Nancy Gillespie Culpepper

Female, #35360, (3 Sep 1873 - 19 May 1932)
Father*John Malcolm Culpepper (13 Nov 1835 - 10 Jan 1927)
Mother*Sarah Ann Elizabeth Stephens (22 Oct 1839 - 21 Jul 1906)
Name-Comm Her was commonly known as Nannie Culpepper. 
Birth*3 Sep 1873 Nancy was born at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 3 Sep 1873. 
1880 Census1880 Sarah, Nancy and Melvina was listed as a daughter in John Malcolm Culpepper's household on the 1880 Census at Randolph Co., Alabama. 46 m-Beat 8 ED 111-19. 
Marriage*10 Oct 1890 She married James Cope Bradford at Grant Co., Arkansas, on 10 Oct 1890 at age 17. 
Married Name10 Oct 1890  As of 10 Oct 1890, her married name was Bradford. 
Death of Mother21 Jul 1906 Her mother Sarah Ann Elizabeth Stephens died on 21 Jul 1906 at Hopkins Co., Texas
Death of Father10 Jan 1927 Her father John Malcolm Culpepper died on 10 Jan 1927 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.1 
Death*19 May 1932 She died at Hopkins Co., Texas, on 19 May 1932 at age 58. 
Burial*circa 21 May 1932 Her body was interred circa 21 May 1932 at Pine Forest Cemetery, Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas
Biography* Nancy Gillespie Culpepper was the daughter of John Malcolm and Sarah Ann Elizabeth (Stephens) Culpepper. Her parents were noted in the 1870 census of Louina P. O. District, Randolph Co., AL and this is where she is presumed to have been born. This district was in the area of what is now known as Wadley, AL. Sometime after the 1880 census, Nancy's parents moved the family by wagon train to Grant Co., AR.

In 1890, Nancy married James Cope Bradford and they settled down to raise a family. The couple was noted with their young family in Sulphur Township, Grant Co., AR in the 1900 census records. However, based on the birth locations of the children, the family moved to Hopkins Co., TX around 1902 and this is where they remained. Mrs. D. W. (Lavyn Wright) Sisco wrote about her grandmother:2

Nannie Bradford was an even tempered woman. She married James (Jim) Bradford. Jim Bradford was one of the best farmers in the county. His first seven children were girls and each could plow with mules as well as any boy. The Bradford home was a gathering center. There were always birthday dinners, Easter egg hunts, watermellon cuttings and Jim was always 'it' in the first game of blindman's buff. All preachers and peddlers were welcome to spend the night at the Bradford house.

Nannie died in 1932 at the age of 58. 


James Cope Bradford (30 Jul 1867 - 2 Jun 1938)
Marriage*10 Oct 1890 She married James Cope Bradford at Grant Co., Arkansas, on 10 Oct 1890 at age 17. 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited24 Apr 2012


  1. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at, 2006.
    John Culpepper, Hopkins Co., Jan 10 1927, 2255.
  2. summary of the children of John Malcolm Culpepper