John Asbury Sewell

Male, #32443, (26 Aug 1842 - 11 Jul 1923)
Birth*26 Aug 1842 John was born at Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 26 Aug 1842. 
Marriage*13 Dec 1866 He married Sarah Elizabeth Culpepper at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 13 Dec 1866 at age 24.1 
Photographedcirca 1885 He appeared as a husband in a family photograph circa 1885 at Shuler, Union Co., Arkansas.2
John Asbury & Sarah Elizabeth (Culpepper) Sewell
Photographedcirca 1896 He appeared as a husband in a family photograph circa 1896 at Shuler, Union Co., Arkansas,
Seated: John Asbury Sewell and Sarah Elizabeth (Culpepper) Sewell; standing (left to right): Walter Duke Sewell, John Henry Sewell, Perlina Elizabeth Sewell, Noah Franklin Sewell, and Alvin Clement Sewell.2
John Asbury and Sarah Elizabeth (Culpepper) Sewell family
Death*11 Jul 1923 He died at Shuler, Union Co., Arkansas, on 11 Jul 1923 at age 80. 
Biography* He was known as "Berry." A granddaughter, Mrs. Ruth Sewell Primm wrote, 24 Oct 1977: John A. & Sarah (Sallie) Elizabeth Culpepper Sewell moved to Shuler, Ark. in Union County , 1879. In 1885 he purchased 500 acres of land. They still lived at the homeplace at the time of their death."
According to "Biographical and Historical Memmoirs of Southern Arkansas," Goodspeed Publishing Co., p. 864-5: "John A. Sewell has been a resident of Union County, Ark., since 1879, and holds an enviable place among the agriculturists of this region. He was born in Meriwether County, GA., August 26, 1842, being the third of nine children born to John P. and Elizabeth L. (Wideman) Sewell, the former a Georgian, and the latter a native of South Carolina. They were married in the former State in January, 1837, and there settled permanently, the father being a Whig in politics before the war and a Democrat afterward, but was never an active politician. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for many years and he was in full communion with the same at the time of his death in 1878, at the age of 66 years. His widow still survives him and resides in Georgia. In this state John A. Sewell was reared, his early education being obtained in the common schools. He began doing for himself in 1861, and the same year enlisted in Company B, Second Georgia Regiment, as a private, and was discharged on account of sickness. Upon recovering his health, he enlisted in Company B, First Georgia Cavalry and served with the same until the close of the war, participating in the following battles: Richmond, Danville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, and was wounded at a skirmish at Mossy Creek in East Tennessee, in the left shoulder, neck and jaw, very seriously, but at present it does not trouble him to any great extent. He was with Johnston's command in North Carolina at the time of the surrender, but he afterward returned to his home in Georgia, and again began the peaceful pursuit of farming. He was married in 1866 to Miss Sallie E. Culpepper, a native of Meriwether County, Ga., her parents being George W. and Perlina (Perdeu) Culpepper, who were old settlers of Georgia. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, for many years, and she was in full communion with the same at the time of her death in 1882, at the age of seventy years. He still survives her, and resides in Georgia. After the marriage of Mr. Sewell, he and his wife resided in Georgia until 1879, then moved to Union County, Ark., and in 1885 purchased the farm of 500 acres on which he now resides. He has ninety acres under cultivation, the average yield being a half bale of cotton and fifteen bushels of corn to the acre. Nine children have been born to himself and wife, eight being now alive: George P., Emett K., Walter D., James A., John H., Noah F., Perlina E., and Alvin C. George P. was married in 1889 to Miss Lena G. Bird, a resident of this county. He is a Democrat, is president of the Democratic Club, located at Shuler, and in 1884 was elected to the position of magistrate, a position he filled for two terms in Garner Township. He is also a school director, a position to which he was elected in 1887, and he and his wife and five eldest children are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. 


Sarah Elizabeth Culpepper (7 Jul 1845 - 2 Sep 1928)
Last Edited26 Sep 2004


  1. Jordan Dodd, compiler, Georgia Marriages, 1851-1900, Online database at, 2000.
    Sallie E. Culpepper and John A. Sewell on 13 Dec 1866 in Meriwether Co., GA.
  2. Correspondence from Paula Sewell Reynolds (Mrs. R. M. Reynolds) to Lew Griffin.