son of Joseph and Ann (Kinsley) Copeland, was born in
County Wexford, Ireland, June 21, 1826. He was married to
Margaret Hayes on April 25, 1850. She is a native of
County Wexford, Ireland, and was a daughter of Edward and
Katherine (Whitmore) Hayes. A few days after their
marriage Mr. and Mrs. Copeland embarked for America, and
landed at Quebec, Canada. From there they went to Rutland
County, Vt., where he followed the mason's trade and
farming five years, then removed to McKeithsport, Pa.
Four years later they came to Clayton, and settled on a
farm on section 29, this township, where they yet reside.
Mr. Copeland owns 147 acres in Clayton County, fifteen
acres of timber in Fayette County, and ten acres in Volga
City, on which there are two houses. He is one of the
enterprising, energetic men of the township. Mr. and Mrs.
Copeland have had five children - Joseph, who married
Marion Probert; Edward, married Arvilla Robbins; John and
Minerva are at home; Eliza A., died, aged four years. In
politics Mr. Copeland is a Republican, and has held
various offices of trust in his township, including that
of School Director and Justice of the Peace.
source: History of Clayton
County, Iowa, 1882, p. 839
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