Rev. Charles Hartwell Culpepper

Male, #3984, (30 Jul 1837 - 11 Jun 1922)
Father*Rev. Benjamin Culpepper (c 1792 - c 1856)
Mother*Polly L. (?) (1794 - 1 Jul 1870)
Extinct Surname?* The family branch headed by Rev. Charles Hartwell 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*30 Jul 1837 Charles was born at Lexington, Henderson Co., Tennessee, on 30 Jul 1837. 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Charles was probably a free white male, under 5 years old, in Rev. Benjamin Culpepper's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at DeSoto Co., Mississippi.1 
Death of Fathercirca 1856 His father Rev. Benjamin Culpepper died circa 1856 at Bradley Co., Arkansas
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865. 
Marriage*circa 1864 He married Malinda J. Head circa 1864. 
Birth of Son10 Jun 1866 His son Charles E. Culpepper was born on 10 Jun 1866 at Arkansas
Birth of Soncirca 1869 His son Valentine Meriwether Culpepper was born circa 1869 at Arkansas
Death of Mother1 Jul 1870 His mother Polly L. (?) died on 1 Jul 1870 at Bradley Co., Arkansas
Birth of Son1 Sep 1870 His son Benjamin A. Culpepper was born on 1 Sep 1870 at Arkansas
1880 Census* Charles was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Van Buren Co., Arkansas.2 
Miscellaneous* Charles was a Blue Lodge Mason. 
Marriage*before 1910 He married Henrietta (?) before 1910. 
1910 Census* Charles was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Van Buren Co., Arkansas.3 
Death*11 Jun 1922 He died at Cleveland Co., Arkansas, on 11 Jun 1922 at age 84.4 
Burial*circa 13 Jun 1922 His body was interred circa 13 Jun 1922 at Bethlehem Cemetery, Cleveland Co., Arkansas
Biography* Rev. Charles Hartwell Culpepper deserves to be rated among the heroes of our Methodism. He came of sturdy Irish stock. His great grandfather came from Ireland, settled in Virginia, and from him was named Culpepper Court House, in that State.
     (Culpepper Connections Note: Charles is actually a great grandson of Sampson Culpepper, of Georgia, and Sampson is a great-grandson of Henry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk, Virginia. Henry immigrated to America from England, not Ireland, and no Culpepers are known to have come from Ireland. As for Culpeper Court House, it is in the town of Culpeper, in the county of Culpeper, Virginia. Culpeper County was named for either Thomas Lord Culpeper, who was briefly governor of Virginia, or for his wife Margaret Lady Culpeper, or for their daughter, Catherine Culpeper. Lord Culpeper, a second cousin of Henry Culpeper, had no male descendants.)
     His father was a preacher, and came to Arkansas in 1849, settling near where now stands the town or Rison, where C. H. grew up. After the Civil War he moved to Van Buren County, and became a pioneer preacher in all that region. He had a ministry of fifty years, about thirty years of which he traveled. He located in 1900 and died in 1922. This heroic man was a local preacher when he died, and so this sketch, which is all too brief, does not appear in the record of the Conferences. Still, it is important to remember him, for he was a fine example of a very large class of Southern men who came back out of a tragic Civil War with nothing left but the intrinsic manhood that was in them -- faith in God, faith in themselves, faith in hard work; a fine demonstration of the fact that no man can be utterly ruined till he is ruined internally. He came out of a Northern prison, so emaciated that he could scarcely walk; found all in ruin at home; got him an old blind mule; made a crop with this old mule that had to live on grass, without one grain of corn, the master hoeing while the mule grazed; had not a thing for himself to eat except corn meal and not enough of that. But he rose from the ashes, made a good living, builded a church, builded his community, was a power for good in all his area, and went home to heaven, a man 'of whom the world was not worthy.5

Family 1


Family 2

Malinda J. Head (circa 1835 - )
Marriage*circa 1864 He married Malinda J. Head circa 1864. 

Family 3

Henrietta (?) (circa 1867 - )
Marriage*before 1910 He married Henrietta (?) before 1910. 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Sampson Culpepper of Wilkinson Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited18 Oct 2008


  1. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 113, images 15-16, Unknown Township, Desoto Co., MS
    Benjamin Culpepper, 1 M0-5, 2 M5-10, 2 M15-20, 1 M20-30, 1 M30-40, 1 F10-15, 1 F40-50, 2 slaves.
  2. FHL Film 1254058, National Archives Film T9-0058, Clinton, Page 472C.
  3. ED 125, family 115.
  4. Desmond Walls Allen, compiler, Arkansas Death Record Index, 1914-1923 and 1934-1940, Conway, Arkansas: Arkansas Research, c1996-c1999, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.7 V22ad....
  5. James Arthur Anderson, Centennial History of Arkansas Methodism, 1933, page 349.