____________________________________________________________________________ Jim P. Copeland, planter and minister of Pike County, Ark., is a native of Arkansas, born in Pope County, May 8, 1837. His father, a farmer and school teacher by occupation, was born in 1801, and August 9, 1825, was married to Miss Sarah Webb, a Native of Tennessee, born in 1803, and the results of this union were eleven children, viz., Newton W., Paulina D., David M. (deceased), Sarah V., Jim P., Meredith W., Minerva K., Mary M. (deceased), Harriet W.., John W. (deceased) and Elizabeth (deceased). In 1828 he emigrated from Tennessee to Pope County, where he took up land and began farming. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, Pisgah Lodge No. 250. He served in the Mexican War, in Capt. Moffit's company, Yell's regiment, and participated in the battles at Cerro Gordo and Buena Vista. In his political views he was a stanch Democrat. He and wife were both members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, in which he has held office as steward and class leader for a number of years, and was on of the charter members of the church at Sulphur Springs. His wife died October 17, 1873, but Mr. Copeland is still living at the advanced age of eighty-nine years, in good health, although he has been blind since 1876. His son, the immediate subject of this sketch, was reared and educated in Pope County, attending the common country schools. January 11, 1857, he married Miss Minerva Corethers, a native of Pope County, and daughter of Andrew N. and Frances Corethers, and the same year purchased 160 acres of good land, and settled down to farming. In 1861 he enlisted in the late war, in the Confederate cause, under Gen. Churchill, in Company I, First Arkansas, McNair's brigade, and participated in many severely fought battles, among the principle ones being Oak Hill, Elkhorn, Corinth, Richmond, Perryville, Murfreesboro, Chickamauga (where he was wounded through the left arm), Dug Gap, and Resaca. At one place he had his right leg broken. He was then paroled by Col. Stevens, and returned home, and in 1865 emigrated to Dallas County, where he remained until 1870, when he moved to Pike County, purchased 240 acres of land, and commenced farming, and preaching the gospel ... He was one of the charter members, and assisted in organizing the churches at Pisgah and Brocktown. He is a minister of the Missionary Baptist Church, of which his entire family are members. The union of Mr. and Mrs. Copeland has resulted in the birth of eleven children, viz., Eudora S. (deceased), Mary A., Jim P., Jr., John S., William D., Robert T. (deceased), Patrick H., Guss Garland, Sallie F., Hicks H. and Minnie M. Mr. Copeland owns one of the finest and best stocked farms in Pike County, consisting of 1.200 acres of good land. He is a Royal Arch Mason, belong to Pisgah Lodge No. 250. He has taken a deep interest in the politics of his county, and has served as sheriff for four years. In 1884 he was elected to the Lower House, and in 1886 to the Senate. He is one of the representative men of the county, and is highly respected by all the community. ____________________________________________________________________________ Biographical and Historical Memoirs of Southern Arkansas, 1890, Pike County, pages 323-324. ____________________________________________________________________________ HTML file and design by David Kelley, 1997. All rights reserved.