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Robert Culpepper

Male 1664 - Abt 1742  (78 years)


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  • Name Robert Culpepper 
    Born 1664  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Abt 1742  Norfolk, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I8528  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of PNH
    Last Modified 8 Mar 2020 

    Father Henry Culpepper,   b. 1633, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1675, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 43 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Greene,   b. Abt 1640,   d. Abt 1676, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 36 years) 
    Married Abt 1660  [1
    Family ID F1507  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Sarah,   b. Abt 1666,   d. Bef 16 Oct 1739, Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 73 years) 
    Married Abt 1687  Lower Norfolk County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Benjamin Culpepper,   b. Abt 1698,   d. Abt 1746, Edgecombe, North Carolina Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 48 years)
    Last Modified 14 Apr 2015 
    Family ID F2420  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From Culpepper Connections (citation details below):

      Robert Culpepper's ancestry was long the subject of speculation. However, DNA testing reveals that 80+% of the mainline Culpeppers descend from sons of Robert, and that the balance, with only a minor genetic difference, descend from the sons of Henry Culpepper, Jr. The most logical conclusion from traditional genealogical research and DNA testing is that Robert and Henry Jr. are sons of Henry Culpepper (Sr.) of Lower Norfolk Co., VA. and his wife Elizabeth.

      Robert was probably born around 1664 but it is not known if he was born in England or in Virginia.

      He probably married his wife around 1690. She may have been named Sarah, but her maiden name is not known. She was probably a daughter of one of the neighboring families along the West Branch of the Elizabeth River in Norfolk Co., VA. She and Robert had sons named Joseph and Benjamin, and Robert, Jr. Robert, Jr. was obviously named after his father.

      But the names Joseph and Benjamin were not used by Robert, Sr.'s brother, Henry, and so might be clues to the identity of Robert's wife. These were family names in the local Richardson, Powell, Hodges, and Hollowell families, among others, all of whom lived nearby. According to The Hollowells by Lucy E. Hollowell, the Hollowells were Quakers, and none of the Hollowell daughters from this time period is known to have married a Culpepper.

      Robert finally emerges in Norfolk County records in 1692 when he bought 50 acres from Thomas and Elizabeth Green, for 2,000 pounds of tobacco. (Records on the Culpepper family in Norfolk County in the early 1700's are scarce, and all of the ones that we have found, including this one, are recorded above.)

  • Sources 
    1. [S241] Culpepper Connections: The Culpepper Family History Site.