John Marlo Culpepper II (Apocryphal)1
Male, #62589, (3 Jul 1692 - )
|Multiple Birth*|| ||John was born a twin. |
|Birth*||3 Jul 1692 ||He was born on 3 Jul 1692. |
|Research note*||1999 ||One Version of the "Apocryphal Culpepper" Genealogy: John Marlo Culpepper was born in Virginia‚ 3 Jul 1692,as a twin brother of Sam Low Culpepper. He changed his name to John Marlo Pepper‚ possibly due to the fact that he became engaged in the manufactory of whiskey and desired to shield his mother‚ a very pious woman‚ from the disgrace.|
Culpepper Connections Commentary: No records have ever been found with the names of John Marlo Culpeper or John Marlo Pepper.2,3
- This individual is fictitious. All of the above genealogical and historical claims stem
from a fascinating version of early American Culpepper genealogy that started circulating among Culpepper family members in the early 1900's, perhaps even earlier. Unfortunately, bits and pieces from this fictional genealogy are now widely diseminated on the Internet.
It contained an account of a brave patriot overthrowing a tyrant, becoming the Governor of Virginia, and being called the father of Charleston.
There was a farm boy who went to England to be educated at Oxford, and in a story befitting a book of fairy tales, he finds and marries his childhood sweetheart.
One Culpepper marries a beautiful Indian half-breed, faithfully works as overseer on a plantation that once belonged to his ancestors, and his sons eventually receive a huge land grant as recompense for the family plantation having been stolen.
Another becomes a highly successful orator/preacher winning many souls to Christ.
A Culpepper daughter marries into the family of a famous American patriot. In fact, virtually all of the Culpepper daughters in this story marry quite well.
One reprobate son was included for good measure. A whiskey maker, he changes his surname to Pepper to shield his pious mother from disgrace.
Also, each of the major characters was described in extraordinarily precise physical detail.
Human nature makes any reader want to embrace this detailed and rich genealogical account as the true story of his or her ancestors. And for several generations, this genealogy has been accepted by many as the gospel, and passed along to the next.
However, modern day researchers attempting to verify the facts encounter many difficulties. Most of the assertions are without proof, but many of them should be provable if they were true. And some of the claims are clearly at odds with the historical record.
All Culpeppers and Culpepper descendants can certainly be inspired by the understanding that we are members of a quite honorable and accomplished family. Within the provable genealogical record we can find much to be proud of in our Culpepper ancestral history, and we can do so without resorting to imaginative creation.
The Culpepper Connections commentary on this and connected pages was primarily authored by Lewis W. Griffin, Jr. of Phoenix, AZ, and edited by Warren L. Culpepper of Atlanta, GA. It is our considered opinion that the genealogical account reported in them is completely fictitious. If you have any facts to add to our analysis, or if you wish to dispute our conclusion, we would welcome hearing from you.
- Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
- Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.