David Culpepper of Laurens Co. GA

Male, #3223, (16 Dec 1768 - 21 Jul 1832)
Father*John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA (s 1733 - c 1808)
Mother*Agnes (?) (s 1744 - )
DNA* David 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*16 Dec 1768 David was born at Anson Co., North Carolina, on 16 Dec 1768. 1 
Tax roll*between 1791 and 1796 David registered to pay taxes. 
Marriage*circa 1792 He married Elizabeth Hogan at Georgia circa 1792. 
Birth of Soncirca 1792 His son Benjamin Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA was born circa 1792 at Georgia
Birth of Sonsay 1794 His son Joel W. Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA was born say 1794 at Georgia
Birth of Soncirca 1799 His son Chadwell Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA was born circa 1799 at Georgia
Land Lottery*1805 David participated in but did not win the land lottery in 1805 at Washington Co., Georgia.2 
Land Lottery1807 He had a fortunate draw in the land lottery in 1807 at Washington Co., Georgia,
Drew Lot 11-13 in Baldwin Co., GA. 
Death of Fathercirca 1808 His father John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA died circa 1808 at Jones Co., Georgia
Biography He is referenced in a biographical note for John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA.3 
Deed*14 Feb 1809 He granted a deed on 14 Feb 1809 at Washington Co., Georgia,

David Culpepper of Washington Co., GA to Thomas Gresham of Wilkes Co., GA, for $500: 202.5 acres in Baldwin Co., District 13, Lot #11. /s/ David & Elizabeth Culpepper. Wit: Isaac Langdon, ___ Gresham.4 
Miscellaneous*1812 Named overseer on the road from upper county line down to River Road; named on the committee to apportion work on the roads east of the Oconee River; and named as a commissioner in Captain Hill's District. in 1812 at Laurens Co., Georgia.5 
Birth of Son29 Jul 1816 His son David Sneads Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA was born on 29 Jul 1816 at Georgia
DeedNov 1818 He witnessed a deed grant by Henry Culpepper of Laurens Co. GA to Sampson Culpepper son of John & Agnes in Nov 1818 at Laurens Co., Georgia,

Henry Culpepper of Laurens Co., to Sampson Culpepper of Jackson Co., for $500: 300 acres in Laurens Co., bordering Leonard, Anderson and Parrot, as granted Jan 1799 to John Reeves & Reuben Wilkinson. Wit: Thos. O'Neal, David D. Culpepper.6 
1820 Census*7 Aug 1820 David was listed as the head of a family on the 1820 Census at Laurens Co., Georgia. 1 Female 10-16 unaccounted for..7 
Will6 Mar 1822 He witnessed the signing of a will of Sampson Culpepper son of John & Agnes on 6 Mar 1822 at Laurens Co., Georgia.8 
Land Grant/Patent*1823 Land was granted to David Culpepper of Laurens Co. GA in 1823 at Laurens Co., Georgia,

169 acres.9 
Jury*May 1824 He served on a jury in May 1824 at Laurens Co., Georgia
1830 Census*1 Jun 1830 David was listed as the head of a family on the 1830 Census at Laurens Co., Georgia. Unidentified is 1 male 0-5, one male 20-30, one female 20-30..10 
Will*13 Jul 1831 He made a will at Laurens Co., Georgia, on 13 Jul 1831.11 
Land Lottery1832 He had a fortunate draw in the land lottery in 1832 at Laurens Co., Georgia,
lot 108/2/1 in what became Forsyth Co., GA, 1832 ("David S. Culpepper" was named as the winner, but "David Sneads Culpepper" was only 16 at this time, and 18 was the minimum age for a bachelor.)12 
Death*21 Jul 1832 He died at Laurens Co., Georgia, on 21 Jul 1832 at age 63.11 
Probate*Sep 1832 A probate action was taken on his estate in Sep 1832 at Laurens Co., Georgia,

David Culpepper's will was proved in open court by oath of William Joyce. Chadwell Culpepper qualified as one of the executors. Russel Kellum, Echols Hightower, Mathew Smith, Henry Montford and Andrew Wells were appointed to appraise the Culpepper estate.13 
Guardian*Sep 1832 Following the death of David Culpepper of Laurens Co. GA, the court declared Agnes Culpepper, David Sneads Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA and Sarah Culpepper to be orphaned, and Chadwell Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA was appointed as guardian in Sep 1832 at Laurens Co., Georgia,

     $10,000 bond with Russel Kellum and William Bohannon as securities.13 
Biography* That David is a known son of John and Aggy, is proven by an entry in his son, David Sneads Culpepper's, family Bible. The original Bible, in the possession of Perry Melton Culpepper, Jr., reads "David Culpepper son of John Culpepper and Agness his wife was born Dec 16 1768." (See the page for David Sneads Culpepper for more information on the bible and a transcription of it.) One can also follow chains of title to land which David Sneads Culpepper owned, which he inherited from his father David Culpepper, land originally granted to John Culpepper. This land was originally in Washington County and later in Laurens County, Georgia.3 
Research note Irish Culpeppers
By Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper

Were there any Irish Culpeppers? From time to time, we have heard researchers who believed that they descended from Culpeppers in Ireland. Certainly, a number of English and American Culpepper women married men with Irish ancestry, and several of these are documented within our family tree. And presumably, although we have no specific evidence, a number of English and American Culpepper men married women with Irish ancestry. But to date, we have identified no Culpeppers, Culpepers or Colepepers who were born in Ireland or lived there for any significant period of time.

Once source of the misunderstanding is an article that appeared on David Culpepper and is discussed below. If you are aware of any Culpeppers of Irish descent, or if you are aware of other Culpepper Irish legends, please let us know.

David Culpepper, born 15 Dec 1768
An article from Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Vol. 3, page 60, reads as follows [the text in brackets are comments by Lew Griffin]:

David Culpepper is the ancester [sic] of a number of Wiregrass Georgians. He was born in Ireland, Dec. 15, 1768, son of John and Agnes Culpepper who came to this country about 1780. David had two brothers, Sampson and Charles Culpepper, who also lived in Laurens County. [Charles was actually David's first cousin, the son of his uncle Sampson Culpepper]

The Culpepper were among the earliest settlers of Laurens County soon after its creation and were there as early as 1811 or before. [Actually, they settled on Buckeye Creek, in what later became Laurens County, in the 1780's. See the article on David's father, John Culpepper, in the Family Tree] David Culpepper married Elizabeth Hogan, born March 6, 1775, daughter of Griffin and Mary Hogan. They had four known sons, possibly other children.

     1. Benjamin, b. 1794, m. Nancy
     2. Joel, b. 1798, m. Mary Butler
     3. Chadwell, b. 1800, m. Frances
     4. David Sneads, b. 1814, m. Catherine Livingston, Jan. 8, 1835

Mr. Culpepper died at his home in Laurens County, Aug. 21, 1832, in his 64th year. He and his wife were organizing members of Buckeye Baptist Church and remained faithful members until their deaths.

Lew Griffin: The evidence that David and John were from North Carolina is abundant, and can be found in the article on his father John in this Family Tree.

A response from Melton Culpepper
June 2001
I read your article on "Irish Culpeppers" which proposed that there were no American Culpeppers descending from Culpeppers born in Ireland. The myth was said to have originated from a report in Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia. I do not know when Wiregrass was written, but if it was done after about 1935, it likely got its information from Crisp County, Georgia: Historical Sketches by a Judge W. Fleming (Probate Court Judge). He lived in my hometown of Cordele, Crisp Co. GA. In discussing Judge Fleming's book with a number of local people over the years who personally knew the good Judge, I am informed that he made quite a few errors and did not verify a lot of his information. I became convinced that he was in error when he stated that our Culpepper Ancestor (John of John and Agnes) came over from "Ireland." My Uncle, Dr. Leon Raines Culpepper, had picked up on this error around 1960 or earlier, and marked it in his copy of the book.

Leon was the owner of the David Sneads Culpepper Family Bible, and personally gave it to me on March 1, 1985. The volume was in shambles when he got it, but he sent it off and had it refurbished to a beautiful condition. A musician and college professor, Leon did extensive research on the Culpepper family history in the Washington Library in Macon, Ga. I remember him stating that our Culpepper ancestor was "definitely from England, not Ireland." He told me he would go "straight to the stacks" in the library for his research. Leon was the one who put together a "Culpepper Family Tree" which was in at least a dozen different sheets and which had to be spread out on the floor to fit the pieces together. It started with John and Agnes Culpepper and went forward with hundreds of names included--a tedious, time-consuming, scholarly work to say the least. Copies, bought for $1.00 each, are in scores of Culpepper homes, but do not bear Leon's name as the author, owing to his modesty and lack on interest in notoriety."

P. Melton Culpepper, Jr.
Attorney
Cordele, GA

Lew Griffin's response
Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia was published in 1951 by Folks Huxford (another Judge). So he probably did copy the story about Irish Culpeppers from the book Melton mentions by Judge William P. Fleming, Crisp County, Georgia: Historical Sketches, which was written in 1932 according to the LDS library catalog.3,14,15 
Research note*9 Oct 2008 David is a known son of John Culpepper (died 1808). He is mentioned as a son of John Culpepper in the Bible record of his son, David Sneads Culpepper. And one can also follow chains of title to land which David Sneads Culpepper owned, which he inherited from his father David Culpepper, land originally granted to John Culpepper. This land was originally in Washington County and later in Laurens County, Georgia. 

Family

Elizabeth Hogan (6 Mar 1775 - 9 Jan 1849)
Marriage*circa 1792 He married Elizabeth Hogan at Georgia circa 1792. 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited12 Jun 2013

Citations

  1. This birth date is from a Bible, said to have originally been the property of David Sneads Culpepper (29 Jul 1814 -- 5 Mar 1886), son of David Culpepper and Elizabeth Hogan. It was given to his youngest daughter, Julia Emma Culpepper Brown, who is thought to have made many of the entries in it. She died childless and at her death it was given to her great-nephew, Samuel Jackson Culpepper, son of Thomas Albert Culpepper. Samuel died on 3 July 1970, in Crisp Co. GA, but the Bible had been given to his youngest son, Leon Raines Culpepper in 1962. On March 1, 1985, Leon, who did not have any natural male children, gave the Bible to his nephew, Perry Melton Culpepper Jr., son of Perry Melton Culpepper. Leon had the Bible sent off and repaired, but the original cover was retained. When the Bible was received by Perry Melton Culpepper Jr., there was a small photograph of Julia Brown taped on the inside leaf in the front. This information provided by Perry Melton Culpepper Jr., March 1985, who sent a photocopy of the Bible pages to Lew Griffin
  2. Virginia S. and Ralph V. Wood, 1805 Georgia Land Lottery, Greenwood Press, Cambridge, 1964, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.8 R2WY 1805.
    page 81.
  3. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
  4. Abstracted by Lewis W. Griffin, Jones Co., GA Deed Records and Mortgages, 1807-1827, Salt Lake City, UT: Jones County Superior Court, Published on Microfilm by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. Films 470,012 - 470,017.
    Book B, Page 230.
  5. Laurens County Inferior Court Minutes for County Purposes, 1808-1828. Pages 36 and 45.
  6. Laurens County Clerk, Laurens Co., GA Deeds, 1808-1884, Books A-S Transcribed by Lew Griffin from Microfilm , Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 395,592 - 395,601.
    Book I, page 108.
  7. 1820 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 014, Laurens Co., GA
    David Culpepper, 1 M0-10, 1 M16-26, 1 M45+, 2 F0-10, 3 F10-16, 1 F45+.
  8. Laurens Co., GA Will Book A. Pages 55-56.
  9. The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas Jr., Index to the Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia, Georgia Genealogical Reprints, Vidalia, GA, 1970.
    Page 140. Cites Lauren Co., GA Book P.5, page 4:
    David Culpepper, 169 acres, 1823.
  10. 1830 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 012, Unk Twp, Laurens Co., GA
    David Culpepper, 1 M5-10, 1 M20-30, 1 M60-70, 1 F5-10, 1 F20-30, 1 F50-60.
  11. E-mail written 2003-2009 to Culpepper Connections from Morris Pate Culpepper III (#60878), e-mail address (Jul 2012).
  12. Rev. S. Emmett Lucas Jr., The 1832 Gold Lottery of Georgia, Easley, SC: Southern Historical Press, 1988, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.8 R2lb.
    David S. Culpepper, Martins District, Laurens Co., GA, drew lot 108/2/1 in what became Forsyth Co., GA, 1832.
  13. Laurens County Inferior Court Minutes for Ordinary Purposes, 1822-1833. Page 255.
  14. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.
  15. E-mail written 2001, 2004 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Perry Melton Culpepper Jr. (#3807), e-mail address.