Andrew Baker

M, (say 1789 - before 1850)
Birth*say 1789 He was born say 1789 at Virginia
Marriage*say 1810 He married Elizabeth Leedy say 1810.1 
1840 Census*1 June 1840 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1840 on 1 June 1840 at Cherokee Co., Alabama.2 
Death*before 1850 He died at Cherokee Co., Alabama, before 1850. 
Biography* Carl Triebes wrote on 12 Jun 2010:
     My grandmother, Minnie Baker Jones, was the youngest daughter of James Monroe Baker. James was the son of Andrew and Elizabeth Baker and was born in 1838 after the family had moved to Cherokee County, Alabama, from Tennessee and Virginia. In her family notes, Minnie listed the maiden name of Elizabeth as Leedy, and the name Leedy is also listed in the discharge papers of James M. I believe this is the name you are looking for. One of the Census records has it spelled "Leedey".
     I do not have a complete listing of all the children of Andrew and Elizabeth. James M. served in the Civil War in the 8th Regiment, Missouri State Militia Cavalry; Company D. According to his military record, James was the youngest of seven brothers. I only know of four... The children I know about are James M. (1838), Andrew (1835), James J. (1833), Mary (1825), and now Rufus (1820) and Martha (1813).
     The 1800 Virginia Census shows that the Leedy (or Leedey) families were located in Weyth County, Virginia. Andrew and Elizabeth were both born in Virginia.
     There were Baker families in Weyth as well. Weyth County is in the extreme western end of Virginia near the Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama borders.

J. David Brandenburg wrote on 26 Nov 2011:
I noticed on one page that you had hinted that Elizabeth (possibly Leedy) could be a second wife of Andrew Baker. I would tend to agree with you. In my opinion, the Andrew Baker of McMinn County, Tennessee, and later of Cherokee County, Alabama, is the same Andrew Baker, who previously had lived in Lee County, Virginia.
     Andrew Baker and his wife, Jane, sold land in Lee County in 1822, apparently ahead of their move to McMinn County. It is my expectation that Jane is the daughter of William Briance, a tax commissioner and justice of the peace in Lee County, who under the name William Briant / Bryant appeared on the McMinn census in 1830. In his role as a J.P., William certified the deeds from Andrew and Jane Baker in 1822. William possibly was a brother of a John Briant / Bryant, who lived near Andrew Baker in McMinn County (according to census and tax records). William and John owned land together in McMinn County, which they sold to James Pelly in 1838.
     Under the name William F. Briant, he left a will in McMinn County in 1840, naming a granddaughter Betsey Baker. It would seem reasonable that William would leave a legacy to his grandchild, rather than his child, if the said child had already died. That would seem to suggest that Jane (Briant) Baker died sometime after 1822, but before 1840, leaving her daughter, Betsey, as an heir to William. Given that you have identified Martha and Rufus as other children of Andrew Baker, and born before 1820, perhaps Andrew had an even earlier wife, who died prior to his marriage with Jane. This would help to explain why William F. Briant named only Betsey in his will.3,4 


Elizabeth Leedy (say 1790 - )
Last Edited28 November 2011


  1. E-mail written 1983-2011 to Lew Griffin from Mary Genevieve Taylor Harris (#48715), Dallas, TX, e-mail address.
  2. 1840 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 113.
  3. E-mail written 12 Jun 2010 to Warren Culpepper from Carl Triebes, The Woodlands, Texas, e-mail address.
  4. E-mail written 26 Nov 2011 to Warren L. Culpepper from J. David Brandenburg, e-mail address.

William Culpepper of Muscogee Co., GA1

M, (circa 1839 - )
Birth*circa 1839 He was born circa 1839 at Georgia
1850 Census*1 June 1850 William listed as a household member on the 1850 Census on 1 June 1850 at Columbus, Muscogee Co., Georgia.1 
Biography* William's ancestry is unknown. 
Research note* It is possible that William M . Culpepper, son of Jessie, is the same person as William Culpepper of Muscogee Co., GA. Your help with this person will be appreciated. Contact Lew Griffin (see footnote for details).2 
Last Edited13 August 2004


  1. 1850 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 332, Columbus, Muscogee Co., GA
    Mrs. Alisaley Dorsett, 56, F, GA
    Mary A. Dorsett, 24, F, VA
    Amanda Dorsett, 16, F, GA
    Hampton Dorsett, 13, M, GA
    Georgia Ann Dorsett, 8, F, GA
    William Culpepper, 11, M, GA.
  2. Lewis W. Griffin Jr. (#47), e-mail address.

Lee Jess Seargeant Jr.

M, (27 December 1915 - 3 November 2011)
Birth*27 December 1915 He was born on 27 December 1915 at La Follette, Campbell Co., Tennessee
Marriage*say 1946 He married Ella June (?) say 1946. 
Biography*3 June 2003 From the Knoxville TN News Sentinel Newspaper, June 3, 2003:

The doctor is STILL in
After 62 years of practice, LaFollette doctor is a perfect example of care for his community
June 2, 2003
It's 7 a.m. on a Tuesday, and Dr. L.J. Seargeant Jr. has already been up at least an hour.
He's driven the few minutes from his LaFollette home to St. Mary's Campbell County Medical Center, where he's seen a patient. Now he's headed to the adjacent nursing home, where he has three patients. But he's not visiting patients at the nursing home today. He's feeding breakfast to Ella June, his wife of 56 years, who's convalescing after a bad fall that broke her shoulder. She hasn't been home since November, but both of them hope that's a temporary condition. He visits several times a day, feeding her breakfast and dinner, often staying until 8 or 9 p.m.
Seargeant gently lifts food and milk to his wife's mouth. "Take one more bite," he firmly urges her, holding out a buttered biscuit. He adjusts her hearing aid and disappears down the hall to find her a pain pill.
"He's Doctor No. 1," says Carolyn Smith, ward clerk at the nursing home, displaying a poem she wrote for Seargeant's birthday. "He's been my doctor for about 100 years, and I wouldn't trust anybody else."
That's an exaggeration, of course. Seargeant has practiced medicine for only 62 years. But for the citizens of LaFollette, who respect him professionally and personally, his practice has made perfect.
Seargeant was born Dec. 27, 1915, in a house that still stands on Beech Street in LaFollette. Ten years after his birth, Seargeant's parents had a daughter. Two years later, they had twin sons. Their oldest son graduated from LaFollette's high school a year early, having skipped fifth grade, and spent two years at Maryville College and nearly two at University of Tennessee. He took an admission exam to UT College of Medicine in Memphis, graduated in 1941 and did a year of residency at the city hospital there.
It wasn't Seargeant's own dream he was pursuing.
"From the day I was born, my father said, 'You're going to be a doctor,'" Seargeant says. "I didn't want to be a doctor; I really didn't. I wanted to be an orchestra leader."
Though his parents made a comfortable living - his father was a civil engineer who worked for the coal mines in the area, Seargeant says, "how in the world they ever (afforded tuition for) medical school, I don't know."
Seargeant never led a band, but he served as a military physician in the Pacific Theater the first four years after his graduation, during World War II. On limited service because of imperfect vision, he attained the rank of major.
After his discharge in 1946, Seargeant opened an office for a few months over a service station in Caryville, "where I liked to starved to death," he says. He married Ella June of Harriman, whom he had dated for about two years and known for several summers before that, summers she spent with her aunt and uncle in LaFollette.
"I've been in love with him forever, since I was 16," Ella June says. She was 28 when they married.
Seargeant, with some coaxing by physician M.L. Davis, opened an office in LaFollette, also doing some surgery in a small, private hospital in a house in downtown LaFollette. He and Ella June had their first baby, a son who was stillborn. "That liked to got us," he says, softly. A few years later, they had a daughter, Carolyn - now an English professor in Chattanooga - and a son, Lee Jess Seargeant III, now director of the hospital pharmacy.
In 1955, Seargeant built the office where he still practices today, a small, squat, white block building at 307 E. Central in downtown LaFollette.
In 1963, he helped build the hospital.
The former LaFollette Community Hospital (later LaFollette Medical Center) has been affiliated with St. Mary's Health System for two years. It had previously been affiliated with Baptist Health System of East Tennessee. Perched on a hill overlooking downtown, the small brick hospital is in the process of a St. Mary's-funded renovation to make it "more modern, more patient friendly," says Nick Lewis, hospital administrator of five years. Workmen pound, drill, paint and lay tile around patients waiting to check in for day surgery. The outcome of this, the first of three phases of renovation, should be a new front entrance, lobby, chapel and gift shop, finished by June 16.
Seargeant can remember each addition to the facility: the third floor, the nursing home, extra wings. Now the hospital, which has 68 acute-care beds and 98 beds in the nursing home, stays full, Lewis says; in fact, a feasibility study next year will determine whether St. Mary's should continue expanding the current building or build an entirely new structure.
"It'd be perfectly all right with me," if they built a new hospital, Seargeant says, though he admits sentimental attachment to the original building.
"I got the idea that this town needed a hospital," he says matter-of-factly. "The mayor was a good friend of mine. He and I worked out the details, borrowed the money and built the hospital."
They issued bonds, some of which Seargeant himself borrowed money to buy. The bonds were paid off in four years, he remembers, and most of the seven doctors then practicing in LaFollette got involved with the new hospital, which closed three tiny "hospitals" in town.
Seargeant immersed himself in the community with various organizations. In 1965, he chaired the committee to build the new First United Methodist Church. Meanwhile, his practice grew. A charter member of the American Academy of Family Practice, he treated babies, great-grandmothers and all ages in between.
"I've seen as high at 106 patients in here in one day," he says, "and the only thing I could do is tell the nurse what to do or fluff them off or something. That's no way to practice medicine."
Back then, he was one of the most popular of LaFollette's limited number of doctors. Today, he can practice medicine more to his liking.
Seargeant maintains between 300 and 350 patients now. His office hours are more flexible; he usually works 10 a.m. to noon and then about 1:30 to about 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. "By that time, I'm pretty well worn out," he says with a smile.
That alone doesn't wear him out. Seargeant has been medical director of the nursing home attached to the hospital for more than 25 years. He's been chief of staff at the hospital, an elected position among the 17 doctors there, for 40 years. He's also on the hospital's board of trustees and serves in various community organizations. This translates into a lot of meetings.
Seargeant checks in at the hospital a couple times a day if he has patients there. He sees patients at three area nursing homes about once a month. He walks a mile three times a week, something he considers crucial to his own health, and attends continuing education events to keep up with advances in his field.
His office is a monument to his longevity. Most furniture and fixtures are from another era; metal dispensers hold Band-Aids and paper cups, and an ancient eye chart adorns a door.
But other changes are evident. The office has only two exam rooms. A third, once equipped for babies and small children, is now packed with paperwork; a computer hums softly. Since LaFollette now has pediatricians, Seargeant no longer sees children younger than 4 and doesn't like to see them even that young, says office manager Brenda Lane, whose office is the former pediatric exam room.
"Everything that goes out of this office, I do it," Lane says. "Sometimes I'm in here up to 8:00 at night."
Lane, who is in her early 50s, has been Seargeant's patient since childhood. Many of the babies he delivered are now grandmothers, and they're still his patients. His oldest patient, a 92-year-old woman with pernicious anemia, comes in weekly for an injection.
Seargeant says pharmaceuticals have been the biggest change since he began medicine.
"Used to, we had absolutely nothing you could take for high blood pressure," he says; patients were instructed to "rest." During his career, Seargeant says, medications have gotten better and better, and there are so many options now, a doctor can customize a medical regimen to a patient's age and other conditions.
Vaccinations mean Seargeant hasn't seen an active case of polio since he was an intern. He seldom sees measles, mumps or whooping cough anymore.
"If everybody would take their flu shot and their pneumonia shot, we wouldn't see any more flu or pneumonia," he says with a hint of frustration. "I try to encourage (my patients), but a lot of them refuse to. They're just stubborn."
The other two biggest changes are in government regulation - Seargeant estimates between 10 percent and 20 percent of his patients are on TennCare - and record-keeping. Today's detailed patient charts are a far cry from the 5-by-8-inch cards Seargeant kept when he first began practicing.
"If someone comes in here now with a chest pain, why, you're almost obligated to send them up to get an EKG and a chest X-ray," he says. "Way back yonder, you didn't have to do that. But there's no doubt about it - it's better for the patients."
Asked what makes a good doctor, Seargeant says, laughing, "Fear of being sued." He's been sued three times in his career, all unsuccessfully.
Then he turns serious and says, "Conscience. If you have a good conscience and try to do well by people, that's what makes a good doctor. The worst thing you can do is be haughty and hard to get to. ... I hear more people complaining about doctors that are just hard to talk to. They'll rush you in, and say this, and rush you out. (Patients) want some attention, and I don't blame them. I'll take the time to talk to them."
Any visitor to the doctor's office can learn about the man. Notably, he's a UT fan and a proud father and grandfather. But sharing his wall with the degrees and the Oath of Hippocrates are plaques from the Boy Scouts of America, the Campbell County Historical Society (of which he's been president), the local Masons and various area medical organizations.
A proclamation in one exam room decrees Saturday, Dec. 6, 1997, "Dr. Lee J. Seargeant Jr. Day."
"He can forever be secure in the knowledge that his patients, peers, friends and neighbors have only the highest degree of respect, admiration and love for his years of service and contribution," read the words of then-County Executive Tommy Stiner.
Another plaque thanking Seargeant for serving as Grand Marshal of the Campbell County Christmas Parade reads, "Your life has touched us all."
Seargeant's hands have healed with more than instruments and medications. They've made rum cakes, chocolate pecan pies and fruit salads, for which he's nearly famous. He's raised money for things he thought were important for the community. Evenly mediated many disagreements.
Along one wall in a hospital hall hangs pictures of some of Seargeant's peers, people he worked with and remembers well: Dr. J.W. Presley (1890-1964), Dr. M.L. Davis (1910-1982), Dr. Roscoe C. Pryce (1886-1980). His picture isn't there, "not yet," he says with a chuckle. "They wait 'til you die."
Or retire - which, in Seargeant's view, may amount to the same thing.
"I'll drop dead right here in this office," he says. "That's what I've always thought."
Death*3 November 2011 He died on 3 November 2011 at age 95.1 


Ella June (?) (say 1917 - )
Last Edited23 June 2014


  1. U.S. Social Security Administration, compiler, Social Security Death Index (SSDI), Online database at

Ella June (?)

F, (say 1917 - )
Birth*say 1917 She was born say 1917. 
Marriage*say 1946 She married Lee Jess Seargeant Jr. say 1946. 
Married Namesay 1946  As of say 1946, her married name was Seargeant. 


Lee Jess Seargeant Jr. (27 December 1915 - 3 November 2011)
Last Edited10 July 2003

Davis Johnson Brooks1

M, (17 May 1885 - 5 May 1966)
Birth*17 May 1885 He was born on 17 May 1885 at Georgia.1 
Marriage*say 1908 He married Addie Lee Elliott say 1908.1 
Marriage*after 1930 He married Zella Catherine Davis after 1930.1 
1930 Census*1 April 1930 He was enumerated in the US Census of 1930 at DeKalb Co., Alabama.2 
Death*5 May 1966 He died at DeKalb Co., Alabama, on 5 May 1966 at age 80.1 
Burial*say 7 May 1966 His body was interred say 7 May 1966 at Trinity Methodist Cemetery, Rainsville, DeKalb Co., Alabama.1 

Family 1

Addie Lee Elliott (22 August 1887 - 24 April 1928)

Family 2

Zella Catherine Davis (1 June 1911 - 24 April 1995)
ChartsJohn Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants (#1)
John Culpepper of Randolph AL Female Descendants (#2)
Last Edited26 January 2007


  1. E-mail written 2003-2007 to Lew Griffin from Jamie Brooks, e-mail address.
  2. 1930 Federal Census, United States.
    Blue Pond, De Kalb, Alabama; Roll: T626_12; Page: 7B; Enumeration District: 21; Image: 0644.

G. W. Bowen1

M, (circa 1834 - )
Birth*circa 1834 He was born circa 1834 at Georgia.1 
Marriage*say 1865 He married Elizabeth Winefred Gray say 1865. G. W. and Elizabeth had at least six children: Ed Bowen (bc 1865), Henry Bowen (bc 1867), Louisa Bowen (bc 1870), David Bowen (bc 1872), George Bowen (bc 1874) and Ella Bowen (bc 1877)..1 
1880 Census*1 June 1880 G. was listed as the head of a family on the 1880 Census at Midway, Stewart Co., Georgia.2 


Elizabeth Winefred Gray (circa 1835 - )
Last Edited1 August 2016


  1. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 520C, ED 70, Family 291, Midway, Stewart Co., GA
    G. W. Bowles, Self, M, M, W, 45, Farms, GA/GA/GA
    Elizabeth Bowles, Wife, F, M, W, 43, Keeping House, GA/GA/GA
    Mollie Culpepper, Step-Dau, F, S, W, 21, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Ed Bowles, Son, M, S, W, 14, In School, GA/GA/GA
    Henry Bowles, Son, M, S, W, 12, In School, GA/GA/GA
    Louisa Bowles, Daughter, F, S, W, 9, In School, GA/GA/GA
    David Bowles, Son, M, S, W, 7, --- , GA/GA/GA
    George Bowles, Son, M, S, W, 5, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Ella Bowles, Daughter, F, S, W, 2, --- , GA/GA/GA.
  2. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    Page 520C, ED 70, Family 291, Midway, Stewart Co., GA
    G. W. Bowen, Self, M, M, W, 45, Farms, GA/GA/GA
    Elizabeth Bowen, Wife, F, M, W, 43, Keeping House, GA/GA/GA
    Mollie Culpepper, Step-Dau, F, S, W, 21, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Ed Bowles, Son, M, S, W, 14, In School, GA/GA/GA
    Henry Bowles, Son, M, S, W, 12, In School, GA/GA/GA
    Louisa Bowles, Daughter, F, S, W, 9, In School, GA/GA/GA
    David Bowles, Son, M, S, W, 7, --- , GA/GA/GA
    George Bowles, Son, M, S, W, 5, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Ella Bowles, Daughter, F, S, W, 2, --- , GA/GA/GA.

(?) Boone1

M, (say 1809 - )
Birth*say 1809 He was born say 1809.1 
Marriage* He married Nancy (?).1 


Nancy (?) (circa 1811 - )
Last Edited13 July 2003


  1. 1880 Federal Census, United States.
    ED 29, Page 78B (12), Family 27, District 682, Carroll Co., GA
    John F. Culpepper, Self, M, Md, 45, Farming, GA/GA/GA
    Epsey Culpepper, Wife, F, Md, 42, Keeping House, GA/GA/GA
    Annie L. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 17, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Delia E. Culpepper, Dau, F, S, 8, --- , GA/GA/GA
    Nancy Boon, MotherL, F, Wd, 68, --- , GA/SC/GA
    William Dickson, Other, M, Md, Black, 20, Laborer, GA/GA/GA
    Ellen Dickson, Other, F, Md, Black, 20, Laborer, GA/GA/GA
    George Dent, Other, M, S, Mulatto, 20, Laborer, GA/GA/GA
    William Millimer, Other, M, S, Black, 30, Laborer, GA/GA/GA.

Frederick Sylvester Culpepper1

M, (27 September 1853 - 8 December 1856)
FatherGeorge Washington Culpepper1 (c 1798 - 16 Jun 1866)
MotherRebecca Wallace1 (c 1817 - a 1880)
Birth*27 September 1853 He was born on 27 September 1853 at Deep Creek District, Norfolk Co., Virginia.1,2 
Death*8 December 1856 He died at Deep Creek District, Norfolk Co., Virginia, on 8 December 1856 at age 3.1 
Last Edited8 July 2004


  1. E-mail written 2000 - 2013 to Culpepper Connections from Kimberly Ann Culpepper Dezern (#1095), Chesapeake, VA, e-mail address (Jul 2013).
    from Merrell family Bible in her possession.
  2. Emily L. Walker, compiler, Norfolk County VA Birth & Death Register (Births 1853-1860 & 1864-1874; Deaths 1853-1860 & 1864-1870), Norfolk, VA: E. L. Walker, 1997.
    p. 1.

Henry Francis Culpepper1

M, (8 July 1856 - 16 August 1856)
FatherGeorge Washington Culpepper1 (c 1798 - 16 Jun 1866)
MotherRebecca Wallace1 (c 1817 - a 1880)
Birth*8 July 1856 He was born on 8 July 1856 at Deep Creek District, Norfolk Co., Virginia.1 
Death*16 August 1856 He died at Deep Creek District, Norfolk Co., Virginia, on 16 August 1856.1 
Last Edited19 July 2003


  1. E-mail written 2000 - 2013 to Culpepper Connections from Kimberly Ann Culpepper Dezern (#1095), Chesapeake, VA, e-mail address (Jul 2013).
    from Merrell family Bible in her possession.

James Grimes1

M, (11 January 1790 - 15 February 1858)
Birth*11 January 1790 He was born on 11 January 1790 at Duplin Co., North Carolina.1 
Marriage*17 December 1827 He married Ciely Sloan at Dobbs Co., North Carolina, on 17 December 1827 at age 37. Bond.1 
Death*15 February 1858 He died at Pushmataha, Choctaw Co., Alabama, on 15 February 1858 at age 68.1 


Ciely Sloan (say 1805 - 8 February 1840)
Last Edited27 August 2003


  1. E-mail written 2003 to Lew Griffin from Christine Grimes Thacker, e-mail address.