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The Cope and Hartzell Connection

Updated September 8, 2005

Jacob Adlai Cope

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The German Copes, as they are referred to in Cope research, came to America at close to the same time as the Hertzells (Hartzell). First generation American Copes marrried first generation American Hartzells and the rest is a fascinating story of living in religious freedom in the Bucks County and Montgomery county area of Pennsylvania, specifically Telford, Souderton, Hatfield and up to Sellersville. The cemetary at Christ Chuch Reformed at Indian Creek, as it is now known is filled with our ancestors as well as Leidy's Cemetary.

At the beginning of WWII, Ralph Hartzell Cope was just a young school teacher. He was subsequently drafted as a private in the U.S. Army. He later applied for and was accepted into Officer's Candidate School and became an officer. He served in the South Pacific where he was awarded the Bronze Star. After the war he continued his career in the Army, and in 1950, he was transferred to Ft. Bliss, Texas in the southwestern desert next to El Paso, Texas. He came with his wife Kathryn Marie Price Cope and a young daughter Melissa to start a new life. He retired in 1962 as a Leutenant Colonel and worked civil service at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. His work involved the Hawk and Nike Hercules missile systems, the predecessors of today's Patriot missile systems used in Kuwait and Iraq. He died in 1965 at age 49, and is buried at Ft. Bliss National Cemetary, Ft. Bliss, Texas

Three sons, John, Mark, and Jacob, then bacame first generation Texans. As the old saying goes, "you can take the boys out of Pennsylvania, but you can't take Pennsylvania out of the boys." The entire family, and now their sons and daughters are instilled with ethics, hard work, and a large dose of common sense that has served them well in Texas, but surely had its roots in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. Please enjoy this website and, as time permits, see it grow as I make additions and corrections.

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