James Copeland

12 January 1817–31 October 1883 (Age 66)
Floyd, Georgia, United States

The Life of James

When James Copeland was born on 12 January 1817, in Floyd, Georgia, United States, his father, Samuel Copeland, was 19 and his mother, Sarah Elizabeth Anderson, was 17. He married Nancy Catherine Mackey on 2 January 1841, in Cherokee, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 6 daughters. He died on 31 October 1883, in DeKalb, Alabama, United States, at the age of 66, and was buried in Copeland Bridge Cemetery, DeKalb, Alabama, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Copeland
Nancy Catherine Mackey
Marriage: 2 January 1841
Samuel Harrison Copeland
John Tyler Copeland
Alexander Clay Copeland
Sarah Ann Copeland
William Leander Copeland
Mary Jane Copeland
Martha Angeline Copeland
James Stewart Copeland
Ella Mabel Copeland
Lorenzo Dow Copeland
Margaret Eliza Copeland
Harriet Adelia Copeland

Spouse and Children

2 January 1841
Cherokee, Alabama, United States


    Samuel Harrison Copeland


    John Tyler Copeland



    Sarah Ann Copeland


    William Leander Copeland


+7 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+1 More Child

World Events (8)

1819 · Panic! of 1819

Age 2

With the Aftermath of the Napoleonic Wars the global market for trade was down. During this time, America had its first financial crisis and it lasted for only two years. 

Age 15

Historical Boundaries: 1832: Floyd, Georgia, United States
1835 · Treaty of New Echota

Age 18

A minority group of Cherokees including John Ridge, Major Ridge, Elias Boudinot, and Stand Waite, signed the Treaty of New Echota which ceded all Cherokee territory east of the Mississippi in exchange for five million dollars. The majority of Cherokees did not agree and 16,000 Cherokee signatures were gathered to protest the treaty. Boudinot and both Ridges were killed several years later by angry Cherokees for signing the treaty.

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)

  • James Copeland, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Copeland, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Copeland, "United States Census, 1850"

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