Rebecca Gilmore Copeland was born in Armagh about 1755. In 1850 she lived in the household of her son Charles in Spartanburg, South Carolina. At that time she enslaved a woman aged 55, a boy aged ten and a girl aged eight. Rebecca's husband, Alexander was born about 1754 in Armagh and died in 1836. In his will dated 1834, Alexander deeded the following enslaved people to his family:
To Rebecca Gilmore Copeland, a woman named Nance
To Charles Copeland, a man or boy named Adam
To Margaret Copeland, a girl named Belinda
To Elizabeth Copeland, a girl named Luce and a boy named Peter
To William Copeland, a man named George
To Mary Copeland, a girl named Juda
To John & Alexander Copeland, Robbin and Andrew
To Joseph Copeland, a boy named Spencer
(all accessed 20 Sept. 2023)
1834 Will of Alexander Copeland South Carolina Wills & Probate records 1670-1980 available on ancestry.com
1850 US Federal Census Spartanburg, SC
1850 Slave Schedule Spartanburg, SC
William Irwin/Erwin was born in Roscommon, Ireland about 1818. He was a schoolmaster. The 1850 U.S. Federal Census recorded him in the town of Greenville. Amelia Reinhardt (his wife) with sons Thomas (age 4), William (born 1850) and daughter Catherine (age 2) were also in his household as were James Bradshaw, a student born in Ireland and John Bradshaw, born in New Jersey.
At that time he enslaved a 52 year old man and a 16 year old girl.
By 1860, he was living in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He was recorded as a teacher with Real Estate of $10,000 and Personal Estate of $3,000. He enslaved two women, one aged 24 and the other aged 17.
He died in Spartanburg 2 July 1893 and is buried at the Episcopal Church of the Advent in Spartanburg.
1850 U.S. Federal Census, Greenville, South Carolina
1850 Slave Schedule, Greenville, South Carolina
1860 U.S. Federal Census, Spartanburg, South Carolina
1860 Slave Schedule, Spartanburg, South Carolina
1870 U. S. Federal Census, Spartanburg, South Carolina
Martine Brennan (Curator) While every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this work, mistakes may occurr. If you offer a correction, please provde documentation or a link to an historical document. Many thanks. MB
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