William Wirt Culpepper M.D.

Male, #4053, (8 Oct 1834 - 23 Jun 1921)
Father*Charles Stuart Culpepper (25 Feb 1813 - 17 Apr 1875)
Mother*Nancy Cunyas Guilford (22 Mar 1814 - 18 Apr 1848)
DNA* To help confirm William Wirt Culpepper M.D.'s descent from Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, we are seeking a male Culpepper descendant of William's to participate in our free DNA testing project. For more information, go to: http://gen.culpepper.com/dna
Birth*8 Oct 1834 William was born at Perry, Houston Co., Georgia, on 8 Oct 1834. 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 William was probably a free white male, age 5 and under 10,in Charles Stuart Culpepper's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Houston Co., Georgia.1 
Death of Mother18 Apr 1848 His mother Nancy Cunyas Guilford died on 18 Apr 1848 at Houston Co., Georgia
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Emily, Sarah, George, Charles, Charles, William, Margaret, Martha, Joseph and James listed as a household member living with William Simpson Moore on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Houston Co., Georgia.2 
Civil War*between 1861 and 1862 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1862

     In 1861, joined the 2nd Louisiana Infantry, and served until he received his discharge in 1862 for a disability from a grape shot wound in his right knee. He was in the Richmond-area engagements at Great Bethel Church and Malvern Hill. 
Marriage*14 Feb 1865 He married Anna I. Barnes at Jackson Parish, Louisiana, on 14 Feb 1865 at age 30. 
Birth of Son6 May 1871 His son James Curan Culpepper M.D. was born on 6 May 1871 at Buckhorn, Webster Parish, Louisiana.3 
Birth of Soncirca 1872 His son William Tell Culpepper was born circa 1872 at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
Death of Spouse1873 His wife Anna I. Barnes died in 1873 at Verda, Grant Parish, Louisiana
Death of Father17 Apr 1875 His father Charles Stuart Culpepper died on 17 Apr 1875 at Weston, Jackson Parish, Louisiana
Marriage*16 Aug 1876 He married Anna Isabella Hise at Webster Parish, Louisiana, on 16 Aug 1876 at age 41.4,5 
Birth of Son14 Jun 1877 His son Charles Stuart Culpepper was born on 14 Jun 1877 at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
Birth of Son14 Mar 1880 His son Joseph Hiram Culpepper was born on 14 Mar 1880 at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.6 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.3 
Birth of Son29 Jan 1882 His son Vernon Hise Culpepper was born on 29 Jan 1882 at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
Birth of Son3 Jul 1886 His son Winfred Wirt Culpepper was born on 3 Jul 1886 at Athens, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.7 
Birth of SonNov 1891 His son Arthur Manly Culpepper was born in Nov 1891 at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
1900 Census* William was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana.8 
Death of Son7 Oct 1902 His son Charles Stuart Culpepper died on 7 Oct 1902 at Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
1910 Census* William was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Bienville Parish, Louisiana.9 
Death of Spouse31 Aug 1912 His wife Anna Isabella Hise died on 31 Aug 1912. 
1920 Census* William was listed as a father in William Tell Culpepper's household on the 1920 Census at Crowley, Acadia Parish, Louisiana.10 
Death*23 Jun 1921 He died at Port Arthur, Jefferson Co., Texas, on 23 Jun 1921 at age 86.11 
Burial*circa 25 Jun 1921 His body was interred circa 25 Jun 1921 at Lower Old Athens Cemetery, Athens, Claiborne Parish, Louisiana
Biography* The following is from the "Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Northwest Louisiana," the Southern Publishing Company, 1890, pages 413-414. Thanks to Douglas O. Stewart for sending this:
     "William Wirt Culpepper, M. D., is a Georgian by birth, born in Houston County, October 8, 1834, to Charles S. and Nancy (Cunyus) Culpepper, who were born, reared and married in Georgia, removing to Louisiana about 1850, and settling in Jackson Parish. The mother having died in 1848, the father married again and reared a family by his last wife. He passed from life in 1872.
     Dr. William Wirt Culpepper attained manhood in Jackson Parish, La., and in 1861, left home to enlist in the Confederate Army, becoming a member of the second Louisiana Infantry, and served until he received his discharge for disability from a wound which he had received. He was in the engagements at Great Bethel Church and Malvern Hill, and on the last day of the seven days' fight he was wounded in the right knee by grape shot and permanently disabled.
     After being in the hospital for some time he was furloughed home, where he was afterward elected sheriff of Jackson Parish, and this position he held for about two years.
     Soon after arriving at mature years he began the study of medicine, and took his first course of lectures at New Orleans in 1855, and had practiced some prior to the opening of the Rebellion. He once more began practicing, after finishing his duties as sheriff, going soon after to Rapides Parish, where he remained some three years.
     In 1869 he again went to New Orleans and took a second course of lectures, and in the spring of 1870 was graduated as an M. D., locating soon after in Webster Parish, where he remained from some ten years.
     On January 7, 1880, he moved to Claiborne parish, and has been practicing in the vicinity of Athens ever since, and has become widely and favorably known in his social life as well as professional capacity. In connection with his practice he has of late years also carried on a farm, at which he is doing well.
     He was married in Jackson parish, on February 14, 1865, to Miss Anna I. Barnes, a native of Mississippi, but reared in Louisiana, by her father, James Barnes. She died in 1873, leaving two sons: James Curran and William Tell.
     The Doctor's second marriage took place in 1876, to Miss Anna Isabelle Hise of this State and parish, a daughter of Aaron Hise, by whom he has four children: Charles Stewart, Joseph Hiram, Vernon Hise and Winnfred Wirt. The Doctor and his wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church, and he is an A. F. & A. M."

From Directory of Deceased American Physicians, 1804 -- 1929:
Born 1835, died Jun 15, 1921 in Port Arthur, TX from injuries, accident, motorcycles, automobile
Type of practice: Allopath
States and years of licenses: LA, 1870
Places and dates of practices: Mt. Lebanon, LA, 1870
New Orleans School of Medicine, 1870, (G)
Journal of the American Medical Association Citation: 77:139. 

Family 1

Anna I. Barnes (circa 1848 - 1873)
Marriage*14 Feb 1865 He married Anna I. Barnes at Jackson Parish, Louisiana, on 14 Feb 1865 at age 30. 

Family 2

Anna Isabella Hise (31 Aug 1852 - 31 Aug 1912)
Marriage*16 Aug 1876 He married Anna Isabella Hise at Webster Parish, Louisiana, on 16 Aug 1876 at age 41.4,5 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Sampson Culpepper of Wilkinson Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited17 Feb 2010


  1. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 374, Unk Twp, Houston Co., GA
    Charles S. Culpepper, 1 M5-10, 1 M20-30, 1 F0-5, 1 F20-30.
  2. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 376A, Lower Town District, Houston Co., GA
    William S. Moore, 44, M, Farmer, $2500, NC
    Emily Moore, 33, F, GA
    George Moore, 5, M, GA
    Charles Moore, 2, M, GA
    Sarah M. Scarborough, 16, F, GA
    Charles S. Culpepper, 33, M, Farmer, GA (ID: 4004)
    William Culpepper, 16, M, GA
    Margaret Culpepper, 9, F, GA
    Martha Culpepper, 2, F, GA
    Joseph Culpepper, 21, M, Farmer, GA
    James Culpepper, 19, M, Farmer, GA.
  3. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    5th Ward, Page 337B, Claiborne Parish, LA
    William Culpepper, Self, M, M, W, 45, GA/GA/GA, Physician
    Isabella Culpepper, Wife, F, M, W, 25, LA/OH/LA
    Curan Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 9, LA/GA/LA
    William T. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 7, LA/GA/LA
    Charles S. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 2, LA/GA/LA
    Joseph H. Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 3M, LA/GA/LA.
  4. Webster Co. Loose Papers File No. 1, 1871 -- 1880, p. 555.
  5. Jordan Dodd / Liahona Research, compiler, Louisiana Marriage Records, 1851-1900, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    W. W. Culpepper and A. I. Belle Wise, 16 Aug 1876, Webster Parish, LA.
  6. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  7. WW-II Draft Registration Cards, 1942, Online database at Ancestry.com.
  8. ED 19, sheet 2, Ward 5.
  9. ED 4, sheet 2.
  10. ED 13, sheet 2, line 34.
  11. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    W. W. Culpeper, died 23 Jun 1921 in Jefferson Co., TX, 17191.