a household member living with Jeremiah Culpepper on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Muscogee Co., Georgia.1 
1860 Census1 Jun 1860 George, Elizabeth and Humphrey listed as a household member living with Elizabeth (?) in the 1860 Census at Muscogee Co., Georgia.3 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 George was listed as a cousin in an unknown person 's household on the 1880 Census at Hunt Co., Texas.4 
Marriage*29 Aug 1880 He married Mary Elizabeth Blackman at Dallas Co., Texas, on 29 Aug 1880 at age 30.2,5 
Birth of Son21 May 1881 His son Jimmie Nathaniel Culpepper was born on 21 May 1881 at Johnson Co., Texas.2,6 
Birth of Son21 Oct 1882 His son Walter G. Culpepper was born on 21 Oct 1882 at Johnson Co., Texas.2 
Death of Son24 May 1883 His son Walter G. Culpepper died on 24 May 1883 at Johnson Co., Texas.2 
Birth of Son21 Mar 1884 His son Charlie Humphrey Culpepper was born on 21 Mar 1884 at Cleburne, Johnson Co., Texas.2,7 
Birth of Son26 Jan 1898 His son Alva Joel Culpepper was born on 26 Jan 1898 at Ellis Co., Texas.2,8 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 George was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Dallas Co., Texas.9 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 George was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Nolan Co., Texas.10 
Death of Son27 Nov 1918 His son Alva Joel Culpepper died on 27 Nov 1918 at Wharton Co., Texas
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 George was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Wharton, Wharton Co., Texas.11 
Death of Spouse20 Apr 1926 His wife Mary Elizabeth Blackman died on 20 Apr 1926 at Wharton, Wharton Co., Texas.2,12 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 George was listed as a father-in-law in Charles Thompson's household on the 1930 Census at Corpus Christi, Nueces Co., Texas.13 
Death of Son22 May 1931 His son Charlie Humphrey Culpepper died on 22 May 1931 at Texas
Death*18 Mar 1932 He died at Wharton, Wharton Co., Texas, on 18 Mar 1932 at age 82.14,15 
Burial*circa 20 Mar 1932 His body was interred circa 20 Mar 1932 at Wharton City Cemetery, Wharton, Wharton Co., Texas.16 
Biography*21 Oct 1957 The following is excerpted from Part II of a ledger left by Josie Mary Culpepper Wilson Burger for her children, October 21, 1957:
     My father was born February 16, 1850. George Luther Culpepper. His mother's name was Mary. He can't remember his father, as they separated when he was about 4 or 5 years old. He lived with his mother and her mother until they both died. They were both gone by the time he was 18. He was born in Columbus, Georgia. After his mother's death, he drifted here and there and finally ended up on a round up of cattle and drifted into Texas, working cattle. He met my mother Mary Elizabeth Blackman, close to Dallas where she had lived most of her life. They married and to that union were born 10 children, of which I am the youngest.
     The names of my brothers and sisters:
          1. Jimmie Nathanial Culpepper
          2. Walter, died when 7 months old.
          3. Charlie Humphrey
          4. Emma Culpepper Holveck
          5. Mattie Culpepper Owens
          6. Dora Culpepper Childress
          7. Minnie Lou Culpepper (Tucker) (Thompson) Baker
          8. Georgia Bell Culpepper Quinn
          9. Alva Jarrel Culpepper
          10. Josie Mary Culpepper (Wilson) Burger
     (Mama had several nieces and nephews older than she. I stayed confused for several years.)
     All that I know about my fathers people are that he was a decedent [sic] of Lord Culpepper that landed in Va. Culpepper, Virginia is named after him.
     If my father ever had any brothers and sisters they were half brother and sister as his mother never married again and they lost track of his father and never knew if he married again. He has some cousins around Goose Creek that own a furniture store. Willie Culpepper was a had shell Baptist preacher and was my father's 3rd cousin.
     He had a cousin, Ace Williams, whom I never knew but heard him talk about.
     My father was a young boy during the civil war. He could tell some interesting things about the civil war and all down the years of settling this country. He could neither read or write but no one could beat him at figuring. He could count in his head as fast as you could on pencil and paper and come up with the right answer. He never had much money but feed and raised 9 children of his own, one that wasn't his (an orphan) and 7 grand children. He died at the age of 82 with 4 dollars in his pocket and owing no man. His hobby was fishing and he spent the last 7 years of his life (after Mama died) catching the biggest fish in the Colorado river at Wharton.
     He wasn't ever sick, if he ever had a head ache he never said so. He was as spry as any young man. Strokes killed him. He had three strokes but none of them crippled him. He was on the river fishing when he had his last stroke. That was on February 28, 1932 and he died March 19, 1932. His request had always been to be buried in a home made coffin. An old man named Null lived next door had promised him that he would build his coffin, so he did.
     He wore a long white beard and he always had a mustache as long as I can remember. He was six foot 2 inches and wore a 34-36 trousers.
     Rudolph, Sr. made the remark once that Grandpa Culpepper was the banana man mentioned in one of Horton Foote's novels. He would buy the bananas and then sell them on the street. Grandpa and Grandma Culpepper are buried in the City Cemetery in Wharton, TX. 
Reunion*8 Oct 2005 Blackman (and Culpepper) Family Reunion, for descendants of:
     George Luther Culpepper and Mary Elizabeth Blackman
     Ashley Green Blackman and Ester Lavinia Brown
     William J. Blackman and Harriet Singley
     Northridge Church, 11910 Old Denton Road, Keller,TX 76248

Reunion Cancelled on 11 Sep 2005:
     Due to Hurricane Katrina, the family reunion that was planned for October 8, 2005 has been cancelled. The church where the reunion was to be held is hosting 6 to 10 evacuee families. They will be hosting these families for a while and do not want to inconvenience any of them since they have been through quiet an ordeal. We will try to plan a family reunion for next year about the same time. This also will help the families to plan a little better since gas prices have gone up. We are sorry that we will miss seeing and visiting with you all and eating lots of good food. We hope to see you all next year. If you have any question you may call or email us:
     Ashley Blackman at 817-379-5357 or e-mail address
     Doris Mitchell at 972-235-0910 or e-mail address     Karen Blackman at e-mail address
     Marty Elkins at e-mail address
     Janice Blackman at e-mail address.17
Research note*2006 From Lew Griffin:
     I think George Luther Culpepper was the ten year old George Culpepper, found living in the household of Elizabeth Rowell, age 61, in the 1860 census of Muscogee County, GA. I presume this was his grandmother Rowell. Also in the household was a younger Elizabeth Rowell, age 25, and I assume this was George's mother, who had resumed using her maiden name. And there was Humphrey P. Rowell, age 21. If someone wants to look this up, this is family #688, on page 388 of the 1860 Muscogee County, GA census. All of these individuals were born in Georgia. In 1850, Richard and Seaborn Rowell were in Muscogee County, and perhaps one of these was the husband of the elder Elizabeth Rowell. The 1850 census records for Muscogee should be checked.
     Note that this agrees with Josie's 1957 account, in which she states that George's father left the family when George was four (around 1854), and that George and his mother lived with his grandmother. However, the mother's name appears to have been Elizabeth rather than Mary, so that is a discrepancy with Josie's account.
     Note that an Elizabeth Rowell married Jeremiah Culpepper, 20 May 1849, in Muscogee County, GA. This Jeremiah was probably the one who later married Mary Jane O'Ferrell, 30 May 1860, in Butler Co., AL. This couple (Jeremiah and Elizabeth) was in the 1850 Muscogee census with a five month old son, Daniel. I'm going to go out on a limb, a bit, and suggesting that Daniel was actually none other than George L. The birth date, early in 1850, is exactly right. I'm guessing for one reason or another, his name was changed to George L. sometime before 1860, and probably when he was four, after his father left.
     So it seems likely to me that George L. Culpepper was the son of Jeremiah Culpepper and (Mary?) Elizabeth Rowell, daughter of ? and Elizabeth Rowell. Note that George's son Jim named a son Rowell Culpepper. Further research on the Rowells in Muscogee County might help prove this connection. For instance, George L. may have been mentioned in his grandfather or grandmother Rowell's will or estate records.

From Warren Culpepper:
     DNA testing has proved that George Luther Culpepper is a descendant of James Culpepper of Nash Co., NC (1728-1799). This is consistent with George being a son of Jeremiah, but does not prove it.18,19 


Mary Elizabeth Blackman (11 Jul 1862 - 20 Apr 1926)
Marriage*29 Aug 1880 He married Mary Elizabeth Blackman at Dallas Co., Texas, on 29 Aug 1880 at age 30.2,5 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
James Culpepper of Nash Co., NC : Descendant Chart
Last Edited29 Jul 2011


  1. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 346, Hallocox District, Muscogee Co., GA
    Jeremiah Culpepper, 20, M, Muscogee Co., GA
    Elizabeth Culpepper, 19, M, Muscogee Co., GA
    Daniel Culpepper, 5/12, M, Muscogee Co., GA.
  2. , Mary Blackman Culpepper Bible.
  3. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 388, Columbus, Muscogee Co., GA
    Elizabeth Rowell, 61, F, Midwife, $-/$10, GA
    Elizabeth Rowell, 25, F, GA
    Humphrey P. Rowell, 21, M, GA
    George Culpepper, 10, M, GA.
  4. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Ed 72, Sheet 23, Pg 587, Pct 7, Hunt Co., TX
    Nathan Williams, Self, M, M, W, 21, Farmer, MS/NC/NC
    Laura Williams, Wife, F, M, W, 20, Keeping House, TX/GA/SC
    James K. Williams, Son, M, S, W, 1M, N/A, TX/MS/TX
    George Culpepper, Cousin, M, S, W, 28, Laborer, GA/GA/GA.
  5. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002, Online database at, 2005.
    George L. Culpepper & Mary L. Blackman, 29 Aug 1880, by A. N. Keen, Minister.
  6. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at, 2005.
    Jimmie Nathaniel Culpepper, Salem, Victoria Co., Texas, age 37, born 21 May 1881, White, Farmer for self at Salem, Victoria Co., Texas; Nearest relative: Nancy Emerlin Culpepper. Tall height, Slender build, Gray eyes, Black hair, no disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918, Victoria, Victoria Co., Texas.
  7. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at, 2005.
    Charlie Humphrey Culpepper, Route 7, Box 136, Ft. Worth, Texas, age ??, born 21 Mar 1884, White, Farmer for self at Route 7, Box 136, Ft. Worth, Texas; Nearest relative: Ruby Culpepper, Route 7, Box 136a, Ft. Worth, Texas. (no image available for back of card where height, build, etc. are usually specified). Registered 12 Sep 1918, Tyler, Smith Co., TX.
  8. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at, 2005.
    Alva Joel Culpepper, Salem, Victoria Co., Texas, age 20, born 26 Jan 1898, White, Farmer for Geo. Culpepper at Salem, Victoria Co., Texas; Nearest relative: Mary Culpepper. Tall height, Medium build, Brown eyes, Black hair, no disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918, Victoria, Victoria Co., Texas.
  9. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED Unk, Sheet Unk, Page Unk Pct Unk, Dallas Co., TX (Transcription from Soundex by Lew Griffin. Could not be found in the index and index not yet available.)
    George L. Culpepper, Head, Feb 1850, GA
    Mary Culpepper, Wife, Jul 1862, TX;
    James N. Culpepper, Son, May 1881, TX
    Charley W. Culpepper, Son, Mar 1884, TX
    Emma E. Culpepper, Dau, Mar 1886, TX
    Mattie R. Culpepper, Dau, Feb 1888, TX
    Dora Culpepper, Dau, Feb 1890, TX
    Minnie Culpepper, Dau, Jan 1892, TX
    Georgia Culpepper, Son, Nov 1894, TX
    Alma Culpepper, Dau, Jan 1898, TX
    Lavina Blackman, Mother-in-law, Dec 1829, SC.
  10. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 179, Sheet 20A, Pg 231A, Pct 5, Img 19, Nolan Co., TX
    George Culpepper, Head, M, 60, M1, md-29, GA US US, Farmer
    Mary Culpepper, Wife, F, 48, M1, md-29, ch 10/9, TX US US
    Dorah McErfee (McAfee?), Daughter, F, 20, wid, md-6 yrs, ch 1/0, TX GA TX
    Georgia B. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 15, S, TX GA TX
    Alvy J. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 12, S, TX GA TX
    Josie M. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 5, S, TX GA TX
    James N. Culpepper, Son, M, 28, wid, TX GA TX
    Maggie M. Culpepper, G-Daughter, F, 5, STX TX KY
    Rouse? Culpepper, G-Son, M, 3, S, TX TX KY.
  11. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 161, Sheet 11B, Pg 39/40, Pct 1, Wharton, Wharton Co., TX
    Rent=?, Farm=Y
    George Culpepper, Head, M, 69, M, GA GA GA, Salesman-Fruit
    Mary Culpepper, Wife, F, 57, M, TX NC SC
    Minnie (Culpepper) Tucker, Dau, F, 28, Wid, TX GA TX
    George Tucker, (Grand)Son, M, 10, S, TX TX TX
    Josie Culpepper, Dau, F, 15, S, TX GA TX.
  12. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at, 2006.
    Murry L. Culpepper, Wharton Co., Apr 20 1926, 16212.
  13. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 7, Sheet 5B, Pg 124, 1208 Lobo St., Corpus Christi, Nueces Co., TX
    Own=$1700, Radio=N, Farm=N, Military=N
    Charles A. Thompson, Head, M, 52, M, md@49, IA IA IA, Carpenter-Bldg
    Minnie (Culpepper) Thompson, Wife, F, 37, M, md@34, TX GA TX
    George Culpepper, Father-in-law, M, 80, WD, md@30, GA US US.
  14. James Nathaniel Culpepper, James Nathaniel Culpepper Diary, , Feb 2000.
  15. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at, 2006.
    G. L. Culpepper, Wharton Co., Mar 18 1932, 14498.
  16. E-mail written 2005-2009 to Warren Culpepper from Freda Yvonne Burger McCarty (#39585), e-mail address.
  17. E-mail written 2004-2005 to Lew Griffin from Doris Mitchell, e-mail address.
  18. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
  19. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.