David Culpepper

Male, #91, (circa 1827 - before 1880)
Father*Joseph P. Culpepper (c 1782 - a 1830)
Mother*Margaret Willoughby (s 1793 - )
DNA* To help confirm David Culpepper's descent from Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, we are seeking a male Culpepper descendant of David's to participate in our free DNA testing project. For more information, go to: http://gen.culpepper.com/dna
Birth*circa 1827 David was born at Norfolk Co., Virginia, circa 1827. 
1830 Census1 Jun 1830 David was probably a free white male, age under 5, in Margaret Willoughby's houshold, on the 1830 Census at Norfolk Co., Virginia. Enumerated in the census but otherwise not identified are 2 F0-5, 1 F10-15..1 
1840 Census1 Jun 1840 David was probably a free white male, age 10 and under 15, in Margaret Willoughby's household, on the 1840 Census on 1 Jun 1840 at Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., Virginia.
(Enumerated in the census but otherwise unaccounted for are 2 F10-15 and 2 free coloreds.)2 
Marriage*9 Dec 1848 He married Sarah Butler at Norfolk Co., Virginia, on 9 Dec 1848.3 
1850 Census*1 Jun 1850 David was listed as the head of a family on the 1850 Census on 1 Jun 1850 at Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., Virginia.4 
Birth of SonFeb 1851 His son George Thomas Culpepper was born in Feb 1851 at Norfolk Co., Virginia
Birth of Son17 May 1855 His son Alexander Culpepper was born on 17 May 1855 at Norfolk Co., Virginia.5 
Birth of Son15 Jan 1860 His son David A. Culpepper was born on 15 Jan 1860 at Norfolk Co., Virginia.6 
1860 Census*1 Jun 1860 David was listed as the head of a family on the 1860 Census at Portsmouth (city), Virginia.7 
Civil War*between 1861 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1861 and 1865

     An oysterman, David enlisted at Gosport Navy Yard, VA on 17 Jun 1861 at age 35 as a Private in H Co. 3rd Inf Reg. VA. He was wounded 17 Sep 1862 at Sharpsburg.8 
1870 Census*1 Jun 1870 David was listed as the head of a family on the 1870 Census at Western Branch District, Norfolk Co., Virginia.9 
Employment*1870 He was employed in 1870 at Norfolk Co., Virginia
Death*before 1880 He died at Norfolk Co., Virginia, before 1880. 
Research note*31 May 2004 That David was the son of Joseph Culpepper and Margaret Willoughby is a matter of conjecture.
His apparent brothers, Benjamin and John both named sons Joshua, and Joshua was a known son of Josph P. and Margaret, from his marriage record.
His marriage license (and the two of his brother John) should be checked to see if any of them mention the names of parents.

Your help with this person will be appreciated. Contact Lew Griffin (see footnote for details).10 


Sarah Butler (circa 1825 - after 1880)
Marriage*9 Dec 1848 He married Sarah Butler at Norfolk Co., Virginia, on 9 Dec 1848.3 
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
Robert Culpepper Jr. of Lower Norfolk Co., VA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited2 Nov 2012


  1. 1830 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 321, Ancestry.com Images 29-30, Unknown Township, Norfolk Co., VA
    Margaret Culpepper, 1M0-5, 1 M5-10, 1 M15-20, 1 M40-50, 2 F0-5, 1 F10-15, 1 F30-40, 0 slaves
    Sampson Culpepper, 1 M20-30, 1 M40-50, 1 F30-40, 0 slaves.
  2. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 115, Ancestry.com Images 15-16, Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., VA
    Margaret Culpepper, 1 M5-10, 1 M10-15, 1 M15-20, 2 F10-15, 1 F40-50, 2 free coloreds, 0 slaves.
  3. Marriage Book 1847-50, p.82 , surety Richard R. Butler.
  4. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 532, Family 215, Lines 29-32, Portsmouth, Norfolk Co., VA
    David Culpepper, 22, M, Laborer, VA
    Sarah Culpepper, 25, F, VA
    Sarah Culpepper, 1, F, VA
    Elizabeth Peek, 19, F, VA.
  5. Find a Grave (online database)
    Find A Grave Memorial# 21043871
    Olive Branch Cemetery, Portsmouth (city), VA
    Alexander Culpepper, May 17, 1855 - Nov. 9, 1944 (Plot A-159).
  6. Birth Records, 1853-1865, Virginia Bureau of Vital Statistics, LDS Film 2026327.
    listed as David A.
  7. 1860 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 3, Family 23, Portsmouth, Norfolk County, VA
    David Culpepper, 30, M, Wh, Oysterman, RE=$500, PE=$50, VA
    Sarah Culpepper, 30, F, Wh, His wife-no trade, VA
    Margaret S. Culpepper, 10, F, Wh, VA
    Geo Th. Culpepper, 8, M, Wh, VA
    Mary E. Culpepper, 6, F, Wh, VA,
    Alexr Culpepper, 4, M, Wh, VA
    Ann V. Culpepper, 2, F, Wh, VA
    David A. Culpepper, 4/12, M, Wh, VA
    Henry Cuffie, 16, M, Wh, Oysterman, VA.
  8. Historical Data Systems, compiler, American Civil War Soldiers, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1999.
  9. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 21, Family 270, Western Branch, Norfolk Co., Virginia
    David Culpepper, 45, M, Wh, Oysterman, RE=$350, PE=$0, VA
    Sarah Culpepper, 41, F, Wh, Keeping house, VA
    George T. Culpepper, 19, M, Wh, Oysterman, VA
    Mary E. Culpepper, 17, F, Wh, At home, VA
    Alexander Culpepper, 15, M, Wh, At home, VA
    Ann V. Culpepper, 12, F, Wh, At home, VA
    David A. Culpepper, 10, M, Wh, At home, VA.
  10. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.