Copples in the News — A Marriage in Spokane, Washington

My extended Copple family apparently reached nearly every Western state, including California, Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Idaho and Arizona.  This article is about the upcoming wedding of Edward Clifton Copple (c 1879 – 1935) and his bride Olive Isham (1872 – 1956).

A little searching on Ancestry.com points to Edward Copple being the son of Abraham A and Marguerite Mahala (Fimple) Copple.  Edward’s great-grandparents were Jacob [Peter] Copple (c 1757 – 1821) and [Mary?] Elizabeth Garren [or Pfoutz], who are my 6th great-grandparents.

EdwardCliftonCopple_Marriage

“Michigan Girl Spokane Bride,” Spokane Chronicle (Washington) 11 May 1909, pg 6, col 7;
Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 20 September 2019)

Copples in the News — Bride of a Day goes to Prison

This story, apparently taking place in Logansport, Cass County, Indiana, is so lurid it doesn’t need an introduction.

But I did do some light searching to find out more about whether these people might be related to my own Copple line… more below.

Jessie Mary Copple Killed

Mrs. Mary [sic] Copple was apparently Junie May Harper born circa 1884, and married to a Charles Copple, born in Aug 1884 or 1885 in Missouri.  They had two girls, and had been married about 6 years at the time of her murder.  Charles was, over the years, alternately listed as mulatto or as black in the federal censuses.  Junie May (Harper) Copple was listed as white.

 

“Bride of a Day is Sent to Prison,” Spokane Chronicle (Spokane, Washington) 7 Dec 1912, pg 13, col 3; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 20 Sep 2019)

1910 U.S. census, Cass County, Indiana, population schedule, Enumeration District (ED) 26, Logansport Ward 3, page 5A, dwelling 512, Charles Copple household; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/1910uscenindex/ : accessed 22 Sep 2019); citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm publication M624, roll 342.

Lucas County, Ohio, Charles Copple – Olive Moore, 2 July 1923; “Ohio, County Marriage Records, 1774-1993,” Ancestry.com (https://www.ancestry.com/search/collections/fsmarriageohio/ : accessed 21 Sep 2019) > Lucas > 1920-1926 > img 70.

 

 

 

Copples in the News – A 50th Anniversary

Today’s post about Copples in the news is a decidedly happy one.  It is about the upcoming family reunion to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Simpson Jasper Copple (1842-1933) and his wife Alice Flora (Williamson) Copple (1847-1933). 

Simpson’s parents were Andrew Charles Copple (1814-1881) of Indiana and Christina (Fine) Copple of North Carolina.  Andrew Charles was the grandson of Jacob [Peter] Copple and M.E. Garren, my 6th-great grandparents, so Simpson is my late 2nd cousin 5 times removed.

Simpson and Alice were both natives of Illinois, and they were married on 15 June 1868 in Marion County, Illinois.  

Three of their sons are named in the article, but during Simpson and Alice’s long marriage, they raised 9 children.   The family moved from Illinois to Hood River, Oregon around 1885, and it was in Oregon that the youngest two children were born.   

SimpsonCopple_50th_Anniversary

 

“Will Have Family Reunion,” The Semi-Weekly Spokesman-Review (Spokane, Washington) 4 Jun 1918, pg 7, col 3; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 20 September 2019).

Copples in the News — Death of a 4 year old girl

I’m stealing a post idea… Randy Seaver’s “Seavers in the News“weekly posts on his blog Genea-Musings, and will start doing a series on Copples in the news.  Copple is one of my ancestral surnames — that of one of my 2nd great-grandmothers, specifically my maternal grandmother’s own maternal grandmother (Libby Copple 1861-1906).

This brief obituary is about a 5 year old (sic) girl named Margaret Bertha Copple, the daughter of Enos Eli and Bertha (Storch) Copple, who lived in Omak, Okanogan County, Washington.

Margaret was born in 1906, and died on 30 August 1910, and therefore was only 4 when she died.  The cause of her death — “infantile paralysis” is, presumably, polio, (but I could be wrong).  Her three year old brother was most likely Harold Enos Copple, who apparently survived and lived to a ripe old age.

Margaret’s father Enos Eli Copple was a native of Centralia, Marion County, Illinois, where a number of my Copple and Wright ancestors settled, moving west from southern Indiana circa 1850.

Margaret was my 4th cousin 3 times removed; our Most Recent Common Ancestors are Jacob [Peter] Copple (c 1757 – 1821) and his wife [Mary] Elizabeth Garren (or Pfoutz?), natives of Rowan County, North Carolina, who moved to Indiana around 1810.

Margaret Bertha Copple died young

“Brief City News,” The Wenatchee Daily World (Washington), 6 Sep 1910, p. 8, col. 3, para. 19; Newspapers.com (https://www.newspapers.com : accessed 20 September 2019).

Walter Bernard Dempsey, my grand-uncle: 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks, #8

Prompt (from 2018, week 25): Same Name

One of the Walter Bernard’s in my family was the fourth child of William and Mary (Lamburth) Dempsey, their third son, and an older brother of my grandfather.  Walter is enumerated with his family at 485 Potrero Avenue, San Francisco, in the 1910 Federal census (shown below).[1]

Dempsey Household SanFrancisco_1910

A few short years after the census, he was dead.  The family story was that he attended a New Year’s Day parade, some of the confetti/ticker tape got up in his nose, and he died a few days later.   His death certificate states he died of meningitis on 5 January 1918, his illness having lasted 4 days.[2] Possibly the family story, then, is true.  He seems to have gotten sick around New Year’s Day.

Here is the only photo we have of him, reportedly taken around 1915.  He definitely resembles my grandfather.

walterbernarddempsey_1914

Walter’s death certificate gives his age at death as 15 years 2 months and 11 days.  By my calculations, that makes his date of birth 25 October 1902, which doesn’t match the birth date provided on the death certificate as 24 October.  The informant on Walter’s death certificate is the “San Francisco Hospital”, although surely they would have to have gotten information from either Walter’s doctor or Walter’s parents.

Further complicating the birth date issue is the delayed birth certificate application for his younger sister Mary Loretta, applied for in March 1949, on which Mary Loretta’s mother Mary (Lamburth) Dempsey attests that Mary Loretta’s birthdate was 24 December 1902.[3]

P20-COLL-VITAL-Walter Dempsey

If Walter was born in October 1902, Mary could not have been born 2 months later.  Either Walter’s birth date and age at death is incorrect (meaning he possibly was born October 1901, and thus was 16 when he died), or Mary’s delayed birth certificate application was incorrect, meaning she was born in December 1903 rather than December 1902.  The next child along was my grandfather, born in December 1904, which leaves plenty of time for a full-term pregnancy to occur after a possible 1903 birth for Mary Loretta.

Given that both Walter, Mary Loretta and my grandfather Cassius were all born late in the year, the 1910 census information (with Walter being 8 years, Mary being 7 years, and Cassius being 5) seems to indicate that Walter was born in 1901, Mary in 1902, and my grandfather (correctly) in 1904.

In sum, one of the records (Walter’s death certificate or Mary’s delayed birth certificate) is incorrect.  It’s a tossup as to which is correct, and in some ways it doesn’t really matter so many years later.

Cite/link to this post: Cathy M. Dempsey, “Walter Bernard Dempsey,” Genes and Roots, posted 27 Feb 2019 (https://genesandroots.com : accessed (date)).

[1] 1910 U.S. census, San Francisco County, California, population schedule, Enumeration District 29, San Francisco Assembly District 31, page 9A, family 161, William J Dempsey household; digital image, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/search/db.aspx?dbid=7884 : accessed 20 September 2016); citing National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) microfilm publication T624, roll 96.

[2] California Department of Health Services, death certificate state file no. 18-002555, Walter Dempsey (1918); Center for Health Statistics and Informatics, Sacramento.

[3] San Francisco County, California, Application for Delayed Birth Certificate with accompanying affidavits, 12 March 1949, for Mary Loretta Dempsey (24 Dec 1902), sworn by Mary E Dempsey, mother; photocopy in possession of grand-niece Cathy [blog author].