Rev. Benjamin Sampson Culpepper1,2

Male, #3251, (14 May 1839 - 7 Dec 1888)
Father*Benjamin Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA (c 1792 - 9 Oct 1851)
Mother*Nancy Horne (c 1805 - )
DNA* Benjamin 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*14 May 1839 Benjamin was born at Dooly Co., Georgia, on 14 May 1839. 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Benjamin was probably a free white male, under 5 years old, in Benjamin Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Dooly Co., Georgia.3 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Susan, Benjamin, Martha, Sarah, David and Nancy listed as a household member living with Benjamin Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Dooly Co., Georgia.4 
Death of Father9 Oct 1851 His father Benjamin Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA died on 9 Oct 1851 at Dooly Co., Georgia.5 
GuardianMar 1852 The court declared Rev. Benjamin Sampson Culpepper to be orphaned after the death of Benjamin Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA and after the removal of Montevallo Ray as guardian and Dr. Robert Davis Sinclair was appointed as guardian in Mar 1852 at Georgia

     It appearing to the court at the March Term 1852 of this court Letters of Guardianship for the person and property of Benjamin Culpepper Junr orphan and minor of Benjamin Culpepper Senr was granted to Montraville Ray and whereas the said Montraville Ray has removed to parts unknown it is therefore ordered that Letters of Guardianship for the person and property of the said Benjamin Culpepper Junr Orphan as aforesaid ??? to Robert D. Sinclair on his giving bond and security in the sum of Sixteen Hundred Dollars.
     It appearing to the court that at the March Term 1852 of the court Letters of Guardianship for the person and property of Jane Culpepper orphan and minor of Benjamin Culpepper Senr deceased was granted to Montraville Ray and whereas the said Montraville Ray has removed to parts unknown the said Jane Culpepper being over fourteen years of age appeared in open court and made choice of Robert D. Sinclair for her guardian. It is therefore ordered that the said Robert D. Sinclair be and he is hereby appointed guarian of the person and property of the said Jane Culpepper on his giving bond and security in the sum of Sixteen Hundred Dollars

Minutes Book A 194
September Term 1852
Monday 6th Septbr

Whereas application has been made by Robert D. Sinclair administrator on the Estate of Benjamin Culpepper late of said county deceased for leave to sell all the Lands and Negroes belonging to said Estate of said deceased in terms of the statute in such cases made and provided and no objections having been filed and whereas it appearing further to this court that a proper divison of the Negroes belonging to said Estate can not be effected among and between the distributees of said Estate without a sale thereof and that a sale of the lands belonging to said Estate of the said deceased will be for the benefit of the heirs and distributees and creditors of said deceased be it therefore ordered by said Court that said administrator has leave to sell the Land and negroes belonging to said Estate of said deceased he first complying with the statute in such cases made and provided by giving notice of said sale (last two words missing from my copy.) 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 Benjamin listed as a household member in the 1860 Census at Jasper, Hamilton Co., Florida.6 
Marriage*17 Oct 1860 He married Dorcus Drusilla Horne at Hamilton Co., Florida, on 17 Oct 1860 at age 21. 
Civil War*between 1862 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1862 and 1865

     Private, B Co. (Also A Co.), 10th Infantry Reg. Florida. 
Birth of Son7 Jan 1862 His son Arthur Benjamin Culpepper was born on 7 Jan 1862 at Hamilton Co., Florida
Death of Son11 Jan 1862 His son Arthur Benjamin Culpepper died on 11 Jan 1862 at Hamilton Co., Florida
Birth of Son7 Apr 1868 His son William Henry Culpepper was born on 7 Apr 1868 at Hamilton Co., Florida.2 
Birth of Son21 Jan 1871 His son Robert Benjamin Culpepper was born on 21 Jan 1871 at Hamilton Co., Florida
Death of Son2 Sep 1872 His son Robert Benjamin Culpepper died on 2 Sep 1872 at Hamilton Co., Florida
Birth of Son6 Apr 1873 His son Rev. David Croom Culpepper was born on 6 Apr 1873 at Hamilton Co., Florida
Birth of Son29 Apr 1875 His son Rev. Isaac Franklin Culpepper was born on 29 Apr 1875 at Hamilton Co., Florida
Birth of Son17 Mar 1877 His son Rev. Jesse Josiah Culpepper was born on 17 Mar 1877 at Hamilton Co., Florida
Photographed*say 1879 He was photographed say 1879 at Hamilton Co., Florida.7
Benjamin Sampson Culpepper & wife Dorcas Drusilla Horne
Birth of Son10 Apr 1879 His son Rev. James Wallace Culpepper was born on 10 Apr 1879 at Hamilton Co., Florida
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Hamilton Co., Florida.8 
Birth of Son1 May 1881 His son Rev. Charles Allison Culpepper was born on 1 May 1881 at Hamilton Co., Florida
Birth of Son18 Apr 1884 His son Rev. Edward Benito Culpepper was born on 18 Apr 1884 at Echols Co., Georgia.9 
Death*7 Dec 1888 He died at Echols Co., Georgia, on 7 Dec 1888 at age 49. 
Burial*8 Dec 1888 His body was interred on 8 Dec 1888 at Sardis Baptist Cemetery, Echols Co., Georgia
Biography* According to Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, "Mr. Culpepper after marriage continued to live in Hamilton County, FL, for about fifteen years, then moved to Echols County, in Georgia, and lived there until his death Dec. 7, 1888. He was a member of the Baptist Church and was an ordained minister, and pastored Sardis Church near his home for many years or until his death; also pastored the Baptist Church in Statenville, and several churches over in Hamilton County, FL. His seven sons who grew to be grown and married, all lived and died in Echols County, and became members of the Church of God and ministers in that church." 
Reunion* A reunion is held annually on Memorial Day for the descendants of Benjamin Sampson and Dorcus Horne Culpepper. The last reported to Culpepper Connections! was held on May 24-25, 2008 at Bethel Church off of Culpepper Road, Statenville, GA. For more information, contact David A. Culpepper.10,11 

Family

Dorcus Drusilla Horne (3 Feb 1841 - 25 Sep 1910)
Marriage*17 Oct 1860 He married Dorcus Drusilla Horne at Hamilton Co., Florida, on 17 Oct 1860 at age 21. 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited31 Jul 2011

Citations

  1. Jessie H. & Delma Wilson Paulk, Hogan Family & Kin, Craigmiles Historical Publications, 1994.
  2. Folks Huxford, Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia: a biographical account of some of the early settlers of that portion of Wiregrass Georgia embraced in the original counties of Irwin, Appling, Wayne, Camden and Glynn,
    Vol. 6, p. 64-65.
  3. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 97, District 7, Dooly Co., GA
    B. Culpepper, 1 M0-5, 1 M5-10, 1 M40-50, 1 F0-5, 1 F5-10, 1 F10-15, 1 F15-20, 1 F40-50.
  4. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 277A, District 24, Dooly Co., GA
    Benjamin Culpepper, 56, M, Farmer, $2,000, GA
    Nancy Culpepper, 45, F, SC
    David Culpepper, 18, M, GA
    Sarah Culpepper, 16, F, GA
    Jane Culpepper, 14, F, GA
    Benjamin Culpepper, 11, M, GA
    Susan Culpepper, 9, F, GA.
  5. Mary Overby, Obituaries Published by The Christian Index, 1822-1879, Macon, GA: Georgia Baptist Historical Society, 1975.


  6. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 596, Family 244, Jasper, Hamilton Co., FL
    William L. Bembury, 36, M, Farmer, $---/$200, GA
    Elizabeth Bembury, 32, F, GA
    Mary G. Bembury, 13, F, GA
    Henry Bembury, 17, M, GA
    Benjamin Culpepper, 22, M, $---/$600, GA.
  7. E-mail written 1999 & later to Lew Griffin from Joanne Botts Kent (her husband David Kent is the grandson of Anna Mae Culpepper Kent), e-mail address.
  8. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 278B, Bartow, Hamilton Co., FL
    B. S. Culpepper, Self, M, M, W, 41, Working On Farm, GA/GA/GA (ID: 3251)
    Darcas D. Culpepper, Wife, F, M, W, 38, Keeping House, GA/GA/GA
    Mary J. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 13, At Home, FL/GA/GA
    William H. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 12, Working On Farm, GA/GA/GA
    David C. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 7, Working On Farm, GA/GA/GA
    Isaac F. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 5, At Home, GA/GA/GA
    Jessee J. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 3, At Home, FL/GA/GA
    James W. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 1, At Home, FL/GA/GA.
  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
    Edward Bernardo Culpepper, b. 18 Apr 1884, White, , Lee Co., FL.
  10. E-mail written 2002-2003 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from David Allen Culpepper (#46506), e-mail address.
  11. E-mail written May 2008 to Warren Culpepper from DeLois Crews (d/o #46718), Saint George, GA, e-mail address.