Philip Cope

Rowan, North Carolina, United States

The Life of Philip

When Philip Cope was born on 11 December 1801, in Rowan, North Carolina, United States, his father, Johann (John) Friedrich Cope, was 47 and his mother, Elizabeth Ratts, was 31. He married Mary Bottles about 1845, in Burke, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 daughters. He lived in Burke, North Carolina, United States in 1850. He died in Rowan, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

Philip Cope
Mary Bottles
Marriage: about 1845
Elizabeth Cope
Mary Jane Cope
Rispy Ann Cope
Frances Martha Cope

Spouse & Children

about 1845
Burke, North Carolina, United States


Parents & Siblings



  • Male1793–1860Male

  • Mary Magdalena Cope


  • Male1801–Male

  • Rebecca Cope


  • Susan Cope


+7 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 2

France sells Louisiana territories to U.S.A.
1804 · Walton War

Age 3

The Walton War was a border dispute between Georgia and North Carolina, when Georgia established Walton County. The main piece of land being fought over was called the Orphan Strip and was located between North Carolina and Georgia. It started in 1804 and became part of the War of 1812 and lasted until 1818.
1832 · The Black Hawk War

Age 31

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.

Name Meaning

English (common in the Midlands): from Middle English cope ‘cloak’, ‘cape’ (from Old English cāp reinforced by the Old Norse cognate kápa), hence a metonymic occupational name for someone who made cloaks or capes, or a nickname for someone who wore a distinctive one. Compare Cape .

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • Philip Cope, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Philip Cope in entry for T C Turner and Frances M Cope, "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 "
  • Phlilip Cope in entry for Archibald McAlister, "North Carolina Marriages, 1759-1979"

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