James John Culpepper1

Male, #44146, (15 Jan 1898 - 5 Mar 1981)
Father*William Garland Culpepper1 (7 Oct 1875 - 20 Jul 1955)
Mother*Marguerite Bolster1 (10 Oct 1876 - 17 Oct 1902)
Name Variation He was also known as James John Hager. 
Birth*15 Jan 1898 James was born at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia, on 15 Jan 1898.2,3 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 James was listed as a son in William Garland Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Richmond Co., Georgia.1 
Death of Mother17 Oct 1902 His mother Marguerite Bolster died on 17 Oct 1902 at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia.4 
World War I*between 1917 and 1918 He served in World War I between 1917 and 1918
(US Navy.)5 
Travel*10 Mar 1919 He arrived on 10 Mar 1919 from James J. Culpepper; 10 Mar 1919; 21y; Male; Single; born 15 Jan 1898 in Augusta, GA; Residence: 1554 Broad Street, Augusta, GA; Ship: Colon; Port: Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama ("under Navy orders.")6 
Marriage*15 Sep 1919 He married Pearl Eva Tinley at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia, on 15 Sep 1919 at age 21.7 
1920 Census1 Jan 1920 James was listed as a son-in-law in an unknown person 's household on the 1920 Census at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia.8 
Birth of Son18 Aug 1923 His son James John Culpepper Jr. was born on 18 Aug 1923 at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia.2,7 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia.9 
Birth of Son9 Apr 1930 His son Raymond Jennings Culpepper was born on 9 Apr 1930 at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia.7,2 
World War II*between 1943 and 1945 He served in World War II between 1943 and 1945
(My Grandfather, James John Culpepper Sr. also fought in WWII as a SEA BEE in the Navy, stationed in the South Pacific. When he and my father were getting ready to leave Augusta, the Sailor in charge realized they were father and son. He told my Dad to carry all his belongings along with my grandfathers. It was one of those stories my father was proud to tell.)10 
Death of Father20 Jul 1955 His father William Garland Culpepper died on 20 Jul 1955 at Leon Co., Florida.11,7 
Death of Spouse16 Jan 1975 His wife Pearl Eva Tinley died on 16 Jan 1975 at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia.2,12,13 
Death*5 Mar 1981 He died at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia, on 5 Mar 1981 at age 83.2,14 
Biography* Lawman recalls almost 39 years
     James John Culpepper - sailor, policeman, bouncer, construction worker, turnkey, and family man, has decided to retire after near 39 years in law enforcement.
     The witness to more than 68 summers turned in his keys and company property at the county jail Tuesday midnight to wind up nearly 14 years with the sheriff's department. This will be the closing of only one of several chapters in the congenial lawman's career.
     The story started Jan. 15, 1898, when J. J. Culpepper bounced into the world - a native Augustan. He was early made an orphan by the death of his parents. He was raised by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Bolster.
     At the tender age of 16 he enlisted in the U. S. Navy, during World War I, and served four years. He spent hundreds of days and nights aboard the USS Potomac patrolling the islands of the Caribbean and West Indies, which affords paled pages of memories.
     The war ended and young Jim came home. He went to work for the Charleston and Western Carolina Railroad. The paydays did not last long. The creeping effects of a developing depression caught him soon without a job. In the meantime he had entered a new contract. He took Pearl Tinley in marriage. Along came Sarah. Next was J. J. Jr., and then Ray Culpepper. Jim Jr. is now Lt. J. J. Culpepper of the Augusta Police Department. His daughter is now Mrs. Sarah Cordell of Clearwater, Fla. Ray Culpepper is now a parts foreman for Alcoa in Nashville, Tenn. They have added to the family - to the number of eight grandchildren and there is one great-grandchild in the family.
     He shook his head when he spoke of joining the Augusta Police Department in 1921. He said. "After walking the street job hunting for about six months a little prayer came to me. I asked God if he would help me get another regular job, I would never quit." He never did, not even in the face of job offers with much greater pay than police work.
     Scanning through the pages of time he said. "Crime was far less in those years. A juvenile delinquent was something you hardly heard of. Now its one of the biggest headaches."
     He said, "The rise of juvenile delinquency in recent years is mostly the fault of parents. Police work is getting tougher and harder all the time. So many young boys leaving home are influenced by the elements they meet in the 'outside' world."
     The veteran lawman said a great deal of the difference is brought on by the growing lack of respect for law and brash contempt by younger violators for a law officer.5 

Family

Pearl Eva Tinley (7 Mar 1900 - 16 Jan 1975)
Marriage*15 Sep 1919 He married Pearl Eva Tinley at Augusta, Richmond Co., Georgia, on 15 Sep 1919 at age 21.7 
Children
ChartsWilliam Culpepper of Warren Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited7 Oct 2014

Citations

  1. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 71, page 29B, 1544 Broad Street, Augusta, Richmond Co., GA
    William Culpepper, Head, M, Oct 1874 (26), Md 5, GA/IN/Ireland, Carpenter
    Maggie Culpepper, Wife, F, Oct 1876 (23), Md 5, ch 2/1, GA/Ireland/Ireland
    James Culpepper, Son, M, Jan 1898 (2), S, GA/GA/GA.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. American Family Immigration History Center, compiler, Ellis Island Records, The Statue of Liberty--Ellis Island Foundation Inc..
    http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/
    James J. Culpepper; 10 Mar 1919; 21y; Male; Single; born 15 Jan 1898 in Augusta, GA; Residence: 1554 Broad Street, Augusta, GA; Ship: Colon; Port: Cristobal, Canal Zone, Panama ("under Navy orders").
  4. Augusta Chronicle - Online Archives, Augusta, GA.
    http://augustaarchives.com/
    18 Oct 1902, page 8A. Funeral Notice. "Friends and acquaintenances of M/M D. Bolster, M/M G. E. Caudle, M/M W. B. Garwood, M/M Rigdon Heath, M/M B. B. Burdick, and M/M W. G. Culpepper are respectfully requested to attend the funeral service of Mrs. W. G. Culpepper, from the Sacred Heart (Catholic) Church at 9:30 o'clock this Saturday morning."
  5. Augusta Chronicle - Online Archives, Augusta, GA.
    http://augustaarchives.com/
    1 Jun 1966. "Lawman Recalls almost 39 years in a tough job" (article about James John Culpepper, Sr.).
  6. American Family Immigration History Center, compiler, Ellis Island Records, The Statue of Liberty--Ellis Island Foundation Inc..
    http://www.ellisislandrecords.org/
  7. E-mail written 2006-2008 to Warren Culpepper from Patricia Ann Culpepper 'Pat' Bush (#49776), Augusta, GA, e-mail address.
  8. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 86, page 12A, 1403 Silcox Avenue, Augusta, Richmond Co., GA
    Jessie W. Tinley, Head, M, 43, Md, GA/GA/GA, Policeman
    Sarah L. Tinley, Wife, F, 40, Md, GA/GA/GA
    + 9 children, in-laws, and grandchildren, including:
    Janes J. Culpepper, Son-in-law, M, 21, M, GA
    Pearl E. Culpepper, Daughter, F, 20, F, GA.
  9. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 25, page 3A, 1554 Broad Street, Augusta, Richmond Co., GA
    Rent=$45.00, Radio=N, Farm=N
    James J. Culpepper, Head, M, 32, M, md @ 21, GA/GA/GA, Police Traffic Ofcr
    Pearl Culpepper, Wife, F, 31, M, md @ 20, GA/GA/GA
    Sarah Culpepper, Dau, F, 9, S, GA/GA/GA
    James Culpepper, Jr., Son, M, 8, S, GA/GA/GA.
  10. E-mail written 2008-2011 to Warren Culpepper from James John 'Jimmy' Culpepper III (#49773), e-mail address.
  11. State of Florida Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Florida Death Index, 1936-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2004.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7338
    William Garland Hager, White, Male, died 1955 in Leon Co., FL.
  12. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    Pearl E. Culpepper, d. 16 Jan 1975 at 74 years in Richmond Co., GA; Res. in Richmond Co., GA, 006755.

  13. Augusta Chronicle - Online Archives, Augusta, GA.
    http://augustaarchives.com/
    17 Jan 1975, page 3B, Obituary, and 18 Jan 1975, page 3B, Funeral Notice: Mrs. James J. (Pearl Tinley) Culpepper, Sr., of Augusta, died 16 Jan 1975. Interment at Westover Memorial Park, 18 Jan 1975. Survivors include her husband; two sons, James J. Culpepper, Jr., of Martinez, and Raymond J. Culpepper of Smyrna, TN; one daughter, Mrs. Sarah E. Cordell of Clearwater, FL; and one sister, Mrs. Nellie Mae Hurst of Belvedere, SC.
  14. Georgia Health Department / Office of Vital Records, compiler, Georgia Deaths, 1919-1998, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1998.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/inddbs/5426a.htm
    James J. Culpepper, d. 5 Mar 1981 at 83 years in Richmond Co., GA; Res. in Richmond Co., GA, 009522.

  15. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 25, page 3A, 1554 Br0ad Street, Augusta, Richmond Co., GA
    Rent=$45.00, Radio=N, Farm=N
    James J. Culpepper, Head, M, 32, M, md @ 21, GA/GA/GA, Police Traffic Ofcr
    Pearl Culpepper, Wife, F, 31, M, md @ 20, GA/GA/GA
    Sarah Culpepper, Dau, F, 9, S, GA/GA/GA
    James Culpepper, Jr., Son, M, 8, S, GA/GA/GA.