Joseph Marion Culpepper1

Male, #5789, (11 Apr 1811 - 24 Mar 1878)
Father*Andrew Culpepper of Henry Co., AL (c 1788 - b 14 Mar 1857)
Mother*Lettis Harris (c 1790 - b 1850)
DNA* Joseph has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Drury Culpepper of Henry Co., AL, who is a great- grandson of Joseph Culpepper and 3-great-grandson of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*11 Apr 1811 Joseph was born at Edgefield District, South Carolina, on 11 Apr 1811. 
1820 Census7 Aug 1820 Joseph and Micajah was probably a free white male, age under 10, in Andrew Culpepper of Henry Co., AL's household, on the 1820 Census at Edgefield District, South Carolina. Unaccounted for is 1 male 10-16..2 
1830 Census1 Jun 1830 Micajah and Joseph was probably a free white male, age 15 and under 20, in Andrew Culpepper of Henry Co., AL's household, on the 1830 Census at Edgefield District, South Carolina.3 
Marriage*circa 1832 He married Sarah Caroline Ward at Abbeville, Henry Co., Alabama, circa 1832. 
Birth of Son22 May 1835 His son Benjamin Franklin Culpepper was born on 22 May 1835 at Henry Co., Alabama.4 
Land Grant/Patent*21 Aug 1837 Land was granted to Joseph Marion Culpepper on 21 Aug 1837 at Henry Co., Alabama.5 
Birth of Son22 Oct 1837 His son Micajah Culpepper was born on 22 Oct 1837 at Henry Co., Alabama.6 
Birth of Son20 Jun 1839 His son Andrew Culpepper was born on 20 Jun 1839 at Henry Co., Alabama
Land Grant/Patent20 Aug 1839 Land was granted to Joseph Marion Culpepper on 20 Aug 1839 at Henry Co., Alabama.7 
1840 Census*1 Jun 1840 Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Henry Co., Alabama.
(Two minors, Micajah and Andrew, are believed to be sons of Joseph Marion CUlpepper, but they were not enumerated with him in 1840.)8 
Birth of Son12 Jan 1845 His son Thomas Jefferson Culpepper was born on 12 Jan 1845 at Henry Co., Alabama.9 
Photographed*say 1850 He was photographed say 1850 at Henry Co., Alabama.10
Joseph Marion Culpepper
1850 Census*1 Jun 1850 Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Henry Co., Alabama.
(Also in Joseph's household in 1850 was a second Andrew Culpepper, age six (born in 1844) who has not been identified. Joseph's own son Andrew was also in the household, and was age eleven.
     In addition, the Slave Schedule showed Joseph owned on 40-year-old Black male.)11 
Birth of Son6 Dec 1854 His son David A. Culpepper was born on 6 Dec 1854 at Henry Co., Alabama
Probate19 May 1857 He administrated Andrew Culpepper of Henry Co., AL's estate on 19 May 1857 at Henry Co., Alabama.12 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census at Lawrenceville, Henry Co., Alabama.13 
Birth of Son17 Jan 1861 His son Elbert Bartow Culpepper was born on 17 Jan 1861 at Eufaula, Barbour Co., Alabama
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 Joseph was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Abbeville, Henry Co., Alabama.14 
Will*8 Jun 1877 He made a will at Henry Co., Alabama, on 8 Jun 1877. 
Death*24 Mar 1878 He died at Abbeville, Henry Co., Alabama, on 24 Mar 1878 at age 66. 
Biography* Gilmer, Texas, February 7, 1937
Maternal Record:
     Joseph Marion Culpepper descended from Scotch-Irish parents (Irish predominately). He was stout built, about 5 ½ feet tall, black hair, gray eyes, very well educated and pretty wealthy. He had a jovial, friendly disposition, of which drew around him many friends. He was the father of sixteen children, some dying in infancy, one son, Andrew Culpepper, was killed in battle in the civil war. He left one daughter, Nannie, she married a man named Sam McKinney (both are dead now). Their descendents live south of Tyler, Texas, near Noonday and Gresham. At present, 1937, one girl was named Lillie another, Eely (that’s all I know of them). But you could trace them up by this information. They live near Mollie Lewis and her son Henry Lewis.
     He [Joseph Marion Culpepper] was a staunch old Primitive Baptist and drove a large light bay horse (named Ole Alex) to his buggy. When preaching was over, he would get around the other brethen, inviting them to go home with them for dinner; then without further comment he and wife would hasten to the buggy and drive home, where Negro servants would put away the horse and buggy, and soon maybe several of their brethen and friends would drive up and Negro servants would wait on them in the same way. They proceeded to the old colonial home where dinner was served in grand style and wine also was served. I’ve hear my father say Grandpa’s sideboard (we call it buffet) was never without its decanters of wine. There was never any drunkeness - because wine was as common as water. His wife, Sarah, never had any cooking done on Sundays (all cooking was done on Saturdays) maybe the servants would heat coffee for the guests. Joseph Marion Culpepper was kind and considerate of his servants and work stock. He was a real Christian gentleman.
     His wife, Sarah Elizabeth Ward. Many ofher relatives live in Panola County, Henderson County, Texas at present 1937. She, being the mother of sixteen children was an industrious, thrifty housewife, a devoted wife and a kind, patient mother. A devout Christian and a kind, helpful neighbor and friend. Having many servants she had time for recreational and civic indulgences. Their greatest desire in life was to rear and educate their children to be useful, worthy citizens and they were not disappointed. Their children were a blessing to the world. The children were allowed to entertain their friends in a moral, refined way, and many were the occasions for their meeting and spending happy evenings together at parties, celebrations and dances.
     The children of Joseph Marion and Sarah Culpepper were as follows: Benjamin Franklin Sr. (our grandfather); Andrew; Thomas Jefferson (Uncle Bud); David; Micajah (His children are near Ft. Gaines, GA and in Alabama, all that I know of); one girl named Ellen died at about 14 or 15 yrs. of age; Carolyn, lived to be old who married Jordan Arnold (both of Ala; whose posterity live near Graceton and Gilmer, Texas.
     Benjamin Franklin Culpepper, being the first born of Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Culpepper saw the light of day May 22, 1835. He was educated in the common school of the community, grew to manhood in his father’s home, being unusually apt at schoolwork, he secured a good solid workable education which fitted him for his chosen work of clerking in a dry goods store and keeping books. When he was 22 years old, he enlisted in the Civil War and served his country as best he could. Never being wounded during the entire four years of conflict. He once had a boil or stone bruise on his foot and General Robert E. Lee dismounted from his favorite horse, Traveler, and had Ben (Grandpa) to climb in the saddle and ride to camp. The general walked beside him. Ben, together with many others, stacked his gun at Appomattox Court House, Virginia, when the conflict ended on April 9, 1865. He listened to General Lee’s farewll address to his men who had so valiantly tried to defend what they thought were their rights. While tears were streaming down the cheeks of the General as well as those of his men, who turned away sadly to retrace their footsteps home in different states. Ben walked every step of the way until he reached neighbors who knew him. One neighbor took him home in his buggy. Ben wanted to slip in on his mother and family to give a surprise but, Jule, the Negro washwoman, was washing at the spring near the roadside, recognized him, and ran fast as she could go the nearest way to the house, shouting at the top of her voice, "Mars Ben is coming, I seed him in the buggy." So his parents and family were soon overjoyed at his arrival, safe home once more.
     The war closed on April 9, 1865. It must have taken several weeks to walk home. But true to the vows he made before he joined the army, he married his sweetheart, Miss Isabella Francis Waltermon on July 6, 1865. To this union were born eight children. The eldest an angelic little girl named Anna Laura, who had golden curls and heavenly blue eyes. Other children are: Eugenia Florence (who married A. J. Sanders) they now own extensive oil interests in East Texas oil field near Gladewater, Texas. Alpheus Marion, who died at the age of four years and is buried in Alabama. Caledonia (who married J. S. Reese) they now live on their farm 2 miles south of Gilmer. They own city property in Gilmer. Sarah Elizabeth (who married Robert Lee Smith) they now live in their home in Dallas, Texas. Benjamin Franklin, Jr. who died at the age of 23 years. He had taught one term of public school and was teaching another at the same school at the time of his death. He is buried at Walnut Creek Cemetery. Mary Caroline (who married William D. Barber), they live at their farm home 5 miles SE of Gilmer. Lorena Belle who died at the age of 12 years and is buried at Walnut Creek Cemetery.
     Anna Laura grew to young womanhood in what is now Stamps community. She was married to Willis Edmund Oliver, August 16, 1884 (3rd. Sat.) To this union were born nine children as follows: Ramah Oliver, July 25, 1885;
Lacie Aybert, March 18, 1887 - who died April 26, 1912; Ulysses Edmund, November 1, 1889; Bernice, October 2, 1890; Agnes Itasca, March 12, 1892; Aubrey Lois, November 26, 1894; Theophilus, May 19, 1896; Cosby Rainey, April 23, 1900; and Laura Chloe, August 28, 1905. All high class, prominent in business and social life, an honor to their mother and father, who have gone on - we hope and have every reason to believe to the Glory Land to await the coming of their children. Mother departed this life February 1, 1914 and Father departed this life September 25, 1835. Both buried in Gilmer City Cemetery.
     Nicholas Nathaniel Waltermon was born in Suffolk, Virginia, (don’t know date). His father died and left his mother with two small children, his little sister Annie and himself. His mother married again to a mean man. He would not let these children have anything to eat, if he knew it. Their mother trained them to go way back under the bed which had long curtains touching the floor. She would throw a pan of biscuits under the bed to them to keep her many from seeing them eat. When he was 12 years old, he left them and worked his way to Alabama. He put his clothes in a trunk and took them to the boat but had no money to pay the transportation. He tried to sell his trunk and clothes but no one would buy, knowing he would have to leave them and then they would get them. So, he put weights in the trunk and sunk it in the river, taking with him what few clothes he could. He was a bright, smart boy and saved his money so when he grew to manhood he married and bought a home. He prospered and to him and his wife Catherine Murry was born eight children, namely; Mary Magdelene (Wilcox), Isabella Francis (Culpepper, Grandmother, Ella Virginia (McKissack), Elizabeth (Jones), Amanda (Newbit), Solomon, Nicholas Nathaniel, Jr., Henry (Hugh, supposedly). All this family is dead. I do not know anything about Catherin Murry’s family. The Waltermon’s lived in Henry County, Alabama, near the Culpeppers. Catherine Murry Waltermon was a staunch primitive Baptist in belief - was a member of that church.
     Benjamin Franklin Culpepper, who married Isabella Francis Waltermon said that Mrs. Catherine Waltermon was the best business woman in Henry County, Alabama. She was a school teacher. At one time she was a milliner. I’ve seen flowers she made to trim hats in. Being left a widow with this large family to support she proved equal to the task and reared her children in honor. Managing her large plantation with her slaves and her own boys she accumulated a small fortune. (Ben Culpepper said that Colonel Oates, their Representative in Congreaa, said Mrs. Waltermon, (our great grandmother) was the best business woman he ever knew.) She and several children are buried at Walnut Creek Cemetery.
     This record was gotten up by our Aunt Donie Rees at Gilmer, Texas, February 7, 1937. 
EMail*  (an unknown value.) 


Sarah Caroline Ward (16 Dec 1818 - after 1880)
Marriage*circa 1832 He married Sarah Caroline Ward at Abbeville, Henry Co., Alabama, circa 1832. 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Benjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited28 Nov 2014


  1. Dick Culpepper Records, Warren H. 'Dick' Culpepper, Provo, UT, to Lew Griffin.
  2. 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.
  3. 1830 Federal Census, United States.
    Unknown Townships, Edgefield District, SC
    Drewry Culpepper, page 164, 1 M0-5, 1 M5-10, 2 M15-20, 1 M40-50, 1 F0-5, 2 F5-10, 1 F15-20, 1 F20-30, 1 F40-50, 0 slaves
    Joisey Culpepper, page 165, 1 M20-30, 1 F20-30, 1 F50-60, 8 slaves.
  4. Tombstone.
    Walnut Creek Cemetery, Upshur Co., TX
    Benjamin F. Culpepper, 22 May 1835 – 25 Mar 1917 (ID: 5887)
    Isabel F. Culpepper, 7 Aug 1844 – 12 Dec 1924.

  5. General Land Office Records, compiler, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Online, Bureau of Land Management.
    Joseph Culpepper, Signed 21 Aug 1837, 41 acres in NWNW Part of Sec 34, Twp 8-N, Rng 28-E, St. Stephens Meridian, Henry Co., AL.
  6. Mrs. Marvin Scott, compiler, Tomb Inscriptions and Cemetery Notices, Climax, GA: E. H. Hayes, 1958, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.131 V3sm.
    Old Union Cemetery, Henry Co., AL
    + Micajah Culpepper, 22 Oct 1837 - 6 Jul 1903
    + Nicey Culpepper, 20 Apr 1840 - 22 Feb 1918.
  7. General Land Office Records, compiler, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office Records, Online, Bureau of Land Management.
    Joseph Culpepper, Signed 20 Sep 1839, 41 acres in NENE Part of Sec 3, Twp 7-N, and 124 acres in NENW and W½NE Parts of Sec 34, Twp 8-N; both in Rng 28-E, St. Stephens Meridian, Henry Co., AL.
  8. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 163, images 29-30, Unknown township, Henry Co., AL
    Joseph Culpepper, 1 M20-30, 1 F20-30, 0 slaves.
  9. Tombstone.
    Mattox Cemetery, Upshur Co., TX
    Thomas J. Culpepper, 12 Jan 1845 – 12 Nov 1895.
  10. E-mail written 2005 - 2013 to Lew Griffin from ID: 41492 Eileen Vela (Mrs. Octavio Vela), New Mexico, e-mail address.
  11. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Pages 433B/Line 42 & Page 434A/Lines 1-10, Southern District, Henry Co., AL
    Joseph Culpepper, 39, M, Farmer, $3000, SC
    Sarah Culpepper, 33, F, SC
    Benjamin Culpepper, 15, M, Farmer, AL
    Micajah Culpepper, 13, M, AL
    Andrew Culpepper, 11, M, AL
    Mary A. Culpepper, 9, F, AL
    Nancy C. Culpepper, 7, F, AL
    Thos. J. Culpepper, 5, M, AL
    Lucinda E. Culpepper, 3, F, AL
    Sarah A. Culpepper, 1, F, AL
    Andrew Culpepper, 6, M, AL, Idiotic
    1850 Slave Schedule, Page 814, Henry Co., AL
    Joseph Culpepper owned one 40-year-old Black male.
  12. Family Group Sheet prepared by Joan N. Berry, and found in the Culpepper family file at the Tomkins Library of the Old Edgefield District Genealogical Society, Edgefield, SC.
  13. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 133, Lines 8-14, Lawrenceville, Henry Co., AL
    Joseph Culpepper, 49, M, Farmer, RE=$4225, PE=$4200, SC
    Sarah Culpepper, 43, F, SC
    Thomas J. Culpepper, 15, M, AL
    Lucinda E. Culpepper, 12, F, AL
    Sarah C. Culpepper, 11, F, AL
    David A. Culpepper, 6, M, AL
    Frances E. Culpepper, 1, F, AL.
  14. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 10, Lines 7-10, 11th Precinct, Abbeville P.O., Henry Co., AL
    Joseph Culpepper, 57, M, Wh, Farmer, RE=$2000, PE=$500, SC
    Sarah Culpepper, 53, F, Wh, SC
    David A. Culpepper, 14, M, Wh, Farm Laborer, AL
    Elbert E. Culpepper, 9, M, Wh, AL.