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James COPELAND

Male 1774 - 1819  (~ 46 years)


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  • Name James COPELAND 
    Born Between 1773 and 1774  Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 9 May 1819  Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • (1) Jantz, Virginia Copeland, Copeland, Bostick, Patton, and Allied Families, Waco, TX: privately published, 1981, pp. 3, 8, 15-20:

      JAMES COPELAND, the immigrant, was, by his own admission, "a native of Ireland in the Kingdom of Great Britain.'' On 27 March, 1811, he signed a petition for citizenship in Newberry District, South Carolina, stating that "he had resided within the limits of this state during the term of twenty-two years immediately last past.'' He was born about 1773 or 1774 in Ireland and died 9 May, 1819, in Williamson County, Tennessee. He was married to Mary Frost about 1798 or 1799 in Newberry District, South Carolina. Diligent search has failed to locate the parents of James Copeland in South Carolina. It is possible that James Copeland arrived in America alone, as a young man seeking his fortune in a new country. Inasmuch as he stated in his petition for citizenship that he had resided in South Carolina for twenty-two years at the time he signed the petition in 1811, he would have arrived in South Carolina about 1788 or 1789. He may have lived in another state before moving to South Carolina, and his parents may have been among the numerous Copeland families that had moved to South Carolina by 1789. It is possible, however, that the parents remained in Ireland. . . .

      James Copeland married Mary Frost about 1798 or 1799 in South Carolina. Inasmuch as marriage licenses or bonds were not required in South Carolina until a much later date, an exact date of their marriage cannot be determined. . . .

      James Copeland, the immigrant, first appears on the Newberry District, South Carolina, census in 1800. It is possible that he was the James Copeland who appeared on the 1790 census for Greenville District, South Carolina, but it doesn't seem likely, as James would have been about 16 or 17 years of age at the time. Several persons living with James Copeland, according to the 1800 census, cannot be identified. His family was thus: 1 male 16-26; 1 male 26-45; 1 female under 10; 2 females 10-16; and 2 females 16-26. His daughter, Jane, shown as under ten years of age was the only child born by 1800. By 1810, all but the two youngest children of James and Mary Copeland are shown on the census for Newberry District. One of the males under ten years of age, listed on the 1810 census, cannot be identified, unless there was a son who died young. The 1800 and 1810 census records for Newberry District, South Carolina, are the only ones on which James Copeland appears. He had died before 1820, and only his widow, Mary, appears on the 1820 census for Williamson County, Tennessee. Mary also appears on the 1830 census for Williamson County.

      Prior to leaving Newberry District, South Carolina, James and Mary Copeland disposed of four tracts of land, totaling 569 acres. James Copeland purchased 128 acres from his brother-in-law, John Frost, on 12 October, 1803, for $600.00. James sold this 128 acres to John Worthington on 6 January, 1814, for $800.00. The only other purchase of land by James Copeland that could be located in the deed books of Newberry County was 251 acres which he bought at a sheriff's sale on 2 February, 1808, for $472.00. James Copeland sold two tracts to John Belton O'Neall, one containing 170 acres on 23 October, 1809, for $900.00, and one containing 170 acres on 24 September, 1811, for $450.00. These two tracts seem to cover at least part of the land acquired at the sheriff's sale in 1808. John Belton O'Neall was related to Mary Copeland, wife of James, through the Frost family. The last tract of land sold by James Copeland before he moved to Tennessee was 101 acres which he sold to Daniel Thweatt Cureton on 10 January, 1814, for $400.00. There were 190 acres of land sold by James Copeland for which no deeds could be found conveying the land to James Copeland.

      The brother-in-law of James Copeland, John Frost, left Newberry District about 1811 and moved to Williamson County, Tennessee. The home built by John Frost in Williamson County is still standing today and is in excellent condition. It is still owned by descendants of John Frost. James and Mary (Frost) Copeland are buried in a cemetery on this farm, as are other Copeland and Frost family members.

      James Copeland appears on the Williamson County, Tennessee, Tax Lists for 1815, 1816, and 1817, with no land listed. In 1818 he is shown with 200 acres. He bought this 200 acres from William Kidd for $1,700.00 on 14 January, 1818. The farm was located on Mill Creek. James lived for about five years after locating in Williamson County. The six surviving children of James and Mary Copeland signed a deed on 8 October, 1836, disposing of this 200-acre tract after the death of both parents.

      Efforts have been made to locate a Family Bible belonging to James and Mary Copeland, but none has been found. The Family Bible belonging to John Frost, brother-in-law of James Copeland, has the following information about the death of James: "James Copeland departed this life the 9th day of May, seven o'clock A.M., A.D., 1819, aged Forty-five years." His tombstone shows, however, that he was 48 at the time of his death. Mary Copeland's death is also recorded in the Bible thus: "Mary Copeland departed this life March 20th 1833 about 10 minutes after 1 o'clock A.M. She was about 55 years of age."

      James Copeland signed his will on 6 May, 1819, and it was proven in Williamson County, Tennessee, during the July Term Court, 1819. It reads:

      In the name of God, Amen, I James Copeland of Williamson County and State of Tennessee, being weak of body but of sound mind and memory considering the uncertainty of this mortal life and being of sound mind & blessed be Almighty God for the same do make and publish this my last Will and Testament in manner and form following, that is to say, first my will and desire is that my waggon my stock of hogs and if should prove necessary whatever else can be most conveniently spared by my wife be sold and the funds arising therefrom appropriated to the discharge of all my just debts. I also give and bequeath to my daughter Sally my bay mare called red bird and also a cow and calf and good side saddle exclusive and independent of her portion of the residue of my estate the whole balance of my estate both real and personal I give to my beloved wife during her natural lifetime and after her death to be equally divided between all of my children should they all be living or their heirs should they have any but with the exception that whereas my son-in-law Sutherlin Champ has had some portion given him my desire is that two hundred Dollars be taken out of his proportion and that my daughter Cynthia have the addition of two hundred Dollars given her over and above her equal dividend in the final distribution of my estate amongst my children. I do hereby nominate and appoint my beloved wife and my Brother-in-law John Frost my Executor & Executrix of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all former wills by me made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the 6th day of May in the year of our Lord 1819.

      James Copeland (Seal)

      Witnesses present:
      John Mayfield
      William Riley
      Moses Lindsey

      Which will as above recited was produced in open court July Session 1819 and the execution thereof duly proven by the oaths of John Mayfield, William Riley & Moses Lindsey subscribing witnesses thereto and the same was ordered to be recorded.

      An inventory of James Copeland's estate, made at the October Court Session, 1819, showed the following:

      A Schedule of the goods and chattels rights and credits of James Copeland dec'd to wit 1 pair of chair wheels one waggon 3 head of horses 10 head of cattle 9 head of sheep 83 head of hogs 17 geese 4 feather beds & furniture 1 wheel 1 Reel 3 trunks 9 chairs 2 tables 21 books 1 looking glass 1 loom 1 set dog irons 2 pots 1 oven 1 spider 1 smoothing iron 1 tea kettle 4 dishes 1 doz. plates ½ doz spoons ½ doz knives and forks 2 plates 1 churn 5 Barrels 2 jugs 4 ps stone ware 3 ploughs 2 hoes 3 axes 1 cutting knife 2 pr gears 4 Big stands 5 tin cups 1 tin kittle 1 shot gun 1 fire shovel 2 pot racks pot hooks 1 safe 1 lanthorn 1 pr scales and weights 3 pewter Basins 1 handsaw 1 drawing knife 1 iron wedge 1 coffee pot 1 cannister & coffee mill 1 decanter 25 ducks.

      Debts due the estate Burns Horton $13.25 Wm. Roberts $12.82?? Charles A. Stokes $52.72?? John Frost $6.65 John McCutchean $8.00 Rodan Tucker $1.25. The estate of James Copeland Dr. to John Hamar Jnr. on note $130.00 to James Hamar 100.00 Interest $12.50 Hubert Owen $85.00 Moses Lindsey $314.05 Jonathan Hill $175.00 Sutherland Cham $3.12½ George Long $13.00 Laurence Fly $192.00

      John Frost Mary Copeland Executors

      Which inventory as above recited was produced in open court October Session 1819. The same was ordered to be recorded.

      CHILDREN OF JAMES AND MARY (FROST) COPELAND: . . .

      i. Jane Copeland was born about 1800 in Newberry District, South Carolina. . . .

      ii. Cynthia Copeland was born about 1802 in Newberry District, South Carolina. . . .

      iii. Sarah "Sally" Copeland was born about 1804 in Newberry District, South Carolina. . . .

      iv. Rebecca Copeland was born about 1807 in Newberry District, South Carolina.

      v. James C. Copeland was born in 1809 in Newberry District, South Carolina, and died 17 September, 1864, in Williamson County, Tennessee. On 10 July, 1835, he obtained a marriage bond to marry Mary Tait (Tate) in Williamson County. They had no children. After the death of James C. Copeland, his brother, Samuel Meredith Copeland, sued the estate on behalf of the nieces and nephews, many of whom were orphaned at a very early age. After much litigation, it seems that very little went to the nieces and nephews of James C. Copeland. Mary (Tait) Copeland was born 17 September, 1815. in North Carolina and died 4 July, 1870, in Williamson County. James C. and Mary (Tait) Copeland are buried in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Williamson County. . . .

      vi. Samuel Meredith Copeland was born 17 February, 1813, in Newberry District, South Carolina.

      vii. Dr. John Benson Copeland was born 2 August, 1815, in Williamson County, Tennessee.
    Person ID I441  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2018 

    Family Mary FROST,   b. Abt 1777, Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1833, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married Between 1798 and 1799  SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. James C. COPELAND,   b. Abt 1809, Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Sep 1864, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 55 years)  [natural]
     2. Samuel Meredith COPELAND,   b. 17 Feb 1813, Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jan 1869, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 55 years)  [natural]
     3. John Benson COPELAND,   b. 2 Aug 1815, Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Feb 1864, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 48 years)  [natural]
     4. Rebecca COPELAND,   b. Abt 1807, Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Aug 1866, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 59 years)  [natural]
     5. Jane COPELAND,   b. Abt 1800, Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Aug 1866, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years)  [unknown]  [natural]
     6. Cynthia COPELAND,   b. Abt 1802, Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 May 1834, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 32 years)  [unknown]  [natural]
     7. Sarah COPELAND,   b. Abt 1804, Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Apr 1839, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 35 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 1 Feb 2018 10:22:37 
    Family ID F913  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) Robert Allen Battle.

    2. Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Details: Citation Text: (1) The followingtranscription was made by Marianna Frost of the John Frost Family Bible, dated 1812, which is in the possession of Miles Woodrow Frost, Athens, AL: (Spelling and punctuation as recorded in Bible) James Copeland departed this life the 9th May Seven oclock A.M. A.D. 1819 aged Forty forty [sic] five years.