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William Copp

Also Known As: "Cope"
Birthdate: (80)
Birthplace: Honiley, Warwickshire, England
Death: February 27, 1670 (80)
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, Colonial America
Place of Burial: Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Copp; Thomas Copp; Isabel Copp and Isabel Copp
Husband of Goodeth Copp; Anne Copp and Goodeth "Judith" Copp
Father of David Copp; Mary Copp; Rebecca Copp; John Copp; Joanna Norden and 8 others
Brother of Anthony Copp; Matthew Copp; Thomas Copp; John Copp; Richard Copp and 5 others
Half brother of Alice Copp and Elizabeth Copp

Occupation: Shoemaker, came to Amer. in 1635, Cordwainer - (maker of shoes from fine leather)
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Immediate Family

About William Copp

William Copp, son of Thomas Copp and Isabel Gunne, was born 9 November 1589 at Hatton Parish, Warwickshire, England. William Copp and Anne Rogers were married on 24 November 1614 in Hatton Parish, Warwickshire, England. After Anne's death in 1633, William married Judith Itchenor.

William sailed for Massachusetts in July 1635 with his brother Richard in the barque "Blessing", commanded by Captain John Leicester. He is described on the passenger list as a "cordwainer", (shoemaker), age 26 [see Notes and Discussion, below]. He was admitted to the First Church of Boston on 20 June 1640, and was admitted freeman on 2 June 1641. Soon after arriving in Boston, William acquired a half-acre of land on the waterfront overlooking the Charles River at the head of Prince Street - originally called "Mill Field" because of a windmill used to grind corn and grain that was located on it, and subsequently called Mill Hill, Snow Hill, then Copp's Hill.

The North End where William lived became a very prosperous area, declining only after the Revolutionary War. William was a wealthy man for that period, owning two houses and outbuildings in Boston, plus 100 acres "beyond Braintree". William Copp died 27 February 1670 at Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, at the age of 80. His will dated 31 October 1662, and proved 15 March 1669/70, mentions wife Judith, daughter Tewksbury, sons David and Jonathan; daughters Ruth and Lydia; grandchildren William, Thomas, John and Mary Harvey, John and Sarah Atwood, Samuel and Sarah Norden; David was executor.

Marriages and Children

  1. Anne Rogers (c.1590 Hatton Parish, Warwickshire, England - 1633 Hatton Parish, Warwickshire, England) married 24 November 1614 Hatton Parish, Warwickshire, England
    1. Mary Copp (born 7 July 1616 England)
    2. Rebecca Copp (born 20 December 1618 England)
    3. John Copp (born 26 May 1622)
    4. Joanna Copp (13 October 1625 England - 29 July 1654) married Hugh Northend
    5. Martha Copp (born August 1630 Greenwich, Kent, England) married Tewksbury
    6. Ann Copp (August 1630 Hatton Parish, Warwickshire, England - 23 June 1667 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts), married Herman Atwood August 1646
  2. Judith Itchenor (1600 Hatton Parish, Warwickshire, England - 25 March 1670 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts) married after 1633 England
    1. David Copp (20 September 1635 Hatton Parish, Warwickshire, England - 20 November 1713 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts)
    2. Naomi Copp (5 August 1638 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts - 8 October 1653 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts)
    3. Jonathan Copp (born 23 August 1640 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts) married Margaret Calder (born 1640)
    4. Rebecca Copp (born 6 May 1641 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts)
    5. Ruth Copp (baptized 26 November 1643 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts)
    6. Lydia Copp (born 6 July 1646 Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts)


Copp's Hill Cemetery, in which many of Boston's pioneers and forefathers are buried, was donated to the city by William's family and was named to honor William. Founded by the town of Boston in 1659, Copp's Hill Burying Ground is the second oldest burying ground in the city. Those buried here include Increase Mather, Cotton Mather, Robert Newman (the patriot who placed the signal lanterns in the steeple of Old North Church for Paul Revere's midnight ride to Lexington and Concord), and Prince Hall (the father of Black Freemasonry).

Notes and Discussion

  • Alternate DOB for William Copp is 1609. In spite of his listing on the 1635 passenger list of the Blessing as having been 26 years of age, 1589 is preferred due to the dates of his first marriage and birthdates of his children. Further research is being done.
  • The birth record for William's son Jonathan lists mother's name as Goodith.
  • Some allege that William was a member of Cotton and Increase Mather's church (the "Old North"), of Second Church of Boston, but the Copps kept their membership in the First Church for many years after the Second Church was established
  • Copp's Hill may have been named after William, but more likely after his son Elder David Copp


  • Historic Homes and Places and Genealogical and Personal Memoirs Relating to the Families of Middlesex County, Massachusetts, By William Richard Cutter; Published by Lewis Historical Publishing company, 1908
  • Genealogical guide to the early settlers of America by Henry Whittemore; published 1898 New York. 438 pages. COPP: — Richard, perhaps brother of William, came in the "Blessing," 1635, aged 24, but no more is known of him. William Copp, of Boston, came, probably, in the "Blessing," 1635, a shoemaker, from London, aged 26, freeman June 2, 1641; by wife Judith, had Joanna, probably Ann and David, perhaps born in England; Naomi, baptized July 5, 1640 (the day after his joining with the church) who died Oct. 8, 1653; Jonathan, Aug. 23, 1640; Rebecca, born May 6, 1641; Ruth, 24, baptized Nov. 26, 1643; and Lydia, July, 1646; Ann married Aug. 11, 1646, Herman Atwood. His estate was in part of that beautiful hill which bore his name; and he died March, 1670. On the 27th of the month following, his will was probated, which had been made Oct. 31, 1662, and David was executor.
    • References: — Runnel's Hist, of Sanbornton, N. H., II, 182; Morrison's Hist, of Windham, N. H., 304; Whitmore's Copp's Hill Epitaphs; Hubbard's Hist, of Stanstead County, Canada, 233; Amer. Ancestry, VII, 152; N. E. Hist, and Gen. Reg., X, 369; Savage's Gen. Diet., vol. I, 456.
  • Copp Family Geneology
  • ['s_Hill_burial_ground_Boston. Copp's Hill Epitaphs] By Thomas Bridgman. Published 1851 by J. Munroe and Company in Boston, Cambridge
  • Residence: Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA - Between 1630 and 1880
  • Emigration: On The Blessing - 1635 - New England
  • Immigration: Sailed on the barque "Blessing" - June 17 1635 - Left England for America
  • Religion: Joined First Church of Boston - June 20 1640 - Boston, Suffolk, Massachusetts, USA
  • Residence: Freeman 2 Jun, Massachusetts Colony, MA - 1641
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William Copp's Timeline

November 9, 1589
Honiley, Warwickshire, England
November 9, 1589
Hatton, Warwick, England
November 9, 1589
Hatton, Warwick, England
November 9, 1589
Hatton, Warwick, England
March 28, 1593
Age 3
Hatton, , Eng
July 7, 1616
Age 26
December 20, 1618
Age 29
May 26, 1622
Age 32
England, United Kingdom
October 13, 1625
Age 35
Hatton, Warwickshire, England, United Kingdom