|Birth: ||Apr., 1805|
|Death: ||May 12, 1896|
Asa COPLEN was born in Coshocton county, Ohio, in 1805, of Scotch Irish descent. He received a common school education and in 1830 married Lucretia ABBOT, and to them were born seven children. In 1840 he moved to Indiana and settled on Yellow creek, in Newcastle township, Fulton county, where he bought land of the Government at $1.25 per acre. He prospered with the country and was soon the owner of four Newcastle farms, but in 1858 he got the western fever, sold three of his farms and went overland to Kansas, but was not pleased with the breezy state, and from this time misfortune overtook him, losing money and stock. His greatest loss was the death of his faithful, christian wife who had yielded a great influence over him for good. She was buried three miles from Emporia, Kansas, and in '59 he returned to Newcastle township, much broken in fortune.
At the firing of Fort Sumpter he offered his service to his country, but was too old. Among the boys in blue that marched from Rochester, he was represented by three sons, Lyman, James and Chauncy [COPLEN]. In 1869 he married Mrs. J. FISHER, and to them two daughters were born. In 1875 he united with the Christian church at Bloomingsburg and was baptized in the old Tippecanoe that he loved so well, and lived a faithful, humble christian the rest of his days.
In 1888 he moved to Joliet, Illinois, where he lived until May 12, 1896 when he fell "asleep in Jesus" at the age of 91 years. His end was painless and as he said, "I am so tired," he passed away. Funeral services were held at his residence by Rev. BLAND, of the M.E. church at Joliet, from the words of Job -- "For I know that my Redeemer liveth and that He shall stand at the last day upon the earth, and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh I see God." The hymns were "Rock of Ages" and "Jesus Lover of my Soul," after which the body was laid to rest in Oakwood cemetery, followed by his faithful wife, one son, four daughters, thirteen grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and a host of friends. The floral offerings were beautiful.
Uncle Asa, as he was usually called, was an honest man, a staunch friend, and was kind and generous hearted, always ready to help the poor. No stranger was ever turned from his door; the Golden Rule was his motto. Politically, he was a radical democrat and at one time was one of Fulton county's most active workers in that party. He leaves a wife, five daughters, two sons, two sons having preceded him, one aged sister, one brother and many grand and great-grandchildren, and many friends who will remember Uncle Asa.
Lucretia Ann Abbott Coplen (1813 - 1859)
Minerva Jane Fisher Coplen (1835 - 1927)*
William Coplen (1832 - 1872)*
Lyman Coplen (1837 - 1920)*
Chancy Coplen (1844 - 1937)*
Anna Coplen Irvine (1853 - 1941)*
Elizabeth M. Bly (1867 - 1946)*
Ida Lenora Copeland Apgar-Morrissey (1873 - 1956)*
Note: Location A #1020
Created by: cheyenne
Record added: Nov 11, 2009
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