Lorraine Cardwell

Female, #32358, (8 Jun 1833 - 2 Jan 1894)
Name Variation She was also known as Lourainey.1 
Birth*8 Jun 1833 Lorraine was born at Georgia on 8 Jun 1833.1
Marriage*19 Dec 1848 She married Robert Jefferson Culpepper at Chambers Co., Alabama, on 19 Dec 1848 at age 15.2 
Married Name19 Dec 1848  As of 19 Dec 1848, her married name was Culpepper. 
Residence*1850 Lorraine resided at Chambers Co., Alabama, in 1850.3 
Birth of Son4 Dec 1850 Her son John James Culpepper was born on 4 Dec 1850 at Chambers Co., Alabama.4 
Census*1860 She was listed as a resident in the census report at Almond, Randolph Co., Alabama, in 1860. 
Birth of Son22 May 1864 Her son William Henry Culpepper was born on 22 May 1864 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Census1866 Lorraine was probably a free white female, age 21 or more, in an unknown person 's household in the D Census at Tallapoosa Co., Alabama.5 
Birth of Son25 Aug 1869 Her son Francis Marion Culpepper was born on 25 Aug 1869 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Census1870 She was listed as a resident in the census report at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, in 1870. 
Burial*circa 3 Jan 1884 Her body was interred circa 3 Jan 1884 at Corinth East Baptist Church Cemetery, Joppa, Cullman Co., Alabama.1 
Death*2 Jan 1894 She died at Joppa, Cullman Co., Alabama, on 2 Jan 1894 at age 60.1 
Biography* Census: 1880 Wesobulga Beat 4, Clay Co., AL. \ED 34-1 (Lurana 45 GA in hh of R. J. Culpepper).\
Although the obituary clearly gives her date of birth and death and calculates her age at death, marriage and census records indicate that she was probably born before 1834, probably in 1832. If Louraney had been born in 1834, she would have been 14 years old when she married, not impossible for the times, but unlikely since no parent gave permission for the marriage based on the marriage record. Also, two years later, in the 1850 census, Louraney was listed as being 18 years old which would suggest a birth year of 1832. In the 1860 census, she age was listed as being 27 years of age, which, depending on when the census was taken, could still support an 1832 date of birth or an 1833 date of birth. In the 1870 census, her age was given as 39, which would suggest an 1830 or 1831 year of birth. Finally, in the 1880 census, Louraney's age was given as 45. This would suggest a date of birth of 1834 or 1835. Louraney was probably born in 1832.
      Although Louraney had been born in Georgia, by 1848 she had moved, presumably with her parents, to Chambers Co., AL since this is where she married. She is found in the 1850 census of Chambers Co., AL with her husband. By 1860, Robert Jefferson and Louraney had moved their family to Randolph Co., AL where they remained until after the 1870 census. By the 1880 census the family had moved on to Clay Co., AL where "Lurana" was recorded with her husband, R. J. Culpepper, and younger children in Wesobulga Beat 4. According to Mary Lillian Butler Pierce, Louraney and Robert Jefferson moved with their son, John James Culpepper, to the Sand Mountain area of Marshall Co., AL. Some of the extended family settled across the county line in Joppa, Cullman Co., AL. Since the 1890 U. S. census burned we do not know exactly where everyone was situated at this point but according to her obituary, Louraney died in 1894 while living with or visiting children and grandchildren who were living in Joppa, Cullman Co., AL. The following obituary preserved by great-granddaughter, Mrs. J. E. (Ann White) Hicks, is from an unknown source: CULPEPPER -- Miss Louraney Cardwell was born June the 8th 1834 [1832? based on presumed age at marriage and census records] and was married to R. J. Culpepper Dec. the 19th 1848, and died at her home, near Joppa, Cullman County, Ala. Jan. the 2nd 1894, aged 59 [61?] years, 6 months and 25 days. Mrs. Culpepper joined the Methodist Church South in 1872, and from that time on, she lived an humble, christian life. She dearly loved her church, and was untiring in her efforts to promote the cause of Christ. Mrs. Culpepper was the mother of eleven children, two have preceded her to the Heavenly Land, while nine are left to mourn their loss, but their loss is her eternal gain, for she has gone where sorrow, pain, sickness and death are felt and feared no more. Her life was an exemplary one, she was a loving wife, a kind and gentle mother. She will be sadly missed at home, at church and in the nieghborhood, she was loved by all who knew her. The writer has known her for several years and to know her was to love her. We tender our heart-felt sympathy to the bereaved family. A. S. A. Meaders
      Only ten of the eleven of the eleven children have been accounted for. Possibly one child died at birth or died young and between census years. Finally, Louraney's daughter, "Plyna Smith" (Mrs. L. W. (Pauline Culpepper) Smith), was listed in an article about a 1935 John James Culpepper family reunion with "aunt Fanny Busby" (Mrs. H. B. (Nancy Ann Frances Elizabeth Alice Culpepper) Busby) of Albertville. This was a daughter of William Washington and Ferby (Cardwell) Culpepper. 


Robert Jefferson Culpepper (2 Jul 1830 - 10 Dec 1919)
Marriage*19 Dec 1848 She married Robert Jefferson Culpepper at Chambers Co., Alabama, on 19 Dec 1848 at age 15.2 
Last Edited7 Dec 2018


  1. Anna Cochran Gregath, compiler, Cullman County Churches and Cemeteries, Cullman, Alabama: Cullman County Commission, 198_, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.173 K2c.
    Vol 2, pages 15-16:
    Corinth East Baptist Church Cemetery, Cullman Co., Alabama. From I-65, Exit 312, proceed east on AL-157 to AL-69. Turn right on AL-69 and proceed north for 21 miles to AL-67. Continue on AL-69 for one more mile and Corinth Church will be on the right (South)
    + R. J. Culpepper, 2 Jul 1830 - 10 Dec 1919, CSA 1861-1865
    + Lourainey Culpepper, 8 Jun 1833 - 2 Jan 1894.
  2. Marriage Records 1833-1861 of Chambers County, Alabama Vol I, Genealogical Society of East Alabama, Inc., 1974.
    p 70 by Wm F Grady J. P.
  3. P 413 No. 437 (Lurena 18 GA in hh of Robert Culpepper).
  4. USGenWeb Archives.
    Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, Marshall Co., AL
    + Jack J. Culpepper, 4 Dec 1850 - 28 Sep 1938
    + Nancy J. Culpepper, 8 Feb 1850 - 3 Jul 1936.
  5. 1866 Alabama State Census, Tallapoosa Co., AL:
    R. J. Culpepper, 1M20+, 1M10-19, 1M0-9, 1F20+, 2F10-19, 2F0-9.