Culpeper/Culpepper/Colepeper Coat of Arms
 "I die a Queen, but I would rather die the wife of Culpeper"
Catherine Howard,
5th wife of Henry VIII

Culpepper Connections!
The Culpepper Family History Site

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Learn about Culpepper Family History

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Meet some interesting Culpeppers

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Discover your Culpepper ancestry

Lord Thomos Culpeper
Thomas Lord Culpeper
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Margaret Lady Culpeper
Margaret Lady Culpeper
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The Culpepper Family Tree

The Culpepper Family Tree contains genealogical records for about 20,000 Culpeppers, displaying how they are related to each other and to about 20,000 non-Culpeppers.

General Indexes to the Family Tree

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Master Index (Can be used for all names)

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Surname Index (Use for non-Culpeppers)

Archives: Census, marriage, deed, death, wills and other archived records of genealogical significance. Organized by state and county.

DNA Project: The Culpepper DNA project has over 135 members and has confirmed many of our ancestral theories while changing a few others. We've learned that 80% of Caucasian Culpeppers descend from a common ancestor, and we have developed unique genetic signatures for more than 20 family branches.

Historical Records, Theories and Legends: Historical documents, treatises, biographies, origin of and variations on the name, and theories and debunked legends concerning the early Colepepers and Culpepers of England, Barbados and Virginia.

Historical Places in England. During the 13th through 17th centuries in England, the Culpeper family enjoyed considerable prominence in the southeastern counties of Kent and Sussex. Many impressive church monuments and grand estates still stand today bearing witness to the Culpeper's place in English history.

Culpepper Linkage to European Notables. Our  research suggests that most living Culpeppers descend from a 16th century Englishman, William Culpeper of Hunton and Wigsell and his wife, Cicely Barrett. Through this couple, modern-day Culpeppers directly descend from:

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Charlemagne, the 9th century European Emperor, and

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Sir Thomas Colepeper (born circa 1170), the oldest known Culpepper. 

There are also connections  as cousins to:

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Catherine Howard (fifth Queen of Henry VIII), and

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Prince William - Duke of Cambridge and currently second in line to the throne of England.

The relationship of these individuals to each other and to the worldwide Culpeppers can be seen in an overview chart.

Interesting Folks Indexes

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Artists, Entertainers and Journalists

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Athletes

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Clergy Notables

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Content Contributors

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Doctoral Degrees

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Ham Radio Operators

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Historical Notables

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Noteworthy Culpeppers of the 20th Century

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Politicians and Government Officials

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Professionals - Legal

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Professionals - Medical

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Professionals - Other

Wartime Service Indexes

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Combined Index - All Wars

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American Revolution Index, 1775-1783

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War of 1812 Index, 1812-1815

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Indian Wars Index, 1836-1858

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Mexican War Index,1846-1847

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Civil War Index, 1861-1865

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Spanish-American War Index, 1898

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World War I Index, 1917-1918 (US)

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World War II Index, 1941-1945 (US)

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Korean War Index, 1950-1953

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Viet Nam War Index, 1964-1973

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Post-Viet Nam War Index, 1973-Today

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Military Service Academies (Narrative)

Special Purpose Indexes

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Chart Index (50 branches in indented line charts)

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English Culpeper Wills (70+ transcriptions)

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Family Bible Index (15 transcriptions)

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Photograph Index (Over 650 photographs)

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Place Index
(By Country/State/County/City/Cemetery)

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Reunion Index (20 periodic family reunions)

Pop Culture. For a little casual diversion, see how many of these references to fictional Culpeppers you recall from the field of entertainment and literature.

About This Web Site.  Since its inception in 1998, over two thousand family members have provided Culpepper Connections! with genealogies, new or corrected data, photographs, biographies, and more. The publishers, Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper, say a hearty thanks to all of our many contributors! For more information on our website, see our overview, or if you would like to add or update your families information, see Sending us information

Culpepper Daughters. Lew Griffin maintains on Rootsweb.com a separate website for the descendants of many female Culpeppers. These include descendants of the daughters and granddaughters of John and Nancy (Gillespie) Culpepper of Randolph County, Alabama; of Benjamin Culpepper of South Carolina, and of Sheriff Joseph Culpepper of Pike County, Georgia, as well as non-Culpepper ancestors of many of these folks.

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What's New?

Next Update. In the next update, we plan to merge the Culpepper Daughters family tree back into the master Culpepper family tree. This update is scheduled for mid-October.

A new version of the Culpepper Family Tree. The most recent update to the family tree was published on Sunday, July 13, 2014. For privacy reasons, we now exclude the information on all living persons.
(Index to Family Tree)

Change in website management.
Since its inception in 1998, Culpepper Connections has been a joint project of Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper. Lew provided to the effort 20 years of prior Culpepper family research, and Warren published it on this website. For the first several years after that, Lew had the lead in terms of adding most of the names and updates. Then Warren picked up that  responsibility and has had it for the past ten plus years. The family tree mantle is now being passed back to Lew. (January 24, 2014)

More Virginia Census Records posted to Family Tree. The 1930 and 1940 censuses for Virginia have been added to all applicable Culpepper records. Plus we have started  adding all applicable Virginia records from the SSDI and Find-a-Grave. Prior to the next update, we hope to complete this process.. (October 31, 2012)

Virginia Census Records posted to Family Tree.
The 1910 and 1920 censuses for Virginia have been added to all applicable Culpepper records. Prior to the next update, we hope to transcribe and add to the family tree the Virginia censuses of 1930 and 1940. (September 4, 2012)

Storytellers of the Tribe. A page written by an unknown author that well describes the interest that serious genealogists have in their pastime (See text added July 30, 2012)

Colonial New England Research
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We would like to find proof of the exact connection between the American Culpepper progenitor, Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA and the English Culpepers. In this regard, we have recently retained the services of three professional genealogists in New England to research 17th century colonial records concerning (1) The Culpeper Sisters of Branford, Connecticut, (2) Two Ships Named Culpeper, and Two Ships named Thomas and John, (3) Culpepers in Massachusetts, particularly in Roxbury, (4) Culpeper House, Newport, Rhode Island., and (5) Culpepers in the East India Company. There were no significant breakthroughs, but we have satisfied ourselves that future work on the American-English linkage must be done through records resident in London.

A solid new theory on the origin of the Culpepper surname. For well over a century, historians, genealogists and linguists have puzzled over and theorized about the origin of the Culpepper name, the first known form of which was "de Colepeper". Now, thanks to combining in-depth historical research with the scholarly contributions of both Rob Culpepper (in 2007) and Matt Culpepper (in 2012), we believe we have a defensible hypotheses on the origin of the Culpepper surname. (Feb. 5, 2012)

All Other Significant Updates (since January 2005)

Ways You Can Help

If you have found information on this site that was helpful, it was probably something that was provided by another Culpepper family member. Wouldn't you like to return the favor? Here are some ways you can do that.

  1. In our Family Tree, tell us which members of your family are missing. Or provide additional or corrected facts about those whom we have listed.

  2. Join our DNA project. We seek at least one DNA project participant from each major branch of the Culpepper family. For qualifying individuals, testing is free.

  3. In our Photograph Index, we show the names of all deceased family members for whom we have photographs. If you would like to submit a photo of a deceased ancestor, please see Sending Photographs.

  4. In our Archives. Scan the locations where your extended family has lived and see if you can identify any of the Culpeppers whom we cannot yet tie to a name in the family tree. The unidentified names will be in red.

* Portraits reproduced by kind permission of the Trustees of the Leeds Castle Foundation.

Last Revised: 05 Aug 2014