SYLVESTER KENNEDY COPELAND, a prominent farmer and highly esteemed citizen of Center township, was born in Center
township, Mercer County, Ohio, on the old home place, July 28, 1858, and is a son of Wesleyt and Mary A. (Perkins)
Copeland, and a grandson of Abner and Anna (Morgan) Copeland, who moved in 1834 from Greene County, Ohio, to Auglaize
County, where they spent the remainder of their days.
Wesley Copeland was born in Greene County, Ohio, November 25, 1825, and in 1834 accompanied his parents to Auglaize
County. In the fall of 1853, he moved to Mercer County, and located on a farm of 16o acres. To this he has made
additions, first of 4o acres and later of another tract of 4d acres, and still later added 93 acres, making a total
of 333 acres. With the assistance of our subject and his other sons he has cleared all this with the exception
of 105 acres. He taught school for some time in Auglaize County, but the greater part of his time has been devoted
to general farming and stock raising. Mr. Copeland is a Republican and has held several township offices. He is
a member of the United Brethren Church. He married Mary A. Perkins, who was born in Richland County, Ohio. They
had seven children: Jennie, deceased, who was the wife of James Connor, of Wapakoneta, Ohio; Elscina, who married
W. J. Wollam and resides in Oklahoma; Eli Franklin, who lives near Rockford; Sylvester Kennedy; William Alpheus.
who lives at Mendon; Nettie, who married Isma H. Malick, and resides in Center township; and Edith, who married
Thomas P. Kiser, of Indianapolis.
Sylvester K. Copeland was reared on his father's farm and received his early education in the district schools.
He attended college at Valparaiso, Indiana, and also the Ohio Normal University, at Ada. He afterwards taught school
one year in Auglaize County, and three years in Mercer County, two of these in Center township. After his marriage
he moved to the farm of his father in law, where he remained for one year, and then he returned to the home farm
until 1890, when he moved to Celina and engaged in the hardware business under the firm name of Wust, Winter &
Copeland, in which business he remained for one year. Mr. Copeland then settled on his present farm where he has
since been engaged in general farming and stock raising, making a specialty of Polled Durham cattle. He now has
about 4o head of high grade and pedigreed stock. In 1902 he built the finest barn in this section of the country,
the main part of which is 36 by 68 feet with a Wing, 36 by 50 feet, and with box stalls 10 feet square. In 1887
he erected a comfortable home, which he has further improved.
Mr. Copeland was married (first), in 1886, to Lida Siler, a native of Center township, Mercer County, Ohio, and
a daughter of John and Mary (Tullis) Siler. Two children were born to this union: Ray and Virgie. Mrs. Copeland
died December 3, 1897, aged 31 years, 9 months and 17 days. He was married (second), in 1899, to Grace Whyte, a
native of Indiana, and a daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (Munger) Whyte, who were residents until their death
in Montgomery County, Ohio, near Dayton.
Thomas Whyte and wife were the parents of eight children, as follows: Albert H., deceased; Warren M., who resides
at Washington, D. C., where he is in the cornice business;. Alice, a resident of Dayton, Ohio; Thomas D., a mechanic
at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Jessie, a teacher at Dayton, Ohio; Grace; Lincoln A., who resides on the old home
place, which he owns; and William G., who is a mechanic at Springfield, Ohio. By a former marriage, to Elizabeth
Conwell, Mr. Whyte had a daughter, Elizabeth, who is the wife of J. H. Groves, of Rushville, Indiana.
In national politics, Mr. Copeland votes with the Republican party, but in State and local contests he is an independent.
He has been a member of the Board of Education for many years and for 10 of these was its president. He is a member
of the United Brethren Church.
History of Mercer County, Ohio
and Representative Citizens
Edited & Compiled by: Hon. S. S. Scranton
Published by: Biographical Publishing Company
Mercer County, Ohio Biographies
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