Eula Frances Shelfer1

Female, #3930, (1 Nov 1865 - 11 Oct 1904)
Father*Wiley Wallace Shelfer (13 Oct 1835 - 23 Apr 1907)
Mother*Martha Wells Speer (11 Mar 1841 - 28 Feb 1905)
Name Variation She was also known as Eulalie Frances. 
Birth*1 Nov 1865 Eula was born at Gadsden Co., Florida, on 1 Nov 1865. 
Marriage*18 Jan 1883 She married Warren Ebenezer Culpepper at Gadsden Co., Florida, on 18 Jan 1883 at age 17. 
Married Name18 Jan 1883  As of 18 Jan 1883, her married name was Culpepper. 
Birth of Son5 Feb 1887 Her son Charles Byron Culpepper was born on 5 Feb 1887 at Quincy, Gadsden Co., Florida.2 
Birth of Son6 Apr 1889 Her son Wiley Henry Culpepper was born on 6 Apr 1889 at Georgia.3 
Birth of Son4 Oct 1894 Her son Lawson Shelfer Culpepper was born on 4 Oct 1894 at Savannah, Chatham Co., Georgia.4 
Birth of Son7 Jun 1899 Her son Ralph Harold Culpepper was born on 7 Jun 1899 at Pascagoula, Jackson Co., Mississippi.5,3 
Photographed*circa 1900 She was photographed circa 1900
From Shirley Brook: 'I talked with my Aunt Carey C. Manire.

Mary Alvie Culpepper Schubert (1891 Macon, Georgia -1953 Houston, Harris, Texas), daughter of Eula and Warren Ebenezer Culpepper was the owner of the pictures. She had them enlarged and framed from a smaller picture.

Aunt Alvie always told Carey they were pictures of her parents. My Aunt Carey was raised by Alvie and Ed Schubert,and grew up knowing who the pictures were of.
Eula has her hair pulled back in the picture. Carey does not know when nor where the pictures were taken. She guesses about the turn of the century, since they died 1904 and 1907."6
Eula (Shelfer) Culpepper
Birth of Son23 Sep 1902 Her son Wilma Claude Culpepper was born on 23 Sep 1902 at Pascagoula, Jackson Co., Mississippi.7 
Death*11 Oct 1904 She died at Orange, Orange Co., Texas, on 11 Oct 1904 at age 38
     Another sad death has visited Orange and another young matron has been called to her reward from earthly cares to a home of peace and rest above. Mrs. Eula Culpepper, wife of Mr. W E Culpepper, died at the family home in this city, Wednesday morning at 4 o'clock after a lingering illness of several months, at the age of 39, leaving a family of seven children, some of whom are quite young and needful of a mother's loving care.
     Mrs. Culpepper was born in Florida in 1865, where she grew up, and from there moved with her parents to Scranton, MS, where she was married, and from which place she removed with her husband to Orange some two years ago. Her health did not admit to her getting out much and she consequently made but few aquaintances in her new home; but those who knew her pronounce her of a most lovable disposition. She was a member of the Baptist church.
     Her funeral took place Wednesday afternoon at 4 o'clock, and her remains were laid to rest by relatives and friends with loving care in Evergreen cemetery. The sympathy of the town goes out to the sorrowing husband, and the bereaved little ones deprived of a mother's tender and loving care. (Source: Shirley Culpepper Brook, from unknown paper in Texas.)8 
Burial*14 Oct 1904 Her body was interred on 14 Oct 1904 at Evergreen Cemetery, Orange, Orange Co., Texas


Warren Ebenezer Culpepper (24 Jun 1859 - 13 May 1907)
Marriage*18 Jan 1883 She married Warren Ebenezer Culpepper at Gadsden Co., Florida, on 18 Jan 1883 at age 17. 
Last Edited17 May 2005


  1. Nina Watson Cottrell et al., Little River pioneers: a study of the Womack and Norwood families of Gadsden County, Florida, includes early allied families of Douglas, Lewis, Rogers, Little, Scott, Browning, Shelfer, Long, Emanuel, Barnes, and links to Dilworth, Bostick, Smith and Wilcox families, Kingsport, TN: Collier Printing, 1998.
    p. 148.
  2. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at, 2005.
    Charles Byron Culpepper, Beaumont, TX, age 30, born 5 Feb 1887 in Quincy, Florida, Boatman for A.S. Howland at Beaumont, Texas, No dependents, Single, Caucasian, Previously served three years as a Private (Cook) in the Infantry of the Texas National Guard, Claims exemption for support of a brother in the hospital for 5-6 years. Medium height, Medium build, Light Brown eyes, Black hair, Not bald, No disabilities. Registered 5 Jun 1917 at Jefferson Co., Texas.
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  4. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at, 2005.
    Warren Lawson Culpepper, Beaumont, TX, age 22, born 4 Oct 1894 in Savannah, Georgia, Patient in State Sanitarium at Carlsbad, Texas and not employed, No dependents, Single, Caucasian, No military service, Claims exemption for tuberculosis of lungs. Tall height, Slender build, Brown eyes, Brown hair, Not bald, No disabilities. Registered 25 May 1917 by County Clerk in Tom Greene Co., Texas and submitted to clerk at Beaumont, Jefferson Co., Texas.
  5. Tombstone.
    Kilgore City Cemetery, Kilgore, Gregg Co., TX
    Ralph H. Culpepper, 7 Jun 1899 – 20 Jul 1970, U. S. Navy, WW I
    Della Kearns Culpepper, 10 Jan 1889 – 3 Jul 1977.
  6. E-mail written 1998-2007 to Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper from Shirley Beth Culpepper Brook (#5957), e-mail address.
  7. USGenWeb Archives.
    DeWitt Co. TX Cemeteries - Westhoff Cemetery:
    Claude Culpepper, 23 Sep 1902 - 31 Oct 1966
    Edrie M. Culpepper, 5 May 1910 - 25 Mar 1969.
  8. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at, 2006.
    W. E. Culpepper (Mrs.), Orange Co., Oct 11 1904, 46125.