Charles William Culpepper

Male, #32277, (16 Jul 1824 - 8 Jun 1900)
Father*Joel Culpepper of Crawford Co., GA (12 Mar 1795 - 6 Dec 1839)
Mother*Nancy Corley (c 1798 - 22 Mar 1860)
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Birth*16 Jul 1824 Charles was born at Lexington District, South Carolina, on 16 Jul 1824.1 
1830 Census1 Jun 1830 Charles and John was probably a free white male, age 5 and under 10, in Joel Culpepper of Crawford Co., GA's household, on the 1830 Census at Crawford Co., Georgia.2 
Death of Father6 Dec 1839 His father Joel Culpepper of Crawford Co., GA died on 6 Dec 1839 at Crawford Co., Georgia
Marriage*24 Dec 1848 He married Mary Jane English at Monroe Co., Georgia, on 24 Dec 1848 at age 24. By Rev. Mr. McDonald.3 
1850 Census*1 Jun 1850 Charles was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Coweta Co., Georgia.4 
Birth of Son14 Sep 1851 His son Elam Culpepper was born on 14 Sep 1851 at Haralson, Coweta Co., Georgia.5 
Birth of Son4 Sep 1857 His son Warner Culpepper was born on 4 Sep 1857 at Coweta Co., Georgia
Birth of Son31 Mar 1858 His son English Culpepper was born on 31 Mar 1858 at Coweta Co., Georgia.6 
Death of Mother22 Mar 1860 His mother Nancy Corley died on 22 Mar 1860 at Coweta Co., Georgia
1860 Slave Census*1 Jun 1860 Charles was listed as a slave owner on the 1860 Census at Coweta Co., Georgia, and owned 1 slave.7 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 Charles was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census at Haralson, Coweta Co., Georgia.8 
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865

     Co. H, 4th Georgia Regiment and Co. H 12th GA Cavalry. 
Birth of Son23 Jun 1861 His son Rev. Obediah Culpepper was born on 23 Jun 1861 at Curryville, Gordon Co., Georgia
Birth of Son4 Feb 1866 His son Joel Culpepper was born on 4 Feb 1866 at Coweta Co., Georgia.9 
Birth of Son7 Jul 1868 His son William Henry Culpepper was born on 7 Jul 1868 at Coweta Co., Georgia.10 
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 Charles was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Gordon Co., Georgia.11 
Death of Son3 Dec 1870 His son English Culpepper died on 3 Dec 1870 at Gordon Co., Georgia.6 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 Charles was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Gordon Co., Georgia.12 
Military pension*circa 1894 He applied for a military pension circa 1894 at Gordon Co., Georgia.13 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 Charles was listed as a father in Joel Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Oostanaula, Gordon Co., Georgia.14 
Death*8 Jun 1900 He died at Gordon Co., Georgia, on 8 Jun 1900 at age 75.1 
Burial*circa 10 Jun 1900 His body was interred circa 10 Jun 1900 at West Union Cemetery, Curryville, Gordon Co., Georgia.1 
Biography*  Charles W. Culpepper's birth was recorded in the Family Bible of his sister, Mrs. I. W. (Sarah A. B. Culpepper) Sims: _________________________Charles W. Culpepper Born _________________________16. July, 1824
      According to census records and his Civil War pension application, Charles William was born in South Carolina. A granddaughter, Mrs. W. B. (M. Louise Culpepper) Broach, wrote in a 27 Sep 1978 letter that he was born in Lexington District, SC. Although Charles William's parents have not been located in the 1820 census records, his grandmother, the widowed Barbara (Derrick) Corley was recorded in 1820 census in Lexington District, SC.

      According to his Civil War pension application, Charles William had resided in Georgia since 2 Dec 1830. However census records for his sister, Sarah, who was born in 1826 and his brother, James, who was born in 1829 indicate that they were both born in Georgia and the Charles' parents probably moved the family to Georgia around 1825. Also, Charles William was noted as one of 2 males 5-10 years of age, living with his parents in the 1830 census of Crawford Co., GA. Although family members have not been located in the 1840 census, they apparently remained in Crawford Co., GA until Dec 1839 when Joel Culpepper died.

Charles William is next noted in Monroe Co., GA marrying Mary Jane English in 1848. In the 1850 census, Charles William emerged as a head of household living near his widowed mother. He was listed as a boot and shoemaker; however, in the 1860 census Charles William was listed as a farmer with real estate valued at $2,000 and personal property valued at $5,100.

      According to Charles W. Culpepper's Civil War pension application, in 1861, in Newnan, Coweta Co., GA, he enlisted in the Confederate Army in Co. H 4th Georgia Regiment. It is interesting to note that Charles William who was listed as a boot and shoemaker in the 1850 census was detailed to make harnesses and shoes for his company in the winter of 1864.

      After the War, Charles returned home and "Charles W. Culpeper" [sic] was recorded with his wife and younger children in the 1870 census of the Calhoun P. O. district of Gordon Co., GA. He had real estate valued at $1,200 and personal property valued at $1,000. Charles was noted with his wife and younger children in the 1880 census of Gordon Co., GA. And, shortly before his death, he was recorded with his wife and two daughters, living with his son, Joel Culpepper, in the 1900 census of Gordon Co., GA.
      James Burie Clegg wrote 16 Nov 1978 that he had spoken to Judge Harbin King who said that "Charles William had a good sized plantation in the West Union Church vicinity...." In a 22 Nov 1978 letter James Burie Clegg wrote of a visit to the land: The foreman of the plantation drove me around the entire estate, unlocking gates, etc. and showing me the cabin in which C. W. first lived (it has been added to and serves as a retreat beside a large beautiful lake). This foreman said one of the Culpeppers gave at least three tracts of land - one a hundred acres - to negroes who had worked for them over the years. A big prosperous Negro community is now in that area.

      In a 30 Jan 1979 letter, James Burie Clegg enclosed a clipping from "today's" Calhoun Times which mentioned Roland Hayes who was "a famous Negro tenor who came from the Curryville community right close to the C. W. Culpepper plantation. One of the Culpeppers, either C. W., the original plantation owner (4000 acres) or C. E. the grandson and millionaire, gave three or four tracts of land to some blacks who worked for them. One tract was of 100 acres." Roland Hayes, world famous tenor sang to an audience of over 4,000 people in Atlanta last week, and then came to Curryville to spend the weekend with his brother.

      James Burie Clegg added that there is "a Roland Hayes Memorial by the road just before you get to the West Union Church."

      The following is from a Sep 27 1978 letter from Mrs. W. B. (M. Louise Culpepper) Broach: Charles Wm. Culpepper, my grand father was born July 16, 1824 in Lexington [District] S.C. He died June 8, 1900 and is buried in a country church yard in (West Union) Gordon County [GA]. They were living (he and his wife Mary Jane English) ...in Haralson in Coweta, Co. Ga. when he decided to go to Texas [circa 1869]. I do not know how he found the place in N.W. Ga on John's Creek between two mountain ranges [the boundary between Floyd and Gordon counties]. It was beautiful country - he bought a house and several hundred acres of farmland. It was well watered and he was a master farmer. He did well with his mill and gin on the creek in sight of the house, too. He fought in the War between the states in Gen. Joe Wheeler's Cavalry [Company H, 4th GA Infantry, CSA]. When the family moved from Haralson, his oldest daughter Annira (called Anna) stayed and married a young man named Willie Gay. ...they [Charles William Culpepper and Mary Jane English] had nine other children in all. A happier bunch of people you never saw. They had a close family spirit and enjoyed each other. They had lots of company too -- he [Charles William] was said to have an attractive personality that drew all to him, especially young people. He would let them have their square dances at his house and they had lots of fun.... My grand father was not a church man until middle age when Sam Jones, a local evangelist, came into the neighborhood and had a great influence on him. He became a Methodist and helped build a church in his neighborhood he gave the land and he and the children at home became members of that church, and all continued to be good Methodists as long as they lived.... They [the Culpepper's] were good looking - they were of medium height, some a little portly, but they all had fine-pored white skin and a peculiar blue eye. The eyes were a light blue, and sharp - very distinctive and were always called the "Culpepper eyes" by all who knew them. Most of them had black hair. I never heard from whence they inherited these features. They were all what used to be called "jolly" and full of fun.

      In a Nov 5, 1978 letter, Mrs. Broach wrote that after the Civil War Charles William suffered from an illness that left him an invalid and unable to work the family farm. In a 5 Nov 1978 letter, Mrs. W. B. (M. Louise Culpepper) Broach, wrote about Charles William's son, Rev. Elam Culpepper: His house was a two-storied frame house with many porches [on land he bought next to his father's farm in Gordon County, almost in sight of his father's old home place. Both of these homes have since burned to the ground in separate fires.] and by the time I was 12 years old, Cousin Charles [Emory Culpepper] had had all those porches glassed in, had put in central heat and electric lights (way before Rural Electrification). My uncle was retired from city churches and just preached around in the country as invited. He was not a big, robust man and he was running his father's old mill on the creek. Cousin Charlie had the latest mill machinery installed for him and he enjoyed grinding corn for his neighbors as long as he lived....
      James Burie Clegg wrote 22 Nov 1978 that he tried to take a picture of the foundation of the old mill on the creek and added "I couldn't get near enough to it, as I had to take it from a bridge (built by the Culpeppers) about 40 yards away."

The following is from a manuscript by Kathyrn English Culpepper, as transcribed by Gayle L. Poole:

Some Interesting Facts about Charles William

During the War Between The States (Civil War) he served in Wheeler's Calvary. He rode his favorite horse, named "Flying Jenny". She was fast as lightning and took him through the war without a scratch (he was in many tight places, but Jenny always took
him to safety) and brought him home at the end.

Charles was a Master Farmer, loved and respected by all who knew him, and loved to visit him. Young men were drawn to him on Sunday afternoons to hear his amusing stories and funny jokes.

He had a very large house and the two front rooms had a door between them and he allowed the young people to have dances there. The fiddlers could sit in the doorway and accommodate a set in each room. Sally Bit, his nickname for Sarah Elizabeth was a very graceful dancer. 'Tis said she could dance with a glass of water and never spill a drop.

Years later a contemporary of his children to this granddaughter that when they drove up to the house and hitched their horses, they could hear the fiddler tuning up, and did not bother to find the gate, they just jumped the fence in their haste to get inside for the first set.

Charles William donated a piece of ground for a small Methodist Church called "Johnson's Chapel". The Johnson family lived only a few hundred yards from the church and were very active members. Their home was on a rise above where there were, at least, a hundred springs. These springs are the headwaters of the Johnson Spring Branch which flows through the Culpepper property, and into John's Creek. On the bank of John's Creek Charles built a dam, and a mill to grind corn and wheat. Also a tannery, and a cotton gin. Farmers from all around came to use these facilities. (Years later W. B. Broach, husband of Louise, the daughter of William Henry, bought up the Culpepper and made two large lakes from this Johnson's Springs Branch. He had a cottage on one of these lakes, where his family spent summers and holidays, and entertained their friends with hunting, fishing, swimming and boating, He also raised cattle),

Charles William lost his health one cold night in January, all his mills burned to the ground. One of his neighbors who was operating the bucket brigade from the creek, noticed that Culpepper, on coming out of one of the burning buildings was ready to burst into flames, and dashed a bucket of icy creek water over him. He took pneumonia and was never able to work again. 

Family

Mary Jane English (15 Oct 1830 - 19 Jan 1910)
Marriage*24 Dec 1848 He married Mary Jane English at Monroe Co., Georgia, on 24 Dec 1848 at age 24. By Rev. Mr. McDonald.3 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited2 Jul 2011

Citations

  1. Jo B. Gladney and J. L. Henderson Sue Henderson, compiler, Gordon County, GA Cemetery Records, Calhoun, GA: Gordon County Historical Society, 1987, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 975.8362 V3h.
    West Union Cemetery, Curryville community adjacent to Floyd County line in Gordon Co., GA
    + Charles William Culpepper, 16 Jul 1824 – 8 Jun 1900, Mason
    + Mary Jane English Culpepper, 15 Oct 1830 – 19 Jan 1910.
  2. 1830 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 410, Crawford Co., GA
    Joel Culpepper, 1 M0-5, 2 M5-10, 1 M30-40, 1 F0-5, 1 F30-40.
  3. Ancestry.com, compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1997.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/2085a.htm
    Charles W. Culpepper and Mary J. English on 24 Dec 1848 in Monroe Co., GA.
  4. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 297, 19th Division, Coweta Co., GA
    Charles W. Culpepper, 26, M, Boot & Shoe Maker, $150, SC
    Mary J. Culpepper, 19, F, GA
    Ann Ira Culpepper, 8/12, F, GA.
  5. Jo B. Gladney and J. L. Henderson Sue Henderson, compiler, Gordon County, GA Cemetery Records, Calhoun, GA: Gordon County Historical Society, 1987, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 975.8362 V3h.
    West Union Cemetery, Curryville community adjacent to Floyd County line in Gordon Co., GA
    + Rev. Elam Culpepper, 14 Sep 1851 – 5 Dec 1935
    + Phalba Kay Culpepper, 7 Oct 1855 – 4 Apr 1937.
  6. Jo B. Gladney and J. L. Henderson Sue Henderson, compiler, Gordon County, GA Cemetery Records, Calhoun, GA: Gordon County Historical Society, 1987, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 975.8362 V3h.
    West Union Cemetery, Curryville community adjacent to Floyd County line in Gordon Co., GA
    + English Culpepper, 31 Mar 1858 – 3 Dec 1870.
  7. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Slave Schedule: Charles W. Culpepper, Coweta Co., GA, owned 1 slave: 23M.
  8. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 729, Haralson PO, Coweta Co., GA (ID: 32277)
    Charles W. Culpepper, 26, M, Farmer, $2000/$5191, SC
    Mary J. Culpepper, 29, F, GA
    Elmira Culpepper, 10, F, GA
    Elim Culpepper, 8, M, GA
    Sarah E. Culpepper, 6, F, GA
    Warner Culpepper, 4, M, GA
    English Culpepper, 2, F, GA (English was actually recorded at the bottom of the page, five families removed from this one, as if he were part of the Charles H. Pyron HH, but it seems likely that the enumerator subsequently discovered the omission of English from the Culpepper family and simply added English at the bottom of the page).
  9. Jo B. Gladney and J. L. Henderson Sue Henderson, compiler, Gordon County, GA Cemetery Records, Calhoun, GA: Gordon County Historical Society, 1987, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 975.8362 V3h.
    Fain Cemetery, Calhoun, Gordon Co., GA
    + Joel “Buddie” Culpepper, 4 Feb 1866 – 28 Mar 1932, Mason
    + Maggie Addington Culpepper, 21 Sep 1879 – 15 Jun 1967.
  10. Madge Tate and Sandra Junkins Shirley Kinney, compiler, Floyd County, GA Cemeteries, Volumes 1-2, Rome, GA: The Society, 1985, 1989, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book 975.835 V3f v.
    Myrtle Hill Cemetery, Floyd Co., GA
    + William Henry Culpepper, 7 Jul 1868 – 13 Nov 1942
    + Fannie Wimpee Culpepper, 16 Aug 1876 – 13 Oct 1969.

  11. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Pages 246B, Calhoun P.O., Gordon Co., GA
    Charles W. Culpepper, 47, M, $1200, $1000, Farmer, SC
    Mary J. Culpepper, 39, F, GA
    Elam Culpepper, 18, M, GA
    Sarah E. Culpepper, 16, F, GA
    Warner Culpepper, 13, M, GA
    English Culpepper, 12, M, GA
    Osbert Culpepper, 10, M, GA
    Linnia Culpepper, 7, F, GA
    Budda Culpepper, 4, M, GA
    Millin Culpepper, 1, M, GA.
  12. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 109, Page 80A (13), Family 127, Oostanula, Gordon Co., GA
    Charles W. Culpepper, Self, Md, M, 56, Farmer, GA/GA/GA
    Mary J. Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, 50, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Sarah E. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 26, At Home, GA/GA/GA
    Osbit Culpepper, Son, M, S, 19, At Home, GA/GA/GA
    Linea Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 17, At Home, GA/GA/GA
    Joel Culpepper, Son, M, S, 14, At Home, GA/GA/GA
    William Culpepper, Son, M, S, 11, At Home, GA/GA/GA
    Lula R. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 8, --- , GA/GA/GA.
  13. Virgil D. White, compiler, Index to Georgia Civil War Confederate Pension Files, Waynesboro, TN: The National Historical Publishing Company, 1996.
    Pages 261-262: Charles William Culpepper, served in Company H, 4th GA, he lived Gordon County, GA
    Charles William Culpepper, served in Company H, 4th GA Cavalry, see Mary J. Culpepper, widow, of Gordon County, GA.
  14. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 56, Page 95A (1), Family 4, Oostanula, Gordon Co., GA
    Joel Culpepper, Head, M, Feb 1866, 34, Sng, GA/SC/GA, Farmer
    Charles W. Culpepper, Father, M, Jul 1824, 75, Md 51 yrs., SC/SC/SC
    Mary J. Culpepper, Wife, F, Oct 1830, 69, Md 51 yrs, ch 10/9, GA/GA/--
    Sallie E. Culpepper, Sister, F, Dec 1853, 46, GA/SC/GA
    Lula R. Culpepper, Sister, F, Feb 1872, 28, GA/SC/GA.