Leila Isabel Culpepper1

Female, #9739, (28 Sep 1865 - 21 Apr 1935)
Father*Erasmus Culpepper III (1 Mar 1817 - 3 Aug 1880)
Mother*Rebecca Jane Southall (1 Jul 1823 - 5 Mar 1905)
Birth*28 Sep 1865 Leila was born at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama, on 28 Sep 1865. 
Photographed*circa 1870 She was photographed circa 1870 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.1
Leila Isabel Culpepper
1870 Census1 Jun 1870 Rebecca, John, Roseline, Martha, Caroline, Estelle and Leila listed as a household member living with Erasmus Culpepper III on the 1870 Census at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.2 
1880 Census1 Jun 1880 Roseline, Martha, Caroline, Estelle and Leila was listed as a daughter in Erasmus Culpepper III's household on the 1880 Census at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.3 
Death of Father3 Aug 1880 Her father Erasmus Culpepper III died on 3 Aug 1880 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.4,5 
Photographedsay 1885 She appeared as a sister in a family photograph say 1885 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama,
Left to right: Leila Isabel Culpepper, Caroline Octavia Culpepper, and Estelle Culpepper.1
Photographedsay 1885 She was photographed say 1885 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.1
Leila Isabel Culpepper
Marriage*14 Oct 1886 She married Ethelbert Brantley Davis at Wilcox Co., Alabama, on 14 Oct 1886 at age 21. Ethelbert Davis and Leila Culpepper Davis had the following children:
1. Thomas Alphono Davis, b. 8-10-1887 AL, d. 8-17-1889, bur Lower Peach Tree Cem.
2. Eula Davis, 5-16-1892 AL, d. 11-9-1915 AL, m. William Grover Kennedy
3. Ernest Culpepper Davis, b. 11-1-1894 FL, d. 3-10-1902 AL , bur Lower Peach Tree Cem.
4. Mattie Estelle Davis, b. 11-24-1898 FL, d. 10-18-1970 AL, bur Scyrene, AL, m. Clarence Eugene Garrick 9-27-1916
5. Mary Rebecca Davis, b. 1-18-1903 AL, d. 1-6-1988 FL, bur Akron, OH, m. David Carsuit Morris 7-21-1927
6. Ethelbert Brantley Davis Jr., b. 8-2-1906 AL, d. 1998, m. Lula Rea Pharr 7-8-1908.6 
Married Name14 Oct 1886  As of 14 Oct 1886, her married name was Davis. 
Photographedsay 1900 She was photographed say 1900 at Wilcox Co., Alabama.7
Leila Isabel Culpepper Davis
Death of Mother5 Mar 1905 Her mother Rebecca Jane Southall died on 5 Mar 1905 at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.8 
Death of Spouse1912 Her husband Ethelbert Brantley Davis died in 1912 at Wilcox Co., Alabama
Death*21 Apr 1935 She died at Wilcox Co., Alabama, on 21 Apr 1935 at age 69. 
Burial*circa 23 Apr 1935 Her body was interred circa 23 Apr 1935 at Lower Peach Tree Cemetery, Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., Alabama.9 
Biography* Leila Isabel Culpepper was the youngest daughter of Erasmus and Rebecca J. Culpepper. She married Ethelbert Brantley Davis, a cousin, his parents being Johnson Davis and Mary H. Culpepper. E.B. Davis helped with the Culpepper farm as well as with the store. Later he became a partner and managed the Culpepper-Davis store in Lower Peach Tree. E.B. and Leila were blessed with six children: Ernest Culpepper and Thomas who died at an early age, Eula Octavia, Mattie Estelle, Mary Rebecca, and Ethelbert Brantley, Jr. Eula Octavia married William Grover Kennedy of Nettleboro, AL and died soon after their first child, Ethelbert, was born. Mattie Estelle married Clarence Eugene Garrick of Scyrene, AL and they lived in Lower Peach Tree. Mary Rebecca married David C. Morris of Nettleboro and they always lived in Akron, Ohio. E.B. Davis, Jr., married Lula Rea Pharr of Catherine, AL and lived in Wilcox County all of his life.
     E.B. Davis, Sr. died in 1912 and Leila lived many years after this at her childhood home near Lower Peach Tree. Over the years, the old Culpepper place became the old Davis place. It was a home welcome to all and Leila was known for her love for people and her love of travel. We believe that she is the first woman in LPT to own a car, even though she never drove it! Her willing chauffeur was Ethelbert Kennedy, a beloved grandson whom she raised. Demaris Morris Walker remembers visiting her grandmother's house and recalls memories such as outhouses, separate kitchens, kerosene lamps, dark shadowy rooms, wells, and cold biscuit lunches! Glendine Garrick Collier walked to her grandmother's house quite often. She recalls many overnight stays and sleeping on "featherbeds", luxurious mattresses filled with down which her grandmother and others had plucked from the geese on the plantation. She had the joy of playing with many of the toys, paper dolls, and games stored in the Culpepper trunks. Sampling blackberry nectar was a treat, too.
     The DAVIS family is large with many connections in the Wilcox County area. Mary Kennedy Reynolds put her research into a book several years ago and I bow to her genius at such an undertaking. It is called Ancestors and Kin and it is a "must own" for anyone related to or interested in the DAVIS (also Kennedy and Hicks) family.1 

Family

Ethelbert Brantley Davis (9 Dec 1858 - 1912)
Marriage*14 Oct 1886 She married Ethelbert Brantley Davis at Wilcox Co., Alabama, on 14 Oct 1886 at age 21. Ethelbert Davis and Leila Culpepper Davis had the following children:
1. Thomas Alphono Davis, b. 8-10-1887 AL, d. 8-17-1889, bur Lower Peach Tree Cem.
2. Eula Davis, 5-16-1892 AL, d. 11-9-1915 AL, m. William Grover Kennedy
3. Ernest Culpepper Davis, b. 11-1-1894 FL, d. 3-10-1902 AL , bur Lower Peach Tree Cem.
4. Mattie Estelle Davis, b. 11-24-1898 FL, d. 10-18-1970 AL, bur Scyrene, AL, m. Clarence Eugene Garrick 9-27-1916
5. Mary Rebecca Davis, b. 1-18-1903 AL, d. 1-6-1988 FL, bur Akron, OH, m. David Carsuit Morris 7-21-1927
6. Ethelbert Brantley Davis Jr., b. 8-2-1906 AL, d. 1998, m. Lula Rea Pharr 7-8-1908.6 
ChartsBenjamin (son of Robert) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited8 Oct 2005

Citations

  1. E-mail written 2000-2004 to Lew Griffin from Jan Selleck, 1405 Bogard Lane, Lewisville, TX 75077, Phone 214-366-6587, e-mail address.
  2. 1870 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 24, Lines 13-20, Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., AL
    Erasmus Culpepper (III), 53, M, W, NC
    Rebecca Culpepper, 46, F, W, NC
    John E. Culpepper, 17, M, W, AL
    Roseline Culpepper, 13, F, W, AL
    Martha A. Culpepper, 11, F, W, AL
    Octavia Culpepper, 9, F, W, AL
    Estelle Culpepper, 7, F, W, AL
    Lela Culpepper, 4, F, W, AL.
  3. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 382D, Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., AL
    Erasmus Culpepper, Self, M, M, W, 63, Farmer, NC/NC/NC
    Rebecca Culpepper, Wife, F, M, W, 57, Keeping House, NC/NC/NC
    Ernest Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 30, Farmer, AL/NC/NC
    Alonzo Culpepper, Son, M, S, W, 28, Farmer, AL/NC/NC
    Rosaline Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 23, N/A, AL/NC/NC
    Mattie Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 21, N/A, AL/NC/NC
    Octavia Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 19, Attending School, AL/NC/NC
    Estelle Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 17, Attending School, AL/NC/NC
    Leila Culpepper, Dau, F, S, W, 14, N/A, AL/NC/NC
    Ashbell Powers, Other, M, S, W, 7, Orphan, AL/AL/AL.
  4. "Lower Peach Tree Cemetery", Deep South Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4, November 1997.
    Lower Peach Tree Cemetery, Lower Peachtree, Wilcox Co., AL
    + Erasmus Culpepper, 1 Mar 1817 - 3 Aug 1880 (Born in Nash Co., NC and died at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., AL).
  5. William T. & Patricia Martin, compiler, The Gadsden Times, 1867-1885 (4 volumes), Miami, Florida: W.T. Martin, 1996-2003, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN 976.167 B38m v1-v4.
    E. Culpepper, "Died recently near Camden (Wilcox Co.), Alabama". Published 20 Aug 1880, Vol. 3, page 674.
  6. USGenWeb Archives.
    http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Marengo County, Alabama Marriages, 1818-1936
    Leila Culpepper married Ethelbert B. Davis on 14 Oct 1886.
  7. E-mail written 2001 to Lew Griffin from Renee Richmond (great granddaughter of Leila Isabel Culpepper Davis).
  8. "Lower Peach Tree Cemetery", Deep South Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4, November 1997.
    Lower Peach Tree Cemetery, Lower Peachtree, Wilcox Co., AL
    + Rebecca J. Culpepper, 1 Jul 1823 - 5 Mar 1905 (Wife of Erasmus. Born in Warren Co., NC and died at Lower Peach Tree, Wilcox Co., AL).
  9. "Lower Peach Tree Cemetery", Deep South Genealogical Quarterly, Vol. 34, No. 4, November 1997.
    Lower Peach Tree Cemetery, Lower Peachtree, Wilcox Co., AL
    + Ethelbert Brantley Davis, 1858 - 1912
    + Leila I. Culpepper Davis, 1865 - 1935.