Welcome to my family genealogy home page. This site was created in the interest of preserving my family's histories, and is lovingly dedicated to the memories of my father John Ray Cope and my mother Nellie Cleo Lewis. It is my desire to preserve this information for their posterity.
I was born and reared with a rich heritage in the beautiful Cumberland Mountains near Crossville, Tennessee. The Cumberland Homesteads is a historical place today, located just east of Crossville Tennessee. You will find a museum there describing how the project was developed under the direction of Eleanor Roosevelt after World War I. At a time when so many families were struggling amid hard times and no work, the Homestead project was developed by the federal government to help with jobs, allowing men to work clearing land, cutting timbers, picking up the beautiful sandstone rocks, and building homes. Each home was made of beautiful sand stone unique to this part of the country, and each home was located on enough land for them to farm supplying most of their needs. The homes were then sold to the families who worked building them. To read about the history of the Cumberland Homesteads and view pictures click on the link at the bottom of the page.
My family history is the history of four men and their families. My father is a descendent of William Cope born in Virginia, abt. 1799, and Nicholas Isenberg from Federick, Maryland 1765. My mother is a descendent of John Gibson Lewis I born in South Wales 1788, and Richard Edmons, who is from Tennessee, and born around 1794. I continue to research these histories, and welcome any information you might have regarding them. To visit my new family tree on line at Ancestry Com click on the link below.