AARON COPELAND1, 1, 2 was born Sep 1762 in Orange Co/Chatham Co North Carolina, and died 09 May 1839 in Orangeburg, Orangeburg Co, South Carolina.
Notes for AARON COPELAND: Aaron Copeland Revolutionary War Pension File Page 1 and 2 are the same South Carolina; Copeland or Copland, Aaron; File #R2308
Page 3 The State of South Carolina} Chesterfield District} On this the 29 day of Sept AD 1835 appeared in the Green Court of Common Pleas at Chesterfield Court House, before his honour AP Butler the Presiding Judge of this said Court, Aaron Copeland, aged Seventy Three or Seventy Four years, who upon oath made the following declaration in order to obtain a Pension under the Act of Congress passed June 7, 1832. That he was born in Chatham County in the State of North Carolina that his age was recorded in a family bible that was burned up in his father's house when the deponent was alive and is two years and a half older than himself. That he was living in Chesterfield District at the time entered the service and was at the time of his so entering this service not quite sixteen years of age and was drafted by one Capt Benjamin Hicks in the militia deponents father applied to Col Kobb to get deponent discharged on account of his age but was told by Col. Kobb that deponent was so near sixteen years old that he had as well serve so that deponent continued in this service of militia at Aurora Hill in the District and State aforesaid guarding the public garrison deposited there for the army from the ?? which was confiscated there. This was in the Spring of the year before Gates defeated Camden.___? Discharged from Capt John Wilson who commanded the ?? in the fall of the same year, or in the winter, was drafted a second time and served one month under Capt Thomas Ellerbe, Col Murphy. Marched to Marions Camp on the Santee River ???? and did so. In the winter of ? of the Spring of the following year was drafted again and served one month under Capt Claudius Pegues(?) in the militia service on and near the Santee River in Marions camps which was at the time below the High Hill of Santee. When the month expired, deponent returned home. In the state of the same year deponent volunteered under Capt? Howell under the command of Col Wade in a troop of ? marched from Chesterfield to Hailey's Ferry on the Pee Dee River, then to Betts Bridge on Drowning Creek in No. Ca when there was an engagement with the Tories under Col Flemming and Col Ellrod and Col McNeill - Americans were defeated
Page 4 continued
Deponent lost his horse saddle and bridle and suit of clothes after this defeat he returned home having served at this time six weeks. He staid at home until he was ? and joined Col Wade again?? in a troop of ?? the month of November in the same year went to Anson County to rejoin? crossed again at Hailey's Ferry and marched down towards Wilmington No Carolina. Had no engagement deponent served four weeks and returned home. In the winter of the same year or the 1st of the succeeding year deponent went over to Marlborough Dist So. Ca. and volunteered under Capt Pledger of the militia and served four weeks. Marched down towards Maccamaw River and then abouts in Precinct of ? Capt Nicajah ?? who commanded a bridge of Tories did ?? him and returned home without having any engagements. Deponent has no documentary evidence of his services but knows of one James McMillan and Ripley Copeland who served with him in Marion's Camps and can testify to his service. He ? swears that for the priods above mentioned he was either in the field or in garrison and was not engaged in any civil pursuit. He hereby relinquishes all claim to any pension except this precinct and declares that his name is not on the Pension Role of the agency of any Sate.
Sworn to and signed for this 29 Sept 1838 John Craig CCP Signed by Aaron Copland South Carolina Chesterfield District} James McMillin swears that Aaron Copeland was in the service of the state one month in Marion's Camps and that deponent served with him under Capt. Thomas Ellerbe but does not recollect the year. Sworn to and signed before me in open court 29 Sept 1835 Hugh Craig James McMillan His Mark
The State of South Carolina} Chesterfield District}
On this fourteenth day of May AD one thousand eight hundred and fifty three personally appeared before me J.C. Craig Ordinary duly authorized to administer oaths within and for the Distric and State aforesaid, Arichibald Copeland aged Fifty years a resident of Chesterfield District in the State of South Carolina was being duly sworn according to law declared that he is the son and only living heir of the identical Aaron Copeland who was a private in the company commanded by Captain Thomas Ellerbe in the Revolutionary War that his Father the said Aaron was honourably discharged at the termination of the war, but if in ? the said discharge was afterwards destroyed by fire when his dwelling and all his property with three or four valuable homes was so consumed, and this deponent has no means of ascertaining the exact time when he enlisted or draughted for what time he was so enlisted or draughted or how long he served. And this deponent further states that he has been informed and believes that his said Father intermarried with one Polly Melton deponents mother and the daughter of one Isham Melton of the District and State aforesaid about the year 1784, that Aaron Copeland died about the year 1839 having survived his wife about six or seven years leaving ten children of whom deponent is the sole survivor. All which facts as to the service of the said Aaron will
Page 6 continued
Appear by the muster rolls of his company. He ? this declaration and deponent further says that the said Aaron or any one for him has never received any pay whatever from the government for his services but died while making preparations to present his application therfor this deponent makes this declaration for the purpose of obtaining the pay, bounty land, extra pay pensions and whatever else he may be entitled to in behalf of his said Father's services under the Acts of Congress passed from time to time for thaat purpose
Sworn to before me the day and year above written and I hereby certify that I believe the said Archibald Copeland to be the son and sole heir of the identical Aaron Copeland who served as aforesaid and that he is of the age above stated J.C. Craig Ordinary C.D.
Signed by Archibald Copeland
Note: Aaron Copeland served in Revolutionary War. Documentation of his brothers that served can be found on his RW pension application. Aaron and Polly Melton's marriage date is shown as 1784 in the Final Application for RW Compensation Article published in the Darlinton Flag, Vol 6, No 4, Fall 1994, p. 37, "Article Published in Farmers Gazette and Cheraw Advertiser, 29 May 1840. The notice was addressed to the children of Aaron Copeland, decessed, saying that they were entitled to a share of their father's estate. Listed wre: Sons 1) Moses, 2) Thomas, 3) Elisha, 4) James and daughters 5) Mary Swor, 6) Dolly West. -- Garrett R.J. Copeland's Family Tree 9 May 2005 and Anderson and Allied Families of Laura Sweat
Per Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia, Folks Huxford Aaron Copeland and Pollie were said to have 12 children, however 3 names are unknown. Aaron served 2 or 3 enlistments in the Revolutionary War in in the South Carolina militia, between 1777 and 1781. He moved about 1787 to N. Orangeburg District, SC and from there to Chesterfield District, SC where he lived until his death May 9, 1839. He is listed in the 1790 census in Orangeburg. Pollie survives him and died in the 1840s.
Volume VII of "Pioneers of Wiregrass Georgia", Folks Huxford: page 95
COPELAND, AARON 1762-1839 South Carolina
Aaron Copeland, Revolutionary War ancestor of a number of Wiregrass Georgians, was born in Chatham County, N.C., c 1762, son of Nicholas Copeland, c 1710- c 1775, and his wife Dorothy, of Essex County, Va. Aaron Copeland married in 1784 in Chatham County, N.C., Pollie Melton, born 1770 in N.C., daughter of Isham Melton. They were said to have had twelve children but the names of all of them are not known. The following were their known children: 1. Lott (vol I) b. 1785 m. 1st Ellender Rice; 2nd Susan Guess, dau. of John Jr. 2. Nancy b. 1789 m. --?-- Copeland (cousin) 3. James b. 1791 m. (unknown) 4. John Whetstone b. 1793 m. (unknown) 5. Elizabeth b, 1795 m. Samuel Surrency, 1812 (vol III) 6. Archibald b. 1802 m. Mary --?-- 7. Joseph b. 1806 m. (unknown) 8. Catherine b. 1810 m. John White, 1829 9. Mary Caroline b. 1812 m. Jesse Howell (vol III)
Aaron Copeland served two or three enlistments in the Revolutionary War inthe South Carolina militia, between 1777 and 1781. He moved about 1787 to North Orangeburg District, S.C., and from (photocopy ends)
Farmer's Gazette and Cheraw Advertiser, 29 May 1840, a notice appeared addressed to the children of Aaron Copeland, deceased, saying they were entitled to a share in their father's estate. Listed were Moses, Thomas, Elisha, James and daughters, Mary Swor and Dolly Cook. It is possible that John was not included because he was lost to the others or that he may already have been notified. -- quoted in the Darlington Flag, Vol 6, no 4, Fall, 1994 -- Robert Dale Sweeney
"On May 14, 1853, Archibald Copeland, age 50 years of Chesterfield District, testified that he was the only living child of Aaron Copeland and his wife Polly Melton, that Aaron died about 1839, having survived his wife by six or seven years leaving ten children." This was from their son. According to this Polly died about 1832/33. -- Coming to America "The Melton's/Milton's" by Michael Leisure StubbyVNVLV@aol.com,Rootsweb
The actual land grant received in Chesterfield County by Aaron Copeland has been recorded and reads as follows: State of South Carolina I do hereby certify for Aaron Copeland a tract of land containing four hundred fifty acres surveyed for him 11th February, 1797, situate in Cheraw District, and hath shape, form, markings, buttings and boundaries as the above plat represents. Given under my hand this 6th day of March 1797. Bn. Waring Surveyor Gen. Erasamus Power, Deputy Surveyor
The plat shows the tract to have been located on Cedar and Thompton's Creeks, and to have been bounded by the lands of Ann Copeland, Edward Cane, Daniel Mc____, Richard Graves, Archelam Melton and ____ Melton, and the state lien. Nearby were the lands of his brother Ripley and those of Moses, probably a nephew.
Aaron Copeland was listed in the 1790 Census, Orangeburg District, North Part, South Carolina, Image 0344, Roll: M637-11. He was also listed in the 1820 U.S. Census, Chesterfield County, South Carolina, pg. 122, Township 02010100110, Federal Population Schedule, SC 1820 Federal Census Index, ID #SC320279744
406 COPELAND FAMILY My Great-Great Grandfather, Aaron Copeland 1762-1839 was a Private in a South Carolina unit during the American Revolutionary War. He married Polly Melton and they had 10 children, one of which was my great grandfather John Copeland 1793-1865. John married Sarah Massey and they had 10 children, one of which was my grandfather Massey Copeland 1824-1901. Sarah died in 1857 and John married Ruth Watson and they were the parents of Charles and Frances. John volunteered from South Carolina in the War of 1812, and for his service he received a Land Grant in the Hurdlow area of Moore County. He was a farmer and elder in the Primitive Baptist Church. Most Copeland's in a wide area of Southern Middle Tennessee could be traced back to John Copeland. Nicholas, son of John and Sarah Copeland, was a private in Capt. C.H. Bean's Company, Tennessee Volunteers, which became Company G, 41st Regiment, TN Infantry, Confederate States Army. He enlisted in 1861 at Camp Trousdale, TN, was captured in 1862 and was discharged in 1863 at Fort Hudson, LA. (Information obtained from the Dept. of the Army, Office of the Adjutant General, Washington, D.D.). Massey Copeland married Mahalia Eslick and they had two children Newton and Martha (Tucker). After the death of Mahalia, Massey married Eady Evaline Tucker. To this union were born: William 1849-1942, married Anne Stublefield; John LaFayette 1851-1929; James Massey 1853*-1929, married Mattie Bray; Cordealy 1855-1957, married Jim Mitchell; Franklin Pierce 1857-19440, married Ella Newman; Fenton 1859-1945, married Susy Smith; Emily Gregory 1864-1948, married Lonnie Baites; Berry 1865-1953, married Nannie Tipps; Robert Lee 1867-1914, moved to Texas; Sarah Katherine 1869-1946, married Henry Brown, moved to Texas; Susan Lavonia 1870-1901, married Ed Spencer; Lonnie 1873-1960, married Victoria Duke; Wilson Holman 1876-1938, married Sally Spencer. Fenton and Berry were Presbyterian preachers. Lonnie and Victoria Duke were my parents. John and Sarah Copeland were buried in the Smith Cemetery on a farm on Farris Creek Road in Moore County about ten miles from Lynchburg, TN. Massey and Eady Copeland, along with their children and spouses, were buried about a mile from John and Sarah in the Oak Grove Cemetery in northeast Lincoln Co, TN. Martha and Bill Tucker and Mary Elizabeth and Jim Scott were also buried there. Buried in the Flintville Cemetery, Flintville, TN were Fenton and Susy Copeland; Lonnie and Victoria Copeland; and Wilson Holman and Sally Copeland. Buried in Copeland, Alabama (named in his honor) were Berry and Nannie Copeland. Submitted by Carl Copeland, P.O. Box 72, Lynchburg, TN 37352 pg 152-153, The Heritage of Morre County, TN 1871-2004
Aaron Copeland was born in 1762 and died May 9, 1839. During the American Revolutionary War he served as a private soldier in a unit from Orangeburgh, South Carolina. Aaron's brother, Ripley Copeland, serving with the main body of the Continental Army under the command of General George Washington, spent the bitter winter of 177? at Valley Forge. John Copeland was one of ten children of Aaron and Polly Copeland. John was born in South Carolina in March, 1893 of Scotch-Irish descent. He volunteered and served as a private soldier in the War of 1812 in the company of Captain McNeil which was under the command of a Colonel Rutledge. He served for the duration of the war and was discharged at Hendrix Point, South Carolina. John married Sarah Massey, and from this union there were ten children. He served as a minister in the Primitive Baptist Church. As compensation for his military service he received a grant of land in hte vicinity of Marble Hill and Hurdlow. One of John and Sarah's sons was William, who operated a store at Marble Hill and later laid the cornerstone for Flintville's distilling industry. Another son was Massey who married Mahalia Eslick. She bore him a son, Newton, and a daughter Martha. Mahalia died at a young age and Massey later married Eady Evaline Tucker with whom he had fourteen children. -- pp 327-8, Flintville-A People's History, Ida Simms, 1990
More About AARON COPELAND: Date born 2: 17622 Date born 3: 1762, Chatham Co, NC.3 Date born 4: 1762, Chatham County, NC.3 Census 1: 1790, Orangeburg District,North Part,South Carolina,Image 0344,Roll: M637_11. Census 2: 1820, Chesterfield County, South Carolina,pg 122,Township 02010100110,ID#SC320279744. Died 2: 09 May 1839, Chesterfield Co, SC.3 Died 3: 09 May 1839, Chesterfield County, SC.3 Military service: Revoltionary War: Served in South Carolina Militia 1778-1781.