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Cope family correspondence

Identifier: HC.MC-950-043

Scope and Content note

This collection is comprised of the correspondence of the Cope family.


  • Creation: 1833-1855


Access Restrictions

The collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Standard Federal Copyright Law Applies (U.S. Title 17).

Biographical note

Caleb Cope (1736­-1824) m. 1760 Mary Mendenhall (1738­-1809). Their son was Thomas Pim Cope (1768­1854) who m. 1792 Mary Drinker (1766-­1825).

Thomas and Mary's children included Henry Cope (1793-­1865), Francis Cope (1794­-1816), William D. Cope (1798­-1873), Caroline R. Cope (1802­ 1881), Alfred Cope (1806­1875) and Elenor Cope (1807­-1847).

Henry Cope (1793-­1865) m. 1818 Rachel Reeve (1794-­1863). Henry and Rachel's children included Mary Drinker Cope (1819-­1890), Francis R. Cope (1821-­1909), Thomas Pim Cope (1823­-1900) and Ruth Anna Cope (1834­-1879).

Francis R. Cope (1821­-1909) m. 1847 Anna Stewardson Brown (1822­-1916). Francis and Anna's children included Elizabeth S. Cope (1848­1937) who m. 1875 Alexis T. Cope (1850-­1883) and Rachel R. Cope (1850-­1939) who m. 1873 Jonathan Evans (1843-­1911). Jonathan Evans was the son of Thomas Evans (1798-­1868) and Catharine Wistar Evans (1802-­1871).

William D. Cope (1798­-1873) m. 1834 Susan Newbold (1805-­1872). William and Susan's children included Clementine Cope (1835-­1903), Edgar Cope (1838­-1895), Caroline Elizabeth Cope (1840­-1944), Annette Cope (1843-­1916) and Alexis T. Cope (1850-­1883).

Thomas Pim Cope (1768-­1854), prominent Quaker merchant, member of Philadelphia City Council and Pennsylvania legislature, was the founder of the Cope packet line ­ a mercantile shipping firm based in Philadelphia and trading with England and the Far East. His sons, Henry and Alfred later took on the business themselves when their father withdrew from the company in 1829. Their brother, William D. Cope (1798­-1873), settled in Susquehanna County, Pa. where William looked after his father's land interests, establishing his home at "Woodbourne." Henry's sons, Francis R. Cope (1821-­1909) and Thomas Pim Cope (1823-­1900) also joined the shipping firm, continuing it as Cope Brothers after the death of their father in 1869 and the withdrawal of their uncle Alfred. The company was sold in 1880.

Henry Cope (1793-­1865) was the founder of the family enclave "Awbury." During the 1850s he bought about 40 acres in Germantown (Philadelphia, Pa.) and built his house there. Henry and Rachel's children were raised at Awbury and in turn built their own homes on the property. (See "Stokes Cope Emlen Evans: genealogical charts of four closely associated Germantown families" by Francis Joseph Stokes, Jr. for more on Awbury, including a map showing the various houses, dates of construction and original owners).


.1 linear ft. (2 folders)

Language of Materials



This collection is comprised of the correspondence of the Cope family.



Related Materials

  • MC 1013 Thomas P. Cope family papers
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  • MC 1242 Cope-Evans family papers

Processing Information

Processed by Kara Flynn; completed January 2016.

Cope family correspondence, 1833-1855
Kara Flynn
January 2016
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