Robert Benjamin F. Culpepper

Male, #32543, (20 Nov 1864 - 22 Sep 1946)
Father*William Washington Culpepper (14 Aug 1834 - 2 Mar 1918)
Mother*Pheraby Cardwell (11 Aug 1834 - 18 Nov 1911)
Birth*20 Nov 1864 Robert was born at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 20 Nov 1864. 
Employment* Robert's occupation: farmer. 
Census*1870 He was in the in 1870 census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama
1880 Census1 Jun 1880 William, Robert, Thomas and Louis was listed as a son in William Washington Culpepper's household on the 1880 Census at Flat Rock, Randolph Co., Alabama.1 
Marriage*20 Nov 1887 He married Medora Virginia Bailey at Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 20 Nov 1887 at age 23. 
Birth of Son21 Nov 1888 His son Charles Washington Culpepper was born on 21 Nov 1888 at Randolph Co., Alabama.2 
Birth of Son8 Dec 1891 His son Howard Preston Culpepper was born on 8 Dec 1891 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Census1900 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Flat Rock, Randolph Co., Alabama, in 1900. 
Photographed1907 He appeared as a son in a family photograph in 1907 at Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama,
Left to right -- front row: Johnny Hudson Culpepper, Jessie Leroy Culpepper, Thomas Eugene Moore, Malcolm Monroe Moore, Ashton Clemont Lowry, Ollin Ollene Lowry, William Cary Lowry, Ethyl Gibson, Cora Lee Lowry;
middle row: Louis Alford Culpepper holding Lydia Grace Culpepper, Robert Benjamin F. Culpepper holding Velma Mae Moore, James Jefferson Moore holding Gladys Feraby Moore, Pheraby (Caldwell) Culpepper, William Washington Culpepper, Leon Gibson, & Mr. Prater (sharecropper);
back row: Anna Lita Jane (Johnson) Culpepper, Ellen Arline (Culpepper) Lowry holding Sunshine Lowry, Malinda Rebecca (Culpepper) Moore holding William Jackson Moore, Sarah Minnie L. (Culpepper) Gibson holding Malon Clifford Gibson, Mary Louisa Katherine (Culpepper) Phillips, Nancy Ann Frances Elizabeth Alice (Culpepper) Busby, Mrs. Prater;
standing behind William Washington Culpepper: on left, Etta Vesta (Culpepper) Morgan, on right, probably Eva Electres Lowry;
standing in doorway of house: unknown.3
William Washington Culpepper family
Death of Mother18 Nov 1911 His mother Pheraby Cardwell died on 18 Nov 1911 at Marshall Co., Alabama.4,5 
Death of Father2 Mar 1918 His father William Washington Culpepper died on 2 Mar 1918 at Marshall Co., Alabama.6,5 
Death*22 Sep 1946 He died at Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 22 Sep 1946 at age 81. 
Burial* His body was interred at Beulah Comm Cemetery, Old Beulah, Chambers Co., Alabama.7 
Biography* Census: 1910 Randolph Co., AL. \ED 149-6 (Robert B. Culpepper 45 AL).\ Census: 1920 Randolph Co, AL [V 78 ED150-4:98 R. Benjamin Culpepper 55 AL]
      Robert Benjamin F. Culpepper was born near Louina on land that is south of what is now Wadley in Randolph Co., AL near the Chambers Co., AL border off of Route 22. He apparently remained there the rest of his life. John William Culpepper, great-great-great-grandson of John and Nancy (Gillespie) Culpepper, believes that this is the same land that John Culpepper owned when he died in 1855. Robert Benjamin was recorded in his father's household in 1870 and in 1880 and Robert emerged as a head of household in the 1900 census of Randolph Co., AL, apparently remaining behind, possibly caring for his grandfather, John Jefferson Culpepper, when his father moved to Marshall Co., AL. Robert B. Culpepper was also noted with his wife, children and his mother-in-law in the 1910 census of Randolph Co., AL.
      On 26 July 1979, Mary Lillian Butler Pierce wrote of Robert Benjamin F. Culpepper "Cousin Benny Culpepper would visit us in the summer. He had palsy, so they called it then, his head would shake and his hands, he could hardly eat." In a 29 Mar 1981 letter, Mrs. Pierce continued: Cousin Benny visited us in 1931 from Wadley, AL. He hands and head would shake so much, that food would all shake off his fork or spoon before he could get it in his mouth. And in those day's people poured a little coffee in the saucer and drank it from the saucer, time he would get the saucer to his mouth, the coffee would all be spilled on my mother's white table cloth. We all felt so sorry for him, and we would want to help him or feed him. He would only laugh at us, and insist on feeding himself.
      Mrs. Eleanor Culpepper Willingham wrote in a 28 Sep 1987 letter: We found a man whose wife [Mrs. M. A. (Inez Culpepper) Champion?] was related to the Benjamin descendants. There is a beautiful fairly new "more or less colonial" type house which was built on site of Benjamin's home place in Randolph Co. The original house burned but the original barns and other houses used for various reasons still stand. One was the smoke house. As well as I can remember he said g.g. grandfather John William lived in this neighborhood. He told us how to locate old Beulah Cemetery, which we found [see John William Culpepper below, is this off of Route 22 near the Chambers Co., AL border?]. In a lot there is a rather large marker which is at the head of 3 graves. The names on the marker are: R-Benjamin-1864-1946-Dora Virginia 1864-1948-Obera Rebecca-1895-1926. The marker Pink Marble. This Mr. Smith (I believe that was his name) [Champion?] said there is a cemetery down by the [Tallapoosa] river - which would be almost inaccessible. He had never heard that John Wm & Nancy were buried there but said it could be a possiblity.
      John William Culpepper wrote 18 Aug 1994: Her [Mrs. John (Edith Champion) Zuber's] grandfather, Robert Benjamin Culpepper is buried in a defunct church cemetery about a mile west of their home, just off Rt. 22 a short distance down a rock road, along with his wife Medora Virginia Bailey Culpepper and their daughter Obra Virginia. Ben was born in 1864, died in 1946, his wife was born in 1864 and died in 1948, Obra was born in 1895 and she died in 1926. The names on the headstone read R. Ben, Dora and Obra. 


Medora Virginia Bailey (Jun 1865 - 1948)
Marriage*20 Nov 1887 He married Medora Virginia Bailey at Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 20 Nov 1887 at age 23. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited8 Mar 2010


  1. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Flat Rock, Page 314B, Randolph Co., AL
    William W. Culpepper, Self, M, M, W, 45, GA, Farmer, Fa: SC, Mo: SC
    Ferriba Culpepper, Wife, F, M, W, 45, GA, Keeps House, Fa: GA, Mo: GA
    Mary L. C. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 21, AL, At Home, Fa: GA, Mo: GA
    Joseph R. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 19, AL, Works On Farm, Fa: GA, Mo: GA
    Benjamin R. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 15, AL, Works On Farm, Fa: GA, Mo: GA
    Malinda R. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 11, AL, At School, Fa: GA, Mo: GA
    Willson T. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 13, AL, Works On Farm, Fa: GA, Mo: GA
    Minnie S. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 9, AL, ---, Fa: GA, Mo: GA
    Alfred L. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 6, AL, ---, Fa: GA, Mo: GA
    Ellen A. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 2, AL, ---, Fa: GA, Mo: GA.
  2. WW-II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Online database at
    Charles Washington Culpepper, White, born 10 Nov 1888 in Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama; resided in Arlington (city), Virginia; Contact: Stanley Monroe in Arlington, Virginia; Employed by U.S. Horticultural Station at Beltsville, Maryland; Height 6’ 0”, Weight 175, Blue eyes, Brown hair, Light complexion, left leg enlarged; Registered 27 Apr 1942 in Arlington (city), Virginia.
  3. Correspondence from Billy Wendell Dunn, Arab, AL, to Lew Griffin, say 1978.
  4. State of Alabama Center for Health Statistics / Record Services Division, compiler, Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974, Online database at, 2011.
    Jerba Culpeper (2-p) (Mrs.) died 18 Nov 1911 in Marshall Co., Alabama.
  5. USGenWeb Archives.
    Mount Vernon Missionary Baptist Church, Marshall Co., AL
    + W. W. Culpepper, 14 Aug 1834 - 2 Mar 1918, Pvt Co B 37 Ala Inf CSA
    + Aunt Fereby Culpepper, 11 Aug 1834 - 18 Nov 1911.
  6. State of Alabama Center for Health Statistics / Record Services Division, compiler, Alabama Deaths and Burials Index, 1881-1974, Online database at, 2011.
    Wm. Washington Culpepper died Feb 1918 in Marshall Co., Alabama.
  7. Margaret Parker Milford, A Survey of Cemeteries in Chambers County, Alabama, Valley, AL: Chattahoochee Valley Historical Society, 1983.
    Vol. II, 1990 back section p. 11 'R. Ben Culpepper.'