William Louis Culpepper M.D.

Male, #20703, (27 Sep 1889 - 22 Nov 1978)
Father*John Micajah Culpepper (20 Aug 1859 - 25 Jun 1946)
Mother*Mallie Stephens (21 Feb 1869 - 6 Dec 1953)
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*27 Sep 1889 William was born at Belton, Bell Co., Texas, on 27 Sep 1889.1 
Photographedcirca 1893 He appeared as a son in a family photograph circa 1893 at Belton, Bell Co., Texas,
John Micajah Culpepper, wife Mallie with William Louis leaning on her leg, daughter Mallie sitting in John's lap.2
John Micajah Culpepper family
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 Mallie, John, Emmet, William, Mallie and Anna was listed as a lodger living with John James Stephens's household on the 1900 Census at Temple, Bell Co., Texas.3 
1910 Census1 Jun 1910 William was listed as a son in John Micajah Culpepper's household on the 1910 Census at Temple, Bell Co., Texas.4 
Marriage*before 1917 He married Ella (?) before 1917. 
Employment*1917 He was employed in 1917 at Goose Creek, Harris Co., Texas.5 
WWI Draft Reg*5 Jun 1917 He registered for the WW-I draft on 5 Jun 1917 at Harris Co., Texas.5 
World War I*between 1917 and 1918 He served in World War I between 1917 and 1918
(US Army, Flight Surgeon.) 
Photographed*1918 He was photographed in 1918 at France.2
1920 Census*1 Apr 1920 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at New York City, New York Co., New York.6 
Marriage*circa 1923 He married Alice Gomash at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, circa 1923. 
Birth of Son26 May 1925 His son William Louis Culpepper Jr. was born on 26 May 1925 at Illinois.7,8 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois.7 
Marriage*29 Aug 1933 He married Elizabeth Gertrude Jones at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, on 29 Aug 1933 at age 43. 
Birth of Son4 Feb 1934 His son John William Culpepper was born on 4 Feb 1934 at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Birth of Son29 Dec 1936 His son Charles Thomas Culpepper was born on 29 Dec 1936 at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois
Death of Father25 Jun 1946 His father John Micajah Culpepper died on 25 Jun 1946 at Temple, Bell Co., Texas.9 
Death of Mother6 Dec 1953 His mother Mallie Stephens died on 6 Dec 1953 at Pittsburgh, Allegheny Co., Pennsylvania
Residence*Nov 1978 William resided at Bartlesville, Washington Co., Oklahoma, in Nov 1978.1 
Death*22 Nov 1978 He died at Athens, McMinn Co., Tennessee, on 22 Nov 1978 at age 89.1,10 
Burial*circa 24 Nov 1978 His body was interred circa 24 Nov 1978 at Forest Park Cemetery, Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana
Biography* John William Culpepper wrote the following biography of William Louis Culpepper, 27 Apr 1993:
     He graduated from Tulane University in 1915 with a Medical degree and Doctor of Public Health degree. He taught in the school of Medicine at Syracuse University until 1917. He was a Flight Surgeon in the Army during WW I serving in France. After the war he opened a clinic in South Bend, Indiana, and subsequently moved to Illinois where he lived for many years in Chicago and other cities in Illinois, before moving to Louisiana.

John added in April 2002:
     "He told us children that he opened a clinic in South Bend, Indiana, before moving to Chicago to study Radiology under Dr. Benjamin Orndorph, the father of American Radiology. My sister Virginia, was invited to attend an anniversary celebration of the Clinic few years ago, in South Bend, Indiana. How long ago, I cannot recall. He told me long ago that after the first World War he went to Germany and studied medicine in a German University."

The 1920 census shows William L. living in Manhattan, NY. He and wife Ella were lodgers at the residence of Eugene Tomisic and wife. William L. was 30, Ella was 27, and they had been married an unknown length of time. He was from Texas and she, from Germany. Ella's father was German, but her mother was French. William L. was a doctor, and his wife had no outside occupation. They were living in Manhattan in the 18th Ward. They were in census Enumeration District 968, on Sheet 5-B, Lines 66 and 67. The sheet was recorded on the 6th and 7th of January, 1920. Street address of the home was 105 West 134th Street.

William Louis Culpepper and his wife, had the following Ellis Island entry:
     William Culpepper; 12 Sep 1921; 32y; Male; Married; Born 27 Sep 1889 in Tempe, TX; Residence: Box 654, South Bend, IN; Ship: Minnekahda; Port: Hamburg, Germany
     Ella Culpepper; 12 Sep 1921; 29y; Female; Married; Citizen by marriage; Residence: South Bend IN; Ship: Minnekahda; Port: Hamburg, Germany.


Family 1

Ella (?) (circa 1892 - )
Marriage*before 1917 He married Ella (?) before 1917. 

Family 2

Alice Gomash (circa 1899 - )
Marriage*circa 1923 He married Alice Gomash at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, circa 1923. 

Family 3

Elizabeth Gertrude Jones (12 Feb 1903 - 18 Jan 1983)
Marriage*29 Aug 1933 He married Elizabeth Gertrude Jones at Crown Point, Lake Co., Indiana, on 29 Aug 1933 at age 43. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited20 Feb 2010


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  2. E-mail written 2008 & back to Culpepper Connections from John William Culpepper (#20923), West Virginia, e-mail address.
  3. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 30, Sheet 11A, Pg 136, 3 Ward, Gen.com Img 21, 704 Ave 8, Temple, Bell Co., TX
    John Stephens, Head, M, Oct-1836, 63, M, md-37 yrs, AL NC NC, Carrying US Mail
    Annie E. Stephens, Wife, F, 52, md-37 yrs, ch 12/7, MS NC NC
    Jennie Stephens, Daughter, F, Nov-1873, 26, S, TX AL MS, Music Teacher
    Sa---- Stephens, Son, M, Sep-1879, 20, S, TX AL MS
    Essie Stephens, Daughter, F, Jun-1884, 16, S, TX AL MS
    Emmett Culpepper, Boarder, M, Nov-1879, 20, S, GA GA GA, Clerk-Grostore
    Ida Stephens, Daughter, F, Dec-1885, 14, S, TX AL MS
    Tabina Dabbs, Boarder, F, Jul-1838, 61, S, LA NC NC
    John M. Culpepper, Boarder, M, Aug-1859, 40, M, md-14, TX GA GA, Merchant-Gro
    Mallie Culpepper, Boarder, F, Feb-1869, 31, M, md-14, Ch 3/3, TX AL MS
    Louis Culpepper, Boarder, M, Sep-1889, 10, S, TX TX TX
    Mallie Culpepper, Boarder, F, Sep-1892, 7, S, TX TX TX
    Anna Culpepper, Boarder, F, Jan-1895, 5, S, TX TX TX
    Henry C. Levitle, Boarder, M, Oct-1877, 22, M, illeg, TX TX TX, Mail Carrier
    Annie Levitle, Boarder, F, Feb-1875, 24, M, md-2, Ch 7/1, TX TX TX
    Aline Levitle, Boarder, F, May-1899, 1, S, TX TX TX.
  4. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 112, Sheet 21A, Pg 183A, Pct 1, Gen.com Img 88, Temple, Bell Co., TX
    Mattens Culpepper, Head, M, DOB?, Age?, M, md-12 yrs, TX GA GA
    Mallie Culpepper, Wife, F, DOB?, Age?, M, md-12 yrs, ch 3/3, TX AL MS
    Louis Culpepper, Son, M, 20, TX TX TX
    Mattie Culpepper, Daughter, F, 17, TX TX TX
    Anna Culpepper, Daughter, F, DOB?, Age?, TX TX TX
    John Stephens, Son-in-Law, M, rest of line illegible
    There are 5 other names in this household that are un-readable.
  5. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    William Louis Culpepper, Goose Creek, TX, age 27, born 27 Sep 1889 in Temple, TX, Self employed as Doctor of Medicine at Goose Creek, TX, Wife is dependent, Married, Caucasian, Medium height, Slender build, Blue eyes, Light hair, Not bald, No disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 at Harris Co., Texas.
  6. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    514 West 134th Street, Manhattan, New York Co., NY, ED 568, Page 5B
    Rents, White
    William L. Culpepper, Lodger, Male, 30, Md, TX/TX/TX, Doctor
    Ella Culpepper, Lodger, Female, 27, Md, Naturalized Date Unk, Germany/Germany/France.
  7. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    National Archives Film T626_424
    Chicago, Cook Co., IL, ED 238, Page 12B
    William C. Culpeper, Head, 40, md @ 33, TX/US/TX, Physician/GP
    Alice M. Culpeper, Wife, 31, md @ 24, MI/Canada-French/WI
    William L. Culpepper, Son, 5, IL/TX/MI.
  8. State of California Department of Health Services / Center for Health Statistics, compiler, California Death Index, 1940-1997, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    William Louis Culpepper, M, 26 May 1925, Illinois, 2 Sep 1993, 68Yrs, Mother's maiden name=Gomash.
  9. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    John M. Culpepper, died 25 Jun 1946 in Bell Co., TX.
  10. E-mail written 8 Dec 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Phyllis Strotheide Culpepper (#20924), e-mail address.