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Nancy J. Gillespie

Female Abt 1778 - 1848  (~ 70 years)

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  • Name Nancy J. Gillespie 
    Born Abt 1778  St Davids Parish, Cheraw, Chesterfield, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Burial (Elliott Family Cemetery) now the Wadley City Cemetery, Randolph Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 25 Jul 1848  Randolph Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Memorial stone in the cemetery of the Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church, Lone Oak, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I3054  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father Francis Gillespie,   b. Dec 1745, Cheraw, Chesterfield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Apr 1780, Lexington Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 34 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Peek,   b. 1755,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1775 
    Family ID F4612  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John William Culpepper,   b. 1 Oct 1772, Camden District, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 May 1855, Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 82 years) 
    Married 18 May 1794  Richland Dist., SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
     1. Joel Culpepper
    +2. Francis Gillespie Culpepper
     3. Daniel Peek Culpepper
     4. Sarah Oglethorpe Culpepper
     5. George Washington Culpepper
    +6. Mary Elizabeth Culpepper,   b. 31 Jul 1811, Edgefield Dist., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1883  (Age 71 years)
     7. Lewis Peek Culpepper
    +8. John Jefferson Culpepper,   b. 4 Nov 1797, Orangeburg dist., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 May 1885, Clanton, Randolph Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 87 years)
     9. James I. J. Culpepper,   b. 1 Jun 1806, Edgefield Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1846, Coosa Co., AL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years)
     10. William Henry Culpepper,   b. 1813, Edgefield Dist., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1909, Wadley, Randolph Co., Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 96 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4611  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • In the Bible records of the John Culpepper family which were preserved
      by Mrs. J. W. (Ira Gay) Deam of Gay, GA, and copied by Mrs. D. W.
      (Lyvyn Wright) Sisco, John Culpepper's wife was recorded as "Nancy
      Gillespie" born "about 1778." Joseph Richard Culpepper, in a letter to
      Rev. George Bright Culpepper circa 1910-1915, wrote that Nancy
      Gillespie's "mother was a Peek."

      Mrs. John (Dorothy Culpepper) Wingfield preserved a 25 page typed
      manuscript "ONE FAMILY - CULPEPPER" written by her grandfather, Rev.
      George Bright Culpepper, who noted: According to the same [John
      Culpepper Bible] record, John William Culpepper married Nancy
      Gillespie on May 18, 1794, the ceremony being performed by Reverend
      Reese, at his house on the Congaree. It was on Sunday, cloudy in the
      morning and fair in the evening. As best it can be figured, Nancy
      Gillespie was six years younger than John William, the man she
      married, and was born on the Peedee River, in South Carolina, near
      Cheraw. The record recites that to this couple were born eight sons
      and two daughters.

      Nancy Gillespie is presumed to have been the daughter of Francis
      Gillespie of South Carolina since one of her sons was named Francis
      Gillespie Culpepper. Francis Gillespie owned land in Cheraws District,
      SC and family tradition is that this was where Nancy Gillespie was
      born. Francis Gillespie's wife was named Elizabeth based on South
      Carolina deeds (Book O-3, pp. 436-450) as was Nancy's sister Elizabeth
      "Betsy" Gillespie who married John Slappey (John Culpepper letter

      Nancy and Betsy Gillespie's presumed mother, Elizabeth, was perhaps a
      daughter or sister of Daniel Peek. In 1807, John Culpepper and John
      Slappey were listed as administrators of Daniel Peek's Richland
      District estate. The bond was also signed by Joseph Culpepper and
      George Slappey. Buyers at the estate sale included John Culpepper and
      John Slappey, Elizabeth Gillespie, and others. Prior to his death,
      Daniel Peek may have given land to John and Nancy Gillespie Culpepper
      which would account for their move back to Richland District, SC.
      Daniel Peek's surviving estate records do not mention land but include
      sixteen slaves, several horses, hogs, and farm produce, indicating
      that he had been a planter and landowner.

      In Feburary 1823 when John Culpepper sold (Deed Book 43, pp. 322-323,
      Edgefield Co., SC) 144 acres "where I now live" on Cuffeetown Creek in
      Edgefield District, SC, this was not the land that he had been granted
      in 1814. Nancy Gillespy had to relinquish her dower rights to the
      land: John Culpepper____Deed._____South Carolina______
      _____To_____________________Edgefield District____Know all Josiah
      Langley____men by these presents that I John Culpepper of Edgefield
      district in the State aforesaid for and In consideration of the Sum of
      Eight hundred dollars paid to me paid by Josiah Langley Senr of the
      State and district aforesaid have granted bargained sold and released
      and by these presents do grant bargain sell and release unto the Said
      Josiah Langley all that plantation or tract of land where I now live
      originally granted to George Shelnut Containing one hundred and forty
      four acres be the Same more or less. Lying and being in Edgefield
      district on Cuffeetown Creek waters of Stephen's Creek and Savannah
      River and adjoining Land held by the Said Josiah Langley and the heirs
      of Rovert Bell beginning at a White oak corner on the Creek thence
      South 60 E to 50 chain to Stake, thence N 30 E 27 ch 50 Links to white
      oak corner, thence Nor 60 W. 50 chains to white oak on Cuffeetown
      Creek, thence down the Said Creek following the windings and bendings
      of the Said Creek to the beginning corner, containing one hundred and
      forty acres; Together with all & Singular the rights members
      hereditaments and appurtenances the said premises belonging or in any
      wise ________[?] or appertaining; To Have and to hold all and Singular
      the premises before mentioned unto the Said Josiah Langley Senr. his
      heirs and assigns for Ever; and I do hereby bind myself, my heirs Exrs
      and admns to warrant and for Ever defend all and Singular the Said
      premises unto the Said Josiah Langley Senr. his heirs and assigns
      against myself, my heirs and assigns, and against any other person or
      persons whomsoever Lawfully Claiming or to claim the Same or any part
      thereof. Witness my hand and Seal this third day of February eighteen
      hundred and twenty three, and in the forty Seventh year of American
      Independence Test James Harrison_____________/s/ John Culpepper [Seal]
      Mathew (his X mark) Rodes__ South Carolina________Personally appeared
      before me Edgefield District____James Harrison Sn. and made oath that
      he was present and see John Culpepper Sign Seal and as his Act to
      deed, Sign Seal and deliver the within instrument of Writing to and
      for the uses and purposes therein mention, and did also See Mathew
      Roads with himself Sign his name as a Witness to the due Execution
      thereof - Sworn to before me this 29th March 1823. __________William
      Thurmond J.Q_____James Harrison The State of South Carolina____I
      William Thurmond Edgefield District_____________one of the Justices of
      the quorum for Said District do hereby Certify unto all whom it may
      concern that Nancy Culpepper the wife of the within named John
      Culpepper did this day appear before me and upon being privately and
      Separately Examined by me did declare that She does freely Voluntarily
      and without any Compulsion dread or fear of any person or persons
      whomsoever renounce release and forever relinquish unto the within
      Josiah Langley his heirs and assigns all her Interest and estate and
      also all her right and claim of Dower, of, in or to all and Singular
      the premises within mentioned and released. Given under my hand and
      Seal this the 29th March 1823___________________________Nancy
      Culpepper [Seal] William Thurmond J. Q.____Recorded 4th Oct 1828.

      There is a question about whether Mrs. John (Nancy Gillespie)
      Culpepper died in Meriwether Co., GA or in Randolph Co., AL. Mrs. J.
      (Clara Haralson) Moorcroft wrote in "THE WILLIAM CULPEPPER AND SALLY
      LESLIE FAMILY," that the widowed John Culpepper accompanied the
      William Henry Culpepper family from Meriwether Co., GA to Randolph
      Co., AL when Clara's mother's was six years old. This would seem to
      indicate that Nancy Gillespie Culpepper died in Meriwether Co., GA.
      However there were Elliott descendants living near the Wadley City
      Cemetery, Randolph Co., AL in the mid 1970's who believed that both
      John and Nancy Culpepper were buried on their land in Randolph Co.,
      AL. Unfortunately, no records of the location of that land have been
      found. Lavyn (Wright) Sisco wrote 15 Apr 1994 that she had visited the
      Wadley City Cemetery with a Dean descendant in 1985 and was told that
      the two graves to the left of William Henry Culpepper were the graves
      of John and Nancy (Gillsepie) Culpepper. However Lavyn was also told
      in a 1973 letter from James Harris that William Henry Culpepper's
      first wife, Sarah Leslie, was the first person buried in the cemetery.
      If that is correct then Nancy died a year before Sarah and is not
      buried in the cemetery. It is possible that the two graves to the left
      of William Henry are those of Sarah O. (Culpepper) Elliott and her
      daughter Cynthia, both of whom are supposed to be buried in the
      cemetery but whose graves have not been identified. The cemetery was
      known as the Elliott family cemetery before it became the Wadley City

      Ruth Vincent Carlisle Brice, born in July 1906, is a triple Culpepper
      descendant. Her paternal grandmother was Emily Miriam Culpepper, who
      was the daughter of William Henry and Sarah Leslie Culpepper. Ruth's
      paternal grandfather was Broxon Yarbrough Carlisle, whose maternal
      grandmother was Sarah Oglethorpe Culpepper, a daughter of JOHN and
      NANCY GILLESPIE CULPEPPER. Ruth's mother's paternal grandmother was
      Mary Elizabeth Culpeper, sister of the above Sarah Oglethorpe
      Culpepper. Ruth now lives in Georgia near her son, Forrest Brice
      (Source: Granddaughter, Kathryn Ruth Brice.) (Ruth died 1 May 2004.)

      No records have been found in Georgia for John Culpepper or any of his
      children until John appears in land lottery and deed records in Monroe
      Co., GA in 1827. According to p. 42 of Monroe County, Georgia A
      History compiled and published in 1979 by the Monroe County Historical
      Society, Inc. in Forsythe, GA: The territory which comprises Monroe
      County is part of the land ceded by the Creek Nation in a number of
      treaties with the United States. The principal treaty was entered into
      at Indian Springs in the Creek Nation on January 8, 1821, between the
      United States, represented by Daniel M. Farney of the State of North
      Carolina, and David Meriwether of the State of Georgia, and chiefs,
      headman, warriors of the Creek Nation, in Council assembled. The land
      in question was all land lying east of the Flint River and running up
      the eastern bank of the same, along the water's edge to the head of
      the principal western branch, which was later named Line Creek. From
      the head of Line Creek the direction took the nearest and most direct
      line to the Chattahoochee River. It then followed the eastern bank of
      the Chattahoochee to the "Shallow Ford," where the boundary between
      the Creek Nation and the State of Georgia at the time touched the
      river. The Creek Nation had made many improvements in several sections
      of this land, and these were one thousand acres to be laid off in a
      square so as to include the Indian Springs in the center; six hundred
      forty acres on the western bank of the Ocmulgee River to include the
      improvements in the possession of the Indian Chief, General William
      McIntosh.... Within this treaty there was agreed to be paid to the
      Creek Nation for the cession of this land a total amount of two
      hundred thousand dollars in fourteen consecutive payments.... This
      treaty at Indian Springs was not generally accepted by Creek people
      since they were being gradually crowded out of the land of their
      forefathers. For this reason it was decreed by the Creek Nation that
      no further treaty would be signed with the whites unless the entire
      Creek Nation was in full agreement and then it was only to be signed
      by those appointed by the nation for that purpose. In spite of this,
      however, on February 12, 1825, another treaty was entered into with
      the Creek Nation at Indian Springs. This treaty was signed by all the
      chiefs and headmen of all Creek towns except those of Tohauhatchee.
      The land ceded in this treaty included all the land lying within the
      boundaries of the State of Georgia as defined by the compact.... The
      land was divided into five counties: Dooly, Houston, Monroe, Fayette
      and Henry....

      3 Jan 1827, "John Culpepper Sr. of Monroe" bought 202 1/2 acres (Lot
      223 Book E p. 179 witnessed by James Wilson and E. Dodson, recorded 20
      Nov 1827) in the Twelfth District of Monroe County, GA for $800 from
      Warren T. Castleberry and sold it the next year for the same price.
      This would seem to show that John was already in Monroe before he
      bought the land. G. W. Elliott, witnessed the 1828 deed. It is not
      known if he was related to William Elliott, the husband of John
      Culpepper's daughter, Sarah. By 1830, John and Nancy had only one son,
      Lewis, still living at home with them in Monroe County, GA. Living
      nearby was Mary (Corley) Culpepper, widow of John's son, Daniel.
      Sometime between 1830 and 1832, John and Nancy apparently moved on to
      Crawford Co., GA where there sons Joel and James had been recorded in
      the 1830 census. "John Culpepper, Sen[ior]" of "Marshall's, Crawford"
      drew lot 174 in the 22nd district of section 3 of the 1832 Cherokee
      Land Lottery of Georgia. As a married man who was a U. S. citizen with
      a son under 18 years of age who was a U. S. citizen and who had lived
      in Georgia for three years, he would have been entitled to two draws.
      The land was a 160 acre lot located in the southeast corner of what
      was Floyd Co., GA and is now on the southern border of Bartow Co., GA
      near where Paulding and Cobb Co. meet the Bartow Co., line. No record
      has been found of John and Nancy moving to the land, nor has any
      record been found of the sale of the land. The family is next noted
      moving on to Meriwether Co., GA.

      In the mid-1830's, John and Nancy Culpepper moved to Meriwether
      County, GA along with son, William Henry Culpepper, and his family.
      Another son, George W. Culpepper, was already living in Meriwether
      Co., GA. John and Nancy bought land there in 1838. A descendant, John
      William Culpepper, obtained a copy of deed F-396 in which, on 24 May
      1838, Eli Peavy sold 50 acres on the north side of land lot #255 in
      the 8th District of Meriwether County, Georgia, containing 50 acres to
      John Culpepper for $35.35. John and Nancy were noted in the 1840
      census of Meriwether Co., GA (p. 123, John Culpepper 1 male 60-70 with
      1 female 50-60 living next to son, William H. Culpepper). The
      following is an account of John Culpepper as a settler in Greenville,
      Meriwether Co., GA which appeared in the Greenville, GA Vindicator on
      April 21, 1905: Nearly eighty years ago a group of hardy yeomanry
      settled on adjacent farms a few miles northwest of Greenville near the
      old Ector mill (now Maffett's). They were John, George and William
      Culpepper, Allen, Eli and David Peavy, Freeman Blount, Daniel Keith,
      Joel Sears, William Sutherland, Robert Kendrick, James Martin and the
      Carlisles. At that time these denizens were neither rich or very poor,
      but self-reliant, self-sustaining and mutually helpful in many ways.
      Then and in many sequent years it was customary in the country to have
      log-rollings, house-raisings and wheat-reapings in which the neighbors
      joined forces either personally or by colored proxy. In the dark hours
      of sickness, death, or misfortune of any kind the sympathetic hearts
      and hands of the neighborhood were promptly united to assist and
      relieve the distressed. This was especially the era of the best men
      and women of Georgia and from such have sprung those who have done
      most in the private and public walks of life to conserve true nobility
      of character, moral and christian civilization. John Culpepper removed
      in early life from Virginia [according to the 1850 census record, he
      was born in South Carolina and all indications are that his extended
      family had recently moved to South Carolina when John Culpepper was
      born] to South Carolina thence emigrating to Monroe county, Georgia
      from where he came to Meriwether locating on what is now known as the
      Willis Jarrell place near town. After residing here some years he
      disposed of his farm reinvesting in a choice plantation in Randolph
      county, Ala. Then he spent the remainder of his long life contentedly
      as he harvested luxuriant crops from the alluvial lands bordering on
      the Chattahoochee [read Tallapoosa River?]. He belonged to the honest
      primitive class of citizenry who scorned deceit, lying and trickery,
      esteeming true character and a good name above filthy lucre and
      corrupted honors. Though not a churchman, the old patriot was a firm
      believer in the christian religion as was attested by his conduct in
      the practice of its precepts. He was the father of eight sons and two
      daughters, all of whom located in various parts of this state and
      Alabama. All were substantial highly respected citizens, reflecting
      honor on their special callings and the name of their revered
      ancestor. This is a remarkable family for longevity. All attained very
      old age some of them having lived more than a century.

      John William Culpepper also obtained a copy of deed G-458-459 dated 28
      Jan 1842 in which George Washington and William Henry Culpepper sold
      the west half of land lot "#226" [should be 256] which they had
      purchased in 1838 in the 8th District containing 100 acres, to John
      Culpepper for $400.00. In a 25 Apr 1995 letter, John William Culpepper

      The Mead Board Company currently owns [lot] 226 [256?] and part of
      [lot] 225 [255?]. We talked to Bill Gibbs at the Meriwether office and
      he could not provide any information regarding burial sites on the
      property, but suggested contacting Tom Brannon at their Yatesville
      Office in Upson County, which we did. Mr. Brannon pulled out the plat
      maps and we looked at them without noting any burial sites on the

      Land Lots 225 & 226 [255? & 256?], 8th District are located
      approximately 2 to 3 miles northwest of Greenville, about one mile
      east off of Georgia Route 100 on the Jarrell road. 255 cuts across
      Jarrell Road.

      Eleanor [Willingham] and I located a cemetery nearby lot 255 and just
      off of the Jarrell Road and it had a number of Peavy graves but no
      Nancy Culpepper.

      It is not clear at what point, John Culpepper moved on to Randolph
      Co., AL. According to Meriwether Co., GA Deed I-392 obtained by John
      William Culpepper, John Culpepper and William H. Culpepper sold for
      $1,000 to Jacob Moon the Meriwether Co., GA District 8 lot 256
      containing 202 1/2 acres which George Washington and William H.
      Culpepper purchased in 1838 half of which John Culpepper purchased
      from George Washington and William H. Culpepper in 1842. John and
      William H. Culpepper also sold as part of the package the 50 acres off
      of the north side of lot 255 which John Culpepper had bought in 1838.

      The question that this raises is whether or not John Culpepper moved
      to Randolph Co., AL before or after Nancy's death. According to Mrs.
      J. (Clara Haralson) Moorcroft, writing about her grandparents in "THE
      Culpepper, was six years old when the William Henry Culpepper family
      moved with the widowed John Culpepper from Meriwether Co., GA to
      Randolph Co., GA. Sarah Jane Culpepper would have been six years old
      in 1850 and in fact both William Henry and the widowed, John Culpepper
      were listed in the 1850 Randolph Co., AL census. However, "William H.
      Culpepper" is noted in Randolph Co., AL land records in 1848. He
      bought or was granted 39 acres and 24 rods of land (Certificate or
      Warrant 10628) in the southwest part of the northeast division of
      Section 10 in Township 22 South, Range 10 East of Randolph Co., AL.
      The land appears to be to the west of Wadley about half way between
      the town and Pleasant Hill Church. All records on William Henry's
      youngest daughter, Caroline F., show that she was born in January 1849
      in Alabama. This would seem to verify that the family was already in
      Alabama by 1849. If John Culpepper was a widower, then it appears that
      the William Henry Culpepper family moved to Randolph Co., AL with
      William Henry's father around the time that William Henry Culpepper
      purchased land there in Aug 1848 and after the July 1848 death of
      Nancy (Gillespie) Culpepper. A 78 year old John Culpepper was listed
      (p. 386, family 189) on the 1850 census in Randolph County, AL living
      nearby his son, William Henry (p. 386, family 183). John listed his
      birthplace as South Carolina and he owned $5,500 worth of real estate.
      An 8 year old grandson, Lewis W. Culpepper, a son of William Henry
      Culpepper, was also listed as living with his grandfather.
      Unfortunately no record has been found of the land that John Culpepper
      bought in Randolph Co., AL but based on census records it must have
      been very close to William Henry's land and probably at least four
      times as large based on the amount of real estate he was supposed to
      have owned. Section 11 which covers the western portion of Wadley was
      already accounted for by early settlers (1835 - 1837) with the
      exception of one 40 acre portion that William Henry Culpepper
      purchased in 1855 (poor ink makes the entry almost impossible to
      read). Section 10 where William Henry had his land seems to be
      similarly accounted for by people who settled in the late 1830's and
      1840's with the exception of another piece of land that William Henry
      purchased in 1855 which was a parcel immediately north of his own
      land. The records of Section 3 which was immediately north of Section
      11 are in many cases impossible to read because of the poor ink. The
      entry for John J. Culpepper's land is still legible. It is about the
      right size to account for the amount of property that John Culpepper
      owned in 1850 and it is near enough to William Henry to account for
      the proximity of the census records. Is it possible that John
      Culpepper actually owned the land that John J. Culpepper was noted
      with in the 1850 land record?

      But according to the letter which follows, John Culpepper had broken
      up housekeeping by 1853. The question is then where was he living when
      he died. One possibility is with William Henry. The other possibility
      is with his daughter, Sarah (Culpepper) Elliott. The Wadley City
      Cemetery, which is in this grid area, was originally named the Elliott
      Cemetery and was presumably on land owned by Sarah (Culpepper)
      Elliott, John Culpepper's daughter. She is believed to have been in
      the area before 1855 since one of her sons married in Randolph Co., AL
      in 1855. Sarah was also recorded in the Almond P. O. district in the
      1870 census but was not living close to her brothers. In the 1880
      census, she was recorded in the Louina P. O. district whereas William
      Henry was in the Flatrock district. This suggests that she was
      probably living in the Wadley area. In the 1853 letter which follows,
      John Culpepper writes of trying to get some of his children to come to
      Randolph Co., AL. It is possible that Sarah came shortly after this
      and settled on land that John Culpepper had purchased and that the
      Wadley City Cemetery land and the land to the south of Wadley where
      John Jefferson Culpepper descendants were found was at one time owned
      by John Culpepper.

      In 1853, John Culpepper wrote a letter to his son Francis G. in Lavaca
      County, Texas, which has been preserved all of these years by that
      branch of the family. He mentions various relatives but unfortunately
      does not tell us anything of his own ancestry. John died in Randolph
      County, AL, May 13, 1855.

      The following is the letter that John Culpepper, living near Louina,
      Randolph County, AL wrote to Francis G. Culpepper who had been in
      Sweet Home, TX for about two years:

      ______________Randolphs County Ala'a, 26th June 1853
      Dear Children,
      I rec'd your letter, dated 7th May, on 13th June And was very happy to
      hear you was all well and hope these lines May still find you
      Likewise. I have to inform you we are (mostly) Complaining, but all
      up, its common in our country for complaints And many Deaths, this is
      3rd Letter I have wrote, I have just return'd from An uncommon Broad
      (of two months) and found many of our kin poorly. I shou'd have wrote
      Sooner but waiting to hear from them, thinking I cou'd Give you their
      Situation, I find all I have heard from better, but Washingtons oldest
      Daughter, left this world on Wednesday night 15th last. Sick two
      months. While gone, I saw mostly our kind, they are something like Old
      times, not as much alteration as I expected, but great alteration in
      The Country, Crops thare is Sorry, so it is here, but Wheat is good
      all over. Very dry now, I have nothing more worth Notice, to inform
      you. I am glad to hear you are Still pleas'd with your Country,
      likewise Hear your Children settled near, I thought Daniel was gone. I
      am glad to hear of Mr. Humphries, I can't git the Boys to write no how
      nor no whare, Lewis is in Pike Zebulon, by promise him & wife will be
      Here July, Some others of our relations have promis'd to Come but
      uncertain. I am trying to git more of them here but don't know how it
      may turn. I am trading my blacks for Land and quit Houskeeping, but am
      Lonesom and Dissatisfi'd, Stile, but am Old and cant hear makes more
      difficulties. But thank God I wore out Shoes fast, and travil all the
      way alone. I wish to hear from you often, but I don't know how to fix
      it, I think the falt is In the Post Masters, your letter Lay there 11
      days, you never Said anything of a change in your Post Office, this
      Letter comes from a new name, I understand it Sweet Home whare I have
      Directed this Letter. Perhaps it wou'd be something more Satisfactory
      to know whare your Relations Are Settled.

      Joels Widow & family (John in Morgan) are at Haralson Viledge Coweta
      County. Daniels d[itt]o Dead, James & Caroline Talbot yet, John gone
      West. John Slappey is Living with your Aunt Betsy, he is mar'd got One

      The rest is whare you left them. I Dont know of anything more worth
      your Notice. Write Soon Long Coming, ____________________So Ends
      _________________________From your Father _____________________/s/
      John Culpepper

      "Washington's oldest daughter" mentioned in the letter was Nancy
      Louisan, daughter of George Washington Culpepper, of Meriwether Co.
      GA, who died June 16, 1853, at 11:25 A.M., according to the G.W.C.
      Bible record.

      "I thought Daniel gone" refers to Daniel Fey Culpepper, the son of
      Francis Gillespie Culpepper. He did not leave Lavaca Co. TX until
      around 1900, and died shortly thereafter in Devine, TX.
      "Lewis is in Pike Zebulon, by promise him & wife will be Here July"
      refers to Lewis Peek Culpepper, the youngest son of John W., who lived
      in Zebulon, GA until 1859, when he moved to Randolph Co. AL. In a
      letter written in the early 1900's to Rev. George B. Culpepper, a son
      of Lewis, Joseph Richard Culpepper, mentions going with his father to
      visit John Culpepper when Joseph was 12 years old, i. e., in 1853.
      John Culpepper was not listed as a slave-owner in the 1850 slave
      schedule of Randolph County, Alabama so it is not clear when or where
      he got the slaves that he intended to trade "for land."
      "This letter comes from Sweet Home" refers to the name that Francis
      Gillespie Culpepper gave to the land when he arrived in Lavaca County,
      TX, in the spring of 1851. According to his granddaughter, Jessie
      Burke Heard, "he stopped the wagons and told the people that this was
      the place he wanted to make his home, so he then and there named the
      place Sweet Home."
      "Joel's widow and family (John in Morgan) are at Harelson Viledge"
      refers to Nancy (Corley) Culepper, widow of John's oldest son, Joel,
      who was in Coweta County, GA in 1850, as were her children, Charles
      W., Sara A. B., James Benjamin, and Elijah Milton. "John in Morgan"
      refers to Nancy's oldest son, John L., who was in Morgan Co. GA, and
      was later killed in the Civil War, at Winchester, VA, on Feb 24, 1862.

      "Daniels d[itt]o Dead" is a problem. If it was a reference to his son,
      Daniel P. Culpepper, as a mental note before going to talk about
      Daniel's children, James and Caroline, then it is odd since Daniel
      would have been dead for over 25 years and Francis Culpepper would
      have known that. If it referred to the fourth son of Joel and Nancy,
      then it is odd that the death was not noted in the Family Bible of his
      sister, Mrs. I. W. (Sarah A. B. Culpepper) Sims who did note the death
      of her brother John in 1862. The abbreviated ditto symbol "do" is
      under the word Widow of the line above. Possibly the line should be
      read "Daniels [Widow] Dead" since Daniel's widow, Mary (Corley)
      Culpepper had died in 1851 the year when Francis G. Culpepper left for
      Texas and he might not have heard the news.
      "James and Caroline Talbot yet, John gone West" refers to James Marion
      Culpepper and Nancy Caroline Culpepper Cooper who were children of
      John's son, Daniel Peek Culpepper, who had died in 1825. James and
      Nancy Caroline were in Talbot Co., GA in 1850. Daniel Peek Culpepper's
      youngest son was John Francis Culpepper who died in Johnson Co. TX in
      "John Slappey is living with your Aunt Betsey." This reference is to
      Betsey (Gillespie) Slappey who was the sister of Nancy Gillespie
      Culpepper, the wife of John Culpepper. John Slappey was apparently her
      son. The Slappeys have not been located in 1850 census records.

      The graves of John and Nancy (Gillespie) Culpepper have not been found
      although there are memorial stones for them in the cemetery of the
      Allen-Lee Memorial United Methodist Church in Lone Oak, GA. If, as
      appears to be the case, Nancy died before John Culpepper moved on to
      Alabama, then she probably is buried somewhere near Greenville, GA.
      Mrs. Eleanor (Culpepper) Willingham, in a 28 Sep 1987 letter, wrote of
      trying to locate the graves of John and Nancy Gillespie Culpepper. In
      Wadley, AL she located a "Mr. Smith" who was "over 80" and who had
      married a Culpepper descendant who thought that John Culpepper had
      lived in the neighborhood. He also spoke of a cemetery "down on the
      [Tallapoosa] river-which would be almost inaccessible." Mr. Smith had
      not heard that John and Nancy were buried there but said "it could be
      a possibility." Mr. Charles Lee Culpepper, Sr. wrote 4 Jul 1978: My