John William Culpepper

Male, #35369, (6 Jan 1879 - 17 Jan 1970)
Father*William Jehew Culpepper (15 Oct 1857 - 12 Aug 1929)
Mother*Emily Julia Ann Josephine East (27 Jan 1858 - 14 Jul 1918)
Multiple Birth* John was born a twin. 
Name Variation He was also known as Bill. 
Birth*6 Jan 1879 John was born at Randolph Co., Alabama, on 6 Jan 1879.1,2 
1880 Census1880 Malcolm, John and James was listed as a son in William Jehew Culpepper's household on the 1880 Census at Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama. 22 m-p. 336 hh 83. 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 Francis, George, Robert, Carl and John was listed as a son in William Jehew Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.3 
Marriage*9 Nov 1902 He married Cora Agnes Williams at Hopkins Co., Texas, on 9 Nov 1902 at age 23.
John William & Cora (Williams) Culpepper
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.4 
Death of Mother14 Jul 1918 His mother Emily Julia Ann Josephine East died on 14 Jul 1918 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.5 
WWI Draft Reg*12 Sep 1918 John registered for the WW-I draft, naming Cora Agnes Williams as his nearest relative, on 12 Sep 1918 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.2 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.6 
Photographed*say 1927 He was photographed say 1927 at Hopkins Co., Texas,
John William Culpepper, Cora Agnes Williams, wth their two daughters, and their daughter's husbands.5
John William & Cora (Williams) Culpepper family
Death of Father12 Aug 1929 His father William Jehew Culpepper died on 12 Aug 1929 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.7 
Photographedcirca 1940 He was photographed circa 1940 at Hopkins Co., Texas,
Left to right: Frank, Will, Earl, Tessie, Clara, Glant, and Julia.5
William Jehew Culpepper children
Photographed*say 1955 He was photographed say 1955 at Hopkins Co., Texas,
Bill Culpepper (left) and Thomas Reeves playing dominoes in the snow.5
Death of Spouse24 Aug 1961 His wife Cora Agnes Williams died on 24 Aug 1961 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.8,9 
SSN*1965 His Social Security Number was issued in 1965 in Texas.1 
Death*17 Jan 1970 He died at Memorial Hospital, Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas, on 17 Jan 1970 at age 91.1,10,11 
Burial*19 Jan 1970 His body was interred on 19 Jan 1970 at Pine Forest Cemetery, Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.12,13 
Biography* John William Culpepper was the son of William Jehu and Emily Julia Ann Josephine (East) Culpepper. He was born and spent his early years in Randolph Co., AL where he was noted with his parents in the 1880 census but probably near the Tallapoosa Co., AL border since the family apparently attended church in Daviston, AL.14 Bill remembered going for mail as a boy on a public road near the water mill of Lum (Loamni) Stephens in Randolph Co., AL. The road crossed a rock that was at least a mile across.15

Around 1890, the family is believed to have moved to a farm in the Hurricane Creek area of Grant Co., AR and Bill would presumably have accompanied his parents.16 Unfortunately, the 1890 U. S. census records were burned. In the mid-1890's, Bill's parents moved again, this time to Hopkins Co., TX. Again, Bill appears to have accompanied his parents and this is apparently where he met Cora Agnes Williams whom he married in 1902.

Bill and Cora appear to have settled down to raise their family in Hopkins Co., TX and they were noted there in 1910 and 1920 census records. Bill died in 1970 at the age of 91.

From Tommie Reeves Smith, tommies@home.com, Sep 2000:
     
"I honestly can't remember if I mentioned to you the church bell story in Pine Forest. I was reminded of it back in April when we had the dedication of the Cival War Marker for John Malcolm. The church that sits next to the cemetery is the Methodist Church. Many
Culpeppers have worshiped there through the years. The present sanctuary was built in 1957 when I was a teen. As it was being built with a steeple one of the laymen mentioned to John William Culpepper ( Billy and Josephine) that they needed to obtain a bell. Uncle Will Culpepper indicated that was no problem, that he had one. He presented the bell that had hung on the farm of Billy and Josephine Culpepper summoning the family for meals for years. The bell was hung in the steeple and remains there today. On the day of the dedication it was arranged that someone ring that bell for all to hear at precisely 2:00 P.M to start the ceremony. It was spine tingling for me and no doubt for other Culpepper descendants present."
 

Family

Cora Agnes Williams (1886 - 24 Aug 1961)
Marriage*9 Nov 1902 He married Cora Agnes Williams at Hopkins Co., Texas, on 9 Nov 1902 at age 23.
John William & Cora (Williams) Culpepper
Children
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited17 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 60, Sheet 1A, Pg 219A, Pct 2, Gen.com Img 1, Hopkins Co., TX
    John W. Culpepper, Head, M, 30, M1, md-8 yrs, AL AL AL, Farmer
    Cora Culpepper, Wife, F, 23, M1, md-8 yrs, ch 2/2, KY KY KY
    Beaula Culpepper, Daughter, F, 7, S, TX AL KY
    Eula Culpepper, Daughter, F, 4, S, TX AL KY.
  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. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 69, Sheet 1B, Pg 204, Pct 2, ? & Pineforrest Rd., Hopkins Co., TX
    Own=Y, Farm=Y
    William J. Culpepper, Head, M, 40, M, AL AL AL, Farmer
    Cora A. Culpepper, Wife, F, 34, M, KY KY KY
    Beulah E. Culpepper, Dau, F, 16, S, TX AL KY
    Eulah I. Culpepper, Dau, F, 13, S, TX AL KY.
  7. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 12, Sheet 2B, Pg 135, Pct. 2, Pickton & Pine Forest Rd., Hopkins Co., TX
    Own=Y, Radio=N, Farm=Y, Military=N
    John W. Culpepper, Head, M, 51, M, md@24, AL AL AL, Farmer
    Cora A. Culpepper, Wife, F, 45, M, md@16, KY KY KY.
  8. 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.
    John William Culpepper Family Group Sheet (Frank Rettman info).
  9. 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
    Cora Agnes Culpepper, died 24 Aug 1961 in Hopkins Co., TX.
  10. 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 William Culpepper, Male, Widowed, died 17 Jan 1970 in Hopkins Co., TX.
  11. Funeral Home records provided by Harry Hogue.
  12. E-mail written 2000 to Tommie Smith from Harry Hogue.
  13. Funeral was held at Pine Forest Methodist Church.
  14. 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.
  15. Jerry Post, Alive and Good to Know unknown source, 19 Feb 1952, p. 23 preserved by Lavyn (Wright) Sisco
  16. Lavyn (Wright) Sisco letter 15 Apr 1994