Rufus Copeland

11 May 1785–11 May 1849 (Age 64)
Bristol, Addison, Vermont, United States

The Life of Rufus

When Rufus Copeland was born on 11 May 1785, in Bristol, Addison, Vermont, United States, his father, David Copeland Jr, was 46 and his mother, Martha Putnam, was 42. He married Louisa Davis on 6 January 1820, in Hardwick, Caledonia, Vermont, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He registered for military service in 1812. He died on 11 May 1849, in Goshen, Elkhart, Indiana, United States, at the age of 64, and was buried in Topeka, LaGrange, Indiana, United States.

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Rufus Copeland
Louisa Davis
Marriage: 6 January 1820
Rufus Copeland
Martha L. Copeland
George Davis Copeland
Louisa Copeland

Spouse and Children


    Louisa Davis


6 January 1820
Hardwick, Caledonia, Vermont, United States


    Rufus Copeland


    Martha L. Copeland


    George Davis Copeland


    Louisa Copeland


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World Events (8)

1786 · Shays' Rebellion

Age 1

Caused by war veteran Daniel Shays, Shays' Rebellion was to protest economic and civil rights injustices that he and other farmers were seeing after the Revolutionary War. Because of the Rebellion it opened the eyes of the governing officials that the Articles of Confederation needed a reform. The Rebellion served as a guardrail when helping reform the United States Constitution.
1791 · Vermont Becomes 14th State

Age 6

On March 4, 1791, Vermont became the 14th state.

Age 18

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.

Name Meaning

Northern English and Scottish: habitational name from a place called Copeland, of which there is an example in Cumbria, or from Coupland in Northumberland, both named with Old Norse kaupa-land ‘bought land’, a feature worthy of note during the early Middle Ages, when land was rarely sold, but rather held by feudal tenure and handed down from one generation to the next.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Rufus Copeland, "United States War of 1812 Index to Service Records, 1812-1815"
  • Rufus Copeland in entry for George D Copeland and Alice May Austin, "Vermont Vital Records, 1760-1954"
  • Rufus Copeland, "Vermont, Town Clerk, Vital and Town Records, 1732-2005"

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