John Culpeper of Astwood in Feckenham, co. Worcs.1

Male, #8385, (1565 - circa 16 Dec 1635)
Father*John Culpeper of Wigsell (1531 - 20 Oct 1612)
Mother*Elizabeth Sedley (s 1534 - 16 May 1618)
Name Variation He was also known as John Culpeper of Greenway Court.2 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Colepeper. 
Name-AltSpell This surname is sometimes spelled Culpepper. 
AFN* His Ancestral File Number is AFN: G5PX-0T. 
Birth*1565 John was born at Wigsell, Salehurst, co. Sussex, England, in 1565. 
Marriage*1600 He married Ursula Woodcock at Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England, in 1600. 
Birth of Sonsay 1602 His son Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple was born say 1602 at Harrietsham, co. Kent, England
Will1 Oct 1605 He is mentioned in the will of Dr. Martin Culpeper of Feckenham in Astwood, co. Worc. on 1 Oct 1605.3 
Biography He is referenced in a biographical note for Dr. Martin Culpeper of Feckenham in Astwood, co. Worc.2 
Birth of Soncirca 1606 His son John Culpeper the Merchant was born circa 1606. 
Death of Father20 Oct 1612 His father John Culpeper of Wigsell died on 20 Oct 1612 at Salehurst, co. Sussex, England
Will16 Sep 1613 He is mentioned in the will of Thomas Culpeper of Wigsell on 16 Sep 1613.4 
Probate7 May 1614 He is mentioned in the probate of the estate of an unknown person at East Grinstead, co. Sussex, England, on 7 May 1614.5 
Marriage*say 1615 He married Elinor Norwood say 1615. 
Death of Mother16 May 1618 His mother Elizabeth Sedley died on 16 May 1618 at Salehurst, co. Sussex, England
Death of SpouseFeb 1624 His wife Elinor Norwood died in Feb 1624. 
Marriage*say 1625 He married Anne (?) say 1625. 
Will*14 Dec 1635 He made a will on 14 Dec 1635.

P.C.C. Pile, 4
Will dated December 14, 1635
Proved January 23, 1635/6.

John Culpeper of Greenway Court, co. Kent, esq. To he bur. in the Chancel of the Church of Hollingbourne where Sir Thomas Culpepper (Sir Thomas Culpeper of Hollingbourne, the Elder, Knight) shall think fit. To my wife Ann C. (Anne Culpeper) bed in the wainscoat chamber, all debts owing to her as Admix. of her former husband, except the debt owing by the Lord Lambert and Lady Lambert; which I bequeath to my son Thomas C. (Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple), hereby confirming his actions for compounding sd. debt. To my son John C. (John Culpeper the Merchant), £30 Rent charge payable by Sir John Culpeper (John Lord Culpeper 1st Baron of Thoresway) during my son John's life. To my daur, Sicely C. (Cicely Culpeper), £300 & £20 [annuity]. To James Medlicote (James Medlicote of Feckenham, Co. Worc.) my son in law and Frances Medlicote (Frances Medlicote) my daur, 20s. each. My [eldest] son Thomas C. to be exer., and to him my personal estate. Witnesses: Tho. Culpeper [i. e., Sir Thomas of Hollingbourne], Alexander Culpeper (Sir Alexander Culpeper of Greenway Court, Knight), John Culpeper [i. e., Sir John, soon to be first Lord], William Cragge [i. e., the vicar of Hollingbourne]. Prov. by Thomas C., son & exer.2 
Death*circa 16 Dec 1635 He died at Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England, circa 16 Dec 1635.2 
Burial18 Dec 1635 His body was interred on 18 Dec 1635 at Hollingbourne Church Chancel, Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England. His brother Sir Alexander erected to his memory in the Culpeper Chapel of Hollingbourne church the following MI., which, it will be observed, contains several misstatements of fact, viz:

"Joh(ann)es Culpeper de Fakenharn in Com(itatu) Wigorn(ense) Ar(miger), filius secundus Johannis de Wigsell, vicesimo Decembris Anno D(omi)ni 1635, Aetatis 70. Corpus in cancello adjacente sepultum humo animam Creatori reddidit. Optimus vir et Cives, Juris admodum peritus, unde tantum, hoc pium sibi lucrum fecerit ut amicis jurisconsulti pacifici proximis officiurn praestaret.

"Uxorem duxit Ursulam Thomae Woodcock, Aldermanni Londinensis et Praetoris electi, filiam, per quam liberos quatuor Thomam, Cecil, Johannem, et Franciscum, paternae pietatis haeredes reliquit.".2 
Probate*23 Jan 1636 Probate action was taken on John's estate on 23 Jan 1636 at co. Kent, England.6 
Biography* Second surviving son of his generation, he makes his first appearance on the existing record as 'my brother John Colepipir's son, my godson,' in the 1581 will of his maternal uncle, John Sidley of Southfleet (P.C.C. Darcy, 31; Waters' Gleanings, ii, 969). In October, 1587, or soon after the death of his brother William, when, according to the later testimony of his tombstone, he would be 17 years of age, he was entered at the Middle Temple under the description 'late of New Inn, gent... second son of John Colepeper of Wigsell, Sussex, esq.' (Hopwood, i, 293). Unlike his eldest brother, whose record so far runs parallel, he had entered upon a professional career. Duly called to the bar, by 1595 he was having his youthful kinsmen 'bound' with him, and in 1599 is listed as a Bencher. Frequenting the household of his uncle Francis at Greenway Court, he there met and married his first wife, and after Francis' death established her at Greenway Court (then the property of his younger brother Alexander), as appears from the baptism of one of his children in Harrietsham; but later he occupied a house in Salehurst, as appears from his elder brother's inq. p.m. already cited.

That his law practice was profitable, despite his reputation, recorded on his MI., for composing more litigation that he fomented, appears from his ability to subscribe to the Virginia Company under the charter of 1609; and a year later, under the third charter, to make one of the largest individual subscriptions (£37, 10s. 6d.) to the 'supply' which saved the colony at Jamestown from death by inanition (Brown, Genesis, 218, 407, 546).

Having been designated, by the will of his uncle Martin, the contingent remainderman of Astwood in Feckenham, he removed his family to Astwood after the inheritance had become certain by the death without issue of his cousin Sir Stephen12; and there buried his first wife in June, 1612. This occupancy was by arrangement with Dr. Martin Culpeper's widow, who had a life estate but had meanwhile re-married and removed her residence elsewhere. In 1616 he bought out that aunt's interest, and then gave over his law practice to become a country gentleman. Being now 'of Feckenham,' he became a diligent presiding magistrate at quarter sessions; being included, a generation ahead of Sir Roger de Coverley, of the quorum in the Worcestershire commission from 1618-1628; again, like Sir Roger, in 1624 he served the office of Sheriff of that county 'with music before me, a feather in my hat and my horse well bitted' (Bund, Cal. Quarter Sessions Papers, Worcestershire, 1591-1643, 1900; Sheriff Lists in Fuller's Worthies).

But when he was nearly seventy years of age, for what reason does not appear, he sold Astwood to one Thomas Rich, and returned to Greenway Court to die. There, on December 14, 1635, he made his will and on December 18th following, as the parish register testifies, 'Mr. John Culpeper, Armiger,' was buried in the chancel of Hollingbourne church.2 
Will18 Nov 1824 He is mentioned in the will of John Spencer Colepeper (2) at co. Surrey, England, on 18 Nov 1824.7,8 
Biography He is referenced in a biographical note for Thomas Culpeper of the Middle Temple.9 
Biography He is referenced in a biographical note for John Culpeper of Albemarle NC

Family 1

Ursula Woodcock (before 27 Jan 1566 - before 2 Jun 1612)
Marriage*1600 He married Ursula Woodcock at Greenway Court, Hollingbourne, co. Kent, England, in 1600. 
Children

Family 2

Elinor Norwood (say 1585 - Feb 1624)
Marriage*say 1615 He married Elinor Norwood say 1615. 

Family 3

Anne (?) (say 1590 - 1645)
Marriage*say 1625 He married Anne (?) say 1625. 
ChartsThe 12th century Culpepers of England: Descendant Chart (16 generations, Males only)
LWG / Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper Griffin (Lew Griffin's gtgm): Ancestral Chart
WLC / Warren L. Culpepper Ancestral Chart
Last Edited16 May 2011

Citations

  1. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part I", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVII,47-81, (1904)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
  2. Fairfax Harrison, The Proprietors of the Northern Neck - Chapters of Culpepper Genealogy, Richmond, VA: The Old Dominion Press (Privately printed), 1926, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Film #929429. Transcription available online at: http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/nneck/default.htm.
  3. Fairfax Harrison, The Proprietors of the Northern Neck - Chapters of Culpepper Genealogy, Richmond, VA: The Old Dominion Press (Privately printed), 1926, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Film #929429. Transcription available online at: http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/nneck/default.htm
    Will of Dr. Martin Culpeper of Astwood in Feckingham; P.C.C. Hayes, 88; Will dated October 1, 1605; Proved December 12, 1605.
  4. Col. F.W.T. Attree R.E./F.S.A. & Rev. J.H.L. Booker M.A., "The Sussex Colepepers, Part I", Sussex Archaeological Collections, XLVII,47-81, (1904)http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/sussex/default.htm.
    Extract from the Will of Thomas Culpeper of Wigsell, Esq.
  5. Fairfax Harrison, The Proprietors of the Northern Neck - Chapters of Culpepper Genealogy, Richmond, VA: The Old Dominion Press (Privately printed), 1926, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Film #929429. Transcription available online at: http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/nneck/default.htm
    P.C.C. 79 Capell Chancery Inq. P.M. 1614 No. 53.
  6. Fairfax Harrison, The Proprietors of the Northern Neck - Chapters of Culpepper Genealogy, Richmond, VA: The Old Dominion Press (Privately printed), 1926, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Film #929429. Transcription available online at: http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/nneck/default.htm
    P.C.C. 4 Pile.
  7. Public Records Office, National Archives, London.
    Will of John Spencer Culpeper, dated 18 Nov 1824, transcribed by Charles Andrew Grigsby. Image at: http://gen.culpepper.com/archives/uk/wills/images/John_Spencer_of%20Walterloo_1834.pdf.
  8. E-mail written 2007 to Warren Culpepper from Charles Andrew Grigsby, England, e-mail address.
  9. Fairfax Harrison, The Proprietors of the Northern Neck - Chapters of Culpepper Genealogy, Richmond, VA: The Old Dominion Press (Privately printed), 1926, Repository: LDS Family History Library - Salt Lake City, Call No. US/CAN Film #929429. Transcription available online at: http://gen.culpepper.com/historical/nneck/default.htm
    Chapter 4: XIII Thomas Culpepper.