John Asberry Culpepper1,2,3

Male, #6723, (5 Jun 1885 - 26 Oct 1929)
Father*James Houston Culpepper (12 Sep 1860 - 19 Nov 1940)
Mother*Melossie Gentry (6 Apr 1861 - 10 Feb 1918)
DNA* John 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*5 Jun 1885 John was born at Wilbarger Co., Texas, on 5 Jun 1885. 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 John, James, Carl and Henderson was listed as a son in James Houston Culpepper's household on the 1900 Census at Choctaw Nation, Oklahoma.4 
Marriage*1 Jan 1905 He married Fairy Grundy at Savoy, Fannin Co., Texas, on 1 Jan 1905 at age 19. 
Birth of Son14 Aug 1907 His son Alvin Culpepper was born on 14 Aug 1907 at Savoy, Fannin Co., Texas.5 
Birth of Son8 Nov 1909 His son Curtis Culpepper was born on 8 Nov 1909 at Savoy, Fannin Co., Texas.5 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Wilbarger Co., Texas.6 
Birth of Son7 Jul 1911 His son Wayne Culpepper was born on 7 Jul 1911 at Savoy, Fannin Co., Texas.5 
Deed*19 Jun 1917 He was granted a deed on 19 Jun 1917 at Briscoe Co., Texas.7 
Death of Mother10 Feb 1918 His mother Melossie Gentry died on 10 Feb 1918 at Wilbarger Co., Texas.8 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Grady, Curry Co., New Mexico.9 
Birth of Son15 May 1920 His son Rayford Culpepper was born on 15 May 1920 at Grady, Curry Co., New Mexico.10,5 
Birth of Son17 May 1926 His son Travis Culpepper was born on 17 May 1926 at Grady, Curry Co., New Mexico.11 
Death*26 Oct 1929 He died at Deaf Smith Co., Texas, on 26 Oct 1929 at age 44.3,12 
Burial*circa 28 Oct 1929 His body was interred circa 28 Oct 1929 at Grady, Curry Co., New Mexico
Biography* John Asbury Culpepper and his wife, Fairy, had twelve children, eight of whom each celebrated their Golden Anniversaries, two others were each married for 49 years, and one was married for 36 years. The longest marriage was 67 yeats, and the average of the 11 marriages is 56 years. Their only other child died unmarried in an accident in her youth. None of their children divorced, and all the marriages eventually ended in death. They also have two grandchildren who have celebrated their Golden Anniversaries. Collectively, these 13 couples have been married for over 725 years! Sadly, John and Fairy's own marriage ended with the early death of John after only 24 years. Their amazingly committed and long-lived group of descendants are listed below with the longest marriages first.

Children

     Teretha Culpepper and Jack Chisum married 9 Sep 1939 and at the time of Jack's death on 15 Jan 2007 had been married 67 years
     Fay 'Zoe' Culpepper and Rev. Joseph Troy Emanuel married 6 Jan 1934, and at the time of Joe's death in Dec 2000, they had been married 66 years.
     Rayford Culpepper and Alma Capps were married 15 May 1939 and at the time of Rayford's death in Mar 2005, they had been married 65 years.
     Wayne Culpepper and Freddie Keihling married Jun 1933 and at the time of Freddie's death in Jul 1996, they had been married 63 years.
     Travis Culpepper and Marjorie Naylor married 2 Jul 1943 and at the time of Marjorie's death on 30 May 2002, they had been married 58 years.
     Edna Culpepper and Elmer McGuffin married 8 Jun 1940, and at the time of Elmer's death in Dec 1996, they had been married 56 years.
     Noel Culpepper and Nita Coker married 28 Aug 1941, and at the time of Nita's death in Oct 1997, they had been married 56 years.
     Alvin Culpepper and Ruth Fryar married 17 Sep 1927, and at the time of Alvin's death on 17 Nov 1982, they had been married 55 years.
     Curtis Culpepper and Althea Lowe married 21 Jul 1935, and at the time of Curtis's death on 21 Dec 1984 they had been married 49 years.
     Ola Culpepper and John Hacker were married 7 Aug 1928, and at the time of John's death in Mar 1977, they had been married 49 years.
     Clara Culpepper and Dallas Clark were married 19 Mar 1932, and at the time of Dallas' death in Oct 1968, they had been married 36 years.
     Cletis Culpepper, born 3 Feb 1915, died unmarried at the age of 16 in a school bus accident. She is the only sibling to have not had a marriage of at least 36 years!

Grandchildren (These were children of Alvin and Ruth, above)
     Helen Culpepper and Jack Jennings (both still living) were married on 16 Jul 1950 and as of 16 Jul 2009 had been married 59 years.
     Floyd Culpepper and Doris Graham married on 16 Dec 1946 and at the time of Doris' death on 15 Aug 2002, they had been married 55 years.2
 

Family

Fairy Grundy (28 Dec 1884 - 5 Apr 1968)
Marriage*1 Jan 1905 He married Fairy Grundy at Savoy, Fannin Co., Texas, on 1 Jan 1905 at age 19. 
Children
ChartsBenjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited2 Mar 2010

Citations

  1. Hayes FTW file, Randall 'Randy' Hayes to Lew Griffin, 1999.
  2. E-mail written 1999-2006 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Joseph T. Emanuel Jr. (#54448), Peoria, Illinois, e-mail address.
  3. E-mail written 2001-2011 to Culpepper Connections from Sharon Kern, Phoenix, AZ, e-mail address.
  4. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 115, Sheet 9B-10A, Pg 36A-37, Gen.com Im-2-3, Roberta, Choctaw Nation, OK
    Jas H. Culpepper, Head, M, Dec-1860, 39, md-21 yrs, TN TN TN, Farmer
    Viola Culpepper, Wife, F, Apr-1861, 39, md-21 yrs, Ch 11/11, KY KY KY
    Henry D. Culpepper, Son, M, Jul-1884, 16, S, TX TN KY
    Jno A. Culpepper, Son, M, illeg-1885, 14, S, TX TN KY
    Jas A Culpepper, Son, M, Nov?-1887, 13, S, TX TN KY
    Callie B. Culpepper, Dau, F, Dec-1888, 11, S, TX TN KY
    ? E. Culpepper, Dau, F, Jan-1891, 9, S, TX TN KY
    Jettie L. Culpepper, Dau, F, Ja-?-1893, 7, S, TX TN KY
    Carle Culpepper, Son, M, Oct-1894, 5, S, TX TN KY
    Golda Culpepper, Dau, F, Aug-1897, 2, S, Ind-Terr TN KY
    Ora Culpepper, Dau, F, Dec-1899, 5/12, S, Ind-Terr TN KY.
  5. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  6. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 242, Sheet 10A, Pg 203A, Pct 6, Gen.com Img 19, Wilbarger Co., TX
    John Culpepper, Head, M, 24, M1, md-5 yrs, TX TN KY
    Fairy Culpepper, Wife, F, 25, M1, ch 4/4, TX KY MO or MS?
    Ola Culpepper, Daughter, F, 4, S, TX TX TX
    Alvin Culpepper, Son, M, 3, S, TX TX TX
    Fay Culpepper, Daughter, F, 1 6/12, S, TX TX TX
    Curtis Culpepper, Son, M, 5/12, S, TX TX TX.
  7. Texas General Land Office, compiler, Texas Land Title Abstracts: Abstracts of all original Texas Land Titles comprising Grants and Locations, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2000.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=5112
    Grantee: Jno. A. Culpepper; Patentee: J. D. Huggins; 19 Jun 1917; 320 acres; Briscoe Co., TX.
  8. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    Molossie Culpepper, Wilbarger Co., Feb 10 1918, 10008.
  9. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 52, Sheet 1B, Line 96, Pct 7, Grady, Curry Co., NM
    Owns home, mortgaged
    John A. Culpepper, Head, M, 34, Md, TX/TX/KY, Farmer
    Fairy Culpepper, Wife , F, 35, Md, TX/KY/MO
    Ola Culpepper, Dau, F, 13, TX/TX/TX
    Alvin Culpepper, Son, M, 12, TX/TX/TX
    Fay Culpepper, Dau, F, 11, TX/TX/TX
    Curtis Culpepper, Son, M, 10, TX/TX/TX
    Wayne Culpepper, Son, M, 8, TX/TX/TX
    Clara Culpepper, Dau, F, 5, TX/TX/TX
    Cletis Culpepper, Dau, F, 4, TX/TX/TX
    Edna Culpepper, Dau, F, 1 10/12, TX/TX/TX.
  10. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Fort Worth, TX.
    http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/
    Obituary of Rayford "Ray" Culpepper published 4 Mar 2005.
  11. Honor and Glory to Our Fighting Heros - Men and Women in the Armed Forces from Roosevelt County, NM (WWII):
    Noel Culpepper, Rayford Culpepper, Travis Culpepper.
  12. Texas Department of Health, compiler, Texas Death Index, 1903-2000, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=4876
    J. A. Culpepper, Deaf Smith Co., Oct 26 1929, 49407.
  13. Clovis News-Journal, Clovis, NM.
    http://www.clovis-news-nm.com/
    Obituary of Clara Culpepper (Clark) Johnston, published 21 Apr 2007.