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Rev. William Edgar Copeland

SOURCE: History of Texas, Together with a Biographical History of Milam, Williamson, Bastrop, Travis, Lee and Burleson Counties. (Chicago, IL: Lewis, 1893), p. 707 & 708.

Rev. W. E. Copeland, minister and railroad agent at Rockdale, Texas, was born at Dumfries, Scotland. He received a superb education at a college at Dumfries, coming to America in 1858. Immediately our subject came to Washington, Texas, by way of Galveston, and conducted a sawmill until the breaking out of the Civil war, when he proved his devotion to his adopted country by enlisting in the defense of his section.

In April 1861 he entered Company H, Fourth Texas Infantry, and soon took part in the battle of Eltham's Landing, and then the battle of Seven Pines, where he was wounded. For twenty-two years he carried that wound in his ankle, until 1884, when an amputation became necessary, since which time out subject has been enjoying good health.

Not withstanding his wound, our subject did service in the Quartermaster's Department and the War Department at Richmond, and he was a good penman. His service ended in 1864, and for a time he nursed his wound, then rented a sawmill, sawed up cedar brake, and about that time was converted and soon afterward entered the ministry of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, and since 1873 has been filling the pulpits. At present he is serving the church at Rockdale, having served this people for the past thirteen years. Eleven years ago he moved to his present farm. His work on this place has always been in favor of education and morality. For eleven years he has been Sunday-school superintendent, and through his encouragement and assistance the public schoolhouse was built, he at that time serving as Mayor of the place.

Mr. Copeland has been in the employ of the railroads as agent and operator for some time, holding his present position for the past three and one-half years, in which he gives entire satisfaction. Our subject has lately met with serious loss by fire, whereby his house and fine library were destroyed.

Our subject was married March 4, 1887, to a lady who was a widow of James Clark, and they became the parents of four children: John Copeland, who died in 1887, at the age of eighteen years: James Copeland, who is ticket clerk for our subject; Robert Copeland, who is on the auditing board of the Palestine Railroad; and Mary Copeland, who graduated at the Rockdale public school. Mr. Copeland is a man who possesses the esteem of every resident of the little city of Rockdale.

NOTE: He was married to the former Elizabeth Amanda Pillow and was the son of James & Jane Copeland. He died on 23 May 1924 in Milam Co., Texas and was buried in the Old City Cemetery, Rockdale, Milam Co., TX

We must say a special thank you to Sylvia Thomas of Georgetown, Texas, for typing the above biographical sketch for use on the Milam County TXGenWeb site.

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