Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield District, SC

Male, #5760, (between 1755 and 1765 - 10 Jan 1829)
Father*Benjamin Culpepper son of Joseph (s 1724 - b 1771)
Mother*Lydia (?) (s 1725 - a 1775)
DNA* Benjamin has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*between 1755 and 1765 Benjamin was born at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina, between 1755 and 1765.1 
American Revolution*between 1775 and 1783 He provided service in the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783
(DAR Listing: Benjamin Culpepper, born 1750 in Virginia, died 10 Jan 1829 in South Carolina, married first (unknown), married second, Joyce Powell Sheppard, First Lieutenant, South Carolina
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Benjamin spent 91 days as a private under the command of Colonel Robert Goodwyn in the winter of 1778. He enlisted in the Third Regiment, South Carolina Line, on March 15, 1779, and was captured at the fall of Charleston, SC. November, 1780, he apparently "deserted" his duty as a servant to Captain George Lidell. (Most likely he was captured by the British during this time.) He then served from Jan 1, 1781, to May 31, 1781, 151 days, as a lieutenant under Captain Peter Burns, Colonel Wade Hampton, and General Sumter.
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No. 366: Audited Acc. of Benjamin Culpepper - For Militia duty - AA 1683-A, pp. 1aaa- 3aaa

To the Humble David Ramsay Esquire President and the ? of the Honorable Members of the Senate ------
     The Petition of Benjamin Culpeper humbly sheweth, that your Petitioner performed ninety one days duty as a private soldier under the command of Col. Robert Goodwyn in the winter of 1778 and one hundred and fifty one days duty under the Command of Genl. Sumter from the 1st day of Jan'y to the last day of May 1781 for which your Petitioner hath received no compensation altho he delivered his acco. for the same in due time to the late William Arthur Esq. Dep'y auditor for the District of Orangeburgh ----- Your Petitioner therefore prays your Honorable ? to take his case into consideration & allow him such relief as you can your ? may ? acct and your Petitioner asks ? ?____
? ? ? (signed) Benjamin Culpepper

Personally appeared before me this Thirty first day of January 1791 Benjamin Culpepper Esquire who maketh oath that the ? account is just and true and that no part thereof hath been received.--------------- Sworn before me
                    Benjamin Culpeper
R Hampton J.C.

[This was written on the back side of the following report]

Report of the Committee on the Petition of Benjamin Culpeper. 4th February 1791
to be considered tomorrow postponed until the Committee reports whether the acco. was ? ? to the auditor within the time prescribed by same [or "him"]
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The Committee to whom was referred the Petition of Benjamin Culpeper Report ? That they have taken the same into consideration and are of opinion that the allegations set forth in the said Petition are true, and recommend the adoption of the following Resolution towit: Resolved that the Commissioner of the Treasury be, and they are hereby, directed to issue an Indent to Benjamin Culpeper for the sum of Eighty four pounds seven shillings ?? ?? with interest thereon from the first day of April 1783 being for the amount of his acco. against this state.--------

State of South Carolina
          To Benjamin Culpepper……..Ds
                          £ Sterling
Is 91 days duty as a private soldier in the
militia under the command of
Colo: Robert Goodwyn from the 15 Jan y 6:10
tothe 15th March 1779; a prday

Is 151 days duty in the militia as a
Horseman under the command of
Genl Sumpter……….a 2of pr day £ 151:__:_ 27:11:5

Is One stud horse impressed by Lieut.
Henry Reives by order of Gen. Sumpte
appraised to £ 50._.._

Is 1 ½ ? Flour a 3 7/4………………………………… 2.16..
Is 100 ls of bacon a 6………………………………… 2.10..
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                     £ 83:7:5.)2,3,4 
Marriage*circa 1781 He married (?) (?) circa 1781. At one time, Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield's frst wife was thought to be Mary Mason and this was recorded as such in NSDAR records. However, it has subsequently been proven that Benjamin Culpepper of Attala (the son of Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield), was the husband of Mary Mason. The first wife of Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield has not been identified, and as of 20 Dec 2010, Mary Mason is no longer shown in NSDAR records as his wife.5 
Birth of Son1782 His son Joel Culpepper of Cherokee Co. AL was born in 1782 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina
DeedMay 1787 He was granted a deed in May 1787 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina,

May 1787. To Benjamin Culpepper for 6 pounds 3/8, Two hundred and sixty five (265) acres located in the District of Orangeburgh on the south side of Conaree River bounding S. E. on William Baker & Randolph Geiger S. W. on William Baker, Francis Goodwin and the Heirs of Slappy N. E. By old survey, S. W. by Andrew Kegler.6 
DeedSep 1787 He was granted a deed in Sep 1787 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina,

Sept 1787. To Benjamin Culpepper Esquire for 5 shillings and eight pence Sterling Money, A Plantation or Tract of Land containing thirty three and one half (33 1/2) acres, Situate in the District of Orangeburgh, two Islands in Saluda opposite to Said Benj. Culpeppers Land, bounding all sides on said River.6 
DeedSep 1787 He was granted a deed in Sep 1787 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina,

Sept 1787. To Benjamin Culpepper Esquire for 2 shillings and six pence ¾ Sterling Money, a Plantation or Tract of Land containing five and one half (5 1/2) acres, Situate in the District of Orangeburgh, an Island in Saluda River opposite the said Culpeppers Mill, bounding all sides on Saluda River.6 
DeedJul 1788 He was granted a deed in Jul 1788 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina,


July 1788. To Benj Culpepper & Thos. Monk for 20 pounds 18/1. Sterling Money, a Plantation or Tract of Land, containing eight hundred and ninety six (896) acres Surveyed for them the 15th March 1788 Situate in the District of Orangeburgh on the fork of Broad and Saluda Rivers on Hancock Branch bounded by land of John Lankford, William ?, John Robson? (or Roleson or Coleson), Elijah Smith, Thomas Gibson and vacant land.6 
Birth of Soncirca 1788 His son Andrew Culpepper of Henry Co., AL was born circa 1788 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina
Birth of Soncirca 1790 His son Benjamin Culpepper of Attala Co. MS was born circa 1790 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina
1790 Census*2 Aug 1790 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1790 Census on 2 Aug 1790 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina.7 
Marriage*circa 1795 He married Joyce Powell Sheppard at Edgefield District, South Carolina, circa 1795. 
1800 Census*4 Aug 1800 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1800 Census at Edgefield District, South Carolina. Unaccounted for are 3 females 0-10..8 
Deed18 Jun 1801 He was an adjacent landowner in the deed granted on 18 Jun 1801 at Edgefield District, South Carolina,

William Moore to Major Thomas Butler. Deed, 18 June 1801, £50.10 sterling, 150 acres on north side of Pen Creek of Little Saluda River bounded S on Loderrick Hill, N on Benjamin Culpepper. SE by William Sudeth and John Gorman Senr; warrant all but ten acres of sd tract lying at upper end where the line crosses the Charleston Road next to Richardsons. Also 30 acres being part of old survey by John'? Richard Lewis to John Lewis and from John Lewis to John Douglass. lying on Pen Creek joining land of John Gorman. William Suddith, Lodwick Hill, which thirty acres I only defend from myself, heirs and assigns. If the thirty acres should he taken away by an older right, sd William Moore is not bound to make any thereof good. Wit Geo B Moore, William Spragins. /s/ William Moore. Proven 25 March 1802 by William Spragins; Wm Nibbs J.Q. Rec 25 March 1802.9 
Deed7 Feb 1803 He witnessed a deed grant on 7 Feb 1803 at Edgefield District, South Carolina,

Jeremiah Trotter to John Poots, for Two Hundred Dollars, One hundred fifty acres situate on the waters of Big and Little Saluda rivers, bounding SE & SW on Foshee, SE on Neilson (illegible), NW & NE on Toles, NW of Elliss, SW on Thomas Schurry, originally granted unto sd Jeremiah Trotter in 1788. Witnesses: Richard Tear, Benjamin Culpeper. /s/ Jeremiah (T) Trotter. Justice Arthur Simkins certifies the relinquishment of dower by Mary Trotter the wife of Jeremiah Trotter, 7 February 1803; /s/ Mary (x) Trotter. Proven 17 August 1805 by Richard Tear; Gideon Christian, J. P.10 
Deed19 Mar 1805 He was an adjacent landowner in the deed granted on 19 Mar 1805 at Edgefield District, South Carolina,

James Foy, eldest son and heir at law of Peter Foy decd, to his brother William Foy, Deed of Gift, 19 Mar 1905, love and affection, fifty acres upon Red Bank Creek of Little Saluda River, it being part of land originally surveyed and actually possessed by sd Peter Foy decd many years previous to th war between Britain and America, sd fifty acres adj land of Daniel Brown, Benjamin Culpepper, Spring Branch. Witnessess: Henry Pope, John Harvy. /s/ James Foy. Proven 19 Mar 1805 by John Harvy, John Pope J. Q. Rec. 25 Mar 1805.11 
1810 Census*6 Aug 1810 Benjamin was listed as the head of a family on the 1810 Census at Edgefield District, South Carolina. Unaccounted for is 1 male 26-45.12 
Deed*Mar 1812 He granted a deed in Mar 1812 at Edgefield District, South Carolina,

Benjamin Culpepper to George J. Strother for $300, land in Lexington District on Halland’s Sheds Creek on waters of the Broad River, 183 acres bordering George Strother, Jacob Bookman. Signed: Benjamin & Joyce Culpepper. Witnesses: David Richardson, James Spann (Edgefield Deed Bk 39, p. 356)
     Joyce & Benjamin Culpepper to George J. Strother for $150, a tract in Lexington District, 56 acres on the waters of the Saluda River, bordering Clemmons, etc. Witnesses: David Richardson, James Spann (Edgefield Deed Bk 39, p. 357)
     Joyce & Benjamin Culpepper to George J. Strother for $600, a tract on Hollands Shed Creek, 261 acres bounded on all sides by vacant land. Witnesses: David Richardson, James Spann (Edgefield Deed Bk 39, p. 359)
     Benjamin & Joyce Culpepper to George J. Strother for $100 (not sure of amount), a tract in Lexington District on a road from Drehrs Mill, on branch waters of the Saluda River, 20 acres, bordering Clemmons. Witnesses: David Richardson, James Spann (Edgefield Deed Bk 39, p. 360.)13 
Deed*Sep 1813 He was granted a deed in Sep 1813 at Edgefield District, South Carolina,

Lemuel Munson bound to Joseph Culpepper of Abbeville District for $350 to assure to Culpepper title to a tract of 220 acres in Edgefield District bordering Frederick Slappey, Henry Shelnut, Thomas Berry, William Thornton & lands belonging to the estate of David Cunningham. Munson to pay off a note given to John Slappey for $350 next January then the bond will be null and void. Witness: William Glover.14 
DeedApr 1814 He was granted a deed in Apr 1814 at Edgefield District, South Carolina,

Richard A. Rapley, Commissioner of Equity Court, Abbeville District, to Benjamin Culpepper for $1,000, 500 acres as granted to Daniel Ravenal & Robert Larry on the headwaters of Mine Creek and waters of Saluda River, of the Congaree & Santee Rivers, bordering at the time of survey John Cotton & Joseph Davis and most recently the land of George Youngblood, dec’d. Witnesses: Eldred Jenkins, J. M. Butler.15 
Deed21 Jul 1817 He granted a deed on 21 Jul 1817

State of S. Carolina, Edgefield District. Know all men by these presents that I Benjamin Culpeper of the district and State aforesaid in consideration of twelve hundred dollars to me paid by Jonathan Weaver of the state and district aforesaid have granted bargained & sold and released and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the said Jonathan Weaver three certain tracts of land containing five hundred acres more or less, one hundred and fifty acres granted to Robert Lang January the 26th 1773 two tracts granted to Daniel Ravenal Junr. One of one hundred and fifty acres and the other two hundred acres lying in the district and state aforesaid on waters of Mine Creek waters of Little Saluda bounded North East by lands of William Herrinbow. N. W. by lands of Reuben Kirkland and William Mastin S. W. by lands of Benjamin Loveless S. E. by lands of Ogetell Cocksoff and Andrew Gomillon and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the said Jonathan Weaver Together with all deeds singular the rights members, hereditaments and appurtenances to the same belonging or in any wise incident or appertaining to have and to hold all and singular the premises above mentioned with the said Jonathan Weaver his heirs and as signs against myself and my heirs and against every person or persons whomsoever lawfully claiming or to claim the same or any part thereof. As witness my hand and seal this 21 day of July in the year 1817 and the forty first and second year of American Independency - Benj. Suddath, Lewis Suddath. Benjamin Culpeper
     State of So. Carolina, Edgefield District . I Thomas Dozier justice of Quoruin do hereby certify with whom it may concern that Joice Culpeper the wife of the written named Benjamin Culpeper did this day appear before me and upon being privately and separately examined by me did declare that she does freely voluntarily and without any compulsion dread or fear of any person or persons whom so ever renounce release and forever relinquish unto the written named Jonathan Weaver his heirs and assigns all her in trest and estate and also all her right and claim of dower of in or to all and singular the premises within mentioned and released. Given under my hand & seal this 21 day of July 1817. Thomas Dozier J.Q. Joice (x) Culpeper
     Personally appeared before me, Thomas Dozier, Benjamin Sudduth who being duly sworn made solemn oath that he was present and did see Benjamin Culpeper sign seal and as his act and Deed deliver the written instrument of writing to and for the ? written mentioned ? ? also see Lewis Suddath with himself ? scribe(?) his name as a witness thereto. Sworn to before me this 21st day July 1817. Thomas Dozier J. Q., Benjamin Suddath. Recorded 22 July 1817.16
 
Deed21 Jul 1817 He was a previous land owner in a deed granted by Andrew Culpepper of Henry Co., AL, Lettis Culpepper, Preston Sheppard Gilder, Mary Gilder and Joyce Powell Sheppard on 21 Jul 1817 at Edgefield Co., South Carolina,

On 21 July 1817, Drury Culpeper and wife, Lettice, Preston Gilder and wife, Polly, together with James Shepherd and wife, Joice, bonded in favor of deed made by (their father) Benjamin Culpepper and his (second) wife Joice, to Jonathan Weaver of Edgefield County, South Carolina, the same date. 
1820 Census7 Aug 1820 Benjamin was probably a free white male, age 45 or over, in Joyce Powell Sheppard's household, on the 1820 Census at Edgefield District, South Carolina. Unaccounted for is 1 female 16-26..17 
Death1829 He died at Saluda, Edgefield District, South Carolina, in 1829.18 
Death*10 Jan 1829 He died at Edgefield District, South Carolina, on 10 Jan 1829.19,20 
Burial*say 12 Jan 1829 His body was interred say 12 Jan 1829 at Strother-Sheppard Cemetery, Edgefield District, South Carolina. From Culpepper / Strother / Sheppard Cemetery, Saluda, SC: "Sacred to the Memory of Benj. Culpepper who died Jan. 10th 1829, Supposed to be 60 years of age.".21,22
Benjamin Culpepper tomb
Biography* D.A.R. application 169581 indicates that Benjamin Culpepper was born 10 Jan 1750. However, in the 1800 census, he was listed as being between 26 and 45 years of age which would give a birth year range of 1755 - 1774. Since Benjamin fought in the Revolutionary War, that would seem to suggest a birth before 1756. In any event, allowing for a five year margin of error in the 1800 census, Benjamin Culpepper was probably born in the early 1750's in Edgecombe Co., NC.

Benjamin Culpepper III probably moved to Camden District, South Carolina in 1767 or earlier, with his brother, Joseph Culpepper, or in 1771 or earlier, with his mother Lydia Culpepper.

Benjamin first appears in South Carolina records as a Revolutionary War soldier. According to the "South Carolina Roster of the Revolution" and the South Carolina Auditor General's accounts, Benjamin spent 91 days as a private under the command of Colonel Robert Goodwyn in the winter of 1778. Col. Goodwyn may have been a relative or acquaintance, who, like Benjamin, was from the Sandy Creek area of Granville County, NC (see Granville Grants, by Margaret M. Hofmann).

He enlisted in the Third Regiment, South Carolina Line, on March 15, 1779, and was captured at the fall of Charleston, SC, on May 12, 1780. This writer has no record of how long Benjamin may have remained a prisoner of the British. One would presume that prisoners were exchanged fairly quickly after any given battle.

He served from Jan 1, 1781, to May 31, 1781, 151 days, as a lieutenant under Captain Peter Burns, Colonel Wade Hampton, and General Sumter.

Benjamin probably married his first wife soon after the Revolutionary War. Her name is not known but it is suggestive that Benjamin had land dealings with with a John Monk and a Thomas Monk. Aug 1787, Benjamin leased 50 acres from John Monk, minister of the Gospel, on the north side of the Saluda River.

He was also the recipient of three SC state grants that year, one for 265 acres on the south side of the Congaree River; one for 5.5 acres, an island in the Saluda River; and one for 33 acres, two islands in the Saluda River. All were in Orangeburg District. In 1788, Benjamin Culpepper and Thomas Monk were jointly granted 896 acres on Hancock's Branch, in Orangeburg District, some 25 miles or more up the Saluda River from what would become Columbia, SC.

Benjamin was listed in the 1790 census in Orangeburg District, SC, living in the Dutch Fork between the Saluda and Broad Rivers, an area where wheat rather than indigo was the normal crop. All of the above mentioned land was in that part of Orangeburg District which became Lexington District in 1804. Sometime between 1795 and 1800, Benjamin married Joyce Powell Sheppard, the widow of William Augustus Strother.

William, the son of George Strother, and grandson of Jeremiah Strother of Sandy Creek, Granville Co., NC, had died in 1794, in Edgefield District. He and Joyce had three children, John Sheppard Strother (1788), George James Strother (1791), and Jeanette Strother (1794).

At some point, possibly in conjunction with his marriage, Benjamin moved to Edgefield District, SC where he was noted in the 1800 census. Benjamin is also noted in the 1810 census in Edgefield District, SC living near Thomas Richardson and George Strother, both of whom were probably relatives.

By December 1811, Benjamin, now about 60 years old, appears to have been in declining health. In order to make "some fixed and permanent arrangement as to his property and estate, and thereby to make provision for his wife Joyce Culpepper, his daughter Joyce Culpepper, and (his wife's son) George Strother," he deeded many of his possessions to George Strother (Edgefield DB 31-69). Perhaps George had agreed to take care of Benjamin and his family, or perhaps this was property which Joyce had brought into the marriage. Included were six negroes, "four of my best and most valuable horses, my wagon and gear, and all of my household and kitchen furniture and all my plantation tools, and one half of my stock of cattle, sheep, and hogs." James Spann and David Richardson were witnesses.

In March 1812, Benjamin sold his land in Lexington District to George Strother, in a series of four deeds (Edgefield DB 39-356, 357, 359, 360). Included were three tracts on Hollingsheads Creek on the Broad River, totalling 500 acres, and 20 acres some distance away, near Drehr's Mill on the Saluda River. Strother paid $1150 for the four tracts. The deeds were signed by both Benjamin and Joyce Culpepper.

In July 1817, Benjamin sold three tracts of land in Edgefield District, totaling 500 acres, to Jonathan Weaver (Edgefield DB 34-145). Included were 150 acres granted to Robert Lang in 1773, and two tracts granted to David Ravenal Jr., one of 150 acres, the other of 200 acres, on Mine Creek and the Little Saluda River. Joyce Culpepper gave her consent. Benjamin had bought this land in April 1814 (Edgefield DB 31-515).

According to the D.A.R. record mentioned above, and his tombstone, Benjamin lived until 10 Jan 1829. No deed records have been found for him after 1817. For some reason, his wife Joicy was listed as the head of household in the 1820 census of South Carolina. However, a male over 45, probably Benjamin, was listed in the household. (This is based on the original handwriting, the printed version incorrectly lists a male 26-45.)

Benjamin's mother may have been Lydia, and she may have been the widow of an earlier Benjamin Culpepper, who may have been the son of yet another Benjamin, who died in Edgecombe County, NC around 1772.
 

Family 1

(?) (?) (circa 1754 - before 1790)
Marriage*circa 1781 He married (?) (?) circa 1781. At one time, Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield's frst wife was thought to be Mary Mason and this was recorded as such in NSDAR records. However, it has subsequently been proven that Benjamin Culpepper of Attala (the son of Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield), was the husband of Mary Mason. The first wife of Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield has not been identified, and as of 20 Dec 2010, Mary Mason is no longer shown in NSDAR records as his wife.5 
Children

Family 2

Joyce Powell Sheppard (29 Dec 1770 - 24 Feb 1841)
Marriage*circa 1795 He married Joyce Powell Sheppard at Edgefield District, South Carolina, circa 1795. 
Child
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Benjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited24 Feb 2015

Citations

  1. D. A. R. application 169581 gives birth date as 10 Jan 1750. The 1800 census places his birth between 1755 and 1774, and the 1810 census places it before 1765. If both are correct, then he must have been born between 1755 and 1765. And based on his Rev. War service, probably towards the earlier end of that range. His tombstone says that he was "suppossed to be 60 years of age" at his death on 10 Jan 1829. That would place his birth in 1768.
  2. E-mail written 1983-2011 to Lew Griffin from Mary Genevieve Taylor Harris (#48715), Dallas, TX, e-mail address.
  3. DAR Patriot Index, Washington, DC: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2003.
  4. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
  5. Thanks to Gennie Harris for clarifying to Culpepper Connections and to the NSDAR the husband of Mary Mason.
  6. E-mail written 1983-2011 to Lew Griffin from Mary Genevieve Taylor Harris (#48715), Dallas, TX, e-mail address.
    From file "Culpepper, Benjamin Land Grants in SC.doc."
  7. 1790 Federal Census, United States.
    Unknown Township, North part, Orangeburg District, SC
    Benjamin Culpeper, page 94, 1 Male 16+, 3 Males 0-16, 3 Females, 4 Slaves
    Joseph Culpeper, page 94, 3 Males 16+, 3 Females, 22 Slaves.
  8. 1800 Federal Census, United States.
    Unknown Townships, Edgefield District, SC
    Benjamin Culpepper, page 133, 2 M10-16, 1 M16-26, 1 M26-45, 4 F0-10, 1 F10-16, 1 F16-26, 1 F26-45, 8 slaves.
  9. Carol Wells, Edgefield County, South Cazrolina Deed Books, Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1997, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.737 R2.
    Edgefield Deed Bk 22, pp. 12-14.
  10. Carol Wells, Edgefield County, South Cazrolina Deed Books, Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1997, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.737 R2.
    Edgefield Deed Bk 26, p. 190.
  11. Carol Wells, Edgefield County, South Cazrolina Deed Books, Bowie, MD: Heritage Books, 1997, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.737 R2.
    Edgefield Deed Bk 25, p. 300.
  12. 1810 Federal Census, United States.
    Unknown Township, Edgefield District, SC
    Benjamin Culpepper, page 70, 1 M26-45, 1 M45+, 1 F0-10, 1 F45+, 8 slaves.
  13. Edgefield Co. SC Deeds abstracted by Lew Griffin , Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.737 R2.
  14. Edgefield Co. SC Deeds abstracted by Lew Griffin , Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.737 R2.
    Edgefield Deed Bk 31, p. 481.
  15. Edgefield Co. SC Deeds abstracted by Lew Griffin , Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.737 R2.
    Edgefield Deed Bk 31, p. 515.
  16. E-mail written 1983-2011 to Lew Griffin from Mary Genevieve Taylor Harris (#48715), Dallas, TX, e-mail address.
    Edgefield County Clerk of Court, Deed Book 34, pp. 145-147.
  17. Unknown Townships, Edgefield District, SC
    Daniel Culpepper, page 127, 1 M16-26, 1 F0-10, 1 F16-26, 0 slaves
    Drury Culpepper, page 120, 2 M0-10, 1 M10-16, 1 M26-45, 2 F0-10, 1 F10-16, 1 F26-45, 1 slave
    Joicy Culpepper, page 83, 1 M45+, 1F16-26, 1 F45+, 7 slaves.
  18. Old Edgefield Genealogical Society, quarterly publication: "The Quill," Vol. 31, No. 1, page 8, "Deaths at Red Bank Baptist Church," General Location: Town of Saluda, Benjamin Culpepper, 1829.
  19. This date of death is from his tombstone. However, Benjamin's wife Joyce was a Head of Household in the 1820 census, but since there was a Male 45+ also noted, this was probably Benjamin. There is no record of Benjamin in Edgefield County deeds, as far as this writer knows, after 1817.
  20. E-mail written 2004 - 2008 to Lew Griffin from Carole Watson Burton (#50015), 109 Chadwick Drive, Charleston, SC 29407-7425, e-mail address.
    According to SaludaCemetery Vol.1,pg.16 the Culpepper cemetery inventory
    says,
    Joyce Culpepper Age 70 yrs.1month & 27 days, 24 Fwb.1841
    George J.Strother age 26yrs.6mo.& 5days, 08 Oct 1817
    William Strother age 28yrs.6mo.& 2days, 18Aug.1794
    James Sheppard ESQ. age 23yrs.11mo.& 30 days.10Feb.1824
    Benjamin Culpepper supposed to be 60 yrs.of age 10 Jan.1829
    This inventory was done 28Nov1987.
  21. Letter of 9 Sep 1985 from M. G. Shepherd (4909 Seaver Lane, Apt 102, Richmond, VA 23228) to Mrs. Mavie H. Williams, and found in the Culpepper family file at the Tomkins Library of the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, Edgefield, SC.
  22. E-mail written Jul 2009 to Genevieve Harris from Mary Ruth Hastie, e-mail address.
    photos from Mary Ruth Hastie courtesy of Genevieve Harris & Joan Berry.