James Henry Culpepper M.D.1

Male, #7974, (17 Dec 1882 - 25 Dec 1932)
Father*Vernon Grant Culpepper M.D. (25 Sep 1856 - 12 Oct 1905)
Mother*Etta Franklin Borum (19 May 1861 - 28 Mar 1933)
Birth*17 Dec 1882 He was born on 17 Dec 1882 at Portsmouth (city), Virginia.2,3 
1900 Census1 Jun 1900 James was listed as a son in Vernon Grant Culpepper M.D.'s household on the 1900 Census at Portsmouth (city), Virginia.4 
1900 Census*1 Jun 1900 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1900 at Charlottesville, Albemarle Co., Virginia.5 
Death of Father12 Oct 1905 His father Vernon Grant Culpepper M.D. died on 12 Oct 1905 at Portsmouth (city), Virginia
Marriage*1 Nov 1909 He married Otey Prince Miner at Norfolk (city), Virginia, on 1 Nov 1909 at age 26. 
1910 Census*15 Apr 1910 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1910 Census at Norfolk (city), Virginia.6 
Birth of Son15 Mar 1914 His son James Henry Culpepper Jr. was born on 15 Mar 1914 at Norfolk (city), Virginia.7,8 
WWI Draft Reg*12 Sep 1918 He registered for the WW-I draft on 12 Sep 1918 at Norfolk (city), Virginia.9 
1920 Census*1 Jan 1920 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Madison Ward, Norfolk (city), Virginia.10 
Biography* The Culpepper plantation on Deep Creek, Virginia, a large and valuable property, descended from Zachariah Culpepper (sic) to his son, Henry Edward Culpepper, born May 23, 1827, died December 17, 1896, who cultivated it all of his life. The family has been long seated in this region and among its members have been not a few who have held places of distinction and honor in the commonwealth. In this line, that of Dr. James Henry Culpepper, of Norfolk, Virginia, medicine has been a favorite calling, his father, Dr. Vernon Grant Culpepper, and his uncle, Dr. Charles L. Culpepper, both physicians of merit and reputation. Dr. James Henry Culpepper, representative of his line in the present day, holds place among the popular, well-liked, and successful physicians of Norfolk, and is associated in practice with Dr. Southgate Leigh and Dr. Harry Harrison.

Dr. James Henry Culpepper, son of Dr. Vernon Grant and Etta Franklin (Borum) Culpepper, was born in Portsmouth, Virginia, December 17, 1882. Prior to entrance at the Norfolk Academy he pursued preparatory studies in Professor Slater's private school. After leaving the academy he matriculated at the University of Virginia, and after two years of academic study changed his course to the medical department, where he remained for one year. He then entered the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1905 was graduated from that university M. D. For one year after his graduation Dr. Culpepper was interne at the Sarah Leigh Hospital, in Norfolk, and for six months was connected with the Philadelphia General Hospital. On January 1, 1907, Dr. Culpepper formed an association with Dr. Stanley H. Graves and Dr. Southgate Leigh as Leigh, Graves & Culpepper, and after the retirement of Dr. Graves from the firm in 1910 the practice of the firm was continued as Leigh & Culpepper. The following year Dr. Harry Harrison became associated and the three are now associated as Leigh, Culpepper & Harrison, a connection most agreeable and congenial to those most intimately concerned, the association a professional relationship valuable from many standpoints. Dr. Culpepper is now associate surgeon of the Sarah Leigh Hospital, Norfolk, Virginia, a private hospital conducted by Drs. Leigh, Culpepper & Harrison. He is a member of the County, Seaboard, State, Tri-State, and American Medical Associations, and in every respect is representative of the best in the medical profession in Norfolk. His fraternal order is the Masonic, and in this society he is a member of Khedive Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine.

Dr. James Henry Culpepper married, November 1, 1909, Otey Prince Minor, born August 14, 1887, daughter of George Austin Minor and his wife, Rebecca Pope (Prince) Minor. Dr. and Mrs. Culpepper are the parents of one son, James Henry Jr.1 
1930 Census*1 Apr 1930 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1930 Census at Norfolk (city), Virginia.11 
Biography1931 Dr. Culpepper was President of the Seaboard Medical Association in 1931. 
Death*25 Dec 1932 He died on 25 Dec 1932 at age 50.3 
Burial*circa 26 Dec 1932 His body was interred circa 26 Dec 1932 at Cedar Grove Cemetery, Norfolk (city), Virginia.3 


Otey Prince Miner (14 Aug 1888 - 6 Jun 1959)
Marriage*1 Nov 1909 He married Otey Prince Miner at Norfolk (city), Virginia, on 1 Nov 1909 at age 26. 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Henry Culpepper Jr. of Norfolk Co., VA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited12 Nov 2012


  1. Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography (5 Volumes), New York, NY: Lewis Historical Pub. Co., 1915.
    Volume IV.
  2. Birth Records, 1880-1896, Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics, LDS Film 2026342.
  3. Find a Grave (online database)
    Cedar Grove Cemetery, Norfolk (city), VA
    + Culpepper, James Henry, MD, 95422634, Dec. 17, 1882 - Dec. 25, 1932
    + Culpepper, Otey Minor, 95422584, Aug. 14, 1888 - Jun. 6, 1959.
  4. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 115, Page 12A, Family 154, 215 Court, Ward 1, Portsmouth (city), VA
    Vernon G. Culpepper, Head, Wh, M, Jan 1857, 43, Md-19 yrs, VA/VA/VA, Physician
    Etta F. Culpepper, Wife, Wh, F, Jul 1860, 39, Md-19 yrs, ch 2/2, VA/VA/VA
    James H. Culpepper, Son, Wh, M, Mar 1883, 17, S, VA/VA/VA, At School
    Etta V. Culpepper, Daughter, Wh, F, Mar 1885, 15, S, VA/VA/VA, At School.
  5. 1900 Federal Census, United States.
    Transcribed by Shannon O'Connor:
    ED 91, Page 2A, Family 19, 119 Wentland Ave., Charlottesville Ward 4, Charlottesville City, Albemarle County, Virginia
    Boarding with Archie M. Fauntleroy
    James A. Culpepper, Boarder, Wh, M, Dec. 1882, 17, S, VA/VA/VA, Student.
  6. 1910 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 56, Sheet 8A, Family 115, 615 Mowby Arch, Ward 6, Norfolk (city), VA
    James H. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 27, Md1-0 yrs, VA/VA/VA, Physician-Medicine
    Oty M. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 22, Md1-0 yrs, , VA/VA/VA, None
    Etta F. Culpepper, Mother, F, Wh, 47, Wd, ch 2/2, VA/VA/VA, None
    Mary Barrett, Servant, F, wh, 42, S, MA/VA/MD, House girl-Private family.
  7. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
  8. Find a Grave (online database)
    Cedar Grove Cemetery, Norfolk (city), VA
    + Culpepper, James Henry, Jr 95422948, Mar. 15, 1914 - Jul. 27, 1974
    + Culpepper, Frances Baldwin 95422754, Sep. 29, 1913 - Feb. 10, 1968
    + Culpepper, James Henry, III 95422699, May 22, 1941 - Feb. 12, 1943.
  9. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    James Henry Culpepper, 1119 Weston Ave., Norfolk, Norfolk Co., VA, age 35, born 17 Dec 1882, White, Physician practicing medicine in Norfolk; Nearest relative: Ottiy Minor Culpepper, 1119 Weston Ave., Norfolk, Norfolk Co., VA, Medium Height, Medium Build, Gray eyes, Brown hair, no physical disqualifications; registered 12 Sep 1918 at Norfolk, VA.
  10. 1920 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 237, Sheet 1A, Family 2, 119 Westover Avenue, Madison Ward, Norfolk (city), VA
    James H. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 37, Md, VA/VA/VA, Doctor-Hospital
    Otey M. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 32, Md, VA/VA/VA, None
    James H. Culpepper, Son, M, Wh, 5, S, VA/VA/VA, None
    Bertha Jefferson, Servant, F, Wh, 21, S, NC/NC/NC, Cook-Private Family.
  11. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    Norfolk (city), VA, 15th Precinct, ED 58, Page 4A, Family 40, 1119 Westover Ave (2 Apr 1930)
    James H. Culpepper, Head, M, Wh, 47, md@27, VA/VA/VA, Physician/Surgeon
    Otey M. Culpepper, Wife, F, Wh, 42, md@22, VA/VA/VA
    James H. Culpepper Jr., Son, M, Wh, 16, sng, VA/VA/VA.