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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Treasure Chest Thursday~Proof of Aaron Copeland Marriage to Mary Melton

Aaron Copeland and Mary ‘Polly’ Melton, daughter of Isham Melton, were married about 1784.

Aaron Copeland applied for a Revolutionary War Pension (R-2308) which was rejected. The file contains genealogical information pertaining to Aaron, Polly and his service.
Below is a portion of an affidavit submitted by (he says (Archibald)) the only surviving child, his son Archibald Copeland.

Partial Affidavit of Archibald Copeland: 1

Affidavit of Archibald Copeland

“this deponent further says that he has been informed and believes that his said Father intermarried with one Polly Melton deponents Mother and the daughter of one Isham Melton of the District and State aforesaid about the year 1784, that Aaron Copeland died about the years 1839 having survives his wife about six or seven years, leaving ten children of whom deponent is the Sole survivor, all which facts as to as to the Service of said Aaron will…”

Aaron Copeland marriage Mary Melton

South Carolina} 2
Chesterfield District} Personally appeared before me W. A. Mulloy a magistrate in and for said district John Evans & Edward Mulloy who being duly sworn saith that they were acquainted with Aaron Copeland in his life time that he inter married with Mary Melton daughter of Isham Melton and that said Aaron Copeland died in the year 1839. They further sate that they have no reason to doubt but that he was a soldier in the Revolutionary war.
Sworn before me}                                                Jno. Evans
20th May 1853}                                               Edward Mulloy
Wm. A. Mulloy, Mag.}

South Carolina}
Chesterfield District} I, J. C. Craig Clerk of the Court for said district do hereby certify that Wm. A. Mulloy before whom the foregoing affidavit was made was at the date thereof an acting Magistrate in & for said district duly qualified as such and that his signature thereto is genuine
                                    Given under my hand & seal of
                                    Office this 20th day of May 1853
                                                     J. C. Craig, Clk

MOSES COPELAND, Thomas Copeland, Elisha Copeland, James Copeland, Mary Swor, and Dolly Cook, children of Aaron Copeland late of Chesterfield District, South Carolina, are hereby notified that the said Aaron Copeland died leaving a Will by which a small legacy is given to each of the above named persons, which may be has upon application to
                                                                                RILAH SMITH

Chesterfield C. H., S.C.}
May 25th, 1840}

[2] Ancestry, "Revolutionary War Service Records" database, Military Service Records ( : accessed 3 June 2014), entry for Aaron Copeland, Revolutionary War Pension file of Aaron Copland; Image 9,;
[3] Farmers' gazette, and Cheraw Advertiser., May 29, 1840, Page 114, Image 2, column 6.

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