William Seymour Culpepper

Male, #35486, (27 Jun 1897 - Dec 1964)
Father*James Francis Gillespie Culpepper (3 May 1867 - 13 Nov 1950)
Mother*Valula Ann Seymour (10 Apr 1872 - 14 May 1910)
Birth*27 Jun 1897 William was born at Alabama on 27 Jun 1897. 
1900 Census1900 William was listed as a son in James Francis Gillespie Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Chambers Co., Alabama. 30 m-2. 
1910 Census*1910 William and Hoyt was listed as a son in James Francis Gillespie Culpepper's household on the 1910 Census at Randolph Co., Alabama. 42 m-ED148-1. 
Death of Mother14 May 1910 His mother Valula Ann Seymour died on 14 May 1910 at Randolph Co., Alabama
World War I*between 1917 and 1918 He served in World War I between 1917 and 1918.1 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Naval Proving Grounds, Dahlgren, King George Co., Virginia.2 
Marriage*1925 He married Martha Ida Wilde at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, in 1925.3 
Birth of Son3 Oct 1926 His son James Robert Culpepper was born on 3 Oct 1926 at Atlanta, Fulton Co., Georgia.4,3,5 
Birth of Son1 May 1928 His son John William Culpepper was born on 1 May 1928 at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois.4 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois.6 
Death of Father13 Nov 1950 His father James Francis Gillespie Culpepper died on 13 Nov 1950 at Taft, San Patricio Co., Texas.7 
Death*Dec 1964 He died at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, in Dec 1964 at age 67. 
Biography* William Seymour Culpepper was the son of James F. G. and Valula Ann (Seymore) Culpepper. He was born and raised in Alabama, possibly in Chambers Co., AL since this is where he was noted with his parents in the 1900 census. By 1910, the family had moved to Randolph Co., AL and this is where his mother died when William was 12 years old. William's father and stepmother have not been located in 1920 census records but, based on later records, it is possible that the family moved to Georgia. In 1920, William appears as a 22-year-old single man and boarder at Dahlgren, Naval Proving Grounds, King George County, VA. His occupation was a surveyor of roads.

At some point, probably in the early 1920s, William married Martha Ida Wilde and, although their first child was born in Atlanta, GA, the couple apparently decided to settle down and raise their family in Chicago, IL. And this is where William died in 1964 at the age of 67. 


Martha Ida Wilde (22 May 1899 - 5 Jan 1973)
Marriage*1925 He married Martha Ida Wilde at Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois, in 1925.3 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited4 Nov 2012


  1. E-mail written April 2004 to Warren Culpepper from Nathaniel Frederick Culpepper, e-mail address.
  2. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 116, Sheet 1B, Family 7, Dahlgren, Naval Proving Grounds, King George County, VA
    Boarding with Thomas J. and Josie B. Nerdt and several unrelated boarders
    William S. Culpepper, Boarder, M, Wh, 22, S, AL/AL/AL, Surveyor-Roads.
  3. E-mail written Mar 2006 - Oct 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Frederick Seymour Culpepper (#22390), 330 Hialeah Dr., Corpus Christi, Texas 78418, e-mail address.
  4. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  5. The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon.
    Obituary of James Robert Culpepper, published 4 Apr 2007.
  6. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    National Archives Film T626_434
    3652 South Hamilton Avenue, Chicago, Cook Co., IL, ED 2498, Page 2B
    Rent=$30, Radio=Y, Farm=N (White)
    William S. Culpeper, Head, 32, md @ 25, AL/AL/AL, Postal Clerk
    Martha I. Culpeper, Wife, 30, md @ 23, IL/Germany/Germany
    James R. Culpepper, Son, 3 6/12, GA/AL/IL
    John Culpepper, Son, 1 11/12, IL/AL/IL.
  7. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    James Francis Culpepper died 13 Nov 1950 in San Patricio Co., TX.