Samuel S. Copeland (1806 - 1866)

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Birthplace: Tennessee, United States
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About Samuel S. Copeland

Samuel was born April 2, 1806 in Tennessee, and died April or December 7, 1866 in Vienna, Johnson, IL.

Samuel Copeland was a mere child when he accompanied his father from Tennessee to Southern Illinois.

Since his father helped build the first school house in Vienna and was also the first teacher in that school, it is likely that Samuel received as much education as was possible at the time. He even became a teacher himself later on in the same community.

He spent the earlier years of his young manhood on the farm, entering from that work into active political pursuits.

Samuel was chosen frequently by the Democratic party as an officer of Johnson Co, holding variously the office of Sheriff, Clerk and County Judge, passing away while holding the latter named office.

He was Sheriff around 1827 (for 12 years) and some of the events which transpired during his term of office are in a newspaper article entitled History of Johnson Co, by Mary Ellen Mount.

An online geneology-related note from Dorothy Quaife (d.quaife@worldnet.att.net) posted on Jan. 10, 2003 notes that one of her descendants appeared in a court in which Judge Samuel Copland presided. Her citation: "Johnson Co., IL Probate Records Nov. 1822-Mar. 1841, by Sullins, Sistler, & Sistler...P. 43.

30 May 1836 At a special term of the probate court in and for the County of Johnson and State of Illinois before Samuel COPLAND Judge of said court. Margaret Youngblood & Moses Youngblood came into Court and obtained leave of said court for letters of administration of the Estate of Aaron Youngblood dec'd. Witness: Samuel COPLAND Judge of Probate in and for said County of Johnson at his office in Vienna this 30th May 1836."

Samuel was a Union man, but abandoned his old party in 1861, which was the beginning of the Civil War, and could have had some effect upon this decision. He embraced the principles of Republicanism until his death. He was a county Probate Judge at the time of his death. According to the 1850 Federal Census of Johnson Co, IL he was a farmer and had 9,000 acres of land.

He also carried mail from Golconda to Vienna, then to Dongola in the 1850s.

By 1854 Samuel owned a store in the Massac Co. area.

After the Civil War, Samuel owned a ferry where Joppa, IL is now located which was operated by his sons.

His wife (maiden name Sarah Allen) died at the age of forty-three years. Their children were:

  • Allen, who left a son, in business in Cedar Vale, Kansas, at his death;
  • Perry, who died in Massac county, Illinois, leaving a family there;
  • Mary, who became the wife of Alex McLain and died at Vienna, Illinois;
  • Frances, who died unmarried;
  • Samuel, who died in Massac county;
  • Richard, a resident of Johnson county;
  • James P., of Marion, Illinois;
  • DeWitt C. of Barlow, Kentucky;
  • Harriet, who died in infancy, and
  • J.M., who died in infancy

In later years Judge Copeland contracted a second marriage, taking for his wife Mrs. Lucinda Fisher, the two children of their union being Alonzo, of Missouri, and Louisa, the wife of one Mr. Pierce, of Baxter Springs, Kansas.

Samuel is buried in the Hess Cemetery in Vienna, Illinois next to his first wife Sarah Allen and near their daughter Frances. Apparently no longer in use, the cemetery is maintained by the County Historical Society. Sarah’s tombstone has fallen but is intact, encased in concrete where it fell.

There is a broken marker base adjacent to hers that is presumably for Samuel. There is also a separate marker there, also likely for Samuel, with a Masonic symbol on it, but the inscription has been worn off and is illegible.

Of note, the family name on the tombstones for Samuel, Sarah and their daughter Frances is “Copland” rather than Copeland.

-------------------- Samuel was born April 2, 1806 in Tennessee, and died April or December 7, 1866 in Vienna, Johnson, IL.

Samuel was a very small child when he accompanied his parents from Tennessee to Southern Illinois. Since his father helped build the first school house in Vienna and was also the first teacher in that school, it is certain that Samuel received as much education as was possible at the time. He even became a teacher himself later on in the same community. Samuel was chosen frequently by the Democratic party as an officer of Johnson Co, holding variously the office of Sheriff, Clerk and County Judge. He was Sheriff around 1827 (for 12 years) and some of the events which transpired during his term of office are in a newspaper article entitled History of Johnson Co, by Mary Ellen Mount. He was a Union man, but abandoned his old party in 1861, which was the beginning of the Civil War, and could have had some effect upon this decision. He embraced the principles of Republicanism until his death. He was a county Probate Judge at the time of his death. According to the 1850 Federal Census of Johnson Co, IL he was a farmer and had 9,000 acres of land.

By 1854 Samuel owned a store in the Massac Co. area after the Civil War, Samuel owned a ferry where Joppa, IL is now located which was operated by his sons. He also carried mail from Golconda to Vienna, then to Dongola in the 1850s.

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Judge Samuel S. Copeland's Timeline

1806
April 2, 1806
Tennessee, United States
1827
September 6, 1827
Age 21
Alexander County, Illinois, United States
1827
- 1839
Age 20
Johnson County, Illinois, United States
1828
1828
Age 21
1830
1830
Age 23
1832
1832
Age 25
Illinois, United States
1834
April 17, 1834
Age 28
Illinois, United States
1836
August 10, 1836
Age 30
United States
1840
1840
Age 33
1841
May 3, 1841
Age 35
Johnson, Illinois, United States