Mary Culpepper

Female, #5765, (circa 1783 - )
Father*Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield District, SC (bt 1755 - 1765 - 10 Jan 1829)
Mother*(?) (?) (c 1754 - b 1790)
Birth*circa 1783 Mary was born at Orangeburg District, South Carolina, circa 1783. 
1790 Census2 Aug 1790 Mary was probably a free white female in Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield District, SC's household on the 1790 Census on 2 Aug 1790 at Orangeburg District, South Carolina.1 
Marriage*4 Jan 1801 She married Preston Sheppard Gilder at Edgefield District, South Carolina, on 4 Jan 1801.2,3 
Married Name4 Jan 1801  As of 4 Jan 1801, her married name was Gilder. 
Death* She died at Pushmataha, Choctaw Co., Alabama
Deed21 Jul 1817 She granted a deed, with Benjamin Culpepper of Edgefield District, SC and Joyce Powell Sheppard as a previous landowner on 21 Jul 1817 at Edgefield Co., South Carolina,

On 21 July 1817, Drury Culpeper and wife, Lettice, Preston Gilder and wife, Polly, together with James Shepherd and wife, Joice, bonded in favor of deed made by (their father) Benjamin Culpepper and his (second) wife Joice, to Jonathan Weaver of Edgefield County, South Carolina, the same date. 
Deed29 May 1819 She granted a deed on 29 May 1819 at Edgefield District, South Carolina,

Know all men by these presents that we Drury Culpeper and Lettice his wife, Preston Gilder and Polly his Wife, together with James Shepperd and Joice his wife, do jointly hold Ourselves indebted to Jonathan Weaver His Heirs and assigns the sum of five thousand dollars which sum we bind ourselves our heirs and assigns just and truly to make unto the said Jonathan Weaver his heirs and assigns Witness ourselves & heirs this 21st day of July 1817 Another condition of the above obligation is such that if either of the above bound persons their Heirs or assigns ever interfere or meddle with the said Jonathan Weaver his Heirs or assigns in the purchase of a certain Tract or parcel of land conveyed by Drury Culpeper to the said Jonathan Weaver his Heirs or assigns the above Obligation, to remain in full force & value(?) or otherwise to be void and no affect Witness our hands and Seals this day & date(?) Formerly Written.
     Drury Culpeper (seal), Lettice Culpeper (seal), Preston Gilder (seal), Polly Gilder (seal), J Shephard (seal), Joyce P Shephard (seal). Attest: Benjamin Suddoth, Lewis Suddoth
     South Carolina Edgefield District. Personally Came Lewis Suddoth before me & made oath as the law directs that the above named persons did in his presence assign seal and deliver the within Obligation to Jonathan Weaver for the uses within mentioned & that Benjamin Suddoth dec'd. at the same time and in his presence with himself assign the same and witness. Sworn to before me this 29th May 1819, James Bell J.P., Lewis Suddoth. Recorded 7th June 1819.4 
Will16 Aug 1837 Mary named as heir(s) in the will of Joyce Powell Sheppard at Edgefield District, South Carolina, on 16 Aug 1837.5 


Preston Sheppard Gilder (21 Apr 1774 - 5 Dec 1854)
Marriage*4 Jan 1801 She married Preston Sheppard Gilder at Edgefield District, South Carolina, on 4 Jan 1801.2,3 
ChartsBenjamin (son of Joseph) Culpepper of Edgecombe Co., NC: Descendant Chart
Last Edited5 Dec 2004


  1. 1790 Federal Census, United States.
    Unknown Township, North part, Orangeburg District, SC
    Benjamin Culpeper, page 94, 1 Male 16+, 3 Males 0-16, 3 Females, 4 Slaves
    Joseph Culpeper, page 94, 3 Males 16+, 3 Females, 22 Slaves.
  2. Carlee T. McClendon, compiler, Edgefield Marriage Records, Edgefield SC, Columbia, SC: RL Bryan Co., 1970, Repository: Tomkins Library in Edgefield SC, Call No. F277.E2 C7M2 M4.
    Page 60: ""Preston Gilder and Mary Culpepper, 4 Jan 1801 (Family Record)."
  3. Barbara R. Langdon, compiler, Edgefield Co., SC Marriages, 1769-1880: Implied in Edgefiled Probate RecordsLangdon, 1990, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Book 975.737 V2L.
    Mary Culpepper and ___ Gilder, Lived 1837 (Box 34, Pack 1279, Frames 382, 383).
  4. E-mail written 1983-2011 to Lew Griffin from Mary Genevieve Taylor Harris (#48715), Dallas, TX, e-mail address.
    South Carolina, Edgefield Dist. Deed book 36, p. 106-107 (This document proved Drury Culpepper's relationship to father Benjamin Culpepper to DAR for Joan Berry).
  5. Transcription of original will found in will book (name not recorded) at Tomkins Library, Edgefield, SC.