Capos Conley Culpepper

Male, #35364, (6 Apr 1879 - 11 Apr 1959)
Father*John Malcolm Culpepper (13 Nov 1835 - 10 Jan 1927)
Mother*Sarah Ann Elizabeth Stephens (22 Oct 1839 - 21 Jul 1906)
Name Variation He was also known as Cape. 
Birth*6 Apr 1879 Capos was born at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 6 Apr 1879. 
1880 Census1880 John, Daniel, Robert and Capos was listed as a son in John Malcolm Culpepper's household on the 1880 Census at Randolph Co., Alabama. 46 m-Beat 8 ED 111-19. 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 Capos was listed as a son in John Malcolm Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.1 
Marriage*2 Sep 1901 He married Lou Anna Augusta Atchley at Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas, on 2 Sep 1901 at age 22.2 
Photographed*say 1902 He was photographed say 1902 at Grant Co., Arkansas.3
Capos Conley Culpepper
Birth of Son26 Mar 1904 His son John Harry Culpepper was born on 26 Mar 1904 at Saltillo, Hopkins Co., Texas
Death of Mother21 Jul 1906 His mother Sarah Ann Elizabeth Stephens died on 21 Jul 1906 at Hopkins Co., Texas
Birth of Sonsay 1908 His son Sidney Culpepper was born say 1908 at Arkansas
1910 Census*1910 Capos was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Jefferson Co., Arkansas. 31 m-32/121/17. 
Birth of Son17 Dec 1916 His son W. Jay Culpepper was born on 17 Dec 1916 at Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas
Birth of Son7 Mar 1918 His son Oscar Norris Culpepper was born on 7 Mar 1918 at Grant Co., Arkansas.4 
Photographedsay 1920 He appeared as a son in a family photograph say 1920 at Hopkins Co., Texas,
Capos Conley Culpepper, John Malcolm Culpepper, and Robert Henry Luther Culpepper.5
Capos, John Malcolm, and Luther Culpepper
1920 Census*1920 Capos was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Grant Co., Arkansas. 41 m-ED 92/14/24. 
Employment* Capos's occupation: CaptainPine Bluff Police Department at Pine Bluff, Jefferson Co., Arkansas.6 
Birth of Son26 Mar 1924 His son Conley Edward Culpepper was born on 26 Mar 1924 at Grant Co., Arkansas.7 
Death of Father10 Jan 1927 His father John Malcolm Culpepper died on 10 Jan 1927 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.8 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 Capos was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Washington, Grant Co., Arkansas.9 
Photographed*say 1951 He was photographed say 1951 at Grant Co., Arkansas.5
Capos Conley & Annie (Atchley) Culpepper
Death*11 Apr 1959 He died at Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas, on 11 Apr 1959 at age 80. 
Burial*circa 14 Apr 1959 His body was interred circa 14 Apr 1959 at Center Grove Cemetery, near, Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas.10 
Biography* Capos Conley Culpepper was the youngest son of John Malcolm and Sarah Ann Elizabeth (Stephens) Culpepper. A one year old "Capers C. Culpepper" was noted in the 1880 census of Beat 8 in Randolph Co., AL and this is where he is presumed to have been born. Beat 8 appears to have been in the vicinity of Flatrock, near Almond to the west of what is now known as Wadley, AL. The name "Capos" is unique and it is interesting to note that the name was recorded as "Capers" in the 1880 census record. A grandson who shares the name, Capos Conley "Chip" Culpepper, II, believes that "Capers," through transmission with a Southern accent, might have become "Capos." A cousin who was born in 1860 was named "Charles Capers Culpepper." He is supposed to have been named after a Methodist Bishop. Chip investigated this and he wrote:11

FYI William Capers ... was elected a Bishop in the Methodist & Episcopal Church in 1846. The next year, 1847, he was sent to be the first Bishop of the Church in of all places... Arkansas... Coincidence? I don't think so.... I now have a print of what appears to have been an old wood-cut portrait of the good Bishop. He looks rather like George Washington on a dollar bill (a bit more hair though).... One reference to him calls him "...that great messenger of the gospel to the slaves."

Sometime after the 1880 census, Cape's parents moved the family by wagon train to Grant Co., AR. Chip compiled a book, A Collection of Culpeppers 12 which focuses on the Capos Conley Culpepper family and in it 13 Chip notes that Cape was about six or seven when the family moved from Alabama to Arkansas and recalled "how the family landed by flatboat at Pine Bluff in Jefferson County, Arkansas after crossing the Mississippi."
In 1892,14 Cape's parents took him and his older sister, Melvina Miriam, accompanied by their older brother, Luther, and they went by train to Saltillo, Hopkins Co., TX 15 where they settled down in the Pine Forest Community. They were soon followed by the William "Billy" Jehu Culpepper family.

It was not long after this that Cape went back to Arkansas. Mrs. R. W. (Tommie Reeves) Smith, a William Jehu Culpepper family historian, passed on 16 a story that she had heard about Cape and Billy:

Capus came riding up to Billy's home on his horse. Billy's dog came out as usual and as always was barking and yipping at the horse's feet scaring the horse. Capus took a gun he had, reportedly only to scare the dog away but his aim was such on the moving horse that he shot the dog dead on the spot. History does not say what Billy's response was but Chip and I think it was about this time Capus probably decided that Texas wasn't quite big enough for both he and Billy.

Whatever the reason, Cape returned to Arkansas where he met Annie Atchley and they married in 1901. Cape brought his bride back to Texas but, based on birth states of their children noted in census records, they returned to Arkansas around 1905. Mrs. D. W. (Lavyn Wright) Sisco, a John Malcolm Culpepper family historian, wrote17 that Annie thought Texas was "a God Forsaken Country" and wanted to go back to Arkansas. In Arkansas, Cape became a law enforcement officer, eventually becoming Captain of the Pine Bluff Police Department.18

Chip wrote19 that Cape suffered a stroke and died a short time later on April 11, 1959 at the age of 80 years. 

Family

Lou Anna Augusta Atchley (12 Jan 1878 - 9 Sep 1960)
Marriage*2 Sep 1901 He married Lou Anna Augusta Atchley at Sheridan, Grant Co., Arkansas, on 2 Sep 1901 at age 22.2 
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited24 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 50, Sheet 8A, Pg 100A-101, Pct 2, Gen.com Img 14, Hopkins Co., TX
    Jno. Culpepper, Head, M, Nov-1835, 64, md-43 yrs, GA SC GA, Farmer
    S. E. Culpepper, Wife, F, Oct-1839, 60, md-43 yrs, Ch 9/8, MS GA MS
    Capos Culpepper, Son, M, Apr-1879, 21, S, AL GA MS, Farm Laborer.
  2. Capos Conley Culpepper II, A Collection of Culpeppers, Vol I, unpublished manuscript, 225 p., July 1993,
    p 67; location Mrs. Sisco CC Culpepper family group sheet.
  3. E-mail written 2001-2004 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Sandra Lynn Culpepper Merritt (Mrs. Stan Merritt), e-mail address.
  4. Capos Conley Culpepper II, A Collection of Culpeppers, Vol I, unpublished manuscript, 225 p., July 1993,
    p 172.
  5. 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.
  6. Capos Conley Culpepper II, A Collection of Culpeppers, Vol I, unpublished manuscript, 225 p., July 1993,
    p. 67.
  7. Capos Conley Culpepper II, A Collection of Culpeppers, Vol I, unpublished manuscript, 225 p., July 1993,
    p 190.
  8. 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.
  9. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 27-14, Sheet #2-B, No street addresses, Washington, Grant, AR
    Home owned, Value not given, Radio=blank, Farm=Yes
    C. C. Culpepper, Head, M, 51, M, md@22, AL/GA/GA, Policeman, City Force, Vet=No 
    Annie Culpepper, Wife, F, 52, M, md@23, AR/TN/TN, Not employed
    W. J. Culpepper, Son, M, 14, S, AR/AL/AR
    Oscar Culpepper, Son, 12, S, AR/AL/AR
    Joyce Culpepper, Dau, 9, S, AR/AL/AR
    Conley Culpepper, Son, 6, S, AR/AL/AR.
  10. Capos Conley Culpepper II, A Collection of Culpeppers, Vol I, unpublished manuscript, 225 p., July 1993,
    p 67.
  11. e-mail message 15 Apr 1994
  12. Little Rock, AR: self published, 1993
  13. biographical information at the back
  14. "Beautiful Tribute Paid to Uncle John Culpepper" unknown source, presumably a Hopkins Co., TX paper, circa 12 Jan 1927
  15. Mrs. D. W. (Lavyn Wright) Sisco, "John Malcolm Culpepper," typed sheet and letter 15 Apr 1994
  16. e-mail posting to e-mail address Sun, 05 Apr 1998
  17. summary of the children of John Malcolm Culpepper
  18. Capos Conley "Chip" Culpepper, II, A Collection of Culpeppers (Little Rock, AR: self published, 1993) p. 67
  19. e-mail 7 Apr 1994