Lucy Chastain

F, (circa 1887 - )
FatherJames W. Chastain (s 1857 - )
Birth*circa 1887 Lucy was born circa 1887. 
Marriage*say 1908 She married Robert R. Culpepper at Marion Co., Tennessee, say 1908. 
Married Namesay 1908  As of say 1908, her married name was Culpepper. 
1920 Census*1920 Lucy was listed as a daughter in James W. Chastain's household on the 1920 Census at Marion Co., Tennessee. ED 76, sheet 12, line 7. 

Family

Robert R. Culpepper (May 1877 - circa 1919)
Children
Last Edited1 July 1999

James D. Culpepper

M, (1910 - )
FatherRobert R. Culpepper (May 1877 - c 1919)
MotherLucy Chastain (c 1887 - )
Birth*1910 James was born at Marion Co., Tennessee, in 1910.1 
World War II*between 1943 and 1945 He enlisted in Peoria, Peoria Co., Illinois, and served in World War II between 1943 and 1945
(US Army.)1 
Residence*January 1943 James resided at Pulaski Co., Indiana, in January 1943.1 
Marriage*24 December 1945 He married Grace E. Culpepper at Walker Co., Georgia, on 24 December 1945.2 

Family

Grace E. Culpepper (circa 1914 - )
Last Edited30 April 2016

Citations

  1. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8939
    James D Culpepper, White, Divorced, born 1910 in Tennessee, residing in Pulaski Co., Indiana, enlisted as a Private in the US Army on 12 Jan 1943 in Peoria, Illinois.
  2. USGenWeb Archives.
    https://sites.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/copyright.htm
    Walker Co., GA Vital Records: Marriages
    http://searches.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/search?words=culpepper&start=1&sort=&state=ga&county=walker
    James D. Culpepper (35) and Grace E. Culpepper (31) on 24 Dec 1945 in Walker Co., GA, Book 29-123.

James W. Chastain

M, (say 1857 - )
Birth*say 1857 James was born say 1857. 
1920 Census*1920 James was listed as the head of a family on the 1920 Census at Marion Co., Tennessee. ED 76, sheet 12, line 7. 

Family

Child
Last Edited1 July 1999

Amanda E. Culpepper

F, (circa 1916 - )
FatherRobert R. Culpepper (May 1877 - c 1919)
MotherLucy Chastain (c 1887 - )
Birth*circa 1916 Amanda was born at Marion Co., Tennessee, circa 1916. 
Last Edited1 July 1999

William Carl Culpepper1

M, (18 December 1917 - 20 April 1987)
FatherRobert R. Culpepper (May 1877 - c 1919)
MotherLucy Chastain (c 1887 - )
Name Variation He was also known as Carl. 
Birth*18 December 1917 William was born at Marion Co., Tennessee, on 18 December 1917.1 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Tennessee.2 
Residence*September 1946 William resided at Hamilton Co., Tennessee, in September 1946.1 
World War II*1946 He enlisted in Fort Oglethorpe, Catoosa Co., Georgia, and served in World War II in 1946
(US Army. Served after the end of the war.)1 
Death*20 April 1987 He died on 20 April 1987 at age 69.2 
Burial*say 24 April 1987 His body was interred say 24 April 1987 at Chattanooga Memorial Park Cemetery, Chattanooga, Hamilton Co., Tennessee.3 
Last Edited30 April 2016

Citations

  1. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8939
    William Carl Culpepper, White, Married, born 1917 in Tennessee, residing in Hamilton Co., Tennessee, enlisted as a Private in the US Army on 20 Sep 1946 in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  3. Find a Grave (online database)
    http://www.findagrave.com
    Find A Grave Memorial# 128251452.

Cora W. Culpepper

F, (circa 1915 - )
FatherRobert R. Culpepper (May 1877 - c 1919)
MotherLucy Chastain (c 1887 - )
Birth*circa 1915 Cora was born at Marion Co., Tennessee, circa 1915. 
Last Edited1 July 1999

Missouri Culpepper1

F, (circa 1852 - )
FatherEmanuel Joseph Culpepper1 (4 Jul 1824 - 30 May 1889)
MotherPamelia Ann Phillips (19 Aug 1828 - c 1900)
Birth*circa 1852 Missouri was born at Floyd Co., Georgia, circa 1852.1 
Marriage*5 April 1874 She married Pleasant J. Favor at DeKalb Co., Alabama, on 5 April 1874.1 
Married Name5 April 1874  As of 5 April 1874, her married name was Favor. 

Family

Pleasant J. Favor (say 1850 - )
Last Edited14 February 2005

Citations

  1. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 152.

Laura Ingram1

F, (22 July 1890 - November 1975)
Birth*22 July 1890 Laura was born on 22 July 1890.2 
Married Namesay 1908  As of say 1908, her married name was Bankston.1 
Marriage*say 1908 She married James L. Bankston say 1908.1 
Marriage*between 1920 and 1940 She married John E. Culpepper between 1920 and 1940. John and Laura Culpepper had no children.1 
Married Namebetween 1920 and 1940  As of between 1920 and 1940, her married name was Culpepper.1 
Death*November 1975 She died at Scottsboro, Jackson Co., Alabama, in November 1975 at age 85.2 
Burial*November 1975 Her body was interred in November 1975 at Old Harmony Cemetery, Jackson Co., Alabama

Family 1

James L. Bankston (26 July 1886 - 1 March 1919)

Family 2

John E. Culpepper (14 October 1873 - 22 April 1948)
Last Edited3 March 2005

Citations

  1. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 210.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm

Emmitt Franklin Culpepper1,2,3

M, (31 December 1925 - 8 January 2004)
FatherKing Franklin Culpepper1 (7 Jan 1903 - 7 Sep 1964)
MotherArizona Adlaid Townsend1 (6 Jul 1905 - 2 May 1990)
Name Variation He was also known as Emmett. 
Birth*31 December 1925 Emmitt was born at Jackson Co., Alabama, on 31 December 1925.3,4 
SSN*between 1936 and 1950 His Social Security Number was issued between 1936 and 1950 in Alabama.3 
Residence*August 1944 Emmitt resided at Jackson Co., Alabama, in August 1944.5 
World War II*between 1944 and 1946 Emmett enlisted at Fort McClellan, Alabama and served in the US Army from August 29, 1944 to August 28, 1946 as a Landing Craft Seaman with Company "B," 594th Engineer Boat and Shore Regiment in the Asiatic Pacific Theater, participating in the Southern Philippines Liberation. He received the Good Conduct Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Star, three Overseas Service Bars, Army of Occupation Medal Japan, Victory Ribbon with one Bronze Star, and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon.6,5
Emmett Franklin Culpepper
Death*8 January 2004 He died at Section, Jackson Co., Alabama, on 8 January 2004 at age 78.3 
Burial*circa 10 January 2004 His body was interred circa 10 January 2004 at Macedonia Cemetery, Section, Jackson Co., Alabama.2 
Last Edited19 July 2010

Citations

  1. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 196.
  2. National Cemetery Administration, compiler, US Veterans Gravesites, 1775-2006, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2006.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8750
    Emmitt F Culpepper, PFC US ARMY WORLD WAR II, 1925 - 2004, buried at Macedonia Cemetery, Section, Jackson Co., Alabama 35771.
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  4. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 197.
  5. National Archives and Records Administration, compiler, U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946, Online database at Ancestry.com, 2005.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=8939
    Emitt F. Culpepper, born 1925, White, Native of Alabama; Resided in Jackson Co., Alabama; Enlisted on 29 Aug 1944 in Alabama at Fort McClellan in the US Army as a Private for the duration of the War plus six months; Education: Grammar school; Civil Occupation: Automobile Serviceman; Marital Status: Single, without dependents.
  6. Source: Bobby Jo Pressley Culpepper, wife.

Milford Eugene Culpepper1,2

M, (23 August 1928 - 28 March 1979)
FatherKing Franklin Culpepper2 (7 Jan 1903 - 7 Sep 1964)
MotherArizona Adlaid Townsend2 (6 Jul 1905 - 2 May 1990)
Nickname  Milford Eugene Culpepper also went by the name of Pug Culpepper.3 
Birth*23 August 1928 Milford was born at Jackson Co., Alabama, on 23 August 1928.4,5 
Photographed*say 1952 He was photographed say 1952.6
Milford Eugene Culpepper
Korean War*1953 He served in the Korean War in 1953
(Milford Eugene Culpepper entered the US Army May 21, 1953 and served in the 101st Airborne Division, that included a tour of duty in Korea during the war. His duty in Korea was to parachute behind enemy lines and set up communications.)7 
Death*28 March 1979 He died at Fort Payne, DeKalb Co., Alabama, on 28 March 1979 at age 50.4,5 
Burial*30 March 1979 His body was interred on 30 March 1979 at Northeast Memorial Cemetery, Rainsville, DeKalb Co., Alabama.5 
Last Edited31 August 2011

Citations

  1. E-mail to Lew Griffin from Lilly Ruth Culpepper Hammond, (256) 582-2824.
  2. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 196.
  3. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
  4. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  5. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 197.
  6. E-mail written 1999 - 2010 to Lew Griffin from Ruby Jo (Culpepper) Gillespie, 1814 Royal Fern Lane, Fleming Island, FL 32003, e-mail address.
  7. E-mail written Mar 2010 to Lew Griffin from Ruby Jo (Culpepper) Gillespie ID: 11441, 1814 Royal Fern Lane, Fleming Island, FL 32003, e-mail address.

Rayford Leon Culpepper1,2

M, (13 April 1935 - 3 January 1975)
FatherKing Franklin Culpepper2 (7 Jan 1903 - 7 Sep 1964)
MotherArizona Adlaid Townsend2 (6 Jul 1905 - 2 May 1990)
Birth*13 April 1935 Rayford was born at Jackson Co., Alabama, on 13 April 1935.3,4 
Military service*between 1953 and 1954 Rayford Leon Culpepper served in the US Army from April 1953 to October 1954. He had an auto accident in September 1953, while on leave before going overseas, and was medically discharged in October 1954 .5 
Photographed*say 1960 He was photographed say 1960.6
Rayford Leon Culpepper
Death*3 January 1975 He died at Section, Jackson Co., Alabama, on 3 January 1975 at age 39.3 
Last Edited1 September 2011

Citations

  1. E-mail to Lew Griffin from Lilly Ruth Culpepper Hammond, (256) 582-2824.
  2. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 196.
  3. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm
  4. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 198.
  5. E-mail written Mar 2010 to Lew Griffin from Ruby Jo (Culpepper) Gillespie ID: 11441, 1814 Royal Fern Lane, Fleming Island, FL 32003, e-mail address.
  6. E-mail written 1999 - 2010 to Lew Griffin from Ruby Jo (Culpepper) Gillespie, 1814 Royal Fern Lane, Fleming Island, FL 32003, e-mail address.

Lilly Ruth Culpepper1,2

F, (14 December 1941 - 18 May 2003)
FatherKing Franklin Culpepper2 (7 Jan 1903 - 7 Sep 1964)
MotherArizona Adlaid Townsend2 (6 Jul 1905 - 2 May 1990)
Birth*14 December 1941 Lilly was born at Jackson Co., Alabama, on 14 December 1941.3 
Married Name7 May 1960  As of 7 May 1960, her married name was Hammond.3 
Marriage*7 May 1960 She married Thurmon J. Hammond Jr. on 7 May 1960 at age 18. Thurman and Lilly Ruth Hammond had two children: Chris Hammond and Angela Hammond.3 
Photographed*say 1984 She was photographed say 1984 at Alabama.4
Lily Ruth (Culpepper) Hammond
Death*18 May 2003 She died at Guntersville, Marshall Co., Alabama, on 18 May 2003 at age 61.3 
Burial*22 May 2003 Her body was interred on 22 May 2003 at Macedonia Cemetery, Section, Jackson Co., Alabama.3 

Family

Thurmon J. Hammond Jr. (16 August 1940 - 16 November 2013)
Last Edited28 March 2010

Citations

  1. E-mail to Lew Griffin from Lilly Ruth Culpepper Hammond, (256) 582-2824.
  2. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 196.
  3. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 200.
  4. E-mail written 1999 - 2010 to Lew Griffin from Ruby Jo (Culpepper) Gillespie, 1814 Royal Fern Lane, Fleming Island, FL 32003, e-mail address.

Thurmon J. Hammond Jr.1

M, (16 August 1940 - 16 November 2013)
Birth*16 August 1940 Thurmon was born on 16 August 1940.1 
Marriage*7 May 1960 He married Lilly Ruth Culpepper on 7 May 1960 at age 19. Thurman and Lilly Ruth Hammond had two children: Chris Hammond and Angela Hammond.1 
Death*16 November 2013 He died on 16 November 2013 at age 73.2 

Family

Lilly Ruth Culpepper (14 December 1941 - 18 May 2003)
Last Edited3 November 2014

Citations

  1. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 200.
  2. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at Ancestry.com.
    http://www.ancestry.com/search/rectype/vital/ssdi/main.htm

Roger Dale Culpepper1,2

M, (5 October 1943 - 28 January 1998)
FatherKing Franklin Culpepper2 (7 Jan 1903 - 7 Sep 1964)
MotherArizona Adlaid Townsend2 (6 Jul 1905 - 2 May 1990)
Birth*5 October 1943 Roger was born at Jackson Co., Alabama, on 5 October 1943.3 
Photographed*say 1965 He was photographed say 1965 at Jackson Co., Alabama.4
Roger Dale Culpepper
Photographed1997 He was photographed in 1997 at Jackson Co., Alabama.5
Roger Dale Culpepper
Death*28 January 1998 He died at Macedonia, Jackson Co., Alabama, on 28 January 1998 at age 54.3 
Burial*30 January 1998 His body was interred on 30 January 1998 at Hollywood Cemtery, Jackson Co., Alabama.3 
Last Edited1 September 2011

Citations

  1. E-mail to Lew Griffin from Lilly Ruth Culpepper Hammond, (256) 582-2824.
  2. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 196.
  3. Maxine Culpepper Barron, Author: e-mail address, Culpepper, P.O. Box 382, Rainsville, Alabama 35986: M and M Publishing, 2004 .
    P. 200.
  4. E-mail written 1999 - 2010 to Lew Griffin from Ruby Jo (Culpepper) Gillespie, 1814 Royal Fern Lane, Fleming Island, FL 32003, e-mail address.
  5. E-mail written Mar 2010 to Lew Griffin from Ruby Jo (Culpepper) Gillespie ID: 11441, 1814 Royal Fern Lane, Fleming Island, FL 32003, e-mail address.

Robert Lee Griffin

M, (18 January 1817 - 30 March 1895)
Birth*18 January 1817 Robert was born at Wayne Co., North Carolina, on 18 January 1817. 
Employment* Robert's occupation: farmer. 
Marriage*23 November 1843 He married Mary Ann Wise at Pike Co., Georgia, on 23 November 1843 at age 26. 
Death*30 March 1895 He died at Clay Co., Alabama, on 30 March 1895 at age 78. 
Burial* His body was interred at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* In an entry for a grandson, James O. Griffin on p. 253 of Vol 2 of the 1927 edition of the History of Alabama and Her People published by the American Historical Society, Inc., Robert Griffin "in middle life" moved from Pike Co, GA to Lineville, AL "where he engaged in farming and merchandising until his death." 

Family

Mary Ann Wise (5 April 1825 - 26 January 1905)
Child
Last Edited5 July 2004

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 224.

William Henry Griffin

M, (20 October 1847 - 21 February 1924)
FatherRobert Lee Griffin (18 Jan 1817 - 30 Mar 1895)
MotherMary Ann Wise (5 Apr 1825 - 26 Jan 1905)
Birth*20 October 1847 William was born at Lafayette, Chambers Co., Alabama, on 20 October 1847. 
Census*1850 He was in the in 1850 census at Chambers Co., Alabama
Census20 August 1860 He was listed as a resident in the census report at Lafayette P.O., Chambers Co., Alabama, on 20 August 1860. 
Civil War*between 1864 and 1865 He served in the War Between the States between 1864 and 1865

     Billie served as a private in Company D, 3rd Alabama State Troops.1 
Marriage*24 October 1867 He married Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper at near Pinckneyville, Clay Co., in||, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 24 October 1867 at age 20. 
Photographed*circa 1870 He was photographed circa 1870 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama.2
Wm. H. & Clarissa (Culpepper) Griffin with daughter Dora
Photographed*say 1890 He was photographed say 1890 at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.3
William Henry Griffin
Death*21 February 1924 He died at Olive Branch, Clay Co., Alabama, on 21 February 1924 at age 76. 
Burial*23 February 1924 His body was interred on 23 February 1924 at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.4 
Biography* Census: 1870 Coppermine P.O., Clay Co., AL. \p. 236 (Wm. H. Griffin 22 AL $100 real estate)\ Census: 1880 Lineville, Clay Co., AL. \p. 3 #20 (W. H. Griffin 32 AL NC GA)\ Census: 1900 Clay Co., AL. \(William Griffin Oct 1847 AL)\
      According to an entry for his son, James O. Griffin, on p. 253 of Vol. 2 of the 1927 edition of the History of Alabama and Her People published by the American Historical Society, Inc., William Henry Griffin grew up in Chambers Co., AL and then moved to Clay Co., AL where he farmed in Lineville until 1920 and then moved to another farm near Ashland, AL. "He was a democrat, held office of the Justice of the Peace for many years, and at the time of his death was a member of the Clay County Board of Education. He belonged to the Missionary Baptist Church and the Knights of Pythais...." Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn wrote 4 Dec 1978: Granddaddy Griffin was a man of medium height with brown eyes and hair. He was secretary at his church for 50 years or more. Also, he served as Justice of the Peace for at least 50 years. Was Chairman of the Board of Education for Clay County for 35 years. He was a very active democrat. He was a carpenter and a farmer. He grew all varieties of fruit and shared it with friends. Also, he served in the Civil War.
      Mrs. DeVaughn continued in a 2 Jan 1979 letter: Grandpa Griffin as far back as I can remember at church never sat on a bench at church. He always sat on the edge of the pulpit, leaned back against the wall of the church. The church was one large room. The men sat on one side of the pulpit on benches but he didn't.... The women sat on the other side of the pulpit. I can just see in my mind Grandpa sitting there.
      William Henry Griffin and Clarissa Culpepper began recording family records in a Bible. The Bible was published in 1870 by the National Publishing Company, Ziegler & McCurdy, Jones Brothers & Co., M. A. Parker & Co. In 1966, the Bible was in the possession of James M. Griffin and Ruth V. Griffin of Memphis Tennessee. The following is from Peter A. Brannon, Director of the State of Alabama Department of Archives and History in Montgomery, AL: William Henry Griffin... was living in Clay County in 1907-1908, and he certified to the tax collector there that he served as a private in Company D, 3rd Alabama State Troops; that he enlisted, 27 September, at Selma and was paroled 11 April 1865 at Selma. He further certified that he was born, 20 October 1847, in Chambers County, LaFayette, Alabama. His post office in 1907 was Lineville.
      A grandson, James M. Griffin, wrote that he was about 12 years old when his grandfather died: The last I remember of him before his death was a time when I was there and he was chopping stove wood. He was a farmer, carpenter, Justice of Peace, member of the school board, politician, a life long democrat, and at one time had some kind of a mine.
      According to the Certificate of Death, File No. 9869, W. H. Griffin died 21 Feb 1924 at 9:00 p.m. of Lobar Pneumonia. The doctor had been treating the pneumonia since 16 Feb. The following obituary is from an unknown source: W. H. Griffin, Prominent Citizen of the County Dead W. H. Griffin, Chairman of the County Board of Education, died at his home in the Olive Branch community between Ashland and Lineville Thursday night. He was one of the county's most highly esteemed citizens, his usefulness being recognized, in affairs of church and state. He was 76 years of age and was a veteran of the war between the states. In 1867 Mr. Griffin was married to Miss Eugenia Culpepper who still survives him. To them were born a large family of children, nine of whom are now living. They're Mrs. W. T. Dean, of Ashland; Mr. J. O. Griffin, of Eclectic; R. L. Griffin, of Montevallo; Mrs. Ike Reeves, of Lineville; Bert Griffin, of Birmingham; G. W. Griffin of Washington, D, C; Mrs. Robert Whatley and Misses Lela and Maude Griffin of Lineville. Funeral services were held at Lineville Baptist church Saturday morning and a very large congregation attended. Interment was in the Lineville cemetery. In Memory of W. H. Griffin The Death Angel has again visited Camp Pettus, this time claiming as his victim our beloved Lieutenant, W. H. Griffin. In the still hours of the night he came and stole his breath away and our comrade was left a lifeless lump of clay, but we feel proud to know he was found on guard and at his post of duty, both as a citizen and soldier, watching and waiting for the roll call. We mourn his departure, but are comforted with the thought that he has a better place on the other side with those that have gone on before. Sleep on dear comrade and we will try to live so as to be like you when our names are called to be at our post, and, like ex-President Wilson, to say "Ready." To his wife and children: you have the sympathy of Camp Pettus and we commend you to the loving care of Him who cares for His own. Trust in Him and lean on His promises for He promises to be a father to the fatherless and a husband to the widow. Farewell brother comrade till we meet you in the sweet by and by. Turner Wright, Secretary, Camp Pettus.
      Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote in a 5 Mar 1979 letter that "the old [Lineville City Cemetery] is across from the old high school at Lineville... west of town." 

Family

Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper (13 April 1848 - 29 November 1947)
Children
ChartsJoseph Culpepper of SC Descendants
John Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited5 October 2011

Citations

  1. State of Alabama Department of Archives and History Montgomery, AL.
  2. Ellaree Dean Speer records, Ellaree Dean Speer to Lew Griffin, 1977-1994.
  3. Joe Inzer Griffin, Irondale, AL.
  4. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 217 and obituary.

Mary Ann Wise

F, (5 April 1825 - 26 January 1905)
Birth*5 April 1825 Mary was born at Oglethorpe Co., Georgia, on 5 April 1825. 
Marriage*23 November 1843 She married Robert Lee Griffin at Pike Co., Georgia, on 23 November 1843 at age 18. 
Married Name23 November 1843  As of 23 November 1843, her married name was Griffin. 
Death*26 January 1905 She died at Clay Co., Alabama, on 26 January 1905 at age 79. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.1 
Biography* Mrs. Ellaree Dean Speer wrote in a September 1991 letter: Mamma [Eldora Griffin] went to Lineville to school and stayed with her Grandparents, Robert and Mary Ann Wise Griffin, and she really loved her Grandma Mary Ann & said she had the best disposition & smooth temper & her husband thought she was perfect, said she was a wonderful cook - if her biscuits were too hard, he softened them with butter, if they were too soft, he hardened them with butter. 

Family

Robert Lee Griffin (18 January 1817 - 30 March 1895)
Child
Last Edited5 July 2004

Citations

  1. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 224.

Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper1

F, (13 April 1848 - 29 November 1947)
FatherRev. Lewis Peek Culpepper (25 Aug 1816 - 4 Jun 1915)
MotherSarah Ann Culpepper (21 Nov 1817 - 29 Mar 1858)
Birth*13 April 1848 Clarissa was born at Zebulon, Pike Co., Georgia, on 13 April 1848. 
(Household member) 1850 Census1 June 1850 Clarissa, Martha, Sarah, Sylviah, Joseph and Sarah listed as a household member living with Rev. Lewis Peek Culpepper on the 1850 Census on 1 June 1850 at Pike Co., Georgia.2 
Census19 September 1860 She was listed as a resident in the census report at Wesobulga, Randolph Co., Alabama, on 19 September 1860. 
Marriage*24 October 1867 She married William Henry Griffin at near Pinckneyville, Clay Co., in||, Tallapoosa Co., Alabama, on 24 October 1867 at age 19. 
Married Name24 October 1867  As of 24 October 1867, her married name was Griffin. 
Photographed*circa 1870 She was photographed circa 1870 at Good Hope (near Lineville), Clay Co., Alabama.3
Wm. H. & Clarissa (Culpepper) Griffin with daughter Dora
Census1870 She was listed as a resident in the census report at Coppermine P.O., Clay Co., Alabama, in 1870. 
Photographed*say 1890 She was photographed say 1890 at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.4
Clarissa Eugenia (Culpepper) Griffin
Photographedcirca 1938 She was photographed circa 1938 at Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama,
Left to right: Robert Lewis Griffin, Clarissa Culpepper Griffin, Mary Claire Griffin Jelin with son Griffin Zola Jelin.5
Robert Lewis Griffin with mother, daughter, and grandson
Death*29 November 1947 She died at Ashland, Clay Co., Alabama, on 29 November 1947 at age 99. 
Burial* Her body was interred at Old Lineville City Cemetery, Lineville, Clay Co., Alabama.6 
Biography* Census: 1880 Lineville, Clay Co., AL. \Beat 13 p. 3 #20 (C.E. 30 GA SC SC in hh of W. H. Griffin)\ Census: 1900 Clay Co., AL. \(Eugenia Apr 1848 GA in hh of William Griffin)\
      Clarissa Eugenia Culpepper was the youngest of her mother Sarah's five children. Her father recorded her birth in his Bible: "Clarrisa E. Culpepper was born April the 13th 1848." Clarasy, as she was called, was eight when her mother died, ten when her father remarried, and eleven when her family moved to Randolph Co. AL.
      In 1867 she married William Henry Griffin of Mellow Valley, AL at her home in Pinckneyville, Clay Co., AL (the marriage is recorded in Tallapoosa Co.) The couple settled in Lineville, Clay Co. AL to raise a family of ten children (one other died as an infant.) An early photograph shows a young Clarissa and her husband with their first child, Dora. Clarissa had blue eyes.
      A granddaughter, Mrs. J. W. (Lena Whatley) DeVaughn wrote, 4 Dec 1978: With reference to Grandmother Griffin, I consider her to be an outstanding individual. She was faithful to her church and always ready to help those in need. She set a wonderful example for her children and grandchildren. I am so thankful for the things she taught me when I stayed with them [the William Henry Griffin's].... Grandmother Griffin... became deaf in ... later years. She was tall and slender and very energetic. Older age did not affect her posture. She had beautiful blue eyes.
      Another granddaughter, Mrs. J. A. (Mildred Whatley) Kerley, wrote in a 23 Nov 1978 letter that she remembered her grandmother as "a very gracious person in her home. She was a great cook and I so enjoyed her good food."
      Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee, a granddaughter, wrote in a 14 Oct 1978 letter: I always remember her [Clarissa] as being very hard of hearing and she only had one eye. She got one of her eyes [her right eye based on later photographs] put out making lye soap when she was in her 20's. She always had rheumatism bad, which is called arthritis now. Aunt Maude and Aunt Lelia never married and they lived with her and did most all the work. She was a very proud person, very stern, and had little patience for wrong doing of any kind. She believed in being on the up & up in a big way. She used to come to my mother's house and spend the day quite often. She would come in the buggy. She always brought candy or something. She always had good cakes, etc. cooked when we visited her and would fix our favorite dishes.
      A great-granddaughter, Mrs. G. W. (Elaine DeVaughn) Mendenhall wrote in an 8 Feb 1979 letter that Clarissa "had quite a reputation as a stern disciplinarian." Jokes were told about her telling her son Olin that he was "not too old to whip" when he was himself a grandfather several times over.
      Emyl Griffin recounted his memories of his grandmother in a 1 Oct 1994 letter:
      MEMORIES OF MY GRAND MOTHER
      CLARISSA EUGENIA GRIFFIN
      BY: EMYL GRIFFIN After my fathers death in 1922 when I was four years of age my mother carried my brother and me to visit our grand mother Griffin at regular intervals perhaps every month or so. One of my memories [is] that she would always have Aunt Maude and Aunt Lelia get us something to eat such as cake, cookies, pie & etc. This was a practice until I finished high school. She was handicapped by eye sight from my first memory and later her general health declined. She was seventy years of age when I was born so I did not know her when she was completely active physically. I do remember her mind was clear until the very last years of her life. Another memory of her is the reunions held yearly as I recall beginning in the early years [of] my life until she was some 90 years of age. As I remember it came to the point that crowds somewhat bothered her so the reunions were discontinued and family members visited her at different times. The four living boys lived elsewhere out of Clay County, therefore, these reunions provided us the opportunity of seeing uncles, aunts and cousins that we would not see otherwise. Another memory of grandmother (and Aunt Maude) was the 1927 touring Ford car which Uncle Will drove down in from Washington, D. C. He and his brother-in-law had a Ford agency in D. C. He taught Aunt Maude to drive the car and she continued to drive it for some 50 years. I remember it was the talk of the community in the 1950's when most model T Fords had gone to the junk yard. A Dr. Owens, their family doctor in prior years, then living in Birmingham, bought the car, had it refurbished and carried it to antique car shows for a number of years. This Memory shows a loving heart in my grand mother. When I graduated from high school in 1936 she gave me money to buy a suit of clothes. I well remember this was the first suit of clothes that I had. With our family, especially during depression years, financial resources were limited, as was true with most families. She must have been aware of this, and, too, I always thought maybe she thought of me in a special way since my father died when I was so young. Anyway I remember my mother carried me to her uncle's store and we bought a double breasted solid grey suit. This suit lasted me through my college days and until I found employment.
      Clarissa preferred the "old ways" to modern conveniences such as electric lights. The following article about her 99th birthday is from an unknown source, possibly the Birmingham News-Age-Herald: MRS. W. H. GRIFFIN HONORED ON 99th BIRTHDAY Relatives and friends gathered at the home of Mrs. W. H. Griffin on Ashland, Route 1, on Sunday, April 13th, to honor her on the occasion of her 99th birthday. Mrs. Griffin was born in Pike County, Georgia in 1848; moved with her parents to Alabama at the age of 11, later removing to Clay County where she has resided for the past 80 years. She was married in October, 1867. Her husband died in 1924. Mrs. Griffin is the mother of eleven children, seven of whom are now living, they are: Mrs. W. T. Dean of Ashland, Dr. J. O. Griffin of Memphis, Tenn; Mrs. Ike Reeves of Lineville; J. A. Griffin of Sylacauga; G. W. Griffin of Lineville; Mrs. Robert Whatley of Lineville and Miss Maude Griffin, who resides with her mother, all of whom were present. She also has 31 grandchildren and 33 great great grandchildren. Although Mrs. Griffin's eyesight, is dimmed and her hearing is somewhat impaired, she is seemingly in the best of health and does her part in the work about the house. Her father, the late Rev. L. P. Culpepper, was 98 years of age at the time of his death. At the noon hour a fine luncheon was served. Pictures were made during the afternoon. The honoree received many useful gifts. Other relatives and friends present were Mr. W. T. Dean of Ashland, Mrs. E. A. Speer of Birmingham, E. G. Dean of Ashland, Otho Dean of Oak Hill, Miss Annie Maude Dean, of Montgomery, Mr. and Mrs. Flora Griffin and C. M. Mason of Sylacauga; Mrs. J. W. Griffin, Mrs. J. T. Griffin and son, Emil [Emyl], Robert Whatley, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Vaughn and daughters, Misses Eloise and Elaine, Mrs. Mattie Reeves, W. L. Bell, De Hurst and Arnold Clark of Lineville; Mr. and Mrs. Charnell Middlecoff of Memphis, Tenn; Rev. J. W. Dean and son, Aubrey, of Cragford; Mrs. and Mrs. Billy Walker of Anniston, and Bill Street of Ashland
      Clarissa Culpepper Griffin remained active to within a few months of her 100th birthday, but died before reaching that goal after breaking her hip in a fall in 1947. The following obituary is from p. 14B of the Birmingham News-Age-Herald for Sunday, 30 Nov 1947: Woman Nearly 100 Succumbs; Son-In-Law Dies Soon After Ashland, Ala. Dec. [Nov.] 29--Mrs. W. H. Griffin who would have celebrated her 100th birthday next April 13 and her son-in-law, W. T. Dean, 77, died here Saturday morning after short illnesses. Joint funeral services will be held at 2 p. m. Sunday at Ashland First Baptist Church. Mrs. Griffin will be buried in Lineville, while Mr. Dean will be buried here, Blair directing. Mrs. Griffin died about 3 a. m. Saturday, her son-in-law several hours later. Mrs. Griffin was honored at a luncheon and received many gifts as she celebrated her 99th birthday last April. Although Mrs. Griffin['s] eyesight became dimmed and her hearing somewhat impaired, she was active and assisted in work about the home in advanced years. BORN IN PIKE COUNTY, Georgia, Mrs. Griffin moved to Alabama with her family at the age of 11. She had lived in Clay County the last 80 years. Mr. Griffin, whom she married in 1867, died in 1924. Mrs. Griffin was the mother of 11 children, seven of whom survive her. There are three sons, Dr. J. O. Griffin, Memphis; G. W. Griffin, Lineville and J. A. Griffin, Sylacauga, and four daughters, Mrs. W. T. Dean and Miss Maude Griffin, Ashland and Mrs. Ike Reeves and Mrs. Robert Whatley, Lineville. Also surviving are 34 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren. Mr. Dean, a retired farmer, is survived by his widow; two daughters, Annie Maude Dean, Montgomery, and Mrs. E. A. Spear, Birmingham; two sons, Otho Dean, of Montgomery and Oak Hill, and Edward Dean, Butler, Pa. and four grandchildren.
      A granddaughter, Mrs. Charles (Margaret Whatley) Lee wrote 21 Jan 1990 about some pictures of Good Hope from the Lineville paper of 20 Jan 1990: You see the church? Well that's the church Grandmother and Granddaddy Griffin attended and all their children.... They have remodeled the church in recent years. They added the little steeple, the little porch & also put siding on the outside. Grandmother's children went to school there too. That headstone hasn't always been there. That church must have been there be before 1884. Every one of Grandmother's children was born there in Good Hope. You see the house in the lower right corner? Well I'm familiar with that house, you go on around that house to go to Grandmother's old home place. I doubt if it is still standing there. It was almost impossible to get to their home in a car the road was so rocky & rough.... I think the road going to the left in the picture goes to Pyriton.
      In a 12 Apr 1990 letter Margaret Lee added: Mildred [(Whatley) Kerley] drove down by grandmother Griffin's home place between Lineville & Ashland. The house is very old. No one lives in it, looks like it's about ready to fall in. 
Research note*3 June 2010 From: Eloise [mailto:eloisesamuels@centurytel.net]
Sent: Thursday, June 03, 2010 8:58 AM

Dear Lew,
Yes, I remember all about the house and surrounding property, including the barn, old garage for Aunt Maude's buggy, storage house and smoke house and best of all a "double seat out- house"!!!!
This will take awhile for me to describe, but I will be happy to share my precious memories. We were there once each week as long as she lived and yes, I remember Aunt Lelia WELL. She was an excellent cook and always had the best "tea cakes" you've ever tasted. Aunt Maude was a great cook as well. Elaine and I always looked forward to the summers because we enjoyed an entire week at their sweet modest little home. Aunt Lelia planted a huge garden and their fruit trees were bountiful, which she allowed us to participate in preserving everything available. Her peaches, apples, pears and grapes were the best......oh, and the many fig bushes, plus the mouth-watering strawberries! Just for the sake of keeping an oddity, they had two Quince trees across the winding little dirt road. Flowers, for every season, adorned the entire place and especially around the house. The front yard was small and practically in the road with a tiny little mailbox surrounded by petunias. The back yard was well groomed by the hands of Aunt Lelia who meticulously swept it weekly with a broom made of oak limbs.If a sprig of grass were detected, a sharp- blade- hoe took care of it immediately . Now you must remember that the standard attire for all three ladies was long skirts, as well as long underskirts, long sleeves (usually dresses were always made by the same pattern with white collars), long black stockings and black low heel shoes. All clothes, table cloths, napkins, scarves and curtains were heavily starched with Grandmother's homemadeconcoction of ingredients. Spotless was an understatement for the interior as well as exterior.
As for thestructural appearance, it was a unique OLD house built with hard pine wood. Everyone parked in the back yard and the main entrance was the back door. Approaching the door, one 's eyes were captured by the manually dug well on the back porch and conveniently located to do the family laundry (each Monday morning and you have already envisioned the wire clothes line near the house) The house faced north and south and on the east side, there was a large room that extended the length of the house with small high windows. This was Grandmother and Aunt Lelia's room , which actually would accommodate four people. Each bed was neatly covered with white chenille bedspreads. Aunt Maude's room was on the front side of the house joining a small living room, which we referredto as her library. Having taught school for many years, she had accumulated numerous children's books that Elaine and I were allowed to sit quietly and properly to read. When entering the house by rear entrance, after passing the porch, the aroma from the kitchendirected your nose to the next room, which was the dining room and "sitting room" for everyone. The extended dining room table seated six and even eight on occasions. A huge fireplace was located in this room and Grandmother's old leather and oak trimmed chair occupied the corner by the fireplace. Since she could not hear well at all, plus blind in one eye, we each knew our seating arrangement near her, which was a circlein the following order: Mama sat first, Elaine second, Eloise third, Daddy fourth, Aunt Lelia fifth and Aunt Maude sixth unless she was in her room preparing for school. We sat very quietly, listened carefully and knelt at her chair if she were speaking directly. She and Mama were excellent seamstresses and Grandmother wanted to feel and make every effort to examine our clothes. Unlimited respect was shared between her and my Daddy because both were "business-minded and honorable." Aunt Lelia was lots of fun and always gave us tea cakes wrapped in a starched white cloth as we were leaving....

Love to you,
Eloise. 

Family

William Henry Griffin (20 October 1847 - 21 February 1924)
Children
ChartsJoseph Culpepper of SC Descendants
John Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants
Last Edited28 April 2017

Citations

  1. Clarissa's middle name, Eugenia, was from Queen Victoria Eugenia of England.
  2. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 125, District 68, Pike Co., GA
    Lewis P. Culpepper, 33, M, Mill Wright, $400, SC
    Sarah A. Culpepper, 32, F, SC
    Joseph R. Culpepper, 9, M, GA
    Silviah A. Culpepper, 8, F, GA
    Sarah E. Culpepper, 6, F, GA
    Martha J. Culpepper, 4, F, GA
    Clarissy E. Culpepper, 2, F, GA
    Robert A. Vaughn, 6, M, GA
    Nancy Nabors, 76, F, SC.
  3. Ellaree Dean Speer records, Ellaree Dean Speer to Lew Griffin, 1977-1994.
  4. Joe Inzer Griffin, Irondale, AL.
  5. Ancestry.com, Public Member Trees.
  6. Clay County Alabama Historical Society, Cemeteries of Clay County, Alabama, La Grange, GA: Family Tree, 1987.
    p 217.