William Culpepper of Warren Co. GA

Male, #4867, (say 1726 - 1808)
Father*Robert Culpepper Jr. of Lower Norfolk Co., VA (s 1694 - b Oct 1774)
Mother*Dorcas (?) (s 1700 - )
DNA* William has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Robert Culpepper, Jr., who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*say 1726 William was born at Norfolk Co., Virginia, say 1726. 
Will16 Oct 1739 Robert, Joseph, Benjamin, Rachel, Ann, Elizabeth, Mury, William and Mary named as heir(s) in the will of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk Co., VA at Norfolk Co., Virginia, on 16 Oct 1739.1 
Marriage*circa 1748 He married Sarah Culpepper at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina, circa 1748. 
Birth of Sonsay 1749 His son Thompson Culpepper was born say 1749 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina
Birth of Soncirca 1750 His son Daniel Culpepper of Warren Co., GA was born circa 1750 at Anson Co., North Carolina
Birth of Sonsay 1752 His son Joseph Culpepper was born say 1752 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina
Deed*24 Oct 1755 He was granted a deed by Walter Gibson, witnessed by Edmond Lilly, Jeremiah Dumas and John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA on 24 Oct 1755 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book C1, Page 212: WALTER GIBSON of Anson Co., to WILLIAM CULPEPPER of same, for £15 Va. money... 100 A on N side Rockey River against land of sd. GIBSON, at mouth of Spring Branch... WALTER GIBSON (SEAL), Wit: EDMOND LILLY, JEREMIAH DUMAS, JOHN CULPEPPER.2 
Deed6 Sep 1760 He witnessed a deed grant by Walter Gibson to Joseph Culpepper of Morgan Co. GA on 6 Sep 1760 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book 5, Page 339: WALTER GIBSON of Anson, planter, to JOSEPH CULPEPER of same, planter, for good will & respect... 100 A adj. Rockey River on spring Br... WALTER GIBSON (W) (SEAL), Wit: JNO. CULPEPER, WILLIAM CULPEPER, JNOTH. DOWNS.2 
Probate10 Nov 1764 He bought from Robert Culpepper of Anson Co NC's estate on 10 Nov 1764 at Anson Co., North Carolina
Birth of Soncirca 1765 His son William Culpepper Jr., of Jones Co., GA was born circa 1765 at Anson Co., North Carolina
Miscellaneous*9 Oct 1769 Regulator's Petition.3 
Deed*17 Nov 1774 He was granted a deed, witnessed by Daniel Culpepper of Warren Co., GA, with Andrew Preslar as the original land grant recipient on 17 Nov 1774 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

On 17 Nov 1774, William Culpepper bought 64 acres on the north side of Rocky River from John Spencer.2 
American Revolution*between 1775 and 1783 He provided service in the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783
(DAR Listing: William Culpepper, born circa 1727, died before 7 Mar 1806 in Georgia, married ___ ___, Patriotic Service, North Carolina
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William's contribution to the Revolutionary War is mentioned on a plaque at the courthouse in Warren County, GA. The plaque honors "soldiers... buried in Warren County who fought in the war for American Independence..." See:
http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/ga/misc/warren-plaque.htm.)4 
Will23 Apr 1775 William named as executor(s) at Norfolk Co., Virginia, on 23 Apr 1775.5 
Relocation*between 1782 and 1787 He relocated between 1782 and 1787 at Wilkes Co., Georgia
Death of Son1785 His son Joseph Culpepper died in 1785 at Montgomery Co., North Carolina
Church*22 Dec 1787 William and Sarah joined at Williams Creek Baptist Church, Warren Co., Georgia, on 22 Dec 1787.6 
Event-Misc*8 Dec 1792 On 8 Dec 1792, Brother [William] Culpepper was directed to cite Brother Hadden Parham (his son-in-law) to the next conference of the Church at Williams Creek in Warren Co., GA to give satisfaction for his misconduct.7 
Note*Dec 1793 By December 1793 the section of Wilkes County where William Culpepper lived became part of Warren County. 
Deed*Feb 1794 In February 1794, Neal Dougherty and Thomas Cowan of Columbia County, GA, sold to Mountain Hill and Jesse Armstrong of Warren County, 450 acres joining Reddick Bass, John Whatley, John Gilrow, Culpepper, and Peebles. Presumably this land was adjacent to Daniel Culpepper of Warren Co., GA or his father William Culpepper of Warren Co. GA.8 
DeedJul 1794 He was granted a deed, witnessed by Daniel Culpepper of Warren Co., GA and Hadden Parham in Jul 1794 at Warren Co., Georgia,

In July 1794, Richard (sic) Brooks Fletcher sold a Negro girl to William Culpepper, Sr., with Daniel Culpepper and Hadden Parham as witnesses. The bill of sale was given by William Johnston of Montgomery Co., NC.9 
Event-Misc*21 Sep 1798 In a 21 Sep 1798 listing of church members, William & Sarah Culpepper appear with the notation of "dead" beside their names. However, the notation of "dead" appears to be an entry made at a later date.10 
Land Lottery*1805 William participated in but did not win the land lottery in 1805 at Warren Co., Georgia.11 
Tax roll*1805 William registered to pay taxes. 
DeedJan 1805 He was an adjacent landowner in the deed granted in Jan 1805 at Warren Co., Georgia,

In January 1805, Richard Sammon sold 450 acres on Middle Creek to Reddick Bass. The land was originally granted to John Torrance in December 1787, and was adjacent to John Gibson and Culpepper (either Daniel Culpepper of Warren Co., GA or William Culpepper of Warren Co. GA). Witnesses were Laur. D. Bryan and Henry Hill.12 
Deedcirca 1806 He granted a deed to Daniel Culpepper of Warren Co., GA, witnessed by William Culpepper Jr., of Jones Co., GA circa 1806 at Warren Co., Georgia,

Around 1806, William Culpepper, Sr., gave his Negro slave Sarah and her four children to Daniel Culpepper, with William Culpepper, Jr., as witness.13 
Will*22 Aug 1806 He made a will at Warren Co., Georgia, on 22 Aug 1806, naming as heir(s) Argent Parham, Daniel Culpepper of Warren Co., GA and William Culpepper Jr., of Jones Co., GA. It was witnessed by Dickinson Culpepper of Warren Co., GA.

Extract from the Will of William Culpepper of Warren County, Georgia, Dated 22 Aug 1806
     I, William Culpepper, of the State of Georgia and County of Warren, do constitute and ordain this my last Will and testament.
     With respect to property already delivered into the possession of either of my children, which they or either of them have been in quiet possession of or have already appropriated in their own use, my will is that such property shall be considered as theirs severally as delivered, as fully as if a deed of gift had accompanied such delivery.
     I give and devise unto my son, Daniel Culpepper, the sum of two dollars to be paid him by my executor.
     I give unto my son, William Culpepper, two hundred acres of land in Warren County on the waters of Carsons Creek, being the land whereon he now lives with the appurtenances.
     I give to my son-in-law, Richard B. Fletcher, the sum of two dollars to be paid him by my executor.
     Lastly, I give unto my daughter Argin Parham the rest of all my property not heretofore devised, also my chance in the Lottery of 1806 to her and her heirs forever.
     I constitute my son Daniel Culpepper as executor to this my last will and testament, in witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 22nd day of August 1806.
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Signature witnesses: William Culpepper, Dickens Culpepper, Isaiah Tucker.14 
Probate*7 Mar 1808 Probate action was taken on William's estate on 7 Mar 1808 at Warren Co., Georgia
Death*1808 He died at Warren Co., Georgia, in 1808. 
Biography* While William Culpepper's ancestry was long a mystery, Y-DNA testing of over 20 descendants of William, James and Sampson Culpepper has revealed that they all share a unique combination of Y-DNA markers (DYS-442=13, CDYb=37, DYS-464d=16, DYS-561=15, DYS-712=23) that is not found in any of the other Culpepper descendant lines. Thus, through a combination of traditional genealogical research and Y-DNA testing, we conclude that William, James and Sampson are all sons of Robert Culpepper, Jr.

Further, the descendants of William all exhibit an additional unique marker (DYS-481<25) that distinguish the descendants of William from those of his brothers.

On 25 March 1749, William was granted 300 acres in Edgecombe County on the south side of Beaver Dam Swamp, joining the said swamp and a red oak marked with three chops. Witnesses were John Rice, and John Astie. The land was surveyed 5 February 1748/9, and the "sworn chain carriers" were William Wilder and DANIEL CULPEPPER. James Conner was the surveyor. (NC Patent Book 11, p. 151, as transcribed by Margaret M. Hofmann, Granville Grants, Vol. I, p. 68)

The Daniel Culpepper just mentioned is a mystery, as there is no reason to believe that William's son Daniel was born before 1750. The most logical assumption seems to be that this was Daniel was the son of Robert Culpepper, Jr., of Norfolk County, VA, who is known to have been a teenager by 1750, based on Norfolk Co. VA tithable records, and so was about the right age to have been a chain carrier for a survey. Perhaps he was visiting his older brother in NC for the summer.

So this lends some credence to the suggestion that grantee William Culpepper might have been Daniel's older brother, and that both of them might have been the sons of Robert Culpepper, Jr., of Norfolk County, VA. If true, William later named a son Daniel, for his younger brother, Daniel.

In October of 1755, William bought 100 acres on the north side of Rocky River from Walter Gibson, who lived on the adjacent tract of land. John Culpepper, son of Joseph, was a witness (Anson Co. Deed Bk. C1, p. 212).

A few years later, in September 1760, Walter Gibson gave another 100 acres in the same general area to Joseph Culpepper Jr., son of Joseph. John and William Culpepper were witnesses (Anson Deed Bk 5, p. 339).

William Culpepper appears on a 1763 Tax List for Anson County, he and Robert Culpepper were listed together. In November 1764, William was a buyer at the estate of Robert Culpepper, along with Henry Stokes, Elijah Clark, and Thomas Presler.

In October 1769, William and his son Daniel signed a "Petition for Redress" (NC Colonial Records, Vol. 8, p.78, 80). Anson County Court Minutes for 1771 show a deed from John McClevael to John Spencer, proven by William Culpepper. William was also a Grand Juror that year (Abstracts of Early Records of Anson County, NC, by May W. McBee).

In July 1774, William was granted 50 acres in Anson on the north side of Rocky River, joining Shadrack Hogan and his own line. (NC Patent Bk. 26, p. 159, from Margaret Hofmann, Colony of NC Patents, Vol. 2, p. 666)

In November 1774, William bought 64 acres on the north side of Rocky River from John Spencer. His son Daniel Culpepper was a witness (Anson Deed Bk K, p. 310).

In March 1775 he obtained a grant of 100 acres on the north side of Rocky River, joining his own line. (Patent Bk. 25, p. 269, as found in Margaret Hofmann, Colony of NC Patents, Vol 2, p. 606)

In Apr 1775, William was named a co-executor of his brother Daniel's will in Norfolk County, along with Daniel's wife Mary. Whether William actually returned to Norfolk to help with his brothers affairs is not know. Only one William Culpepper appears in Norfolk tithable records during this time, and this was William, son of Thomas.

In 1779, Montgomery County was formed from Anson County, and all of William's land fell into the new county. Due to a courthouse fire in Montgomery County in 1835, few early records there have survived. In 1841, this area became present day Stanley County.

William stayed in Anson County during the Revolutionary War, and was paid three claims for services rendered during the War (see Stub Indents for Anson, Montgomery, and Richmond Counties in the NC State Archives).

He was there in 1783 when he signed a petition as a citizen of Anson County (Roster of SC Patriots in the American Revolution, by Bobby Gilmer Ross).

A plaque at the courthouse in Warren County, GA. The plaque honors "soldiers... buried in Warren County who fought in the war for American Independence..." See
http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/ga/misc/warren-plaque.htm

William moved to Georgia after the Revolutionary War. He was there at least by 22 Dec 1787, when in the earliest extant records of the Church of Christ at William's Creek, William and wife Sarah appear as members. This church is in Warren County, about 12 miles north of persent day Warrenton. Their son Daniel was in Wilkes County, GA by this time.

William obtained a 200 acre land grant in August 1793 "in Richmond (now Columbia) County," but when Warren County was formed in December 1793, the land fell in Warren County, GA (Register of Grants, Book A.A.A.A., p. 167).

In a listing of the members of the Church at Williams Creek, dated 21 Sep 1798, William and Sarah Culpepper both appear with the notation of "dead" beside their names. However, that notation appears to be an entry made at a later date.

The 1805 Tax Digest of Warren County shows William living on a grant of 200 acres on Carson Creek, presumably the 1793 land grant. At the time he had two slaves.

William's will was dated August 1806 and probated in March 1808. He left the 200 acres on Carson's Creek where he lived to his son William, Jr. He left $2 to his son Daniel, and $2 to his son-in-law Richard B. Fletcher. The remainder of his estate went to his daughter Argin Parham. He mentioned previous gifts to unnamed children. Daniel Culpepper was executor and William Culpepper, Dickerson Culpepper, and Isaiah Tucker were witnesses (Warren Co. Deed Bk. C, p. 103). 

Family

Sarah Culpepper (say 1729 - )
Marriage*circa 1748 He married Sarah Culpepper at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina, circa 1748. 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
William Culpepper of Warren Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited30 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. Norfolk Co. VA Wills; (n.p.: n.pub.).
    Will Book H, page 19.
  2. Brent H. Holcomb, compiler, Anson County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1749-1766, Abstracts of Wills & Estates, 1749-1795, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1980.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookList&dbid=49032
  3. Regulators Petition, Anson County, North Carolina, 9 Oct 1769
    http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/nc/anson.htm#petition.
  4. DAR Patriot Index, Washington, DC: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2003.
  5. Norfolk Co. VA Will Book 2, page 91.
  6. J. Kenneth Brantley, The Records of the Church at Williams Creek (Warren Co., GA), Powder Springs, GA: Brantley Association, 1995/2002, Repository: Warren Culpepper's Personal Library.
    Pages 1-2: 22 Dec 1787, members include William Culpepper and Sister Culpepper.
  7. J. Kenneth Brantley, The Records of the Church at Williams Creek (Warren Co., GA), Powder Springs, GA: Brantley Association, 1995/2002, Repository: Warren Culpepper's Personal Library.
    pages 11-12.
  8. Warren Co., Georgia Deed Bk. A, p.208-9.
  9. Warren Co. GA Deed Bk B, p. 125.
  10. J. Kenneth Brantley, The Records of the Church at Williams Creek (Warren Co., GA), Powder Springs, GA: Brantley Association, 1995/2002, Repository: Warren Culpepper's Personal Library.
    Page 25.
  11. Virginia S. and Ralph V. Wood, 1805 Georgia Land Lottery, Greenwood Press, Cambridge, 1964, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.8 R2WY 1805.
    page 81.
  12. Warren Co. GA Deed Bk. B, p. 376-7.
  13. Warren Co. Deed Bk B, p. 518.
  14. Daughters of the American Revolution Magazine, Sept 1946, page 507.