James Louis Culpepper

Male, #32403, (28 Jul 1833 - 29 Aug 1922)
Father*Francis Gillespie Culpepper (31 Jan 1804 - 21 Oct 1903)
Mother*Eglintine Langley (6 Apr 1810 - 3 Apr 1878)
DNA* James 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*28 Jul 1833 James was born at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 28 Jul 1833.1 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 James and Joel was probably a free white male, age 5 and under 10,in Francis Gillespie Culpepper's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Chambers Co., Alabama.2 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Eglintine, William, Martha, James, Shadrach, Benjamin, Nancy, Sarah, Cynthia, Amanda, Mary, Susan and Selena listed as a household member living with Francis Gillespie Culpepper on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Lafayette Co., Mississippi.3 
Marriage*30 Dec 1856 He married Eliza Jane Harbour at Lavaca Co., Texas, on 30 Dec 1856 at age 23.4 
Marriage*17 Jan 1860 He married Margaret Hall Harbour at Lavaca Co., Texas, on 17 Jan 1860 at age 26. 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census at Hallettsville, Lavaca Co., Texas.5 
Birth of Son22 Oct 1860 His son Thomas Louis Culpepper was born on 22 Oct 1860 at Lavaca Co., Texas
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865

     Initially enlisted for twelve months as a Private in Frederick J. Malone's Company, organized at Sweet Home, August 6, 1861. Later served in Company B, Hardeman's TX Cavalry. 
Birth of Son25 Apr 1866 His son James Levin Culpepper was born on 25 Apr 1866 at Sweet Home, Lavaca Co., Texas
Birth of Son29 Dec 1867 His son Harvey Green Culpepper was born on 29 Dec 1867 at Lavaca Co., Texas
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Lavaca Co., Texas.6 
Birth of Son4 Jul 1871 His son Charles Everette Culpepper was born on 4 Jul 1871 at Lavaca Co., Texas
Birth of Son14 May 1873 His son Joseph Milton Culpepper was born on 14 May 1873 at Lavaca Co., Texas
Birth of Son28 Jan 1876 His son Jacob Remus Culpepper was born on 28 Jan 1876 at Lavaca Co., Texas.7 
Birth of Son11 Oct 1877 His son Mathew John Culpepper was born on 11 Oct 1877 at Sweet Home, Lavaca Co., Texas.8 
Death of Mother3 Apr 1878 His mother Eglintine Langley died on 3 Apr 1878 at Lavaca Co., Texas
Birth of Son29 Mar 1879 His son Ruben Curtis Culpepper was born on 29 Mar 1879 at Lavaca Co., Texas.9,10 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Lavaca Co., Texas.11 
Photographedcirca 1890 He was photographed circa 1890 at Lavaca Co., Texas,
Back Row, Left to Right: Jacob, Joseph, Matthew, Matilda, Josephine, Virginia, and Georgia;
Seated, Left to Right: James Lev, Harve, Everette, Lewis, James L., Margaret, and Alice;
Kneeling, Left to Right: Curtis, Jincy, and Margaret.12
James Louis Culpepper family
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Old Sweet Home, Lavaca Co., Texas.13 
Death of Father21 Oct 1903 His father Francis Gillespie Culpepper died on 21 Oct 1903 at Old Sweet Home, Lavaca Co., Texas.14 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Wilson Co., Texas.15 
Photographed*1914 He was photographed in 1914 at Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas,
James Louis Culpepper, wife Margaret Harbour, and grandson Ruben Curtis Culpepper Jr.12
James Louis Culpeppers & grandson
Photographedcirca 1916 He was photographed circa 1916
From left to right: Louis, James Lev, Harve, Jake, Matthew, and Curtis, with Curtis Jr. holding his father's finger. Brothers Joseph and Everette are not present.16
Sons of James Louis Culpepper and Margaret Hall
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas.17 
Death*29 Aug 1922 He died at Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas, on 29 Aug 1922 at age 89.1,18 
Burial*circa 31 Aug 1922 His body was interred circa 31 Aug 1922 at Stockdale City Cemetery, Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas.1 
Biography* The "BIBLE FAMILY RECORD OF FRANCIS G. & EGLINTINE CULPEPPER" listed James L. Culpepper's birth: _________________________James L. Culpepper _________________________was Born July 28 - 1833
     James L. Culpepper's son was listed as "James Levin Culpepper" on a delayed birth certificate for a daughter, Cecil Hae Culpepper, and was recorded as "J. L. Culpepper, Jr." in 1906 deed but James, Sr. was not believed to have been named "Levin." It was common for Jr. and Sr. to be used if the initials were the same even if the names were not otherwise identical. Mrs. James Lloyd (Vivian Hastings) Culpepper wrote 24 Sep 1978 that her husband believed his grandfather's name was "James Louis." In a 27 Jun 1978 letter Vivian wrote "some say James Louis, some say Lowell, also Leven." In a 28 Aug 1978 letter Mrs. James L. Culpepper wrote: C[harles] E. C[ulpepper] on application of Delayed Birth Certificate swears that his father was James Louis Culpepper....
     James named his first son, Thomas Louis so it makes sense that he would give his son, James, a different middle name. James' father, Francis G. Culpepper was noted with his family in the 1830 census of Talbot, Co., GA and this is probably where James L. Culpepper was born. According to the 2 Feb 1898 Shiner Gazette Francis G. Culpepper moved the family to Alabama in 1834 and this is where James was noted as one of two males 5-10 years old in the household of Francis Culpepper in the 1840 census of Chambers Co., AL. The 2 Feb 1898 Shiner Gazette noted that Francis G. Culpepper moved his family to Mississippi in 1846 and this is where a 16 year old "J. L. Culpepper" emerges in the F. G. Culpepper household in the 1850 census of Lafayette Co., MS. In 1851, Francis G. Culpepper moved his family to Lavaca Co., TX and this is where James L. Culpepper married his first wife, Eliza Jane Harbour, in 1856. Unfortunately, Eliza Jane died and James married her sister, Margaret Hall Harbour, in 1860. When the Civil War began, James L. Culpepper joined the Confederate Army.
     On p. 54 of On The Headwaters of the Lavaca and the Navidad Paul C. Boethel noted "J. L. Culpepper, private" on the: Muster roll of Frederick J. Malone's Company, organized at Sweet Home, August 6, 1861. Enlistment for state service for twelve months. Note on roll: "No arms of an improved style."
     James' older brother, J. T. J. Culpepper, was listed as "1st sergeant" on the same roster. On p. 55, Judge Boethel continues: As military units for service in the Confederate army were recruited, the personnel of Searcy's and Malone's companies were sorely depleted and eventually the units were disbanded to be superceded by other state service units.
     James L. Culpepper apparently went on to serve in Company B, Hardeman's TX Cavalry during the Civil War. After the war, James returned home and was noted as a farmer with his family in the 1870 census of Lavaca Co., TX living next door to his brother, William. James had real estate valued as $500 and personal property valued as $300. His son, James L. Culpepper, Jr. was not listed with the family and two children, a 2 year old "Elenor" born in Texas and a 1 year old "Egleintine" born in Texas were also listed in the household and have not yet been accounted for. Perhaps James L. Culpepper's daughter, Virginia Bell, was originally named after her grandmother. Perhaps Eleanor was a child (a twin of Harvey?) who died before the 1870 census. Or maybe the census taker needed some extra heads. James remained in Lavaca Co., TX through 1900 where he was noted with his wife and children in the 1880 and 1900 census.
     Mrs. R. M. (Anne Culpepper) Hunt wrote 27 Oct 1978 that "about 1900... Uncle James L. C - sold out in Lavaca Co. & bought land in Wilson Co. 1904 near Stockdale Tx. and lived there until his death, age 86 or 87 in about 1927 or 28 [James L. Culpepper would have been 87 in July of 1920] & was buried there, as was his wife who outlived him several years, died at age of 90. This couple had 15 children, all living at Uncle James' death...." The Texas Death Index lists (#24962) "Culpepper, J. L." Wilson Co., TX "8-29-22." 

Family 1

Eliza Jane Harbour (circa 1837 - before 1860)
Marriage*30 Dec 1856 He married Eliza Jane Harbour at Lavaca Co., Texas, on 30 Dec 1856 at age 23.4 

Family 2

Margaret Hall Harbour (14 Feb 1841 - 14 Apr 1931)
Marriage*17 Jan 1860 He married Margaret Hall Harbour at Lavaca Co., Texas, on 17 Jan 1860 at age 26. 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited5 Jul 2012

Citations

  1. Tombstone.
    Stockdale City Cemetery, Stockdale, Wilson Co., TX
    James L. Culpepper, 28 Jul 1833 – 29 Aug 1922
    Margaret Culpepper, 14 Feb 1841, Coffeeville, Miss – 14 Apr 1931.
  2. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 179, Ancestry.com images 21-22, Unknown Township, Chambers Co., AL
    Francis Culpepper, 2 M0-5, 2 M5-10, 3 M10-15, 1 M30-40, 2 F0-5, 1 F5-10, 1 F30-40, 0 slaves.
  3. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 43, Family 290, Lines 12-25, (not stated) Lafayette Co, MS
    F. G. Culpepper, 46, M, Farmer, 100, SC
    Edlentine Culpepper, 38, F, SC
    William H (W) Culpepper, 21, M, Student, GA
    Martha A E Culpepper, 18, F, GA
    Jas L. Culpepper, 16, M, Student, GA
    Shadrack D. Culpepper, 14, M, SC
    Francis B. Culpepper, 13, M, AL
    Nancy R. Culpepper, 11, F, AL
    Matilda S. Culpepper, 10, F, AL
    Cynthia J. Culpepper, 8, F, AL
    Amanda Culpepper, 6, F, AL
    Mary J. Culpepper, 4, F, AL
    Melvina Culpepper, 3, F, AL
    Salina Culpepper, 1, F, MS.
  4. Texas Department of State Health Services, compiler, Texas Marriage Collection, 1814-1909 and 1966-2002, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8795
    Lavaca Co., TX: James L. Culpepper and Eliza Jane Harbor, 30 Dec 1856, Book I, p. 159.
  5. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Sheet 37, Pg 201A, (19 Jun 1860), Hallettesville PO, Lavaca Co., TX (Anc.com img# 37)
    James Culpepper, 24, M, GA, Farmer
    Margaret Culpepper, 22, F, GA.
  6. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Sheet/Pg 134, Pg 473 (15 Jul 1870), Lavaca Co., TX
    James L. Culpepper, 32, M, GA, RE=$500, PE=$300, Farmer
    Margaret Culpepper, 30, F, MS
    Louis Culpepper, 10, M, TX
    Laura Culpepper, 8, F, TX
    Matilda Culpepper, 6, F, TX
    Harvey Culpepper, 4, M, TX
    Elenor Culpepper, 2, M, TX
    Egletine Culpepper, 1, F, TX.
  7. Tombstone.
    Stockdale City Cemetery, Stockdale, Wilson Co., TX
    Jake R. Culpepper, 28 Jan 1876 – 26 Nov 1963
    Nannie Culpepper, 13 Jun 1877 – 25 Feb 1950.
  8. 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
    Mathew John Culpepper, RFD A, Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas, age 40, born 11 Oct 1877, White, Farmer for self; Nearest relative: Mrs. Lela Culpepper-wife, RFD A, Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas. Medium height, Stout build, Blue eyes, Dark hair, no disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918, Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas.
  9. Tombstone.
    Stockdale City Cemetery, Stockdale, Wilson Co., TX
    Curtis Culpepper, 29 Mar 1879 – 5 May 1928
    Ella Reese Culpepper, 27 Feb 1890 – 19 Dec 1976.
  10. 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
    Rubin Curtis Culpepper, RFD A, Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas, age 39, born 29 Mar 1879, White, Farmer for self at RFD A, Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas; Nearest relative: Ella Culpepper-wife, RFD A, Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas. Tall height, Stout build, Blue eyes, Light hair, no disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918, Stockdale, Wilson Co., Texas.
  11. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 79, Sheet 18-19, Pg 416B-C, Pct 3, Lavaca Co., TX
    J. L. Culpepper, M, 46, Head, M, AL GA SC, Farmer
    Margaret Culpepper, F, 39, Wife, M, MS n/a n/a
    Lewis T. Culpepper, M, 19, Son, S, TX AL MS, Works on Farm
    Alice Culpepper, F, 17, Dau, S, TX AL MS
    Matilda Culpepper, F, 15, Dau, S, TX AL MS
    Levin Culpepper, M, 13, Son, S, TX AL MS
    Harvey Culpepper, M, 11, Son, S, TX AL MS
    Virginia Culpepper, F, 9, Dau, S, TX AL MS
    Everet Culpepper, M, 7, Son, S, TX AL MS
    Joseph Culpepper, M, 6, Son, S, TX AL MS
    Josephine Culpepper, F, 6, Dau, S, TX AL MS
    Georgia Culpepper, F, 5, Dau, S, TX AL MS
    Jacob Culpepper, M, 4, Son, S, TX AL MS
    Matthew Culpepper, M, 3, Son, S, TX AL MS
    Reuben C. Culpepper, M, 1, Son, S, TX AL MS.
  12. Merle Ridgway, Houston, TX, 1999 records, Merle Ridgway to Lew Griffin, 1999.
  13. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 87, Sheet 2B, Pg 116A, Pct 3, Gen.com Img 5, Old Sweet Home, Lavaca Co., TX
    James Culpepper, Head, M, Jul-1833, 66, md-22 yrs, AL SC SC, Farmer
    Marie Culpepper, Wife, F, Feb-1841, 59, md-33 yrs, Ch 15/15, MS MS MS
    Matthew Culpepper, Son, M, Oct-1877, 22, S, TX AL MS, Farm Laborer
    Rubbin Culpepper, Son, M, Mar-1879, 21, S, TX AL MS, Farm Laborer
    Sophia Culpepper, Daughter, F, May-1873, 27, S, TX AL MS
    Jinsie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Nov-1880, 19, S, TX AL MS
    Maggie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Nov-1885, 14, S, TX AL MS.
  14. 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
    Francis G. Culpepper died 21 Oct 1903 in Lavaca Co., TX, Cert 39857.
  15. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 164, Sheet 10B, Pg 261B, Pct 7, Gen.com Img 20, Wilson Co., TX
    James L. Culpepper, Head, M, 76, M2, md-50, SC UN UN, Farmer-Stock Farm
    Margarete Culpepper, Wife, F, 69, M1, md-50, ch 15/15, MS GA un
    Curtis Culpepper, Son, M, 31, S, TX SC MS, Farm Laborer
    Josefine Culpepper, Daughter, F, 36, S, TX SC MS.
  16. E-mail written 1999-2005 to Culpepper Connections from Dorothy Nash Roberts (#23890), Denton, TX, e-mail address.
  17. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 206, Sheet 12B, Pg 174, Pct. 7, Stockdale, Wilson Co., TX
    Own=Y, Farm=Y
    James L. Culpepper, Head, M, 87, M, GA GA GA, Farmer
    Margaret Culpepper, Wife, F, 78, M, MS AL AL
    Curtis Culpepper, Son, M, 40, M, TX MS TX, Farmer
    Ella Culpepper, Daughter-in-Law, F, 29, M, TX TX or FL TN
    R. C. Culpepper, G-Son, M, 6, S, TX TX TX
    Josephine Culpepper, Dau, F, 46, S, TX TX TX.
  18. 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
    J. L. Culpepper, Wilson Co., Aug 29 1922, 24962.