William M. Culpepper1

Male, #5885, (10 Apr 1836 - 20 Nov 1917)
Father*Benjamin Culpepper of Attala Co. MS1 (c 1790 - 27 Jan 1860)
Mother*Mary Mason1 (c 1792 - 18 Jun 1858)
Birth*10 Apr 1836 William was born at Lawrence Co., Mississippi, on 10 Apr 1836.2 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 William was probably a free white male, under 5 years old, in Benjamin Culpepper of Attala Co. MS's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Lawrence Co., Mississippi.3 
1850 Census1 Jun 1850 Mary, Cynthia, Margaret, Nancy, William and Benjamin listed as a household member living with Benjamin Culpepper of Attala Co. MS on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Attala Co., Mississippi.1 
Death of Mother18 Jun 1858 His mother Mary Mason died on 18 Jun 1858 at Attala Co., Mississippi
Death of Father27 Jan 1860 His father Benjamin Culpepper of Attala Co. MS died on 27 Jan 1860 at Attala Co., Mississippi.4 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1860 at Attala Co., Mississippi.5 
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865

     Co. D, and later in Co I, 13th MS Infantry (Minute Men of Attala). Wounded at Gettysburg, July 2, 1863.6

1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Attala Co., Mississippi.7 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Attala Co., Mississippi.8 
Marriage*24 Dec 1890 He married Elizabeth J. Hughes at Mississippi on 24 Dec 1890 at age 54. 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 William was listed as the head of a family on the 1900 Census at Center, Attala Co., Mississippi.9 
Death*20 Nov 1917 He died at Attala Co., Mississippi, on 20 Nov 1917 at age 81. 
Burial*circa 22 Nov 1917 His body was interred circa 22 Nov 1917 at Jerusalem Cemetery, Attala Co., Mississippi.2 
Biography* The country surrounding Nile, in Southeast Attala, is quite new and fresh, when compared with many other portions of the county. In traveling through this community, the observer will notice the absence of old, worn-out broomsedge fields, but instead thereof, a freshness which give the country the appearance of very recent settlement; for there are large quantities of splendid farming lands in this section, still covered with virgin forest, only awaiting the woodsman's axe to convert them to splendid farms.
     Very few of the settlers of fifty years ago in the community are now living. John L. Atkinson, BaileyOliver, William Culpepper, and Thomas J. Hanna are some of the old settlers still here. Of these, William Culpepper is one of the few survivors of that gallant company of "Minute Men," which constituted the first company that left Attala in 1861 for the Confederate war. Mr. Culpepper fought through the entire war, in the Army of Virginia, and bears evidence of his service in the shape of wounds received in battle. He lives a quiet unostentatious life, on his little farm commanding the love and respect to the surrounding community for 'Uncle Bill" as he is familiarly known, is a welcome visitor everywhere in the neighborhood, and even the little children are always glad to see and welcome him, in their midst.

Nov. 10, 1896.6,10 


Elizabeth J. Hughes (20 Jun 1844 - 18 Jun 1926)
Marriage*24 Dec 1890 He married Elizabeth J. Hughes at Mississippi on 24 Dec 1890 at age 54. 
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 Oct 2008


  1. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 5, Family 274, Lines 23-30, Township 14 R 5 E, Attala Co., MS
    Benjamin Culpepper, 60, M, Farmer, RE=$430, SC
    Mary Culpepper, 57, F, SC
    Centha (Cintha) Culpepper, 23, F, MS
    Margaret Culpepper, 21, F, MS
    Nancy Culpepper, 18, F, MS
    William Culpepper, 14, F, MS
    Benjamin Culpepper, 26, M, Farmer, MS
    John Simmons, 23, M, Farmer, MS.
  2. Marymaganos McCool Fenwick, compiler, Attala County, Mississippi CemeteriesFenwick, 1988?, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book 976.2644 V3a.
    Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery, Attala Co., MS. Located in the southeastern part of the county.
    + W. M. Culpepper, 10 Apr 1836 - 20 Nov 1917
    + Elizabeth Culpepper, 20 Jun 1844 - 18 Jun 1926.
  3. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 74, Ancestry.com images 17-18, Unknown Township, Lawrence Co., MS
    B. Culpepper, 1 M0-5, 2 M15-20, 1 M50-60, 1 F5-10, 2 F10-15, 1 F20-30, 1 F40-50, 0 slaves.
  4. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Mortality Index: Benjamin Culpepper, 70, M, born in SC, Blacksmith, died Jan 1860 of old age in Attala Co., MS.
  5. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 100, Family 668, Line 39, Attala, Township 13, Range 8, Mississippi
    Wm M. Culpper, 24, M, Laborer on Farm, RE=$0, PE=$150, MS.
  6. E-mail written Nov 2003 to Attala Co. MS List at Rootsweb (e-mail address) from Eddie Mickel, e-mail address.
  7. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 67, Family?, Lines 37, Beat 5, Attala, MS
    W. Culpepper, 34, M, Wh, Farmer, RE=$0, PE=$0, MS.
  8. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 195A, Centre, Attala Co., MS
    William Culpepper, Self, M, Sng, Wh, 44, Farmer, MS/SC/SC.
  9. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 12, Page 3B, Family 50, Center, Attala County, MS
    William R. Culpepper, Head, Wh, M, Apr 1836, 64, Md-10 yrs, MS/SC/SC, Farmer
    Elizabeth J. Culpepper, Wife, Wh, F, Jun 1844, 55, Md-10 yrs, ch 0/0, MS/AL/AL.
  10. History of Kosciusko and Attala County.