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Re: Quakers (Copeland) who married Native Americans - Kansas/Indiana?
Posted by: Cousette Copeland (ID *****9965) Date: December 28, 2009 at 09:28:40
In Reply to: Quakers (Copeland) who married Native Americans - Kansas/Indiana? by Cousette Copeland of 4753

Well, after 6 months of searching records, I began searching for descendants and I found people in their 80s. Not through the internet. I researched obituaries and saw who attended Copeland funerals - the descendants. I then began looking for them in the internet white pages, and I wrote them letters. Lo and behold - I got letters back. In Oct 2009, my sister and I went to Kansas and met with people who would have been my Dad's cousins. They showed us the family farm and cemetery, and discussed all the family history. I also connected with another descendant who lives in AZ and he provided a wealth of information and photos. From the oldest, I found out that he had the tintype image of Samantha's grandmother Polly Long, who was married to Joseph Finney. Polly was the Cherokee whose parents died during the Trail of Tears. She was adopted by the Quakers, and then married a Quaker. There was the long lost Indian relative. Sometimes the public records say nothing about it. To see her photo - you cannot deny her heritage. So look for living descendants and find out what you can. Good luck!


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