Joel Mathias Culpepper

Male, #5849, (25 Feb 1840 - 22 Apr 1913)
Father*John Tyler Culpepper of Cherokee Co., AL (1810 - bt 1870 - 1880)
Mother*Martha Melvina Baker (c 1813 - a 1880)
DNA* Joel has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield District, SC, who is a grandson of Joseph Culpepper and 2-great-grandson of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*25 Feb 1840 Joel was born at Cherokee Co., Alabama, on 25 Feb 1840. 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 Joel, Rufus and James was probably a free white male, under 5 years old, in an unknown person 's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Cherokee Co., Alabama.1 
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865

     from David Culpepper: in the records of DeKalb Cemeteries a marker was placed by the State of AL "Joel Mathias Culpepper Co. B 55th AL Inf. CSA."2 
Birth of Son5 Mar 1863 His son Gustavus Adolphus Culpepper was born on 5 Mar 1863 at DeKalb Co., Alabama.3 
Marriage*circa 1863 He married Margaret Drake at Rome, Floyd Co., Georgia, circa 1863. 
Birth of Son23 Oct 1867 His son Harrison McDonald Culpepper was born on 23 Oct 1867 at DeKalb Co., Alabama
Birth of Son18 Jun 1870 His son James Washington Culpepper was born on 18 Jun 1870 at DeKalb Co., Alabama
1870 Census* Joel was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Cherokee Co., Alabama.4 
Birth of Son2 Feb 1876 His son William Loren Culpepper was born on 2 Feb 1876 at DeKalb Co., Alabama
Birth of Son2 Apr 1878 His son Milton Homer Culpepper was born on 2 Apr 1878 at DeKalb Co., Alabama.5 
1880 Census* Joel was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Cherokee Co., Alabama.6 
Birth of Son2 Feb 1884 His son Albert S. Culpepper was born on 2 Feb 1884 at DeKalb Co., Alabama.7 
Birth of Son10 Mar 1885 His son Grover Cleveland Culpepper was born on 10 Mar 1885 at DeKalb Co., Alabama.7 
Birth of SonJul 1889 His son Braxton Bragg Culpepper was born in Jul 1889 at DeKalb Co., Alabama
1900 Census* Joel was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at DeKalb Co., Alabama
Photographed*circa 1905 He was photographed circa 1905
Joel Mathias Culpepper family of Lookout Mountain, AL, pictured around Thanksgiving 1900. Matt and Margaret Culpepper are shown with nine of their eleven children. (Adolph and Kansas were not present.) Seated to the left of his father and wife Margaret is Donald. The others, left to right, are Katie, Lorn, Washington, Homer, Braxton, Ester, Cleveland, and Johnson.8
Joel Mathias Culpepper family circa 1900
1910 Census* Joel was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at DeKalb Co., Alabama.9 
Death*22 Apr 1913 He died at DeKalb Co., Alabama, on 22 Apr 1913 at age 73. 
Burial*say 24 Apr 1913 His body was interred say 24 Apr 1913 at Fischer Cemetery, Fischer Crossroads, DeKalb Co., Alabama.2,10 
Biography* The Cherokee County line was formerly the brow of Lookout Mountain, overlooking Wills Valley. By act of AL Gen Assem, 1875-6 the Cherokee County border was moved back to the Little River from about Sect. 15 T.8.R.9 to the AL-GA line. Among others, inhabitants of Twp 7 R 9 enumerated in 1870 census Cherokee County were living in DeKalb Co. 6 years later. 


Margaret Drake (Mar 1846 - 1926)
Marriage*circa 1863 He married Margaret Drake at Rome, Floyd Co., Georgia, circa 1863. 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Benjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited18 Jul 2014


  1. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 118, 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. E-mail written 1983-2011 to Lew Griffin from Mary Genevieve Taylor Harris (#48715), Dallas, TX, e-mail address.
  3. Marilyn Davis Barefield, compiler, Cemeteries of Jefferson County, Alabama (2 vols.), Birmingham, Alabama: Birmingham Public Library, 1991, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.178 V3h v1&2.
    Volume 2, pages 28 & 128:
    Providence Methodist Church Cemetery, Pinson, Jefferson Co., Alabama
    + G. A. Culpepper 5 Mar 1863 - 15 Jul 1926.
  4. P. 313.
  5. Cemetery Census, Valley Head Cemetery, Valley Head, DeKalb Co., AL
    - Milton H. Culpepper, 2 Apr 1878 - 7 Jun 1955 (next to Clara Maude)
    - Clara Maude Culpepper, 28 May 1889 - 1 Apr 1943 (next to Milton H.)
    - Eugene D. Culpepper, 12 May 1911 - 21 Jan 1964 (next to Milton H.)
    - F. Louise Culpepper, 20 Jun 1916 - 3 Sep 1922, d/o M.H. & C.M. Culpepper
    - Mary Lucille Culpepper, 30 Sep 1909 - 6 May 1994.
  6. ED 54, sheet 21.
  7. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at
  8. E-mail written 2005-2008 to Culpepper Connections from Lora N. Culpepper (#51749), Alabama, e-mail address.
  9. ED 50, sheet 8.