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About Lawrence Copeland, Jr.

1st Generation: Lawrence Copeland 1589 - 1699 Lawrence Copeland was born in England reportedly in 1589. He sailed to Plymouth Colony in America in about 1635 settling in the town of Braintree where on October 10, 1651 he married Lydia Townsend. Lydia's parents* had arrived in America just prior to her birth in 1630. They had two children while living in England and four in Massachusetts.

These were the days of Galileo, Rembrandt, Shakespeare, Isaac Newton and Pilgrims.

Lawrence and Lydia were the parents of five boys and three girls. Lydia died on January 8, 1688 and Lawrence on December 30, 1699 at "an advanced age". If his birth date is correct he would have been 110 years old. Some sources place his birth in 1599, making him 100 at the time of his death.

From" Records of the Town of Braintree, Massachusetts, 1640 to 1793" p. 695 Laurence Copeland a very aged man born in the Reign of our Gracious Soverreigne Queen Elizabeth of Blessed memory December ye 30th.1699

The first six generations of the "American" Copland family in this line were farmers. The following from the records of the colony had been thought as referring to Lawrence's brother. This assumption however is apparently incorrect.


February 1657-8 : "John Copeland, one of the sect comonly called Quakers, being summoned, appeered, and being examined and found guilty of speaking falsly concerning Mr John Alden, as that his head and knees trembled att such times as the said Copeland and Christopher Holder were before the said Mr Alden and Leiftenant Southworth, for which the said Copeland is centanced by the Court to bee whipt att such time as hee shalbee found in the goument, being required to depart the jurisdiction within eight and forty houres from this psent."

Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. 3, p. 127.

The two men either did not leave or returned, and on 8 February the two men were publicly whipped. While Plymouth Colony’s treatment of Quakers was milder than Massachusetts Bay Colony, which hanged four, the Quakers were not welcomed in either place and were urged to move on. Town government and the church members used the same meeting hall and were closely tied together. Only one church was tolerated in each town. In 1658 James Cudworth of Scituate, who had lost his position as head of the Scituate military company when he was accused of aiding Quakers, wrote to England to complain about the treatment Quakers were receiving. In his letter he wrote, “Mr. Alden hath deceived the Expectations of many, and indeed lost the affections of such, as I judge were his Cordial Christian Friends; who is very active in such Ways, as I pray God may not be charged him, to be Oppressions of a High Nature.” Apparently, Cudworth and others had expected Alden to be more sympathetic to the Quaker’s plight (Plymouth County Records, vol. 3:130, 115, 162; Plymouth Colony by Stratton, 91-92).


Also see Religion in 1500 - 1600

  • (Generation -1) Lydia' parents Thomas Townsend (1594 - 1677) and Mary Mansfield (1608 - 1635)

Lawrence COPELAND Jr was born betw 1599 - 1612. He died 30 Dec 1699 in Mount Holliston, Massachusetts.

[Granite Monthly Vol II No. 3]

The Copeland family traces their ancestry to Sir John Copeland, who fought at the battle of Neville's cross, under Edward II, Oct 17 1346, and with his own hand captured King David of Scotland, whom he bore from the field with a company of attendants, and proceded to Calais, delivered him into the hands of his royal master, then in France. For his service he was created a banneret by the king, and given a pension of five hundred pounds per annum. He was also made Warden of Berwick, Sheriff of Northumberland and keeper of Roxburgh Castle. Lawrence Copeland, a lineal descendant of Sir John, from who sprung all the Copelands' in America, came to this country and settled at Mount Holliston, Massachusetts., where he died Dec 30, 1699. His age was somewhere between 87 and 100 years. Granite Monthly Vol. II No. 3

Lawrence Copeland, a very aged man, born in the Reign of our gracious Sovereign, Queen Elizebeth, of blessed memory, dyed Dec. ye 30, 1699. From Braintree town records.

The best authorities say he was 100 years old, but Chief Justice Samuel Sewell in his diary records Lawrence Copeland's age as 110 years.

Lawrence married Lydia TOWNSEND on 12 Dec 1651 in Braintree, Massachusetts. Lydia was born 1630 in Lynn, Massachusetts.


From http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/m/i/n/Christine-L-Miniman/WEBSITE-0001/UHP-0647.html

Laurence Copeland was born 1599 in Scotland942, 943, and died 30 Dec 1699 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts944, 945. He married Lydia Townsend on 12 Oct 1651 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts946, 947.

 Notes for Laurence Copeland: Clark has the following entry for Lawrence Copeland at p. 83:

"Lawrence Copeland ... was born in Scotland, 1599. The family tradition as to the Scotch origin of the immigrant seems reliable. The Scotch family of Copeland has been located in Dumfriesshire since before the year 1400. He came to this country about the time that Cromwell sent over his Scottish prisoners of war, many of whom became settlers and prosperous citizens in a few years. He settled in Braintree, where he married soon afterward, Lydia Townsend, December 12, 1651. She died January 8, 1688. He died December 30, 1699, at Braintree, aged one hundred years, according to other testimony, besides Marshall's Diary and the town records. One statement of a contemporary makes him even older; but if he were born in 1599 he was over fifty years old when he married and seventy-five when his youngest child was born; which rather tends to support a family tradition that he brought his first wife with him, in which case she must have died soon afterward. Copeland's name seldom appears on the records. He was a quiet sort of a citizen, evidently a farmer."

The Braintree Vital Records entry for his death states "Laurence Capeland a verry aged man born in the Reign of our Gracious Soverreigne Queen Elizabeth of Blessed memory December y 30th 1699."

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Lawrence COPELAND (b. Bet. 1589 - 1612, d. 30 Dec 1699) Lawrence COPELAND (son of Lawrence COPELAND and Ruth) was born Bet. 1589 - 1612 in North Numberland Co., England, and died 30 Dec 1699 in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts. He married Lydia TOWNSEND on 12 Oct 1651 in Pbly. Braintree, Massachusetts473, daughter of Thomas TOWNSEND and MANSFIELD.

Includes NotesNotes for Lawrence COPELAND:

Lawrence settled in Braintree, Massachusetts and has many decedent in New England and settled across the nation.

He was the progenitor of nearly all of the Copelands in the northern states. He is a lineal descendant of Sir John Copeland (from about 1346) and settled at Mt. Hollison, massachusetts.

He was the founder of Braintree, Massachusetts, and apparently lived part of his life there. Some records show him to have been 110 years old at his death, but this is probably a miscaculation. He and Lydia Townsend were married by Mr. Hebbins of Boston.

JR., IMMIGRANT LAWRENCE4 COPELAND, b. Bet. 1599 - 1612, Northumberland County, England; d. December 30, 1699, Mount Holliston Or Braintree, Massachusets.

JR., IMMIGRANT LAWRENCE4 COPELAND (LAWRENCE3, ROBERT2, COPELAND1) (Source: TITLE.) was born Bet. 1599 - 1612 in Northumberland County, England (Source: (1) John W. Copeland 8300 Bar Harbor Lane, Charlotte,NC 28202 Phone 704-556-1233" Copeland Family History"., (2) TITLE, 11404 Meadow Lane Ceawood, Kanasa, 66211.), and died December 30, 1699 in Mount Holliston Or Braintree, Massachusets (Source: J. Donald Adams, TITLE, Riverside Press Cambridge: Houghton Mifflin Company, Boston, MA Copyright 1960, page 13.). He married LYDIA TOWNSEND (Source: TITLE, PO Box 2482 Cottonwood, Arizona 86326.) December 12, 1651 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts (Source: TITLE, PO Box 2482 Cottonwood, Arizona 86326.), daughter of THOMAS TOWNSEND and MANSFIELD. She was born 1630 in Lynn, Essex County, Massachusetts (Source: Furnished by son, Josh Chamberlain to Jesse Lawrence, June 1997, TITLE.), and died January 08, 1687/88 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts (Source: Clarence F.Copeland, Data from Copeland Genealogy 1913,.).

Notes for JR., IMMIGRANT LAWRENCE COPELAND: The "emigrant" Lawrence Copeland came to Boston and settle d in Braintree, Massachusetts sometime in the 1630's. He m arried late in life. He probably like most of the Massachu setts settlers, emigrated from the east coast of England . There is quite a clan of Copelands in the vicinity of Ne wcastle, England and have been for a very long time. The n ame crops up in the 13th century and probably earlier, the n spelled Coupland and Couplaunde. John and William seem t o be favorite names. Their crest is a 'Swan with a broke n wing.' Among the Quincy inscriptions is the following: "In me mory of Mr. Lawrence Copeland,who died Dec.30,1699 with 10 0 years of age".settled in Brainstree (Braintry), MA in 163 7. Founder of northern Branch of Copeland Family.

several sources including "Gen Dict of NE" and "Copey of Ha rvard" cite an age of 100 or 110 which is hard to justify i f Lawrence , Sr. was the one born in 1590 Records of Mrs. Sarah I.C. Matheson History of Bridgewater MA, pg 141 Records of the Town of Braintree, MA "Records of First Church of Braintree" pg 45 IGI'88 listed as Laurance COPELANDE GS0940974 "Birth, Marriages, Deaths of Braintree 1640-1848"

History of Bridgewater MA, pg 141 Records of the Town of Braintree, MA "Records of First Church of Braintree" pg 45 IGI'88 listed as Laurance COPELANDE GS0940974 "Birth, Marriages, Deaths of Braintree 1640-1848" AF 9/19/95 bur.date/place + ord. dates Fact-Settled in Massachuettes

More About JR., IMMIGRANT LAWRENCE COPELAND: Burial: January 01, 1699/00, Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts Christening: 1609, Saint Mary's Church, Lancaster Parish, Lancashire County, England

More About Lawrence COPELAND: Occupation: Yeoman.473 Residence: Braintree, Massachusetts.473

More About Lawrence COPELAND and Lydia TOWNSEND: Marriage: 12 Oct 1651, Pbly. Braintree, Massachusetts.473

Includes NotesMarriage Notes for Lawrence COPELAND and Lydia TOWNSEND:

Married by Mr. Hibbins of Boston.

Marriage Notes for LAWRENCE COPELAND and LYDIA TOWNSEND: Marriage fact: Reference Number:24715 2nd date from PA Marriages on ancestry.com

Children of Lawrence COPELAND and Lydia TOWNSEND are:

   Thomas COPELAND, b. 03 Oct 1652, d. 04 Nov 1652.
   Thomas COPELAND, b. 08 Dec 1654, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, d. 06 Jun 1706, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.
   +William COPELAND, b. 15 Sep 1656, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts474, d. 30 Oct 1716, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts474.
   John COPELAND, b. 10 Dec 1658, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, d. 07 Aug 1714, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.
   Lydia COPELAND, b. 31 Mar 1661, Weymouth, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, d. 08 May 1727, Mendon, Uxbridge, Worcester Co., Massachusetts.
   Ephraim COPELAND, b. 17 Nov 1665, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, d. Abt. 1766, Boston, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts.
   Hannah COPELAND, b. 25 Dec 1668, d. date unknown.
   Richard COPELAND, b. 11 May 1672, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, d. 11 May 1672, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts.
   Abigail COPELAND, b. 24 Nov 1674, Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, d. date unknown.

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Laurence Copeland (add)


Lydia Townsend


d. 8 Jan 1687/8 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States m. 12 Dec 1651 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Family tree▼ ▼Facts and Events Marriage[1] 12 Dec 1651 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States ▼Children Birth Death 1. Thomas Copeland 3 Dec 1652 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


2. Thomas Copeland 6 Feb 1654/5 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


3. William Copeland 15 Nov 1656 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States 30 Oct 1716 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States 4. Lydia Copeland 31 May 1661 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States 8 May 1727 Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States 5. Ephraim Copeland 17 Jan 1665 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


6. Hannah Copeland 25 Feb 1668/9 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States


7. Richard Copeland 15 Jul 1672 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States 15 Jul 1672 Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States Add child ▼References

   ↑ Sprague, Waldo Chamberlain, comp. Genealogies of the families of Braintree, Massachusetts, 1640-1850: including the modern towns of Randolph and Holbrook and the city of Quincy. (Boston, Massachusetts: Published in cooperation with the Quincy Historical Society by the New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1983), 1:125.
   Laurance Copeland & Lidia Townsend were maried the twelve day of the tenth month 1651 maried by Mr. Hibbins of Boston.

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Lawrence Copeland (ca.1599-1699) immigrated from England to Braintree, Massachusetts, married Lydia Townsend in 1651, and moved to Quincy, Massachusetts. Albert Henry Copeland (1830-1915)--direct descendant in the seventh generation--married Frances Louisa Moseley in 1855, and in 1868 moved from Vermont to Chenoa, Illinois. Descendants and relatives lived in Massachusetts, Vermont, Connecticut, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Texas, California and elsewhere.

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Birth: unknown, England Death: Dec. 30, 1699 Braintree Norfolk County Massachusetts, USA

He was possibly the son of Lawrence Copeland (b.c1590) and Ruth ____ Copeland of Northumberland and Yorkshire. And therefore possibly the brother of immigrant John Copeland of Isle of Wight,VA. It has been said that he died at age 100, or even 110, but this is from long held family tradition/myth, and is not substantiated with any degree of certainty.

He married Lydia Townsend on Dec 10,1651 at Braintree,MA.

Children: Thomas Copeland, Thomas Copeland, William Copeland, John Copeland, Lydia Copeland White, Ephraim Copeland, Hannah Copeland, Richard Copeland, and Abigail Copeland Isgate.

NOTE: There is a memorial to him in Hancock Cemetery in Quincy, placed by descendants, ascribing to him the mythical centenarian status. As such, the memorial is placed here. However, his true burial place is unknown.


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Spouse:
 Lydia Townsend Copeland (____ - 1688)

Children:
 William Copeland (1656 - 1716)*
 Lydia Copeland White (1661 - 1727)*
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Lawrence Copeland, Jr.'s Timeline

1609
June 12, 1609
ST. MARY'S, LANCASTER, ENGLAND
1630
November 28, 1630
Age 21
1654
August 10, 1654
Age 45
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
1656
November 15, 1656
Age 47
1658
December 10, 1658
Age 49
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
1661
May 31, 1661
Age 51
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts
1665
November 17, 1665
Age 56
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
1668
December 25, 1668
Age 59
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States
1672
May 11, 1672
Age 62
Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts, United States