James William Washington Culpepper M.D.

Male, #35047, (5 Aug 1876 - 27 May 1915)
Father*Thomas Joel Culpepper (5 Jun 1847 - 20 Sep 1920)
Mother*Issorah Lola Boyd (3 Dec 1851 - 9 Apr 1937)
DNA* James 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. 
Birth*5 Aug 1876 James was born at Meriwether Co., Georgia, on 5 Aug 1876.1 
1880 Census1 Jun 1880 James was listed as a grandson in George Washington Culpepper of Meriwether Co., GA's household on the 1880 Census at Meriwether Co., Georgia.2 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 James, Thomas and Rufus was listed as a son in Thomas Joel Culpepper and Issorah Lola Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Livingston, Cullman Co., Alabama.3 
Marriage*23 May 1901 He married Elizabeth Belle McAfee at Cullman Co., Alabama, on 23 May 1901 at age 24.4 
Birth of Son2 Apr 1902 His son James Wallace Culpepper was born on 2 Apr 1902 at Cullman Co., Alabama.5,6 
Birth of Son27 Oct 1904 His son Niles Voight Culpepper D.D.S. was born on 27 Oct 1904 at Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama.6 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Crane Hill, Cullman Co., Alabama.7 
Death*27 May 1915 He died at Birmingham, Jefferson Co., Alabama, on 27 May 1915 at age 38.8,1 
Burial*28 May 1915 His body was interred on 28 May 1915 at Cullman City Cemetery, Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* The following entry is from Vol. 1 of the Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804 - 1929 edited by Arthur W. Hafner, PhD (Chicago, IL: American Medical Association, 1993): James William Washington Culpepper, born 1877. Graduated from Chattanooga Medical College in 1904. Type of Practice: Allopath. Died May 27, 1915 in Birmingham, AL from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Member of American Medical Association at time of death. JAMA obituary notice: Vol 64, page 2083.
The following death notice is from The Cullman Tribune of Cullman, AL, 27 May 1915: DR. J. W. CULPEPPER MET WITH FATAL ACCIDENT Tuesday When His Automobile Turned Over Into a Ditch on Third Street Resulting in His Death Thursday Morning. Dr. James W. Culpepper met with a deplorable accident on Tuesday about 1 o'clock, that resulted in the death of the well known and popular physician at the Davis infirmary in Birmingham Thursday morning at 9:45 o'clock. The accident which claimed this great man occurred when his automobile left the street and plunged into a ditch throwing the Doctor out of the car turning up on its side and falling on him from which he sustained the fatal injuries. Dr. Culpepper had left the People's Drug Store and was en route home for the noon hour meal. While driving rapidly in an old Hudson car and after turning over the hill from J. R. Griffin's store one of the cushions was about to fall out of the car and he reached down to pull in the cushion in place when he lost control of the car and almost in an instant the car was plunged into the ditch on the north side of Third street in front of J. F. Weeks store. Mr. Weeks who witnessed the sad accident rushed to the rescue of Dr. Culpepper and as best he could assisted the Doctor up out of the ditch on to the bank where Dr. Culpepper made a thorough examination of his injuries the second time and then remarked to Mr. Weeks "I am a dead man, send for my wife at once." Kind and sympathetic friends gathered around to do whatever was within their power and Drs. Hays, Martin, McAdore and Thurlow at once rushed to the side of the Doctor to give whatever assistance that could within the skill of medical science. The injured man was carried to the Cullman Sanitarium and after an examination by the attending physicians it was decided to carry him to Birmingham where a more thorough examination could be made with the X Ray and if possible something done that would save his life. Accompanied by Mrs. Culpepper, Drs. Hays, McAdore, Thurlow and Otis Kinney he was carried to Birmingham on the evening accommodation and on Wednesday morning the X Ray examination made, but it was found that his condition and injuries were such that an operation would be of no avail as the left hip was crushed all to pieces and he [was] badly injured internally. The Doctor lingered between life and death until Thursday morning when his spirit of life was wafted to the great physician in the great beyond. The remains accompanied by relatives and friends were brought to Cullman Thursday afternoon and Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock the funeral services will be conducted at the Baptist church after which the body will be laid to rest in the city cemetery. No death has ever occurred in our county that was more universal[ly] deplored for Dr. Culpepper was a man held in the highest by all who knew him. His wonderful skill and success as a physician was such as to demand all of his timely, rarely ever stopping day or night, it making no difference from whom the call came for assistance, whether great or small, he was ever ready to answer the summon, his life being in his work of doing whatever was within his power for elevating and helping suffering humanity. This great physician and kind hearted gentleman will be sadly missed by not only his dear family but by hundreds of people throughout the county. Dr. Culpepper was near[ly] 39 years old, and is survived by a widow and two sons, Wallace and Voight, father and mother Mr. and Mrs. Thomas J. Culpepper of Crane, four sisters, Mrs. Lena May Price, Mrs. Sally Land and Mrs. Lillie Tucker of Crane Hill; and Mrs. Hnlen Birch [read H. L. (Ellen) Burch] of Florida; two brothers, J. P. Culpepper of Crane Hill, and Dr. R. A. Culpepper of Chicago.
      The following funeral announcement is from an unknown source: D I E D In Birmingham, Ala., at 9:45 o'clock a. m. Thursday morning, May 27th, 1915, DR. JAMES W. CULPEPPER. Funeral from the Baptist Church, Friday atternoon, May 28th, 1915, at 3 o'clock p. m., conducted by Rev. W. P. Wilks. Burial at Protestant Cemetery. Friends and acquaintances of the family are requested to attend. Pall Bearers: Dr. L. Hays, Dr. J. C. Martin, Dr. E. D. McAdory, Dr. A. A. Thurlow, Dr. W. J. Cottingham, Dr. O. W. Kinney. 


Elizabeth Belle McAfee (20 Apr 1883 - 2 Jan 1968)
Marriage*23 May 1901 He married Elizabeth Belle McAfee at Cullman Co., Alabama, on 23 May 1901 at age 24.4 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited7 Oct 2010


  1. 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 1, page 183:
    Cullman City Cemetery, Corner of 9th Street and West Main, Cullman, Cullman Co., Alabama.
    + J. W. Culpepper, MD, 5 Aug 1876 - 27 May 1915
    + Belle McAfee Culpepper, 20 Apr 1883 - 2 Jan 1968.
  2. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 81, Page 202B (33), Family 262, Luthersville, Meriwether Co., GA
    George Culpepper, Self, M, Md, 72, SC, Farming, GA/SC/SC
    Perlina Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, 67, Keeping House, GA/France/GA
    Joel Culpepper, Son, M, Md, 30, Working On Farm, GA/SC/GA (ID: 32444)
    Lola Culpepper, Dau-in-Law, F, Md, 27, Keeping House, GA/GA/GA
    James Culpepper, GSon, M, S, 4, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Lola Culpepper, GDau, F, S, 7M, --- , GA/GA/GA
    John Chisohn, Other, M, S, 30, Store Keeper, AL/AL/GA
    Lea Bohanan, Other, F, S, B, 50, Cooking, GA/GA/GA.
  3. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 56, Page 12A, Lines 10-17, Livingston, Cullman Co., AL (18 Jun 1900)
    Thomas J. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, Jun 1847, 52, md-26yrs, GA/SC/SC, Farmer
    Issorah L. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, Dec 1851, 48, md-26yrs, ch 10/7, GA/GA/GA
    James W. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Aug 1876, 23, sng, GA/GA/GA, Farm laborer
    Thomas P. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Oct 1882, 17, sng, GA/GA/GA, Farm laborer
    Sallie J. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Aug 1884, 15, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Lillie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Aug 1886, 13, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Rufus A. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, Dec 1888, 11, sng, GA/GA/GA
    Ferbia E. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Wh, Jun 1891, 8, sng, GA/GA/GA.
  4. Cullman County Judge of Probate, compiler, Cullman County, Alabama Marriages: Microfilm of original Marriage records in the Cullman County Courthouse, transcribed by Lew Griffin, Salt Lake City, Utah: Genealogical Society of Utah, 1975.
    James W. Culpepper married Lizzie Belle McAfee on 23 May 1901 in Cullman Co., AL, Book 4-52.
  5. The Generations Network Inc., compiler, North Carolina Death Collection, 1908-1996, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    James Wallace Culpepper, Male, White, Married, born 2 Apr 1902 in AL, died 20 Feb 1981 in Statesville, Iredell Co., NC, SSN: 340-03-3578, Burial out of state.
  6. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  7. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 27, Page 16A, Lines 32-36, Crane Hill, Cullman Co., AL (4 May 1910)
    James W. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 25, md1-9yrs, GA/GA, Doctor/Medicine
    Elizabeth B Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 27, md1-9yrs, ch 2/2, AL/GA/SC
    James W. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 7, sng, AL/GA/AL
    Niles V. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 5, sng, AL/GA/AL
    Homer Woods, Boarder, M, Wh, 19, sng, AL/AL/AL, Farm Laborer.
  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.
    James W. W. Culpepper died 27 May 1915 in Jefferson Co., Alabama.