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John Culpepper

Male Abt 1748 - Aft 1772  (~ 25 years)

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  • Name John Culpepper 
    Born Abt 1748 
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 1772 
    Person ID I3187  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father Benjamine Culpepper,   b. Abt 1724, Edgecombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 1771  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Mother Lydia LNU (Culpeper),   b. Abt 1725,   d. Aft 1775, Lexington Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years) 
    Married Abt 1745  Edgecombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah Oglethorpe,   b. 1750, Lexington Co., SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1772 
    +1. 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)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4613  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Joseph R. Culpepper wrote to his cousin, Rev. George B. Culpepper,
      circa 1910-1915: I wrote to Father [Lewis Peek Culpepper] asking him
      to give me all the information he could relative to his father,
      grandfather, etc. He knows nothing farther back than his grandfather
      who was John.... He says there were three brothers, John, Ben and
      Joseph. John was my great grandfather as was Joseph, also, on my
      mother's side.... John William was my father's father and your
      father's grandfather.... What I have stated is absolutely correct as
      far back as my two great grandfathers."

      Since it seems possible that the designation of the younger John
      Culpepper as "John William Culpepper" might have come from a family
      history whose facts have not been substantiated. John Culpepper, the
      subject of this book will be designated as John Culpepper [1772-1855].
      Although there are records of Joseph and Ben Culpepper in South
      Carolina, no record has ever been found of a brother namd John
      Culpepper. Lee R. Gandee, a Lexington, SC genealogist, in a 23 May
      1974 letter to Billy W. Dunn, a Culpepper descendant, wrote that the
      Lexington Culpepers were "an early and now extinct family here. Little
      is known, as our records were almost all lost in the Civil War, both
      here and in the parent District, Orangeburg, when Yankees burned the
      courthouses.... No church records remain, either...."

      Joseph Culpepper, a presumed brother of the elder John Culpepper, was
      living on Thom's Creek in what is now Richland County, SC at least as
      early as 1767. Sometime prior to 1785 Joseph moved across the Congaree
      River to the eastern part of Orangeburg District, SC, where he owned
      land on Sandy Run Creek and south of the creek on Bull Swamp, which
      flows into the Edisto River. The area became Lexington District, SC in
      1804 and is near the present town of Sandy Run in Calhoun County.
      Revolutionary War records place Benjamin Culpepper, the other presumed
      brother of the elder John Culpepper, in South Carolina at least by

      In the 1850 census of Randolph Co., AL (p. 386, family 189) John
      Culpepper [1772-1855], the presumed son of the elder John Culpepper,
      listed his own place of birth as South Carolina. This would place the
      elder John Culpepper and his wife in South Carolina by 1772. In the
      1880 census, which was the first to ask about the place of birth of
      the parents of the person listed, two of the oldest living children of
      John Culpepper [1772-1855], John Jefferson Culpepper and Sarah O.
      Culpepper Elliott, also listed John's place of birth as South Carolina
      but a middle son, Francis G. Culpepper, listed his father's place of
      birth as North Carolina as if he might have remembered hearing of a
      family connection to North Carolina. Joseph R. Culpepper in his letter
      to the Rev. George B. Culpepper noted that John Culpepper [1772-1855]
      came to South Carolina from Virginia. Again, this was probably a
      reference to information from a Culpepper family history which was in
      circulation at the time that he wrote the letter, indicating that the
      family came from Culpeper Co., VA. But no records of Culpeppers have
      been found in Culpeper Co., VA except for Lord Culpeper whose heir was
      a daughter who married Lord Fairfax.

      Since no records of the elder John Culpepper have been found in South
      Carolina, there can only be speculation about him based on
      circumstantial evidence. Both Joseph and Benjamin, the elder John's
      presumed brothers, were on the 1790 census in Orangeburg District, SC.
      John Culpepper [1772-1855], the elder John Culpepper's presumed son,
      and Joseph, the elder John Culpepper's presumed brother, are listed
      with their families living near each other (p. 560 & p. 561) in the
      1800 census of Lexington, SC. This suggests that Joseph was indeed
      related to Ben and John [1772-1855]. Since the elder John Culpepper
      does not show up in the 1790 census of South Carolina, there is a
      possibility is that he died between 1772, the year John Culpepper
      [1772-1855] was born, and the 1790 census. Since no mention has been
      found of brothers and sisters for John Culpepper [1772-1855], it is
      possible that his parents, or at least his father, died young and
      since John Culpepper [1772-1855] emerges in the 1800 census as a
      neighbor of Joseph, it is possible that John [1772-1855] was raised by
      his presumed uncle, Joseph Culpepper. In the 1790 census, Joseph had
      three males over age 16 in his household. Joseph is only known to have
      had one son, Joseph Richard Culpepper, who is believed to have been
      born circa 1794. A letter in Joseph's Revolutionary War Pension file
      (#R 2565) states that Joseph's son, Joseph R. Culpepper, was "the only
      legatee" of Joseph Culpepper. This leaves the possibility that John
      Culpepper [1772-1855] was one of the three males listed in the Joseph
      Culpepper household in 1790 as over 16. John Culpepper [1772-1855]
      would have been 18. Also in 1807, Joseph Culpepper secured a bond for
      John Culpepper [1772-1855] when John was named administrator of the
      estate of Daniel Peek. This suggests close family ties between the