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Dr. John Benson COPELAND

Male 1815 - 1864  (48 years)


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  • Name John Benson COPELAND 
    Title Dr. 
    Born 2 Aug 1815  Newberry County, SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 24 Feb 1864  Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • (1) Jantz, Virginia Copeland, Copeland, Bostick, Patton, and Allied Families, Waco, TX: privately published, 1981, pp. 42-44:

      DR. JOHN BENSON COPELAND . . . was born 2 August, 1815, in Williamson County, Tennessee. He died 24 February, 1864, in Williamson County and was buried in the cemetery on Sumner's Knob in Williamson County. His wife's name was Susan, but her maiden name has not been determined. No marriage record could be found in Williamson County, but it is estimated that they married about 1854. They were married only ten years when John died, leaving a widow with six young children. It is not known where Susan Copeland was buried. She may have been buried beside her husband on Sumner's Knob, but there is no marker for her.

      There is not a great deal known about Dr. John B. Copeland except that he was a practicing physician in Williamson County, living in the Nolensville area. It is not known where he received his medical training nor where he lived up until 1860 when he first appears on the 1860 Williamson County census. By 1870 Dr. Copeland was dead, and his wife, Susan, and the six children were living near Dr. Thomas J. Shannon in the Nolensville area, according to the 1870 Williamson County census. By 1880 Susan Copeland and her children were living at 357 South Cherry Street in Nashville. No further record was found concerning Susan Copeland. She was 49 years old in 1880, thus indicating that she was born about 1831. Her oldest daughter, Lena Rivers Copeland, who married Dr. William Howard Baskette, returned to Williamson County together with her husband, and it is possible that Susan Copeland resided with them in Franklin during her later years.

      In a letter written from Campbell County, Virginia by Benjamin Clement, uncle of Mary Virginia (Martin) Copeland, to his brother-in-law, William C. Moore of Stokes County, North Carolina, the statement was made that "Doct. Copeland and little Samuel Martin are in Virginia at this time buying Negroes. they left my house about 3 weeks ago on their way to richmond for the purpose of buying negroes." This letter was written 8 November, 1844, thus indicating that Dr. John B. Copeland was a physician by this date, at age 29. Little Samuel Martin, mentioned in the letter, was the brother of Mary Virginia (Martin) Copeland, Dr. Copeland's sister-in-law. Little Samuel Martin was 25 years old at the time, only four years younger than Dr. Copeland.

      Dr. John B. Copeland's tombstone in the cemetery on Sumner's Knob is quite elaborate, as were many others during this period of time. It is one of the very few remaining tombstones in the old cemetery which came into use during the early days of Williamson County. His tombstone had fallen over on the ground, but was legible when copied by the author in 1972, even though some words were difficult to read. It reads:

      Dr. John B. Copeland
      Born Aug. 2, 1815 Died Feb. 24, 1864
      This spirit immovable is still(ed) at last
      is heaved by affliction no more
      This heart is no longer the seat
      of trouble and torturing pain
      It ceases to flutter and beat
      It never shall flutter again

      Efforts to trace descendents of the six children of John B. and Susan Copeland have not been entirely successful. Only two of their children have been traced, these being Samuel Robert Copeland and Lena Rivers Copeland. Besides being listed on the 1860, 1870, and 1880 Tennessee census records, the children were shown in the 1866 court records of their uncle, James C. Copeland. The children of John B. and Susan Copeland were probably born in Williamson County, Tennessee.

      CHILDREN OF DR. JOHN BENSON AND SUSAN COPELAND:

      i. J. Matthew Copeland was born about 1855.

      ii. Samuel Robert Copeland was born 31 October, 1857.

      iii. Lena Rivers Copeland was born about 1859.

      iv. Andrew B. Copeland was born about 1860.

      v. Matilda J. Copeland was born about 1862.

      vi. Lula W. Copeland was born about 1863.

      (2) See the notes regarding the marriage license issued to Susan P. MARTIN and John B. COPELAND on October 25, 1854 in Maury County, TN.
    Person ID I476  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2017 

    Father James COPELAND,   b. Between 1773 and 1774, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1819, Williamson County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 46 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother 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) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married Between 1798 and 1799  SC Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F913  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Susan P. MARTIN 
    Married Abt 25 Oct 1854  Maury County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    License 25 Oct 1854  Maury County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 

    • (1) John C. Crawford :

      In Maury County, TN, an adjacent county south of Williamson, there is a record of Susan P. MARTIN and John B. COPELAND having a marriage license issued 25 Oct. 1854. This information comes from a loose-leaf index created by staff and volunteers at the Maury County Archives, Columbia, TN.
    Children 
     1. Andrew B. COPELAND,   b. Abt 1860, Williamson County, TN? Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     2. Matilda J. COPELAND,   b. Abt 1862, Williamson County, TN? Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     3. Lula W. COPELAND,   b. Abt 1863, Williamson County, TN? Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     4. J. Matthew COPELAND,   b. Abt 1855, Williamson County, TN? Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     5. Samuel Robert COPELAND,   b. 31 Oct 1857, Williamson County, TN? Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
     6. Lena Rivers COPELAND,   b. Abt 1859, Williamson County, TN? Find all individuals with events at this location  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 Sep 2017 13:03:58 
    Family ID F917  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart