notes on WILSON THOMAS COPELAND AND WIVES:
WILSON THOMAS COPELAND was the son of Samuel and Mary "Polly" (White) Copeland. He married Elizabeth "Betsy" Mount daughter of Richard and Mary "Polly" (Martin) Mount on July 16 1824 in Wilson CO TN. She was born on Dec 11 1809 in Gainesville Wilson CO TN. She died in 1850/51 in Caldwell CO KY. They had: (1) Mary" Polly b March 8 1827; (2) Stephen born abt 1829 Wilson Co TN and died in 1853 in Caldwell CO KY; (3) George William born June 18 1830; (4) Matilda Jane born July 3 1832; (5) Sarah Talksy "Sally" born April 13 1834; (6) Nancy born abt 1836;died 1853 Caldwell CO KY; (7) Talitha born Sept 20 1838; (8) Elizabeth born 1846; (9) Mariam W born March 28 1846; (10) Marian Frances " Fannie" b Jan 16 1849. He resided in Wilson CO TN until about 1829 when he moved to Caldwell CO KY after the death of Elizabeth where he married Sarah (Sallie) White on July 10 1855. She was born abt 1810 in Caldwell CO KY.
He executed a will April 14 1863 (Will Bk 3 Pg 222; recorded May 23 1863) "I, Thomas Copeland, of Caldwell CO KY appraised of the certainty of death and being of sound mind and disposing memory do publish and make this my last will and testament:
1st. I wish myself decently intered and all burial expenses paid.
2nd. I give to my daughter Elizabeth Morriss 306 acres of land she now lives on at $1,200 to her and he heirs of her body, and if she dies without any children, the land to go back to the rest of my children and equally divided among them.
3rd. I will Isum Cranfield one hundred and fifty dollars to make him equal to the rest.
4th. I will give my daughter Mariam Lloyd five hundred dollars
5th. I also give Francis Copeland Five hundred dollars which makes them all equal with Polly Taylor, Sally Talksy Cranfield, Telitha Wood, and George Copeland and Matilda White. I have made all the above named children equal, except Elizabeth Morriss, she has recd. $1,200 in land also one mare and cow and yearling at one hundred and 20 dollars, making thirteen hundred and 20 dollars to Elizabeth Morrisss fivundred dolllars of which is to be deducted from the $1320 dollars.
6th. I will to my wife Sally Copeland a negro girl Lydia to her, her life time, or during her widowhood, and at her death, or marriage to the rest of my children, the above named Lydia and her incrase after the death (of my ) wife, or marriage to go back to my children and equally divided among them. It is also my will, that my wife Sally Copeland is to have this place that I now live on her lifetime or widowhood or so much as my exector may think proper for her support. It is also my wish that my exor. shall provide for her means should she want to go to Texas.
I will also that all my property real and person l remain here as it is till after peace is made, the all my property to be divided amongst my children and to go to them and the heirs of their bodies. I now appoint Robert H Miller my executor of this my last will and testament, and invest him with all the power to act and as though he were me. It is my will that all my negroes be appraised and divided equally amongst my children, except the negro girl, Lydia, that I gave to my wife her life time or widowhood, then to be equally divided amongst my children. This 14th April 1863"
"Test: B J Grubbs, Reuben Curry, Jas. B Morress, W J Nickols, John Glass."
(reSheridan: will copy)
The Moses Wood, Tom Copeland, John Taylor, Bud Hayes, and Cranfill's were neighbors in TN. Four of Tom Copeland's daughters married into these families and lived in Authon TX near Garner TX Parker CO.
Thomas Copeland the 5th child of Samuel Copeland and Mary White was born in a log cabin at Fall Creek TN in 1806. Located in Wilson Co Fall Creek has its source near Spring Creek in a group of hills in the SE section of the CO. Fall Creek Flows in a NE direction and empties into Caney Fork of the Cumberland River.
As a child, when not attending one of Wilson CO well known schools, Thomas was able to play in the nearby streams. He could climb or hid in the many oak, ash, elm and maple trees that covered the area near his home. Of the many schools in the county, some were common subscription, and others were free schools. The Copleland children attended one or the other.
On July 16, 1824, Thomas was joined in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Mount, who was the daughter of Richard and Mary "Polly" Mount. Soon after their marriage, Thomas was granted permission to enter on as much as two hundred acres of any vacant lant in Wilson CO upon his paying the rate of five cents per acre.
In 1828, Thomas and Elizabeth had moved to Caldwell Co KY. He was listed as a male over 21 on the county tax rolls. His father, Samuel, and brothers, Wilson and Joshua, arrived the following year. Not long after settling in Caldwell CO the enterprising Copeland Family began acquring land with father Samuel and brothers Wilson and Thomas paving the way
Eyeing prize land at the Piney Fork of Tradewater River, Thomas convinced Mr Jabez White to sell him 178 acres for $600. Mr White was a son in law to Peter Bashaw of Davidson CO TN. With this transaction there began a close association that continued through later years between the Copeland, White, and Bashaw families. Always the entrepreneur, Thomas had added 150 acres to his holdings by 1843.
According to the Texas Cattle Association, the Copeland registered brand iron for the cattle was OSO.
1850 He had amassed real estate to value of $1,210.
1850 Caldwell CO KY pg 354 198 198 2nd Dist 13f Aug James W Weller
* Thomas 44 TN farmer 1210
*Elizabeth "Betsy" 39 TN
***Thomas 21 that is married
*this is my line ******MARY "POLLY" md ****23 KY MD
Stephen 21 TN farmer ****Thomas 21 KY Md
George 20 KY *****Matilda Jane 18 KY Md
Sally 17 KY
Nancy Sarah 14 KY
Letha 11 KY
Elizabeth 5 KY
Mariam 4 KY
Fannie 7/12 KY
1860 Caldwell CO Princeton KY Series M653 Roll 359 P 67 463 463 June 23 ES Mitchellson
* COPELAND T (W Thomas) 55 M W KY 2,500 10,000
(second wife) Sally 40 F W KY
Bettie 17 F W KY Seamstress *ELIZABETH
Mariam 15 F W KY Seamstress
Fannie 12 F W KY
THOMAS 31 MARRIED
MARY"POLLY" 33 MARRIED
STEPHEN 31 MARRIED
LETHIA 22 MARRIED
NANCY SARAH DIED 1853
family below???464 464
Mrs W Mount 28 F W KY family governerness 75
Thomas 13 M W KY
William 11 F W KY
Mary 9 F W KY ???second children by Sally
Martha 8 F W KY his first wife was a MOUNT
Susan 5 F W KY
Henrietta 3 F W KY
NOTES FOR DAVID WHITE:
1852: David White owned 70 acres on Tradewater R valued $70.00, 2 horses & 18 hogs. The family prob moved TX abt 1855 with some of the Copeland relatives.
Sept 16, 1862: David White joined the Confederate Army as a private in Co K, 10 KY Cav. Rgt. He was captured July 20 1863 with Gen Morgan in Ohio & confined to prison at Camp Douglas IL until 1865.
He is buried in a small, abandoned graveyard at the od home in eastern Calldwell County near Piney Creek. Matilda Jane & most of the children are buried at the Piney Grove Cemetery.
From "Western KY Journal, Vol IX, No 4 Fall 2002" Jerome:
P 12; Registration Veterans' Graves Caldwell CO KY Dave WHITE 22 Dec 1829 - 9 Apr 1880 CW. Buried Dave White Cem. No tombstone. Informant: Nephew, Josh WHITE, from paper Bible Conf Soldier.
NOTES FOR MATILDA SISTER OF MY MARY "POLLY" COPELAND:
Matilda Jane Copeland born July3 1832 in Caldwell CO KY; died March 6 1922 Caldwell CO KY Piney Creek Cem. Her parents were Thomas & Elizabeth Mount Copeland. She md David White Dec 6 1849 Caldwell CO KY. He was born Dec 22 1829 & d Apr 9 1880 located in small abandoned graveyard at of home in E Caldwell CO near Piney Creek HIs parents were Elizabeth White who md 2nd time: Joshua Copeland 1849 son on Samuel. Kids Jacob White Lucretie James M George Mariam E Benjamin Mary Albert Mailda Jane David A
1850 Caldwell CO KY pg 354 197 197 2nd Dist 13 day of Aug by James W Weller
WHITE DAVID 20 KY farmer 150
Matilda 18 KY
Sarah 31 KY sister of Matilda
I should have more census records.
MATILDA JANE AND MARY "POLLY' WERE SISTERS IF I GOT IT RIGHT. I WOULD LOVE ANY INFO THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE. I HAVE BROTHERS AND SISTERS OF THE DIFFERENT LINES. EMAIL ME CLPARR@SBCGLOBAL.NET Hope to hear from you soon.
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