Wilbur Fiske Culpepper M.D.

Male, #32511, (10 May 1857 - 17 May 1937)
Father*Elijah Milton Culpepper (31 Dec 1833 - 1864)
Mother*Mary Ann V. Peavy (c 1837 - 31 Jul 1872)
Birth*10 May 1857 Wilbur was born at Coweta Co., Georgia, on 10 May 1857.1 
1860 Census1 Jun 1860 Marcilla, Sidney, Elijah, Mary, Wilbur, Martha and John listed as a household member living with James D. Culpepper in the 1860 Census at Haralson, Coweta Co., Georgia.2 
Death of Father1864 His father Elijah Milton Culpepper died in 1864 at Macon, Bibb Co., Georgia
1870 Census1 Jun 1870 Wilbur and Martha listed as a household member living with Mary Ann V. Peavy on the 1870 Census at Senoia, Coweta Co., Georgia.3 
Death of Mother31 Jul 1872 His mother Mary Ann V. Peavy died on 31 Jul 1872.4 
1880 Census1 Jun 1880 Wilbur was listed as a nephew in Iverson Warner Sims's household on the 1880 Census at Coweta Co., Georgia.5 
Marriage*23 Dec 1891 He married Kate Douglas Cooper at Troup Co., Georgia, on 23 Dec 1891 at age 34.6 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Wilbur was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Senoia, Coweta Co., Georgia.7 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 Wilbur was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Senoia, Coweta Co., Georgia.8 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 Wilbur was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Senoia, Coweta Co., Georgia.9 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Wilbur was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Senoia, Coweta Co., Georgia.10 
Death*17 May 1937 He died at Senoia, Coweta Co., Georgia, on 17 May 1937 at age 80.11,1 
Burial*circa 19 May 1937 His body was interred circa 19 May 1937 at Senoia City Cemetery, Senoia, Coweta Co., Georgia.1 
Biography* W. F. Culpepper was born shortly before the Civil War and based on the census locations of his parents, he was probably born in Coweta Co., GA. He was recorded with his parents in the 1860 census of Coweta Co., GA and with his widowed mother and younger sister in the 1870 census of Senoia, Coweta Co., GA. The family has not yet been found in 1880 census records of Georgia or Alabama. "W. F. Culpepper" was recorded (p. 20, family 6) with his wife and young family in the 1900 census of Coweta Co., GA. He was listed as having been born March 1859 in Georgia. A 51 year old "Wilburn Culpepper" born in Georgia was recorded (p. 35, family 4) with his wife and two daughters in the 1910 census of Senoia, Coweta Co., GA. Mrs. W. C. (Edith Culpepper) Turpin wrote of her father, Dr. Wilbur Fiske Culpepper, in a 27 Nov 1978 letter: [Charles Emory Culpepper] had a drug store in Senoia with him (my father) which burned & Charles left - Later went with Coca-Cola Co and lived for years in N.Y. - many times a millionaire - My father practiced until a week before he died at age 80 - was the kindest, most beloved person - had a degree from Columbia University in N.Y. - was old fashioned "Country Dr" but kept up with modern medicine & was greatly beloved & admired by all - practice covered several counties -
     An article on p. 6B of the Jan 4, 1979 Newnan Times-Herald (Coweta Co, GA) suggested that "'Spirits' Lurk at the Culpepper House" in Senoia, GA and described Dr. Wilbur Fiske Culpepper as "Senoia's longstanding doctor, who occupied the house beginning in 1902."
     For a photograph of the Culpepper House, see http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/ga/coweta.htm#Places
     On p. 12A of The Newnan Times-Herald for Thursday 28 Apr 1983, the Culpepper House was featured in an article "Home Tour Part of Senoia May Day Festival Saturday": The Culpepper House, built [in 1871] by returning Confederate veteran Dr. John Addy, eventually became the house of Dr. William [read Wilbur] Culpepper, physician in the Senoia area for more than five decades. The restored home is a Queen Ann Victorian and is the home of Ms. Mary Brown. Oriental carpets in the foyer and sliding pocket doors in the parlor are complimented by the display of European and Oriental collectables. The gracious formal dining room is accented by a curved, thee-window [three-window?] bay, draped in soft rose folds, glass ware, china and a center chandelier. The home features stain glass windows, curved walls and French Provincial style. Located at the corner of Broad and Morgan Streets, the house was built in 1871 and shows the fine craftsmanship of that time. Admission will be $3.50, to be donated to the Historical Society, and coffee will be served.
     On p. 11B of The Newnan Times-Herald for 25 Apr 1985, the Culpepper house was featured in the article "Senoia Has New Driving Tour Brochure Available": The Culpepper House is among the structures included on the tour.
It features steamboat gothic trim and large rooms on two floors. A small house was built on the lot after the Civil War. Ms. [Mary] Brown said she believes that house was entirely incorporated into the design followed when Dr. Wilbur Culpepper, a Senoia physician for five decades, constructed the Victorian home that is now Ms. Brown's home. Her residence has been mentioned in numerous publications including Southern Homes, Country Living and Metro South magazines.
     According to p. 9B of The Newnan Times-Herald for 22 May 1990, "The Culpepper House in Senoia is one of the listings in "The Christian Bed and Breakfast Directory.... The Victorian home still appears much as it did when it was owned by D[r.] Wilbur Culpepper at the turn of the century."
     The following undated article is from the Los Angeles Times in the American Album section: Southern home offers visitors a doorway to the past Historic Culpepper House has been reincarnated as a small inn. By LEE MAY TIMES STAFF WRITER SENOIA, Ga.--Dr. John Addy, a Confederate soldier, returned from the Civil War and built a family home here in 1871. Now, 120 years later, the place that provided the doctor some much needed R&R (rest and recuperation) offers visitors B&B (bed and breakfast). That transformation puts the home, named the Culpepper House after Dr. Wilbur Culpepper, one of its early owners and redesigners, among a sharply rising number of grand old American houses that have been converted from private family dwellings to historical showplaces with rooms for rent. "It's a new cottage industry," said Mary Finch Hoyt, director of communications for the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, apparently intending no pun. "The whole thing has mushroomed." Of course some bed and breakfasts are nothing more than motels with lace curtains and free doughnuts. The number of hostelries calling themselves B&Bs has quadrupled to at least 20,000 over the last 10 years, many seeking to take advantage of "a rediscovery of the joys of home and hearth," according to the book "Feather Beds & Flapjacks," published last year by the National Trust. But more and more historic properties are opening their doors for another reason: the difficulty and expense in maintaining the old homes. The Culpepper House is one of them. Like many grand old homes across America, the two-story frame dwelling was falling apart back in the 1970s and was nursed back to health amid a burst of preservation energy. Now it is sustained by tourists, much as many great private estates in England now subsist on the income from tours and overnight guests. Before its reclamation, the Culpepper House "was in sad shape," recalls Jack Thompson, president of the Senoia Area Historical Society. Now painted yellow with white gingerbread trim, the room (including four bedrooms) house sits primly at the corner of Broad and Morgan streets in this frozen-in-time village of about 1,000 people. Located 37 miles southwest of Atlanta, the whole town has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The stately pace of the town, along with the unassuming charm of the Culpepper House, attracted Mary Brown here from Dallas after she retired as a dietitian at the Veterans Administration medical center. A native Georgian, she bought the house in 1982 and started her B&B the next year because she "thought it would be fun to do." B & B operators, she said, "are saving [historic homes] for future generations." But, "we would not save them unless we put them to some kind of use because they eat money." Brown said: "I'm afraid to add up [the cost of the renovation]." She charges $50 to $60 for a room and breakfast. Brown, who collects everything from carved elephants to miniature bells and calls herself "a true Victorian," said many visitors "feel like they're going back in time." That feeling comes with any visit to an old home that has been restored, and the specific image depends on the part of the country. Throughout this region, the old homes conjure up pictures of a languid Old South, dripping cotton money gathered from slave labor, a South that rose, then tumbled--humbled in the War Between the States and thrown into tumult after it. There are many mansions in the South, including some along the Mississippi River in Louisiana and Mississippi, that evoke images of Tara from "Gone With the Wind" and seem impossibly lavish. Others are more modest, like the Culpepper House. These seem more emotionally accessible than the Taras to people interested in the everyday life of 100 years ago. The Culpepper House raises questions. What was Dr. Addy like? What did Dr. Culpepper think as he sat in his elegant dining room--where Brown now serves breakfast to tourists? Did they drink whiskey with cronies behind the parlor's closed pocket doors? Did they relive the war? Who planted the old oaks outside? The house provides "a great sense of history," said Mary Kalina of Cape Coral, Fla., who, with her husband, Craig, recently stayed at Culpepper House. "We really felt we were in old Georgia." Kalina said her visit inspired a "concern over what it was like to live" during the l9th Century and at the same time gave her a sense of the times. "I'd never get a chance to see some of these old homes" if they were not for rent, she said. 


Kate Douglas Cooper (3 Feb 1868 - 26 Feb 1954)
Marriage*23 Dec 1891 He married Kate Douglas Cooper at Troup Co., Georgia, on 23 Dec 1891 at age 34.6 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited20 Sep 2012


  1. Coweta County Genealogical Society, compiler, Coweta Co., GA Cemeteries, Roswell, GA: WH Wolfe Associates, 1986, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. FHL US/CAN Book: 975.8423.
    Senoia City Cemetery, Senoia, Coweta Co., GA
    + Wilbur Fiske Culpepper (Dr.), 10 May 1857 – 17 May 1937
    + Kate Cooper Culpepper, 3 Feb 1868 – 26 Feb 1954.
  2. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 720, Haralson PO, Coweta Co., GA
    James Culpepper, 31, M, Farmer, $1172/$1219, GA
    Marcilla C. (Addy) Culpepper, 22, F, SC
    Cidney D. Culpepper, 2, M, GA
    John J. Addy, 24, M, Physician, -/$650, SC
    Elijah Culpepper, 26, M, Merchant, $150/$300, GA
    Mary B. Culpepper, 23, F, GA
    Wilber F. Culpepper, 3, M, GA
    William Cassole, 45, M, Merchant, -/$6000, SC
    Mattie Culpepper, 4/12, F, GA.
  3. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 283A, Family 340, Senoia PO, Coweta Co., GA
    Mary A. V. Culpepper, 35, F, Keeping House, $100/$---, GA
    William F. Culpepper, 13, M, GA
    Martha H. Culpepper, 10, F, GA.
  4. USGenWeb Archives.
    Haralson United Methodist Church Cemetery, Haralson, Coweta Co., GA
    + Mary A. V. Culpepper, 30 Apr 1853 [sic] -31 Jul 1872 (Spouse: E. M. Culpepper).
  5. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 39, Page 465A (11), Family 103, District 691, Coweta Co., GA
    Iverson W. Sims, Self, M, Md, 44, Carriage Maker, GA/GA/GA
    Sarah A. (Culpepper) Sims, Wife, F, Md, 53, SC, Keeping House, GA/SC/SC
    Jimmie Sims, Dau, F, S, 20, At Home, GA/GA/SC
    Nannie Sims, Dau, F, S, 14, At School, GA/GA/SC
    Sallie Sims, Dau, F, S, 12, At School, GA/GA/SC
    Mattie Culpepper, Boarder (Niece), F, S, 20, At Home, GA/GA/GA
    Wilber Culpepper, Boarder (Nephew), M, S, 23, Clerk In Store, GA/GA/GA
    Lillie Moyer, Other, F, S, 22, Clerk In Store, GA/GA/GA.
  6. Jordan Dodd, compiler, Georgia Marriages, 1851-1900, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    Dr. W. F. Culpepper and Kate D. Cooper on 23 Dec 1891 in Troup Co., GA.
  7. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 20, Page 120A (6), Family 135, Senoia, Coweta Co., GA
    W. F. Culpepper, Head, M, Mar 1859, 41, md 7yrs, GA/VA/GA, Physician
    K. C. Culpepper, Wife, F, Feb 1870, 30, md 7 yrs, ch 2/2, GA/GA/GA
    M. D. Culpepper, Dau, F, Mar 1894, 6, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Edith Culpepper, Dau, F, Sep 1896, 3, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Robert Cooper, Brother-in-law, M, Jan 1881, 19, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Margaret Cooper, Sister-in-law, F, Dec 1884, 15, Sng, GA/GA/GA.
  8. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 35, Page 4B, Family 65, Broad Street, Senoia, Coweta Co., GA
    Wilbur D. Culpepper, Head, M, 51, md1-18 yrs, GA/GA/GA, Physician
    Kate C. Culpepper, Wife, F, 40, md1-18 yrs, ch 2/2, GA/GA/GA
    Mary D. Culpepper, Dau, F, 16, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Edith Culpepper, Dau, F, 13, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Raiford Snead, Boarder, M, 53, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Irene Upshaw, Boarder, F, 23, Sng, GA/GA/GA.
  9. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 36, Page 5A, Family 104, Bridge Street, Senoia, Coweta Co., GA
    Wilbur F. Culpepper, Head, M, 60, md, GA/SC/SC, Physician
    Kate Culpepper, Wife, F, 50, md, GA/GA/GA
    Mary Culpepper, Dau, F, 22, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Edith Culpepper, Dau, F, 20, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Etta Steede, Niece, F, 19, Sng, GA/GA/GA
    Robert Steede, Nephew, M, 15, Sng, AL/GA/GA.
  10. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 9, Page 1B, Barnes, Senoia, Coweta Co., GA
    Home=$2500, Radio=N, Farm=N
    Wilbur F. Culpepper, Head, M, 71, M, md @ 34, GA/GA/GA, Physician
    Kate C. Culpepper, Wife, F, 57, M, md @ 21, GA/GA/GA
    Mary Culpepper, Dau, F, 35, S, GA/GA/GA.
  11. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    Dr. W. F. Culpepper, d. 17 May 1937 in Coweta Co., GA.