Joseph R. Copeland
b. 31 May 1849
d. 16 July 1923
bu. McCutchanville Cemetery
McCutchanville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana
|Photo Courtesy of Bill Potter|
Joseph R. Copeland was the son of Thomas F. Copeland and Sarah Ellen White. He was born in Chesterfield County, South Carolina on 31 May 1849. He died 16 July 1923 in McCutchanville, Indiana.1 2
Thomas F. Copeland packed up his family sometime after 1860 and migrated into Tennessee. Their youngest son Silas Thomas Copeland was born in Tennessee on 25 October 1862. 3
Family tradition reports that Thomas and Sarah Ellen perished from some pestilence about February 1864. Joseph R. was the oldest son.
Shortly after their parents demise, young Ellen Copeland, b. 13 June 1853 died in February 1868. Next to perish was young Lafayette “Lafate” Copeland, b. 9 August 1855; died May 1868. The 4 remaining children all survived to adulthood. 4
The youngest, Silas Thomas Copeland was a ward of “The Orphanage of The Good Shepard”, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky when the 1880 census were enumerated. 5
Joseph R. Copeland married Christiana “Christine” Moll about 1871. She died in 1936.
 1860 U. S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, population schedule, Cheraw PO, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, Page: 182, Line 38, Dwelling 1228, Family 1227, Household of Thos. F. COPLAND; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 25 September 2013); citing National Archives Microfilm M653-1217.
 JOSEPH R. COPELAND obituary, Evansville Courier and Press, Evansville, Vanderburgh County, Indiana, 18 July 1923, Page 18, column 3. Died 16 July 1923.
 Family Bible
 1880, Jefferson County, Kentucky, population schedule, Louisville, Jefferson, Kentucky, enumeration district (ED) 103, Page 357 (stamped), Line 5,, Orphanage, S. T. Copeland; digital images, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com : viewed 4 December 2013); citing NARA publication T9, Roll: 422.