Arlie Dillard Copeland

6 November 1917–13 March 1996 (Age 78)
Sequoyah, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Arlie Dillard

When Arlie Dillard Copeland was born on 6 November 1917, in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, United States, his father, William Smith Copeland, was 38 and his mother, Nora Jane Ramsey, was 38. He married Ethel Lee Harris on 28 August 1937. He lived in Redland, Sequoyah, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Redland Township, Sequoyah, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. He died on 13 March 1996, in Fresno, Fresno, California, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Washington Colony Cemetery, Fresno, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Arlie Dillard Copeland
Ethel Lee Harris
Marriage: 28 August 1937

Spouse and Children

28 August 1937

Parents and Siblings



    Clifford C. Copeland





    Enny M Copeland


    Earl Copeland


+6 More Children

World Events (8)

1918 · Attempting to Stop the War

Age 1

To end World War I, President Wilson created a list of principles to be used as negotiations for peace among the nations. Known as The Fourteen Points, the principles were outlined in a speech on war aimed toward the idea of peace but most of the Allied forces were skeptical of this Wilsonian idealism.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 4

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Age 24

Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.

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)

  • Arlie Copeland, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Arlie Copland in household of William S Copland, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Arby Copland in household of Smith Copland, "United States Census, 1920"

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