John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA

Male, #3217, (say 1733 - circa 1808)
Father*Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC (s 1696 - 1745)
Mother*Martha (?) (s 1700 - 24 Jan 1764)
DNA* John has been proven by DNA and genealogical research to be a descendant of Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC, who is a son of Robert Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, the son of Henry Culpepper of Lower Norfolk, VA. 
Birth*say 1733 John was born at Bertie Co., North Carolina, say 1733. 
Death of Father1745 His father Joseph Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC died in 1745 at Edgecombe Co., North Carolina
Deed17 Dec 1754 He witnessed a deed grant to Benjamin Dumas on 17 Dec 1754 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book B, Pp. 409-410: THOMAS HARRINGTON of Anson Co., planter, to BENJ. DUMAS of same, for £150 Va. money... 270 A, N side Great Pee Dee... line of JOHN CHEEK... 100 taken up by JOHN GILES and the other by THOMAS HARRINGTON by patent 1754 .. THOMAS HARRENTON (T) (SEAL), Wit: EDMOND LILLEY, JOHN CULPEPPER, SARAH LILLEY.1 
Deed24 Oct 1755 He witnessed a deed grant by Walter Gibson to William Culpepper of Warren Co. GA on 24 Oct 1755 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book C1, Page 212: WALTER GIBSON of Anson Co., to WILLIAM CULPEPPER of same, for £15 Va. money... 100 A on N side Rockey River against land of sd. GIBSON, at mouth of Spring Branch... WALTER GIBSON (SEAL), Wit: EDMOND LILLY, JEREMIAH DUMAS, JOHN CULPEPPER.1 
Deed22 Jun 1756 He witnessed a deed grant on 22 Jun 1756 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book 5 Pp. 262-263: JOHN SPAN of Johnson Co., to AMBROSE JOSHUA SMITH of Rowan, for £150 Va. money... 3 tracts:
(1) 400 A on Great Pee Dee, on Walkers Island, about 2 miles below mouth of Rockey River
(2) 100(?) A below mouth of Browns Cr, Youngs Island...
(3) 300 A below mouth of Dry Cr... granted to ROBERT PARKS by 3 patents 28 Sep 1745 & 14 Mar 1745... Made over to JOHN SPAN 14 Oct 1747 & proven 14 Sept 1749... registered in Bladen Co. Book C., folio 126, 26 Jun 1750... JOHN SPAN (SEAL), Wit: STEPHEN CADE, JOHN CULPEPPER, ABRAHAM HAY (A).1 
Deed20 Jul 1759 He witnessed a deed grant by Andrew Preslar to Andrew Preslar Jr. on 20 Jul 1759

Book 7, Pp. 152-153: ANDREW PRESLAR, SR of Anson, Blacksmith, to ANDREW PRESLAR, JR. for £10 proc... land on S side Rocky River, 100 A... granted to PRESLAR 1751... ANDREW PRESLAR (SEAL), Wit: THOMAS BERRY, JOHN CULPEPPER, L. CULCASTER (sic).1 
Deed6 Sep 1760 He witnessed a deed grant by Walter Gibson to Joseph Culpepper of Morgan Co. GA on 6 Sep 1760 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book 5, Page 339: WALTER GIBSON of Anson, planter, to JOSEPH CULPEPER of same, planter, for good will & respect... 100 A adj. Rockey River on spring Br... WALTER GIBSON (W) (SEAL), Wit: JNO. CULPEPER, WILLIAM CULPEPER, JNOTH. DOWNS.1 
Deed*24 Jan 1763 He was granted a deed, witnessed by Henry Stokes, with John Lee as an adjacent landowner on 24 Jan 1763 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book 3, Page 9: JOHN BROOKS of Anson, to JOHN CULPEPPER of same, for £10 NC money... land on S side Rocky R., beginning at a branch, near the ford, between JOHN BROOKES & JOHN LEE... Richardson Creek... JOHN BROOKS (B) (SEAL), Wit: HENRY STOKES, AARON BURLISON, W. BROOKS.1 
Birth of Sonsay 1764 His son Rev. John Culpepper Jr. of Hancock Co., MS was born say 1764 at Anson Co., North Carolina
Death of Mother24 Jan 1764 His mother Martha (?) died on 24 Jan 1764 at Anson Co., North Carolina
Deed*7 Jan 1765 He was granted a deed, witnessed by John Preslar on 7 Jan 1765 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book 3, Page 173: JOHN COLSON of Anson, to JOHN CULPEPPER of same, planter, for £40 proc. money... 200 A on Brown Cr, S side PD... JOHN COLSON (SEAL), Wit: ELIJAH GIBSON, JOHN PRESLER, CHAS. HARRINGTON.1 
Deed25 Apr 1765 He granted a deed, witnessed by Henry Stokes, with John Lee as an adjacent landowner on 25 Apr 1765 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book 3, Page 239: JOHN CULPEPPER of Anson, to WILLIAM BROOKS of same, for £25... 100 A on S side Rocky River, where BROOKS now lives at JOHN LEE's ford, Richardson Cr... JOHN CULPEPPER (SEAL), Wit: HENRY STOKES, THOS. DENARD, JACOB DENARD (X). Recorded according to law. THOS FROHOCK, Clk.1 
Marriage*say 1765 He married Agnes (?) at Anson Co., North Carolina, say 1765. 
Deed3 Mar 1767 He was granted a deed on 3 Mar 1767 at Anson Co., North Carolina.1 
Birth of Son16 Dec 1768 His son David Culpepper of Laurens Co. GA was born on 16 Dec 1768 at Anson Co., North Carolina
Miscellaneous*9 Oct 1769 Regulator's Petition.2 
Birth of Soncirca 1770 His son Sampson Culpepper son of John & Agnes was born circa 1770 at Anson Co., North Carolina
American Revolution*between 1775 and 1783 He provided service in the American Revolutionary War between 1775 and 1783
(DAR Listing: John Culpepper, born circa 1733 in North Carolina, died after 1808 in Georgia, married ___ ___, Patriotic Service, North Carolina
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In his late 40's during the Revolutionary War, he served in the war as captain of "John Culpepper's Company, Colonel David Love's Regiment, North Carolina Troops" John had been captain of a militia group in Anson County since at least 1770.).3,4 
Deed1776 He was granted a deed in 1776

Book H1, Page 120: State of North Carolina to John Culpeper, 100 acres. 
Miscellaneous1776 John Culpepper, along with about 150 other debtors, owed money to the Loyalist, Major James Cotton, a former Justice of Anson County.5 
Marriage*say 1776 He married Mary (?) say 1776. 
Deed6 Dec 1778 He was granted a deed on 6 Dec 1778 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book 7, Page 99: John Culpeper of Anson to Jacob Green, for £150, 100 acres on the South side of Rocky River, beginning at a white oak just above the mouth of Reason's Branch, running thence 80.60 Wt. 48 poles to a white oak then South 84 Wt. 110 poles to a pine thence North 71 Wt. 50 poles to a pine thence North 87 Wt. 60 poles to a sweet gum on the river bank then down various courses of River to the beginning. Signed John Culpeper (Seal), Wit: Jesse Gilbert, Gideon (X) Green, proved in July Court 1779 by Gideon Green, witness; Michael Auld, Clk.1 
Birth of Sonsay 1780 His son Benjamin Culpepper of Laurens Co., GA was born say 1780. 
Birth of Son11 May 1781 His son Henry Culpepper of Laurens Co. GA was born on 11 May 1781 at Anson Co., North Carolina.6 
Deed14 Oct 1783 He was granted a deed on 14 Oct 1783 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book 4, Page 382: State of North Carolina Grant No. 511 to John Culpepper, for Fifty shillings for each 100 acres, 75 acres in Anson County on both sides of Rocky River Beginning at a Red oak standing on the Bank of said River in John Brooks sen. line and Runs with sd. Brooks Line North 54 East 12 chains to the said Brook's corner then 36 west 7 chains & 70 links to a hickory John Brook's Jun. line then with sd. Brook's line south 45 west 12 chains to the sd. Brook's corner Elm on the river Bank then with the sd. Brook's line North 45 wt. 38 chains & 75 links crossing the sd. River to the sd. Brook's corner stake then south 45 west. 17 chains & 30 links to a stake then south 45 east 43 chains and 75 links to a stake then north 45 east 17 chains & 30 links crossing sd. River to the Beginning -- At Hillsborough the 14th day of October in the 8th year of our Independence & in the year of our Lord 1783. By his Excellency's Command, J. Glasgow Secy. Alex Martin.

Book 4, Page 383: State of North Carolina Grant No. 556 to John Culpepper, for Fifty shillings for each 100 acres, 150 acres in Anson County on the South side of Rocky River on the south side of Richardson's creek Beginning at a pine & Runs wt. 110 poles to a Lightwood stump between 2 post oaks then south 219 poles to a black oak then East 110 poles to a stake between a post oak & a pine the North 219 poles to a black oak then East 110 poles to a stake between a post oak and a pine then North 219 poles to the Beginning At Hillsborough the 14th Day of October ... in the year of our Lord 1783... J. Glasgow Secy. Alex Martin.1 
Deed1785 He witnessed a deed grant in 1785 at Wilkes Co., Georgia,

23 Aug 1785, Book EE, p. 151. Edward Wilborn (Welbourn), Senior, to Thomas Wilborn of Ga. Lease and Release, for a blue roan mare, land on Clarks Fork of Long Creek in Wilkes Co.., 95 acres, part of a grant to Wilborn, 21 Sept. 1784. (signed) Edward Welborn, Martha (X) Welborn. Wit: John (X) Culpepper, Ephraim (X) Wilborn. Ack. by J. George, J.P. Regd. 24 Aug. 1789.
     29 Nov 1785, Book AA, p. 157. James Denley to John Dale, both planters of Wilkes Co., for 100 pounds, 470 acres, Clarkes fork of Long Creek, part of grant to Denley for 2140 acres in lieu of an old warrant. The 470 acres beg. near corner of 2140 acres, adj. Stanly Crews, and Stanly Crews & William McElroy, William McElroy & Giles Munk, granted Denley, 5 Jan. 1785. (,signed) James Denley, Ellonder (+) Denley. Wit: John Culpepper, Robert Crawford. Proved 30 Nov. 1785, J. George J.P. Regd. 16 Feb. 1787.
     29 Nov 1785, Book CC, p. 145. James Denley to William Odear, both of Wilkes Co., for 50 pounds, 120 acres, Clarkes Fork of Long Creek, part of 2140 acres granted Denley in lieu of an old warrant, beginning near a comer of said 2140 acres, granted 5 Jan. 1785. (signed) James Denley, Ellender (X) Denley. Wit: Robert Crawford, John Culpepper, John George, J.P. Regd. 7 Dec. 1787.7 
Land Grant/Patent*between 1786 and 1792 Land was granted to John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA between 1786 and 1792 at Washington Co., Georgia,

1350 acres. Not clear whether this land was granted to the father, son, or some to each..8 
Tax roll*between 1786 and 1797 John registered to pay taxes. 
1790 Census*2 Aug 1790 John was listed as the head of a family on the 1790 Census on 2 Aug 1790 at Fayette, Anson Co., North Carolina.9 
Deed14 Sep 1790 He was granted a deed on 14 Sep 1790 at Wilkes Co., Georgia,

Book HH, p. 105. Elijah Clarke to John Culpepper, Senr., both of Wilkes Co., for 50 pounds, Clarkes Creek, part of a survey granted to Clarke, 225 acres. (signed) Elijah (E) Clarke. Wit: W. Freeman, Richd. Woodrough. Proved before Holman Freeman, J.P. Regd. 27 Oct. 1790.7 
Deed1 Dec 1791 He witnessed a deed grant on 1 Dec 1791 at Wilkes Co., Georgia,

Book II, p. 479.  Zachariah Lamar and Sarah, his wife, to James Cadenhead, all of Wilkes Co., for 20 pounds, 200 acres on branch of Macks Creek of Long Creek. (signed) Z. Lamar, Sarah Lamar. Wit: T. Traylor, Basil Lamar, John Culpeper, Henry Doudy. Proved, 29 Dec. 1791, by Thomas Traylor & Henry Doudy before Jno. Moore, J.P. Regd. 11 Mar. 1793.7 
Deed28 Aug 1793 He witnessed a deed grant on 28 Aug 1793 at Wilkes Co., Georgia,

Book OO, p. 235. Thomas Gilbert and Eady, his wife, of Washington Co.., to Thomas Wilborn of Wilkes Co.., for 200 pounds, in Wilkes Co. on both sides of branch of Long Creek, 200 acres. (signed) Thomas Gilbert, Edee (E) Gilbert. Wit: John Culpepper, Henry Stokes. Delivered by Thomas Gilbert, 14 Mar. 1797, Edwd. Bryan, J.P. Regd. 10 Apr. 1797.7 
Deed12 Feb 1796 He was an adjacent landowner in the deed granted on 12 Feb 1796 at Washington Co., Georgia,

Book C, page 85. 12 Feb 1796, Dionysius Oliver, Sr. & Mary ann, his wife, to Fanny Oliver, all of Elbert Co., for £100, 400 acres in Washington Co., GA, adj. John Culpepper, being part of 900 acres sold to sd. Oliver by Hugh McCulley. (signed) Dionysius Oliver & Mary ann Oliver. Wit: William Oliver, Peter Oliver. Proved before James Tait, J.P., 14 Feb 1796. Regd. 18 Feb 1796.10 
Deed23 Jan 1797 He granted a deed on 23 Jan 1797 at Anson Co., North Carolina,

Book E, Page 145: John Culpepper Senr. of Washington County, Georgia, to Isaac Hill of Anson County, North Carolina, for £30, 150 acres on the south side of Richardson's Creek. For a description of the land see Grant 556, 14 Oct 1783, above. Witnesses: Martha Fletcher, Poley (X) Fletcher, John (X) Hill. Recorded July 1797, William Strain, DC.1 
Deed*25 Nov 1799 He was party to a deed on 25 Nov 1799 at Wilkes Co., Georgia,

Book SS, P. 85. John Culpepper, Senr., of Washington Co.., to John Hogan of Wilkes Co.., for $500, land in Wilkes Co. on Clarks Creek waters, part of a survey granted to Elijah Clark, 225 acres. The pine timber fit for sawing only excepted. (signed) John Culpepper. Test: Ignatius Rains, Senr., Henry Rains. Proved by Ignatius Rains, 21 July 1801, Isaac Welborn, J.P. Rec. 23 May 1801.7 
Land Lottery*1805 John participated in but did not win the land lottery in 1805 at Washington Co., Georgia.11 
Deed1 Mar 1808 He granted a deed to Sampson Culpepper son of John & Agnes, Rev. John Culpepper Jr. of Hancock Co., MS, Agnes Culpepper and Polly Culpepper on 1 Mar 1808 at Baldwin Co., Georgia,

John Culpepper of Baldwin Co., GA to his children, Sampson, John, Aggy, Polly, all of Washington Co., all my real and personal property.12 
Death*circa 1808 He died at Jones Co., Georgia, circa 1808. 
Biography* John Culpepper was the son of Joseph Culpepper, and the grandson of Robert Culpepper of Norfolk Co, VA. He was born about 1733 in Bertie County, NC. The area became Edgecombe County in 1741. John was about 12 when his father Joseph died in 1745. His mother, Martha Culpepper, was appointed his guardian, since he was under age 14.

John moved to Anson Co. NC with the rest of his family around 1753 or 1754, when he was about 20 years old. The Culpeppers appeared in deed records in Anson as early as July, 1754.

In December 1754, John witnessed a deed from Thomas Harrington to his step- father Benjamin Dumas. Benjamin was buying 270 acres on the north side of the Great Pee Dee River (Anson Co., NC Deed Bk. B, p. 409).

John witnessed several other deeds in the 1750's, but did not purchase land himself until 1763, when he was about 30 years old. In January 1763, John Brooks sold him 100 acres on Richardson's Creek, on the south side of Rocky River (Anson Co. Deed Bk. 3, p. 9). John Culpepper sold this land to William Brooks two years later at a steep profit (Anson Co. Deed Bk. 3, p. 239).

Meanwhile, in January 1765, John bought 200 acres from John Colson. This new tract was on Brown Creek on the south side of the Pee Dee (Deed Bk. 3, p. 173). In March 1767, John was granted 100 acres on Rocky River (Anson Deed Bk 7, p.120). He sold this tract about twelve years later, in December 1778, to Jacob Green. In October 1783, John was granted 150 acres on the south side of Rocky River and the south side of Richardson's Creek (NC Grant #556).

John served in the Revolutionary War as captain of "John Culpepper's Company, Colonel David Love's Regiment, North Carolina Troops" (see Georgia Pensioners, p.186, pension application of John Arnett, who served in this company from Anson County). John was in his late 40's during the Revolutionary War. He had been captain of a militia group in Anson County since at least 1770 ("Colonial Soldiers of the South"). See also "North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts Secretary of State, Treasurer's & Comptroller's Papers, Vol. V, Vol. VI, Part IV," by Weynette Parks Haun, Durham, NC, 1992.

John moved to Georgia after the Revolutionary War, and lived in Washington County, which had been formed in February 1784 from the Creek cession of November 1783. It is not clear whether John, or his son, John, Jr. who was born about 1766, was the first to move to Washington County, GA. One or perhaps both of them were there by 1786, if not earlier.

There are also early records in Wilkes County, GA, for John Culpepper. John Culpepper witnessed four deeds in Wilkes County in 1785. These records may refer to John, son of Sampson, who was aged 20 in 1785. In September 1790 John Culpepper, Sr. bought 225 acres on Clark's Creek from Elijah Clarke (Wilkes Co., GA Deed Bk HH-105). This was clearly the elder John, son of Joseph, but it is not certain that he ever resided on this land, which he sold a few years later from Washington County. John Culpepper was also a juror in Wilkes County in 1790, and this must be John the son of Joseph, since his nephew John had returned to North Carolina at least by 1788, the year of his marriage in NC.

Getting back to Washington County, a John Culpepper took out a warrant for land in Washington County in April, 1786, for 200 acres, which was adjoining John Culpepper in Washington County (Washington Co. GA Surveyor's Records, Books D-E, p.258). This may conflict with the records of the Surveyor General's Office of the GA. Dept. of Archives and History, which records a grant to John Culpepper, Jr, dated 24 May 1786, and registered 31 May 1786, for 200 acres in Washington County bounded on all sides by vacant land (Register of Grants Bk. KKK, p. 157.) If the first record is correct, then John Culpepper Jr. was granted land adjacent to his father's land. If the second record is correct, then John Culpepper, Jr. was probably the first in his family to move to Washington County, and was followed there by his father John.

In the following records, it is not always clear whether John Culpepper, Sr., or his son, Rev. John Culpepper Jr. of Hancock Co., MS, was the recipient of the grants. John Sr. was aged 53 in 1786, and John Jr. was about 20. In any case, John Culpepper (probably Sr.) was a Justice of the Peace in Washington County in 1786 (from the Card File at the Georgia Archives).

The next grant to a John Culpepper in Washington County was dated 26 April 1787 and registered 7 May 1787. This was for 200 acres bounded on the east by Thompson, on the south by Williamson's Swamp (Reg. of Grants Bk. NNN, p. 282). John got an additional 200 acre grant on the same date, and registered the same date, bounded on the north by Williamson's Swamp, and on the east by Curaton's land (Grants NNN, p. 339).

On 24 September 1788 (registered 25 September 1788) John Culpepper was granted another 200 acres, bounded on the east by Sampson Culpepper, and John Culpepper's land (Grants QQQ, p. 444). From an 1839 deed in Laurens County, GA we know this land later fell in Laurens County on Buckeye Creek (Laurens Co. GA Deed Bk L, p. 303). It was inherited by John's son David Culpepper of Laurens Co. GA, and his grandson, David Sneads Culpepper of Dooly Co., GA.

On 30 Jul 1791 (registered 1 Aug 1791), Sampson Culpepper was granted 200 acres in Washington Co. bounded on the northeast by his brother John Culpepper (Grants UUU, p. 596.)

On 9 April 1792 (registered 11 April 1792), John Culpepper was granted 350 acres in Washington County, bounded on the northeast by Fort's land and Thomas Gilbert's land, and on the south by John Culpepper's land (Grants VVV, p. 391). This was probably the grant mentioned in a June 1808 deed in Laurens County, GA, in which John Culpepper (Jr.?) sells 269 acres of a "June 1792 grant to John Culpepper on Buckeye Creek in Washington County" (Laurens Co. GA Deed Bk E, p.63)

In January 1797, John was a resident of Washington County when he sold his remaining land in Anson County, NC (Anson Co. Deed Bk 17, p.145). This was the 150 acres in Anson County that John was granted in 1783, shortly before he moved to Georgia. This proves that the John Culpepper in early Anson was the one who moved to Washington Co. GA.

He was also residing in Washington County in November 1799, when he sold his land in Wilkes County to John Hogan (Wilkes Co., GA Deed Bk SS-85). John and others in his family were in Washington County in 1803, when they registered for the 1805 Georgia Land Lottery. The 1805 and 1807 Land Lotteries distributed land in the original Baldwin and Wilkinson Counties GA, from the Creek cessions of 1802 and 1805. These two counties were soon broken up into many smaller counties. Jones County was created from part of Baldwin in December 1807.

By 1808 John Culpepper, now about 75 years old, had moved into this newly opened territory, perhaps to live his last years with a son or daughter. In March 1808, John Culpepper, of Baldwin County, gave all his real and personal property to his children Sampson, John, Aggy, and Polly (Jones Co., GA Deed Bk A-435).

In June 1808, a John Culpepper of Jones County sold 269 acres in Washington County to Dennis Williams. This was perhaps John Culpepper, Jr., selling his share of his father's land, or his own land, prior to his departure for Mississippi in 1810 (See Passports Issued by the Governor of GA). This was part of a June 1792 grant on Buckeye Creek to John Culpepper (Laurens Co., GA Deed Bk E-63).

Latter deeds in Laurens County show children of John's sons David and Henry also selling parts of John's original grants in Washington County. John had given his sons David and Henry their shares prior to his March 1808 deed in Jones County. John Culpepper probably died in Jones County at the home of one of his children at the age of 75, not long after his 1808 deed.13 
Research note* Irish Culpeppers
By Lew Griffin and Warren Culpepper

Were there any Irish Culpeppers? From time to time, we have heard researchers who believed that they descended from Culpeppers in Ireland. Certainly, a number of English and American Culpepper women married men with Irish ancestry, and several of these are documented within our family tree. And presumably, although we have no specific evidence, a number of English and American Culpepper men married women with Irish ancestry. But to date, we have identified no Culpeppers, Culpepers or Colepepers who were born in Ireland or lived there for any significant period of time.

Once source of the misunderstanding is an article that appeared on David Culpepper and is discussed below. If you are aware of any Culpeppers of Irish descent, or if you are aware of other Culpepper Irish legends, please let us know.

David Culpepper, born 15 Dec 1768
An article from Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Vol. 3, page 60, reads as follows [the text in brackets are comments by Lew Griffin]:

David Culpepper is the ancester [sic] of a number of Wiregrass Georgians. He was born in Ireland, Dec. 15, 1768, son of John and Agnes Culpepper who came to this country about 1780. David had two brothers, Sampson and Charles Culpepper, who also lived in Laurens County. [Charles was actually David's first cousin, the son of his uncle Sampson Culpepper]

The Culpepper were among the earliest settlers of Laurens County soon after its creation and were there as early as 1811 or before. [Actually, they settled on Buckeye Creek, in what later became Laurens County, in the 1780's. See the article on David's father, John Culpepper, in the Family Tree] David Culpepper married Elizabeth Hogan, born March 6, 1775, daughter of Griffin and Mary Hogan. They had four known sons, possibly other children.

     1. Benjamin, b. 1794, m. Nancy
     2. Joel, b. 1798, m. Mary Butler
     3. Chadwell, b. 1800, m. Frances
     4. David Sneads, b. 1814, m. Catherine Livingston, Jan. 8, 1835

Mr. Culpepper died at his home in Laurens County, Aug. 21, 1832, in his 64th year. He and his wife were organizing members of Buckeye Baptist Church and remained faithful members until their deaths.

Lew Griffin: The evidence that David and John were from North Carolina is abundant, and can be found in the article on his father John in this Family Tree.

A response from Melton Culpepper
June 2001
I read your article on "Irish Culpeppers" which proposed that there were no American Culpeppers descending from Culpeppers born in Ireland. The myth was said to have originated from a report in Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia. I do not know when Wiregrass was written, but if it was done after about 1935, it likely got its information from Crisp County, Georgia: Historical Sketches by a Judge W. Fleming (Probate Court Judge). He lived in my hometown of Cordele, Crisp Co. GA. In discussing Judge Fleming's book with a number of local people over the years who personally knew the good Judge, I am informed that he made quite a few errors and did not verify a lot of his information. I became convinced that he was in error when he stated that our Culpepper Ancestor (John of John and Agnes) came over from "Ireland." My Uncle, Dr. Leon Raines Culpepper, had picked up on this error around 1960 or earlier, and marked it in his copy of the book.

Leon was the owner of the David Sneads Culpepper Family Bible, and personally gave it to me on March 1, 1985. The volume was in shambles when he got it, but he sent it off and had it refurbished to a beautiful condition. A musician and college professor, Leon did extensive research on the Culpepper family history in the Washington Library in Macon, Ga. I remember him stating that our Culpepper ancestor was "definitely from England, not Ireland." He told me he would go "straight to the stacks" in the library for his research. Leon was the one who put together a "Culpepper Family Tree" which was in at least a dozen different sheets and which had to be spread out on the floor to fit the pieces together. It started with John and Agnes Culpepper and went forward with hundreds of names included--a tedious, time-consuming, scholarly work to say the least. Copies, bought for $1.00 each, are in scores of Culpepper homes, but do not bear Leon's name as the author, owing to his modesty and lack on interest in notoriety."

P. Melton Culpepper, Jr.
Attorney
Cordele, GA

Lew Griffin's response
Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia was published in 1951 by Folks Huxford (another Judge). So he probably did copy the story about Irish Culpeppers from the book Melton mentions by Judge William P. Fleming, Crisp County, Georgia: Historical Sketches, which was written in 1932 according to the LDS library catalog.13,14,15 

Family 1

Agnes (?) (say 1744 - )
Marriage*say 1765 He married Agnes (?) at Anson Co., North Carolina, say 1765. 
Children

Family 2

Mary (?) (say 1753 - )
Marriage*say 1776 He married Mary (?) say 1776. 
Children
ChartsHenry Culpeper of Lower Norfolk: DNA Status Chart (Male only, 8 generations)
John Culpepper of Jones Co., GA: Descendant Chart
Last Edited30 Apr 2012

Citations

  1. Brent H. Holcomb, compiler, Anson County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts, 1749-1766, Abstracts of Wills & Estates, 1749-1795, Online database at Ancestry.com, 1980.
    http://content.ancestry.com/iexec/?htx=BookList&dbid=49032
  2. Regulators Petition, Anson County, North Carolina, 9 Oct 1769
    http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/nc/anson.htm#petition.
  3. North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Secretary of State, Treasurer's & Comptroller's Papers, Volume 5 and 6; 1992, Weynette Parks Hauyn, page 431.
  4. DAR Patriot Index, Washington, DC: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, 2003.
  5. The Loyalists of N. C. during the Revolution, by Robert 0. Demond, page 207, and Transcripts of English Records of N. C. the James Cotton Papers, Dept. of Archives and History, Raleigh, NC.
  6. Family Bible of Henry Culpepper of Laurens Co., GA. See: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/ga/laurens.htm#HenryBible.
    "Henry Culpeper was born May 11, 1781"
    "Henry Culpeper departed this life Jan 5, 1822."
  7. Michael Martin Farmer, Wilkes Co., GA Deed Books A - VV, 1784 - 1806, Farmer Genealogy, Dallas.
  8. The Rev. Silas Emmett Lucas Jr., Index to the Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia, Georgia Genealogical Reprints, Vidalia, GA, 1970.
    From page 140:
    John Culpepper, Washington Co., GA
    * Book KKK, Page 157, 200 acres, 1786
    * Book NNN, Page 282, 200 acres, 1787
    * Book NNN, Page 339, 200 acres, 1787
    * Book QQQ, Page 444, 200 acres, 1788
    * Book UUU, Page 595, 200 acres, 1791
    * Book VVV, Page 391, 350 acres, 1792.
  9. 1790 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 35, Image 0445, Fayette, Anson Co., NC
    John Culpepper, 1M16+, 1M<16, 3F.
  10. Elbert County, GA Deed Books A-J, 1791-1806, By Michael M. Farmer.
  11. Virginia S. and Ralph V. Wood, 1805 Georgia Land Lottery, Greenwood Press, Cambridge, 1964, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. 975.8 R2WY 1805.
    page 81.
  12. Abstracted by Lewis W. Griffin, Jones Co., GA Deed Records and Mortgages, 1807-1827, Salt Lake City, UT: Jones County Superior Court, Published on Microfilm by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1966, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. Films 470,012 - 470,017.
    Book A, Page 435.
  13. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.
  14. Warren L. Culpepper (#1942), Publisher of Culpepper Connections, See link below for e-mail address.
  15. E-mail written 2001, 2004 to Lew Griffin & Warren Culpepper from Perry Melton Culpepper Jr. (#3807), e-mail address.