Tessie Lee Sue Culpepper

Female, #35393, (16 Apr 1901 - 27 Oct 1981)
Father*William Jehew Culpepper (15 Oct 1857 - 12 Aug 1929)
Mother*Emily Julia Ann Josephine East (27 Jan 1858 - 14 Jul 1918)
Birth*16 Apr 1901 Tessie was born at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas, on 16 Apr 1901.1 
Death of Mother14 Jul 1918 Her mother Emily Julia Ann Josephine East died on 14 Jul 1918 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.2 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 Tessie was listed as a daughter in William Jehew Culpepper's household on the 1920 Census at Hopkins Co., Texas.3 
Marriage*4 Jan 1921 She married Thomas Van Buron Reeves at Hopkins Co., Texas, on 4 Jan 1921 at age 19.1 
Married Name4 Jan 1921  As of 4 Jan 1921, her married name was Reeves. 
Photographedcirca 1923 She was photographed circa 1923 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas.2
Thomas V. B. & Tessie (Culpepper) Reeves with daughter Edna
Death of Father12 Aug 1929 Her father William Jehew Culpepper died on 12 Aug 1929 at Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., Texas
Photographedcirca 1940 She appeared as a sister in a family photograph circa 1940 at Hopkins Co., Texas,
Left to right: Frank, Will, Earl, Tessie, Clara, Glant, and Julia.2
William Jehew Culpepper children
Photographed*circa 1952 She was photographed circa 1952 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.2
Thomas & Tessie (Culpepper) Reeves
Death of Spouse5 Feb 1970 Her husband Thomas Van Buron Reeves died on 5 Feb 1970 at Dallas, Dallas Co., Texas.4 
Death*27 Oct 1981 She died at Grand Prairie, Dallas Co., Texas, on 27 Oct 1981 at age 80.1 
Burial*circa 30 Oct 1981 Her body was interred circa 30 Oct 1981 at Sulphur Springs, Hopkins Co., Texas.1 
Biography* Tessie was the last born child of William Jehu and Josephine East Culpepper. She had a number of siblings near her age and a number who were old enough to be her parents. She learned her lessons well as far a managing a home. At the time of the death of Josephine Tessie and William Jehu remained as the sole inhabitants of the home. She was very proud of the many lovely flowers she grew which surrounded her home.

She married Thomas Van Buron Reeves on January 4, 1921. They were the parents of five children. The priorities of family and a God-Centered life were of ultimate importance to Tessie and Thomas.

Tessie was quite artistic in her activities. This ranged from decorating her food dishes, making her own patterns and sewing clothes for the family, making costumes for school functions and making quilts and crochet. Adding her passion for growing lovely flowers,
it is understandable that her dai

In the mid-1890's, her parents moved the family from Arkansas to Hopkins Co., TX and this is where Tessie was born and where she was noted with her parents in 1910 census records and with her widowed father in 1920 census records.

A daughter, Mrs. R. W. (Tommie Reeves) Smith, visited with Mattie Mae (East) Hancock, the daughter of a half-brother of Tessie's mother, Emily Julia Ann Josephine (East) Culpepper who told of the East family coming to Texas and how Tessie came to meet her future husband:5

She reports that the family moved to Texas [from Alabama] with a short hiatus in Arkansas when her mother was about 18 and the year approximately 1880. They settled near Coolidge, Texas on property owned by "Uncle" Jim Armour (no relation). They were cotton buyers. This Mae (East) Hancock and her brother Tom were frequent visitors to Billy and Josephine Culpepper's home. It was Mae who knew both my mother and my father and who introduced them.

Tommie added:6

The wife of Thomas Elias [East, Josephine East's half-brother] was Nannie Jane Childers. Her father, John, was a step son to my Reeves gr-grandfather James Marion Reeves. My parents, Tessie Culpepper and Thomas Reeves met because of this small relationship.

In 1921, Tessie married Thomas Van Buron Reeves and they settled down to farm and raise their family in Pine Forest, Hopkins Co., TX. The Reeves, Caldwell, DeVore, Smith & Smith families included a tribute to their parents in their 1981 holiday letter:

Over the years, as the Holy Season approached, one of the biggest pleasures for this family was the giving and receiving of Christmas greetings. Many times are remembered as we were doing our chores when the mail came Mother would say, "Let's stop now and read the cards." We would sit in a circle and pass them around like the presents that they were.... The single most important force in the lives of our parents was their faith in God and the true meaning of the Christmas Season.

Tessie lost her husband of 49 years in 1970. She died in 1981 at the age of 80. 

Family

Thomas Van Buron Reeves (8 Aug 1896 - 5 Feb 1970)
Marriage*4 Jan 1921 She married Thomas Van Buron Reeves at Hopkins Co., Texas, on 4 Jan 1921 at age 19.1 
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.
    Thomas Van Buron Reeves Family Group Sheet.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
    Thomas Van Buron Reeves Pedigree Chart.
  5. letter 31 Jan 1982
  6. 22 May 1994 letter