Deaths: In Calais; 2 Mar 1877, Thomas J. Copeland, 75y 11m (Eastport Sentinel, March 14, 1877)
Thomas J. Copeland died on Friday last at the residence of his daughter , Mrs. B.F. Kelley, where his funeral was attended on Sunday. The array of white haired men who, with others of his fellow citizens came to look at him as he lay there, testified that his life and charactee had commanded the respect of those who had lived long with him. He had been among them 34 years and during that time, without assumption, and without exhibition of any eagerness for conspicuous positions, he was justly regarded as one of the foremost citizens of Calais.
Mr. Copeland was born in Boston in 1801. There his father died when he was a child, leaving his widow poor, with five children. At fifteen, Thomas removed to Hallowell, Maine, and learned the trade of a printer in the office of the Kennebec Journal. He afterward went to Norridgewock and established the Somerset Journal, which he edited and printed for several years. He was twice appointed Sheriff of the county of Somerset receiving his appointment once, at least, from Governor Edward Kent. This indicates that he was a Whig in politics. He continued to hold to that party till its dissolution and was ever since Republican.
He moved to Calais in 1843, and went into the lumbering business, being the senior partner in the firm of Copeland, Duren & Co. , till about six years ago, when he sold out to his co-partners and retired from all active business. He served several years in the board of Alderman and represented the City of Calais in the Legislature two years.
He died in a good old age and left upon his memory the savor of a well ordered life to comfort his son and daughter and their families who are the only kindred he leaves in this community. (Calais Advertiser, March 7, 1877)
Friends and acquaintances of Mr. T.J. Copeland will learn with regret the he's been confined to his house for some time because of sickness. (Calais Advertiser, January 3, 1877)
Thomas J. Copeland, the junior member of the firm of Edes
and Copeland, was a practical printer, and served his apprenticeship, with E. Goodale of Hallowell, on the old Hallowell Gazette,as early as 1817-1818. During the time lie published the Somerset Journal, lie was also in trade at Norridgewock, and gave but little personal attention to the printing of the paper. Ile continued its proprietor, however, until June 7, 1837, when lie discontinued its publication and advertised the establishment for sale. In this announcement he says - "Feeling as we do the importance ofhaving a Whig paper published in this county at this time more than in any preceding year, we regret exceedingly the necessity of discontinuing the Journal; but as we cannot continue it without submitting to great inconvenience for no profit, we have come to the conclusion to suspend perations." He also says - "The paper has now about five hundred good subscribers, and with very little effort the number might easily be increased two or three hundred."
Mr. Copeland soon found a purchaser for the establishment, removed to Calais and engaged in trade. He is still residing in that city; has held several responsible local offices, and been several times a member of the State Legislature. (The Press of Somerset County, 1872)
In the 1860 U.S. Census, Thomas J. Copeland, 59, born Mass., was living in Ward 3, Calais, Maine, with Julia E., 54, born Maine.
In the 1850 U.S. Census, trader Thomas Copeland, no age, born in Massachusetts, was living in Calais, Maine with Julia, 41, born Maine; clerk Henry B., 18; Mary F., 16; Charles, 11; and Alice, 2, all born in Maine. Living with them was Jane Morrison, 24, of Ireland.
He was the son of Nathaniel Copeland and Mary Page.