Mississippi Culpepper History
All of the Culpeppers recorded in early
Mississippi history appear to have been grandchildren or
great-grandchildren of Joseph Culpepper of
Edgecombe Co., NC
The first of these was Rev. John Culpepper, Jr.
who came from
from Georgia in 1810 with his sons, John and Sampson. They were all enumerated in
the 1820 Mississippi census in Hancock County
in southern Mississippi, across the Pearl River from eastern Louisiana.
Circa 1825, Benjamin Culpepper relocated
from Edgefield District, South Carolina to
Lawrence County near the Pearl River in southern Mississippi. By
1850, he and his sons, Joseph Richard and Benjamin R. had relocated up
river about 100 miles north to Attala County.
The second largest concentration of Culpeppers in the state is in this
area, primarily in the towns of Sallis and Kosciusko.
Before 1840, four of the sons of Joseph
Culpepper of Jackson County, Georgia (Henry, Simeon, Joel and Owen) had relocated to lands spanning eastern
Lauderdale County, Mississippi and western
Sumter County, Alabama. Many of their
descendants persist in this area today. In fact, a majority of
Mississippi Culpeppers, past and present, will be found in Lauderdale
County, or within a 60 mile radius of its county seat, Meridian.
in the Mississippi Delta?
The Mississippi Delta is the distinct
northwest section of the state of Mississippi that lies between the
Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers. Technically, it is not a delta, but part
of an alluvial plain. Created by regular flooding over thousands of
years, the region is remarkably flat and contains some of the most
fertile soil in the world. Running from Memphis to Vicksburg, it spans
the counties of De Soto, Tunica, Panola,
Quitman, Coahoma, Tallahatchie,
Issaquena, and Warren,
While the early Culpepper settlers of Mississippi were certainly farmers, only a very small
number resided in the fertile Delta region. By the late 19th century,
however, quite a few African-American Culpeppers had moved in from
further east to work this rich land.