The Copeland Family

Descendants of John Copeland

Due to errors in the original file and conflicting information, this is a huge work in progress!


DNA testing matches John and Ripley, with one marker different on a full ydna. Also matches is James Marion Copeland born in Tennessee, whose father was from NC with the same thing, one marker (same one) is off from both Ripley and John. They are NOT related to the Isle of Wright Copelands.

Generation No. 1

1.  JOHN1 COPELAND was born Abt. 1616 in England and died in  Essex County, VA
Children of JOHN Copeland
2. Nicholas Copeland, I m. Judith and Anne
ii. Joseph Copeland
iii. William Copeland

Generation No. 2

2.  NICHOLAS2 COPELAND (JOHN1) born about 1645-1660 died 1712-1718 in Essex County Virginia.

Children of NICHOLAS COPELAND, I
2.Nicholas Copeland II d 1699 m. Dorothy (? Ripley)
3.        William Copeland  d 1700-1701 no wife in will, no children



*********NOTE NOT PROVEN THAT NEXT NICHOLAS IS SON OF NICHOLAS II*******************



Nicholas III b 1691-1700, died 1742
May have married a LOTT. Mother was Dorothy, may have been a Ripley. Will of William mentioned "cousin John, Nicholas and Mary" this may be niece and nephew,  if so then this is son of Nicholas, but only Nicholas III is mentioned in will of Nicholas I in 1712 as a grandson of Nicholas I. So if he had siblings, they must have died by the time will was written. In 1725 he signs over his land he received.

Presumably had a son named Nicholas. Since no will has been found, no idea how many children or heirs he has.




5.  NICHOLAS5 COPELAND III (NICHOLAS4, JOSEPH3, NICHOLAS2, JOHN1) was born 1732 in ?VA, and died September 30, 1773 in Chatham Co., NC.  He married DOROTHY RIPLEY Aft. 1755.  She was born Abt. 1740, and died Unknown.

*********NOTE NO PROOF THAT RIPLEY COPELAND'S PARENTS ARE NICHOLAS AND DOROTHY RIPLEY COPELAND. AT SOME POINT SOMEONE DID LIKELY MARRY A RIPLEY, BUT THERE IS EVIDENCE THAT THE NAME IS USED BY SOMEONE WHO IS LIKELY A COUSIN OF RIPLEY COPELAND, IF SO THIS MAY HAVE HAPPENED A GENERATION OR SO EARLIER***************************************************************

Children of NICHOLAS COPELAND and DOROTHY RIPLEY are:
i.ABSOLEM6 COPELAND, b. Aft. 1755; d. Unknown.  ****Unconfirmed******
ii.AGNES DARK COPELAND, b. Aft. 1755; d. Unknown. *****Unconfirmed****
iii.JACOB COPELAND, b. Aft. 1755; d. Unknown. ****Unconfirmed
iv.JOHN R. COPELAND, b. Aft. 1755; d. Unknown. ***confirmed in Am Rev pension, no idea where he went though****
v.NICHOLAS COPELAND IV, b. Aft. 1755; d. Unknown. ****Is this Sr listed in 1835?*****
6.vi.RIPLEY COPELAND, SR., b. March 1761, Chatham Co., NC; d. June 6, 1843, Sumter Co., SC.
vii.AARON COPELAND, b. Abt. 1762; d. May 9, 1839.
viii.     Moses Copeland b. abt 1765 d. Unknown. *** mentioned inAm. REv pension but no idea what happened to him***


Generation No. 6

6.  RIPLEY6 COPELAND, SR. (NICHOLAS5, NICHOLAS4, JOSEPH3, NICHOLAS2, JOHN1) was born March 1761 in Chatham Co., NC, and died June 6, 1843 in Sumter Co., SC.  He married RACHAEL TUCKER Abt. 1780.  She was born 1762 in Chatham Co., NC, and died November 13, 1845 in Sumter Co., SC.

Children of RIPLEY COPELAND and RACHAEL TUCKER are:
i.CALEB7 COPELAND, b. Abt. 1782; d. Unknown.
ii.ELIZABETH COPELAND, b. Bet. 1785 - 1789, Chatham Co., NC; d. Bef. 1843, Sumpter Co., SC; m. JESSE SCARBOROUGH; b. Abt. 1787; d. Unknown.
iii.WILLIAM C. COPELAND, b. Bet. 1786 - 1790, Cheraw District, Chesterfield, SC; d. 1864, Darlington co., SC.
iv.NANCY COPELAND, b. Bet. 1787 - 1791, Cheraw District, Chesterfield, SC; d. Abt. 1807; m. HOWELL LEWIS; b. Abt. 1782, Granville county,  NC; d. Aft. 1865, Jones Co., MS.
v.MARTHA COPELAND, b. Bet. 1788 - 1800, Sumpter Co., SC; d. January 28, 1889, Sumpter Co., SC; m. WILLIAM HUGGINS; b. Abt. 1800; d. Unknown.
vi.MOSES COPELAND, b. Bet. 1790 - 1791, Cheraw District, Chesterfield, SC; d. Aft. 1850, Mobile, AL; m. ELIZABETH COLEMAN; b. Abt. 1793; d. Unknown.
vii.RIPLEY COPELAND, JR., b. July 25, 1793, Cheraw District, Chesterfield, SC; d. 1888, Sumpter Co., SC; m. NANCY ANN CHRISTMAS; b. May 15, 1798, Sumpter Co., SC; d. Aft. 1870, Sumpter Co., SC.
viii.REUBEN COPELAND, b. August 5, 1795, Cheraw District, Chesterfield, SC; d. September 18, 1874, Smith co., MS; m. MARY WOODWARD, Abt. 1817, Sumter Co., SC; b. October 26, 1802; d. September 26, 1897.
ix.SARA COPELAND, b. July 5, 1797; d. Bef. 1850; m. UNKNOWN RANDOLPH; b. Abt. 1795; d. Unknown.
x.ELIAS COPELAND, b. February 4, 1802, Sumpter Co., SC; d. September 18, 1881, Kenshaw Co, SC; m. ANNIE BREWER; b. Abt. 1802; d. Unknown.
7.xi.RACHAEL COPELAND, b. Abt. 1788; d. Aft. 1860, China Grove, Pike co., AL.
xii.MARY ANN COPELAND, b. April 3, 1804; d. Aft. 1843.


Generation No. 7

7.  RACHAEL7 COPELAND (RIPLEY6, NICHOLAS5, NICHOLAS4, JOSEPH3, NICHOLAS2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1788, and died Aft. 1860 in China Grove, Pike co., AL.  She married WILLOUGHBY BAKER Abt. 1812, son of JESSE BAKER and REBECCA SMITH*.  He was born Abt. 1788 in Sumter, SC, and died Abt. 1870 in China Grove, Pike co., AL.

Children of RACHAEL COPELAND and WILLOUGHBY BAKER are:
i.ABNER8 BAKER, b. December 17, 1812, SC; d. February 17, 1908, Troy, AL; m. (1) MARGARET VAUGHN, Abt. 1844; b. 1822, GA; d. Bef. 1874, Geneva County, AL; m. (2) SARAH ANN PARKER, Aft. 1865; b. January 1832; d. Unknown.
ii.ISAAC BAKER, b. 1814; d. Unknown; m. (1) ANNA UNKNOWN, Bef. 1850; b. Abt. 1810; d. Unknown; m. (2) ELIZABETH UNKNOWN, Aft. 1850; b. 1840; d. Unknown.
iii.ABIGAIL BAKER, b. June 4, 1817; d. October 1, 1884, Hacoda, Geneva Co. AL; m. JOHN SIMMONS, August 30, 1843; b. Abt. 1810; d. Unknown.
iv.LUCINDA RACHEL BAKER, b. 1823; d. Unknown; m. THOMAS J. MADISON; b. Abt. 1808; d. Unknown.
v.WILLIAM BAKER, b. Abt. 1825; d. Unknown.
vi.AMELIA S. BAKER, b. 1828; d. Aft. 1907.
vii.PERMELIA BAKER, b. May 3, 1826; d. June 6, 1886; m. JOEL B. BAREFOOT; b. June 16, 1830; d. February 1863.
viii.WILLOUGHBY P. BAKER, b. 1831; d. February 14, 1893; m. EMILY S. HEARD, Abt. 1864; b. Abt. 1840; d. Unknown.
ix.ELIZABETH BAKER, b. 1832; d. Unknown.
x.JESSE BAKER, b. 1835; d. Unknown.

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