From the book "HISTORY AND BIOGRAPHY, COUNTIES OF WHITE AND PULASKI INDIANA. Historical and Biographical. Illustrated. Chicago; F. A. Battey & CO., Publishers. 1883." page 398, Liberty Township, White County, Indiana
"JESSE L. COPE was born in Jefferson County, Indiana, July 1, 1817, and is one of eight children in the family of DAVID and CHARLOTTE (TRUIT) COPE, which children were born in the following order: ELIZABETH, JOHN, MINERVA, MARY, CHARLOTTE, JESSE, MARGARET and NANCY. Of these, MARY, JESSE and NANCY only are living. The father was born in Kentucky and died when JESSE was very young in Jefferson County, Indiana. At the age of eighteen, JESSE went with his mother to Tippecanoe County, Indiana, and in January, 1850, he came to this county and located about three miles northeast of Monticello, and then, some five or six years later, moved to his present place, a farm of 120 acres six miles northeast of said town. He was married, February 14, 1849, to THURZA ANN STACKHOUSE, who has borne him three children - WILLIAM (deceased), MARY J. and GEORGE. In April, 1868, he was elected Township Trustee, and served two terms. He has been a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church since 1856, and enjoys the full confidence and esteem of his townsmen."