Note: "I die a Queen, but I would rather die the wife of Culpeper." Overview Catherine was one of 10 children of Lord Edmund Howard (1480-1539), a poverty-stricken younger son of Thomas Howard, 2nd duke of Norfolk.
Henry VIII first became attracted to the young girl in 1540, when he was seeking to end his politically motivated marriage to Anne of Cleves, to whom Catherine was a maid of honour. He had his marriage to Anne annulled on July 9, and on July 28 Henry and Catherine were privately married. He publicly acknowledged her as queen on August 8.
For the next 14 months Henry appeared to be much enamored of his young bride. But shortly thereafter, Henry beheaded Catherine and two accused lovers, including her distant cousin, Thomas Culpeper.
Genealogy of Catherine Howard and Thomas Culpepper:
Sir Thomas Culpeper b 1170 John Culpeper b 1200 Sir Thomas Culpeper of Brenchley and Bayhall 1230-aft. 1309 Walter Culpeper of Preston Hall, 1266-1321 Sir Thomas 1260- Sir Geoffrey Culpeper of Preston Hall, 1317-1390 Sir John William Culpeper of Preston Hall, 1342-14026 Sir Thomas of Bayhall Sir John Culpeper of Oxen Hoath, 1366-1414 Walter Culpepper Sir William Culpeper of Preston Hall1387-1457 Sir John 1416- Sir Richard Culpeper of Oxenhoath 1413-1484 Sir Alexander Joyce Culpeper, 1480-1525 (& Lord Edmund Howard) Thomas d. 1542 Catherine Howard, 1521-1542
Thus, it appears, that the lovers, Catherine and Thomas were 6th cousins, once removed.
It is believed by most Culpepper researchers that most American Culpeppers are descended from the Wigsell line, which started with Walter Culpeper of Calais and Wigsell.
Thus, the relationship of these American Culpeppers would be as follows:
Thomas Culpepper: first cousin, a dozen or more times removed, and Catherine Howard, seventh cousin, a dozen or more times removed. Last Revised: 04 Jan 2000
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