James Pickens Culpepper

Male, #5906, (25 Oct 1840 - 1 Aug 1898)
Father*Micajah Culpepper (c 1813 - 27 Sep 1848)
Mother*Martha Blanton (c 1817 - 1860)
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Name Variation He was also known as Governor. 
Name Variation He was also known as James Percy.1 
Birth*25 Oct 1840 James was born at Henry Co., Alabama, on 25 Oct 1840.2 
Death of Father27 Sep 1848 His father Micajah Culpepper died on 27 Sep 1848 at Henry Co., Alabama
Probate19 May 1857 During probate, James Pickens Culpepper was identified as an heir of Andrew Culpepper of Henry Co., AL on 19 May 1857 at Henry Co., Alabama.3 
Death of Mother1860 His mother Martha Blanton died in 1860 at Henry Co., Alabama
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census at Hilliardsville, Henry Co., Alabama.4 
Probate4 Jun 1860 During probate, James Pickens Culpepper was identified as an heir of Martha Blanton on 4 Jun 1860 at Henry Co., Alabama.5 
Civil War*1862 He served in the War Between the States in 1862

     Private, Company D, 39th Alabama Infantry.6 
Marriage*Feb 1865 He married Charlotte Matilda Sharp at Quitman Co., Georgia, in Feb 1865 at age 24. 
Birth of Son19 Aug 1867 His son James Henry Culpepper was born on 19 Aug 1867 at Alabama.7 
Birth of SonAug 1871 His son Robert Francis Culpepper was born in Aug 1871 at Alabama
Birth of Son13 Jul 1875 His son Edward Clayton Culpepper was born on 13 Jul 1875 at Georgia.8,9 
1880 Census*1 Jun 1880 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Brooks Co., Georgia.10 
Death*1 Aug 1898 He died at Panola Co., Texas, on 1 Aug 1898 at age 57. 
Burial*2 Aug 1898 His body was interred on 2 Aug 1898 at Langley Cemetery, Beckville, Panola Co., Texas.11,12 
Biography* Widows Pension Application for Mrs. M.C. Culpepper, wife of James Pickens Culpepper
Application Number 21712; Filed in 1913 in Harrison County, Texas
     "I am the widow of J.P. (Governor) Culpepper, deceased, who departed this life on the (blank day, blank month) 1898, in the county of Panola and Texas." She married him 1 Feb 1865 in Quitman County, Georgia, and states her current age as 64 years. She was born in SC, has resided in the state of Texas for about 27 years and in Harrison County, Texas for about 2 years. Her P.O. was Ashland, Texas and her husband's full name: James Pickens (Governor) Culpepper.
     WAR DEPARTMENT, The Adjutant General's Office, May 13, 1913. The records show that James P. Culpepper, private, Company D, 39th Alabama Infantry, Confederate States Army, enlisted March 31, 1862 and was discharged June 12, 1862. One witness says he was discharged for health reason but he went on to join the army again (place unknown). Mrs. M.C. Culpepper died in the home of her son, E.C. Culpepper.13 
Research note23 May 2004 The ancestry of Govenor Culpepper of Barbour Co., AL is currently unknown. He could be the same person as James Pickens 'Governor' Culpepper. Further research is needed. Your help with this person will be appreciated. Contact Warren Culpepper (see footnote for details).14 


Charlotte Matilda Sharp (22 May 1848 - 10 Jul 1931)
Marriage*Feb 1865 He married Charlotte Matilda Sharp at Quitman Co., Georgia, in Feb 1865 at age 24. 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Benjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited11 Mar 2013


  1. E-mail written 2004-2008 to Warren Culpepper from Judi (Cathy) Sharp Allen, e-mail address (Jul 2008).
    "Edward Clayton CULPEPPER, (13 Jul 1875 - 31 Aug 1965) is buried at Berea. He is listed as the son of James Percy CULPEPPER and Charlotte Matilda SHARP. He was married to Lela Mae CRAIG, (9 Jul 1882 -23 Apr 1967), daughter of William Wallace CRAIG & Catherine Matilda FARROW. Cemetery record lists three sons: Curtis, Percy and Alvin, and one daughter Lessie HAGEN. Obituary lists Curtis, Jack and Alvin; also Lela Mae's sister, Mrs. Bettie SHARP of Beckville, Texas."
  2. Tombstone.
    Langley Cemetery, Panola Co., TX
    James P. Culpepper, 25 Oct 1840 – 1 Aug 1898.
  3. 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.
  4. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 118, Lines 19-22, Hilliardsville, Henry Co., AL
    James Culpepper, 18, M, Farmer, RE=$800, PE=$638, AL
    Amanda Culpepper, 17, F, AL
    Sarah Culpepper, 16, F, AL
    Joseph Culpepper, 13, M, AL.
  5. Mrs. Marvin Scott, History of Henry County, Alabama, Pensacola, FL: Grank R. Parkhurst, 1961, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book 976.131 D2s.
    Chapter XXIX, Abstract of Henry County Alabama Wills (1822-1870), page 131.
  6. From widow's pension application.
  7. A Survey of Brooks County Cemeteries, Quitman, GA: Brooks County Museum and Cultural Center, 1999.
    Campground Cemetery at Zion Methodist Church, Brooks Co., GA
    + James Henry Culpepper, 19 Aug 1867 - 2 Oct 1940
    + Ida Virginia Culpepper, 15 Jan 1867 - 20 Apr 1935
    + J. W. Culpepper, 1 Jan 1903 - 4 Jan 1924
    + Samuel C. Culpepper, 3 May 1895 - 3 Apr 1931.
  8. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    Edward Clayton Culpepper, Midyett, Panola Co., Texas, 43, born 13 Jul 1875, White, Teacher at Teneha, Panola Co., Texas; Nearest relative: Lela Mae Culpepper, Teneha, Panola Co., Texas. Medium height, medium build, Brown hair, blue eyes, no disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918, Carthage, Panola Co., TX.
  9. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  10. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Morven, Page 328A
    J. P. Culpepper, Self, M, M, W, 40, AL, Farming, Fa: AL, Mo: AL
    C. M. Culpepper, Wife, F, M, W, 32, SC, Keeping House, Fa: SC, Mo: SC
    Henry Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 13, AL, Works On Farm, Fa: AL, Mo: SC
    Francis Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 9, AL, --- ,Fa: AL, Mo: SC
    Edward Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 5, AL, --- ,Fa: AL, Mo: SC.
  11. Tombstone.
    Langley Cemetery, Panola Co., TX
    James P. Culpepper, 25 Oct 1841 – 1 Aug 1898.
  12. E-mail written Jul 2011 to Lew Griffin from Wayne Gregor, e-mail address.
    According to Findagrave.com, Charlotte Matilda Sharp (Mrs. C M Culpepper) and her husband James Pickens Culpepper are buried in Langley Cemetery in Beckville, Panola County, Texas.
    She is referred to a Mrs. C M Culpepper in her request for pension as well, so this is most certainly her grave.
  13. E-mail written 1996-2007 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Patsy Gay Culpepper Roberts (#6442), e-mail address.
  14. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.