Francis Marion Culpepper

Male, #32528, (25 Aug 1869 - 6 May 1951)
Father*Robert Jefferson Culpepper (2 Jul 1830 - 10 Dec 1919)
Mother*Lorraine Cardwell (8 Jun 1833 - 2 Jan 1894)
DNA* Francis 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. 
Name Variation He was also known as Frank.1 
Birth*25 Aug 1869 Francis was born at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 25 Aug 1869. 
Census*1870 He was in the in 1870 census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
Census1880 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Wesobulga, Clay Co., Alabama, in 1880. 
Marriage*14 Jul 1889 He married Willie F. Gamble at Marshall Co., Alabama, on 14 Jul 1889 at age 19.1 
Birth of Son14 Apr 1891 His son Luther Lafayette Culpepper was born on 14 Apr 1891 at Alabama
Death of Mother2 Jan 1894 His mother Lorraine Cardwell died on 2 Jan 1894 at Joppa, Cullman Co., Alabama.2 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Francis was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Gadsden, Etowah Co., Alabama.3 
Birth of Son1 Sep 1905 His son Infant Son Culpepper was born on 1 Sep 1905. 
Death of Son1 Sep 1905 His son Infant Son Culpepper died on 1 Sep 1905. 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1910 at Gadsden, Etowah Co., Alabama.4 
Death of Father10 Dec 1919 His father Robert Jefferson Culpepper died on 10 Dec 1919 at Joppa, Cullman Co., Alabama.2 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 Francis was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Gadsden, Etowah Co., Alabama.5 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Francis was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Gadsden, Etowah Co., Alabama.6 
Photographed*circa Jul 1950 He was photographed circa Jul 1950 at Gadsden, Etowah Co., Alabama,
from left to right: Willie Gamble Culpepper, Francis Marion Culpepper, Luther Lafayette Culpepper, Howard Luther Culpepper, and Jerry Eugene "Gene" Culpepper. The photo was taken in Gadsden, Alabama in the summer of 1950, in the back yard of Francis Marion's home.7
Four Generations of Culpeppers
Death*6 May 1951 He died at Gadsden, Etowah Co., Alabama, on 6 May 1951 at age 81.8 
Burial*circa 8 May 1951 His body was interred circa 8 May 1951 at Forrest Cemetery, Gadsden, Etowah Co., Alabama
Biography* Francis Marion Culpepper was known as "Frank." He was born in Randolph Co., AL near what is now known as Wadley, AL. By 1880, Frank had moved with his parents to Clay Co., AL where the family was recorded in the 1880 census. He is presumed to have moved with his parents to the Sand Mountain area of Marshall Co., AL in 1883 and six years later, Frank married, possibly in Marshall Co. or Cullman Co., AL. However, before the 1897 birth of his youngest daughter, Frank had moved his family to Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL where he would spend the remainder of his life. He was recorded with his wife and children in Gadsden in the 1900 census and again the 1910 census a 40 year old "Frank M. Culpepper" born in Alabama was recorded (58-5) in Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL with his wife and younger children. Mary Lillian Butler Pierce wrote 4 Mar 1994: I do remember that he [Frank] worked at a stove foundry. As a matter of fact, my grandfather [Frank's brother, John James Culpepper] bought a wood stove from him....
      In an 18 Jan 1979 letter, Mary Lillian wrote: Great Grandpa Jeff [Robert Jefferson Culpepper] has a war emblem by his tomb shaped like a 3 or 4 leaf clover, made of iron or steel. He had a pocket watch with a chain & watch fob looked like the iron emblem at his grave. My grandfather [John James Culpepper] kept it, long as he lived.... Uncle Frank Culpepper got it soon as my Grandfather died. I don't know who got it when Uncle Frank died....
      The following column by Will I. Martin from an unknown source was preserved by Mary Lillian (Butler) Pierce: THE FIREMEN WHO WORE SILK TOP HATS, TAILS Gadsden once had a fire department, most of the members of which frequently attended and fought fires in full dress suits. That's right, Tails, top silk hats, bow ties, expansive shirt fronts and everything. There was never anything like it in any other city in the world, before or since. It all came about when the entire department, including Chief Gus Woodliff and Assistant Chief Frank Culpepper went on strike. The men quit when the city council decided to move the hose wagon from the Bellenger livery stable on Court Street to the Sullivan stable on South Fourth Street where the McCleskey brothers now hold forth. The council took the action without consulting the firemen and they believed that the Court Street stand was the best, because it was more centrally located and also because the alarm bell was hung in a tall steel tower just across the street in the courthouse yard. When the strike was announced the council hastily organized a new company comprised by kids fresh out of college and youthful members of the society set. They were mostly sons of large property owners and factory heads. A game but inexperienced lot. The strike lasted several months, during which the kids were kept busy answering alarms. Every time they had a full-dress dance at the Printup or elsewhere an alarm came in, usually due to a blaze in some outhouse or shanty. They rushed from the dance hall in their monkey suits and occasionally they returned to the dance, but most or the time they had serious job on their hands. The biggest fire during that period was the one that destroyed the Kyle sawmill on the river bank just off First Street. They did splendid work there by saving the planing mill and a huge quantity of lumber. The old firemen called them "dudes" but soon learned to respect them and occasionally, they helped in fighting a stubborn blaze. John S. Paden Jr. was chief of the so-called society crew and was later succeeded by Will P. Gwin. The council paid the boys one dollar a fire and it was a common remark that they would get rich on the numerous blazes that occurred in an old shop building at Locust and Sixth streets. Frank Culpepper who assistant chief when the firemen went on strike said the other day that the trouble was finally ironed out and that the experienced firemen, mostly working men, went back into service. He was a member when the first motor truck was bought and was a member of the city council when the second one was purchased. The two - horse hose truck was replaced and later Frank became chief. In 1912 he attended the national convention of Fire chiefs In Denver, Col. In 1913 he quit because the council wanted to do away with the chief's horse and buggy and mount him on a motorcycle. Mr. Culpepper served as alderman during the administrations of Mayors W. P. Johnson, W. E. Wier and O. J. Stocks. He was born in Randolph County and came here 50 years ago. One of his first acts was to join the fire department, a voluntary organization that never drew any pay. A blind horse named "Bill" pulled the hose wagon then. Mr. Culpepper worked in several shops as a mechanic and then went to the A. J. Stove Foundry to do odd jobs in all departments until he was appointed master mechanic. He served the company for 35 years and six months. He will be 78 years old Aug. 25 next. He is rated as a man of the highest character and is universally regarded as one of the substantial citizens of Gadsden.
      In 1940, in celebration of Frank's seventy-first birthday, a family reunion was held at his home on South Second Street, Gadsden, Etowah Co, AL. The following was preserved by Mary Lillian Butler Pierce and is from an unknown source: Reunion Honors F. M. Culpepper On His Birthday MR. AND MRS. F. M. CULPEPPER, entertained recently with a family reunion at their home on South Second Street, in celebration of the seventy-first birthday of Mr. Culpepper. At noon a delicious dinner was served to the following friends and relatives: Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Willoughby and sons J. W. Glenn and Byron, of Boaz, Route 4: Mrs. C. F. Nichols and child, of Bastrop, La. Mr. and Mrs. Thealon Seay, of Boaz, Mrs. D. F. McBrayer, of Attalla; Loren Gaines, of Sardis; Louis J. Nail and Mrs. Guy Nail, of Gadsden; John Edgar and Tracy Jean Johnson, of Sardis; Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Boozer and Miss Marie Nail, of Anniston. Mr. and Mrs. Claude McBrayer and children, Doris, Helen and Claude, Jr., the Rev. and Mrs. Morgan Gaines, of Sardis; Mr. and Mrs. Carl Gaines and son. Clifford Ray, of Sardis; Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Gaines, Callie Locker and son, Billie, of Guntersville; O. W. Floyd, of Boaz; Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Espy and daughter, Louise, of Albertville; Mrs. W. O. [Gai?]ns, of Gadsden, Miss Nellie Gains, of Sardis. Mr. and Mrs. J. L.White and daughter, Elisabeth Ann, of Gadsden, Route 1; Mr. and Mrs. M. W. Copeland; Milton Glinder and Ramon Glinder, of Gadsden; Josephine Yates, of Gadsden, Route 1; Mrs. W. M. Johnson. of Joppa; Mrs. L. W. Smith, of Gadsden; Mr. and Mrs. Russell Trammell and Mr. and Mrs. Willie McLeod, of Boaz; Mr. and Mrs. H. F. White, of Gadsden, Route 1; Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Karr and children, Mason and Barbara, of Gadsden; Mr. and Mrs. Joe Green, of Cedartown, Ga; Doris Tippins, of Gadsden, and the hosts. 

Family

Willie F. Gamble (25 Nov 1871 - 9 Aug 1959)
Marriage*14 Jul 1889 He married Willie F. Gamble at Marshall Co., Alabama, on 14 Jul 1889 at age 19.1 
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited10 Jan 2011

Citations

  1. 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.
    Marriages from Marshall County Newspapers (page 65): Frank M Culpepper married Willie F. Gamble in 1889.
  2. 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.
  3. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 148, Sheet 6B, Lines 79-84, Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL (7 Jun 1900)
    Francis M. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, Aug 1869, 30, md-10yrs, AL/GA/GA
    Willie F. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, Nov 1871, 28, md-10yrs, ch 4/4, AL/AL/GA
    Luther Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Apr 1890, 10, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Lydia Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, Jul 1892, 7, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Bertha Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, Mar 1894, 6, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Lola Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, Oct 1897, 2, sng, AL/AL/AL.
  4. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 58, Sheet 5A, Lines 23-27, 219 3rd St, Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL (18 May 1910)
    Frank M. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 40, md1-20yrs, AL/US/US
    Willie Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 38, md1-20yrs, ch 4/4, AL/AL/AL
    Lydia Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, 17, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Bertha Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, 16, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Lola Culpepper, Dau, F, Wh, 12, sng, AL/AL/AL.
  5. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 92, Sheet 29B, Lines 69-74, 416 2nd St, Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL (15 Jan 1920)
    F. M. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 50, md, AL/VA/AL, Mechanic/Stove Foundry
    Willie Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 48, md, AL/AL/AL
    Luther Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 29, md, AL/AL/AL, Molder/Pipe Shop
    Vinia Culpepper, Dau-in-law, F, Wh, 29, md, AL/GA/GA
    Howard Culpepper, Grandson, M, Wh, 9, sng, AL/AL/AL
    Jerry Culpepper, Grandson, M, Wh, 5, sng, AL/AL/AL.
  6. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 3, Sheet 15A, Lines 15-16, 412 2nd St, Gadsden, Etowah Co., AL (14 Apr 1930)
    Home=$3000, Radio=N, Farm=N
    Frank Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 60, md@21, AL/NC/AL, Employee/Stove Foundry, Vet=N
    Willie H. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 58, md@18, AL/AL/AL.
  7. E-mail written 2003 - 2008 to Lew Griffin from Sammy Eugene Culpepper (#47245), e-mail address.
  8. 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
    Francis M. Culpepper died 6 May 1951 in Etowah Co., Alabama.