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Capt Turton Joshua Copp

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Capt Turton Joshua Copp

  • Birth 18 Dec 1826 Georgeville, Estrie Region, Quebec, Canada
  • Death 28 Jun 1892 Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
  • Burial Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA
  • Memorial ID 50641366

Civil War Union Army Soldier. He was commissioned as Captain, US Volunteers in the Commissary of Subsistence Department on March 2, 1864. He served until he was honorably discharged on October 9, 1865. On October 3, 1865 he was brevetted Major, US Volunteers for "faithful and meritorious service".

Son of Moses Copp (b. 1794) and Polly Oliver. Brother to William and Sewell F. Copp and Louisa P. Copp who married Jeremiah Merrill. Turton's brothers' names are incorrect in his obituary. His sons' names are given as his brothers. Came to Burlington with his uncle Joshua Copp, helped build Copp House at corner of Columbia and 3rd in Burlington.

Mr. Copp had been confined to his house with a chronic trouble for three or four weeks, but had suffered not a little for some time previous. He had understood that this was his last illness, that his life had run its allotted course and he expressed himself as ready and willing to die; he said he had a firm belief in God and a future life. He leaves a wife, Harriet Churchill Copp, a daughter, Ida Helen Schramm and twin sons, Albert J. and Alfred A.

Turton J. Copp was born at Georgeville, Stanstead County, Canada East, Dec. 18, 1826, being sixty-five years old at his death. He came to Burlington, Iowa on June 9, 1843 with his uncle, Joshua Copp, and clerked for some time for the firm of Copp & Parsons. Later he became a member of the firm of Ogden & Copp, merchants and steamboat agents. At the breaking out of the war, he tried to enlist, but was rejected on account of the loss of sight in one eye, but being very desirous of serving his country in the great contest, he was given a place in the commissary department with headquarters at Fort Union, New Mexico, with rank of captain and at the close of the war, came back with a major's commission. He resumed the steamboat business and remained in it until 1871, when he was elected county auditor and held the office for 12 years, even after his party had come to be in the minority. In 1887 he was appointed on the police force by Mayor Duncan and was a familiar figure about the city hall up to the time that his last illness first confined him to his home. He was the last survivor of a family of three boys.

Mr. Copp was a respected citizen of Burlington for forty- eight years and during that time gained an enviable reputation among his associates and acquaintances for honesty and faithfulness in all his business dealings; generosity and charity were also among his prominent characteristics. He was a member of the Knights of Pythias lodge, the G.A.R. and was one of the oldest Masons in the city.

From the Burlington Hawkeye, July 1892.


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  • Created by: Shawdau
  • Added: 4 Apr 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 50641366
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Turton Joshua Copp (18 Dec 1826–28 Jun 1892), Find A Grave Memorial no. 50641366, citing Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines County, Iowa, USA ; Maintained by Shawdau (contributor 47263480) .