Marriage: LESTER, Martha on Sep 22, 1740 in , , NJ, USA 12
Died: Bef Dec 1, 1767
There are some sources from the early 1900's that state that Moses and Martha came to America from England. (C-356, 1519f) This has been shown to simply be a misinterpretation of the truth, as the Coppocks had been in America from England originally since the 1680's. (C-710)
It should be noted that all of the early 1900 records of many separate family members who submitted information to A.E.Krell, several of them state that they were descended from Moses and Martha Scarr Coppock. Martha Lester was the supposed widow of a Mr. Scarr before she married Moses. (C-683) The marriage record for Moses Coppock and Martha Lester in NJ Colonial Records, doesn't support this, as she is simply listed as Martha Lester.
Moses is listed as Moses in his father's will, but is listed as Moses William in many family lineages of him. This is a confusion with a Moses William Coppock who was a likely nephew of this Moses (son of his brother, Bartholomew?). (C-1304d, 1348)
His birth is recorded at Chester Monthly Meeting, PA on 2d 5m 1708. He was willed 338 acres in Marlborough, Chester Co., PA in his grandfather, Bartholomew Sr.'s will in 1718 while still a youth. On Jan 26/27, 1729, he deeded 140 acres of this away to Francis Widlo of Marlborough when he had attained a majority in years. On Aug. 4, 1730, he sold 198 acres or the rest of the property he had been given by his grandfather, to Henry Camm, stocking weaver. Moses is listed as a yeoman of Marlborough in both of these deeds. A yeoman was the title for a farmer who owns his own land. I did not find him purchasing other land in Chester Co., PA in the abstracts through 1745. When he marries in 1740 in NJ, he is listed as "of Richalan, Bucks Co., PA". He is not however, listed in any land records for Bucks Co., Pennsylvania He was listed as a cordwainer by profession in Bucks Co., PA in the licenses in Trenton, NJ. (C-2137, 2221)
In the NC Colonial Records, a Moses was enlisted in the Cherokee (French and Indian) Wars in Andrew Hampton's Co., under Col. Wm. Eaton of Granville Co., N.C. This record was dated 10/8/1754. This war service might apply to this Moses who would have been aged about 46 or his nephew, Moses William who would have been about age 18 at the time. Whoever the Moses is that is listed in Granville Co. Muster Rolls in 1754, is listed in the tax records for Granville Co., NC in 1755 with 1 white person in his household. This probably meant 1 white male over the age of 16. Females and children in the household typically weren't counted in these tax records. The next tax record to be taken in Granville wasn't till 1769 and no Coppocks were listed there at that time. I personally believe that this tax record supports the fact that the Coppock in Granville Co., NC in 1754 and 1755 was our Moses because as a general rule, the age to own land and thus be taxed at the time was commonly age 21. In all probability this rules out the 18 or 19 year old Moses William Coppock. Moses was still living in Granville, NC in May of 1763 when he signed his named Moses Coppack to a petition to repeal an extra tax on Mulato's and free negroes. It was presented to the North Carolina Council at that time. Again, however, the deed records give no further clues as there are no Coppocks involved in buying or selling land in Granville Co., NC in this time frame. The events that do place him in Granville from 1754 to 1763 disproves the statement in the "History of Coates & Coppock Families", that Moses settled in Newberry Co., SC in Feb. 1758 where his son James was born shortly thereafter. No proof has been found at this point that Moses ever lived in South Carolina. (C-1304c.2, 1519f, 2221, 2245)
There is contradictory information available about Moses's death. Many sources state that he was killed by Indians and this occurred in 1754 or 1760. His approximated death date is now sometime between May 1763 and Dec. 1767 when his wife only is listed as she petitions the Newberry, SC council for 300 acres of land on Bush River. (Note that it is the same day that son-in-law Marmaduke petitions for land). She is also listed as a widow when she actually finalizes the land deal of 300 acres in 1771 in what is then called Berkeley Co, South Carolina. Since her husband would have been the purchaser of the land in 1767 if he had been living, it can be assumed that he was dead by the Dec. 1767 date. According to letters from Mary Helen Pemberton in 1982, he was killed by Indians near White Lick Meeting house. White Lick reported to the Bush River Monthly Meeting so this still needs verified. (C-253b, 2221, 2289, 2245, 2289, E) 19
Moses married Martha LESTER, daughter of Peter LESTER and Joyce UNKNOWN, on Sep 22, 1740 in , , NJ, USA.12 (Martha LESTER was born before 1721 in , Bucks, PA, USA and died about Feb 1797 in , Newberry, SC, USA.)
Nelson, William, New Jersey Marriage Records, 1665-1800 (Baltimore, MD: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., c1982).
2New Jersey Archives, Mariage Licenses 1711-1797, Vol. 1727-1734, Cenerous to Bourne, page 57 1/2.
Diller, Corinne Hannah, Immigrant Ancestors of Miami Valley, Ohio, Quaker Families (Genealogical Aids Bulletin).
Harris, Elizabeth, Letter dated Sept. 8, 1995 from firstname.lastname@example.org in possession of Linda Coate Dudick, 648 Ulverston Dr., Gahanna, OH 43230.
5Corinne Hanna Diller to Linda Coate Dudick E-mail letter dated Feb. 17, 1996 at JDiller683@aol.com In L. Dudick files (C-683).
6Corinne Diller to Linda Coate Dudick Letter dated March 1996 at 8443 Sonneville Dr., Houston, TX 77080-3638 In Dudick Files (C-701).
7History of West Branch Quarterly Meeting of Society of Friends, West Milton, Ohio 1807-1957.
Ernest S. Park, Ancestors & Descendants of Marmaduke Coate of South Carolina and Ohio (unpub, c1950, 1960).
Eileen Davis and Judith Ireton, comps, Quaker Records of the Miami Valley of Ohio (McDowell Publications, 1980).
10Mildred Moore Huntsman to Linda Coate Dudick Letter dated Oct. 4, 1983 at Rt. 1-H Box 3, Emerson, Iowa 51533 In L. Dudick files (C-148).
11Harriet M. Blythe to Linda Coate Dudick Letter dated June 4, 1986 at 242 El Cielo, Newberry Park, CA 91320 In L. Dudick files (C-251).
12Harriet M. Blythe to Linda Coate Dudick Letter dated July 21, 1986 at 242 El Cielo, Newberry Park, CA 91320 In L. Dudick files (C-253).
13Booker, Onda Minshall Minshall Ancestry In Linda Coate files (C-1073).
14Almeda Lappin to L. Dudick Letter dated 10/1997 at 4 N. Cypress, Witchita, KS 67206 (C-1304).
15Patti Sue McCrary to Linda Coate Email letters dated 1999+ at email@example.com (C-2221).
William L. Saunders, The Colonial Records of North Carolina (Raleigh, NC: Josephus Daniels, Printer to the State, 1888).
Harrison, Bill, Email dated 2000 at MRBIL1@juno.com.
Gill, Donna Woodard, "My Coppock and Related Ancestors" at www.geocities.com/Heartland/Plains/9095/coppock.html.
Pemberton, Mary Helen, Letters dated 1982 as forwarded in an email by Mary Myer in 2000 at firstname.lastname@example.org.