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John Copeland

Birthplace: Isle of Wight,Virginia
Death: Died in Isle of Wight, Virginia
Immediate Family:

Son of John Copeland and Sarah Copeland Ratcliffe
Husband of Elizabeth Copeland Taberer
Father of Ann Copeland; Joseph Copeland; John Copeland; Mary Copeland; Thomas Copeland and 2 others
Brother of Joseph Copeland; Hannah Copeland; Sarah Copeland; Grace Copeland and James Copeland
Half brother of Christian Copeland and Charles Copeland

Managed by: Lana Sue (Robinson) White
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About John Copeland

In the unnamed document also provided to me by Frank Luckett in January 1977 has the following:

From "The William and Mary College Quarterly", Vol. 7, page 212: " After the restoration of King Charles II in 1660, the Quakers had a strong following -especially in the upper Parish (Virginia). the able lawyer and preacher, Thomas Story of Philadelphia, came in 1699 and in 1705 and held many open and comfortable meetings in this and other parts of Virginia. And a Chuckatuck, he met his anciet friend, Elizabeth Webb of

Gloucestershire, England, and John Copeland, who at his request, showed him his mutilated ear, he being one of the first of those who had their right ear cut by the Presbyterians, or Independents of New England." (JP: Note-the Copeland Manuscript says this was John the son of Joseph

and Mary Woodley)

"Jo Copeland, age 19" is listed as one of the 218 "passengers for Virginia 1635 in New England and Historical and Genealogical Record, Vol. 5," and may be the "John, a Quaker who came to Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts on the 'Speedwell' in 1656 and was whipped and driven from

the Colony on account of his religion".

These records fit so near completely that it is believed that Joseph Copeland, grandson of Thomas Taberer, was also the grandson of John Copeland. And that this John, who was beaten and run out of Plymouth Colony about 1656, is the same as Jo, who took passage for Virginia in 1635- and the same as John, who showed his mutilated ear to Thomas Story

in 1699 or 1705 at the home of his cousin Eliazbeth Copeland Webb of Gloucestershire, Engalnd . . . and another beneficiary under the Will of Thomas Taberer in Chuckatuck, Virginia, at which time John was about 78 years old.

(JP Note: various records agree that it was John, Sr, who departed on the Assurance for Virginia stayed in Isle of Wight, and was deceased in 1682. Thus making it impossible for him to be at either meeting. I believe that it is more likely the person that was the Speedwell passenger or at the meeting was either this John, Jr., the before mentioned son of Joseph or an entirely different John Copeland.)

From the Encylcopedia of American Quaker Genealogy, Vol VI-Virginia: page 22 " Annual meeting in 1680 was in John Copeland's house in Chuckatuck. (Virginia)"

page 28 1680, 8, 7-John a meeting was held in his house in Chuckatuck., 1688, 3, 29. John a meeting was held in his house. ( JP NOTE:Since one John Copeland lived 1616-1682 and his son lived 1652-abt 1712 I have listed this section on both more sheets as the book does not distinquish

which John it was speaking about. If the manuscript is speaking of John's son that would help prove that he either had two sons John and Nicholas, or one son that was John Nicholas or Nicholas John since different genealogist disagree as to this sons name.)

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John Copeland's Timeline

September 1642
Isle of Wight,Virginia
Age 29
Isle Of Wight,Virginia
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Isle of Wight, Virginia, United States
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Isle Of Wight,Virginia
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Isle of Wight, Virginia