Biography of Samuel D. Copeland
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Copeland, Samuel D., was born October 22, 1812, in the town of Norton, Bristol county, Mass., and is descended from Lawrence Copeland who came from England to Boston in 1620. The father of our subject was Samuel, a son of Samuel, who married Eunice Danforth, and had three sons, Samuel, Benjamin, and John. Benjamin was a college bred man and a teacher in the Southern States for many years, who finally came to this county, bought land, and erected a saw mill, which he conducted a number of years, then sold his property in Murray and moved to Michigan, built a flour mill at Booklyn, Jackson county, was member of the legislature in 1838-9, disposed of Michigan property, returned to Orleans county, N. Y., settled in Clarendon, was merchant for several years. Died aged eighty eight years. Samuel came from Norton, Mass., to Brighton, Monroe county in 1820, and in 1826, came to Murray. He was an active politician and a prominent member of the Methodist church at Hulberton. He married Mercy R., daughter of Ebenezer Titus, and they had five children: Samuel D., George M., Benjamin F., Horatio N., and Eugene, both of the latter dying in early manhood. Samuel D., our subject, has resided at Hulberton since 1826, From 1834 to 1885 he was engaged largely in public works, for man) years having charge of repairs on the Erie Canal from Tonawanda Creek to Brockport. He has also been engaged in farming. He is a Republican in politics, having voted at every election and town meeting since reaching his majority. Since about 1840 he has been an Odd Fellow of Holley Lodge, and is a member of the Methodist church of Hulberton. December 13, 1838, he married Emeline, daughter of Joseph and Rebecca Budd, of Murray. and their children are: Geoige F., John B., Eunice D., Emeline B., Daniel B., and Samuel B. George F. lives at St. Paul, Minu., and is superintendent of the Butte, Anadonda & Pacific Railroad; John B. resides in Seattle, Wash., and is superintendent of the Coast Line of the Great Northern Railroad; Samuel B. is an engineer and lives at Anaconda, Mont.; Daniel B. resides in Murray; Eunice D. is unmarried; Emeline B. married Frank Moore of Hulberton. Mrs. Emiline Copeland died March 17. 1888. George M. Copeland went to Clarendon at the age of thirteen and entered the store of David Sturgis, finally became a partner, and later sole proprietor, dying in 1892. He was a broad minded, public spirited man, a prominent member of the M. E. church of Clarendon, giving sites for church and parsonage, and contributed largely towards their building and maintenance. In 1852 he was elected to the legislature, and also served as supervisor of his town (1849-50-59). Re married Laura, daughter of David Sturgis, and they had twelve children, of whom eight survive. Benjamin F. Copeland spent his early life it Murray and in 1850 removed to California.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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