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Christian Cope
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Birth: Mar. 20, 1843
Marion County
Ohio, USA
Death: Apr. 23, 1910
Jay County
Indiana, USA

I would like information to help trace Chirstian Cope's parents, if possible (it might not be). According to his unpublished biography by his son, William Henry Cope, we have this information:

Christian was born:
". . . in a log cabin located on what was known then as the Hensel Farm near Marion, Ohio, a baby boy was born. His parents, Heinrich and Christina Kopp, named him Christian."

"In the fourth year of his life his mother suddenly passed away."

". . . an epidemic of the Asiatic Cholera broke out in the community, and within a week's time Caroline, Catharine, and Lewie, baby of the family, died from the effects of the disease. The family then being broken up, Christian was bound out by his father to John and Mary Heiner of the adjoining neighborhood. At the same time Silas [elder brother] was hired by a farmer located in a community some distance away. Their father, Heinrich, then found employment on a ship sailing the Atlantic Ocean, and he was never heard from afterwards."

The above three excerpts are from pages 1 and 2 of "My Father, Christian Cope" by William Henry Cope, March 1946.

Christian Cope would have been seven years old when he began living with the Heiners, so his father, Heinrich Kopp, would have sailed away in about 1850.

From page 6, Chris was about 14 years old when he relocated to the Sandusky Plains located north and east of Marion, where he lived with the Andy Faas family for three years.

The 1860 Federal Census shows Christian Cope, age 17, as a domestic in the household of Andrew Foss, age 32, a farmer from "Wertemberg." The home was next door to the Ditch (Dietsch) family.

The 1880 Federal Census lists Christian's parents both from what looks like "Wurtemburg." This is the only place where I have found a suggestion of a connection to an area within Germany. Chris was about 7 when he last saw his father, and I am not confident he had learned where his parents were born. I wonder if Chris adopted the area of origin because that was where Andy Faas came from, or if perhaps the Faas and Kopp families somehow were connected prior to emigrating.

That is as far as my investigation has taken me.

Family links: 
  Sophia Dietsch Cope (1845 - 1924)*
  Hannah D. Cope Beard (1871 - 1942)*
  Wm H Cope (1876 - 1955)*
  Dora Katherine Cope Armstrong (1878 - 1937)*
  Ida Cope Hiatt (1881 - 1974)*
  Ottis Cooper Cope (1882 - 1964)*
  Estella Mae Cope Ehrhart (1888 - 1965)*
*Calculated relationship
Salamonia Cemetery
Jay County
Indiana, USA
Created by: K B
Record added: Oct 19, 2011
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