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Descendants of Lawrence Copeland Sr

Generation No. 1

1. LAWRENCE COPELAND1 SR was born Abt. 1590 in Dolphin Leigh, England. He married RUTH 1609. She was born Abt. 1590.

Notes for L

'The Lancashire Branch (of the Copelands) has been traced back to 1500. One section living in Dolphin Leigh had very hard luck. The head of this Branch, Lawrence Copeland was a solid Roundhead, and for his religious faith he appears to have died. His estates were sequestered by the Crown for recusancy. The eldest son Robert, tried to obtain these estates; but, the result.... 'Claim allowed with arrears from the fathers death on fuller proof of the death and on the sons taking the Oath of Adjuration'' Robert does not appear to have done this and it is believed he and his brother, Lawrence, sailed to America. The other two sons, John and Thomas, are believed to have jolned their relatives in Staffordshire.' It is generally believed that Lawrence is the one who settled in Braintree, Mass. in 1630; and that John came to Virginia in 1635.' Note: Lawrence is the head of a large family of Copelands in New England, moving westward, but there is no evidence that- - had any children. Thomas went to Barbados and some of his sisters went to Virginia as spelled out in his will.
ROUNDHEADS the name given to the supporters of the parliamentary cause during the English civil war. Many Puritans, scorning gentlemen's fashions of the 17th century, wore their hair closely cropped. In 1641 bewigged or long-haired royalists insulted their Puritan opponents in Parliament by calling them Roundheads. The term was later applied to all supporters of the parliamentary rebellion, even though the leader of the Roundheads, Oliver Cromwell, wore his hair long.
Note that the dates don't agree, did John go to Virginia before his father was killed?

Children of L
2. i.   JOHN2 COPELAND, b. February 24, 1611/12, Dolphin Leigh, Dolphinhome, York County, England; d. 1682, Isle of Wight County, VA.
  ii.   LAWRENCE COPELAND JR, b. Bet. 1599 - 1612.
Massachusettes Branch Of Copelands
of Mrs. Sarah I.C. Matheson
The "emigrant" Lawrence Copeland came to Boston and settled in Braintree, Mass. sometime in the 1630's. He married late in life. He probably like most of the Massachusetts settlers, emigrated from the east coast of England. There is quite a clan of Copelands in the vicinity of Newcastle, England and have been for a very long time. The name crops up in the 13th century and probably earlier, then spelled Coupland and Couplaunde. John and William seem to be favorite names. Their crest is a 'Swan with a broken wing.'
Among the Quincy inscriptions is the following: "In memory of Mr. Lawrence Copeland,who died Dec.30,1699 with 100 years of age".settled in Brainstree (Braintry), MA in 1637. Founder of northern branch of Copeland Family.

  iii.   ROBERT COPELAND, b. Abt. 1610, Dolphin Leigh, Dolphinhome, York County, England.
  iv.   ELIZABETH COPELAND, b. Abt. 1617, Dolphin Leigh, Dolphinhome, York County, England.
  v.   FRANCIS COPELAND, b. Abt. 1619, Dolphin Leigh, Dolphinhome, York County, England.
  vi.   HENRY COPELAND, b. Abt. 1619, England.
  vii.   JAMES COPELAND, b. Abt. 1623, England.
  viii.   MARY COPELAND, b. Abt. 1623, England.
  ix.   SUSAN COPELAND, b. Abt. 1625, England.
  x.   THOMAS COPELAND, b. Abt. 1627, England; d. Barbados.

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