Thomas Joel Culpepper

Male, #32444, (5 Jun 1847 - 20 Sep 1920)
Father*George Washington Culpepper of Meriwether Co., GA (6 Dec 1808 - 20 Dec 1901)
Mother*Perlina Perdue (27 Jun 1812 - 21 Jul 1882)
DNA* Thomas 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*5 Jun 1847 Thomas was born at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 5 Jun 1847. 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Perlina, Permelia, Thomas, Sarah, Simeon, Nancy, Noah, William, John and James listed as a household member living with George Washington Culpepper of Meriwether Co., GA on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Meriwether Co., Georgia.1 
1860 Census1 Jun 1860 Perlina, James, John, Simeon, Sarah, Thomas, Permelia, George and Fereba listed as a household member living with George Washington Culpepper of Meriwether Co., GA in the 1860 Census at Meriwether Co., Georgia.2 
Civil War*between 1864 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1864 and 1865

     Private, Co. A, 2nd Georgia Cavalry. 
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 Thomas listed as a household member on the 1870 Census at Henderson, Rusk Co., Texas.3 
Marriage*31 Mar 1874 He married Issorah Lola Boyd at Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 31 Mar 1874 at age 26.4 
Birth of Son5 Aug 1876 His son James William Washington Culpepper M.D. was born on 5 Aug 1876 at Meriwether Co., Georgia.5 
1880 Census1 Jun 1880 Thomas was listed as a son in George Washington Culpepper of Meriwether Co., GA's household on the 1880 Census at Meriwether Co., Georgia.6 
Birth of Son6 Oct 1881 His son Thomas Perry Culpepper was born on 6 Oct 1881 at Meriwether Co., Georgia.7 
Death of Mother21 Jul 1882 His mother Perlina Perdue died on 21 Jul 1882 at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia.8 
Birth of Son6 Dec 1887 His son Rufus Alva Culpepper M.D. was born on 6 Dec 1887 at Oakland, Meriwether Co., Georgia.9 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Thomas and Issorah was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Livingston, Cullman Co., Alabama.10 
Death of Father20 Dec 1901 His father George Washington Culpepper of Meriwether Co., GA died on 20 Dec 1901 at Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., Georgia.11 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 Thomas was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Crane Hill, Cullman Co., Alabama.12 
Death of Son27 May 1915 His son James William Washington Culpepper M.D. died on 27 May 1915 at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama.13,5 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Thomas was listed as a father-in-law in Homer Lionel Burch's household on the 1920 Census at Sarasota, Manatee Co., Florida.14 
Death*20 Sep 1920 He died at Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama, on 20 Sep 1920 at age 73.15 
Burial*circa 22 Sep 1920 His body was interred circa 22 Sep 1920 at Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama
Biography* George W. Culpepper recorded his son's birth in his Bible: "Thomas Joel was born June 5th 11 o'clock 1847." A 3 year old "T. J. Culpepper" was noted with his parents in the 1850 census of Meriwether Co., GA and this is where he is presumed to have been born. George W. Culpepper also recorded his son's baptism in his Bible: "Thomas Joel was Baptized April 27, 1848 by W. A. Florence." In the 1860 Lutherville P. O. District (Luthersville?), Meriwether Co., GA a 13 year old "Joel" was noted living with his parents.
     Although very young at the time the Civil War began, according to a Cullman Co., AL Confederate Pension application, Thomas Joel Culpepper enlisted in Griffin Georgia and served as a Private in Co. A, 2nd Cav. (State Guards) C.S.A. Thomas Joel Culpepper has not been found in the 1870 census records of Georgia or Alabama. He was not listed in his father's household and he has not been found boarding elsewhere.
     George W. Culpepper recorded his son's marriage in his Bible: "Thos. J. Culpepper and Miss Lola Boyd were married March the 31st, 1874." "Joel Culpepper" was listed in the 1880 census of Meriwether Co., GA with his wife and two young children. They were living with Joel's parents, George Washington and Perlina (Perdue) Culpepper. Thomas J. Culpepper and his wife were noted in the 1900 and 1910 census of Cullman Co., AL.
     The following is from p. 171 of the History of Alabama entry for Thomas Jefferson Culpepper's son, Rufus A. Culpepper: His [Rufus A. Culpepper's] father, Thomas J. Culpepper, was born in the same county [Meriwether], June 5, 1847, was reared and married there, and throughout his active career followed the vocation of farmer. In 1892 he moved to Cullman County, Alabama, and was one of the solid men of agriculture in that county until September 20, 1920. He was a democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and served the last two years of the Civil War as a Confederate soldier. His wife, Lola Boyd, was born in Merriweather [read Meriwether] County December 3, 1852, and now resides at Cullman. They had a family of seven children: James William was a physician and surgeon and died at Cullman at the age of thirty nine; Lena Mae, married Dr. William H. Price, a physician and surgeon, and both died at Cullman; Lillie is the wife of Clinton Tucker, of Sarasota, Florida; Doctor Rufus A; and Ellen is the wife of Homer Burch, an employee of Tennessee Coal, Iron & Railway Company at Fairfield, Alabama.
     In a 9 Dec 1977 letter, N. V. Culpepper, D.D.S. wrote that Thomas Joel Culpepper "came to Alabama in 1892 from Georgia and was a died-in-the-wool Fox Hunter and Democrat." The following is a summary of the Thomas Joel Culpepper family from the Confederate Pension applications of Cullman County, Alabama: THOMAS JOEL CULPEPPER b. (ca) 1847/48 d. 9-20-1920 Cullman, Alabama, Pvt., CO. A, 2nd, Cav. (State Guards) Georgia C.S.A. Enlisted Griffin, Georgia. Married Lola Boyd, Lutherville, Georgia 3-31-1874. She was born 12-3-1851 Warnerville, Georgia, Meriweather County, the daughter of Dr. W. H.Boyd, Meriweather County. In the Spring of 1865 to Fall 1866 in Meriweather, Georgia then moved to Grimes County, Texas for about ten months then to Bell County, Texas for six months and then to Rusk County, Texas for a little over four years then back to Meriweather, Georgia and stayed there until 1892 then settled in Cullman County, Alabama. Children: T. P. Culpepper, Sallie Culpepper, she married a Lamb [read Land], Lillian Culpepper, married a Tucker, R. Alvin [Alva] Culpepper, M.D., Ellen Culpepper married a Burch. He owned 166 acres of land in Cullman County, Alabama at time of application.
     A grandson, N. V. Culpepper, D.D.S. in a 9 Dec 1977 letter, described Thomas Joel Culpepper as "a died-in-the-wool Fox Hunter and Democrat." 

Family

Issorah Lola Boyd (3 Dec 1851 - 9 Apr 1937)
Marriage*31 Mar 1874 He married Issorah Lola Boyd at Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 31 Mar 1874 at age 26.4 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited7 Oct 2010

Citations

  1. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Pages 312B-313A, 59th District, Meriwether Co., GA
    G. W. Culpepper, 41, M, Farmer, $1,175, SC
    Perlina Culpepper, 38, F, GA
    J. D. Culpepper, 16, M, GA
    J. W. Culpepper, 13, M, GA
    W. J. Culpepper, 12, M, GA
    N. S. Culpepper, 10, M, GA
    N. L. Culpepper, 9, F, GA
    S. F. Culpepper, 7, M, GA
    S. E. Culpepper, 4, F, GA
    L. J. Culpepper, 3, M, GA
    P. F. Culpepper, 1, F, GA.
  2. Pages 415-416, Lutherville PO, Meriwether Co., GA
    George W. Culpepper, 50, M, Farmer, $2000/$2000, SC
    Paulina Culpepper, 48, F, GA
    James D. Culpepper, 26, M, GA
    Feraba Culpepper, 23, F, GA
    John W. Culpepper, 24, M, GA
    Simeon F. Culpepper, 17, M, GA
    Sallie E. Culpepper, 15, F, GA
    Joel Culpepper, 13, M, GA
    Permelia Culpepper, 11, F, GA
    George Culpepper, 8, M, GA.
  3. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Sheet/Pg 186, Pg 433, Prect 4 (29 Aug 1870), Henderson PO, Rusk Co., TX
    The preceding Sheet/Pg 185 is missing in Ancestry.com and genealogy.com sites and we cannot identify other family members.
    Isabella Phillips, 21, F, GA
    Joel W. Phillips, 19, M, GA, Farmer
    Erwin L. Phillips, 15, M, TX
    Joel Culpepper, 23, M, GA, Farmer.
  4. Jordan Dodd, compiler, Georgia Marriages, 1851-1900, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/gamarr/main.htm
    Thomas J. Culpepper and Lola Boyd on 31 Mar 1874 in Meriwether Co., GA.
  5. 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 1, page 183:
    Cullman City Cemetery, Corner of 9th Street and West Main, Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama.
    + J. W. Culpepper, MD, 5 Aug 1876 - 27 May 1915
    + Belle McAfee Culpepper, 20 Apr 1883 - 2 Jan 1968.
  6. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 81, Page 202B (33), Family 262, Luthersville, Meriwether Co., GA
    George Culpepper, Self, M, Md, 72, SC, Farming, GA/SC/SC
    Perlina Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, 67, Keeping House, GA/France/GA
    Joel Culpepper, Son, M, Md, 30, Working On Farm, GA/SC/GA (ID: 32444)
    Lola Culpepper, Dau-in-Law, F, Md, 27, Keeping House, GA/GA/GA
    James Culpepper, GSon, M, S, 4, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Lola Culpepper, GDau, F, S, 7M, --- , GA/GA/GA
    John Chisohn, Other, M, S, 30, Store Keeper, AL/AL/GA
    Lea Bohanan, Other, F, S, B, 50, Cooking, GA/GA/GA.
  7. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  8. Priscilla Turner, compiler, Meriwether Co., GA Cemeteries, Spartanburg, SC: , 1993, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book: 975.8455 V39.
    Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery, near Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., GA
    + Perlina Perdue Culpepper, 27 Jun 1812 – 21 Jul 1882.
  9. 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
    Rufus Alva Culpepper, 3rd St. E, Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama, age 29, born 6 Dec 1887 in Oakland, Georgia; Works as a Physician/Surgeon in Cullman, Alabama; Single, Caucasian, Tall height, Medium build, Blue eyes, Light Brown hair, Not bald, No Disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 in Cullman, Alabama.
  10. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 56, Page 12A, Lines 10-17, Livingston, Cullman Co., AL (18 Jun 1900)
    Thomas J. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, Jun 1847, 52, md-26yrs, GA/SC/SC, Farmer
    Issorah L. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, Dec 1851, 48, md-26yrs, ch 10/7, GA/GA/GA
    James W. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Aug 1876, 23, sng, GA/GA/GA, Farm laborer
    Thomas P. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Oct 1882, 17, sng, GA/GA/GA, Farm laborer
    Sallie J. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Aug 1884, 15, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Lillie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Aug 1886, 13, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Rufus A. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Dec 1888, 11, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Ferbia E. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Jun 1891, 8, sng, GA/GA/GA.
  11. Priscilla Turner, compiler, Meriwether Co., GA Cemeteries, Spartanburg, SC: , 1993, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book: 975.8455 V39.
    Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery, near Lone Oak, Meriwether Co., GA
    + George W. Culpepper, 6 Dec 1808 – 20 Dec 1901.
  12. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 27, Page 16A, Lines 24-27, Crane Hill, Cullman Co., AL (4 May 1910)
    Thomas J. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 63, md1-37yrs, GA/SC/SC, Farmer
    Isora L. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 58, md1-37yrs, ch 10/7, GA/GA/GA
    Thomas Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 29, sng, GA/GA/GA, Farmer
    Ellen Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, 18, sng, GA/GA/GA.
  13. State of Alabama Center for Health Statistics / Record Services Division, compiler, Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2011.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2453
    James W. W. Culpepper died 27 May 1915 in Jefferson Co., Alabama.
  14. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    Page: 10A, ED: 124, Image: 382 (8 Jan 1920), 408 8th St., Sarasota, Manatee Co., FL
    Hooker A. Burch, HH, M, W, 28, M, AL/AL/AL, Truck driver
    Ella (Culpepper) Burch, Wife, W, 27, M, GA/GA/GA
    Gerald Burch, Son, M, W, 16, S, AL/AL/GA
    Ruth Burch, Dau, F, W, 4, S, AL/AL/GA
    Carrace Burch, Son, M, W, 1, S, AL/AL/GA
    Joel Culpepper, Father-in-law, M, W, 73, M, GA/GA/GA
    Lola Culpepper, Mother-in-law, F, W, 68, M, GA/GA/GA.
  15. State of Alabama Center for Health Statistics / Record Services Division, compiler, Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2011.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=2453
    Thomas Joel Culpepper died 20 Sep 1920 in Cullman Co., Alabama.