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Below is a family biography included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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Hon. William Marcus Copeland, judge of the First District of the County Court of Maries County, and a farmer and stock-raiser of Jackson Township, was born in Pulaski County, Mo., in 1842, and is a son of John and Mary America (Wiseman) Copeland. John Copeland was born in Knox County, Tenn., April 26, 1819, and when twelve years of age removed to the State of Missouri with his parents, who located in Osage, now Maries County, five miles north of Vienna. John Copeland married in 1839, and located near the old homestead, from which place he removed to Pulaski County in 1841, where he lived about five years, and then returned to Maries County, settling three and a half miles north of the county seat, where he owned 320 acres of land. He died October 27, 1876. The mother of our subject was born in Knox County, Tenn., February 6, 1823, and is still living; she is the mother of eleven children, seven of whom survive, viz.: William M., Francis M., Calvin C, Albert W., John R, Telitha T., wife of Herbert Adkins, and Matilda, wife of David Helton. William Copeland, paternal grandfather of our subject, a native of Virginia, served as a soldier in the War of 1812, was one of the pioneers of Central Missouri, and died in 1862. William M. Copeland was reared to the pursuit of farming, and during the war served nine months in the State Militia in the company commanded by Capt. Beasley. August 19, 1860, he married Adaline Cowen, who was born in Maries County, Mo., in 1843, and is a daughter of David and Telitha (Martin) Cowen. To this union have been born fourteen children, viz.: Mary E., wife of David Taff; Telitha J., wife of T. J. Knobblet; Lumima E., wife of F. M. Terry; Julia, wife of George Terry; Myrialeanzadia, wife of S. B. Twilliger; Calvin C, David A., Granville M., Ida E., John L., Minnie A., Lorenzo D., Lannie M. and William O. After his marriage Mr. Copeland located six miles northwest of Vienna; he has ever since resided in Maries County, and re moved to his present farm, three-quarters of a mile southwest of Vienna, about 1885. He owns 160 acres of land, and is an enterprising farmer and respected citizen of the county. He served as justice of the peace in Boone Township, and in the fall of 1888 was elected on the Democratic ticket as judge of the First District of the County Court. Mr. and Mrs. Copeland are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.

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This family biography is one of 37 biographies included in The History of Maries County, Missouri published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Maries County, Missouri History, Genealogy, and Maps

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