James Cope

1836–1914 (Age 78)
Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States

The Life of James

When James Cope was born on 20 August 1836, in Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States, his father, Jacob Cope, was 27 and his mother, Olive McKinney, was 20. He lived in Jersey Township, Jersey, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 10 December 1914, at the age of 78.

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Jacob Cope
Olive McKinney
John Cope
Lloyd Cope
Andrew A. Cope
James Cope
Abyerrem ( Bryan) Cope
Matilda Emily Cope
Alexander Cope
Jacob Cope
Martin Cope
Adelpha Adaline Cope
Mary E. Cope
Ella Malinda Cope
William Jacob Cope

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World Events (8)

1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 3

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Age 10

U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.
1858 · A House Divided

Age 22

Abraham Lincoln's goal was to be different than the previous Senators of Illinois and voice his opinion in how he saw the State and the United States start to drift apart in the different ideology on what was right and what was wrong. Even though it would become an unsuccessful campaign strategy to win the senate seat, to this day it is one of the most famous speeches of US politics.

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)

  • James Cope in household of Jacob Cope, "United States Census, 1860"
  • James Cope in household of Andrew Cope, "United States Census, 1870"
  • James Cope in household of Jacob Cope, "United States Census, 1850"

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