John William Culpepper

Male, #27222, (28 Jan 1840 - 6 Oct 1906)
Father*John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL (c 1817 - b 1880)
Mother*Elizabeth Ann Stallings (c 1820 - b 1868)
Birth*28 Jan 1840 John was born at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 28 Jan 1840. 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Cordelia, Benjamin, Robert, John, Lewis and Elizabeth listed as a household member living with John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Pike Co., Georgia.1 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 John listed as a household member living with John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL in the 1860 Census at Marianna, Jackson Co., Florida.2 
1860 Census1 Jun 1860 Lewis, John, Robert, Benjamin, Cordelia, Joseph and Columbus listed as a household member living with Elizabeth Ann Stallings in the 1860 Census at Monroe Co., Georgia.3 
Marriage*11 Sep 1861 He married Cynthia Ann Hanson at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 11 Sep 1861 at age 21. 
Civil War*between 1862 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1862 and 1865

     John William Culpepper. (Husband of Cynthia A.), Monroe Co, GA, Enlisted on 26 Feb 1862 as a Private and mustered into Co. B, GA 45th Infantry, Detailed with Pioneer Corps Apr 1864. Wounded (Left ankle) 12 May 1864, Spotsylvania Court House, VA. Born 28 Jan 1839, Monroe Co, GA. Died 6 Oct 1906, Bibb Co, GA. (Confederate Pension, Bibb Co.) 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Henry Co., Georgia.4 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Macon, Bibb Co., Georgia.5 
Death*6 Oct 1906 He died at Bibb Co., Georgia, on 6 Oct 1906 at age 66. 
Biography* John William was known as J. William or William Culpepper. On a Civil War pension application in 1899, John William Culpepper stated that he had been born 28 Jan 1839 in Monroe Co., GA. However, his older brother, Lewis, was born in late July 1838 which would make it unlikely that John William was born in January of the following year. An 1840 birth year is supported by his stated age of 10 and 20 in 1850 and 1860 census records, however, John William was NOT noted with the family in the 1840 census of Upson Co., GA. This makes the reference to Monroe Co., GA as his place of birth interesting. Elizabeth (Stallings) Culpepper's parents were living in Monroe Co., GA. Could she have gone to her parents' house to give birth? Is it possible that someone that knew the family supplied the 1840 census information without knowing that there had been an addition to the family? In any event, John William Culpepper emerges in the 1850 census of Pike Co., GA living with his parents and he is also noted in the 1860 census of Monroe Co., GA living with his mother.
     "William Culpepper" is next noted in Monroe Co., GA marriage records when he married Cynthia "Thinsy" Ann Hanson in 11 Sep 1861. The couple had only a few months together. Appendix D-1 of Monroe County, Georgia: A History published in 1979 by the Monroe County Historical Society, Inc. of Forsyth, GA lists "John William Culpepper" as a member of B/45 Rutland Volunteers during the Civil War. It also notes that he was wounded at Spotsylvania, VA. Civil War records show a J. W. Culpepper who enlisted 26 Feb 1862 in "Monroe" in "Rutland Vol 45 Regt Ga Vol." This group was then apparently rolled into the larger Confederate Army since John W. Culpepper was noted on later record slips to have enlisted 4 Mar 1862 in Forsyth, GA as a private in Co. B 45th Regiment of the Georgia Infantry. According to Company Muster Roll slips John William was "employed on extra duty" with the Pioneer Corps, Wilcox Lt. Div. from 1 Jan 1864 through 9 Mar 1864. The following pay voucher was included with John William Culpepper's Civil War records: _____I Certify that the vetran(?) named J. William Culpepper a private(?) of Captain Warren Bush's Company (B) 45th Ga Regt was born in Monroe County Georgia aged 25 years 5 feet eleven inches high fair complexion blue eyes dark hair and by occupation a farmer, was enlisted at Forsyth Georgia on the 4th day of March 1862 to Serve for three years and is now entitled to his Monthly pay by reason of his having received a furlough of indulgence from the proper authority. _____The said J. William Culpepper was last paid by Maj Taylor to include the 30th day of June 1864 and has pay due from that time 31st day of December 1864 the end of the month preceding his furlough. _____He is indebted to the Confederate States on no account whatever. _____Given in Duplicate at Camp near Petersburg, Va this 28th January 1865. _________________________Warren Bush _________________________Capt [can't read] Company _____Account to be made by Paymaster for Monthly pay from 1st day of July 1864 to the 31 day of Dec 1864 being 6 months at $18 per Month_____$108. _____Received near Petersburg Va this 30 day of Jany 1865 from Chas(?) D Hill(?) Capt & Paymaster of Wilcox Division One hundred & Eight Dollars in full of the above account _____Witness A. B(?) Phelps______/s/_J_W_Culpepper __________I Certify that I have endorsed this payment on Private J. William Culpepper's Furlough ______________________/s/_Chas D Hill(?) __________________________Capt & Paymaster _________________________________Wilcox Division
     After the war, John William apparently returned to Georgia since he noted on his 1899 application for a Civil War pension that he had been living in Georgia for sixty years. Unfortunately, he and his wife have not been identified in census records in 1870, 1880 or 1900 (1890 burned). J. W. Culpepper is next noted in 1899 applying to the State of Georgia for a Civil War pension for indigent veterans: Questions for Applicant STATE OF GEORGIA,_______ Bibb____________ County. J_W_Culpepper of said State and County, desiring to avail himself of the Pension Act (Section 1254, Code), hereby submits his proofs, and after being duly sworn true answers to make to the following questions, deposes and answers as follows: 1. What is your name and where do you reside? (give State, County and post office.) J_W_Culpepper_____Macon,_Bibb_County,_Ga 2. How long and since when have you been a resident of this state. Sixty_years 3. When and where were you born? Jany_28th_1839.__Monroe_Co 4. When and where and in what company and regiment did you enlist or serve? In_1861.__Forsyth_Monroe_Co_Co_"B."__45_Ga Reg. 5. How long did you remain in such company and regiment? Until_the_war_ended 6. For how long a period did you discharge regular military duty? About_three_years 7. When, where and under what circumstances were you discharged from service? Parolled_at_Appomattox_Court_House 8. What is your present occupation? Brick_Mason_when_well_enough 9. How much can you earn (gross) per annum by your own exertions or labor? Not(?)_$20.00_the_last_2_years 10. What has been your occupation since 1865? Brick_Mason 11. Upon which of the following grounds do you base your application for pension, viz: first, "age and poverty," second, "infirmity and poverty," or third, "blindness and poverty"? Infirmity_age_and_poverty 12. If upon the first ground, state how long you have been such condition that you could not earn your support? If upon the second, give a full and complete history of the infirmity and its extent? If upon the third, state whether you are totally blind and when and where you lost your sight? two years.__Gun shot wound in left ankle.__Cant bear weight but [can't read 2 words] Wounded at Spotsylvania Ct House._--_and General debility Rheumatism in arm & leggs. Cancer in throat for last 5 years can only eat liquid food -- 13. What property, effects or income did you possess in 1894, 1895, 1896, 1897 and 1898, and what disposition, if any, did you make of same? Nothing_except_as_above_mentioned 15. In what County did you reside during those years, and what property did you return ofr taxation? In_Henry_County_1894,_95,_96,_Bibb_Co._since. Returned_None. 16. How were you supported during the years 1897 and 1898? I_worked_a_little_balance_my_wife_made_sewing 17. How much did your support cost for each of those years, and what portion did you contribute thereto by your own labor or income? I_cant_say,_very_little.__I_contributed_all_I_could about $20.00_from_little_jobs. 18. What was your employment during 1897 and 1898? What pay did you receive in each year? Working_a_little_made_about_$10.00_per_year 19. Have you a family? If so, who composes such family? Give their means of support? Have they a homestead? No family except My wife 55 years old have no homestead. she sewed until she was crippled with rheumatism, have never asked for charity [can't read two words] 20. Are you receiving any pension? If so, what amount, and for what disability? No. Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 28th_____ day of ____Feby_________ , 1899. _____ County Ordinary, __________of Bibb County. ______________/s/ J._W._Culpepper __________________Applicant
     Mrs. F. D. (Betty Lee Collins) Hale noted an entry in the 1900 Macon City Directory for J. William Culpepper who was listed as a brickmason who lived at 910 Hazel.
     John William Culpepper apparently received a pension of $60/year until his death 6 Oct 1906. 7 Apr 1907, his widow applied for a pension. She stated that she suffered from "heart trouble" "Reheumatism" and "general debility." A physician supported the claim noting that she suffered from "chronic oispipsis(?) and nervous palpitation of the heart." 


Cynthia Ann Hanson (Feb 1844 - after 1909)
Marriage*11 Sep 1861 He married Cynthia Ann Hanson at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 11 Sep 1861 at age 21. 
ChartsOrphan / John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited18 Oct 2008


  1. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 172B, District 68, Pike Co., GA
    John J. Culpepper, 33, M, Mechanic, GA
    Elizabeth Culpepper, 30, F, GA
    Lewis L. Culpepper, 12, M, GA
    John W.. Culpepper, 10, M, GA
    Robert J. Culpepper, 8, M, GA
    Benjamin F. Culpepper, 6, M, AL
    Cass Culpepper, 1, F, GA.
  2. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 760, Family 207, Marianna, Jackson Co., FL
    J. J. Culpepper, 40, M, Carpenter, GA
    J. W. Culpepper, 19, M, GA.
  3. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Pages 756-757, Redbone District, Monroe Co., GA
    Elizabeth Culpepper, 40, F, Farmer, $7,000/$3,000, GA
    Lewis Culpepper, 21, M, GA
    William Culpepper, 20, M, GA
    Robert Culpepper, 16, M, GA
    Frank Culpepper, 13, M, GA
    Cordelia Culpepper, 11, F, GA
    Joel Culpepper, 7, M, GA
    Infant Culpepper, 4/12, M, GA.
  4. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 240D, District 567, Henry Co., GA
    J. W. Culpepper, Self, M, M, W, 38, Mechanic, GA/GA/GA
    Cintha A. Culpepper, Wife, F, M, W, 34, Keeping House, GA/GA/GA.
  5. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 31, Page 284B (5), Family 117, 910 Hazel St, Macon. Bibb Co., GA
    John W. Culpepper, Head, M, Sep 1838, 61, Md 38 yrs, GA/GA/GA, Brick mason
    Cynthia A. Culpepper, Wife, F, Feb 1844, 56, Md 38 yrs, ch 0/0, GA/GA/GA, Dress maker.