Sir Edward Culpeper of Wakehurst, Knight1

Male, #8789, (1561 - before 15 May 1630)
Father*Thomas Culpeper of Wakehurst (b 1525 - 1 Apr 1571)
Mother*Philippa Thatcher (s 1540 - b 1565)
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Birth*1561 Edward was born in 1561. From Chancery Inq. P.M.37, we find that Edward Culpeper was Thomas Culpeper, of Wakehurst's son and heir and aged nine years at the death of his father.2 
Marriage*21 Jun 1584 He married Elizabeth Farnfold at Steyning, co. Sussex, England, on 21 Jun 1584. 
Birth of Soncirca 1589 His son Edward Culpeper was born circa 1589. 
Birth of Soncirca 1595 His son Sir John Culpeper Knight was born circa 1595. 
Honor*23 Jul 1603 Edward was honored on 23 Jul 1603. 
Birth of Soncirca 1605 His son Edward Culpeper was born circa 1605.3 
Will10 Mar 1616 He is mentioned in the will of Eleanor Culpeper at Cuckfield, co. Sussex, England, on 10 Mar 1616.4 
Death*before 15 May 1630 He died before 15 May 1630. 
Probate*15 May 1630 Probate action was taken on Edward's estate on 15 May 1630. 
Biography* Edward Culpeper was the only son of 'I'homas Culpeper. of Wakehurst, by Philippa Thatcher, his wife. Edward was born in or about 1561, married at Steyning, 21 Jun 1584, Elizabeth, daughter of William Farnefold of Nash in Steyning, was knighted at the accession of James I, 23 Jul 1603, and was a Sergeant at Law; he was buried at Ardingly, 9 Apr 1630, as "Sir Edward Culpeper, an ancient knight," and on 15 May 1630, administration (Lewes, B.6,58) of his estate was granted (Lady Elizabeth Culpeper having renounced) to William Culpeper, Baronet, the natural, lawful and eldest son, who is bound together with Henrv Faulconer of West Hoathly, in £2000. The Inventory amounted to £410/2s/0d. Sir Edward Culpeper was the builder of Wakehurst Place1 in 1590, and greatly enlarged his property there, and in 1613 bought of Edward Neville, Lord Bergavenny, for £1,700, all that park or enclosed ground called Strudgate Park, alias Strudgate Walk, alias Reder's Walk, now part of Worth Forest (Close Roll, 11 Jas. I, pt. 39). See also Pat. Roll 12 James I, pt. 33, No. 65, where leave is granted to Sir Edward Culpeper to purchase from Edward Neville, Lord Bergavenny and others six messuages , six cottages, two water mills, 12 gardens, 400 acres of land, 40 acres of meadow, 300 acres of pasture, 300 acres of wood, 40 acres of marsh and 500 acres of furze and heath in Worth, West Hoadley, Ardingly and Balcombe.

In the same Rolls (Pat. Roll, 2 Jas. I, pt. 20), leave was granted to Johanna Culpeper, widow, to convey two houses, 100 acres of land, 20 of meadow, 60 of pasture, 60 of wood and 100 of furze and heath in Balcombe to Sir John Morgan and James Thatcher, to he held by them to the use of Johanna Culpeper (Joane Culpeper) for her life, with remainder to the use of Sir Edward Culpeper and his heirs for ever. This looks as if Sir Edward Culpeper lost his case for immediate possession of Naylands, but only came into it after his aunt's death. In 1621, he sold it to Robert Spence, of Lincoln's Inn, gent. (Robert Spence), for £1,225. (Close Roll, 18 Jas. I, pt.)

At the Inq. P.M., taken at East Grinstead, 6 Oct 1630 (Inq. P.M., 6 Chas. I, pt. 1, No. 80), Sir Edward Culpeper was found to be seized of the following property: The Manor of Wakehurst, and the advowson of the Parish Church of Ardingly. A messuage and tenement called Tittinghurst occupied by Henry West. Another occupied by Edmund Moorer. Another called Lodgeland occupied by Ninyan Jenkin. A barn called Hilland occupied by George Cheesman. A parcel of land called Langridgeland occupied by the same. Two tenements occupied by Thomas Jerrard and Owen Botting respectively. A water mill called Wakehurst mill occupied by George Gatland. A parcel of land occupied by Andrew Jordan. A house in Ardingly occupied by William Brooker. A parcel of land called Faulkeners in Ardingly occupied by Edward Culpeper. Strudgate Park lately disparked in Ardingly, West Hoathly, Worth and Balcombe. Wakehurst Park.

In addition to the above property in Ardingly he was also seized of the manor of Wickham in Steyning. A farm at Bevenden and of a farm and tenement called Moulsecoomb in Clayton, Keymer, Pycombe. Falmer, Brightelmstone, Patcham, Preston. Hurst, Stanmer and Rottingdean.

An Indenture tripartite 10 Apr 1626 (2 Charles I). Between Sir Edward Culpeper of the 1st part, William Culpeper Bart son and heir apparent and John Theobald (John Theobald of Seale, co. Kent) of the 2nd part, and Sir Benjamin Pellatt (Sir Benjamin Pellett of Bolney, co. Sussex) and John Whitfield (John Whitfield of Worth and Mortlake, co. Surrey) of the third part. Witnesseth: That in consideration of a marriage between William Culpeper and Jane daughter of Sir Benjamin Pellat and for the better maintenance of the aforesaid Sir Edward Culpeper and for competent jointure to be had and made for Dame Elizabeth wife of the said Sir Edward and for competent jointure to be had and made for the foresaid Jane -- and for the advancement of the heirs male of the aforesaid William and Jane, and those of Edward second son of Sir Edward. He the said Sir Edward Culpeper hath covenanted and agreed with Sir Benjamin Pellatt and William Culpeper Bart that he shall stand seized to the following uses. Concerning the Manor of Wakehurst and the advowson of Ardingly and all those tenements occupied by the various persons above mentioned--all of these are to be for the use of the said Sir Edward during his life. At his death, one half of the capital messuage called the manor house of Wakehurst and all the buildings to the same pertaining, and half the orchard and garden, also one barn and one stable is to be to the use of Dame Elizabeth for the term of her widowhood. She is also to have those various tenements in Ardingly mentioned above for her life as a part of her jointure. At her death or remarriage the half of Wakehurst with these premises are to come to William Culpeper Bart and his heirs male begotten on the body of Jane Pellatt. In default of such issue to the heirs of the said William Culpeper legitimately born. In default to Edward Culpeper the second son and his heirs. The other half of the manor house of Wakehurst and the lands in the occupation of Sir Edward are to go at his death to his son William and his heirs. In default to Edward the second son and his heirs. Wakehurst Park is to go at Sir Edwards death to his son William and his heirs. In default to Edward the second son and his heirs. Wickham Manor, the farm of Bevenden and Moulsecoomb is to be to the use of his son William for life, remainder to Jane Pellatt for her life for jointure, at her death to the heirs male of the said William and Jane, and in default of such issue to Edward Culpeper second son and his heirs. Sir Edward Culpeper was also seized of the manors of Burstow, alias Burstow Court Lodge, Ockley, and Rowley, all of them in Surrey. William is his son and heir, aged 27 at his father's death.1 
Note* 1. Wakehurst Place. See: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/places/wakehurst.htm
Biography He is referenced in a biographical note for Henry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk Co., VA.5,6 

Family

Elizabeth Farnfold (say 1566 - circa 10 Jun 1633)
Marriage*21 Jun 1584 He married Elizabeth Farnfold at Steyning, co. Sussex, England, on 21 Jun 1584. 
Children
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
Last Edited13 Jun 2011

Citations

  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
  2. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    Chancery Inq. P.M.37.
  3. J. A. Venn, compiler, Alumni Cantabrigienses (Alumni of Cambridge University), Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1921.
    Edward Culpeper.
  4. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part II", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVIII,65-98, (1905)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    Lewes, A. 16, 91.
  5. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Former publisher of Culpepper Connections, e-mail address.
  6. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.