A FAMILY HISTORY

Edited by David A. Culp

"There is more here than just a list of relatives who happen to be our ancestors.  Herein lies a typical, subtle story of human drama and endeavor that helped shape our nation!"  

Excerpt from A Tribute to Courage written by the late Joe Kubicek of Austin, Tx. in tribute to his great grandparents, Frank and Mary Ann Culp.


INTRODUCTION

My father, S. "Howard" Culp (1925-1995) became involved in genealogical research in the early 1970's when asked to contribute information on his father's "Outlaw" family ties. The Outlaw family information was being supplemented at the time (1972) by Mr. Albert Henry Outlaw of Greensboro, NC.  The original work being entitled Outlaw Genealogy copyrighted in 1930 by Albert Timothy Outlaw of Kenansville, NC.

This sparked a life-long interest in genealogical research and Dad spent the next five years pursuing what he called the "European Connection".   The information you will see on this page is a result of his tireless research and the research of countless others who have spent many hours at this tedious endeavor and been kind enough to share it with me.   So in that regard...  I dedicate these pages to my father and to all of you...

Genealogy, like any other science is based on information which is subject to change with further research.  The information presented as to the first three generations is conjecture subject to correction, but is believed to be accurate from what is known so far. I have attempted to go beyond the mere "dates" which can sometimes make genealogical research rather tedious and provide as much anecdotal information as possible.   Hopefully, family traditions and stories can help bring these "names on a page" to life for the reader.  All the information is designed to be viewed in standard browser software and I have kept the file sizes to a minimum to expedite the viewing experience.  However, several of the documents are in word format and will require Microsoft Word to view.  Also, the USGS maps included will require Adobe Reader.

This story is written from my viewpoint looking back to my direct male ancestors.  I did this to keep the information manageable and it also held the most interest for me personally.  I have received quite a large number of responses over the years and have included any information received to date on the web pages before you.  I am not a genealogist-just a mere reporter!  Therefore, all the information that I possess on this subject is available for viewing on this site.  Unfortunately and as a result, I cannot answer most questions or provide any additional research materials for other branches of the Culp family.  I still like hearing from you though, so keep the emails coming.  I am always grateful for any comments, additions and/or corrections concerning the material presented.  Importantly, if you have any information, anecdotes, photos, etc. to contribute about this branch of the family or the locales in which they lived; by all means, send it to me and it will be included where appropriate with credit given to you on the site.   Thank you or your attention and enjoy the story.

David A. Culp, Editor


 

"THE EUROPEAN CONNECTION"

KOLB-KULP-CULP is a name of Germanic origin.

The early origins of the family seem to have been in the Palatinate area of southern Germany in the vicinity of Munich and the Austrian border.  I will delve into Germanic history only to a depth necessary for the casual reader to understand the basic origins of race and the possible motivations for our ancestors to eventually relocate to the new world.  I will cover the eras up to the late 1600's-early 1700's at which point we have the first record of a Kolb which we can trace to our line.

Generally speaking, the Celts were the first recorded occupants of the present day German territories with a heavy influence from migrating Scandinavian tribes who eventually conquered them between 1000 and 100 BC.  In approximately 12 BC to 16 AD the Romans attempted their conquest of the area with only a small portion of southwestern Germany ever really coming under Roman control.  Thus, the Germanic tribes were able for the most part, to maintain their traditional ways.

The Germanic tribe known as the Franks began their climb to prominence and by the 5th century under the reign of Clovis (reign 481-511 AD) established the Merovingian Empire and were in control of a large area of Germany including Bavaria. Clovis converted to Christianity and the Merovingian Empire prospered until the 8th century at which time it gave way to a new line of Frankish kings beginning with Charlemagne (Charles Martel 768-814 AD) who was eventually crowned emperor by the Pope.

After Charlemagne's death, the empire was plunged into civil wars with the West Franks (France) and the East Franks (Germany) emerging about 870 AD.  Shortly thereafter, Viking and Magyar (Hungarians from northeastern Europe) invaders wreaked havoc on the Franks who sought protection and fell under the influence of local nobles with the resulting collapse of any form of centralized government.  In 876, Charles III emperor of the German East Franks, began to consolidate power and by 884 had acquired most of Germany, Italy and France.  Still the conflicts continued with the Magyars and it was not until the emergence of the Saxon kings Henry I and Otto I that the Magyars were finally defeated.  In 962, Otto established the Roman Empire which later became known as the Holy Roman Empire in the 12th century.  Feudalization of Germany was well on its way by this time and Germany remained fragmented under a succession of rulers who held loose control and were variously in and out of favor with the catholic church.

Tensions between the fragmented Holy Roman Empire and the Catholic church reached their peak in 1517 when Martin Luther posted his famous theses on a Catholic church door attacking the core of catholic doctrine.  This event triggered the reformation and along with the invention of a movable-type printing press to spread the new "Lutheranism"; sowed the seeds of the religious discontent which eventually destroyed Germany's religious unity and lead to numerous uprisings and wars.  In 1555 the Peace of Augsburg was signed which granted recognition to both Protestant Lutheranism and the Roman Catholic church in Germany.   It did not include the more stringent protestant form of Calvinism* and eventually the shunned Calvinists created trouble which came to a head in 1618.  It was then that the Bohemian nobles chose Fredrick of the Palatinate, a German Calvinist to be their king.  The Thirty Years War (1618-1648) ensued; fought between Catholic and Protestant factions it was eventually settled by the Peace Of Westphalia and a recognition of Calvinism.

*The theological system of John Calvin (ca. 1570) and his followers marked by a strong emphasis on the sovereignty of God, the depravity of mankind and the doctrine of predestination.

The Thirty Years War was particularly devastating to the population and the economy of Germany which was already in decline with the growing prominence of the Atlantic nations of Spain, France and England.  Germany in the late middle ages and the first half of the 16th century found itself no longer at the center of European trade and commerce resulting in a prolonged economic stagnation which lasted well into the 19th century. 

The afore mentioned history sets the stage for an understanding of the political and religious climate in Germany at the time of the earliest Kolb records.  The following quote from Glenn Landis, a true genealogist and researcher states clearly what the reader should keep in mind from this point forward concerning the generations previous to Hans Casper Kolb-Kulp-Culp based on new DNA evidence.  I highly recommend that you visit Glenn's site Kolb-Kulp-Culp.org for additional information:

"Another Kolb came to Pennsylvania in September 1729 on the ship "Allen".   He was Hans Casper Kolb.  Hans Casper settled in Bucks County, PA and owned several properties in Pennsylvania, but had moved to Anson County South Carolina by 1753. Some researchers had decided that he was a son of Peter Kolb and a grandson of Dielman Kolb of Wolfsheim; however, he came with Alexander Mack, leader of the German Baptist Brethren and Hans Casper is recorded as being part of that group at Schwarzenau.   So, he was a member of the Brethren church and not Mennonite and pretty surely not a descendant of Dielman Kolb of Wolfsheim.  With our recent DNA tests, we have had confirmation that the DNA of the Hans Casper Kolb descendants does not match the patterns of the descendants of Dielman Kolb.  We also now know that there are many Kolb families who are not related to each other." - Glenn Landis

Note:  I will continue to display the Dielman Kolb information to help other Kolb lines though I am now very doubtful based on Glenn's DNA information that he is actually my ancestor and I am looking at the beginning of my line being Hans Casper Kolb as it appears impossible at present to determine his prior lineage. --David Culp 2013

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Heinrich Kolben, 1st. Dates and Wife unknown but the following offspring:

  • Franz H.

  • Casper H.

  • Barbara

  • Heinrich, 2nd  Changed his name to Kolb ?

  • Dielman Sr. 1648-1712  Mennonite minister in Germany married Agnes Schumacher.

OR....

Heinrich Kolb Born about 1615 in Wolfsheim, Hesse, Germany.  Still living in 1650 according to census.

  • Dielman Sr. 1648-1712  Mennonite minister in Germany married Agnes Schumacher.

Maybe these two records of Heinrich Kolben or Kolb are the same person?

GGGGGGGG Grandfather  Refuted by DNA evidence that this is my ancestor.

Dielman Kolb was born in 1648. He resided in Wolfsheim in Baden, Germany.  He died in 1712, aged 64 years.  He is buried at Mannheim, Germany.  Dielman married Agenes Schumacher.  Agenes (Schumacher) Kolb born 1652 and died in 1705, aged 53 years and is buried at Wolfsheim. Dielman and Agenes had at least seven children, perhaps ten. A 1685 census in Wolfsheim shows them with 5 sons and 2 daughters.

Offspring with Agenes are:

  • Peter Kolb (1671-1727) Buried at Manheim, He was a Mennonite minister.

  • Anna Kolb (1676-1738)   Buried at Wolfsheim.  Married Baltzar Kolb and never came to America.

  • Martin Kolb (1680-1761)  Came to America and settled at Germantown, PA in 1707.  Married Magdalena, a daughter of Isaac Van Sintern and Neeltje Classen.

  • Johannes Kolb (1683-1759)  Came to America in in 1707.  Moved to Skippack PA in 1709.

  • Jacob Kolb (1685-1739)  Came to America in 1707 and settled in Germantown, PA.  Married Sarah Van Sintern (Magdalena's sister) in 1710.

  • Heinrich Kolb (1688-1730)  Came to America in 1707 and settled in Germantown, PA.

  • Dielman Kolb, Jr. (1691-1748)  Came to America in 1717.

GGGGGGG Grandfather Refuted by DNA evidence that this is my ancestor.

Peter Kolb (1671-1727) buried at Mannheim, Germany.  Wife Maria Barbara (?)

Offspring with Maria Barbara (?) are believed to be:

  • Hans Casper Kolb (1692-1770) emigrated to America in 1729.

  • Dielman Kolb (1700-1763) I believe arrived in Philadelphia from Rotterdam on August 19th, 1729 on the ship Mortonhouse.  Manifest indicates he arrived with Judith (?)  Eventually settled in Tinicum Township, Bucks Co. PA.

  • Martin Kolb (1703-1771) Emigrated to America in 1728.

  • Johann Jacob Kolb (1715-1759)  Place of Birth unknown.  Massacred in a Cherokee uprising in Camden District, Kershaw Co., SC
     

 

ANABAPTISTS/MENNONITES/GERMAN BAPTIST BRETHREN

The religious reforms of Martin Luther didn't go far enough for some of the pietistic reformers who would later subscribe to the Anabaptist doctrine.  That doctrine held that in order for baptism to be valid, it must come as a result of a reasoned profession of faith.  This required a re-baptism in adulthood regardless if one had been baptized at birth, thus the term-Anabaptist This flew in the face of the Catholic doctrine of course and even the Lutheran and Reformed doctrine of the time held baptism at birth as being valid.  In addition, for all the reforms of the Catholic church that Martin Luther promulgated, his political views were much more conservative. Even though he personally believed the end of the world was near, he supported civil obedience to worldly authorities as long as they allowed freedom of worship.  However, this was a freedom that Luther himself was less then generous with when it came to the Anabaptists.  He opposed this very strict sect as well as the other offshoots and at one point, wrote an impassioned tract demanding their quick suppression.  The authorities gladly obliged and later willingly adopted Luther's faith with the result being that Lutheranism became the accepted state religion in most protestant areas. 

As was said, the Anabaptist movement which Luther had opposed in his day evolved into many new pietistic groups after his death some of  which included the Mennonites (an Anabaptist offshoot) and a new group, called the Brethren.   In 1708, the Schwarzenau Brethren were formed by Alexander Mack (1679-1735) of Schwarzenau, Germany.  Known as the New Baptists, Dunkers, Dunkards or Tunkers this group distinguished itself from the original Anabaptist groups by requiring among other things, trine baptism.  This involved the candidate for baptism kneeling in the water and being immersed three times face first in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  In addition, was their celebration of communion always in the evening and at a common table having been preceded by a washing of feet.  Their very strict adherence to the New Testament also provided for praying over the sick and anointing with oil.

Politically, they were rigid non-resistors, non-voters and generally shunned formal legal proceedings and oaths.  They were almost immediately persecuted by the rigid German religious society of the time and in about 1720, almost completely driven out of Germany into Holland.  Here they settled among the Mennonites reportedly in  the Surhuisterveen-West Friesland area.  In 1729, all but a few emigrated to America.

Further information is available on the "Church of the Brethren Network" , including a photograph of present day Schwarzenau.

Crossing an ocean in that era was a particularly brutal and devastating experience.  Constant hunger, restless sleep, sickness from the unsanitary conditions and death were the only guarantees.  Burial at sea being particularly cruel to those family members left alive as indicated by the following passage recounting these immigrant voyages:

"Many hundred people necessarily die and perish in such misery, and must be cast into the sea, which drives their relatives or those that persuaded them to undertake the journey, to such despair that it is almost impossible to pacify or console them. In a word, the sighing and crying and lamenting on board the ship continues day and night, so as to cause the hearts of even the most hardened to bleed when they hear it." - On the Misfortune of Indentured Servants, Gottlieb Mittelberger, 1754.


Having left from Rotterdam for America in 1729 aboard ship with the founder of the German Baptist Brethren, I can only conclude that Hans Casper Kolb (Kulp) was driven from his home in Germany to Holland due to religious persecution and then eventually to America.  Upon arrival here, he took refuge with the Mennonite community in Pennsylvania as had been done in Holland then moving later to the Carolinas with descendents branching out eventually to Tennessee.

 

 

KOLB, KULP AND CULP IN COLONIAL AMERICA

KOLB-KULP-CULP

GGGGGG Grandfather  The beginning of my line of male ancestors based on the best information available.

Hans Casper Kolb (Kulp) (1692-1770) born in Schwarzenau, Palatinate, Germany arrived in Philadelphia Pennsylvania on September 11 or 15, 1729 aboard the ship "Allen" which had sailed from Rotterdam on July 7th 1729.  He immigrated along with Rev. Alexander Mack who had founded the German Baptist Brethren in 1708 in Schwarzenau.  Also listed on the ship's manifest is Anna (Alcordas?) (Felicitas?) (Phillis?) Kulp (1701/15-1764)  I and others believe that this may have been Hans Casper Kolb's wife.  Other evidence suggests that in fact, Anna Phyllis may have been a sister.  There is recorded a Phyllis Kolb living in New Castle, Delaware at the time Hans Casper was residing in Pennsylvania.  Hans Casper Kolb (who signed some documents Kulp) eventually settled on land grants in South Carolina about 1754 though part of the land was in North Carolina at that time.  All Casper's descendants it is believed changed their name to Culp.  Hans and his wife are believed to be buried in the Old Stone Cemetery, Camden District, NC now South Carolina.

*Offspring of Hans Casper Kolb (Kulp) and perhaps Anna Phillis Kulp(?) were:

  • Mary Culp (1731-) Born in Pennsylvania Married to William Taylor

  • Barbara Culp(1733-1782) Born in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Barbara Culp Married to William McKinney was scalped by Indians.  See this informative website:  Life On The Frontier . Died in Camden District, NC

  • Margaret Culp (1735-) Born in Pennsylvania.  Married Richard Braun/Brown or a Samuel Brown

  • Catherine Culp (1737-1775) Born  in Bucks County, Pennsylvania.  Died in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina  Married to John Thomas Lance/Lentz

  • Peter Culp (1737-1791/2) Born in Pennsylvania.  Died in Chester County, SC.  Married Elizabeth Ferguson

  • Henry Culp 1st* (1738/39-died after 1800) Born in Tohickon Township, Pennsylvania and died in Rowan County, North Carolina. Married to Barbara early 1770's in Chester County, South Carolina.

  • Benjamin Franklin Culp , Sr. (1741-1819) Born and died in Chester County, South Carolina.  Revolutionary Patriot. Married to Dorothea Oberchain Additional information and pictures provided by Jim Dedman.  Thanks Jim!

  • Augustian Culp (1745-a.1784) Born in Pennsylvania and died in York County, South Carolina.  Married to Agnes

  • John Culp (1746-1809) Born in Tohickon Township PA Died in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. 

* Additional information provided by Wylma Culp Ficco.  Thanks Wlyma!

 

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Henry Culp 1st* born 1738/39 in Pennsylvania died circa 1800 in Rowan County, North Carolina, burial place unknown.  He was married and spouse's name was Barbara.  Note:  On the 1800 Rowan County census, Henry and son Adam, age 20 were living alone.

Offspring with Barbara were:

  • Hannah Culp Earnhart (1774-?)  Born on Fishing Creek, South Carolina.  Married George Earnhart in August 1793 in Rowan County, North Carolina.

  • (William) Henry Culp Sr. (1776/77-1853) Married Sarah Mary in 1797 in Rowan County, North Carolina

  • Elizabeth Culp Swink (1778-?)  Married George Swink in January 1796 in Rowan County, North Carolina.

  • Adam Culp (1780-Before1840) Married Abigail in 1803/04 in Rowan County, North Carolina.

Before continuing on... I want to take some space to pay a special tribute to Ms. Wylma Culp Ficco for supplying me with information and copies of documents which I believe make the connection between Casper, Henry the 1st and Henry Culp Sr..  This has been a perplexing question over the years and I believe that the information recently provided by Wylma may have finally solved it.  Is it irrefutable?  No... nothing is, but it is compelling.

Thanks Wylma!

Below is information which has been confirmed from multiple sources:

 

LIFE IN TENNESSEE

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(William) Henry Culp Sr. born in 1776 in Rowan County,  North Carolina.  Henry relocated to Tennessee circa 1805, first into Bedford County and eventually moving to Wayne County sometime between 1827 and 1845; dying there in 1853.  His grave is in Matthews Cemetery, Perry County, Tennessee.  This cemetery may also be referred to as Powell's Hill Cemetery.  Henry Sr. was married to Mary born in 1780 in Rowan County, North Carolina and she died in 1845 at age 65 and is buried in Matthews Cemetery next to Henry Sr.  Henry may have come to Tennessee because his brother Adam and sister Hannah had moved there and were living in Bedford County.   Another description of the cemetery by TNGenWeb.org which calls into question the occupants of the stone or concrete coffins in the picture.  Apparently Henry Culp Sr. and Mary are buried on the grounds and are not in the coffins as the first photo would have us believe.  Maybe the coffin photo was staged with the plaque shown in the picture?

Offspring with Mary were:

  • Henry Culp, Jr. (1802-1887)

  • Timothy Culp (1805-1881)  Born in Bedford County, Tennessee.  Died in Obion County, Tennessee. Buried in Mt. Moriah Cemetery near Troy, Obion Co. TN.

  • Hartwell Culp (1807-1882) Buried at Matthews Cemetery, Perry Co. Tennessee. Hartwell's wife Narcissis (1824-1882) is buried at Culp's Chapel Cemetery, Perry Co., TN.

  • William Culp (1808-1860) William came to Rusk County, Texas in 1851, he was married to Mary and the 1860 census shows his survivors as being Mary Culp and children.  William's cause of death listed as congestion (pneumonia).

Letter from William to Henry Culp Jr. November 23, 1857

Offspring with Mary were:

  • Eliza Culp (Hopper) William and Mary Culp had a married daughter Eliza (Culp) Hopper living on an adjacent property.  She was married to W. J. Hopper.  W. J. Hopper was a soldier in Company G, 19th Regiment, Texas Infantry, under Captain R. H. Graham.  His pension application comments are:  "On furlough 27Feb1863; sick February 1864."

Offspring of W. J. Hopper and Eliza Culp according to 1860 census were:

  • Mary F. Culp, Age 5

  • Sarah Culp,  Age 3

  • William J., Age 7 months. (1859-1938) Married Alvina Diesing in 1887 in Lampasas, Tx.

  • Josephine (1861-)  Married Monty Peck

  • William L. (sometimes shown as L. William) 25 was a private in Co. E, 10th Texas Cavalry (Locke's) died in a hospital in Atlanta, Georgia during the Civil War.

  • Wilson, Age 22

  • Henry, Age 19-Henry died at Pine Bluff, Arkansas from illness in 1862 as a private in Co. E, 10th Texas Cavalry (Locke's).  The unit commander reported an outbreak of measles with many men afflicted while the unit was in Arkansas.

  • Nealy, Age 14

  • George, Age 11

              Information on William Culp and family provided by Jimmy Culp.  Thanks Jimmy!

  • Benjamin Culp Sr.  Benjamin Culp went to Dunklin Co. Mo with wife Kissiah. She died soon after 1854. Benjamin was in the 1860 census of Dunklin County, Missouri. He apparently died sometime during 1860s.

  • Anna Culp (Hutchens) Lebanon MO. ? Moved to Hornersville, MO. in 1844.  Died 1868 in Missouri.

  • Sarah M. Culp (McClenden) Died in Arkansas

  • Amos B. Culp (1801- Died before 1890 In 1837, during the great westward expansion, Henry Sr.’s eldest son, Amos B. Culp, moved his wife, Jane Davis, and their two children from central Tennessee to Edwardsville, Illinois. On December 2, 1839,  Amos purchased a land patent for a large acreage of land in Brighton Township, Macoupin County, Illinois which he farmed until his death. The farm which is located just northwest of Brighton, Illinois has remained Culp property for six generations.  Amos B. is said to be buried in the Davis Family Cemetery in Bunker Hill, Illinois but no one is certain because the cemetery was robbed of some stones and other stones were vandalized back in the 1970s.

         Off Spring of Amos B. Culp and Jane were:

  • David Culp born about 1833 in Tennessee and served in the Civil War as a Union Sergeant for the 31st Illinois Infantry, Company H.  At the time of his discharge, he was ranked as a 1st Lieutenant. He was wounded in battle and remained disabled for the rest of his life.

  • Jane Culp born in 1836 in Tennessee.

  • Margaret Culp born about 1839 in Madison County, Illinois.

  • Lementine Culp born about 1841 in Woodburn, Macoupin County, Illinois.

  • Emily Culp born about 1844 in Woodburn, Macoupin County, Illinois.

  • Martha Tennessee Culp born in 1846 in Woodburn, Macoupin County, Illinois.

  • Amos Daniel Culp born 1848 in Woodburn, Macoupin County, Illinois.

                   Information on Amos B. Culp provided by Debra Carlson. Thanks Debra!

                  Information on Benjamin Culp provided by Dora Robinson.  Thanks Dora!

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Henry Culp Jr. (1802-1887) born 1802 in Rowan County, North Carolina, relocated to Tennessee approximately 1805.  Lived near Beech Creek, Wayne County, Tennessee.  He was a furniture maker and had personal property worth $ 23,763.00 according to the 1860 census. In 1824, he bought 190 acres in Wayne County  and another 12 acres in 1837.  Died there in 1887.  Henry was married twice, first to:

Sarah Robinson (1804-1853) born in 1804 in Maury County, TN and died about 1851-53 in Wayne County, TN.  She is buried in the Zion Church Cemetery.  Sarah Robinson was the daughter of Michael Robinson, Jr. (1764-1844) and granddaughter of Michael Robinson, Sr. (1732-1807) of Orange County, North Carolina and later of Williamson County, TN.  Michael Robinson, Sr. was a patriot and served with the North Carolina Militia.  He was born in Ulster, Ireland and came to America in 1744 settling originally in Pennsylvania then moving on to North Carolina in 1754 and then to Williamson County, TN prior to 1806 and died there in 1807.

Then to Elizabeth Briley Crossno (1825-1894).  Henry and Elizabeth are buried in the Henry Culp Family Plot in the Long Hollow at Beech Creek, TN.

Pictures of the Henry Culp Jr. Home place

Picture of a bed that was built and used by Henry Culp Jr.

Information on Henry Culp Jr., the Tennessee Culps and numerous photos provided by Fred Culp.  Thanks Fred!

Offspring with Sarah (1804-1853(?)) were:

         Offspring with Susan R. Jackson Culp were:

  • Hob Culp

  • James Culp (1848-)

  • Harrison Green Culp (1850-1907)

Offspring of Harrison Green Culp and Mithie Briley are:

  • Walter Culp

  • Grady Culp (1897-1990)

Offspring of Grady Culp and Fronie C. Middleton are:

  • Newell Culp

  • Floyd Culp (1929-1995)

Offspring of Floyd Culp and Ruby Whitson are:

  • Glenn Culp

  • Ann Culp

  • Amy Culp (Reina)

Offspring of Amy Culp Reina and Roland Reina are:

  • Allison Reina

  • Austin Reina

  • Jacob Reina

  •  Ferrel Culp

  •  Eva Culp

  •  Hyder Culp

  •  Lilly Culp

  •  Minnie Culp

  • John Culp

  • Bud Culp

  • Fannie Culp

  • Mary Culp

  • Alley Culp

          Information on Anderson R. Culp descendants provided by Amy and Jacob Reina.  Thanks Amy and Jacob!

  • Miranda Culp (1826-?) (Carter or Carver)

  • Mary Ann "Polly" Culp (1829-1896) married to Benjamin Raymond Vise (1819-1862).  Later married Jones. Relocated to and is buried in Rusk County, TX.  In the 1860 census, B. R. Vise and Polly are living on property adjacent to Mary Culp (her aunt, widow of Henry Jr.'s brother William).

          Offspring of Polly Culp and B. R. Vise were:

  • Eli

  • Henry

  • Juliet

  • Mary

  • William

  • Amos (Hartwell) Culp (1828-1862) member of Co. "C", 2nd Tenn. Cav (Biffle's) CSA  killed or died near Bowling Green,  KY. in 1862.  Body retrieved by a family neighbor named  Bromley.  He is buried in the Culp family plot, Beech Creek, Wayne Co., Tennessee in an unmarked grave.

  • Allen Culp (1832-1918) member of Co. "I", 19th Tenn. Cavalry (Biffle's), CSA, survived the war and was a furniture and coffin maker.  Married his step-sister Eliza Jane Crossno (1843-1926).  Both are buried in the Culp Cemetery at Little Beech Creek, Wanye Co. TN.

  • Elizabeth "Bettie" Culp (G. H. Matthews) (1835-1879)

  • John Henry Culp (1837-1911)  Captain, Co. "I", 19th Tenn. Cavalry (Biffle's), CSA.  Married to Julia Ann Newsom (1841-1918) in 1860.  Moved to Texas in 1871.  Both are buried at Crim's Chapel Cemetery in Henderson, TX. 

    Picture of the old John Henry Culp house located near Culp Cemetery, Little Beech Creek, Wayne Co. TN.  Photo taken in 1988 courtesy of John Allen.  Thanks John!

          Offspring with Julia Ann Newsom were:

  •   William G. Culp (1861-1932)

  •   James Samuel Culp (1862-1937)

  •   Eliza Culp (1865-1937)

  •   Eudora Culp (1869-1962)

  •   John Franklin Culp (1871-1925)

  •   Ida Culp (1873-1948)

  •   Amos B. Culp (1880-1956)

  •   Bonnie Culp (1882-1971)            

  •  John Franklin Culp (Frank) (1839-1870)

Information on Sarah Robinson, Mary Ann "Polly" Culp and offspring of John Henry Culp provided by Poke Mamzic. Thanks Poke!

Offspring with Elizabeth (1825-1891-94) were:

  • Tennessee "Ten" Culp (1854-?) Buried in Culp Cemetery, Little Beech Creek, Wayne Co. TN.

  • James Monroe Culp (1855-1925) Buried in Culp Cemetery, Little Beech Creek, Wayne Co. TN.

  • William Buchannan "Buck" Culp  (1859-1913)  Buried in Culp Cemetery, Little Beech Creek, Wayne Co. TN.

  • Sally Mae Culp (Chappell)(1861-1943) Born February 16, 1861 in Wayne County, Tennessee.  Married Nimrod Henry Clay Chappell (1851-1912) on August 17, 1876.  Remarried  to Newton J. Vanderburgh January 5, 1913.   Died on August 9, 1943 at Wayne, Oklahoma, burial is in Wynnewood Oklahoma.

  • Matilda Culp (John Denton) (1863-1906)  Buried in Howell Cemetery, Perry Co., TN.

  • Amos (1865-1870)   Note:  Henry's first son Amos was killed or died during the Civil War in 1862 near Bowling Green as a member of Company "C", 2nd TN Cav (Biffle's)  This second son named Amos died at the age of five.

  • Masa Dona Culp (Robert Denton) (1869-1924)  Buried in Howell Cemetery map link, Perry County, TN.

 

THE CONFEDERACY AND TO TEXAS

GG Grandfather

John Franklin Culp(1839-1870) was born in Tennessee in 1839 probably in Wayne County.  Appears on the 1850 Wayne County census as aged 11.  Appears on the 1860 Perry County census as married to Mary Ann (Sowell) Culp (1836-1873). Enlisted February 17, 1863 at Columbia, TN into Company "I", 19th Tenn. Cavalry, CSA  by Col. Jacob B. Biffle.  Orders of Battle indicate  that he most assuredly was involved in actions at the battles of Thompson Station, Chickamauga, Springhill, Franklin and after harassing Sherman on his march to Atlanta, the unit was ultimately paroled May 9,1865 at Gainesville, AL. as the 9th Tennessee Cavalry.  After the war, probably facing the recrimination of Union sympathetic neighbors, the family left Tennessee and moved to Bastrop County Texas which is approximately 25 miles SE of Austin.  Mary Ann Sowell had relatives already living there.  The trip supposedly took nine weeks by ox cart.  Frank bought a 254 acre plot to farm near Piney Creek (5 miles north of the town of Bastrop).  He lived only eight more months, until August 31, 1870 and is buried in Mt. Bethel (Piney Creek) Cemetery which is accessible today.  According to family tradition, Mary Ann continued on the farm until her death in 1873.  Other information holds that she remarried a James A. Fletcher from the Piney Creek area.  She is buried in Mt. Bethel Cemetery.  Frank and Mary Ann's children were raised by her brother and sisters.  They were descendants of Ryon W. Sowell and Anna Letsinger of Maury County, Tennessee.  (This link is to a .doc file so that the formatting would not be lost)

Information on the Sowell family in this section provided by Ed Sowell.  Thanks Ed!

Offspring of Franklin and Mary Ann Culp were:

         Children of Amos Cornelius and Sarah:

  • Louie (1890-?)

  • Sid Franklin (1892-?)

  • Minnie Maude

  • Gladys Irene  Minnie and Gladys died at a young age due to illness just a day apart.

  • Lily (Lesley) Celis (1897-?)

  • Curtis (1900-1943) Buried in Elgin.  Contracted and survived small pox along with his dad.  Died in a hunting accident outside of Elgin. Obituary from Austin American Statesman.  It is believed that Barney (Curtis) had laid his loaded shotgun up against the rear bumper of his car and that his bird dog jumped up and accidentally discharged it.   The dog was found still tied to the bumper.

  • Alfred Theo (1898-1948)  Died of shotgun wound 5 years after Curtis was killed in the same manner.  Obituary from Elgin Courier.  According to his own account, Theo was hunting along the banks of the Colorado River in East Austin when he tripped and fell in mud; discharging the gun which hit him in the chest.  He languished in the city hospital for three days before he died.

  • Wallace Cornelius (1903-1917)  Died at 14 of Pneumonia.

  • Lottie Lou

  • Bertha Belle  Married Joe Kubicek and had one son, Joe Kubicek (Jr.) author of A Tribute to Courage quoted at the beginning of this page.  Bertha's second marriage was to Lawrence Franklin Rollins and their children are Mona Kay Wells and Jack Lawrence.

          A.C. Culp Family Portrait circa 1910

          A. C. Culp family information provided by Ms. Jane McCord and Family Thanks Jane!

  • Andrew J. Culp (1868-1870) Buried in Mt. Bethel Cemetery near Bastrop Tx.

  • John F. Culp (1869-1958)  Born in Bastrop County Tx.  Was raised by his mother's sister and husband, Elizabeth and Enoch K. Smith*.  John died in Milam County, Tx.  Both he and his wife Jesse Dee Newton (1877-1938) are buried in Elgin, Tx.

*Enoch K. Smith had settled in the Republic of Texas in 1836, is believed to have fought in the Battle of San Jacinto (though he is not listed in the official records of the battle) and donated the land for the Mt. Bethel Cemetery referenced above.

          Sowell Family information in this section provided by Roy Pfeiffer.  Thanks Roy!

Great Grandfather

James Henry Culp (1860-1914)  Upon his mother's death, he was raised by James and Sarah (Coleman Walker) Sowell;  married to Sarah Rebecca (Outlaw) Culp (1864-1898).  Married again after Rebecca's death to Augusta Roemer Culp.  He was in the hardware business in Elgin, TX.  His business failed in 1894 and he may have began again and then sold out in Oct.1899 to Mr. G. W. Prewitt.  He is buried in the Elgin Cemetery.

Offspring of James Henry and Sarah Culp were:

  •  Amos Jackson Culp (1887-1919)  Was found dead in a railway boxcar in Cleburne, TX. according to the Sept. 8th, 1919 edition of the Galveston Daily News.  The death certificate listed the cause as being crushed by lumber in the car.  The body was sent home to Elgin, TX. for burial.  Identification was made from an unsent letter addressed to brother Sam Culp in Amos' pocket.                                                                            Updated information provided by Jan Lloyd.  Thanks, Jan!

  • Samuel Henry "Sam" Culp (1893-1971) Married to Mildred Wood (1895-1943) of Webberville, TX., than after her death to Ella Mae Ridings (1908-1977).

  • Herbert Virgil Culp (1895-1969) Married to Delores Wood, Mildred Wood's sister. Buried in Elgin Cemetery.  Sam and Herbert Culp-Early 1900's

Grandfather

Samuel Henry "Sam" Culp (1893-1971) born in Elgin, Tx.  My grandfather had a great love of baseball and played competitively until past age sixty.  He was in the hardware business from 1915-1943.   In 1943, he became business manager of the Elgin hospital until retirement in 1961.  He was married to Mildred (Wood) Culp and after her death in 1943, he wed again in 1952 to Ella Mae (Ridings) Culp.  All are buried in the Elgin Cemetery.  Obituary from Elgin Courier

Sam and Mildred

Sam and Ella Mae

Sam Culp Retirement Picture

Offspring of Sam and Mildred Culp were:

No offspring born to Sam and Ella.

Father

Samuel Howard "Howard" Culp (1925-1995) born in Elgin, Tx.  Attended the University of Texas in Austin, remained an Austin resident and wed Betty Ruth (Inscore) Culp (1931-2012).  My dad was an office manager For Dean Johnston Electrical Company in Austin.  With the advent of computer and information technology, he re-trained and worked as a programmer and systems analyst for the Comptroller of Public Accounts for the State of Texas.  During his tenure, being principally involved with the digital conversion of the state sales tax system.  Medically retired,  he was an accomplished pianist and genealogist.  He enjoyed reading and tending to his garden in later years.  Died of stroke in 1995.  Buried in the Elgin Cemetery.  Obituary from Elgin Courier

Howard as an infant, ca. 1925-26

Howard as a child, ca. 1930

Howard in college, ca. 1942

Howard and Sam ca. 1944

Howard with twins, ca. 1960

Howard and family, ca. 1965

Howard in later years, ca. 1993

Howard's gravestone, 1995

Offspring of Howard and Betty Culp are:

  • David Alan Culp (1955- ) The author, editor and administrator of this site.

  • Stephen Douglas Culp (1959- )

  • Tami Lynn Culp (1959- )

I have gone to great lengths to make the information on this page as accurate as is possible-always taking care to note my personal opinions where they appear.  Comments, contributions or corrections are very much desired and appreciated.

David A. Culp

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