“An American Genealogy: The Copeland Family of Montgomery County” by Cousette Copeland
Using voices from the past and hundreds of vintage photographs and family trees, Cousette Copeland presents a pictorial genealogy and family history that brings alive the Copeland family of Montgomery County Kansas.
The descendants of “Earless John Copeland” the Quaker martyr moved from Alamance County North Carolina to Parke County Indiana and finally to Montgomery County Kansas in 1882. Abner and Samantha Jane Copeland traveled by train with small children, their possessions, livestock, and supplies. In Kansas, the Copelands bought and farmed land, developed the local community, and helped build S.E. Kansas’ first Friends Meeting Place (Quaker church).
Copeland also discusses her grandmother's family - the McKays and McKinlays. The McKinlays came from Glasgow Scotland in 1871; the McKays came from Indiana and then Illinois in 1880.
Copeland began with a scrap of paper, a few names, and the power of the internet and old-fashioned letter-writing skills. She tracked down almost all living descendants of the Copeland family. Compiling their stories and photos, Copeland presents a complete and fascinating retrospective of one large farming family, sharing each Copeland’s life and times. In conversations with the ancestors, Copeland allows readers to journey to the past, understanding the life and times of those Early Settlers and Old Pioneers.
“An American Genealogy: The Copelands of Montgomery County” demonstrates how others can successfully search out family history and make lifelong family connections!
After months of wrangling with the publisher over print and cover quality, I have approved the book and it is being published.
An American Genealogy: The Copeland Family of Montgomery County Kansas is available for sale.
The book will be on Amazon.com by next week. From this web site, I will have autographed copies ready to send out on August 19, 2010. The book cost is $25.00.
As a 'release' special, I am offering free shipping to the lower 48 states through Sept. 2010. After Sept., the shipping charge is $3.50.
I am so proud of this book, and am still in awe of the wonderful people that I met, and who told me the wonderful stories about the Copelands and their relations. I hope readers enjoy reading this book as much as I did in writing it!