Alfred Norman Culpepper (Apocryphal)1
Male, #62590, (4 Jan 1742 - )
|Name-AltSpell|| ||This surname is sometimes spelled Culpeper. |
|Birth*||4 Jan 1742 ||He was born on 4 Jan 1742 at Culpeper Co., Virginia. |
|Research note*||1999 ||One Version of the "Apocryphal Culpepper" Genealogy: Alfred Norman Culpepper—born 4 Jan 1742. Became a lawyer and later moved into Maine--there married and raised a family of five boys and three girls‚ all living to be grown and married. When Alfred was last seen in VA‚ he told his brother Charles that he had thirty-eight grandchildren and that twenty were boys that would bear the family name. When he and his brother came into the VA estate‚ he--Alfred--was too old to come back and look after his share‚ so sold his part to W. P. Jones‚ the son-in-law of his brother Charles. Since then‚ all trace of him and his has been lost. |
Culpepper Connections Commentary: Although shipping records link the Culpeper name to the New England area‚ no record of the family has been found in Maine or New Hampshire. Prior to 1820, Maine was part of New Hampshire. Also, no record of the sale of a share of the VA estate to W. P. Jones has ever been found.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.