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Benjamine Culpepper

Male Abt 1724 - Bef 1771  (~ 46 years)

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  • Name Benjamine Culpepper 
    Born Abt 1724  Edgecombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died Bef 1771 
    Person ID I3287  MyTree
    Last Modified 15 Aug 2009 

    Father Joseph Culpepper,   b. Abt 1696, Norfolk Co., Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1745, Edgecombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years) 
    Mother Martha LNU (Culpepper),   b. 1700,   d. 24 Jan 1764, Anson Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 64 years) 
    Married Abt 1721 
    Family ID F4619  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 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 
     1. Joseph Culpepper
    +2. John Culpepper,   b. Abt 1748,   d. Aft 1772  (Age ~ 25 years)
     3. Benjamin Culpepper, III,   b. 10 Jan 1749, Edgecombe Co., NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt 1817, Edfield Dist., SC Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 67 years)
    Last Modified 17 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F4618  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Benjamin Culpepper Jr.'s life history has not yet been accurately or
      fully pieced together. This Benjamin might just as easily have been
      the son of Benjamin Culpepper, Sr., Joseph's brother. For the moment,
      based partly on naming conventions used by the two younger Bens, this
      one is assumed to have been the son of Joseph, and the following
      discussion is based on this assumption. See also the discussion of the
      Fishing Creek deeds in the Theories Section of this web site, for
      further details. Our current thoughts on him follow, but these could
      easily change as new information comes to light.

      It would appear that Benjamin was born either in Norfolk County, VA,
      or in early Bertie Precinct, NC, in the early 1720's. He moved with
      his family to Edgecombe County, NC, in the late 1730's. He married his
      wife, Lydia, there, in the early 1740's.

      When his father Joseph died intestate in 1745, he inherited one, and
      possibly two tracts of land as Joseph's eldest son, by right of
      primogeniture. He may have lived on one tract, on Swift / Sandy Creek.
      And his mother Martha lived on the other Fishing Creek tract until she
      remarried around 1751, to Benjamin Dumas, and moved with Dumas to
      Anson County, NC.

      After his mother's re-marriage, Benjamin then sold the Fishing Creek
      tract to his first cousin, Benjamin Culpepper (ferryman), in 1752. And
      by 1754, he had decided to move on, and so sold the tract on which he
      then lived on Sandy Creek to Thomas Davis.

      Here the record on Benjamin Jr. becomes murky for about 13 years,
      until 1767, when his eldest son Joseph Culpepper first appears in
      records in South Carolina. So it seems likely that Benjamin moved to
      South Carolina around 1754, probably with one or more of his wife's
      relatives. Where he settled has not been discovered. And he must have
      died there prior to 1771, when his widow Lydia received a grant as
      "the widow Culpepper."

      That this Benjamin was the son of Joseph is based on the
      interpretation of two deeds involving Joseph's Fishing Creek property.
      In 1741, Joseph sold one-half of his Fishing Creek property to
      Benjamin Culpepper. This was probably Benjamin his brother. Joseph
      also had a son named Benjamin, but analysis shows that he did not sell
      the land to his own son. By 1746 both brothers were deceased, and
      their two sons, both named Benjamin, were each in possession of one
      half of Joseph's original 320 farm on Fishing Creek.

      Although it is impossible to tell, due to the poor wording of the 1741
      deed, the current analysis presumes that Joseph's son Ben inherited
      the WEST half of the property by right of primogeniture, and
      Benjamin's son Ben owned the EAST half by right of primogeniture. In
      1752, Benjamin (son of Joseph) sold the WEST half to his older cousin,
      Benjamin, ferryman, son of Benjamin. See the footnote for a detailed
      look at these land transactions.

      Since after 1746, there were only two Benjamin Culpeppers in early
      Edgecombe, it would be useful if we could distinguish them, by the way
      they signed deeds. Unfortunately, this is not the case. The surviving
      deed books in early Edgecombe are later copies of the original deeds,
      so the original marks from the original deeds have not survived. In
      all cases in which a Benjamin sold land or witnessed a deed, the "B"
      mark was apparently used, and except for Benjamin's will in 1767, the
      original mark itself has not survived.

      By 1752, and perhaps as early as 1743 Benjamin Culpepper (son of
      Joseph) was living on a 300 acre farm on Sandy Creek, in Granville
      Co., NC. This was about nine or ten miles northeast of his first
      cousin Benjamin's land on Peach Tree Creek, considerably closer to his
      cousin Benjamin, and to Peach Tree Creek, than was his old Fishing
      Creek land. This writer speculates that this may have been the same
      300 acres on Swift Creek, which Benjamin's father Joseph may been
      granted as early as 1743. Land Grants, Vol. 1, page 59, NC Archives,
      Raleigh, 27 February 1743, Joseph Culpepper enters 300 acres in
      Edgecombe County, on the north side of Swift Creek....and RUNS ACROSS
      THE CREEK; includes his improvements; made out; paid: rights returned.
      The entry has survived, but not the actual grant.

      In 1754, Benjamin Culpepper Jr., sold the 300 acres on Sandy Creek in
      Granville Co., NC "where I now live" to Thomas Davis. (Granville Co.
      Deed Bk. B, p. 391-2) Witnesses were Lewis Davis, Moses Harris, and
      Samuel Chaivis. Benjamin signed this deed with a 'C.' This land was
      described as "beginning on the north side of the said [Sandy] Creek at
      a Road Oak running thence along a line to a corner tree a Road Oak
      thence along a line CROSSING THE CREEK to a White Oak a corner tree of
      the south side of said creek thence along a line to a corner tree a
      White Oak thence along a line CROSSING THE CREEK to the first station
      it being the plantation whereon I now live."

      That Benjamin's 300 acres on Sandy Creek was the same land as Joseph's
      1743 land entry on Swift Creek is speculation. But note that Sandy
      Creek becomes Swift Creek at Hilliardston community in present day
      Nash County (according to "The North Carolina Gazeteer" by Wm. S.
      Powell). And this could have been about the point where this land was
      situated. And this was also near the boundary between what was then
      Edgecombe and Granville Counties. So the land entry might have
      mentioned Edgecombe, and the later sale, Granville, as the location.
      Also, note that both the land entry, and the later sale, mention that
      the land was on both sides of the creek. So this unusual feature of
      the property is found in both documents. Further, assuming the land
      entry became a grant to Joseph, there is no further mention of the
      sale of the land by his estate. Likewise, there is no other mention of
      Benjamin buying his Sandy Creek land. So by assuming that these two
      records refer to the same property, one has a complete history of its
      purchase and later sale. And if this is correct, then it strengthens
      the idea that this Benjamin was the son of Joseph, as he would have
      inherited this land from Joseph by right of primogeniture, just as he
      apparently inherited the west half of the Fishing Creek property.

      An anomaly, which remains to be explained, is that this Benjamin
      apparently signed his sale of land in Edgecombe with a 'B' and yet
      signed this sale of land in Granville with a 'C'. Was the 'B' in the
      Edgecombe sale an error by the copyist? Since the surviving deeds in
      Edgecombe are copies, not originals, it would be hard to speculate.

      There is no further record of this Benjamin. He seems to have moved in
      the direction of, if not to, Richland or Camden District, SC, where
      records have been lost. No surviving records on Benjamin in South
      Carolina have been found.

      Research on his wife and her family might eventually provide
      additional clues. Since Benjamin did not follow the migration path of
      his siblings, chances are, he was migrating with his wife's family,
      and not with his own. Perhaps she was related to the John Griffin, who
      was an adjacent land owner to Joseph Culpepper in early Northampton
      County, and who may have been the same John Griffin who lived next to
      Benjamin's widow Lydia in early South Carolina.