Thanks for the info Dan, very interesting. Glad you got back to ol' West Rutland. As you know the Copps were musical and wayback in the 1870s were the majority of members of the Sarsfield Band, who played at many local events. The band was named after Patrick Sarsfield, an Irish hero, who was born not to far from the native place of the Copps.
Great story about the "gold coin", likely based on an actual incident. The local version was that Michael moved down south where there were few Catholics, married a girl of another faith and joined her church.
Copps is quite a rare name in Ireland then and now, I see by googling around that there are still a few there.
One other odd little bit of lore concerned Eddie Copps a brother or nephew of Michael who attended a meeting of the local Temperance Society at the local church where he declared. "If Im not elected President of this society I'll never set foot ihis church again!" One of the other members being either superstitious or clairvoyant said, "Be careful, that may be true". That week Eddie was killed in a marble quarry accident and as they carried him in for his funeral they remembered his words about "never setting foot"
As I said Im not a Copps but used to hear stories of the old West rutland families from my father and others.
All The Best,
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