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Cope Family Papers

 Collection
Identifier: SFHL-RG5-178

Scope and Contents

The Cope family was a Quaker family of Chester County and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland. The collection contains extensive family correspondence, genealogical papers and legal papers, a journal (1832) of Ann (Shoemaker) Janney, and other papers of the Cope and related Yarnell, Shoemaker, and Janney families. The largest part of the correspondence is that of Rebecca (Shoemaker) Cope, especially her correspondence with her sister, Ann (Shoemaker) Janney and her daughter Emma (Cope) Yarnell. Persons represented in the collection include Mahlon Day, Joseph John Gurney, and John Janney of Alexandria, Virginia.

Dates

  • 1792-1877

Creator

Limitations on Accessing the Collection

Collection is open for research

Copyright and Rights Information

Friends Historical Library believes all of the items in this collection to be in the Public Domain in the United States, and is not aware of any restrictions on their use. However, the user is responsible for making a final determination of copyright status before reproducing. See http://rightsstatements.org/vocab/NoC-US/1.0/.

Biographical / Historical

The Cope family in America descended from Oliver Cope who settled in northern Delaware, arriving from England in the late 1680s. His son, John Cope, joined the Society of Friends, and his and succeeding generations were active in Quaker affairs. John Cope married twice, the second time in 1721 to Charity Jefferis Evans. They were members of Bradford Monthly Meeting, and their son, Caleb, was born in 1736. Caleb Cope (1736-1824) was married in 1760 at Bradford Monthly Meeting to Mary Mendenhall (died 1809).

Their son, Jasper Cope (1775-1856) was married in 1800 at Philadelphia Monthly Meeting, Northern District, to Rebecca Shoemaker (1781-1856). She was the daughter of Joseph and Abigail (Jones) Shoemaker. Rebecca's sister, Ann Shoemaker (1772-1837), married John Janney (1765-1823) of Alexandria Monthly Meeting, Virginia, at Frankford Monthly Meeting in Philadelphia, 1817. He died in 1823 while on a sea voyage, a trip recorded in a journal kept by his wife.

Jasper Cope was a dry goods merchant in Baltimore, establishing the firm of Cope and Company. Rebecca and Jasper Cope had seven children, including Emma (b. 1808) who married Charles Yarnell, son of Ellis and Mary Horner Yarnell, in 1834. Emma and Charles Yarnell also had seven children, including Ellis Horner, Charles, and Amy, who are represented in the correspondence.

Extent

1 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

Language

English

Overview

The Cope family was a Quaker family of Chester County and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland. The collection contains family correspondence, genealogical papers and legal papers, a journal (1823) of Ann (Shoemaker) Janney, and other papers of the Cope and related Shoemaker, Yarnell, and Janney families. Individuals represented include Mahlon Day, Joseph John Gurney, and John Janney.

Arrangement

  1. Family Papers & Journals
  2. Correspondence

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donor: The source of the bulk of collection is unknown, but apparently there were several donors to create a manucript collection. The papers are grouped around the family of Rebecca Shoemaker and Jasper Cope. From internal evidence, the papers seem to have descended through their daughter, Emma, who married Charles Yarnell; their family is also represented in the correspondence.

Donor: Sarah A. G. Smith (Alfred Cope MSS), 1962

Processing Information

The collection was originally stored as a manuscript collection, arranged chronologically with individual items catalogued in the FHL Manuscript card catalogue. Subsequently, a checklist was created which divided the collection into two series. In 1996, the collection was transferred to Record Group 5.

Creator

Title
Cope Family Papers, 1792-1877
Author
FHL staff
Date
1996
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
English

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