Jim P. Copeland

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.                                                               
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