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William J. Copeland
Birth: Oct. 22, 1822
Madison County
Alabama, USA
Death: 1872
Alcorn County
Mississippi, USA

My Great Great Grandfather~

When William Copeland was a child he moved to Wayne Co., TN. and was living with his parents in 1840. In the 1850 census he was living in the home of Archibald & Mary Munday Murphy.

The Murphy family ran a stagecoach inn at Cypress Inn, TN. The inn featured a large dining room set by the Murphy daughters where men cutting cross ties came to eat & board. One of them was William Copeland. One of the Murphy's daughters, Melissa, planned to elope with Tom Hinton, against her parents' wishes. William learned of the plan, rushed upstaires and begged Melissa to not marry Tom, he then confessed his own feelings for her. Melissa is said to have dropped her valise and called off the elopment. William and Melissa married about six months later in 1851.

William died in Corinth, MI. while on a buisness trip for his mother. His daughter, Ida Copeland McGee indicates he lived in Mississippi before the Civil War, he moved back to Wayne Co., near his family to avoid conscription and to hide his fine horses from soldiers. At the time of his death he was returning to check on land he once owned, but the courthouse had burned and he never reclaimed the title. Melissa went to Mississippi to claim his body. Family lore says he had chills and fell over, the true cause of death is unknown.

Family links: 
  James Copeland (1791 - 1866)
  Catherine Gillis Copeland (1796 - 1883)
  Melissa F. Murphy Copeland (1834 - 1874)
  Johanna Ellie Copeland McClain (1852 - 1878)*
  Mary Jane Copeland Hinton (1855 - 1907)*
  Ida Josephine Copeland McGee (1860 - 1942)*
  Camilla Josephine Copeland Rogers (1861 - 1917)*
  Eliza Catherine Copeland Martin (1865 - 1936)*
  Samuel Harper Copeland (1867 - 1934)*
  Mary Jane Copeland Harrison (1812 - 1859)*
  Thomas S. Copeland (1815 - 1904)*
  Daniel G. Copeland (1817 - 1867)*
  James Dugal Copeland (1820 - 1905)*
  William J. Copeland (1822 - 1872)
  Joseph Matthew Copeland (1825 - 1899)*
  Mary Lucinda Copeland Brewer (1835 - 1914)*
*Calculated relationship
NO HEADSTONE found yet.
Note: William was buried in the field behind his home. This field may have been turned into a cemetery years later as more family and neighbors started being buried there. There are four Copeland Cemeteries in Wayne County, Tennessee. Still researching.
Copeland Cemetery
Wayne County
Tennessee, USA
Created by: Donna Webster
Record added: Sep 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96467082
William J. Copeland
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