Mamie Ethel Culpeper

b. 16 January 1886, d. 27 June 1959
  • Mamie Ethel Culpeper was born on 16 January 1886 in Virginia or Houston, Texas.
  • The following appeared on 19 January 1909 in the San Antonio Light: Invitations have been issued to the marriage of Clark Campbell Wren and Miss Mamie Ethel Culpepper which will take place at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Mary Katherine Culpepper, February 3, at 5:30 o'clock, in Houston. Miss Culpepper is a sister of Mrs. James R. Davis and has often visited San Antonio.
  • The following appeared on 31 January 1909 in the Galveston Daily News: The following relatives from this city will go to Houston Wednesday to attend the Wren-Culpeper wedding: Mrs. Mattie C. Wren, mother of the groom-elect; Mr. Joe Wren, Miss Julia Wren, Mr. Archibald R. Campbell Jr., Mr. G. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Kauffman, Miss Anne Kauffman. Relatives of Mr. Wren from Fort Worth attending will be: Mr. and Mrs. Kleber Lee, Miss Carnie Wren, Mr. Frank Wren, Mrs. Goree. Among the relatives of the bride-elect who will be present from San Antonio is Mrs. J. R. Davis. The Houston Chronicle, in mentioning these approaching nuptials, has the following: "The announcement of this wedding will be read with interest in Galveston and throughout the state, as well as in this city, since it unites representative families of the cities named. Miss Culpeper is the daughter of Mrs. M. K. Culpeper, the widow of Mr. Rowland Hill Culpeper, one of the Virginia family of that name, born near Culpeper Courthouse, who, after brillian service in the confederate army, located in Houston, and, as a trusted employe of and late partner in the firm of William D. Cleveland & Co., helped to advance the interests of Houston. Mrs. Culpeper is the daughter of Dr. Horace Clark, who, though proud of his New England ancestors, at an early day came to Texas, and for a long time, until his retirement on account of age, occupied an enviable place among the Episcopal clergy of Texas. Miss Culpeper is a fitting representative of the proud stock from which she comes. She combines a graciousness of manner with a generous thoughtfulness for others, which has endeared her for all time to her friends. Mr. Wren also comes of Virginia stock, his Grandfather Wren having successfully conducted a school for boys in Powhatan County for many years before the Civil War. Mr. P. S. Wren, his father, moved to Texas shortly after the war and took permanent place in business and political affairs. His wife was the duaghter of Dr. Clark C. Campbell, who for many years was a prominent physician in the Oleander City. This marriage will unite two families of the name of Clark, since among Mr. Wren's ancestors are John Clark, governor of Virginia, and Gen. Elijah Clark of revolutionary fame. Mr. Clark C. Wren came to Houston several years ago to engage in the practice of law, and in that profession he has made an excellent reputation."
  • She married Clark Campbell Wren, son of Powhatan Sampson Wren and Martha Campbell, on 3 February 1909.
  • The following appeared on 18 April 1909 in the Galveston Daily News: Mrs. Mattie C. Wren was at home yesterday afternoon from 4 until 6 o'clock in honor of her two daughters-in-law, Mrs. Clark Campbell Wren and Mrs. Joseph Goree Wren, both of Houston. The former was married to Mr. Wren last February and was before marriage Miss Culpepper of Houston. Mrs. Joseph Wren was married this past Thursday in Waco and was Miss Stella Prendergast. Both weddings were events of fashionable interest because of the prominence of the families. Both young women are charming and attractive. Mrs. Clark Wren wore a gown of roue pink messaline satin, finished with pink fishnet and work Kilarney roses. Mrs. Joseph Wren wore her wedding robe of white mirror satin built directoire in pane effect, with buttons and pearl embroidery. The pink frock well became Mrs. Clark Wren's stately beauty, while the Easter bride in her wedding gown was a bewitching picture of Easter grace and beauty. The cards were taken at the door by little Misses Margaret Denison and Dorothy Girardequ. Each little girl wore a dainty frock of white mull and lace over blue silk. Mrs. Wren received her guests informally, wearing black silk with Irish lace, and was assisted by her sister, Mrs. Kleber Lee of Fort Worth, and by Miss Julia Lee Wren. Mrs. Lee wore a gown of white canton crepe satin, and Miss Wren was attired in light blue messaline with rose point lace yoke. The buffet table in the dining room had rose pink for the motif. The serviettes were of linen with surrounding f handsome Cluny laces. La France roses and pink carnations were the floral centerpiece. the candlesticks were shaded in rose silk. Many beautiful roses, lilies and carnations sent in by friends to the hostess and the brides. These flowers were arranged in the drawing room and library. Assisting in the dining room was the following house party: Miss Evelyn Campbell of Houston, Mrs. J. C. Ralston, Mrs. Max Levy, Mrs. Letchworth, Mrs. Felder, Miss Ethel Hilton, Miss Emma Lee, Miss Ann Kauffman and Miss Evelyn Cooper. A large number of ladies called. These were mostly the friends of the family, as Mrs. Wren gave the afternoon tea so that her friends and those of her sons might be introduced to the two charming young women, who are now members of the family. So delightfully were the hours spent that the guests lingered on after 6 o'clock. Shortly before this hour Mr. Clark Wren and his brother, Mr. Joseph Wren, joined the ladies in the drawing room. During the receiving hours salads and frozen punch were served. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Wren and Mrs. Clark Wren will remain here for several days, the guests of Mrs. Wren.
  • Clark Campbell Wren and Mamie Ethel Culpeper appeared in the US federal census of 1 January 1920 in Houston, Harris County, Texas, at 2704 Milam. Other members of the household included Mary Martha Wren and Clark Campbell Wren Jr. Also in the household were two servants.
  • Clark Campbell Wren and family (Mamie, Mary Martha, and Clark Jr.), arrived on 4 July 1921 in the Port of New York aboard the SS Cedric, having departed Liverpool on 25 June 1921.
  • Clark Campbell Wren and Mamie Ethel Culpeper appeared in the US federal census of 1 April 1930 in Washington, District of Columbia, at 2117 Bancroft Place. Other members of the household included Mary Martha Wren and Clark Campbell Wren Jr. Also in the household was one female childs' nurse.
  • She officially witnessed the death of Clark Campbell Wren on 15 January 1948 at US Naval Hospital in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
  • Mamie Ethel Culpeper became a widow at the 15 January 1948 death of her husband Clark Campbell Wren.
  • Mamie Ethel Culpeper died on 27 June 1959 at age 73 in Houston, Harris County, Texas.
  • She was interred at Glenwood Cemetery, Houston, Harris County, Texas.
  • Last Edited: 16 Dec 2012

Family: Clark Campbell Wren b. 25 May 1877, d. 15 January 1948