Thomas Jefferson Culpepper

Male, #32262, (1 Sep 1861 - 22 May 1955)
Father*Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper (25 Aug 1816 - 4 Jun 1915)
Mother*Margarette R. Joyce Bateman (24 Jun 1833 - 29 Dec 1896)
Extinct Surname?* The family branch headed by Thomas Jefferson Culpepper 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*1 Sep 1861 Thomas was born at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 1 Sep 1861. 
1870 Census1 Jun 1870 Margarette, Martha, Francis, Thomas, William, Mary and Elmira listed as a household member living with Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper on the 1870 Census at Opelika, Lee Co., Alabama.1 
Census1880 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Clay Co., Alabama, in 1880. 
Marriage*2 Sep 1882 He married Avie Jane King at Gibsonville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 2 Sep 1882 at age 21. 
Birth of Son26 Jul 1885 His son Thomas Ardus Culpepper was born on 26 Jul 1885 at Gibsonville, Clay Co., Alabama.2 
Birth of Soncirca 1888 His son Herman Culpepper was born circa 1888 at Gibsonville, Clay Co., Alabama
Death of Soncirca 1890 His son Herman Culpepper died circa 1890 at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.3 
Death of Mother29 Dec 1896 His mother Margarette R. Joyce Bateman died on 29 Dec 1896 at Chambers Co., Alabama
Birth of Son6 Sep 1897 His son Lunus Culpepper was born on 6 Sep 1897 at Gibsonville, Clay Co., Alabama.4 
Census1900 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Clay Co., Alabama, in 1900. 
Birth of Son17 Sep 1905 His son Infant Son Culpepper was born on 17 Sep 1905 at New Hope, Sabine Parish, Louisiana
Death of Spouse19 Sep 1905 His wife Avie Jane King died on 19 Sep 1905 at New Hope, Sabine Parish, Louisiana
Death of Son28 Sep 1905 His son Infant Son Culpepper died on 28 Sep 1905 at New Hope, Sabine Parish, Louisiana
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 Thomas was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at San Jon, Quay Co., New Mexico.5 
Death of Father4 Jun 1915 His father Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper died on 4 Jun 1915 at Chambers Co., Alabama.6 
Photographedcirca 1918 He was photographed circa 1918 at Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas.
Thomas Jefferson Culpepper and grandson James Morris Cline
WWI Draft Reg*12 Sep 1918 Lunus Culpepper named Thomas as his nearest relative when registering for the WW-I draft on 12 Sep 1918.4 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 Thomas was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas.7 
Employment* Thomas's occupation: General Mills. 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Thomas was listed as a father-in-law in Sam Wade Ginnings's household on the 1930 Census at Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas.8 
Photographed*say 1945 He was photographed say 1945 at Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas.9
Thomas Jefferson Culpepper
Death*22 May 1955 He died at Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas, on 22 May 1955 at age 93.10 
Burial*23 May 1955 His body was interred on 23 May 1955 at Llano Cemetery, Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas
Biography*  Lewis P. Culpepper recorded his son's birth in the Family Bible: "Thomas Jefferson was born Sept the 1st 1861." The obituary states that he was born in Anniston, AL but his parents were recorded in the 1860 census in Raldolph Co., AL and are not known to have been associated with any place in Houston County. It is possible that the reference to Anniston, Houston Co, AL was an attempt to identify the largest metropolitan area near where Thomas Jefferson Culpepper was born. According to a 1976 article about his daughter, Mrs. S. B. (Mary Exa Culpepper) Crossmann, in the Pampa News, Mary is quoted as saying that while the family lived at Gibsonville near Ashland, Clay Co., AL, Thomas built "the most beautiful, spacious five-room log house with pine trees and magnolias in the back yard." After the family moved to Texas, Thomas talked about the house so much that one of his daughters, Exa, went back to see it after she was grown. "It was lovely," she said. In a 26 Jul 1978 letter, a daughter Mrs. J. M. (Iva Culpepper) Cline, wrote that when they visited the Ashland, AL area in 1919 "our mother's sister lived on the old farm where all the children were born...."
      In the early 1900's Thomas and family moved to Sabine Parish, LA, and Thomas's wife died there in 1905. Mrs. Otis Francis Culpepper wrote in a 16 Oct 1978 letter: Uncle Tom's folks came here about 1908, after the death of Uncle Tom's wife. Grandfather [Francis Daniel Culpepper] sent word for them to come and stay till Uncle Tom's health improved.
      Mrs. W. A. (Mary Ellen Culpepper) Boyette told her daughter, Mrs. R L (Rita Boyett) Holland, in a 25 Jul 1978 letter, that she remembered her Uncle Tom and his six children moving in with her father, Dan Culpepper and his family, in Shrewder, OK after the death of Tom's wife. Tom and his family stayed with his brother Dan for two years. Thomas's daughter, Mrs. S. B. (Mary Exa Culpepper) Crossman, said Dan used to tell stories about his cowboy days, and as a small child she thought he was some kind of hero.
      According to Mrs. S. B. (Mary Exa Culpepper) Crossman, in a 16 Aug 1978 letter, her father, Thomas, was "a quiet and reserved man, very devoted to his family. He had no hobbies but making we children 'walk the straight and narrow.' Ha! He was so strict with us, but so good to us. And provided for us, we never wanted for anything when we were at home."
      Thomas moved to Amarillo in 1908, and stayed there until 1921. According to an article about his daughter, Mrs. S. B. (Mary Exa Culpepper) Crossman, in the 29 Feb 1976 Pampa News the family "moved to Pampa in 1921 at a time when there were no paved streets and the sidewalks were made of wood.... Mrs. [S. B. (Mary Exa Culpepper)] Crossman's father went into business -- a candy factory and a confectionery." Exa wrote in a 20 Jul 1978 letter that "our candy store was called 'Pampa Confectionery.'" Exa worked there until she married in 1923. At some point Thomas sold the store and moved back to Amarillo. At the time of his retirement he was working for General Mills in Amarillo.
      The following funeral notice is from an unknown source: T. J. Culpepper Services Today Services honoring the memory of Thomas J. Culpepper, 93, were scheduled to be held at 4 P.M. today in Griggs Pioneer Chapel with the Rev. W.T. Newsome, Jr., Assistant Pastor of the First Baptist Church, officiating. Named as Pallbearers were Dudley Grantham, Harold Swofford, Arch Rogers, Ed Allen, J.O. Lewis, and Glen Armstrong, and burial was to be held in Llano Cemetery. Mr. Culpepper died yesterday at 5:30 A.M. at his home, 1104 Lincoln. He had been a resident of Amarillo since 1908 and was a retired employee of General Mills here. He was born Sept. 1, 1861, in [Raldolph Co., AL near] Anniston, Ala. Surviving are two sons, T.A. Culpepper, Amarillo, and L. Culpepper, Hereford; four daughters, Mrs. S.W. Ginnings, and Mrs. Iva Cline, both of Amarillo, Mrs. Hattie Smith, Lockney, and Mrs. Spence Crossman, Pampa; nine grandchildren and seven great grandchildren. 

Family

Avie Jane King (26 Jun 1864 - 19 Sep 1905)
Marriage*2 Sep 1882 He married Avie Jane King at Gibsonville, Clay Co., Alabama, on 2 Sep 1882 at age 21. 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited18 Feb 2016

Citations

  1. 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.
  2. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Thomas Ardus Culpepper, 1006 E. 5th, Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas, 33, born 26 Jul 1885, White, Car Inspector at P&SF Railway Co., Amarillo, Texas; Nearest relative: Mrs. Nettie Culpepper-wife, 1006 E. 5th, Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas. Tall height, Stout build, Gray eyes, dark hair, no disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX.
  3. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
    from Exa or Iva.
  4. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Lunas Culpepper, 610 Johnson St, Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas, 21, born 6 Sep 1897, White, Candy maker at J. E. Bryant Company, Amarillo, Texas; Nearest relative: Thomas J. Culpepper, 610 Johnson St, Amarillo, Potter Co., Texas. Medium height, Medium build, Brown eyes, brown hair, no disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX.
  5. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 144, Sheet 3A, Line 30, San Jon Precinct 12, Quay Co., NM
    Thomas T. Culpepper, Head, M, 48, wid, AL/AL/AL, RR Shop Quartz Cleaner
    Herman Culpepper, Son, M, 24, Sng, AL/AL/AL, RR Shop Foreman
    Bessie Culpepper, Dau, F, 16, Sng, AL/AL/AL
    Iva A. Culpepper, Dau, F, 13, Sng, AL/AL/AL
    Lunas Culpepper, Son, M, 12, Sng, AL/AL/AL
    Exa Culpepper, Dau, F, 9, Sng, AL/AL/AL.
  6. Tombstone.
  7. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 199, Sheet 10B, Pg 159, 1101 S. Johnson St., Amarillo, Potter Co., TX
    Rent=Y, Farm=N
    Thomas J. Culpepper, Head, M, 59, WD, AL AL AL, Car Inspector-RR
    Exa Culpepper, Dau, F, 19, S, AL AL AL.
  8. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 16, Sheet 13A, Pg 117, Pct. 1, 1002 S. Johnson, Amarillo, Potter Co., TX
    Own=$3500, Radio=Y, Farm=N, Military=N
    Sam W. Ginnings, Head, M, 43, M, md@29, TX KY KY, Lay Linolium-Furn St
    Bessie (Culpepper) Ginnings, Wife, F, 36, M, md@22, AL GA GA
    Tom J. Culpepper, Father-in-Law, M, 68, WD, GA TN TN, Bagman-Flourmill.
  9. E-mail written 2006 to Lew Griffin from Kyra Ludwigson (d/o #35696), Mahtomedi, MN, e-mail address.
  10. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    Thomas J. Culpepper died 22 May 1955 in Potter Co., TX.