Otis Francis Culpepper

Male, #35645, (6 Mar 1894 - 17 Nov 1972)
Father*Francis Daniel Culpepper (21 Oct 1859 - 10 Apr 1910)
Mother*Mary Ellen Loter (14 Feb 1871 - 28 Jan 1916)
DNA* Otis has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Name Variation He was also known as Bud. 
Birth*6 Mar 1894 Otis was born at Olympus, Childress Co., Texas, on 6 Mar 1894.1 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 Otis and William was listed as a son in Francis Daniel Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Duke Twp, Greer Co., Oklahoma.2 
Photographedcirca 1902 He appeared as a son in a family photograph circa 1902 at Greer Co., Oklahoma,
Left to right: Matilda Margarette Culpepper, Otis Francis Culpepper, Mary Ellen Culpepper, Francis Daniel Culpepper, Rosa Mabel Culpepper, and William Lewis (Louis William) Culpepper in front of Mary Ellen (Loter) Culpepper.
Daniel Culpepper family
Death of Father10 Apr 1910 His father Francis Daniel Culpepper died on 10 Apr 1910 at Greer Co., Oklahoma.3 
1910 Census15 Apr 1910 Otis, William, James and Howard was listed as a son in Mary Ellen Loter's household on the 1910 Census at Coralea, Harmon Co., Oklahoma.4 
Death of Mother28 Jan 1916 His mother Mary Ellen Loter died on 28 Jan 1916 at Greer Co., Oklahoma.3 
World War I*between 1917 and 1918 He served between 1917 and 1918.5 
1930 Census1 Apr 1930 Otis was listed as a brother-in-law in George T. Elrod's household on the 1930 Census at Gould, Harmon Co., Oklahoma.5 
Marriage*23 Jan 1932 He married Ruth Fancher at Olustee, Jackson Co., Oklahoma, on 23 Jan 1932 at age 37.6 
Birth of Son5 Aug 1945 His son Robert Daniel Culpepper was born on 5 Aug 1945 at Gould, Harmon Co., Oklahoma
Death*17 Nov 1972 He died at Gould, Harmon Co., Oklahoma, on 17 Nov 1972 at age 78.1 
Burial*circa 19 Nov 1972 His body was interred circa 19 Nov 1972 at Gould City Cemetery, Gould, Harmon Co., Oklahoma
Biography* Otis Francis Culpepper's wife, Mrs. O. F. (Ruth Fancher) Culpepper, in a 24 Sep 1978 letter recorded her husband's name as "Otis Francis (Bud)." His name was spelled phonetically in the 1900 census as "Odes." Mrs. Otis Francis Culpepper wrote in a 16 Oct 1978 letter: Bud was only sixteen when his father died and he and his mother were left with the responsibility of the younger children, Mary, Lewis, Harvey and Howard - who was only 2 years of age at the time. Bud had a real hard time trying to manage....
      Mrs. Otis Francis Culpepper wrote in a 6 Jul 1978 letter: He [Bud] had been in business here since 1923. He had a franchise for selling, first Chevrolet products and later Ford product & last Minneapolis Moline farm equipment. He also has a service station and repair shop for the products he sold.
      According to his son, Otis Fancher, Otis Francis and his wife, Ruth Fancher, lived in the same house in Gould from the time they were married until Otis Francis Culpepper died in 1972. Mrs. O. F. (Ruth Fancher) Culpepper wrote in a 6 Jul 1978 letter that Bud died of a massive stroke. 


Ruth Fancher (20 Jun 1908 - 25 Aug 1988)
Marriage*23 Jan 1932 He married Ruth Fancher at Olustee, Jackson Co., Oklahoma, on 23 Jan 1932 at age 37.6 
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph Co, AL: Descendant Chart
Last Edited29 Aug 2009


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  2. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 81, Sheet 2A, Pg 71, Gen.com Im-3, Dougherty, Duke, Greer Co., OK
    Daniel F. Culpepper, Head, M, Oct-1858, 41, md-9 yrs, AL AL AL, Farmer
    Mary E. Culpepper, Wife, F, Feb-1871, 29, md-9 yrs, Ch 5/5, TX TX TX
    Maggie Culpepper, Dau, F, Jan-1892, 8, S, TX AL TX
    Odis F. Culpepper, Son, M, Mar-1894, 6, S, TX AL TX
    Rosa M. Culpepper, Dau, F, Oct-1893, 5, S, TX AL TX
    Mary E. Culpepper, Dau, F, Dec-1897, 2, S, TX AL TX
    Louis Culpepper, Son, M, Jan-1900, 4/12, S, TX AL TX
    William A. Pearce, Boarder, M, Jun-1825, illeg, M, UN, ME ME ME.
  3. USGenWeb Archives.
    Dryden Cemetery, Harmon Co., OK, Submitted by Jeanette Coaly:
    F. D. Culpepper, 18 Oct 1860 - 10 Apr 1910, Father
    M. E. Culpepper, 14 Feb 1871 - 26 Jan 1915, Mother.
  4. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 123, Sheet 2B, Pg 190B, Gen.com Im-4, Coralea, Harmon Co., OK
    Mary E. Culpepper, Head, F, 38, WD, Ch 8/6, TX IL MO, Farmer
    Otis F. Culpepper, Son, M, 16, S, TX AL TX
    Mary E. Culpepper, Dau, F, 12, S, TX AL TX
    Louis W. Culpepper, Son, M, 10, S, TX AL TX
    Harvy J. Culpepper, Son, M, 4, S, OK AL TX
    Howard H. Culpepper, Son, M, 6/12, S, OK AL TX
    Lee C. Headrick, Boarder, M, 24, S, OK SC TX, Laborer-Farm.
  5. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 3, Sheet 2B, Pg 148, Martin Tnshp., Gould, Harmon Co., OK
    Home=$2000, Radio=Y, Farm=N
    George J. Elrod, Head, M, 47, md@26, TN TN TN, General Farmer
    Maggie Elrod, Wife, F, 38, md@18, TX AL TX
    Ruby F. Elrod, Dau, F, 14, Sng, AL TN TX
    Rachel M. Elrod, Dau, F, 17, Sng, AL TN TX
    Bud F. Culpepper, Lodger (Bro-in-law), M, 36, S, TX AL TX, Bookkeeper-Garage, Vet=WW.
  6. E-mail written Apr 2009 to Culpepper Connections from Otis Fancher Culpepper Jr. (#35659), e-mail address.