Smith County, Texas

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ALEXANDER COPELAND

By Andy Leath

Alexander Copeland, born circa 1790 in SC, died 1864. He married Rachel ___ born circa 1795 in NC, died 1850s . They moved to Smith County about 1851 and were enumerated on the 1850 census of Polk Co., TN. In 1860 they were enumeration on the Smith County Federal Census, Flora Beat, 1860 Image - 0020a

Alexander Copeland married second 1861 Smith Co., TX, Mrs. Margaret McBride Chandler, widow of Robert J. Chandler. No children.

Children of Alexander and Rachel Copeland:

  • 1. James Terrell Copeland, born 1820, TN; died 1898; married Eliza Austin, born 1823, TN; died 1889, both buried Carmel Cemetery, Smith Co., TX. Her parents: John & Delila Austin. Enumerated on the 1850 census of Polk Co., TN, moved to Smith Co. early 1850s. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1860 Flora Beat, Image 0023a, 1870 Garden Valley, Image 0312b, 1880 - Image 100-45
    • i. Mary Jane Copeland, born 1842, died 1857, buried Carmel Cemetery.
    • ii. Sarah Ann Copeland, born 1844 TN, died 1906, married 1870s, William Riley Stewart, born 1834, GA, died 1897, both buried Carmel Cemetery. She married 2nd William D. Coleman, born c 1853, AL.
    • iii. Cyntha P. Copeland, born 1847, TN; died 1929; buried Carmel Cemetery; married 1876, Smith Co., TX, Louis C. Highsmith born c1852, AL; lived Van Zandt Co., married 2nd W. J. Brock, born c 1855, TN.
    • iv. Eliza E. Copeland, born 1849, TN; died 1856; buried Carmel Cemetery.
    • v. Lucinda T. Copeland, born 1851, TX; died 1869 buried Carmel Cemetery; married 1866, Smith Co., TX, William E. Shipley, born c1832, GA died 1873.
    • vi. R. Serena Copeland, born 1853 TX married 1873 Smith Co., TX, William D. Coleman, born c1853, AL; lived Van Zandt Co. His parents: John G. & Isabella L. (Nolen) Coleman.
    • vii. Rebecca Delilah Copeland, born 1855, TX; died 1909,; married 1876, Smith Co., TX, M. P. Kelley, born 1852; died 1909; both buried Carmel Cemetery.
    • viii. James Copeland, born 1857 dsp.
    • ix. Eugenia T. Copeland, born 1860, TX; died 1941, Smith Co., TX, married 1878 Smith Co., TX, Thomas Flewellen Thweatt, born 1851; died 1929, no children, both buried Carmel Cemetery. His parents: James & Elizabeth Virginia (Flewellen) Thweatt.
    • x. Martha V. Copeland, born 1864, TX; died 1951; married 1886, Smith Co., TX, T. Milton Harpole, born 1854; died 1932; both buried Lindale City Cemetery, Lindale, TX. His father: William Harpole.
    • xi. Lelia F. Copeland, born 1867, TX; died 1919; married 1893, Smith Co., TX, Andrew J. Nowlin, born 1863 TX; died 1905; both bur. Union Chapel Cemetery, Smith Co., TX.
  • 2. John Richardson Copeland "Rick", born 1821, SC/TN; died 1909; married Margaret ___, born 1825, TN died 1906; both buried Carmel Cemetery, Smith Co., TX. They moved to Smith County about 1859. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1860 Flora Beat Image 0023a, 1870 Garden Valley Beat Image 0292b, 1880 Image 100-56, 1900 Image 109-27a
    • i. Sarah Elizabeth Copeland, born 1848, TN; died 1921; married 1871, Smith Co., TX, John Henry Bailiff, born 1849, died 1943, both buried Carmel Cemetery, Smith Co., TX.
    • ii. Martha Anna Copeland, born c1849, AR; married 1869, Smith Co., TX, Darius B. Lucky/Luckey, born c1840, TN; living 1880 Carroll Co., AR (ref. Smith County Deed Records Z:390)
    • iii. Columbus L. Copeland, born 1850, AR; died 1934; married 1878, Smith Co., TX, Minnie E. Hill, born 1855, AR; died 1934; both buried Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery, Smith Co., TX. Her parents: Ezra Nathaniel & Mary Martha (Flewellen) Hill.
    • iv. Josephine Copeland, born c1854, AR; married 1888, Smith Co., TX, James I. Stone, born 1847, TN; died 1905; buried Garden Valley Cemetery, Garden Valley, Smith Co., TX.
    • v. Mary Jane Copeland, born 1854, AR; died 1925; buried Carmel Cemetery; married 1900, Smith Co., TX, George W. Norman.
    • vi. William Copeland, born c 1856, AR dsp.
    • vii. Julia F. Copeland, born c 1858, AR dsp.
  • 3. Joseph Gilmore Copeland, b. c 1823, TN; died between 1860-1864; married Mrs. Martha D. (Noble) Oliphant, born c 1828, MS. She was the widow of Samuel J. Oliphant. They moved to Smith County in the late 1850s. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1860 Garden Valley Image 36a
    • i. Mary E. Copeland, born c1851, AR; married 1869, Smith Co., TX, Eli/Earl Armstrong, born c 1844, AL.
    • ii. Sarepta Copeland, born 1852, AR; died 1930; married 1875, Smith Co., TX, Samuel Jefferson Morris, born 1849; died 1925; both buried Rose Hill Cemetery, Tyler, TX.
    • iii. Alexander A. Copeland "Arch", born c 1855, AR; married 1876, Smith Co., TX, Delia Robertson, born c 1860, MS.
  • 4. Mary D. Copeland, born c1826, TN; married Morgan Orr; born c 1821, TN; living 1880 Polk Co., TN.
  • 5. Alexander K. Copeland, born c 1828, TN; died c 1890; married 1853, Smith Co., TX, Lucinda Austin, born 1835 TN died c 1926. Her parents: John & Delila Austin. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1860 Flora Beat Image 0036b, 1870 Garden Valley Beat Image 297b, 1880 Image 100-56, 1900 Image 109-10b, 1910 Image 85-4b
    • i. Sarah J. Copeland, born c 1853, TX; died before 1894; married 1878, Smith Co., TX, William W. Copeland
    • ii. John A. Copeland, born 1855, TX; died 1917; buried Lindale Cemetery, Lindale, TX, married 1902 Smith Co., TX, Carrie L. (Graham) Pierce, born c 1873, TX, widow of Willie C. Pierce, Jr. No children.
    • iii. Zelda Ann Copeland, born c 1857, TX unmarried.
    • iv. Virginia Copeland, born c 1859, TX died 1860s
    • v. Rachel Copeland, born c 1860, TX died 1860s
    • vii. Evaline Copeland, born c 1867, TX dsp bef. 1900
    • viii. Robert Willis Copeland, born 1870, TX; died 1940; married 1906, Smith Co., TX, Georgia D. Dawson, born 1877; died 1934; both buried Lindale Cemetery, Lindale, TX.
  • 6. William R. Copeland, born 1829, TN; died 1901; married Lurena Eliza ___ born, 1828, died 1884, both buried Carmel Cemetery, Smith Co., TX. They moved to Smith County in the 1870s. They are enumerated on the 1860 census of Polk Co., TN. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1880 Image 100-43, 1900 Image 109-llb
    • i. Rachel Evaline Copeland, born 1853, TN; died 1912, San Angelo, TX, married 1881, Smith Co., TX, Henry C. Liles, born 1846; died 1933; both bur. Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX.
    • ii. Mary E. Copeland, born 1854, TN; died 1933, buried Carmel Cemetery, Smith Co., TX, married 1896, Smith Co., TX, George Yarbrough, born 1826; died 1899; buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX, no children.
    • iii. Emily Jane Copeland, born 1855, TN; died 1936; married 1882, Smith Co., TX, John B. Bailey; born 1855; died 1925; both buried Lindale City Cemetery, Lindale, TX.
    • iv. Alexander C. Copeland, born 1858, TN; died 1926; buried Carmel Cemetery.
    • v. William Leonard Copeland, born 185,9 TN; died 1881; buried Carmel Cemetery.
    • vi. Calvia Copeland, born 1861, TN; died 1936; married 1883, Smith Co., TX, William H. Barron, born 1850, GA; buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX. His parents: William & Sarah C. Barron.
    • vii. Samuel Stephen Copeland, born 1865, TN; died 1936; married 1894, Smith Co., TX, Sarah Jane Taylor, born 1874; died 1921; both buried Lindale City Cemetery, Lindale, TX. Her parents: William & Dora (Bowdoin) Taylor.
    • viii. Joe T. Copeland, b. c1868, TN.
    • ix. Eugene Gert Copeland, born 1871, TX; died 1939; married 1894, Smith Co., TX, Daisy Haynie, born 1872; died 1943; both buried Carmel Cemetery.
  • William R. Copeland married second 1887, Smith Co., TX, Mrs. Mary S. Austin, born 1850, GA. She was the widow of Henry C. Austin.
    • x. Hattie Copeland, born,1888/92, TX
    • xi. Birdie Copeland, born 1893, TX
  • 7. Charles C. Copeland, born c1831, TN; married 1854, Smith Co., TX, Mary Ann Chandler, born c 1833, GA died 1857. Her parents: Robert J. & Charlotta Chandler.
    • i. Rachel C. Copeland, died 1859.
    • ii. Charles C. Copeland, died 1858.
  • Charles C. Copeland married second 1859, Smith Co., TX, Georgianna Chandler, born c 1839, GA. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1860 Garden Valley Beat Image 35b, 1870 Garden Valley Beat Image 0301a. They were enumerated on the 1880 census of Montague Co., TX
    • iii. William Copeland, born c 1860, TX
    • iv. Lula Copeland, born c 1866, TX
    • v. James Thomas Copeland, born c 1869, TX
    • vi. Lawrence S. Copeland, born c 1872, TX
    • vii. Oscar S. Copeland, born c 1875, TX
    • viii. John C. Copeland, born c 1879, TX
  • 8. Ambrious Copeland, born c 1834, TN; died before 1876; married 1855, Smith Co., TX, Napoleon B. Lucky/Luckey, born c 1826, TN. He was a merchant in the town of Flora in the 1850s. His parents: John & Nancy Lucky/Luckey. He was living in 1880 in Benton Co., AR. (ref. Smith Co. Deed Rec. Z:390)
    • i. John A. Lucky/Luckey
  • 9. Ellenor C. Copeland, born c 1836, TN; married __ Stewart.
  • 10. Frances E. Copeland, born c 1840, TN; died c 1875; married 1858, Smith Co., TX, Thomas W. Dean, born c 1830, AL; died 1860s. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1860 Tyler Beat, Image 0083b.
    • i. James Dean, born c 1861, TX
  • Frances E. Copeland married second 1866, Smith Co., TX, Jasper M. Williamson, born c1818 ,GA. He was a widower with several children. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1870 Tyler Beat, Image 406a, 1880 - Image 095-34
    • ii. Samuel A. Williamson "Sammie", born c1867, TX; married William W. Reid.
    • iii. Ida Williamson, born c1869,TX; married Francis C. Henderson
    • iv. Anna Williamson, born 1875, TX died 1899 married 1897, Smith Co., TX, Judge F. Perry, born 1868, died 1949, both buried Oakwood Cemetery, Tyler, TX.
    • v. Minnie May Williamson, born c 1875.
  • 11. Martha A. Copeland, born c 1843, TN; married 1867, Smith Co., TX, John B. Cheek, born c 1833, NC; died 1909 Terrell, TX; buried Carmel Cemetery, Smith Co., TX. No known children. He was a blacksmith at Flora, later moved to Lindale. They later moved to Mineola, TX. Smith County Federal Census Images: 1870 Garden Valley Beat, Image 0293a,
    1880
    Image 100-37.

 

 

SOURCES:

Cemetery Records of Smith County, Texas, Vol. I (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1981); Vol. II (1983).

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas 1846-1899 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1979)

Marriage Records of Smith County, Texas, 1900-1926 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1999)

Obituaries From Tyler Newspapers, Smith County Texas, 1905-1915 (Tyler, TX: East Texas Genealogical Society, 1988)

Smith County Probate Records, Case 161 Alexander Copeland decd.,

Smith County Deed Records

  • 56:43 & 102:499 & 219:592 (heirs J. T. Copeland),
  • 106:365 & 119:263 & 220:428 (heirs J. R. Copeland),
  • 219:381, 395 (heirs A. K. Copeland), 97:527 (heirs W. R. Copeland),
  • 339:80 (heirs J. M. Williamson)

Chronicles of Smith County, Texas, Vol. 25, No. 1 Summer 1986), pp. 7-8.

 

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