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Clay County

County History

Clay County was erected May 12, 1871, during the administration of Governor Alcorn, and marks the southern boundary line of the old Chickasaw Indian territory. It was originally organized from parts of Chickasaw, Lowndes, Monroe and Oktibbeha Counties, and named Colfax after Schuyler Colfax, a Republican. In 1876, after the Democrats came into power and had thrown off carpetbag rule, the name was changed to Clay in honor of the great Kentuckian. As of 2000, Clay County’s population was 21,979, and it is the only county in the West Point, MS Micropolitan Statistical Area. Its county seat and largest town is West Point, located at the junction of three lines of railway and is within easy distance of the Alabama coal fields. The Tombigbee River washes a part of its eastern border. Clay County is bordered by Chickasaw County (north), Monroe County (northeast), Lowndes County (southeast), Oktibbeha County (south) and Webster County (west).

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Census Records

No Culpeppers were found in any Clay County censuses prior to 1880.

1880 US Census

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Page 272C, District 4, Beat 4, Clay Co., MS
Nelson Culpepper, Self, M, Md, Black, 24, Farmer, MS/---/--- (#58385)
Caroline Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, Black, 26, Keeps House, MS/MS/---

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Page 272C, District 4, Beat 4, Clay Co., MS
Alexander Culpepper, Self, M, Md, Black, 32, Farmer, MS/AL/SC (#43772)
Lurinda Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, Black, 25, Keeping House, MS/---/---
George Culpepper, Son, M, Sng, Black, 7, N/A, MS/MS/MS
James Culpepper, Son, M, Sng, Black, 6, N/A, MS/MS/MS
Litha A. Culpepper, Dau, F, Sng, Black, 4, N/A, MS/MS/MS
Lanney Culpepper, Dau, F, Sng, Black, 3, N/A, MS/MS/MS
Aney Gelson, Mother, F, Wid, Black, 60, N/A, NC/---/---

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Page 272C, District 4, Beat 4, Clay Co., MS
William Culpepper, Self, M, Md, Black, 32, Farmer, MS/AL/SC (#41792)
Ellen Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, Black, 28, Keeping House, AL/AL/AL
William Culpepper, Son, M, Sng, Black, 2, N/A, MS/MS/AL
Mary C. Culpepper, Dau, F, Sng, Black, 1, N/A, MS/MS/AL
Caroline Culpepper, Dau, F, Sng, Black, 2M, N/A, MS/MS/AL

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Page 277A, District 4, Beat 4, Clay Co., MS
Buck Culpepper, Self, M, Md, Black, 56, Farmer, NC/VA/VA (#43791)
Mary Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, Black, 54, Keeps House, SC/SC/SC
Della Culpepper, Dau, F, Sng, Black, 22, N/A, MS/NC/SC
Sam Culpepper, Son, M, Sng, Black, 14, Laborer On Farm, MS/NC/SC
Mornen Culpepper, Dau, F, Sng, Black, 13, N/A, MS/NC/SC
Buck Culpepper, Son, M, Sng, Black, 11, N/A, MS/NC/SC

1890 US Census

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Census burned in Washington

1900 US Census

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ED 31, Page 8A, Family 145, Cairo, Clay County, MS
Alex Culpepper, Head, Black, M, March 1831, 59, Md-28 yrs, MS/SC/SC, Farmer (#43772)

Lou Culpepper, Wife, Black, F, August 1844, 55, Md-28 yrs, ch 18/14, MS/SC/SC
Annie Culppper, Daughter, Black, F, Jan.  1882, 18, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Lou Culpepper, Son, Black, M, Feb. 1884, 16, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Bell Culpepper, Daughter, Black, F, June 1885, 14, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Buck Culpepper, Son, Black, M, Oct. 1886, 13, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Lucindy Culpepper, Daughter, Black, F, June 1888, 11, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Jackie Culpepper, Son, Black, M, Jan. 1890, 10, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Willie Culpepper, Son, Black, M, Feb. 1892, 8, S, MS/MS/MS
Nannie Culpepper, Daughter, Black, F, Jan. 1893, 7, S, MS/MS/MS
Dollie Culpepper, Daughter, Black, F, July, 1894, 5, S, MS/MS/MS
Pearl Culpepper, Daughter, Black, F, Feb. 1896, 4, S, MS/MS/MS
Litha Bransfield Daughter, Black, F, June 1878, 22, Wd, ch 0/0, MS/MS/MS
*? Culpepper, Son, Black, M, Sept. 1897, 2, S, MS/MS/MS

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ED 31, Page 11A, Family 199, Cairo, Clay County, MS (#41792)
William Culpepper, Head, Black, M, March 1856, 50, Md-25 yrs, MS/NC/SC, Farmer
Ellen Culpepper, Wife, Black, F, May 1851, 49, Md-25 yrs, ch 9/4, AL/AL/AL
William Culpepper, Son, Black, M, Dec, 1876, 23, S, MS/MS/AL, Farm Laborer
Mary Culpepper, Daughter, Black, F, July 1878, 21, S, MS/MS/AL, Farm Laborer
Walter Culpepper, Son, Black, M, Oct. 1885, 14, S, MS/MSAL, Farm Laborer
Deborah Culpepper, Daughter, Black, F. Aug. 1894, 5, S, MS/MS/AL

Transcribed for Culpepper Connections by Shannon Leigh O’Connor Christian

1910 US Census

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ED69, Sheet 8B, Lines 82-84, Abbotts, Clay County, MS
Foster Posie, Head, F, Wd, ch 7/0, AL/AL/AL, Farmer, General farm
Fannie Posie, Daughter, F, Black, 14, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Allie M. Culpepper, Granddaughter, F, Black, 7, S, MS/MS/MS

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ED 70, Sheet 4B, Family 58, Beat 4, Clay County, MS
Buck Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 29, Md, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer (#43782)

Chancey Culpepper, Wife, F, Mulatto, 26, Md, ch 3/3, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
John E. Culpepper, Son, M, Mulatto, 2, S, MS/MS/MS

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ED 70, Sheet 4B, Family 59, Beat 4, Clay County, MS
Lou Culpepper, Head, F, Black, 59, Wd, ch 18/15, MS/MS/SC, Farmer (#43773)

Willie Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 17, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Nanny Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 16, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Ceptalea Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 15, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Dollie Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 14, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Pearl Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 13, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
John W. Culpepper, Son, Black, 6, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer

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ED70, Sheet 4B, Family 60, Beat 4, Clay County, MS
Nancy Dean, Head, F, Mulatto, 42, Wd, ch 2/1, MS/USA/MS, Farmer, General farm
Luther Dean, Daughter, F, Mulatto, 15, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Cleveland Culpepper, Nephew, M, Black, 19, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer (#58422)

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ED70, Sheet 5A, Family 74, Beat 4, Clay County, MS (#43774)
George Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 37, Md-14 yrs, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer, working farm
Alice Culpepper, Wife, F, Black, 30, Md-14 yrs, ch 12/6, MS/MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Rome Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 13, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
John M. Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 10, S, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer
Isabella Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 7, S, MS/MS/MS
Alex G. Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 9, S, MS/MS/MS
Cornelius Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 4, S, MS/MS/MS
Rosie L. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 2, S, MS/MS/MS

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ED70, Sheet 5A, Family 76, Beat 4, Clay County, MS
Louie Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 32, Md-8yrs, MS/MS/MS, Farmer, General farm (#43780)

Berthia Culpepper, Wife, F, Black, 25, Md-8 yrs, ch 3/3, MS/MS/MS
John W. Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 7, S, MS/MS/MS
Alex Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 4, S, MS/MS/MS
Lula M. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 2, S, MS/MS/MS

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ED70, Sheet 4B, Family 85, Beat 4, Clay County, MS
William Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 33, S, MS/MS/AL, Farmer, General farm (#41794)

Ellen Culpepper, Mother, F, Black, 59, Wd, ch 9/3, AL/USA/VA
Deborah Culpepper, Sister, F, Black, 15, S, MS/MS/AL, Farm Laborer

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ED71, Sheet 1B, Family 22, Langford, Clay County, MS (#58419)
Jody Crawford, Head, M, Black, 30, Md1-4 yrs, MS/MS/MS, Farmer, General farm
Rhoda Crawford, Wife, F, Black, 37, Md2-4 yrs, ch 6/6, MS/MS/MS, Labor
Cleveland Culpepper, Step-son, M, Black, 18, S, MS/MS/MS, Labor, Work out
Nola Culpepper, Step-daughter, F, Black, 14, S, MS/MS/MS, Labor, Home farm
Mary Culpepper, Step-daughter, F, Black, 10, S, MS/MS/MS, Labor, Home farm
Willie Culpepper, Step-daughter, F, Black, 8, S, MS/MS/MS
Sye Crawford, Son, M, Black, 3, S, MS/MS/MS
Alice Crawford, Daughter, F, Black, 6/12, S, MS/MS/MS

Transcribed for Culpepper Connections by Shannon Leigh O’Connor Christian

1920 US Census

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ED 73, Sheet 6B, Lines 93-97, Cairo, Clay Co., MS (14 Jan 1920)
Buck Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 39, md, MS/MS/MS Farmer
(#43782)
Clemmie (Clennie) Culpepper, Wife, F, Black, 38, md, MS/MS/MS
John E. Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 13, sng, MS/MS/MS
Clara  Culpepper, Dau, F, Black, 9, sng, MS/MS/MS
William M. Ball, Boarder, M, Black, 15, sng, MS/MS/MS

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ED 73, Sheet 6B, Lines 98-99, Cairo, Clay Co., MS (14 Jan 1920)
Lou Culpepper, Head, F, Black, 79, wid, MS/MS/MS Farmer
(#43773)
John W. Calvert, Grandson, M, Black, 15, sng, MS/MS/MS

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ED 73, Sheet 7B Lines 60-63, Cairo, Clay Co., MS (16 Jan 1920)
Wyze? Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 24, md, MS/MS/MS Farmer (#58429)

Nancy Culpepper, Wife, F, Black, 21, md, MS/MS/MS Farm laborer
Lovina Sproggins, Sister, F, Black, 15, sng, MS/MS/MS Farm laborer
Beatress David, Dau, F, Black, 5, sng, MS/MS/MS 

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ED 73, Sheet 7B, Lines 78-80, Cairo, Clay Co., MS (16 Jan 1920)
William Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 43, sng, MS/AL/AL Farmer
(#41794)
Debora Culpepper, Sister, F, Black, 25, sng, MS/AL/AL Farm laborer
Mary A Dean, Sister, F, Black, 40, md, MS/AL/AL Farm laborer

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ED 73, Sheet 1B, Lines    , Cairo, Clay Co., MS (20 Jan 1920)
Foree Forte, Head, M, Black, 18, md, MS/MS/MS Farmer, home (#58431)

Isabella Forte, Wife, F, Black, 18, md, MS/MS/MS 
Foree Forte, Son, M, Black, 3/12, sng, MS//MS/MS
Cornelius Culpepper, Niece, F, Black, 13, sng, MS/MS/MS
Senchel Culpepper, Niece, F, Black, 10, sng, MS/MS/MS
George Culpepper, Nephew, M, Black, 6, sng, MS/MS/MS

Transcribed for Culpepper Connections by Linda Jones Cushing

1930 US Census

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ED 13-9, Page 1B, Beat 3, Clay Co., MS (#58409)
Rent Farm, Radio=N
John L. Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 22, md@22, MS/MS/MS, Farmer, General Farm, Vet=N
Susie L. Culpepper, Wife, F, Black, 17, md@17, MS/MS/MS, Laborer, General Farm

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ED 13-9, Page 9B, Beat 3, Clay Co., MS (#58436)
Own Farm, Radio=N
Henry Goins, Head, M, Black, 38, md@18, MS/MS/MS, Farmer, General Farm, Vet=N
Debora Goins, Wife, F, Black, 32, md@22, MS/MS/MS
William Culpepper, Brother-in-law, M, Black, 54, sng, MS/MS/MS, Farmer, Vet=N
David Gapen, Boarder, M, Black, 18, sng, MS/MS/MS, Farmer, General Farm

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ED 13-12, Page 5A, Beat 4, Clay Co., MS (#43782)
Own Farm, Radio=N
Buck Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 45, md@23, MS/MS/MS, Farmer, General Farm, Vet=N
Clemmie Culpepper, Wife, F, Black, 42, md@20, MS/MS/MS

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ED 13-12, Page 5A, Beat 4, Clay Co., MS
Own Farm, Radio=N
Lou Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 80 wid, md@20, MS/MS/MS, Vet=N (#43773)
Roberta Jefferson, Grand-daughter, F, Black, 21, sng, MS/MS/MS
Cobie Jefferson, Grand-son, M, Black, 18, sng, MS/MS/MS, Farm Laborer, General Farm, Vet=N

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ED 13-12, Page 5B, Beat 4, Clay Co., MS (#43785)
Rent Farm, Radio=N
Will Culpepper, Head, M, Black, 30, md@24, MS/MS/MS, Farmer, General Farm, Vet=N
Minnie L. Culpepper, Wife, F, Black, 22, md@16, MS/MS/MS
Willie M. Culpepper, Daughter, F, Black, 6, sng, MS/MS/MS
John M. Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 5, sng, MS/MS/MS
Hugh A. Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 2, sng, MS/MS/MS
James Culpepper, Son, M, Black, 1, sng, MS/MS/MS

Transcribed for Culpepper Connections by Malcolm Wicks Culpepper

Military Records

World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918

Source: National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-18 (database online) Provo, UT: Ancestry.com, 2002. National Archives and Records Administration. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. M1509, 4,277 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration

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Buck Culpepper, RFD#2, Cedarbluff, Clay Co., MS, age 38, born 15 Sep 1883, Black, Farming for self. Nearest relative: Clemmie Culpepper, RFD#2, Cedarbluff, Clay Co., MS, signed (x), Height: 5’ 8”, Stout build, Black eyes, Black hair, No disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918 in West Point, Clay Co., MS (#43782)

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Rome Culpepper, , RFD#1, Pheba, Clay Co., MS, age 18, born 2 Feb 1900, Black, Employed in saw milling for A.M. Foster, Pheba, Clay Co., MS. Nearest relative: George Culpepper (Father), Thadner?, Unknown Co., AR, signed (x), Tall height, Slender-to-medium build, Brown eyes, Black hair, No disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918 in West Point, Clay Co., MS
(#58413)

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Will Culpepper, Age 21, Cedarbluff, MS. Born 1896 in Attala Co., MS. Occupation: Farming for W. A. Thomas, Griffith, Clay Co., MS. Dependents: Wife and two children. Married. Black. No prior military service. Claims exemption from draft due need to support wife and children. Signed (x). Medium height, Slender build, Brown eyes, Black hair, Not bald, No disabilities. 5 Jun 1917, Cairo, Clay Co., MS (#58442)

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William Henry Culpepper, RFD#2, Cedarbluff, Clay Co., MS, age 41, born 20 Dec 1876, Black, Farming for self. Nearest relative: Debora Culpepper (Sister), RFD#2, Cedarbluff, Clay Co., MS, signed (x), Height: 5’ 7”, Medium build, Brown eyes, Black hair, No disabilities. Registered 12 Sep 1918 in West Point, Clay Co., MS (#41794)

U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946

Source: National Archives and Records Administration. U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946 (database online). Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2005. Original data: Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, 1938-1946 (Archival Database); World War II Army Enlistment Records; Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 64; National Archives at College Park, College Park, MD.

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No Culpeppers found

Marriages

Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935

Source: Hunting For Bears, comp.. Mississippi Marriages, 1776-1935 (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2004. Original data: Mississippi marriage information taken from county courthouse records. Many of these records were extracted from copies of the original records in microfilm, microfiche, or book format, located at the Family History Library.

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Alex Culpepper and Lucinda Gillson married 15 Jun 1872 in Clay Co., MS (#43772)

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Buck Culpepper and Rhody Daniel married 19 Dec 1889 in Clay Co., MS (#43782)

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Cora Culpepper and R. H. Payne married 6 Oct 1896 in Clay Co., MS (#43790)

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Delphia Culpepper and Willis Leatherwood married 15 Sep 1899 in Clay Co., MS (#43793)

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George Culpepper and Alice Peterson married 27 Dec 1894 in Clay Co., MS (#43774)

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James Culpepper and Angy Muse married 16 Dec 1896 in Clay Co., MS (#43775)

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Lytha Ann Culpepper and James Brassfield married 12 Dec 1895 in Clay Co., MS (#43776)

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Mary Culpepper and Van Dean married 16 Dec 1900 in Clay Co., MS (#41795)

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Monie Culpepper and George Palmer married 7 Nov 1884 in Clay Co., MS (#43795)

Land Records

Mississippi Land Records

Source: United States, Bureau of Land Management. Mississippi Land Records (database on-line). Provo, UT, USA: MyFamily.com, Inc., 1997. Original data: United States, Bureau of Land Management. Mississippi Pre-1908 Patents: Homesteads, Cash Entry, Choctaw Indian Scrip and Chickasaw Cession Lands. General Land Office Automated Records Project, 1997

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No Culpeppers found

Deaths

Social Security Death Index

Source: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index (database on-line). Provo, Utah: MyFamily.com, Inc., 2007. All records of deaths on or before 31 Dec 2007 in which the final benefit was paid or final residence was in this county.

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Louise Culpepper, 11 Nov 1924 - Nov 1990, Last Residence: Pheba, Clay Co., MS 39755, SSN 428-54-7914 issued in Mississippi in 1936-1950 (#58450)

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Mary Culpepper, 5 Apr 1898 - Jan 1980, Last Residence: Cedarbluff, Clay Co., MS 39741, SSN 427-90-4593 issued in Mississippi in 1961 (#58424)

Places

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No places named Culpepper were found in this county.

Last Revised: 14 Jun 2010

 
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