Elcy Elvira Culpepper

Female, #5846, (11 Jun 1835 - 1 Apr 1895)
Father*John Tyler Culpepper of Cherokee Co., AL (1810 - bt 1870 - 1880)
Mother*Martha Melvina Baker (c 1813 - a 1880)
Name Variation She was also known as Elsie Elvira Culpepper. 
Birth*11 Jun 1835 Elcy was born at McMinn Co., Tennessee, on 11 Jun 1835. 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Elcy was probably a free white female, under five years old, in an unknown person 's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Cherokee Co., Alabama.1 
Marriage*4 Mar 1857 She married Jehu Reece on 4 Mar 1857 at age 21. 
Married Name4 Mar 1857  As of 4 Mar 1857, her married name was Reece. 
Birth of Son1 Sep 1860 Her son Dr. David Tyler Reece was born on 1 Sep 1860 at DeKalb Co., Alabama.2 
Death*1 Apr 1895 She died at DeKalb Co., Alabama, on 1 Apr 1895 at age 59. 
Burial*circa 3 Apr 1895 Her body was interred circa 3 Apr 1895 at Fischer Cemetery, Fischer Crossroads, DeKalb Co., Alabama.3
Obituary*say 4 Apr 1895 The subject of this obituary, sister Eley E. Reece, was born June 11th, 1835, and died April the 1st, 1895.
     Her maden [maiden] name was Culpepper. She was married to Mr. John Reece in 1857, whose joys and sorrows she shared until her death. She was a member of the Methodist church and was a thoroughly consecrated Christian, a devoted wife and an affectionate mother, having raised a large family of children.
     I had the pleasure of being her pastor for two years, and always found her home a bethel for the preacher. She was ever cheerful and generous; always at her post in the church and often shouted the praise of God. My last meeting with her was on Thursday before her death. Our next meeting will be in heaven. She was taken seriously ill Saturday before her death; Dr. Duff was called in and done what he could, but the stuborn [stubborn] disease did not yield to his prescription.
     Only a part of her devoted children could attend her burial. They sorrow, but "not as those who have no hope." Life's dark day of sorrow will close by the dawning of the eternal morning, where tears and sighing will be no more. Words of comfort were spoken by the writer. G. W. Palmer.4 
Descendant*Nov 2007 See footnote for the name and contact info of a descendant of Elcy Elvira Culpepper who would like to communicate with other descendants.5 


Jehu Reece (28 Jan 1831 - 18 May 1905)
Marriage*4 Mar 1857 She married Jehu Reece on 4 Mar 1857 at age 21. 
ChartsBenjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited8 Nov 2007


  1. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 118, Ancestry.com images 15-16, Unknown Township, Cherokee Co., AL
    J. T. Culpepper, 3 M0-5, 1 M30-40, 1 F0-5, 1 F5-10, 1 F20-30.
  2. Doris Mayer Reece, compiler, Reece Family Tree, Ancestry World Tree (online family tree), 27 May 2002.
    e-mail address.
  3. E-mail written Apr 2006 to Lew Griffin from Hayley Crocker, e-mail address.
  4. Obituary for Eley E. Culpepper Reece from The Fort Payne Journal, Wednesday, April 17, 1895 and contributed on 10 Nov 2004 for use in USGenWeb Archives by Lana Floyd, e-mail address.

  5. E-mail written 7 Nov 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Judith Hunt Kugath (2ggd/o #48994), e-mail address.