Jefferson C. Culpepper

Male, #3284, (18 May 1832 - 28 Dec 1902)
Father*Chadwell Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA (c 1799 - 1852)
Mother*Frances Rye (c 1801 - b 1 Jun 1860)
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Birth*18 May 1832 Jefferson was born at Laurens Co., Georgia, on 18 May 1832. 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Jefferson and Henry was probably a free white male, age 5 and under 10,in Chadwell Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Dooly Co., Georgia.
(Unaccounted for are 1 Male 10-15, 1 Female 0-5 and 1 Female 10-15).1 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Andrew, John, Griffin, Mary, Jefferson, Henry, William, Queen, David and Frances listed as a household member living with Chadwell Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Dooly Co., Georgia.2 
Death of Father1852 His father Chadwell Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA died in 1852 at Dooly Co., Georgia
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865

     Jefferson C. Culpepper (husband of Elizabeth), Muscogee Co, GA, Enlisted on 14 Aug 1861 as a Private and mustered into Co. C, GA 17th Infantry, He was Surrendered on 9 Apr 1865 at Appomattox Court House, VA. (Confederate Pension, Muscogee Co.) 
Marriage*17 Dec 1861 He married Ethelia S. Fears at Dougherty Co., Georgia, on 17 Dec 1861 at age 29.3 
Divorce*before 1868 He and Ethelia S. Fears were divorced before 1868.4 
Marriage*28 May 1868 He married Mary Elizabeth Howard at Lee Co., Alabama, on 28 May 1868 at age 36. 
Birth of Son26 Mar 1869 His son Jesse C. Culpepper was born on 26 Mar 1869 at Lee Co., Alabama.5,6 
Census1870 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Lee Co., Alabama, in 1870. 
Birth of Soncirca 1871 His son Robert Lee Culpepper was born circa 1871 at Lee Co., Alabama
Birth of Soncirca 1873 His son Warren Culpepper was born circa 1873 at Lee Co., Alabama
Birth of Soncirca Dec 1879 His son Infant Culpepper was born circa Dec 1879 at Wacoochee Valley, Lee Co., Alabama.7 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 Jefferson was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Wacoochee Valley, Lee Co., Alabama.7 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 Jefferson was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia.8 
Death*28 Dec 1902 He died at Muscogee Co., Georgia, on 28 Dec 1902 at age 70.9 
Burial*30 Dec 1902 His body was interred on 30 Dec 1902 at Girard Cemetery, Phenix City, Russell Co., Alabama.10 
Obituary*31 Dec 1902 RUPTURE OF BLOOD VESSEL IN THE BRAIN: Caused Death of Jeff C. CULPEPPER, Well-known Confederate Veteran
     Mr. Jeff C. CULPEPPER, aged 71 years, a well known Confederate veteran, died at his residence, No. 1333 Twelfth avenue, east of the city, at noon Monday. The funeral occurred yesterday afternoon, the interment being in Girard cemetery.
     The circumstances under which Mr. CULPEPPER, or rather under which he was stricken, were rather peculiar. It seems that Saturday night he and another man were going up Wynn's hill when they both fell into a ditch. The man stated that he himself fell, but that Mr. CULPEPPER did not strike the ground, as he was able to reach him in time to prevent his striking the ground violently, and let him down rather gently. It seems that Mr. CULPEPPER never regained consciousness. He was carried into a house nearby and later carried to his home. He was waited upon by Drs. GILL and COSBY, but he had sustained a fatal stroke of something like apoplexy. Paralysis was brought on by the rupture of a blood vessel in his head. His family thought that he had met his death as a result of foul play. There was a bruise on his head, and other bruiseJefferson C. Culpepper about his person, from which ___ was raised that he had been roughly bandied by someone. The coroner was summoned but decided not to hold an inquest, as he did not think the county would pay for it. The family were anxious to have an inquest held, but did not have the funds with which to pay the jury. One of the doctors said last night that he was inclined to think that there was nothing in the theory of foul play; that [since] Mr. CULPEPPER was quite old, and possibly the blood vesselJefferson C. Culpepper in his brain were distended, he might have sustained paralysis, which cause him to fall down, or possibly the shock of the fall itself burst some of the blood vessels.
     Mr. CULPEPPER served in the war as a member of Company C, Seventeenth of Camp Benning. He was a member of Camp Benning, and a number of members of the camp attended his funeral.
     Besides his wife, Mr. CULPEPPER is survived by two sons, Mr. Jesse CULPEPPER, whose whereabouts are not known, and Mr. Robert CULPEPPER, of Columbus, and two daughters, Miss Ophelia and Miss Fannie May CULPEPPER, both of this city. One brother, Mr. John CULPEPPER, of Columbus, and one sister, Mrs. Caroline ADAMS, of Heard county, Georgia, also survive him.
     The funeral services, which was from the house at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, was conducted by Rev. H. C. HARLEY [? BARLEY? BAXLEY?]. The pallbearers were Messrs. T. J. BATES, R. W. LEDSINGER, J. C. DAVIS, C. H. HERRING, J. M. REES and T. W. BURKE.10 

Family 1

Ethelia S. Fears (1841 - after 1889)
Marriage*17 Dec 1861 He married Ethelia S. Fears at Dougherty Co., Georgia, on 17 Dec 1861 at age 29.3 
Divorce*before 1868 He and Ethelia S. Fears were divorced before 1868.4 

Family 2

Mary Elizabeth Howard (Aug 1848 - 6 Sep 1910)
Marriage*28 May 1868 He married Mary Elizabeth Howard at Lee Co., Alabama, on 28 May 1868 at age 36. 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited19 Jun 2012


  1. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 92, District 9, Dooly Co., GA
    Shadwell Culpepper, 2 M5-10, 2 M10-15, 1 M15-20, 1 M40-50, 2 F0-5, 2 F10-15, 1 F 30-40.
  2. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Pages 245A-B, District 24, Dooly Co., GA
    Chadwel Culpepper, 50, M, Farmer, $2,500, GA
    Frances Culpepper, 48, F, GA
    David Culpepper, 26, M, GA
    Queen E. Culpepper, 23, F, GA
    William Culpepper, 21, M, GA
    Henry Culpepper, 19, M, GA
    Jefferson Culpepper, 17, M, GA
    Elizabeth Culpepper, 12, F, GA
    Griffin Culpepper, 8, M, GA
    John Culpepper, 6, M, GA
    Andrew Culpepper, 3, M, GA.
  3. Jordan Dodd, compiler, Georgia Marriages, 1851-1900, Online database at, 2000.
    Jefferson C. Culpepper and Ethelia S. Fears on 17 Dec 1861 in Dougherty Co., GA.
  4. Obituary.
    John W. Jones, Pike County Journal, Zebulon, GA., Tuesday, October 8, 1889.
  5. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at, 1998.
    Jesse C. Culpepper, d. 3 Dec 1950 at 81 years in Muscogee Co., GA; Res. in Muscogee Co., GA.
  6. Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus (Muscogee Co.), GA.
    Obituary of Jesse C. Culpepper (#3846), published 4 Dec 1950.
  7. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Wacoochee Valley, Page 262C, Lee Co., AL
    J. C. Culpepper, Self, M, M, W, 35, Works On Farm, GA/GA/GA
    Elisebeth Culpepper, Wife, F, M, W, 30, Keeps House, AL/AL/AL
    Tony Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 12, Works On Farm, AL/GA/AL
    Robert Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 9, AL/GA/AL
    Warren Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 7, AL/GA/AL
    Ophelia Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 4, AL/GA/AL
    Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 6M, AL/GA/AL.
  8. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 98, Page 291A (4), Family 78, 442 18th Street, Columbus, Muscogee Co., GA
    Jefferson Culpepper, Head, M, May 1832, 68, Md 33 yrs, GA/NC/NC, Day Laborer
    Lizzie Culpepper, Wife, F, Aug 1848, 51, Md 33 yrs, ch 7/4, AL/AL/AL
    Ophelia Culpepper, Dau, F, Sep 1878, 21, Sng, AL/GA/AL
    Fannie M. Culpepper, Dau, F, Aug 1889, 10, Sng, GA/GA/AL
    Ella Culpepper, Dau-in-law, F, Mar 1872, 29, Md 10 yrs, ch 3/1, AL/AL/AL
    Wylene Culpepper, GrandDau, F, Nov 1893, 6, Sng, GA/AL/AL
    Ophelia M. Culpepper, GrandDau, F, May 1897, 3, Sng, GA/AL/AL.
  9. Confederate Pension Application; (n.p.:
  10. Ledger-Enquirer, Columbus (Muscogee Co.), GA.
    Obituary of Jeff C. Culpepper (#3284), published 31 Dec 1902.