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Sampson Culpepper

Birthplace: Norfolk County, Virginia, United States
Death: Died in Wilkinson, Georgia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Joseph Culpepper and Martha Mallory
Husband of Eleanor Penelope Culpepper
Father of Rev. John Culpepper, US Congress; Charles Culpepper; Eleanor Nellie ONeal; Agnes Culpepper; Elizabeth Culpepper and 2 others
Brother of Ann Elizabeth Culpepper; Joseph Culpepper; Sarah Lee Presley; John Jefferson Culpepper; Argent Culpepper and 2 others

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About Sampson Culpepper

A Patriot of the American Revolution for VIRGINIA (SOLDIER). DAR Ancestor #: A028467


Originally submitted by bamafann07 to on 26 Oct 2007

Sampson Culpepper was the son of Joseph Culpepper, and the grandson of Robert Culpepper of Norfolk Co, VA. He was probably born in Bertie County, NC about 1737. The area became Edgecombe County in 1741. Sampson was about eight years old when his father Joseph died unexpectedly in 1745. His mother, Martha Culpepper, was appointed his guardian, since he was under age 14. We know from his mother's will that he was the youngest son. Sampson moved to Anson Co. NC with the rest of his family around 1753 or 1754. The Culpeppers appeared in deed records in Anson as early as July 1754. In Oct 1758, Sampson was granted 200 acres in Anson Co. on the S.W. side of Pee Dee River, joining the E. side of Gould's Fork of Brown Creek and both sides of the great fork of said Fork (NC Patent Book 16, p.260). Sampson was about aged 21 at the time, a young bachelor.

Sampson appears in a 1763 Tax List of Anson County, as do his brothers Joseph and John, and his cousins William and Robert. About 1764, Sampson married Eleanor Gilbert. The eldest child was born in 1765. In Mar 1767, Sampson Culpepper bought 62 acres from George Augustus Selwyn. The land was on Long Creek and the waters of Rocky River, and included Sampson's "own improvements," indicating he already lived there (Anson Deed Bk H1-129). In July 1776, Sampson sold the 200 acres he had acquired in 1758 to Patrick Boggan (Anson Deed Bk K, p.485).

Sampson Culpepper was probably a Patriot during the Revolutionary War, as indicated by one or more of the following Revolutionary War Pay Vouchers, for services rendered:

No. 847 - State of North Carolina, Auditors Office for the lower board of Salisbury District, 6th Sept 17_. This may certify that Sampson Culpepper exhibited his claim and was allowed Twenty-two Pounds, Five shillings and no Pence. /s/ John Ault, Stephen Miller.

No. 483 - State of North Carolina, Auditors Office for the Counties of Anson, Montgomery & Richmond. September 3rd 1782. This may certify that Sampson Culpepper exhibited his claim & was allowed Twenty-three Pounds Two Shillings no Pence. /s/ Stephen Mills, Thos. Chiles. Received the 23 d of April 1787 of John Richardson the above paid in full. /s/ Wm. (W) Culpepper. His mark.

No. 793. State of North Carolina, Auditors Office for the lower board of Salisbury District, 6th September 1782. This may certify that Sampson Culpepper exhibited his claim and was allowed Eight Shillings no Pence. /s/ John Auld, Thos Chiles.

This writer has photocopies of the above three pay vouchers, but not the exact references to their location in the NC Archives.

The following two vouchers are found in the book by Weynette Parks Haun, "North Carolina Revolutionary Army Accounts, Secretary of State, Treasurer's & Comptroller's Papers, Vol. V, Vol. VI, Part IV."

No. 953. S. Culpepper, found in Vol. V, book 178, which is "An accot. of Cloathing Currency and Specie Certificates sent to the Commissioners at New York by the Comptroller of Public Accounts of the State of North Carolina, May 1790. Note that vouchers of this description were for uniforms for soldiers in the Continental Line, the costs of which were reimbursed by the Federal Government in New York. So this is proof that a Sampson Culpepper served in the Continental line.

No. 1456. S. Culpepper, found in Vol. VI, book 24. This writer does not know the nature or purpose of this pay voucher.

Note that one or more of these five vouchers may apply to another Sampson Culpepper, who was the son of this Sampson's brother John, and who was also in this area at this time. It is not clear, however, that this younger Sampson was old enough to have served. The signatures on all the vouchers need to be examined.

After the Revolutionary War, Sampson moved to Wilkes Co., GA., joining his brother Joseph who was already there. Sampson was there prior to Aug 1788, when he witnessed a deed of Elijah Clark (Wilkes Co. Deed Bk GG, p.94). He was listed as a Grand Juror in Wilkes Co. about 1789.

In Jul 1791, Sampson, now about 54 years old, was granted 200 acres in Washington Co. bounded on the northeast by John Culpepper (Register of Grants Bk. UUU, p. 596). Washington Co. was formed in 1784 from the Creek cession of November 1783.

Sampson and other Culpeppers were in Washington Co. at the time of the drawing for the 1805 Land Lottery. Sampson had two draws, both blank. In 1807 Laurens Co. was formed from Washington, and Sampson's land probably fell in Laurens County.

Sampson's wife, Eleanor entered the 1807 lottery, and she could not have done that unless she was a widow. Therefore, Sampson must have died after the 1805 but before the 1807 lottery.  Information from Culpepper Connection website.


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Sampson Culpepper's Timeline

Norfolk County, Virginia, United States
April 10, 1765
Age 25
Wadesboro, Anson, North Carolina
January 8, 1767
Age 27
Anson County, North Carolina, United States
September 6, 1776
Age 36
North Carolina
March 4, 1780
Age 40
January 15, 1782
Age 42
Anson County, North Carolina, United States
April 7, 1785
Age 45
May 27, 1788
Age 48
Age 80
Wilkinson, Georgia, United States