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The James Wilson Cope Family of LA, NC, PA, IL, TX, and FL

Updated September 29, 2003

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Hi! My name is James Wilson Cope. I am a direct line descendant of Johann Jost Cope [my 6th greatgrandfather]and his wife, Dorothea Barbara Germany, born before 1700 in Prussian Saxony, Germany. Before immigrating to America, they had a son, Johann Nicholas [my 5th greatgrandfather], born in Heidelburg, Germany, in the year 1717. When Nicholas was 10 years of age, he and his parents, who were Lutherans, travelled from Wuertemberge, Prussian Saxony, Germany, to Amsterdaam, Holland, where they boarded the good ship "Adventurer," which sailed to Philadelphia harbour, PA, and arrived there on October 2, 1727. According to the passenger list, there were 53 Palentines registered and Johann Jost was the sixth name of the list. Johann Jost purchased land in Pennsylvania, and again later, in Maryland, and became one of the first German Pioneer farmers in the area.
Of all of his children, Johann Nicholas was the only child to move, with his wife, Catherine Goebbel, to North Carolina.

I have been doing Cope Family research for about 5 years and have, on CD-ROM disc, over 1800 names of descendants and relatives. The family tree is put together using Family TreeMaker and include a lot of information on individuals and their histories. Nicholas and Catherine had a son named Georg Philip who married Catherine Bostian, and he was a guard at the Salisbury Goal, North Carolina during the American Revolution.
They had a son, John Andrew, who had a son named James who married Margaret Melissa Plunkett. They had a son, Robert Wilson, who married Mary Elizabeth Spears, [my greatgrandfather] after the War Between the States. Robert Wilson enlisted in July, 1861, in Company F., 1st North Carolina Cavalry, [considered, by General James Ewell Brown Stuart, and others, to be the finest cavalry unit in the Army of Northern Virgina]. Private Robert Wilson was wounded during the third cavalry charge on July 3, 1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg. After 30 days furlough/sick leave, he rejoined the group and continued until the unit disbanded prior to Appomatox Courthouse surrender. Robert had a brother, James William, who enlisted in Company F., 57th North Carolina Infantry, as a Private, was promoted to Corporal, and fought in numerous battles and charges until he was captured at the Battle of Chancelorsville, VA, May 1863. He was a Union POW until paroled for exchange and very soon afterward, contracted gastro interitis from dysentary and died from the effects of it July 6, 1863, three days after Robert was wounded.

I am very much interested in Southern Heritage and am proud to be a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and a member of the Colonel Leon Dawson Marks Camp, #1596, in Shreveport, LA.

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