William Jehew Culpepper1

Male, #35342, (15 Oct 1857 - 12 Aug 1929)
Father*John Malcolm Culpepper (13 Nov 1835 - 10 Jan 1927)
Mother*Sarah Ann Elizabeth Stephens (22 Oct 1839 - 21 Jul 1906)
DNA* William 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. 
Name Variation He was also known as William Jehu Culpepper. 
Birth*15 Oct 1857 William was born at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 15 Oct 1857. 
1860 Census*1860 William and Sarah listed as a household member living with John Malcolm Culpepper in the 1860 Census at Almond, Randolph Co., Alabama. 24 m-p. 838 hh 1480. 
1870 Census*1870 William, Sarah, John, Daniel and Robert listed as a household member living with John Malcolm Culpepper on the 1870 Census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama. 35 m-p. 572 hh 18. 
Employment* William's occupation: farmer at Randolph Co., Alabama
Marriage*6 Feb 1876 He married Emily Julia Ann Josephine East at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 6 Feb 1876 at age 18. 
Birth of Son13 Nov 1876 His son S. Glant Culpepper was born on 13 Nov 1876 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Death of Son19 Jan 1877 His son S. Glant Culpepper died on 19 Jan 1877 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Birth of Son14 Dec 1877 His son Malcolm Henry Luther Culpepper was born on 14 Dec 1877 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Birth of Son6 Jan 1879 His son John William Culpepper was born on 6 Jan 1879 at Randolph Co., Alabama.2,3 
Birth of Son6 Jan 1879 His son James Benjamin Culpepper was born on 6 Jan 1879 at Randolph Co., Alabama.2,4 
1880 Census*1880 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama. 22 m-p. 336 hh 83. 
Birth of Son15 Sep 1884 His son Francis Davis Culpepper was born on 15 Sep 1884 at Randolph Co., Alabama.2,5 
Birth of Son6 Mar 1889 His son Walter Culpepper was born on 6 Mar 1889 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Death of Son18 Sep 1889 His son Walter Culpepper died on 18 Sep 1889 at Randolph Co., Alabama
Photographed*circa 1890 He was photographed circa 1890
From Tommie Sue Reeves Smith, May 2001:

"I talked with Hannie McGill Simpson, daughter of Clara Culpepper McGill today. She had received the copy of the picture and had time to examine it.... She basically agrees that it is almost sure to be a picture of William Jehu and Josephine Culpepper.

The youngest child being held by Julia should be Mary Glanton ,3. George was born in 1890 but is not here at least in the picture. If we can accept this scenario then we have left to right, Malcolm Henry Luther, Josephine Culpepper with Emily Delura, 9, standing in front of her. Julia Eldora,10, would be standing next holding a child that would be Mary Glanton ,3. William Jehu Culpepper would be standing behind Frank, 6. Carrie Eunice and Clara Earnest the twins, 7, should be the toddlers dressed somewhat alike. James Benjamin and John William , 11, the twins should be standing on either side of the horse.

I know this version requires accepting spurts of growth expecially for the three older boys. This would have been in Arkansas because I know that Robert Earl was the first child to be born in Texas. Following him would be Nannie, Carl, and my mother Tessie who was last."1
William Jehu Culpepper & family
Birth of Son24 Apr 1890 His son George Freeman Culpepper was born on 24 Apr 1890 at Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., Arkansas.6,2,7 
Birth of Son14 Apr 1895 His son Robert Earl Culpepper was born on 14 Apr 1895 at Como, Hopkins Co., Texas.8,9 
Birth of Son14 Feb 1898 His son Carl Sheppard Culpepper was born on 14 Feb 1898 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.10 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.11 
Death of Mother21 Jul 1906 His mother Sarah Ann Elizabeth Stephens died on 21 Jul 1906 at Hopkins Co., Texas
1910 Census15 Apr 1910 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1910 at Hopkins Co., Texas.12 
Death of Spouse14 Jul 1918 His wife Emily Julia Ann Josephine East died on 14 Jul 1918 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.1 
WWI Draft Reg12 Sep 1918 Carl Sheppard Culpepper named William as his nearest relative when registering for the WW-I draft on 12 Sep 1918 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.10 
Photographedsay 1920 He appeared as a son in a family photograph say 1920.1
John Malcolm & William Jehew Culpepper
Photographedsay 1920 He was photographed say 1920 at Hopkins Co., Texas.1
William Jehew & Josephine (East) Culpepper
William Jehew & Josephine (East) Culpepper
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.13 
Death of Father10 Jan 1927 His father John Malcolm Culpepper died on 10 Jan 1927 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.14 
Death*12 Aug 1929 He died at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas, on 12 Aug 1929 at age 71. 
Burial*circa 14 Aug 1929 His body was interred circa 14 Aug 1929 at Pine Forest Cemetery, Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.15 
Biography* William Jehu Culpepper was the son of John Malcolm and Sarah Ann Elizabeth (Stephens) Culpepper. He was noted as a two year old "William G. H. Culpepper" in the 1860 census of Almond P. O. District, to the west northwest of Louina (now Wadley) in Randolph Co., AL, and this is where he is believed to have been born. Billy's middle name is pronounced "jay'hue" and it has been variously recorded as "J. Hugh," "Jahue" and "Jehew." Possibly the 1860 census taker heard "G. Hugh" and recorded "G. H." However, Mrs. D. W. (Lavyn Wright) Sisco, a great- granddaughter of John Malcolm and Sarah Ann Elizabeth (Stephens) Culpepper and a historian for the family, wrote letter 28 Sep 1979 that Billy's daughter-in-law, Mrs. F. D. (Nora McFarland) Culpepper thought that William's middle name was "Jehu (as in the Bible)." Jehu was a king of Israel who was recorded in the Old Testament in Book II Kings as a son of Jehoshaphat, the son of Nimshi and he was noted for destroying the dynasty of Ahab and Jezebel.

Billy married Josephine East in 1876 and they settled down to raise their family in Randolph Co., AL. Although noted in the Louina Beat (now Wadley), Randolph Co., AL in the 1880 census, the family must have lived very close to the border with Tallapoosa Co., AL since they apparently attended the Methodist Episcopal Church of Pleasant Hill in Daviston, Tallapoosa Co., AL.16

Based on the birth locations of children from census records, Billy moved his family to Arkansas around 1890. Unfortunately, the 1890 U. S. census records were burned. Lavyn (Wright) Sisco wrote17 that Billy is believed to have farmed in the Hurricane Creek area of Grant Co., AR. Hurricane Creek runs north to south through the eastern third of the county.

In 1892, Billy's parents moved to the Pine Forest Community in Hopkins Co., TX. This small community is southeast of Weaver (which is about 10 miles east of Sulphur Springs) near the Franklin County line.18 Not long after this, Billy suffered a crop failure in Arkansas and he followed his parents to Texas, taking his family by train to Weaver, TX and from there going on to Pine Forest.19 When Billy arrived in Texas with his family, they had nothing, not even coats and hats.20 Billy started out sharecropping "on the halves" for two or three years on the Walker farm which was owned by Robert A. Minter. 20 A sharecropper was a tenant farmer who, in exchange for a share, e.g., half, of the value of the crops produced, was given credit for seed, tools and a place to stay. When the crops came in, the amount credited was then subtracted from the tenant farmer's share. Gradually, with hard work, Billy was able to accumulate enough that he was able to buy his own land.20 Lavyn (Wright) Sisco wrote:21

Uncle Billy Culpepper was an old man as long as folks could remember, even looked older than his father, John. He was a strong Methodist. His wife was and even-tempered woman who cared for him as though he were a child.... Uncle Billy called everyone younger than he "dear baby." No one would ask him how he felt, he always hurt somewhere. He was a farmer.
     
In 1918, Billy was 60 years old when he lost his wife of 42 Years.22 He then went to live with his daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Tessie Culpepper) Reeves, and this is where he died in 1929 at the age of 71.22
 

Family

Emily Julia Ann Josephine East (27 Jan 1858 - 14 Jul 1918)
Marriage*6 Feb 1876 He married Emily Julia Ann Josephine East at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 6 Feb 1876 at age 18. 
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited17 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. E-mail written numerous messages over 30+ years to Lew Griffin from Tommie Sue Reeves Smith (#23162), 942 Clarice, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, e-mail address.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    John William Culpepper, RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, age 39, born 6 Jan 1879, Caucasian, Farmer at RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, Nearest relative: Cora Agnes Culpepper, RFD#1, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, Tall height, Slender build, Blue eyes, Dark brown hair, No disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.
  4. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    James Benjamin Culpepper, RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, age 39, born 6 Jan 1879, Caucasian, Farmer at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas, Nearest relative: Mary Eliza Culpepper, RFD#1, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, Medium height, Slender build, Blue eyes, Dark brown hair, No disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.
  5. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Francis Daniel Culpepper, RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, age 33, born 15 Sep 1884, Caucasian, Farmer at RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, Nearest relative: Nora Nita Culpepper, RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, Tall height, Slender build, Blue eyes, Dark brown hair, No disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.
  6. E-mail written numerous messages over 30+ years to Lew Griffin from Tommie Sue Reeves Smith (#23162), 942 Clarice, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, e-mail address.
    GF Culpepper Sheet (Hubert Culpepper info); POB 1910 census.
  7. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    George F Culpepper, 27, Yantis, Wood Co., Texas. Born 24 Apr 1890 in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Farmer at Yantis, Wood Co., Texas. Married with 1 child; Caucasian; No prior military service; Claims no exemption from service; Tall height, Slender build, blue eyes, light brown hair, not bald, no disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 in Mineola, Wood Co., Texas.
  8. Tombstone.
    Morton Cemetery, Richmond, Fort Bend Co., TX:
    Robert Earl Culpepper, 14 Apr 1895 – 28 Sep 1964.
  9. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Robert Earl Culpepper, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, age 22, born 14 Apr 1895 in Como, Texas, Farmer for self at Como, Texas, Wife and 7 month old girl are dependent, Married, Caucasian, No military experience, Medium height, Slender build, Gray eyes, Brown hair, Not bald, No disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 at Hopkins Co., Texas.
  10. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=6482
    Carl Sheppard Culpepper, RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, age 19, born 14 Feb 1898, Caucasian, Farmer at RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, Nearest relative: William Jayhue Culpepper, RFD#3, Como, Hopkins Co., Texas, Tall height, Slender build, Blue eyes, Light brown hair, No disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.
  11. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 51, Sheet 2A, Pg 109A, Pct 2, Gen.com Img 2, Hopkins Co., TX
    W. J. Culpepper, Head, M, Oct-1857, 42, md-25 yrs, AL GA MS, Farmer
    Emily Josephine Culpepper, Wife, F, Jan-1858, 42, md-25 yrs, Ch 16/13, AL AL AL
    William Culpepper, Son, M, Jan-1879, 21, S, AL AL AL, Farm Laborer
    Julia E. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Dec-1880, 19, S, AL AL AL
    Dee M. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Nov-1881, 18, S, AL AL AL
    Clara Culpepper, Daughter, F, Mar-1883, 17, S, AL AL AL
    Carrie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Mar-1883, 17, S, AL AL AL
    Frank Culpepper, Son, M, Sep-1884, 15, S, AL AL AL, Farm Laborer
    Mary G. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Nov-1887, 12, S, AL AL AL
    George F. Culpepper, Son, M, Apr-1890, 10, S, AL AL AL, Farm Laborer
    Irl Culpepper, Son, M, Apr-1896, 4, S, TX AL AL
    Nannie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Jun-1898, 1, S, TX AL AL
    Carl Culpepper, Son, M, Feb-1899, 1, S, TX AL AL.
  12. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 60, Sheet 21B, Pg 220B, Pct 2, Gen.com Img 4, Hopkins Co., TX
    William J. Culpepper, Head, M, 52, M1, md-34, AL GA GA, Farmer
    Emily J. Culpepper, Wife, F, 52, M1, md-34, ch 17/14, AL AL GA
    Carrie E. Culpepper ,Daughter, F, 26, S, AL AL AL
    Clara E. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 26, S, AL AL AL
    George F. Culpepper, Son, M, 20, S, AR AL AL, Farm Laborer
    Earl R. Culpepper, Son, M, 15, S, TX AL AL
    Nannie Culpepper, Daughter, F, 12, S, TX AL AL
    Carl Culpepper, Son, M, 11, S, TX AL
    Tessie Culpepper, Daughter, F, 9, S, TX AL AL.
  13. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 69, Sheet 2B, Pg 205, Pct 2, Bethel & Sulphur Springs Rd., Hopkins Co., TX
    Own=Y, Farm=Y
    William J. Culpepper, Head, M, 62, Wid, AL GA AL, Farmer
    Tessie Culpepper, Dau, F, 18, S, TX AL AL.
  14. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    John Culpepper, Hopkins Co., Jan 10 1927, 2255.
  15. E-mail written numerous messages over 30+ years to Lew Griffin from Tommie Sue Reeves Smith (#23162), 942 Clarice, Grand Prairie, TX 75051, e-mail address.
    William Jahue Culpepper Family Group Sheet.
  16. Capos Conley "Chip" Culpepper, II, A Collection of Culpeppers manuscript, in the "Additional Information on Members of The Family Culpepper" section, there is a letter of recommendation, preserved by Lavyn (Wright) Sisco, from the Methodist Episcopal Church of Pleasant Hill, Daviston, Alabama for William J. Culpepper and his family.
  17. letter 15 Apr 1994
  18. Mrs. D. W. (Lavyn Wright) Sisco, "John Malcolm Culpepper," typed sheet and letter 15 Apr 1994
  19. Lavyn (Wright) Sisco letter 15 Apr 1994
  20. Jerry Post, Alive and Good to Know p. 29, preserved by Lavyn (Wright) Sisco
  21. included in a J. M. Culpepper family summary
  22. "Uncle Billie Culpepper" unknown source, probably a Hopkins Co., TX paper, circa 12 Aug 1929