John William Clegg Culpepper

Male, #35289, (3 Aug 1855 - 1 May 1927)
Father*Elias Daniel Culpepper (31 Jan 1832 - 8 May 1914)
Mother*Nancy Clegg (30 Jul 1832 - 2 Nov 1904)
Birth*3 Aug 1855 John was born at Jefferson Co., Arkansas, on 3 Aug 1855.1 
1860 Census1860 Sarah, Nancy, John, James and Joseph listed as a household member living with Elias Daniel Culpepper in the 1860 Census at Darysaw, Jefferson Co., Arkansas. 28 m-p. 873 hh 646. 
1870 Census1870 Sarah, Nancy, John, James, Isaac, Joseph, Martha, Malcolm and Francis listed as a household member living with Elias Daniel Culpepper on the 1870 Census at Derasaw Township, Grant Co., Arkansas. 38 m-210 hh 33. 
Employment* John's occupation: medicine man. 
Death of Mother2 Nov 1904 His mother Nancy Clegg died on 2 Nov 1904 at Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., Arkansas.2 
Death of Father8 May 1914 His father Elias Daniel Culpepper died on 8 May 1914 at Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., Arkansas.2 
Death*1 May 1927 He died at Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., Arkansas, on 1 May 1927 at age 71.3,4 
Burial*3 May 1927 His body was interred on 3 May 1927 at Clegg Cemetery, near, Junet, Grant Co., Arkansas.5,6 
Biography* John W. C. Culpepper was born in Arkansas and was noted in Darysaw west of Pine Bluff with his parents in the 1860 Jefferson Co., AR census and 1870 Grant Co., AR census records. The family was apparently living in an area which was taken into Grant Co., AR which was organized in 1869.7 It was apparently sometime after this that John went out on his own.

John became a traveling medicine man and sold an "elixir" of bitters, alcohol and cayenne pepper out of a wagon.8 Part of his sales technique was to let boys in the crowd grab his long black hair and then swing them to show how strong his medicine was.8 John apparently traveled throughout Arkansas and Texas and, while in Texas, the house of the family he was staying with burned down and John was badly burned in an unsuccessful attempt to save them.8 He returned to Arkansas and died at the home of his sister, Mrs. A. B. (Sallie Culpepper) Williams.9 He was 71 years old. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited9 Jun 2004

Citations

  1. William Harold Broughton, The Cleggs of Old Chatham: the ancestry, family, descendants of Thomas A. Clegg and Bridget Polk, their kin, and events of history, Clegg Family Association, 1977.
    p 228; POB Mrs. Tom Logan Family Group Sheet.
  2. William Harold Broughton, The Cleggs of Old Chatham: the ancestry, family, descendants of Thomas A. Clegg and Bridget Polk, their kin, and events of history, Clegg Family Association, 1977.
    p 228.
  3. William Harold Broughton, The Cleggs of Old Chatham: the ancestry, family, descendants of Thomas A. Clegg and Bridget Polk, their kin, and events of history, Clegg Family Association, 1977.
    p 228; obit at home of Mrs. A. B. (Sallie Culpepper) Williams.
  4. Arkansas Death Index Books, 1914 -- 1948.
  5. William Harold Broughton, The Cleggs of Old Chatham: the ancestry, family, descendants of Thomas A. Clegg and Bridget Polk, their kin, and events of history, Clegg Family Association, 1977.
    p 228; date from obituary.
  6. Jefferson County, AR, Miscellaneous Records on microfilm 1927 -- 1961, at the county courthouse; (n.p.: n.pub.).
    has 1 May 1927.
  7. Rhonda S. Norris, A Genealogist's Guide to Arkansas Research Russellville, AR: Arkansas Genealogical Research, 1994
  8. W. Harold Broughton, The Cleggs of Old Chatham: The Ancestry - Family - Descendants of Thomas A. Clegg & Bridget Polk Their Kin & Events of Interest p. 228
  9. "John W. C. Culpepper," Pine Bluff Commercial (Jefferson Co., AR) 2 May 1927, p. 6, col. 4