Mary E. Cope

1853–1938 (Age 85)
Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States

The Life of Mary E.

When Mary E. Cope was born on 17 October 1853, in Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States, her father, Jacob Cope, was 44 and her mother, Olive McKinney, was 37. She married William Alexander Willis on 1 April 1870, in Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 7 sons and 5 daughters. She died on 9 November 1938, in Beattie, Marshall, Kansas, United States, at the age of 85, and was buried in Beattie Union Cemetery, Beattie, Marshall, Kansas, United States.

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Mary E. Cope
William Alexander Willis
Marriage: 1 April 1870
Clement Jacob Willis
Granville Willis
Pearl Andrew Willis
Olive A. Willis
Ella Anna Willis
Charles Albert Willis
Emmerson Leroy Willis
Arthur Alvin Willis
Ada Irene Willis
Oda Willis
Iona Willis
Lester Alue Willis

Spouse & Children

1 April 1870
Jerseyville, Jersey, Illinois, United States


  • Male1871–1966Male

  • Granville Willis


  • Pearl Andrew Willis


  • Olive A. Willis


  • Ella Anna Willis


+7 More Children

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+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 3

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 10

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1876 · The First Worlds Fair in the U.S.

Age 23

The First official World's Fair, was held to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. 37 Countries provided venues for all to see.

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)

  • Mary A Cope in household of Jacob Cope, "United States Census, 1860"
  • Mary E Willis in household of William A Willis, "United States Census, 1900"
  • Mary E Willis in household of Wm A Willis, "United States Census, 1880"

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