Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper

Male, #32077, (25 Aug 1816 - 4 Jun 1915)
Father*John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL (1 Oct 1772 - 13 May 1855)
Mother*Nancy Gillespie (c 1778 - 25 Jul 1848)
DNA* Lewis has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*25 Aug 1816 Lewis was born at Edgefield District, South Carolina, on 25 Aug 1816.1 
1830 Census1 Jun 1830 Lewis was probably a free white male, age 10 and under 15, in John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL's household, on the 1830 Census at Monroe Co., Georgia.2 
Marriage License7 Dec 1839 Lewis applied for a marriage license to wed Sarah Ann Culpepper at Pike Co., Georgia, on 7 Dec 1839. 
Marriage*12 Dec 1839 He married Sarah Ann Culpepper at Pike Co., Georgia, on 12 Dec 1839 at age 23.3,4 
Birth of Son15 Sep 1840 His son Joseph Richard Culpepper was born on 15 Sep 1840 at Pike Co., Georgia
Death of Mother25 Jul 1848 His mother Nancy Gillespie died on 25 Jul 1848 at Meriwether Co., Georgia
1850 Census*1 Jun 1850 Lewis was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Pike Co., Georgia.5 
Death of Father13 May 1855 His father John Culpepper of Randolph Co., AL died on 13 May 1855 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Death of Spouse29 Mar 1858 His wife Sarah Ann Culpepper died on 29 Mar 1858 at Pike Co., Georgia.6 
Marriage*2 Dec 1858 He married Margarette R. Joyce Bateman at Georgia on 2 Dec 1858 at age 42.3 
Birth of Son21 Oct 1859 His son Francis Daniel Culpepper was born on 21 Oct 1859 at Georgia.7 
Birth of Son1 Sep 1861 His son Thomas Jefferson Culpepper was born on 1 Sep 1861 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Birth of Son18 Aug 1864 His son William Washington Culpepper M.D. was born on 18 Aug 1864 at Randolph Co., Alabama
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 Lewis was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Opelika, Lee Co., Alabama.8 
Photographedsay 1885 He was photographed say 1885
From Dana Johnson:

This was in Aunt Maggie Trimble's house foryears and when she passed, my dad, JT, brought it to me.

The frame is filigree - in the silver portion the holes go all the way through. I don't know if this was the original frame but I would imagine it is. This is what I remembered from when it hung in Aunt Maggie Trimble's home.9
Lewis Peek Culpepper
Photographed*say 1895 He was photographed say 1895
This photo was provided by Essie May Bryant (Mrs. Enoch Melvin Moore), of Jonesboro, GA, in June 1979. Mrs. Moore died in 1986. Her son, Enoch Michael Moore, currently unlocated, probably has the original.
Lewis Peek Culpepper
Photographedcirca 1895 He was photographed circa 1895.10
Joseph Richard & Lewis Peek Culpepper
Death of Son29 Mar 1895 His son William Washington Culpepper M.D. died on 29 Mar 1895 at Wood Co., Texas
Death of Spouse29 Dec 1896 His wife Margarette R. Joyce Bateman died on 29 Dec 1896 at Chambers Co., Alabama
Photographedcirca 1905 He was photographed circa 1905
Left to right: Charles Augustus Culpepper Jr., Charles Augustus Culpepper, Joseph Richard Culpepper, and Lewis Peek Culpepper.
Four Generations in the Lewis P. Culpepper family
Photographedsay 1910 He was photographed say 1910 at Randolph Co., Alabama.
Lewis Peek Culpepper
Death of Son10 Apr 1910 His son Francis Daniel Culpepper died on 10 Apr 1910 at Greer Co., Oklahoma.7 
Death*4 Jun 1915 He died at Chambers Co., Alabama, on 4 Jun 1915 at age 98.11 
Burial*5 Jun 1915 His body was interred on 5 Jun 1915 at State Line Cemetery, Chambers Co., Alabama.12
Biography* Census 19 Sep 1860: Wesobulga P. O., Randolph Co., AL. \p. 811 (Lewis P. Culpepper 44 SC clergyman congregational methodist $2600 real estate $1500 personal property).\ Alabama State Census: 1866 in Tallapoosa Co., AL. \(L. P. Culpepper 1m-20+ w/3m<10 4f-20+ 1f<10)\. Census: 1880 Clay Co., AL. \Beat 10 p. 15 (Lewis P. Culpepper 63 AL [SC] -- --).\ Census: 1900 in Chambers Co., AL. \Vol. 8 ED 1 Sheet 7 Line 50 (Lewis P. Culpepper Aug 1816 SC in hh of son-in-law R. R. Rutland).\ Census: 1910 Hickory Flat, Chambers Co., AL. \ED 14 Sheet 6 Pct 1 #117 (Lewis P. Culpepper 94 SC SC SC in hh or son-in-law Ricks R. Rutland).\
      Mrs. J. W. (Ira Gay) Deam of Gay, GA preserved a copy of Lewis P. Culpepper's birth record from the John Culpepper Bible and it was transcribed by Mrs. D. W. (Lavyn Wright) Sisco: _________________________Lewis Peek Culpepper _________________________b. August 25, 1816 _________________________On Sunday 2 o'clock P.M.
      The information must have been copied before 1915 since Lewis was recorded as "Living in Chambers Co." In the early 1900's, Joseph R. Culpepper wrote to a cousin that his father, Lewis P. Culpepper, "was born in Edgefield, South Carolina and lived there until he was 7 years old." Unfortunately the family has not been found in the 1820 census although Lewis is presumed to have been living with his parents in Edgefield District, SC. Lewis' father is known to have been granted land in Edgefield District, SC before Lewis P. Culpepper was born and he is known to have sold land there in Feb 1823 when Lewis would have been six and one-half years old. Sometime after this Lewis' father, John Culpepper, moved his family to Georgia where his older sons branched out into several counties but John seems to have settled for a time in Monroe Co., GA where he first shows up in land records in 1827. Lewis Peek Culpepper, the youngest of the eleven children, would have been seven by the time his family reached Georgia and would have been living with his parents. Monroe Co., GA was a frontier county which had been opened to white settlement in 1821. As a result, Lewis had very little chance to attend school and his education was limited. However at the age of thirteen, he joined the Methodist church. Lewis was the last child to leave home and he was noted as a male 10-15 years of age living with his parents in the 1830 census of Monroe Co., GA.
      By 1832, John Culpepper had apparently moved his family to Crawford Co., GA where his sons Joel and James were living and a sixteen year old Lewis was presumably still living with his parents. In the mid-1830's John and Nancy apparently moved out with son, William Henry, to Meriwether Co., GA and it is presumed that Lewis Peek Culpepper went with them. However there must have been some contact between John Culpepper and his family and Joseph Richard Culpepper, who was living in Pike Co., GA with his family since in 1839, Lewis married his cousin, Sarah Ann Culpepper, Joseph Richard Culpepper's daughter. The couple has not been found in the 1840 census but they are presumed to have been living in Pike Co., GA near Sarah's parents. 12 Jan 1844 William C. Beckham recorded a gift of 2 acres (Pike Co. Grantees, G 135, lot 72, dist 9) for a Methodist Church at Powder Springs for whom Lewis P. Culpepper was the agent. Lewis and Sarah Ann Culpepper had five children between 1840 and 1848. In the 1850 census of Pike Co., GA, Lewis P. Culpepper was listed as a millwright with land valued at $400. On p. 44 of Sesquicentennial 1822-1972 Pike County Georgia it was noted: Meansville Congregational Church was first organized as New Hope Congregational Methodist Church, in the home of a Mr. [Alfred G.?] Pace [brother-in-law], by Rev. W. H. Graham and Rev. Lewis Culpepper. The first building was erected in 1852 under the direction of Rev. Culpepper and Mr. Pace, and seats were built by Mr. John Daugherty.
      In 1857, Sarah Ann Culpepper died, probably of appendicitis. That same year, according to an article written in 1915 by his daughter Maggie (Mrs. George R. Trimble): [Lewis Peek Culpepper] felt called to preach, and in 1857 he united with the Congregational Church and began preaching. He didn't preach for a salary as the ministers of today, he preached for salvation regardless of pay. He went wherever he was called to go. If he spent all the money in his purse going to a church and they didn't pay him any, he walked back home or worked for money to pay his expenses [he was a carpenter, millwright, and gin repairer by trade]. His church paid him if they wanted to and what they wanted to. He never asked for anything.
      In 1858, he married Margaret Joyce Bateman, Mrs. Trimble continued: [Lewis Peek Culpepper] moved from Georgia to [near Louina (Wesobulga P.O.), now called Wadley, Randolph Co.] Alabama about 1859 [after the birth of Francis Daniel in Oct of 1859 but before the 1860 census in Sep 1860]. The trip was made in an open wagon and required several days. He resided in several counties but the greater part was spent in Clay and Chambers counties. During the Civil War he did not go to battle but bore his part at home. He was a true friend to the widows and orphans and those made poor by the war. Of course, his sympathies were with the South, but if a Yankee soldier came to his door he was never turned away hungry. He helped wherever he could.
      A great-granddaughter, Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn wrote in a 2 Jan 1979 letter of a visit with "Mr. [Alsie] Rutland" in La Grange, GA: This Mr. Rutland told us [Lena and her sister Mrs. C. H. (Margaret Whatley) Lee] Grandpa [Lewis Peek] Culpepper sure was high temperatured - when he got mad, whatever he had in his hand he threw as far as he could.... [Mr. Rutland] said he [L. P. Culpepper] sure was a good preacher. Never carried his Bible with him. He knew it so well he could quote his scripture he wanted to preach from....
      One relative recalled that Lewis had once gotten angry and thrown his shoe across the room. I mentioned this to a granddaughter, Mrs. Joseph H. (Margaret Phillips) Dodd, and she replied (12 Apr 1979): I can't remember Grandfather showing any sign of having a temper, however, when he was at our house he was so pampered he had no cause to arouse his temper. Mother [Mrs. Julia Culpepper Phillips] told this story of his anger. A group of Yankees came through on horses and when they saw Grandfather's pretty fat horses in the lot they turned their poor and weary horses in the lot and took Grandfather's horses. They also went in the house and took all the staple groceries they wanted. Grandfather said he called them every name a preacher was allowed to say. They only laughed at him and when one of the Yankees noticed his gold watch and chain, a very precious one, he just went over and took it from Grandfather. There was nothing he could do except get more angry and call them more bad names.
      Sometime before 1870, Lewis Peek moved his family to Lee Co, AL where a 53 year old "L. P. Culpepper" born in South Carolina was noted (p. 250) with his second wife and their children in the 22 Jun 1870 census of the Opelika P. O. district of Lee Co., AL. His occupation was listed as millwright. Another granddaughter, Mrs. Earnest L. (Dennie Rutland) Bryant, of LaGrange, GA, shared her recollections in July, 1979: Grandpa Lewis Culpepper was a minister. I was told that he always walked on his church circuit, leaving mules at home to be used on the farm. He preached in several churches - I remember Ashland, Lineville, and Fredonia, Ala.... Grandpa was paid mostly with farm products. I remember once a widow gave him 25 cents and told him to buy himself some coffee. He bought the coffee and took it to the widow woman.... As a small girl, I remember him sitting in the hall of our home, reading his Bible. He did this most of his time. Ministers came to visit him and they enjoyed discussing the Bible.
      In the 1880 census, a 63 year old "Louis Culpepper" born in South Carolina was recorded (Beat 10 ED 38-15) with his family in Clay Co., AL. His daughter, Mrs. G. R. Trimble wrote in 1915: In 1888, he was the pastor of two churches. All the members of both churches unanimously voted out the Methodist rules and united with the Congregationalist. He remained an active minister until a few years before his death.
      Mrs. J. H. (Margaret Phillips) Dodd wrote in a 12 Apr 1979 letter: I remember this story which is on the humorous side. For several years at one of his churches he would hold a revival in the summer. Sister Brown was a "shouter" and when she got happy she would go to her husband or one of the children and beat and pull their hair and keep shouting. The family got wise to all this and when she would start shouting Grandfather said the children would get down on their knees and make for the door. He said it was so funny that he just stood in the pulpit and laughed. Grandmother said, "Darling, you should be ashamed of yourself." He said, "Well, I couldn't help but laugh and the congregation thought I was doing the holy laugh."
      In 1896, Lewis P. Culpepper's second wife, Margaret Bateman, died. According to Mrs. Trimble, Lewis P. Culpepper "spent the rest of his life traveling, working, preaching, and visiting his children, and spent the greater part of his last years with his daughter Mira (Mrs. Richard R. Rutland) near Standing Rock in Chambers Co. AL." In the 1900 census (Vol. 8, ED. 1, Sheet 7, Line 50) "Lewis P. Culpepper" was living with his daughter, Elmira, and her husband, R. R. Rutland, in Chambers Co., AL. He was listed as having been born Aug 1816 in South Carolina. A 94 year old Lewis P. Culpepper born in South Carolina was noted (ED 14, Sheet 6, Pct 1, #117) in the 1910 census records at Hickory Flat, Chambers Co., AL with his daughter Elmira in the "Ricks R. Rutland" household. Lewis P. Culpepper listed both his parents as having been born in South Carolina.
      Mrs. J. H. (Margaret Phillips) Dodd wrote in a 26 Jul 1978 letter about Lewis P. Culpepper's visit to the Phillips farm at Bacon Level, Randolph Co., AL: Grandfather used to visit us on the farm. He would stay a month or six weeks. All of us kids enjoyed him so much because he was so jolly and gave us so much attention. We had a large shady yard and on Sunday afternoons most of the kids in the neighborhood would come there to play games. Grandfather always sat on the sideline watching and laughing with us. When we got into an argument he would call us over and give us a good moral talk on sportsmanship and we would all go happily back into the game. He had a great sense of humor. Once when he was with us my mother put him in Laura's room to sleep so he would be next to her room and she could hear him if he called her during the night. He didn't have much hair so he always slept with a nightcap on. The next A.M. Mother told J.T. to go wake Laura to help her with breakfast. J.T. was a prankster, so he took a pillow and shook the feathers down in a ball. He forgot Grandfather was in Laura's room so he bopped Grandfather on the head with all his strength, thinking it was Laura. When Grandfather's nightcap flew out in the floor he realized what he had done so he ran. When Grandfather got his breath he yelled, "Julie, Julie, come here." He always called Mother Julie. Mother ran in and Grandfather told her something hit him on the head and knocked his nightcap off. By that time Mother had figured it out and J.T. admitted doing it thinking it was Laura. Mother then explained it to Grandfather and he got a big laugh out of it.
      Joseph Wyeth Griffin, a great-grandson, of Leeds, AL, recalled that in old age Lewis liked to sit in a rocking chair in the general store and share his opinions with friends.
      Lena Amsler wrote in 29 Jun 1978 letter that her Aunt Mira (Mrs. R. R. (Elmira Culpepper) Rutland) had mentioned that once, while Lewis P. Culpepper was staying with her family, she had noticed that he was missing. When he returned, she discovered that he had walked several miles down the road to visit his even more aged brother, William.
      Mrs. Earnest L. (Dennie E. Rutland) Bryant noted in July, 1979: Grandpa was active until he suffered a stroke about a week before his death. He rarely used his glasses. He walked over the back farm, which was about forty acres, on the day before he became ill. He came into the house after his walk, ate a big supper, and went to bed. He suffered the stroke before morning. He lived about a week.
      Mrs. Margaret Culpepper Trimble wrote in 1915 that Lewis Peek Culpepper died during the morning of 4 June 1915 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. R. R. Rutland, on Stateline Road, near Standing Rock. He was buried June 5 at Stateline Church. Mrs. G. W. (Elaine DeVaughn) Mendenhall wrote in a 4 Dec 1978 letter that her mother, Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn had visited the grave site and added "the cemetery is located near the Georgia line, traveling directly east from Roanoke, AL." Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn wrote of the visit in a 2 Jan 1979 letter: I sure did enjoy our trip to County Line Church. Wasn't any trouble to find Grandpa Culpepper's grave. The Home Coming Day at this church is the second Sunday in August. If it is the Lord's Will I plan to go and carry some flowers for his grave. Some more have said they hope to go. His grave needs some work done on it....
      On 19 March 1898, from Chambers County, AL, Lewis Peek Culpepper wrote the following letter to Mr. B. F. Burke, the husband of Georgia Culpepper, the youngest daughter of Francis G. Culpepper: Mr B. F. Burke Sweet Home, Tex _________________________Dear Nephew, I have been thinking of writing to you for the Last twelve months after receiving one from you in reply to one I wrote to Brother. But shortly after receiving that Letter I went to Georgia to visit my Children and relatives and stade Some time [Lewis P. Culpepper must have been writing of a visit to his oldest son, Joseph R. Culpepper, who was living in Macon, GA]. and when I Came back I was sick sometime and one thing and another and the most prominent thing of all carlesness for which I offer an apoligy now - a few days ago I received a Letter from my daughter at McGregor [Martha Jane Culpepper, the wife of Samuel Amsler, of McGregor, Texas] together with a lengthey news Paper account of Brother [an article about Francis G. Culpepper appeared in the Shiner Gazette , Feb, 1898] and his family, also a Photograph of a complete Likeness of my Brother with a tolerable correct historical account with one Exception the paper Says he was born 1806, the record says 1804, but that don't amount to any thing [According to a transcription of a record from the John Culpepper Family Bible made by Mrs. Ira Deam, Francis G. Culpepper was born 31 Jan 1804, on "Friday at 3 o'clock p.m." A perpetual calendar shows that January 31, 1804 would have been a Tuesday. Unfortunately, Mrs. Deams's daughter does not have the Bible and does not know where it is so there is no way of knowing where the error was introduced. It is possible that the Friday was an error in transcription since the birth record preceding that of Francis Gillespie was for Sarah O. Culpepper who was born February 5, 1802, On Friday 1 o'clock p.m.]. My sister two years older than he is Living [Sarah O. (Culpepper) Elliott was born in 1802 and in 1898 was living Louina, Randolph Co., AL]. She was ninetysix In Feb. I was at her house Last august she was then very pert but her hearing and Sight was very deficient. I saw Brother Washington Last November was a year [George Washington Culpepper (born 6 Dec 1808) lived at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., GA where he had moved in the 1840's], he was then all right Physically but had entirely Lost his mind, he was Eighty-nine Last December. Brother William was Eighty-four Last Oct [William Henry Culpepper lived near Louina, Randolph Co. AL.], I was Eighty-one last August. So we are a Long Life People, and I have been a steday Labourer all my Life and have never had but very Little rest all that time. And I am remarkably stout for a man of my age, my nerves are steddy as they Ever were in my Life, my Brother Williams nerves is completely shatered, can scarcely hold his saucer to drink his coffee. But I attribute that in a greate measure to smoking, he is an inveterate smoker, but that is not always the cause. My oldest son Joe is fifty eight years old never used tobacco any way, and his nerves is completely ruined. but his helth was harmed in the War, he Lookes nearley as old as I do. I ought to be thankful and proude of my Family. I have raised twelve children all to be grone, two dead now [William Washington died in Texas after graduating from medical school and Sarah Elizabeth died in Lineville, AL], but all were high toned gentlmen and Ladyes without a stain or a charge of any thing dishonerable. Well I tride to raise them Right. Well I have always believed that holsom Precepts and good Example has a wonderful influence on Posterity, and we all make ourselves just what we are, well I want to come to See you all and IIl never die satisfid unless I do come if I can get Some good responsible Person to accompany me I will come next fall or winter, if I were twenty years younger I would Live there. Well I must close this uninteresting Letter hoping to hear from you soon, let my dear grand niece to write to me I think I got one Letter from her, she writs well yours Lovingly and truly L. P. Culpepper
      In a 28 Sep 1987 letter, Mrs. A. M. (Eleanor Culpepper) Willingham wrote of visiting Lewis Peek Culpepper's grave: This is in State Line cemetery near Ga-Ala line.... This cemetery is in a church yard - State Line Church." Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee visited Rev. L. P. Culpepper's grave and the nearby church and wrote in a 26 Nov 1978 letter that "Lewis Peek preached at that State Line Church a long time." She added that she had visited Alsie Rutland in LaGrange, GA and he told her that "Lewis Peek was very hard of hearing."
      Margaret Lee added in a 3 Jan 1979 letter: The State Line Church and Cemetery is 7 miles from Standing Rock.... The State Line Church is across the street from the West Point lake.... I guess State Line Church would be in "Five Points" because that is Mrs. [Harvey] Boone's mailing address and she only lives a few steps from the church & cemetery.13,14 

Family 1

Sarah Ann Culpepper (21 Nov 1817 - 29 Mar 1858)
Marriage License7 Dec 1839 Lewis applied for a marriage license to wed Sarah Ann Culpepper at Pike Co., Georgia, on 7 Dec 1839. 
Marriage*12 Dec 1839 He married Sarah Ann Culpepper at Pike Co., Georgia, on 12 Dec 1839 at age 23.3,4 

Family 2

Margarette R. Joyce Bateman (24 Jun 1833 - 29 Dec 1896)
Marriage*2 Dec 1858 He married Margarette R. Joyce Bateman at Georgia on 2 Dec 1858 at age 42.3 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
LWG / Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper Griffin (Lew Griffin's gtgm): Ancestral Chart
Last Edited22 May 2014


  1. J. W. Culpepper Bible Record, POB from Joseph R. Culpepper.
  2. 1830 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 194, Unk Twp, Monroe Co., GA (ID: 31566)
    John Culpepper, 1 M10-15, 2 M15-20, 1 M50-60, 1 F50-60.
  3. , Lewis Peek Culpepper Bible.
  4., compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at, 1997.
    Lewis P. Culpepper and Sarah Ann Culpepper on 12 Dec 1839 in Pike Co., GA.
  5. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 125, District 68, Pike Co., GA
    Lewis P. Culpepper, 33, M, Mill Wright, $400, SC
    Sarah A. Culpepper, 32, F, SC
    Joseph R. Culpepper, 9, M, GA
    Silviah A. Culpepper, 8, F, GA
    Sarah E. Culpepper, 6, F, GA
    Martha J. Culpepper, 4, F, GA
    Clarissy E. Culpepper, 2, F, GA
    Robert A. Vaughn, 6, M, GA
    Nancy Nabors, 76, F, SC.
  6. Pike Co. Cemetery Records, Unpublished.
    Vol 1 p 505 13 May 1858 issue.
  7. USGenWeb Archives.
    Dryden Cemetery, Harmon Co., OK, Submitted by Jeanette Coaly:
    F. D. Culpepper, 18 Oct 1860 - 10 Apr 1910, Father
    M. E. Culpepper, 14 Feb 1871 - 26 Jan 1915, Mother.
  8. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Opelika, Lee Co., Alabama; Lines 37-40 & 1-4, Pages 250A-B (22 Jun 1870)
    L P Culpepper, 53, M, Wh, Mill Wright, SC
    M Culpepper, 36, F, Wh, Keeping house, GA
    M J Culpepper, 33, F, Wh, Keeping house, GA
    F D Culpepper, 11, M, Wh, GA
    T J Culpepper, 9, M, Wh, AL
    W W Culpepper, 6, M, Wh, AL
    M E Culpepper, 6, F, Wh, AL
    A Culpepper, 4, F, Wh, AL.
  9. E-mail written Jul 2009 to Lew Griffin from Dana Marie (Phillips) Johnson, e-mail address.
  10. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
    photo original given to Lew Griffin by Joseph Albertus Griffin.
  11. Tombstone.
  12. Margaret Parker Milford, A Survey of Cemeteries in Chambers County, Alabama, Valley, AL: Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, 1983.
    p 153; date Mrs. Margaret Culpepper Trimble article 1915.
  13. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
  14. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.
    From: Warren Culpepper
    Sent: Monday, March 17, 2014

    Hi Lew,

    Thanks for calling that quote about your GG-grandfather to my attention. Interestingly, there was a direct connection between my current church and the two churches that Lewis Peek Culpepper led. I mentioned in my previous message that one of my church projects is the update the church’s book of history, published in 1982. Here is an excerpt from the original relevant to your gg-grandfather’s churches:
    “…In 1887 Simeon McDaniel, Steven Bassett, and one or two others had come to Zachary Eddy's home (WLC Note: Eddy was then the minister of Church of the Redeemer, later renamed Central Congregational Church, which is my current church) representing a group called ‘Congregational Methodists,’ which had a number of churches in middle Georgia (McDaniel was from Barnesville and Bassett from Fort Valley). In 1854, having broken with the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, they met at Forsyth and constituted themselves as a church. Now they were looking for another congregationally organized communion to join. Eddy was ecstatic, but his pastorate ended before any merger could be accomplished.

    “During George Turk's brief ministry, a ‘United Congregational Conference of Georgia’ was formed, bringing together the Atlanta Congregational Union (Central and its missions) and the Congregational Methodists, but not including the black churches of the Georgia Association. At the organizational meeting, held in February 1888 at Central, Turk was elected president.

    “A.F. Sherrill was to be the broker for the enrollment of about sixty of these Congregational Methodist churches as Congregational churches at the National Council meeting in Worcester in 1889. By then, Sherrill was listed as Home Missionary Superintendent of the Congregational Churches of Georgia. Sixty or so ‘new church starts’ in Georgia was too much to turn down. Despite bitter debate in Worcester over the issue of church segregation, the Georgia delegates were seated. Writing from Detroit the following month, Zachary Eddy captured the sentiment of the denomination on the matter: ‘The Congregational Churches of the North stand, with few exceptions, just where the Church of the Redeemer stands—in Christian fellowship with colored Christians and churches, but not advocating mixed membership in the local churches…’”
    So, not only is Central connected with my Pilgrim roots, it is also connected to your roots.