Francis Marion Culpepper

Male, #2682, (1 Jan 1890 - circa 1961)
Father*Henry Matthew Culpepper (28 Jan 1858 - 23 Sep 1903)
Mother*Thomasetta Boswell (1861 - 1894)
Name Variation He was also known as Frank. 
Birth*1 Jan 1890 Francis was born at Toomsuba, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi, on 1 Jan 1890.1 
Death of Mother1894 His mother Thomasetta Boswell died in 1894 at Sumter Co., Alabama.2 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 William, Francis and Byron was listed as a son in Henry Matthew Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Hurricane Creek, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi.3 
Death of Father23 Sep 1903 His father Henry Matthew Culpepper died on 23 Sep 1903 at Lauderdale Co., Mississippi.2 
Birth of Soncirca 1908 His son Leo Watley was born circa 1908 at Mississippi.4 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 Francis was listed as a boarder living with William and Bertha Douglas on the 1910 Census at Meridian, Lauderdale Co., Mississippi.5 
Marriage*6 Apr 1912 He married Laura Augusta Leverett on 6 Apr 1912 at age 22. 
Birth of Son17 Jan 1917 His son Mallard M. Culpepper was born on 17 Jan 1917 at Mississippi.6 
Birth of Son2 Jul 1919 His son Harold Oree Culpepper was born on 2 Jul 1919 at Neshoba Co., Mississippi.6 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 Francis was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Neshoba Co., Mississippi.4 
Birth of Son30 Oct 1923 His son Marshall Gill Culpepper was born on 30 Oct 1923 at Lake, Scott Co., Mississippi.7,6 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Francis was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Jackson, Hinds Co., Mississippi.8 
Death*circa 1961 He died at New Orleans, Orleans Parish, Louisiana, circa 1961.9 
Biography*12 Jun 2006 Nancy Harben wrote on 12 Jun 2006,
     "My grandfather Frank (Pawpaw) died when I was about 5 years old--somewhere around 1961. I think he died in New Orleans, but we buried him in a little church cemetery near the Mississippi/Alabama line (Union, MS or Union, AL or could it have been the church cemetery mentioned in the family archives--Liberty Baptist Church in Cuba AL?) Since my parents aren't alive to help, all I have is my child's memory to go on...
     "...according to my grandmother Laura, he left during the depression, supposedly to find work, leaving her with 4 children to raise alone. He was apparently an alcoholic, before the term was heard of. She brought her children up to believe that he was dead. Her bitterness toward him never allowed them or us to ever mention his name or ask any questions about him or his people. My father's brother Mallard, who lived in Jackson, was a huge Jimmy Rodgers fan and one May during the festival in Meridian, someone came up to him and asked his name and told him he knew where his father was and took him to see him. We lived near Selma, Alabama at Craig Air Force Base, where my father was stationed at the time. Not too long after that, Pawpaw died. I remember the funeral and seeing my daddy cry for the first time."9 
Reunion*2 Jul 2006 A family reunion for the decendents of Francis Marion and Laura Augusta Culpepper is planned for the Forth of July weekend, 2006, in Bella Vista, Benton Co., Arkansas.9 


Laura Augusta Leverett (19 Jun 1890 - May 1983)
Marriage*6 Apr 1912 He married Laura Augusta Leverett on 6 Apr 1912 at age 22. 
ChartsJoseph Culpepper of Morgan Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited5 Aug 2008


  1. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at, 2005.
  2. Sarah Mozingo, compiler, Choctaw County Cemeteries, Rootsweb: USGenWeb Archives, 1996.
    Liberty Baptist Church Cemetery, Sumter Co., Alabama, near Choctaw County line.
    + Mathew Culpepper, Jan. 28, 1858 - Sept. 23, 1903
    + Thomasetta Culpepper, 1861 – 1894
    + Willie Ann Culpepper, Feb. 1862 - Nov. 1922.
  3. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 27, Page 27A-27B, Family 490, Hurricane Creek, Lauderdale County, MS
    Henry Culpepper, Head, Wh, M, Jan 1859, 41, Md-5 yrs, MS/MS/MS, Farmer
    Willie Culpepper, Wife, Wh, F, 1862, 38, Md-5 yrs, ch 2/1, MS/MS/MS
    Luther Culpepper, Son, Wh, M, Dec 1884, 15, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
    Nina B. Culpepper, Daughter, Wh, F, May 1896, 14, S, MS/MS/MS
    Frances Culpepper, Daughter (sic), Wh, F, Dec 1889, 10, S, MS/MS/MS
    Byron Culpepper, Son, Wh, M, Sept 1895, 4, S, MS/MS/MS.
  4. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 86, page 18A, Lines 17-21, Dixon & Waldo, Neshoba Co., MS (28 Jan 1920)
    Frank M. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 30, md, MS/MS/MS public work sawmill
    Laura Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 27, md, MS/GA/GA
    Malard Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 2 11/12, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Harrold Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 6/12, sng, MS/MS/MS
    Leo Watley, Adopted son, M, Wh, 11, sng, MS/MS/MS.
  5. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 129, Sheet 10B, Family 226, Meridian Ward 2, Lauderdale County, MS
    Boarding with William and Bertha Douglas
    Frank Culpepper, Boarder, M, Wh, 20, S, MS/MS/MS, Conductor-Car.
  6. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  7. E-mail written Nov 2005 to Warren Culpepper from Lorri Culpepper Towns, e-mail address.
  8. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 25-3, Page 11B, 521 South Congress Street, Jackson, Hinds, MS
    Own Home 0r Rent?, Radio=N
    Francis Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 48, md@23, AL/AL/AL, Driver, State Highway, Vet=N
    Laura Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 49, md@22, MS/GA/GA
    Mallard Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 13, sng, MS/AL/MS
    Harold Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 10, sng, MS/AL/MS
    Gertrude Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, 8, sng, MS/AL/MS
    Marshall Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 6, sng, MS/AL/MS.
  9. E-mail written Jun 2006 to Warren Culpepper from Nancy Karen Culpepper Harben (#53603), e-mail address.