Robert S. Culpepper

Male, #21, (1845 - 22 Nov 1929)
Father*Reuben Culpepper of Mecklenburg Co. NC (c 1821 - )
Mother*Mary Frances (?) (c 1828 - )
Birth*1845 Robert was born at Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., Virginia, in 1845. 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Mary, Robert and William listed as a household member living with Reuben Culpepper of Mecklenburg Co. NC on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., Virginia.1 
1860 Census1 Jun 1860 Mary, Robert, William, Ada, Sherwood and Rena listed as a household member living with Reuben Culpepper of Mecklenburg Co. NC in the 1860 Census at Jackson Ward, Portsmouth (city), Virginia.2 
Civil War*between 1863 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1863 and 1865

     From his Confederate pension application, we learn that Robert was employed at the beginning of the Civil war "in the Gosport Navy Yard, but upon the evacuation of Portsmouth by the Confederates, this company of men were sent to Charlotte, North Carolina and employed there by the Government in the manufacture of Ordnance Stores, then these men were organized into a Military Battalion, and were frequently called from their post of duties to repel raiding armies of the enemy.
     "With the falling of Richmond, President Davis started sourthward and upon arriving at Charlotte, North Carolina, his train also bearing the specie which was in the Confederate Treasury in Richmond, volunteers from the above Military Battalion were called to escort this specie to the Army of General Kirby Smith. 60 of these men volunteered for that service, including Robert S. Culpepper, the applicant for pension."3 
1870 Census1 Jun 1870 Mary, Robert, William, Ada, Sherwood and Rena listed as a household member living with Reuben Culpepper of Mecklenburg Co. NC on the 1870 Census at Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina.4 
1880 Census1 Jun 1880 Robert, William and Reuben was listed as a son in Reuben Culpepper of Mecklenburg Co. NC's household on the 1880 Census at Mecklenburg Co., North Carolina.5 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 Robert was listed as a lodger on the 1910 Census at Houston, Harris Co., Texas.6 
Death*22 Nov 1929 He died at Portsmouth (city), Virginia, on 22 Nov 1929
The source for this date of death is unknown, and the date is probably in error since Robert appeared six months later in the 1930 census. There is no other likely person that the census record could refer to. At (Memorial# 53053799), the 22 Nov 1929 date of death appears, but the photo there of Robert's tombstone simply says "R. S. Culpepper, CSA". Perhaps he died 22 Nov 1930.7 
Burial*circa 24 Nov 1929 His body was interred circa 24 Nov 1929 at Oak Grove Cemetery, Portsmouth (city), Virginia
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Robert was listed as an uncle in Albin S. Trant (or Traut)'s household on the 1930 Census. Albin S. Trant (or Traut).8 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Robert Culpepper Jr. of Lower Norfolk Co., VA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited2 Nov 2012


  1. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 298, Family 452, Lines 20-23, Portsmouth, VA
    Reuben Culpepper, 29, M, Moulder (?), VA
    Mary Culpepper, 23, F, VA
    Robt, Culpepper, 4, M, VA
    William Culpepper, 2, M, VA.
  2. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 167-168, Family 1310, Portsmouth Jackson Ward, Portsmouth (City), VA
    Reuben Culpepper, 38, M, Wh, Moulder, RE=$500, PE=$250, VA
    Mary F. Culpepper, 32, F, Wh, VA
    Robt. Culpepper, 13, M, Wh, VA
    Wm E. Culpepper, 11, M, Wh, VA
    Ada Culpepper, 9, F, Wh, VA
    Sherwood Culpepper, 6, M, Wh, VA
    Rena Culpepper, 8/12, F, Wh, VA.
  3. The Library of Virginia, Confederate Pension Rolls, Veterans and Widows, at
  4. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 55B, Lines 28-36, 1st Ward, Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC (24 Jun 1870)
    Ruben Culpepper, 47, M, Wh, Iron Moulder, PE=$400, VA (#19)
    Mary Culpepper, 43, M, Wh, Keeping house, VA
    Robt Culpepper, 24, M, Wh, Gas Works, VA
    William Culpepper, 22, M, Wh, Iron Moulder, VA
    Ada Culpepper, 19, F, Wh, At home, VA
    Sherwood Culpepper, 16, M, Wh, At home, VA
    Rena Culpepper, 10, F, Wh, At home, VA
    Ruby Culpepper, 4, F, Wh, At home, NC
    Earl Gadsden, 12, M, Mulatto, D. Servant, SC.
  5. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 350A, Charlotte, Mecklenburg Co., NC
    Reuben Culpepper, Self, M, md, Wh, 59, Moulder, VA/VA/VA
    Mary F. Culpepper, Wife, F, md, Wh, 53, Keep House, VA/VA/VA
    Robt. L. Culpepper, Son, M, , Wh, 34, Merchant, VA/VA/VA
    Wm. E. Culpepper, Son, M, , Wh, 32, Moulder, VA/VA/VA
    Margaret E. Culpepper, DauL, F, , Wh, 20, NC/NC/NC
    Rena B. Culpepper, Dau, F, , Wh, 20, VA/VA/VA
    Reuben Culpepper, Son, M, , Wh, 14, Moulder, NC/NC/NC
    Elsie D. Culpepper, GDau, F, sng, Wh, 2, SC/SC/SC
    Wm. N. Barnett, SonL, M, , Wh, 27, Salesman, SC/SC/SC
    Robt. W. Barnett, GSon, M, sng, Wh, 1, SC/VA/SC
    Charles Harris, Other, M, , Wh, 17, Servant, NC/NC/NC.
  6. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 56, Sheet 3B, Pg 291B, Img 58, Houston, Harris Co., TX
    John J. Ryan, Head, M, 57, M1, md-19 yrs, SC SC SC, Coppersmith-RR Shops
    Mary Ryan, Wife, F, 41, M2, md-19 yrs, ch 4/4, TX GER GERmany
    Malcom Ryan, Son, M, 22, S, TX SC TX, Machinest-RR Shops
    Edward Ryan, Son, M, 17, S, TX SC TX, Bookkeepper-RR Office
    Bessie Ryan, Daughter, F, 15, S, TX SC TX
    Thomas Ryan, Son, M, 12, S, TX SC TX
    Lillie Riesner, Niece, F, 29, S, TX TX TX
    Robert Culpepper, Lodger, M, 64, S, VA VA VA, Machinest-RR Shops.
  7. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.
  8. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    Portsmouth (city), VA, Jackson Ward, ED 5, Page 16A, Family 25, 204 Court St (18 Apr 1930)
    Albin S. Trant, Head, M, Wh, 48, sng, VA/VA/VA, Proprietor/Drug Store
    Robert S. Culpepper, Uncle, M, Wh, 84, sng, VA/VA/VA
    Ada T. Trant, Sister, F, Wh, 37, md@25, VA/VA/VA
    Alexander B. Trant, Bro-in-law, M, Wh, 38, md@26, VA/VA/VA, Chemist/CocaCola Co
    Marjorie S. Trant, Niece, F, Wh, 12, sng, VA/VA/VA
    Albin T. Trant, Nephew, M, Wh, 3, sng, VA/VA/VA.