Richard Pierson Culpepper

Male, #3699, (10 Feb 1864 - 5 Aug 1933)
Father*Pierson Culpepper (12 Dec 1828 - 13 Jul 1883)
Mother*Charity Heard (1 Oct 1831 - 1 Jan 1890)
Extinct Surname?* The family branch headed by Richard Pierson Culpepper is believed to have no living male descendants with the Culpepper surname. If you know otherwise, please contact Lew Griffin using the link at the bottom of this page. 
Birth*10 Feb 1864 Richard was born at McLeansboro, Hamilton Co., Illinois, on 10 Feb 1864.1 
1880 Census* Richard was listed as a son in Pierson Culpepper's household on the 1880 Census at Flannigan, Hamilton Co., Illinois.2 
Death of Father13 Jul 1883 His father Pierson Culpepper died on 13 Jul 1883 at Hamilton Co., Illinois
Marriage*1888 He married Alice Cantrell at Illinois in 1888. 
Death of Mother1 Jan 1890 His mother Charity Heard died on 1 Jan 1890 at Illinois
Spanish-American War*1898 He served in the Spanish-American War in 1898
(Co. D, 9th Illinois Regiment.) 
1900 Census*1900 Richard was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Flannigan, Hamilton Co., Illinois
Death of Spouse1907 His wife Alice Cantrell died in 1907 at Hamilton Co., Illinois
1910 Census*1910 Richard was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Hamilton Co., Illinois
1920 Census*1920 Richard was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Chester, Randolph Co., Illinois.3 
Death*5 Aug 1933 He died at East Saint Louis, Saint Clair Co., Illinois, on 5 Aug 1933 at age 69.1 
Burial*8 Aug 1933 His body was interred on 8 Aug 1933 at Liberty Chapel Cemetery, McLeansboro, Hamilton Co., Illinois.1 
Biography* R. P. Culpepper Slain, Believed Robbery Victim
Body of Retired Restaurant Man Found Partly Immersed in Canal; $90 Missing.
Felled by Blow

     The body of Richard P. Culpepper, 69 tear-old retired restaurant owner of 819 Ohio Avenue (East St. Louis, IL), was found Saturday at 7:45 a.m. in the drainage canal alongside of Collinsville Road, a short distance north of the Ninth Street subway, and near the "Y" intersection of State Route 11 and Alternate 4. It was first seen by passengers of a Chicago-St. Louis bus and was reported by them to the sheriff's office. Culpepper had apparently been slain for the money he was known to have carried.
     The body, when found, was half-seated in the shallow water. He was fully dressed, but his hat was missing. His wallet contained a one-dollar-bill, and identification card, and several receipts.
     One of Culpepper's shoes was unlaced and loosened so it fell off when the body was dragged from the water. He had a habit of carrying surplus money in his shoes. When he left home Friday at 9 a.m. he had slightly less than $90 with him, the proceeds of a government pension check which he had cashed Thursday. Employees of the State Loan Co. in the Murphy Building said he was there Friday and had put the money in his show when he left.
     His body was taken to St. Mary's Hospital in a Kurrus ambulance, but there it was found that he had been dead for several hours. An autopsy performed Saturday morning by Dr. J. C. Soucy, deputy county coroner, revealed that death was caused by severe brain concussion. There were marks on Culpeppers forehead and around the left eye that appeared to have been made by a heavy blunt instrument.
     Culpepper was born in McLeansboro, Hamilton Co., Feb. 10, 1864. He had spent most of his life in East St. Louis. His wife died several years ago.
     He leaves five daughters, Mrs. John Monday, Aurora; Mrs. William Hargraves, Galatia; Mrs. John Jones, McLeansboro; and Mrs. John Leitsch and Mrs. Thomas Dillard, East St. Louis. He lived with Mr. and Mrs. Dillard.
     The body is at Niederfeld's and will be shipped to McLeansboro Monday. Burial will be there in Liberty Cemetery Tuesday at 2 p.m.1 


Alice Cantrell (Apr 1867 - 1907)
Marriage*1888 He married Alice Cantrell at Illinois in 1888. 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited5 Jul 2011


  1. Obituary of Richard Pierson CUlpepper, published 5 Aug 1933 by the East St. Louis Journal, and provided by Gene Beals, e-mail address.
  2. ED 24, sheet 9, FHL Film 1254210, National Archives Film T9-0210, Flannigan, Page 485A.
  3. ED 111, sheet 15, line 6.