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John James Culpepper

John James Culpepper

Male 1850 - 1938  (87 years)

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  • Name John James Culpepper 
    Nickname Jack 
    Born 4 Dec 1850  Chambers Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1860  Almond P.O., West of Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1870  Almond P.O., West of Louina, Randolph Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 17 Jun 1870  Louina Beat, (now Wadley), Randolph Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 28 Sep 1938  Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Mt. Vernon Cemetary, Albertville, Marshall Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I2756  MyTree
    Last Modified 29 Jul 2014 

    Father Robert Jefferson Culpepper,   b. 2 Jul 1830, Upson Co., Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Dec 1919, Joppa, Cullman Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Mother Lorraine Cardwell,   b. 8 Jun 1834, Carroll Co., GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Jan 1894, Joppa, Cullman Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 19 Dec 1848  Chambers Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4606  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nancy Jane Willoughby,   b. 8 Feb 1850, Standing Rock, Chambers Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Jul 1936, Albertville, Marshall Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 8 Dec 1871  Clanton, Randolph Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Rufus Decatur Culpepper
     2. Effen Lourania Culpepper
    +3. James Monroe (Monroe) Culpepper,   b. 18 Aug 1871, Clanton, Randolph Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1952, Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4605  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 4 Dec 1850 - Chambers Co., Alabama Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 28 Sep 1938 - Albertville, Marshall Co., Alabama Link to Google Earth
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    John James 'Uncle Jack' Culpepper
    John James "Uncle Jack" Culpepper

  • Notes 

    • 1880 United States Federal Census
      Name: J. J. Culpepper
      Home in 1880: Louina, Randolph, Alabama
      Age: 29
      Estimated birth year: abt 1851
      Birthplace: Alabama
      Relation to head-of-household: Self (Head)
      Spouse's name: N. J. Culpepper
      Father's birthplace: Alabama
      Mother's birthplace: Georgia
      Neighbors: View others on page
      Occupation: Farmer
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      J. J. Culpepper 29
      N. J. Culpepper 30
      J. M. Culpepper 8
      R. D. Culpepper 4
      Effin Culpepper 1m
      L. A. Willoughby 16

      1900 US Federal Census
      Name: John J Culpepper
      Home in 1900: Albertville, Marshall, Alabama
      Age: 49
      Birth Date: Dec 1850
      Birthplace: Alabama
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Relationship to head-of-house: Head
      Father's Birthplace: Georgia
      Mother's Birthplace: Georgia
      Spouse's name: Nancy J Culpepper
      Marriage Year: 1872
      Marital Status: Married
      Years Married: 28
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      John J Culpepper 49
      Nancy J Culpepper 50
      Rufus D Culpepper 24
      E*Fin L Culpepper 19

      1910 US Federal Census
      Name: John J Culpepper
      Age in 1910: 59
      Estimated birth year: abt 1851
      Birthplace: Alabama
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Father's name: Robert J Culpepper
      Father's Birth Place: South Carolina
      Mother's Birth Place: South Carolina
      Spouse's name: Nancy J Culpepper
      Home in 1910: Albertville, Marshall, Alabama
      Marital Status: Married
      Race: White
      Gender: Male
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      John J Culpepper 59
      Nancy J Culpepper 60
      Effin L Culpepper 29
      Robert J Culpepper 79

      1920 US Census Marshall Co, AL Vol 55 ED 121 Sheet 16 Line 16:
      Jack J. Culpepper 69 AL.

      1930 US Federal Census
      Name: J J Cullpepper
      Home in 1930: Albertville, Marshall, Alabama
      Estimated birth year: abt 1851
      Birthplace: Alabama
      Relation to Head of House: Head
      Spouse's name: Nancy J Cullpepper
      Race: White
      Household Members:
      Name Age
      J J Cullpepper 79
      Nancy J Cullpepper 81

      John James Culpepper was known as "Jack." His parents were recorded in
      the 1850 census of Chambers Co., AL and this is where John James is
      presumed to have been born. After this census, probably before 1855,
      the family moved to a farm near present day Wadley, AL and this is
      where John James was noted living with his parents in the 1860 and
      1870 census records of Randolph Co., AL. After his marriage, John
      James remained in Randolph County until after 1880 since he was
      recorded there with his wife and young family in the 1880 census.
      According to a granddaughter, Mary Lillian Butler Pierce, in 1883,
      John James moved his family to the Sand Mountain area of Marshall Co.,
      AL where "John J. Culpepper" was recorded (83:12) in Albertville with
      his wife and younger children in the 1900 census. He was listed as
      having been born Dec 1850 in Alabama. A 50 year old "John J.
      Culpepper" born in Alabama was recorded (96-22) with his wife and
      daughter in the 1910 census of Marshall Co., AL. His father, Robert J.
      Culpepper was also living with the family. John James Culpepper
      apparently remained in Marshall Co., AL the rest of his life since an
      article about a 1937 family reunion listed his residence as
      Albertville, AL and this is where he died.

      When Sallie Butler, a granddaughter, was 15 years old, she wrote the
      following article about John James and Nancy Jane (Willoughby)
      Culpepper's 64th wedding anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Culpepper,
      known everywhere as "Uncle Jack and Aunt Nancy," will celebrate their
      64th Anniversary December 8, 1935. Uncle Jack will also celebrate his
      85th birthday December 4, and Aunt Nancy will be 86 on February 8,
      1936. These old folks were happily married 64 years ago, on a cold
      December night about twelve o'clock. They danced until midnight and
      then ate supper and danced on. For their supper they had cilloububs,
      most everyone wonders what that is. [Webster's has "syllabub": 1. a
      drink or dessert made by curdling milk or cream with acid (as wine or
      cider) 2. a desert of sweetened milk or cream beaten to a froth and
      flavored with wine or liquor.] They made their home in Clay County [in
      Randolph Co., AL census records 1860 through 1880] until 1883, when
      they moved to Sand Mountain [th Albertville area of Marshall Co., AL]
      in covered wagons which brought them here after five days journey.
      They've been in this place for 52 years. They have three children, 19
      grandchildren, and 14 great grandchildren. Uncle Jack has made a crop
      for 65 years. He had a small crop of two acres this year, he plowed,
      hoed, picked part of the crop.... When they came here they lived in a
      log cabin, which now stands as a barn. They lived in that for 16
      years. They then made a better house and have been in it for forty-six
      years. So here's hoping we may be able to greet them on their
      birthdays and many more to come. Good wishes and health to you both
      throughout the remainder of your years. Your granddaughter, Sallie
      Butler.

      Mary Lillian Butler Pierce, another granddaughter, wrote that John
      James Culpepper had "a bout of typhoid fever" and that he "lost an eye
      at age 50 yrs. old. Dr. said he needed heart surgery and wouldn't live
      unless he had it. He lived 38 more yrs. without the surgery and died a
      natural death."

      In a 19 Jan 1979 letter, Mary Lillian wrote about the land: My
      Grandpa Jack bought this 80 or 100 acres of land, where I live, mostly
      in woods for then 2 small calves and a bale of cotton was 15 cents per
      lb. Later years, it went back to the Rail Road Co. and he had to pay
      for it again.... This house was built 1893, a 1 1/2 story, the house
      still stands, I live in it. Many changes have been made, and some
      improvements, could stand a few more now.

      In a 20 Jan 1979 letter, Mary Lillian added: A bale of cotton sold for
      $15.00, 2 calves were probably $1.00 each or $2.00 which made $17.00
      for this property in 1880. Now one lot would sell for $5000.00, quite
      a difference, huh. Then I didn't tell you what Grandpa Jack did,
      besides farming. He and a neighbor built chimney's (fireplaces) I
      visited a friend yesterday p.m., had a roaling(?) wood fire, for heat,
      said my Grandpa built the chimney. That house is 110 years old.... As
      far as I know didn't any of the Culpeppers of my Mom's generation,
      ever strike it rich. All of them had a good living and owned a home
      and farm. My mom said this place was morgaged once for $25.00 about
      1905, then she mortgaged it once to build a house on this property....

      Mary Lillian Butler Pierce wrote 23 Apr 1993: My Mom [Mrs. W. E.
      (Effen Culpepper) Butler] would save about 2 cups of whey & let it
      clabber [curdle] and my Grandfather would eat it with a spoon with his
      evening meal.... [is this more syllabub?] Next week if I can, it's
      decoration [day] at Mt. Vernon [cemetery where John James Culpepper
      and his wife and some of his children are buried], Sun. May 2nd....

      Mary Lillian preserved the following article from an unknown source
      about a 1936 John James Culpepper family reunion:
      Culpepper Reunion
      The Culpeppers held their annual reunion at the home of Uncle Jack
      Culpepper, Sunday, Sept. 6. The day was enjoyed by relatives and
      friends and talk of bygone days. At the regular noon hour a bountiful
      table was spread under the shade trees. Those attending were, Mr. Jack
      Culpepper, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hallmark, Atlanta; Mr. and Mrs. Willie
      McLeod, Boaz; Mrs. Plyna Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Culpepper, Gadsden;
      Mrs. M. M. Johnson, Joppa; Mrs. Effen Butler and daughters, Mr. and
      Mrs. Guy Willoughby, and family, Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Martin and son,
      Miss Chella Culpepper, Mrs. Freeman Miller and son Leamon, Mr. and
      Mrs. Lamon Jones, Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Butler and children all of
      Albertille; Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Culpepper, daughter and granddaughter,
      Mr. and Mrs. Woody Carr and children, Mr. and Mrs. McBrayer and
      family, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Trammell, Mrs. Louie White and daughter,
      Mr. and Mrs. Hullet Roberson and son, Mr. and Mrs. Carl McDonald and
      son, Mr. and Mrs. Ran Latimer and family, Mrs. Jeff Latimer, Mr. and
      Mrs. Lonnie McDonald, Mr. King Willoughby all of Gadsden; Mr. and Mrs.
      C. V. Rogers, Anniston; Mrs. Ethel Elder and daughter, Jacksonville;
      Mrs. Claude McClunney, North Carolina; Miss Peggy McLeod, Boaz; Mr.
      and Mrs. Noah Cook and grandson, Crossville; Mr. and Mrs. Arthur
      Willoughby and family, Friendship; Mr. Lee Culpepper and children and
      Mrs. Mollie Culpepper of Union Grove; Miss Erlene Albright,
      Guntersville; Mr. and Mrs. Leaky Lockridge, Mrs. Annie Corry and sons,
      George and Walter, Mrs. Lizzie McHugh and son, Mr. Theo McLeod all of
      Atlanta. Also other relatives, among the friends were: Mr. and Mrs.
      Jim Matthews, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Strickland, Mr. and Mrs. Clinton
      Lestor and children, Miss Lucile Headrick, Miss Noba Wright, Mr. and
      Mrs. Emmett Copeland, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Butler and daughter, Mrs. Frona
      Young and Miss Grace Evans. We wish to meet again next year and be
      prepared to meet our friends and relatives with a heartier welcome.

      Mary Lillian also preserved the following clipping from an unknown
      source about the 5 Sep 1937 family reunion:
      The Culpepper Reunion
      Culpepper held their annual reunion at the regular place Sunday Sept.
      5. A large crowd attended and everyone enjoyed the day and once again
      greeted their relatives with a welcome and love. At the noon hour a
      large and delicious dinner was spread on long tables. Uncle Jack
      enjoyed the day very much, he is eighty six years of age. Those
      attending were: J. J. Culpepper and Mary Lillian, Mr. and Mrs. J. T.
      Butler and children, Mr. and Mrs. Guy Willoughby and family, Mr. and
      Mrs. L. D. Martin, Jimmie and Chella, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Martin, Mrs.
      Fannie Busbee, Mrs. R. M. Canfield, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Strickland, Mr.
      and Mrs. Percy Espy and daughter, Louise, Mr. John Dean, Mrs. and Mrs.
      Oscar Floyd all of Albertville; Mrs. and Mrs. Carl McDonald and son,
      Mr. and Mrs. Lon McDonald, Mrs. Freeman Miller and son, and daughter,
      Mrs. and Mrs. Thelon Seay, all of Boaz. Mr. King Willoughby, Mr. and
      Mrs. F. M. Culpepper, Mrs. and Mrs. Louie White and son, and daughter,
      Mrs. Claude McBrayer and children, Mrs. Woodie Carr and daughter, Mrs.
      Edd Lowery, Mrs. Ploma Nails, Mrs. and Mrs. Russel Tramelle, James
      Packer, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Presley and children, Mrs. and Mrs. J. M.
      Culpepper and family, all of Gadsden. Mr. and Mrs. Paul Johnson and
      sons of Decatur, Ala., Mr. and Mrs. Ray L. Farabee and sons of
      Pyriton, Ala. Herman Gibson, Ensley, Ala., Mrs. Sallie Gibson of
      Birmingham, Mr. and Mrs. Olen Lowery, and family of Birmingham, Mr.
      and Mrs. Herman Childress and children of Birmingham, Mrs. Arthur
      Lowery, Ashley, Ala. Mr. Lee Culpepper and daughter, Inez, Union
      Grove, Ala. Mrs. Henry Culpepper, Union Grove, Miss Opal Culpepper,
      Arab. Miss Erlene Albright, Guntersville, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Bagett,
      Janet and Albert of Adamsville, Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Gray, Tyler, Texas,
      Mrs. Robert Gray, Carthridge, Texas, Mrs. M. M. Johnson, Joppa, Mrs.
      and Mrs. G. W. Hallmark, Mrs. Annie Carry and sons, George and Walter,
      Mrs. Lizzie McHugh and son, Burnice, Mr. Theodore McLeod and Miss Sara
      Austin all of Atlanta. Mrs. Oscar Wellborne and son, Adamsville, Miss
      Irene Elder, Jacksonville, Mrs. and Mrs. W. M. J. Clapps, Adamsville,
      Ala. Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Willaughby [sic] and family, Friendship and
      Mr. D. C. Dalton of Albertville. Those whose names do not appear were
      failed to be registered. Everyone left with a cheer and a hope of a
      better reunion on this date next year. Also good wishes to you Uncle
      Jack.

      The following is an article about the 1938 reunion from an unknown
      source:
      Culpepper Reunion
      The Culpeppers held their fifth annual
      reunion Sunday, September 4, at the home of uncle Jack Culpepper.
      There was a large crowd [that] attended and everyone enjoyed the day.
      Those attending were: Jack Culpeper [sic], Mrs. Effen Butler and
      daughters, Mary Lillian, and Sallie. Mrs. and Mrs. J. T. Butler and
      children, Billie Martha and Edward Leon; Mr. and Mrs. Guy Willoughby,
      and son and daughter, Junior and Bernice Ruth; Mrs. Fannie Busbee, Mr.
      and Mrs. Emmett Copeland, Mrs. Mary Medlock, Mr. and Mrs. L. D.
      Martin, and son Jimmie; Miss Chella Culpepper, Mr. J. B. Thomas and
      son, Billie; Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Floyd, Mr. and Mrs. George Stanford,
      and Mr. D. C. Dalton, all of Albertville; Mrs. Pauline Smith, Mr. and
      Mrs. Frank Culpepper, Mr. and Mrs. Claude McBrayer and children,
      Doris, Helen, and Claude Jr., Mr. and Mrs. Woodie Carr, and children,
      Mason, Jean, and Barbara, Mr. and Mrs. Monroe Culpepper and family,
      Inez, Harold and Helen Ruth, Mr. Jack Landers, Mrs. Russell Trammell,
      Miss Irene Elder and Mrs. Ellen Lowery of Gadsden; Mr. Olan Medlock
      and little daughter of Auburn; Mr. and Mrs. Willie M. Willoughby, of
      Selma; Mrs. Freeman Miller, son and daughter, Lela and Leamn [Leamon],
      Mrs. Willie McLeod, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Butler, and daughter, Reba; Mrs.
      Fronia Young, Mr. and Mrs. Cheney Birdsong, all of Boaz; Mr. King
      Willoughby of Alabama City; Mr. and Mrs. Boyd Gray of Tyler, Texas;
      Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Culpepper, Mr. Rufus Phillips, Mr. Frank Woods,
      all of Wadle [Wadley], Ala.; Mr. and Mrs. Thelon Seay of Sardis; Mrs
      Nannie MacDonald, of Mt. Zion; Mr. and Mrs. Lamon Jones and son,
      Richard, Union; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Hallmark, Mr. George and Walter
      Carry, Mr. Burnice McHugh, Mr. and Mrs. Theo McLeod all of Atlanta,
      Ga.; Mr. and Mrs. Claude Gray, Mr. Herman Childress, Mr. and Mrs.
      Thurman Glenn, Mrs. J. W. Willoughby, and daughter, Grace, all of
      Birmingham; Mr. David Morrow, of Guntersville; Mr. Lee Culpepper and
      daughter, Inez, Mrs. Mollie Culpepper, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Culpepper
      and children; Maurcie [Maurice?] James and Elane of Union Grove, Ala.;
      Mr. and Mrs. T. E. Finney [Tinney] and son, Charles; Mr. and Mrs. A.
      L. Pettus and daughter, Lucile, all of Pyriton, Ala.; Mr. Elton
      Culpepper of Huntsville. Just before the noon hour 3 little girls sang
      some beautiful little songs. They were: Misses Bennie, Maxine, and
      Euverla Cherry of Albertville.

      John James "Uncle Jack" Culpepper died three weeks after this reunion.