Benjamin Franklin Culpepper

Male, #27224, (26 Mar 1847 - 14 Oct 1931)
Father*John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL (c 1817 - b 1880)
Mother*Elizabeth Ann Stallings (c 1820 - b 1868)
DNA* Benjamin has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL. 
Birth*26 Mar 1847 Benjamin was born at Georgia on 26 Mar 1847.1 
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 
Civil War*between 1864 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1864 and 1865

     Co. G, 1st Georgia (Fannins) Reserves. 
Marriage*21 Jan 1866 He married Mary Jane Elliott at Upson Co., Georgia, on 21 Jan 1866 at age 18.4 
Birth of Son30 Oct 1866 His son Amos Fletcher Culpepper was born on 30 Oct 1866 at Georgia.5 
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Thomaston, Upson Co., Georgia.6 
Birth of Son7 Nov 1875 His son Jerrie Milton Culpepper was born on 7 Nov 1875 at Georgia.7,8 
Birth of Son12 Jun 1878 His son Ernest Frank Culpepper was born on 12 Jun 1878 at Georgia.9 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Spalding Co., Georgia.10 
Birth of Son13 May 1883 His son Archie Jackson Culpepper was born on 13 May 1883 at Spalding Co., Georgia.11,12 
Birth of Son16 Feb 1886 His son Lloyd E. Culpepper was born on 16 Feb 1886 at Spalding Co., Georgia.11 
Birth of Son13 Feb 1889 His son Lory Culpepper was born on 13 Feb 1889 at Griffin, Spalding Co., Georgia.4 
Death of Son30 Apr 1890 His son Lory Culpepper died on 30 Apr 1890 at Griffin, Spalding Co., Georgia.4 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Orrs District, Spalding Co., Georgia.13 
Photographed*1908 He was photographed in 1908 at Griffin, Spalding Co., Georgia,
Front row left to right: Jerrie Milton Culpepper, Benjamin Franlin Culpepper, Mary Jane (Elliott) Culpepper, Amos Fletcher Culpepper.

Back row left to right: Rena (Culpepper) Sindorf, Archie Jackson Culpepper, Larua Pearl (Culpepper) Lee, Lloyd E. Culpepper, Dora Elizabeth Culpepper, Ernest Frank Culpepper
Picture made 1908 or 1913.14
Benjamin Franklin Culpepper
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Orrs District, Spalding Co., Georgia.15 
Military pension* He applied for a military pension at Spalding Co., Georgia.16 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Orrs District, Spalding Co., Georgia.17 
Death of Son26 Oct 1928 His son Ernest Frank Culpepper died on 26 Oct 1928 at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia.4,18 
Death of Spouse2 Feb 1930 His wife Mary Jane Elliott died on 2 Feb 1930 at Griffin, Spalding Co., Georgia.19,1 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Orrs District, Spalding Co., Georgia.20 
Death*14 Oct 1931 He died at Griffin, Spalding Co., Georgia, on 14 Oct 1931 at age 84.21,1 
Burial*circa 16 Oct 1931 His body was interred circa 16 Oct 1931 at Oak Hill Cemetery, Griffin, Spalding Co., Georgia.1 
Biography* Benjamin Franklin Culpepper was listed with a place of birth of Georgia in at least three census records and with a place of birth in Alabama in at least two census records, including the 1850 census which was the first after his birth. Perhaps Benjamin Franklin Culpepper's father had taken his family to Alabama for a time after the 1844 birth of B. F. Culpepper's brother, Robert Jefferson Culpepper, and then returned to Georgia before the 1849 birth of B. F. Culpepper's sister, Cordelia. If so, the family remained only a short time and B. F. Culpepper spent his childhood in Georgia. He is noted living with his parents in the 1850 census of Pike Co., GA and again in 1860 Monroe Co., GA census records living with his mother.
     According to Edward Haden Culpepper, Benjamin Franklin Culpepper was a soldier in the Confederate Army. He would only have been 14 years old when the war began and he did not serve in the same unit as his older brothers, Lewis L., John William and Robert Jefferson. However, there is a listing in the Georgia Civil War Index for a "Benjamin F. Culpepper" serving in Co. G of the 1st Georgia (Fannins) Reserves. A second entry for a "Benjamin Culpepper" serving in Capt Pemberton's Co. of Georgia Cavalry is believed to have been for a Benjamin Culpepper who was living in Muscogee Co., GA at the time of the war. According to Benjamin F. Culpepper's Civil War record, he enlisted 28 Apr 1864 with Capt. W. L. Hubbard in Atlanta, GA. He was 17 years old, 5' 10 1/2" tall with dark hair and a dark complexion but blue eyes. He was a farmer. Later when "Benjamin F. Culpepper, Sr." applied for a Confederate pension in 1911, he wrote that he had enlisted 5 Apr 1863 (a year earlier than the record shows) in Atlanta, GA as a private in Co. G 1st Georgia Reserves. He noted that he had been discharged 3 May 1865 at Albany, GA.
     After the war, Benjamin F. Culpepper returned home and married Mary Jane Elliott in Upson Co., GA and the couple is recorded with their young family in the 1870 census of Upson Co., GA. Some time before 1880 Benjamin F. Culpepper apparently moved his family to Spalding Co., GA where he was noted in 1880, 1900 and 1910 census records. "Benjamin F. Culpepper, Sr." was noted living in Griffin, Spalding Co., GA when he applied for a Confederate pension in 1911. He was noted as "Sr." at this point because a grandson named Benjamin Franklin Culpepper was born in 1898. 

Family

Mary Jane Elliott (16 Jun 1848 - 2 Feb 1930)
Marriage*21 Jan 1866 He married Mary Jane Elliott at Upson Co., Georgia, on 21 Jan 1866 at age 18.4 
Children
ChartsOrphan / John J. Culpepper of Jackson Co., FL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited13 May 2009

Citations

  1. R. J. Taylor Jr. Foundation, compiler, Cemeteries of Spalding Co., GA, Griffin, GA: Griffin Historical and Preservation Society, 1986 . Oak Hill Cemetery, West Poplar Street, Griffin, Spalding Co., GA
    + B. Frank Culpepper, 26 Mar 1847 – 14 Oct 1931
    + Mary Jane Elliott Culpepper, 16 Jun 1848 – 2 Feb 1930.
  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. Joseph Henry Hightower Moore, First Families of Henry County, Georgia, McDonough, GA: Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Co. GA, 1993.
    p 182.
  5. R. J. Taylor Jr. Foundation, compiler, Cemeteries of Spalding Co., GA, Griffin, GA: Griffin Historical and Preservation Society, 1986 . Oak Hill Cemetery, West Poplar Street, Griffin, Spalding Co., GA
    + Amos F. Culpepper, 30 Oct 1866 – 1 Dec 1949.
  6. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Pages 146A, Family 1142, Thomaston PO, Upson Co., GA
    Frank Culpepper, 25, M, Farm hand, $--/$--, GA
    Mollie Culpepper, 20, F, GA
    Fletcher Culpepper, 4, M, GA
    Mollie Culpepper, 6/12 (Dec), F, GA.
  7. Joseph Henry Hightower Moore, First Families of Henry County, Georgia, McDonough, GA: Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Co. GA, 1993.
    p 182 but 1900 census had Dec 1895; POB from 1880 census.
  8. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    http://ftp.rootsweb.com/pub/usgenweb/ga/mitchell/cemeteries/pela-i.txt
    Pelham City Cemetery, Pelham, Mitchell Co., GA
    + Jerry Milton Culpepper, 7 Nov 1875 - 15 Aug 1958
    + Allene Starr West Culpepper, 1 Apr 1875 - 02 Apr 1950.
  9. Joseph Henry Hightower Moore, First Families of Henry County, Georgia, McDonough, GA: Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Co. GA, 1993.
    p 182 but 1900 census had Jan 1877; POB from 1900 census.
  10. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 114, Page 278C (31), Family 275, District 1068, Spalding Co., GA
    Benjamin F. Culpepper, Self, M, Md, 33, Farmer, AL/GA/GA
    Mary J. Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, 32, Keeping House, GA/GA/GA
    Amos F. Culpepper, Son, M, S, 13, Farm Work, GA/AL/GA
    Dora E. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 9, --- , GA/AL/GA
    Rena M. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 6, --- , GA/AL/GA
    Jerry M. Culpepper, Son, M, S, 4, --- , GA/AL/GA
    Ernest L. Culpepper, Son, M, S, 2, --- , GA/AL/GA
    Infant Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 1/12, May, --- , GA/AL/GA
    Joseph Thornton, Other, M, S, 18, Farm Work, GA/AL/GA.
  11. Joseph Henry Hightower Moore, First Families of Henry County, Georgia, McDonough, GA: Genealogical Society of Henry & Clayton Co. GA, 1993.
    p 182; POB based on census location of parents.
  12. 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
  13. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 91, Page 95B-96A (8-9), Family 191, Orrs District, Spalding Co., GA
    B. F. Culpepper, Head, M, Nov 1847, 52, md 34 yrs, GA/GA/GA, Carpenter
    Minnie Culpepper, Wife, F, Jun 1848, 51, md 34 yrs, ch 9/8, GA/GA/GA
    Dora Culpepper, Dau, F, Jan 18??, -- , -- , GA/GA/GA
    Rena Culpepper, Dau, F, Jun 1872, 27, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Pearl Culpepper, Dau, F, May 1880, 20, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    A. J. Culpepper, Son, M, May 1883, 16, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Loyd Culpepper, Son, M, Feb 1886, 14, Sng, GA/GA/GA0, GA/GA/GA.
  14. Virginia Rodgers-Fall.
  15. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 121, Page 7A, Lines 1-4, Orrs District, Spalding Co., GA
    B. F. Culpepper, Head, M, 64, md1-44 yrs, AL/GA/GA, Merchant/Gen Merch
    Mary Jane Culpepper, Wife, F, 63, md1-44 yrs, ch 9/8, GA/GA/GA
    Dora Culpepper, Dau, F, 38, Sng , GA/AL/GA
    Loyd Culpepper, Son, M, 24, Sng, GA/AL/GA.
  16. Virgil D. White, compiler, Index to Georgia Civil War Confederate Pension Files, Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing Company, 1996.
    Pages 261-262: Benjamin F. Culpepper, Sr., served in Company G, 1st GA Reserves, he lived Spalding County, GA
    Benjamin F. Culpepper, served in Company G, 1st GA, witness for J. C. Flemister of Spalding County, GA.
  17. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 172, Page 15B, Lines 74-78, Orrs District, Spalding Co., GA
    Bennie Culpepper, Head, M, 75, Md, GA/GA/GA, Carpenter
    Mary Jane Culpepper, Wife, F, 74, F, Md, GA/GA/GA
    Dora Culpepper, Dau, F, 40, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Benjamin Sindorf, Grandson, M, 9, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Billy Sindorf, Grandson, M, 6, Sng, GA/GA/GA.
  18. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    Earnest F. Culpepper, d. 6 Oct 1928 in Fulton Co., GA, 26749-J.
  19. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    Mrs. Mary Culpepper, d. 2 Feb 1930 in Spalding Co., GA.
  20. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 6, Page 14A, Orrs District, Spalding Co., GA
    Owns home, Radio=N, Farm=Y (Benjamin Franklin Culpepper, ID: 29808)
    (Next door to son, Archibald Jackson Culpepper)
    Benjamin F. Culpepper, Head, M, 83, Wid, md @ 18, GA/GA/GA, Farmer
    Dora Culpepper, Dau, F, 40, S, GA/GA/GA.
  21. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    B. F. Culpepper, d. 14 Oct 1931 in Spalding Co., GA.