Robert Jefferson Culpepper

Male, #27223, (4 Nov 1844 - 21 Apr 1912)
Father*John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL (c 1817 - b 1880)
Mother*Elizabeth Ann Stallings (c 1820 - b 1868)
DNA* The ancestry of Robert Jefferson Culpepper is unproven. To help prove it, we are seeking a male Culpepper descendant to participate in our free DNA testing project. For more information, go to http://gen.culpepper.com/dna
Birth*4 Nov 1844 Robert was born at Upson Co., Georgia, on 4 Nov 1844. Date from tombstone, but 4 Nov 1843 from Bible record.1 
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.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 
Census*1860 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, in 1860. 
Civil War*between 1862 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1862 and 1865

     Enlisted with Capt. Dozier at Forsyth, GA 4 Mar 1862 for three years or the war. Admitted to Jackson Hospital, Richmond, VA 8 May 1864 after being shot in the face with a minnie ball. Listed as a Pvt. Co. B 45 Regt. Ga in "Thomas" Brigade. He was captured at Petersburg, VA 2 Apr 1865 and transferred to Fort Delaware, MD, 4 Apr 1865. He was released 16 Jun 1865. 
Marriage*29 Oct 1866 He married Mary Elizabeth Graham at Pike Co., Georgia, on 29 Oct 1866 at age 21. 
Birth of Son17 Feb 1869 His son Joel W. Culpepper was born on 17 Feb 1869 at Monroe Co., Georgia.4 
1870 Census25 Jul 1870 Robert was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Monroe Co., Georgia. This family appears in both Henry and Monroe Co., GA censuses in 1870. In Monroe, they were enumerated on 25 Jul 1870, and in nearby Henry, they were enumerated on 30 Aug 1870..5 
1870 Census*30 Aug 1870 Robert was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Henry Co., Georgia. This family appears in both Henry and Monroe Co., GA censuses in 1870. In Monroe, they were enumerated on 25 Jul 1870, and in nearby Henry, they were enumerated on 30 Aug 1870..6 
Birth of SonJul 1879 His son James Clifford Culpepper was born in Jul 1879 at Henry Co., Georgia.7 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 Robert was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Henry Co., Georgia.7 
Birth of Son15 Aug 1888 His son Wilson J. Culpepper was born on 15 Aug 1888 at Henry Co., Georgia.8 
Photographedsay 1895 He was photographed say 1895 at Henry Co., Georgia.9
Robert J. & Mary Elizabeth (Graham) Culpepper
Photographed*circa 1900 He was photographed circa 1900 at Henry Co., Georgia.9
Robert Jefferson Culpepper & grandson Robert Windsor Setzer
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Robert was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Henry Co., Georgia.10 
Military pension* He applied for a military pension at Henry Co., Georgia.11 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 Robert was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Locust Grove, Henry Co., Georgia.12 
Death*21 Apr 1912 He died at Locust Grove, Henry Co., Georgia, on 21 Apr 1912 at age 67.13 
Burial*22 Apr 1912 His body was interred on 22 Apr 1912 at Philadelphia Methodist Cemetery, McDonough, Henry Co., Georgia.14,13,15
tombstone
Biography* According to R. J. Culpepper's Civil War pension application, he was born in Upson Co., GA in 1843. [tombstone lists 1844] By 1850, Robert's parents had moved the family to Pike Co., GA where Robert J. Culpepper emerges in 1850 census records, living with his parents. By 1860, his mother had moved her family to Monroe Co., GA where Robert is noted living with his mother in the 1860 census.
     According to Appendix D-1 of Monroe County, Georgia: A History published in 1979 by the Monroe County Historical Society, Inc. of Forsyth, GA, when the Civil War began, "Robert Jefferson Culpepper" and his brothers, Lewis L. Culpepper and John William Culpepper, joined the "Rutland Volunteers," Company B of the 45th Georgia Infantry of the Confederate Army. Robert was listed as having been a Prisoner of War at Fort Delaware, DE. According to Muster Roll slips from Robert J. Culpepper's Civil War file, he apparently joined J. W. Dozier and the "Rutland Vol" 26 Feb 1862 in "Monroe" this group was apparently brought into the Confederate Army and later records note that he enlisted with Capt. Dozier at Forsyth, GA 4 Mar 1862 for three years or the war. Robert Jefferson Culpepper was admitted to Jackson Hospital, Richmond, VA 8 May 1864 for "V. S. face. Min. B." presumably he had been shot in the face with a minnie ball. He was listed as a Pvt. Co. B 45 Regt. Ga in "Thomas" Brigade. He was captured at Petersburg, VA 2 Apr 1865 and transferred to Fort Delaware, MD 4 Apr 1865. He was released 16 Jun 1865 and on the Oath of Allegiance he was listed as a resident of Monroe Co., GA. He had a light Complexion, light hair and hazel eyes. He was 5' 9" tall.
     Surviving the war, Robert Jefferson returned home and according to the widow's pension application, he married Mary Elizabeth Graham 29 Oct 1866 in Pike Co., GA. The couple then apparently lived in Monroe Co., GA near his brother Lewis, and possibly near their mother until 1870. Robert J. Culpepper was either in the process of moving to Henry Co., GA in 1870 or a census taker was padding his accounts since Robert seems to have been recorded twice with his wife and two oldest children, in the 1870 census, once as a 27 year old "Robert J. Culpepper" in Forsyth, Monroe Co., GA (p. 217) and once as a 26 year old "Bob Culpepper" a farm hand in Henry Co., GA. Robert Culpepper apparently remained in Henry Co., GA for the rest of his life and was noted there with his wife and children in 1880 and 1900 census records. And he was noted with his wife of 44 years in the 1910 census records of Henry Co., GA. Two years later Robert Jefferson Culpepper died. The following obituary is from the front page of the 26 Apr 1912 Henry County Weekly which was preserved on p. 38 of Georgia Confederate Soldier Obituaries Henry, Newton and Rockdale Counties - 1879 - 1943 compiled by Rhoda Ann Bowen and Freda R. Turner, Editor and published by W H Wolfe Associated of Alpharetta, GA 30201: MR. R. J. CULPEPPER IS CALLED BY DEATH Mr. R. J. Culpepper passed away at his home in Locust Grove District Sunday after an illness of several months. Mr. Culpepper was 69 years old and has lived practically all that time in Henry County. He was one of the county's best men and citizen and was a genial and kindly gentleman ever ready to extend a kindness and ever attracting the same to himself. The funeral and interment were at Philadelphia Monday afternoon at 3:00 o'clock, the Rev. J. E. England officiating. He is survived by his wife, six daughters, Mrs. A. C. Sowell and Mrs. W. J. Rodgers of McDonough, Mrs. J. H. Gardner and Mrs. Lowe Price of this county, Mrs. J. F. McGarity of Cordelle and Mrs. K. F. Norman of Hazelhurst and 3 sons, Mr. Cliff Culpepper, Mr. Joe Culeppper and Mr. Marvin Culpepper.
      On his tombstone in the Philadelphia Methodist Churchyard Cemetery according to p. 79 of Henry County, Georgia Churchyard Cemeteries compiled by Vessie Thrasher Rainer and published in 1980 was recorded: Robert J. Culpepper Nov. 4, 1844 - April 20, 1912 Pvt. Co. B. 45 Regt. Ga. Inf. C.S.A.
     According to p. 118 of Georgia Confederate Soldier Obituaries Henry, Newton and Rockdale Counties - 1879 - 1943 compiled by Rhoda Ann Bowen and Freda R. Turner, Editor and published by W H Wolfe Associated of Alpharetta, GA 30201: CULPEPPER, R. J. Co. B 15th [45th per tombstone, Civil War and pension record] Ga. Born 1843 in Upson Co., Ga. according to pension records. Henry County Mother of Counties by V. T. Rainer (Alexander Mem. Library, McDonough, Ga.) page 292 reveals that R. J. Culpepper received the Southern Cross of Honor. Wife listed as Mary E. Culpepper (nee Graham) on pension roll information who died February 25, 1932, marriage date October 29, 1866, Meriwether County [Pike Co., GA per widow's pension file record]. Mrs. Culpepper's obituary appears in the Henry Co. paper.
      On p. 39 there is a note that microfilmed copies of Robert J. Culpepper's Pension Application records are on file at the Georgia Archives and show that "R. J. Culpepper enlisted in March of 1862 in Monroe County, Ga in Co. B 15th [read 45th] Ga. Vols." 

Family

Mary Elizabeth Graham (17 Feb 1847 - 25 Feb 1932)
Marriage*29 Oct 1866 He married Mary Elizabeth Graham at Pike Co., Georgia, on 29 Oct 1866 at age 21. 
Children
ChartsOrphan / John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited4 Apr 2010

Citations

  1. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Philadelphia United Methodist Church Cemetery, McDonough, Henry Co., GA. Compiled by Linda S. Sanders:
    + R. J. Culpepper, 4 Nov 1844 - 21 Apr 1912, "Co. B, 45th GA Inf"
    + M. E. Culpepper, 17 Feb 1847 - 25 Feb 1932

    (but Confederate pension file gives birth as 1843).


  2. 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.
  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. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Philadelphia United Methodist Church Cemetery, McDonough, Henry Co., GA. Compiled by Linda S. Sanders:
    + Joel W. Culpepper, 17 Feb 1869 - 12 Sep 1914
    + Nancy Lou Culpepper, 8 Jul 1875 - 28 Feb 1904.


  5. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 217, Family 29, Forsyth PO, Monroe Co., GA
    Robert J. Culpepper, 27, M, Farm Hand, $---/$---, GA
    Mary Culpepper, 24, F, GA
    Alice Culpepper, 3, F, GA
    Joseph Culpepper, 1, M, GA
    Joseph Goodman, 18, M, White, Farm Laborer, GA
    Columbus Goodman, 10, M, White, GA.
  6. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 411, Family 1048, Bear Creek PO, Henry Co., GA
    Bob Culpepper, 26, M, Farm Hand, $---/$175, GA (ID: 27223)
    Mary E. Culpepper, 23, F, GA
    Alice Culpepper, 3, F, GA
    Joseph W. Culpepper, 2, M, GA.
  7. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 69, Page 194D (4), Family 28, District 489, Henry Co., GA
    Robert Culpepper, Self, M, M, 38, Farmer, GA/SC/GA
    Mary Culpepper, Wife, F, M, 36, House Keeping, GA/SC/SC
    Alice Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 13, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Joseph Culpepper, Son, M, S, 11, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Nettie Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 8, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Martha Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 6, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Mary Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 4, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Clifford Culpepper, Son, M, S, 11/12, July, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Columbus Culpepper, Brother, M, S, 21, Farming, GA/GA/GA.
  8. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  9. E-mail written 2005-2006 to Warren L. Culpepper from Bobbie Lee Johnston Chance (#52852), 129 Wakefield Drive, Newnan, GA 30265, e-mail address.
  10. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 49, Page 160A, Family 164, Tussahaw 489 District, Henry Co., GA
    Robert J. Culpepper, Head, M, Nov 1843, 56, md 35 yrs, GA/SC/GA, Farmer
    Mary E. Culpepper, Wife, F, Feb 1847, 53. md 35 yrs, ch 11/10, GA/GA/GA
    Georgia A. Culpepper, Dau, F, Aug 1881, 19, S, GA/GA/GA
    Lilla L. Culpepper, Dau, F, May 1883, 17, S, GA/GA/GA
    Annie R. Culpepper, Dau, F, Jun 1885, 14, S, GA/GA/GA
    Wilson J. Culpepper, Son, M, Aug 1888, 11, S, GA/GA/GA
    Martha Setzar, Dau, F, May 1873, 26, Wid, ch 0/0 [sic], GA/GA/GA
    Robert W. Setzar, Grandson, M, Oct 1896, 3, S, GA/GA/GA.
  11. Virgil D. White, compiler, Index to Georgia Civil War Confederate Pension Files, Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing Company, 1996.
    Pages 261-262: Robert J. Culpepper, served in Company B, 45th GA, he lived Henry County, GA
    Robert J. Culpepper, served in Company B, 45th GA, witness for T. S. Hydle of Clayton County, GA
    Robert J. Culpepper, served in Company B, 15th GA, see Mary E. Culpepper, widow, of Henry County, GA.
  12. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 69, Page 100b, Family 179, Gen.com img 16, Locust Grove, Henry Co., GA
    Robert J. Culpepper, Head, M, 66, md1-44 yrs, GA/GA/GA, Farmer
    Mary E. Culpepper, Wife, F, 63, md1-44 yrs, ch 11/9, GA/GA/GA.
  13. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Philadelphia United Methodist Church Cemetery, McDonough, Henry Co., GA. Compiled by Linda S. Sanders:
    + R. J. Culpepper, 4 Nov 1844 - 21 Apr 1912, "Co. B, 45th GA Inf"
    + M. E. Culpepper, 17 Feb 1847 - 25 Feb 1932.


  14. Vessie Rainer Thrasher, Henry County, Georgia Churchyard Cemeteries, McDonough, GA: Dr Robt Rainer Jr., 1980.
    p 79 date from obituary Henry County Weekly Friday 26 Apr 1912.
  15. E-mail written 2005-2006 to Warren L. Culpepper from Bobbie Lee Johnston Chance (#52852), 129 Wakefield Drive, Newnan, GA 30265, e-mail address.
    took photo of stone 7 Aug 2005.
  16. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Philadelphia United Methodist Church Cemetery, McDonough, Henry Co., GA. Compiled by Linda S. Sanders:
    + Mittie Lizzie Culpepper, 23 Aug 1877 - 13 Sep 1878.