David C. Culpepper

Male, #3255, (27 Oct 1827 - 21 Jun 1863)
Father*Joel W. Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA (s 1794 - b Aug 1849)
Mother*Mary Butler (s 1794 - 1870)
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Birth*27 Oct 1827 David was born at Laurens Co., Georgia, on 27 Oct 1827.1 
1830 Census1 Jun 1830 David was probably a free white male, age under 5, in Joel W. Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA's houshold, on the 1830 Census at Wilkinson Co., Georgia.2 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 David was probably a free white male, age 5 and under 10,in Joel W. Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Dooly Co., Georgia.3 
Will1847 Mary, David, Mary, Lucy and Mickey named as heir(s) in the will of Joel W. Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA at Dooly Co., Georgia, in 1847.4 
Deed*25 Oct 1847 He was granted a deed by Joel W. Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA, witnessed by Philemon Bohannon on 25 Oct 1847

Joel Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA to “my son David C. Culpepper” of Dooly Co., GA, deed of gift, Lot 120 in District 10 = 202.5 acres. Wit: Philemon Bohanon, Andrew G. Hodges. Recorded 16 Nov 1847.5 
Deed*5 Dec 1848 He was granted a deed, witnessed by Chadwell Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA on 5 Dec 1848 at Dooly Co., Georgia,

John M. Sanders, Admr. of Thomas Gito, to David C. Culpepper, for $227, Lot 171 in District 10. Wit: John McMercer, Chadwell Culpepper, J.P.6 
Marriage*12 Aug 1849 He married Martha Ann E. Simpson at Dooly Co., Georgia, on 12 Aug 1849 at age 21.7,8 
Deed22 Dec 1849 He granted a deed on 22 Dec 1849 at Dooly Co., Georgia,

David C. Culpepper to Wm. O'Brien for $260: Lot 171 in District 10 = 202.5 acres. Wit: John M. Bottom, Joseph Sykes, J.P.9 
1850 Census*1 Jun 1850 David was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Dooly Co., Georgia.10 
Deed4 Aug 1850 He witnessed a deed grant by Mary Butler to Green Collier on 4 Aug 1850 at Dooly Co., Georgia,

Mary Culpepper to Green Collier for $53: South half of Lot 104 in District 10 = 101.25 acres. Wit: David C. Culpepper; Patton K. Lewis, J.P.11 
Tax roll*1851 David registered to pay taxes
     David C. Culpepper of Dooly Co. District 10: 1 Poll, plus 202.5 acres in Lot 120 of District 10 in Dooly Co.12 
Birth of Son13 Jun 1851 His son Joel J. Culpepper was born on 13 Jun 1851 at Dooly Co., Georgia.13 
Birth of Son28 Oct 1858 His son William E. Culpepper was born on 28 Oct 1858 at Dooly Co., Georgia.1 
Birth of Son25 May 1859 His son Infant (?) Culpepper was born on 25 May 1859 at Colquitt Co., Georgia.1 
Death of Son25 May 1859 His son Infant (?) Culpepper died on 25 May 1859 at Colquitt Co., Georgia.1 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 David was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census at Camilla, Mitchell Co., Georgia.14 
Civil War*between 1862 and 1863 He served in the War Between the States between 1862 and 1863

     David C. Culpepper, Colquitt Co, GA, Enlisted on 22 Mar 1862 as a Private and mustered into Co. H, GA 50th Infantry, Wounded 3 May 1863 Chancellorsville, VA. Died of wounds on 23 Jun 1863 at Home.
     Daniel (David) Culpepper, Colquitt Co, GA, Enlisted on 22 Mar 1862 as a Private and mustered into Co. H, GA 50th Infantry, Wounded (Lost both eyes.)15 
Death of Son11 Mar 1863 His son William E. Culpepper died on 11 Mar 1863 at Colquitt Co., Georgia.1 
Birth of Son29 Mar 1863 His son David F. Culpepper was born on 29 Mar 1863 at Mitchell Co., Georgia.16 
Death*21 Jun 1863 He died at Mitchell Co., Georgia, on 21 Jun 1863 at age 35.1,17 
Burial*after 21 Jun 1863 His body was interred after 21 Jun 1863 at Gregory Family Cemetery, Colquitt Co., Georgia.1 
Biography* Confederate Memorial Day remembers soldiers
By Jaine Treadwell, The Messenger

A small crowd gathered on the square in Troy Wednesday to honor the Confederate soldiers who served during the conflict that is often called the “Second American Revolution” or the “War for Southern Independence.

Although Monday, April 24 was the official observance of Confederate Memorial Day, the Pvt. Augustus Braddy Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the local United Daughters of the Confederacy chose to honor their ancestors on April 26, Confederate Memorial Day.

“Those who fought for the South came from cities like Montgomery and from small towns such as Troy,” said Bob McLendon, camp commander. “They were doctors lawyers and businessmen but the large majority were simple farmers. Their country was at war and they felt it was their duty to answer the call to arms. No honorable man would do otherwise. These men left their families and their loved ones and followed their commanding officers off to a fat that they could not predict.”

In 1861, both sides believed the war would be short. Soldiers left with bands playing and people rejoicing in the thought that a grand and glorious war was to take place and no young man wanted to be left out and they hurried,” McLendon said. “The men rode off to war laden with the prayers and blessings of their noble Southern women.”

But as time went on, names including Manassas, Shiloh, Sharpsburg, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Chickamauga became familiar to everyone, both North and South. Everyone had felt the reality of war, with its hardships and its pain.

McLendon said that the dedication of the young men of the South is exemplified in the story of a young Georgia farmer.

“Gen. Peter McGlashan said that when he was colonel of the 50th Georgia Infantry at the battle of Salem Church during the Chancellorsville campaign, he received word that a young private wanted to see him.

The colonel found Pvt. David Culpepper lying on a stretcher. Doctors gave him no chance of survival. A bullet had struck him in the temple, tearing out both eyes.

“The young private responded to the colonel's words of concern by saying, ‘Colonel, don't worry about me. I have always done my duty, haven't I?'”

The colonel told the private that he had always done his duty as a good and faithful soldier. The young soldier then asked, “Colonel, if you make it home, please tell my family that ol' David Culpepper died doing his duty.”

“We are here today because of the many thousands of Southerners like David Culpepper,” McLendon said. “Some today may ask, ‘Why won't you Southerners forget the war? Why won't you realize you lost the war?'

“We Southerners realized that the South lost the war and we would surely not want to fight that terrible conflict again. But the same code of honor that drove our ancestors drives us today to insure that their sacrifices and the values they cherished are not forgotten.

“That same code of honor makes us say, ‘Yes, the Confederacy lost the war, but Southerners, as a people, will never be defeated.”

McLendon closed the ceremony with the words of President Calvin Coolidge in an address at a Confederate Memorial Day service at Arlington National Cemetery.

“A small number of gray-clad Confederate veterans and their families were among those who had gathered for the ceremony,” McLendon said. “President Coolidge spoke directly to them, saying, ‘Your country respects you for cherishing the memory of those who wore the gray . You respect those who wore the blue. In that mutual respect, may there be a firmer friendship and a more glorious union.'

“It is that mutual respect that allows us to be here today to memorialize the sacrifices of our ancestors - the sacrifices they made for us and for future generations. May we always cherish their memory.”.18 

Family

Martha Ann E. Simpson (22 Sep 1831 - 19 Sep 1912)
Marriage*12 Aug 1849 He married Martha Ann E. Simpson at Dooly Co., Georgia, on 12 Aug 1849 at age 21.7,8 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited19 Apr 2010

Citations

  1. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Gregory Family Cemetery, Colquitt Co., GA:
    + David C. Culpepper, 27 Oct 1827 - 21 Jun 1863, Co H, 50th GA Inf., CSA
    + William E. Culpepper, 28 Oct 1858 - 11 Mar 1863, Son of D. C. & M.A. Culpepper
    + Infant Culpepper, 25 May 1859 - 25 May 1859, Inf. of D.C. & M.A. Culpepper.
  2. 1830 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 336, Unk Twp, Wilkinson Co., GA
    Joel Culpepper, 1 M0-5, 1 M10-15, 1 M30-40, 2 F0-5, 1 F5-10, 1 F10-15, 1F30-40.
  3. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 90, District 10, Dooly Co., GA
    Joel Culpepper, 1 M5-10, 1 M40-50, 1 F0-5, 2 F5-10, 1 F10-15, 1 F40-50.
  4. Dooly Co., GA Wills Book A-1.
  5. Dooly County Court of the Ordinary, Dooly Co GA Deed Books A-F, Salt Lake City, UT: Genealogical Society of Utah , 1964, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. Film 366,674 et. al..
    Book A-68 & 69.
  6. Dooly County Court of the Ordinary, Dooly Co GA Deed Books A-F, Salt Lake City, UT: Genealogical Society of Utah , 1964, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. Film 366,674 et. al..
    Book B-365.
  7. Ancestry.com, compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1997.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/2085a.htm
    David Culpepper and Martha A. Simpson on 12 Aug 1849 in Dooly Co., GA.
  8. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Dooly Co., GA Marriage Books A, transcribed by Valerie Johnson Freeman:
    David C. Culpepper and Martha Ann E. Simpson on 12 Aug 1849.
  9. Dooly County Court of the Ordinary, Dooly Co GA Deed Books A-F, Salt Lake City, UT: Genealogical Society of Utah , 1964, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. Film 366,674 et. al..
    Book B-366.
  10. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 241A, District 24, Dooly Co., GA
    David C. Culpepper, 24, M, Farmer, $800, GA
    Martha A. Culpepper, 18, F, GA.
  11. Dooly County Court of the Ordinary, Dooly Co GA Deed Books A-F, Salt Lake City, UT: Genealogical Society of Utah , 1964, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. Film 366,674 et. al..
    Book B-358.
  12. Dooly County Court, Dooly Co. GA Tax Digest 1851, Salt Lake City, UT: Genealogical Society of Utah , 1964, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. Film # 367,140.
  13. Catherine Fussell Wells, compiler, The Complete Cemetery Records of Worth Co., GA (Tallahassee, FL: Rose Printing, 1984) Red Oak Cemetery, Doles, Worth Co., GA:
    Joel J. Culpepper, 13 Jun 1851 - 30 Jul 1935.
  14. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 682, Camilla, Mitchell Co., GA
    D. C. Culpepper, 32, M, GA, Laborer, $-/$-
    Martha A. E. Culpepper, 28, F, GA
    Joel J. Culpepper, 8, M, GA
    Mary C. Culpepper, 6, M, GA
    William E. Culpepper, 3, M, GA.
  15. Lillian Henderson (transcription by Fred Gleaton), compiler, Roster of Confederate Soldiers of Georgia, 1861-1865, Americus, GA: Lake Blackshear Regional Libray, 1964.
  16. Catherine Fussell Wells, compiler, The Complete Cemetery Records of Worth Co., GA (Tallahassee, FL: Rose Printing, 1984) Red Oak Cemetery, Doles, Worth Co., GA:
    David F. Culpepper, 29 Mar 1863 - 7 Aug 1943.
  17. E-mail written 2008-2012 to Culpepper Connections from Tim Savelle (gs/o #4636), Watkinsville, GA, e-mail address (Mar 2012).
    On 31 Mar 2010, Tim wrote: "The story about David's being fatally wounded at Chancellorsville doesn't completely mesh with what I've been able to find in the records. David C. Culpepper is listed in the confederate service records for the 50th Georgia as having been sent home on 30 day furlough by a surgeon. No further record, and no indication he died at Chancellorsville. I can't find another David C. Culpepper in confederate service records."
  18. Troy Messenger, Troy, Alabama.
    http://www.troymessenger.com/
    "Confederate Memorial Day remembers soldiers", published 27 Apr 2006 and submitted to Culpepper Connections by Wm. Flake Joiner.