Query: Copeland

I have been researching my Copeland ancestors for some time and have found that my gggrandfather , Colson Copeland (b. 1801) was a blacksmith/farmer and lived for some time in Wood Cty Texas.  The family was last on the 1870 census.  My widowed gggrandmother is listed on the 1880 census living with her son in Arkansas.  Colson must have died sometime between 1870 and 1879 as he is not listed in the 1880 mortality index.  Is there a way to find out his date/cause of death in Wood County at that time?  Thank you in advance for any information. Debbie Sharrow  debsharrow@aol.com

Native American Lifestyles

Kathy Lynn Copeland and husband Joe brought and explained artifacts which gave us insight into the lifestyles of members of the Cherokee nations in the 18th and 19th Century at the November society meeting. Mixed in was history of the Cherokees from arrival in the Americas to their southeastern United States lives and then their forced removal to the Indian Territory.


Especially interesting were the stories passed down from their ancestors including how the coyote, blue birds, and red birds got their colors. Also, Kathy related the tale of how the poor old rabbit lost its long, beautiful tail.

Minutes and the Treasurer’s Report of the November 16, 2009 meeting are posted in the File Archive in the right column.

Reminder: Cherokee Program at Monday Meeting

Just a reminder about events for our regular meeting day on Monday, November 16 at the meeting room of the Quitman Public Library:

3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at the library — A jewelry party at the meeting room serving as a society fund raiser and provided by Kathy Lynn and Joe Copeland who are presenting our Cherokee Culture program Monday evening. Some of the jewelry will feature turquoise and other natural stones. You and your guests and the public are all invited.

5:30 p.m. — Our monthly pre-meeting dutch-treat gathering at Peralta’s on Highway 37 in Quitman. This is for those who wish to come, but everyone is invited. It’s just a chance to visit.

7:00 p.m. — Our regular monthly meeting at the Quitman Public Library meeting room at 202 E. Goode Street (Highway 154) in downtown Quitman will feature Kathy Lynn and Joe Copeland presenting a second program on “Cherokee Culture, Artifacts and Traditional Stories.”

They will be bringing their Pyramid Tent, the artifact exhibit, as well as the living history exhibit for life in the 1750’s-1800’s for the Cherokee. The latter does include household items, foods, medicinal herbs, etc, such as clothing, toys and games and more. Kathy will be telling Traditional Cherokee Stories with her Story Table. She will have books she has written on the Cherokee Indians and will have Native American and Custom made Jewelry for sale after the meeting. We encourage you to bring a guest. The public is always invited to our programs.

This is our last regular meeting until January, and we hope all in traveling distance will make a special effort to attend.

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