Charles Lee Culpepper M.D.1

Male, #288, (23 Aug 1862 - 27 Dec 1906)
Father*Henry Edward Culpepper (23 May 1827 - 17 Dec 1895)
Mother*Martha A. Helen Grant (27 Jun 1831 - 16 Dec 1886)
Extinct Surname?* The family branch headed by Charles Lee Culpepper M.D. is believed to have no living male descendants with the Culpepper surname. If you know otherwise, please contact Lew Griffin using the link at the bottom of this page. 
Birth*23 Aug 1862 Charles was born at Portsmouth (city), Virginia, on 23 Aug 1862. 
1870 Census1 Jun 1870 Martha, Richard, Henry, Bernard, Claude, Charles, Martha and Ruth listed as a household member living with Henry Edward Culpepper on the 1870 Census at Portsmouth (city), Virginia.2 
1880 Census1 Jun 1880 Vernon, Claude and Charles was listed as a son in Henry Edward Culpepper's household on the 1880 Census at Portsmouth (city), Virginia.3 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1880 at Charlottesville, Albemarle Co., Virginia.4 
Death of Mother16 Dec 1886 His mother Martha A. Helen Grant died on 16 Dec 1886 at Norfolk Co., Virginia
City Directory*between 1888 and 1890 He was listed in the between 1888 and 1890 city directory for Portsmouth (city), Virginia.5 
Marriage*circa 1893 He married Mary O. Harwood at Norfolk Co., Virginia, circa 1893.6 
Death of Father17 Dec 1895 His father Henry Edward Culpepper died on 17 Dec 1895 at Norfolk Co., Virginia.7 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Charles was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Portsmouth (city), Virginia.6 
Death*27 Dec 1906 He died at Portsmouth (city), Virginia, on 27 Dec 1906 at age 44. 
Obituary28 Dec 1906 Dr. Charles L. Culpepper of Portsmouth, VA, died 28 Nov [sic] 1906 at his office, survived by wife Mary O. Harwood of Richmond. Killed himself with a pistol, left note saying cause was broken health. Had the day before executed deeds of gift to his property in Norfolk and Portsmouth, VA, to his wife.8 
Obituary*30 Dec 1906 Charles Lee Culpepper, M.D. died on Thursday, December 27, 1906. He was 44 years, 4 months and 4 days. The funeral will take place Sunday, December 30, 1906 at 3:00 pm in the Culpepper home, 43 Court Street.
     The Rev R.B. GARRETT, pastor of the Court Street Baptist Church, will conduct the service. The remains will be conveyed to the Cedar Grove Cemetery, where interment will take place. The funeral will be the largest, perhaps, that has ever been held in Portsmouth. Nearly every fraternal and fire man's organization in which he held membership will turn out to pay the last tribute to his memory. Out of courtesy to the Chambers Fire Company No 2, which claimed him as its surgeon, the other fire and hook and ladder companies in the Portsmouth fire department will attend the funeral in an imposing body. It is expected, also, that prominent Arcanumites from up state will be present at the obsequies. Red Men, Heptasophs and Elks will also do honor to the dead.9 
Probate*9 Oct 1907 Probate action was taken on Charles's estate on 9 Oct 1907

NOTICE: Having qualified as executrix of the estate of Dr. CHARLES L. CULPEPPER, I hereby notify all persons indebted to said estate to make prompt payment to me and all those having claims against said estate to present them to me, properly authenticated. MARY O. CULPEPPER, Executrix, 48 Court Street.10 
Biography* Charles Lee Culpepper, M.D.
Born 1863, died 28 Dec 1906 in Portsmouth, VA from suicide, gunshot.
Type of practice: Allopath
Practice specialties: GS General Surgery
States and years of licenses: VA, 1886
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, New York, 1885, (G)
Journal of the American Medical Association Citation: 48:156.11 


Mary O. Harwood (Aug 1871 - 6 Nov 1947)
Marriage*circa 1893 He married Mary O. Harwood at Norfolk Co., Virginia, circa 1893.6 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Henry Culpepper Jr. of Norfolk Co., VA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited5 Jul 2012


  1. Vital records card file for North Florida and South Georgia, 1895--1945, Jacksonville FL Branch Gen. Library, LDS film 1204581.
  2. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 36-37, Family 315, Portsmouth Jackson Ward, Portsmouth (City), VA
    Henry E. Culpepper, 43, M, Wh, Builder, RE=$1600, PE=$100, VA
    Martha Culpepper, 29, F, Wh, Keeping house, VA
    Richard C. Culpepper, 17, M, Wh, Clerk in lumber yard, VA
    Henry E. Culpepper, 15, M, Wh, Clerk in store, VA
    Bernard C. Culpepper, 14, M, Wh, At home, VA
    Claude E. Culpepper, 11, M, Wh, At home, VA
    Charles L. Culpepper, 7, M, Wh, VA
    Martha Culpepper, 2, F, Wh, VA
    Ruth Culpepper, 2/12, F, Wh, VA, born March.
  3. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 585A, Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., VA
    H. E. Culpepper, Self, M, M, W, 53, Wharf Builder, VA/VA/VA
    Martha H. Culpepper, Wife, F, M, W, 49, Keeping House, VA/VA/VA
    Vernon G. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 23, Phy., VA/VA/VA
    Claud E. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 21, Clerk, VA/VA/VA
    Charlie Lee Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 18, Student, VA/VA/VA
    Martha H. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 13, Attending School, VA/VA/VA
    Ruth V. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 10, Attending School, VA/VA/VA
    Genetta G. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 6, VA/VA/VA.
  4. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 307A, Charlottesville, Albemarle Co., VA
    Charles L. Culpepper, Other, M, , W, 17, VA, Student, VA/VA/VA
    (Charles was one of 30-40 students who were boarding with James Ross and most likely enrolled at the University of Virginia).
  5. J. H. Chataigne and Co., compiler, Norfolk, Virginia City Directories, 1888-1891, Online database at, 1888-1891.
    Charles L. Culpepper; physician; 519 Middle; 900 Court; Portsmouth VA; 1888
    Charles L. Culpepper; 517 Middle; 900 Court; Portsmouth VA; 1889
    Charles L. Culpepper; physician; 521 Middle; 900 Court; Portsmouth VA; 1890.
  6. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED116, Page 8A, Family 99, 48 Court, Ward 2, Portsmouth (city), VA
    Chas L. Culpeper, Head, Wh, M, Aug 1862, 37, Md-6 yrs, VA/VA/VA, Physician
    M.O. Culpeper, Wife, Wh, F, Aug 1871, 29, Md-6 yrs, ch 1/1, VA/VA/VA, Non
    O. Culpeper, Daughter, Wh, F, Jan 1895, 5, S, VA/VA/VA, None
    Virginia Harwood, Mother-in-law, Wh, F, Jan 1836, 64, Wd, ch 3/3, VA/VA/VA, None.
  7. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography (5 Volumes), New York, NY: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1915.
    Volume IV.
  8. Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, FL.
    Obituary of Charles Lee Culpepper, M.D. (#288), published 28 Dec 1906.
  9. Virginian-Pilot/Ledger-Star, Norfolk, VA.
    Obituary of Charles Lee Culpepper, M.D. (#288), published Sunday, 30 Dec 1906.
  10. Virginian-Pilot/Ledger-Star, Norfolk, VA.
    Probate notice for Charles Lee Culpepper, M.D. (#288), published Wednesday, 9 Jan 1907.
  11. Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804 - 1929.