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Re: Copp Family History of NY/MASS
Posted by: M. Patricia White (ID *****7864) Date: September 06, 2010 at 12:22:01
In Reply to: Copp Family History of NY/MASS by Thomas Edward Geoly of 575

I have a William T Copp who was married to Judith Ichenor that were living in Boston, married 1634. William's birthdate differs (Nov 9 1589). Here is a quote I found concerning this family. Hope this helps



The Copp family donated Copps Hill to the city of Boston. There are many famous people buried there such as Paul Revere and many of the Mayflower Pilgrims. Both the Copp family and the Greenlaw family branch back to above five pilgrims of the Mayflower. William Copp and two of his brothers, Anthony Copp and Walter Copp have been indentified in England.

William came to America from England June 17, 1635 on the barque "Blessing", commanded by Capt. John Leicestger. He is described on the passenger list as a "cordwainer", (shoemaker), age 26. He was admitted to the First Church of Boston, June 20, 1640 (some allege that he was a member of Cotton and Increase Mather's church (the "Old North", of Second Church of Boston, but the Copp's kept their membership in the First Church for many years after the Second Church was established.)

Soon after arriving in Boston, William acquired a half-acre of land on the waterfront overlooking the Charles River at the head of Prince Street-called the "Mill Field" because of a windmill used to grind corn and grain that was located on it-subsequently called Mill Hill, Snow Hill, then Copp's Hill; maybe named after William, but more likely after his son Elder David Copp.

The North End where William lived became a very prosperous area, declining only after the Revolutionary War. By that time, the Copp's were gone from Boston. William's will of Oct. 31, 1662 was admitted to probate & Feb. 1670. He was a wealthy man for that period, owning two houses and outbuildings in Boston, plus 100 acres "beyond Braintree".

We descended from the son Elder David Copp and Obedience Topliffe. Then thru the son Deacon Jonathon Copp and Catherine Lay.

Descendants of William Copp of Copp's Hill in authenticated lines, through his older son, Elder David Copp of the First Church of Boston.

(New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 62(4):338-370 provided by Shane Symes


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