John Henry Culpepper of Quitman Co., GA1

Male, #5039, (circa 1830 - circa 30 Jun 1864)
DNA* The ancestry of John Henry Culpepper of Quitman Co., GA is unknown. To help determine it, we are seeking a male Culpepper descendant to participate in our free DNA testing project. For more information, go to 
Birth*circa 1830 John was born at Warren Co., Georgia, circa 1830.3 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Parmelia, Trusannah, William, John, Ella, Wesley, Buler and Robert listed as a household member living with William T. Huskey on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Warren Co., Georgia.
(The baby Robert Culpepper shown in this household by the census is otherwise unaccounted for. It seems likely that Ella or Trusannah were not Culpeppers at birth but married William or John, and Robert was the son of this couple. It should also be noted that no girls appeared in Dickinson's HH in 1840 as age 5-10 (which would have been Ella's age bracket), and only 1 girl appeared as age 10-15 (but both Frances and Trusannah were in this bracket). Thus, it might best be assumed that both Ella and Trusannah were born to other parents and married Culpeppers. Given the relative ages, it seems most likely that Trusannah married William and Ella married John. Further, as they are the older couple, Trusannah and William are probably the parents of Robert. However, both John and William married other wives in the 1850's, so if either was the father of Robert and the husband of Trusannah or Ella, it appears that their first wife and child had both died within a few years.

Further complicating the matter, in the 1840 census their were no boys under the age of 15 in Dickinson's HH. Therefore, it would appear unlikely that either William or John were the children of Dickinson.)3 
Marriage*23 Dec 1852 He married Elizabeth Winefred Gray at Early Co., Georgia, on 23 Dec 1852.4 
Birth of Son18 Jun 1855 His son James W. Culpepper was born on 18 Jun 1855 at Georgia
Birth of Son31 Jul 1857 His son John Andrew Culpepper was born on 31 Jul 1857 at Georgia.5 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census at Quitman Co., Georgia.6 
Civil War*between 1861 and 1864 John Culpepper of Quitman Co, GA enlisted on 15 Aug 1861 as a Private and mustered into Co. F, GA 61st Infantry. He was wounded 27 Jun 1864 at Cold Harbor, VA and died in the Hospital.

History of 61st GA Infantry:
61st Infantry Regiment (also called 26th Regiment) was assembled at Charleston, South Carolina, in May, 1862. It was formed by using the 7th Georgia Battalion as its nucleus. The men were from the counties of Irwin, Tattnall, Brooks, Bulloch, Montgomery, Bibb, Quitman, and Wilkes. Ordered north in June, the unit arrived at Petersburg, Virginia, with 1,000 officers and men. During the war it was brigaded under Generals Lawton, John B. Gordon, and C.A. Evans, Army of Northern Virginia. It participated in many conflicts from the Seven Days' Battles to Cold Harbor, went with Early to the Shenandoah Valley, then fought in numerous engagements around Appomattox. This regiment sustained 36 casualties at Gaines' Mill, 63 at Second Manassas, 114 at Sharpsburg, and 100 at Fredericksburg. It lost thirty-seven percent of the 288 at Gettysburg and sixty-five percent of 150 at Monocacy. The 61st surrendered with no officers and 81 men, of which only 49 were armed. Its commanders were Colonel John H. Lamar; Lieutenant Colonels Charles W. McArthur and James Y. McDuffie; and Majors Peter Brenan, Archibald P. MacRae, Henry Tillman, and James D. Van Valkenburg.7 
Birth of Son10 Apr 1861 His son Thomas Francis Culpepper was born on 10 Apr 1861 at Georgia.8 
Biography* John was living near Washington Culpepper, in both 1850 and 1860, and as a result, had once been assumed to be a brother of Washington. However, DNA testing shows John Henry to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, and thus not a brother of Washington and not a descendant of Robert Culpepper, Jr.
     According to a descendant, Frank Sanders Ziegele of Lakeland, FL9, John died of illness on a march through Virginia during the Civil War. He served in Co. F of the 61st GA Infantry.
     Today, descendants of John Henry Culpepper and Elizabeth Winefred Gray can be found in Lumpkin, Stewart County, and includes the James Alford York Family, Wavely Hall, Georgia. 
Death*circa 30 Jun 1864 He died at Cold Harbor, Hanover Co., Virginia, circa 30 Jun 1864. 


Elizabeth Winefred Gray (circa 1835 - )
Marriage*23 Dec 1852 He married Elizabeth Winefred Gray at Early Co., Georgia, on 23 Dec 1852.4 
Last Edited12 Apr 2012


  1. E-mail written 2001 to Lew Griffin from Glenda Rolison York.
  2. Culpepper Project at,[:WEB].
  3. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 153B, Family 405, 90 Subdivision, Warren Co., GA
    William Huskey, 36, M, GA, Mechanic, $150
    Pamela (Culpepper) Huskey, 43, F, GA
    Trusannah Culpepper, 22 F, GA
    William G. Culpepper, 22, M, GA, Laborer
    John W. Culpepper, 20, M, GA, Laborer
    Ella A. M. Culpepper, 16, F, GA
    Wesley W. Huskey, 4, M
    Buler P. Huskey, 2, M
    Robert M. Culpepper, 1, M.
  4., compiler, Georgia Marriages to 1850, Online database at, 1997.
    John H. Culpepper and Elizabeth W. Gray on 23 Dec 1852 in Early Co., GA.
  5. Heritage Committee of Evergreen-Conecuh Public Library, Conecuh Co., AL Headstones, Vol. II, Evergreen, AL: Evergreen-Conecuh (AL) Public Library, 1981-1986, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.1263 V3c v.2.
    Brooklyn Baptist Church Cemetery, Brooklyn, Conecuh Co., Alabama
    + John A. Culpepper, 31 Jul 1857 - 27 Apr 1929
    + Josephine Culpepper, 15 Nov 1860 - 6 Feb 1955.
  6. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 461, Hodchodkee PO, Quitman Co., GA
    John H. Culpepper, 30, M, Farmer, -/$500, GA
    Elizabeth Culpepper, 24, F, GA
    Sarah E. Culpepper, 7, F, GA
    James W. Culpepper, 5, M, GA
    John A. Culpepper, 5, M, GA
    Mary F. Culpepper, 1, F, GA.
  7. The National Park Service, compiler, Civil War Soldiers & Sailors System, The National Park Service.
  8. Catherine Fussell Wells, compiler, The Complete Cemetery Records of Worth Co., GA (Tallahassee, FL: Rose Printing, 1984) New Bethel Cemetery, Worth Co., GA
    + Thomas F. Culpepper, 10 Apr 1861 - 27 Aug 1902
    + Elvie E. Culpepper, 11 Jan 1866 - 1 Oct 1939.
  9. E-mail written 1998-2000 to Lew Griffin from Frank Sanders Ziegele, (deceased 9 Jan 2001).