John James Culpepper

Male, #32514, (4 Dec 1850 - 28 Sep 1938)
Father*Robert Jefferson Culpepper (2 Jul 1830 - 10 Dec 1919)
Mother*Lorraine Cardwell (8 Jun 1833 - 2 Jan 1894)
Name Variation He was also known as Jack J.1 
Birth*4 Dec 1850 John was born at Chambers Co., Alabama, on 4 Dec 1850.1 
Census*1860 He was in the in 1860 census at Almond, Randolph Co., Alabama
Census1866 John was probably a free white male, age under 21, in an unknown person 's household in the D Census at Tallapoosa Co., Alabama.2 
Census1870 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, in 1870. 
Marriage*8 Dec 1871 He married Nancy Jane Willoughby at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 8 Dec 1871 at age 21. 
Birth of Son8 Feb 1876 His son Rufus Decatur Culpepper was born on 8 Feb 1876 at Randolph Co., Alabama.3,4 
Tax roll*1889 He registered to pay taxes at Marshall Co., Alabama, in 1889.5 
Death of Mother2 Jan 1894 His mother Lorraine Cardwell died on 2 Jan 1894 at Joppa, Cullman Co., Alabama.6 
Photographed*say 1900 He was photographed say 1900 at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama.7
John James 'Jack' Culpepper
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1900 at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama.8 
Photographedbetween Nov 1908 and Dec 1908 He appeared as a brother in a family photograph between Nov 1908 and Dec 1908.9
Mary Culpepper Willoughby & family -- 1908
Key to 1908 Willoughby photo
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama.10 
Photographedsay 1915 He was photographed say 1915 at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama,
Note the cotton field in the background.7
John James 'Jack' & Nancy (Willoughby) Culpepper
Death of Father10 Dec 1919 His father Robert Jefferson Culpepper died on 10 Dec 1919 at Joppa, Cullman Co., Alabama.6 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama.11 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama.12 
Death of Spouse3 Jul 1936 His wife Nancy Jane Willoughby died on 3 Jul 1936 at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama.13,1 
Death*28 Sep 1938 He died at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama, on 28 Sep 1938 at age 87.14,1 
Burial*circa 30 Sep 1938 His body was interred circa 30 Sep 1938 at Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery, Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* John James Culpepper was known as "Jack." His parents were recorded in the 1850 census of Chambers Co., AL and this is where John James is presumed to have been born. After this census, probably before 1855, the family moved to a farm near present day Wadley, AL and this is where John James was noted living with his parents in the 1860 and 1870 census records of Randolph Co., AL. After his marriage, John James remained in Randolph County until after 1880 since he was recorded there with his wife and young family in the 1880 census. According to a granddaughter, Mary Lillian Butler Pierce, in 1883, John James moved his family to the Sand Mountain area of Marshall Co., AL where "John J. Culpepper" was recorded (83:12) in Albertville with his wife and younger children in the 1900 census. He was listed as having been born Dec 1850 in Alabama. A 50 year old "John J. Culpepper" born in Alabama was recorded (96-22) with his wife and daughter in the 1910 census of Marshall Co., AL. His father, Robert J. Culpepper was also living with the family. John James Culpepper apparently remained in Marshall Co., AL the rest of his life since an article about a 1937 family reunion listed his residence as Albertville, AL and this is where he died.
      When Sallie Butler, a granddaughter, was 15 years old, she wrote the following article about John James and Nancy Jane (Willoughby) Culpepper's 64th wedding anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Culpepper, known everywhere as "Uncle Jack and Aunt Nancy," will celebrate their 64th Anniversary December 8, 1935. Uncle Jack will also celebrate his 85th birthday December 4, and Aunt Nancy will be 86 on February 8, 1936. These old folks were happily married 64 years ago, on a cold December night about twelve o'clock. They danced until midnight and then ate supper and danced on. For their supper they had cilloububs, most everyone wonders what that is. [Webster's has "syllabub": 1. a drink or dessert made by curdling milk or cream with acid (as wine or cider) 2. a desert of sweetened milk or cream beaten to a froth and flavored with wine or liquor.] They made their home in Clay County [in Randolph Co., AL census records 1860 through 1880] until 1883, when they moved to Sand Mountain [th Albertville area of Marshall Co., AL] in covered wagons which brought them here after five days journey. They've been in this place for 52 years. They have three children, 19 grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Uncle Jack has made a crop for 65 years. He had a small crop of two acres this year, he plowed, hoed, picked part of the crop.... When they came here they lived in a log cabin, which now stands as a barn. They lived in that for 16 years. They then made a better house and have been in it for forty-six years. So here's hoping we may be able to greet them on their birthdays and many more to come. Good wishes and health to you both throughout the remainder of your years. Your granddaughter, Sallie Butler.
      Mary Lillian Butler Pierce, another granddaughter, wrote that John James Culpepper had "a bout of typhoid fever" and that he "lost an eye at age 50 yrs. old. Dr. said he needed heart surgery and wouldn't live unless he had it. He lived 38 more yrs. without the surgery and died a natural death."
      In a 19 Jan 1979 letter, Mary Lillian wrote about the land: My Grandpa Jack bought this 80 or 100 acres of land, where I live, mostly in woods for then 2 small calves and a bale of cotton was 15 cents per lb. Later years, it went back to the Rail Road Co. and he had to pay for it again.... This house was built 1893, a 1 1/2 story, the house still stands, I live in it. Many changes have been made, and some improvements, could stand a few more now.
      In a 20 Jan 1979 letter, Mary Lillian added: A bale of cotton sold for $15.00, 2 calves were probably $1.00 each or $2.00 which made $17.00 for this property in 1880. Now one lot would sell for $5000.00, quite a difference, huh. Then I didn't tell you what Grandpa Jack did, besides farming. He and a neighbor built chimney's (fireplaces) I visited a friend yesterday p.m., had a roaling(?) wood fire, for heat, said my Grandpa built the chimney. That house is 110 years old.... As far as I know didn't any of the Culpeppers of my Mom's generation, ever strike it rich. All of them had a good living and owned a home and farm. My mom said this place was morgaged once for $25.00 about 1905, then she mortgaged it once to build a house on this property....
      Mary Lillian Butler Pierce wrote 23 Apr 1993: My Mom [Mrs. W. E. (Effen Culpepper) Butler] would save about 2 cups of whey & let it clabber [curdle] and my Grandfather would eat it with a spoon with his evening meal.... [is this more syllabub?] Next week if I can, it's decoration [day] at Mt. Vernon [cemetery where John James Culpepper and his wife and some of his children are buried], Sun. May 2nd....
      Mary Lillian preserved the following article from an unknown source about a 1936 John James Culpepper family reunion: CULPEPPER REUNION The Culpeppers held their annual reunion at the home of Uncle Jack Culpepper, Sunday, Sept. 6. The day was enjoyed by relatives and friends and talk of bygone days. At the regular noon hour a bountiful table was spread under the shade trees. Those attending were, Mr. Jack Culpepper, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hallmark, Atlanta; Mr. and Mrs. Willie McLeod, Boaz; Mrs. Plyna Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Culpepper, Gadsden; Mrs. M. M. Johnson, Joppa; Mrs. Effen Butler and daughters, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Willoughby, and family, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Martin and son, Miss Chella Culpepper, Mrs. Freeman Miller and son Leamon, Mr. and Mrs. Lamon Jones, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Butler and children all of Albertille; Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Culpepper, daughter and granddaughter, Mr. and Mrs. Woody Carr and children, Mr. and Mrs. McBrayer and family, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Trammell, Mrs. Louie White and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Hullet Roberson and son, Mr. and Mrs. Carl McDonald and son, Mr. and Mrs. Ran Latimer and family, Mrs. Jeff Latimer, Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie McDonald, Mr. King Willoughby all of Gadsden; Mr. and Mrs. C. V. Rogers, Anniston; Mrs. Ethel Elder and daughter, Jacksonville; Mrs. Claude McClunney, North Carolina; Miss Peggy McLeod, Boaz; Mr. and Mrs. Noah Cook and grandson, Crossville; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Willoughby and family, Friendship; Mr. Lee Culpepper and children and Mrs. Mollie Culpepper of Union Grove; Miss Erlene Albright, Guntersville; Mr. and Mrs. Leaky Lockridge, Mrs. Annie Corry and sons, George and Walter, Mrs. Lizzie McHugh and son, Mr. Theo McLeod all of Atlanta. Also other relatives, among the friends were: Mr. and Mrs. Jim Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Strickland, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton Lestor and children, Miss Lucile Headrick, Miss Noba Wright, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Copeland, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Butler and daughter, Mrs. Frona Young and Miss Grace Evans. We wish to meet again next year and be prepared to meet our friends and relatives with a heartier welcome.
      Mary Lillian also preserved the following clipping from an unknown source about the 5 Sep 1937 family reunion: CULPEPPER REUNION The Culpepper held their annual reunion at the regular place Sunday Sept. 5. A large crowd attended and everyone enjoyed the day and once again greeted their relatives with a welcome and love. At the noon hour a large and delicious dinner was spread on long tables. Uncle Jack enjoyed the day very much, he is eighty six years of age. Those attending were: J. J. Culpepper and Mary Lillian, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Butler and children, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Willoughby and family, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Martin, Jimmie and Chella, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Martin, Mrs. Fannie Busbee, Mrs. R. M. Canfield, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Strickland, Mr. and Mrs. Percy Espy and daughter, Louise, Mr. John Dean, Mrs. and Mrs. Oscar Floyd all of Albertville; Mrs. and Mrs. Carl McDonald and son, Mr. and Mrs. Lon McDonald, Mrs. Freeman Miller and son, and daughter, Mrs. and Mrs. Thelon Seay, all of Boaz. Mr. King Willoughby, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Culpepper, Mrs. and Mrs. Louie White and son, and daughter, Mrs. Claude McBrayer and children, Mrs. Woodie Carr and daughter, Mrs. Edd Lowery, Mrs. Ploma Nails, Mrs. and Mrs. Russel Tramelle, James Packer, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Presley and children, Mrs. and Mrs. J. M. Culpepper and family, all of Gadsden. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson and sons of Decatur, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Farabee and sons of Pyriton, Ala. Herman Gibson, Ensley, Ala., Mrs. Sallie Gibson of Birmingham, Mr. and Mrs. Olen Lowery, and family of Birmingham, Mr. and Mrs. Herman Childress and children of Birmingham, Mrs. Arthur Lowery, Ashley, Ala. Mr. Lee Culpepper and daughter, Inez, Union Grove, Ala. Mrs. Henry Culpepper, Union Grove, Miss Opal Culpepper, Arab. Miss Erlene Albright, Guntersville, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Bagett, Janet and Albert of Adamsville, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Gray, Tyler, Texas, Mrs. Robert Gray, Carthridge, Texas, Mrs. M. M. Johnson, Joppa, Mrs. and Mrs. G. W. Hallmark, Mrs. Annie Carry and sons, George and Walter, Mrs. Lizzie McHugh and son, Burnice, Mr. Theodore McLeod and Miss Sara Austin all of Atlanta. Mrs. Oscar Wellborne and son, Adamsville, Miss Irene Elder, Jacksonville, Mrs. and Mrs. W. M. J. Clapps, Adamsville, Ala. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Willaughby [sic] and family, Friendship and Mr. D. C. Dalton of Albertville. Those whose names do not appear were failed to be registered. Everyone left with a cheer and a hope of a better reunion on this date next year. Also good wishes to you Uncle Jack.
      The following is an article about the 1938 reunion from an unknown source: CULPEPPER REUNION The Culpeppers held their fifth annual reunion Sunday, September 4, at the home of uncle Jack Culpepper. There was a large crowd [that] attended and everyone enjoyed the day. Those attending were: Jack Culpeper [sic], Mrs. Effen Butler and daughters, Mary Lillian, and Sallie. Mrs. and Mrs. J. T. Butler and children, Billie Martha and Edward Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Willoughby, and son and daughter, Junior and Bernice Ruth; Mrs. Fannie Busbee, Mr. and Mrs. Emmett Copeland, Mrs. Mary Medlock, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Martin, and son Jimmie; Miss Chella Culpepper, Mr. J. B. Thomas and son, Billie; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Floyd, Mr. and Mrs. George Stanford, and Mr. D. C. Dalton, all of Albertville; Mrs. Pauline Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Culpepper, Mr. and Mrs. Claude McBrayer and children, Doris, Helen, and Claude Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Woodie Carr, and children, Mason, Jean, and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Culpepper and family, Inez, Harold and Helen Ruth, Mr. Jack Landers, Mrs. Russell Trammell, Miss Irene Elder and Mrs. Ellen Lowery of Gadsden; Mr. Olan Medlock and little daughter of Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. Willie M. Willoughby, of Selma; Mrs. Freeman Miller, son and daughter, Lela and Leamn [Leamon], Mrs. Willie McLeod, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Butler, and daughter, Reba; Mrs. Fronia Young, Mr. and Mrs. Cheney Birdsong, all of Boaz; Mr. King Willoughby of Alabama City; Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Gray of Tyler, Texas; Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Culpepper, Mr. Rufus Phillips, Mr. Frank Woods, all of Wadle [Wadley], Ala; Mr. and Mrs. Thelon Seay of Sardis; Mrs Nannie MacDonald, of Mt. Zion; Mr. and Mrs. Lamon Jones and son, Richard, Union; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hallmark, Mr. George and Walter Carry, Mr. Burnice McHugh, Mr. and Mrs. Theo McLeod all of Atlanta, Ga; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Gray, Mr. Herman Childress, Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Glenn, Mrs. J. W. Willoughby, and daughter, Grace, all of Birmingham; Mr. David Morrow, of Guntersville; Mr. Lee Culpepper and daughter, Inez, Mrs. Mollie Culpepper, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Culpepper and children; Maurcie [Maurice?] James and Elane of Union Grove, Ala; Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Finney [Tinney] and son, Charles; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Pettus and daughter, Lucile, all of Pyriton, Ala; Mr. Elton Culpepper of Huntsville. Just before the noon hour 3 little girls sang some beautiful little songs. They were: Misses Bennie, Maxine, and Euverla Cherry of Albertville.
      John James "Uncle Jack" Culpepper died three weeks after this reunion. 

Family

Nancy Jane Willoughby (8 Feb 1850 - 3 Jul 1936)
Marriage*8 Dec 1871 He married Nancy Jane Willoughby at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 8 Dec 1871 at age 21. 
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited11 Jul 2012

Citations

  1. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, Marshall Co., AL
    + Jack J. Culpepper, 4 Dec 1850 - 28 Sep 1938
    + Nancy J. Culpepper, 8 Feb 1850 - 3 Jul 1936.
  2. 1866 Alabama State Census, Tallapoosa Co., AL:
    R. J. Culpepper, 1M20+, 1M10-19, 1M0-9, 1F20+, 2F10-19, 2F0-9.
  3. 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 Dekater Culpepper, Albertville, Marshall Co., AL, age 43, born 8 Feb 1876, Farmer, Caucasian, Nearest Relative: Mollie Culpepper of Albertville, Marshall Co., AL, Short Height, Slender Build, Blue Eyes, Brown Hair, No disabilities, Registered 12 Sep 1918 at Marshall Co., AL.
  4. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, Marshall Co., AL
    + R. D. Culpepper, 8 Feb 1876 - 4 Jan 1939
    + Mollie Culpepper, 25 Jul 1883 - 20 Nov 1935.
  5. Margene Hemrick Black, compiler, 1889-1895 Reconstructed Census of Marshall County, Alabama, Guntersville, Alabama: Past and Present Publications, 199_?, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book 976.194 X2bm.
    Tax Assessors Records of 1889 (page 4): J. J. Culpeppe, R. J. Culpepper, W. H. Culpepper.
  6. 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 2, pages 15-16:
    Corinth East Baptist Church Cemetery, Cullman Co., Alabama. From I-65, Exit 312, proceed east on AL-157 to AL-69. Turn right on AL-69 and proceed north for 21 miles to AL-67. Continue on AL-69 for one more mile and Corinth Church will be on the right (South)
    + R. J. Culpepper, 2 Jul 1830 - 10 Dec 1919, CSA 1861-1865
    + Lourainey Culpepper, 8 Jun 1833 - 2 Jan 1894.
  7. E-mail written 2003 to Lew Griffin from Martha Jo Cross Culpepper Mordecai, e-mail address.
  8. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 83, Sheet 11B, Lines 70-73, Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama (11 Jun 1900)
    John J. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, Dec 1850, 49, md-28yrs, AL/GA/GA, Farmer
    Nancy J. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, Feb 1850, 50, md-28yrs, ch 3/3, AL/NC/NC
    Rufus D. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Feb 1876, 24, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Effin L. Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, Jun 1880, 19, sng, AL/AL/AL.
  9. E-mail written 17 Aug 2004 to Lew Griffin from Lisa Dempsey, e-mail address.
  10. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 96, Sheet 22B, Lines 66-69, Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama (10 May 1910)
    John J. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 59, md1-39yrs, AL/SC/SC, Farmer
    Nancy J. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 60, md1-39yrs, ch 3/3, AL/NC/NC
    Effin L. Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, 29, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Robert J. Culpepper, Father, M, Wh, 79, wid, SC/SC/SC.
  11. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 121, Sheet 7B, Lines 66-69, Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama (28 Jan 1920)
    Jack J. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 69, md, AL/NC/NC, Farmer
    Nancy J. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 69, md1-39yrs, ch 3/3, AL/SC/SC.
  12. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 6, Sheet 9B, Lines 64-65, Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama (9 Apr 1930)
    Owns Home, Radio=N, Farm=Y
    J. J. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 79, md@20, AL/AL/AL, Farmer, Vet=N
    Nancy J. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 81, md@22, AL/SC/SC.
  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
    Nancy Jane Culpepper died Jul 1936 in Marshall Co., Alabama.
  14. 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
    J. J. Culpepper died Sep 1938 in Marshall Co., Alabama.