Sarah Elizabeth Culpepper

Female, #32257, (26 Mar 1844 - 22 Jun 1890)
Father*Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper (25 Aug 1816 - 4 Jun 1915)
Mother*Sarah Ann Culpepper (21 Nov 1817 - 29 Mar 1858)
Birth*26 Mar 1844 Sarah was born at Pike Co., Georgia, on 26 Mar 1844. 
Employment* Sarah's occupation: dressmaker. 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Clarissa, Martha, Sarah, Sylviah, Joseph and Sarah listed as a household member living with Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Pike Co., Georgia.1 
Death of Mother29 Mar 1858 Her mother Sarah Ann Culpepper died on 29 Mar 1858 at Pike Co., Georgia.2 
Census*19 Sep 1860 She was listed as a resident in the census report at Wesobulga, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 19 Sep 1860. 
Census1870 She was listed as a resident in the census report at Clay Co., Alabama, in 1870. 
Photographed*say 1875 She was photographed say 1875 at Clay Co., Alabama,
This appears to be a photo, on cardboard, which has then had some paint applied to it.3
Sarah Elizabeth Culpepper
1880 Census* Sarah was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Clay Co., Alabama.4 
Death*22 Jun 1890 She died at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama, on 22 Jun 1890 at age 46. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.5 
Biography* Census 1880 Ashland, Clay Co., AL \(Sarah E. Culpepper 32 GA SC SC dressmaker 1 of 7 boarders at Elizabeth R. Williams residence)\.
      Sarah Elizabeth was known as "Lizzie." Her father recorded her birth in his Bible: "Sarah E. Culpepper was born March the 26th 1844." Lewis Peek Culpepper also recorded her death: "Sarah Elizabeth Culpepper departed this life June 22nd 1889 age 45 years two months & 27 days" and yet she wrote a letter to her father dated "Jan 26th 1890." On p. 217 of Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama the dates on her tombstone are recorded as 26 Mar 1844 - 22 Jun 1899. No help. In a letter that Lewis Peek Culpepper wrote in 1898 he mentions that two of his children are dead which means that Sarah must have died before 1898. Both the tombstone and Bible record show that Sarah Elizabeth died on June 22nd. It is possible, since Sarah Elizabeth wrote the letter in January of a new year and was obviously not feeling well, that she confused the year. It is also possible that an aging Lewis Peek Culpepper made an error on the Bible record but he carefully calculated how old she would have been when she died based on a death year of 1889. Until further evidence is found, the following letter will have to be proof that she was still living in 1890. This is probably the last letter that Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" Culpepper wrote to her father: _________________________Lineville Ala ______________________________Jan 26th 1890 Rev. L. P. Culpepper ______________________________Fredonia Ala Dear father _________________________I know you think I am a long time answering your letter I am ashamed of it But I think of you all just as often as if I were to write every day. I kept waiting to hear from the others I have never had a letter from Joe yet, I dont know what to think of him, I wrot to him last fall but got no answer. I got letters from Ann & Daniel last week. They were all as well as common at Matt's(?) but Ann herself said she had a severe pain in her shoulder. She had just got a letter from Ga. Said Emma Beekham (Aunt Jane's daughter) died sometime in Dec. with consumption. You know they lived in Macon. She went back to her mother's to die died the next day after she got there. Ann says she dont know what to think of You. Has not had a letter from you since last June. Daniel was well Said he had a nice time Christmas went out in the country & spent the week. Had a nice Christmas tree he got a good many presents on it next day they went on an Antelope Chase said he killed three. Said his girl was on a good horse & kept right by his side all the time. Said he had a letter from Wash the week before he wrote to me. Said he had been having a tough time with Chills. Did'nt say whether he was at the same place or not. There has been a great deal of sickness about in the country, especially about Ashland & Several deaths There. There were four burials there in two weeks of people that I knew Charley Wesley's wife, left eight children (He moved there last year) Jimmie Downing a grown young man (his mother was Nancy Carwile(?) Old Grandma Pace & Allen White's second daughter, between 13 & 14 years old. Allen came very near dying himself the Drs gave him out he had just got able to go about when Mary died She was down 5 weeks I think he down 7 or 8 They had Typhoid fever Several of Charley Wesley's family had it. I never heard of as much marrying in my life I could'nt begin to tell you of all that married. Among the number was Mattie Griffin & Neely Reeves, Rosalie Evans & Mr. McRibbens of Anniston, Taylor Hanes oldest daughter Hattie 15 years old & a Mr Reed that had moved to Ashland they were both going to school. Curn Miller had two daughter to marry one married Jim Liles son the other married Jesse Green John Allen Wood (Dore's(?) son) & Ellen Stubs & so many you dont know in this settlement & Ashland & Linville, Several children among them I believe they are all as well as common but myself I dont feel well at all I have the worst cough all I do for it dont seem to do anny good at all & such a soreness in my bowels breast & shoulders it nearly kills me to cough & I have the poorest appetite I ever had in my life I dont want a thing to eat They killed hogs here last week Clarissa made nice Soure liver pudding & sausage I didnt want a bite of it & I was always so foolish about it & I dont even want greens at all I hope I will get to feeling better & feel more like eating. Dora was at home last Sunday says she has a very good school Billy never did have their Gin whettied(?) they ginned 228 bales he says he wants you to come & whet it before next season They have a cotton seed Mill there now will begin to run next week. The Alliance bought it, going to make their own guanno be a great deal cheaper I do want to see you all so bad. Tell Julia & Maggie I listen to hear they are married too while the boom's up Much love to all Kiss the children for me Write soon I am always glad to hear from you all. Your loving daughter ______________________________Lizzie
      Lizzie died at the home of her sister, Mrs. Clarissa Culpepper Griffin, in Lineville, AL. 
ChartsBenjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited30 Jan 2004


  1. 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.
  2. Pike Co. Cemetery Records, Unpublished.
    Vol 1 p 505 13 May 1858 issue.
  3. Ellaree Dean Speer records, Ellaree Dean Speer to Lew Griffin, 1977-1994.
    original currently in the possession of Lew Griffin.
  4. FHL Film 1254007, National Archives Film T9-0007, District 36, Ashland, Page 68A.
  5. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 217 '26 Mar 1844 - 22 Jun 1899'; death should be 1890.