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Melissa F. Murphy Copeland
Birth: 1834
Tennessee, USA
Death: Aug. 10, 1874
Wayne County
Tennessee, USA

My Great Great Grandmother~

Melissa's 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. 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.

Melissa's husband William died in Corinth, MI. while on a buisness trip for his mother. 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 dead, the true cause of death is unknown.

Melissa's daughter, Ida Copeland McGee, told the story that Melissa was a mid-wife. She would ride horse back in any weather, day or night, to deliver babies. Her pay was often a chicken, a pig, or a promise.








 
 
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 Spouse:
  William J. Copeland (1822 - 1872)*
 
 Children:
  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)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Inscription:
NO HEADSTONE found yet.
 
Burial:
Copeland Cemetery
Wayne County
Tennessee, USA
 
Created by: Donna Webster
Record added: Sep 03, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 96467544
Melissa F. <i>Murphy</i> Copeland
Added by: Donna Webster
 
Melissa F. <i>Murphy</i> Copeland
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