Cope Family Papers, 1792-1877

(2 boxes; 1 linear ft.)

RG 5/ 178


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Abstract
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.

Background note:
BIOGRAPHICAL/HISTORICAL
1680s, 1721, 1736-1760 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).
1800-1823 Their son, Jasper (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 (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.
1808-1834 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. They also had seven children, including Ellis Horner, Charles, and Amy, who are represented in the correspondence.
Scope and content
SCOPE AND CONTENT 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.

Arrangement
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Subjects
  • Maryland -- Quakers
  • Pennsylvania -- Quakers
  • Quakers - Diaries -- 19th century
  • Quakers -- Maryland
  • Quakers -- Ocean travel -- 19th century
  • Quakers -- Pennsylvania
  • Quakers -- Social life and customs
Additional Authors and Contributors
  • Cope, Jasper, 1775-1856
  • Cope, Rebecca, 1781-1856
  • Day, Mahlon, 1790-1854
  • Gurney, Joseph John, 1788-1847
  • Janney, Ann, d. 1837
  • Janney, John, 1765-1823
  • Yarnell, Emma Cope, 1808
Credits
Processed by: FHL staff
Date: 1996
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Inventory

DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE RECORDS
Notes
Note to Researchers: To request materials, please note both the location and box numbers shown below:

Ser. 1. Family Papers

Genealogical table of the Cope, Shoemaker and Yarnall families
Tables shows the relationship of the most prominent persons represented in the collection.
Box 1

Cope, Alfred (1806-1873) MSS of brief biography Box 1

MSS, Cope, Rebecca (Shoemaker) (1781-1856)
re: visit to Mammoth Cave with Jaspar Cope.
1843 Box 1

Day, Mahlon. MSS copy of extracts from his Journal 12/22/1839 Box 1

Janney, Ann (Shoemaker), Journal.
re: sea voyage with John Janney
1823 Box 1

Janney, John and Ann Shoemaker. Marriage certificate 5/2/1817 Box 1

Janney Family. Births and deaths.
John and Ann (Shoemaker) Janney family, MSS (by Ann Janney?)
ca. 1823 Box 1

Business papers of Jasper Cope and others.
Includes the will of Charles Yarnall (1877)
1808-1866 Box 1

Ser. 2. Correspondence:

Anonymous (son?) to Mary Yarnall. n.d. (1 letter) Box 1

Anonymous to Rebecca Cope. 1801 (1 letter) Box 1

Anonymous (Herman Cope?) to Rebecca Cope. 8/14/1831 (1 letter) Box 1

Anonymous to unknown. 1840, n.d (3 letters) Box 1

Coates, Amy to Sarah Horner. 8/22/1798 (1 ALS) Box 1

Cope, Abby Ann to Jasper and/or Rebecca. 1834-1838 (15 ALsS) Box 1

Cope, Abby A. to Charles and /or Emma Yarnall. 1831-1844 (12 ALsS) Box 1

Cope, Caleb to Jasper Cope. 1809 (1 ALS) Box 1

Cope, Jasper to Abby Ann Cope. 1821 (1 ALS) Box 1

Cope, Jasper top Charles S. Cope. 1819 (1 ALS) Box 1

Cope, Jasper to Herman Cope. 1821 (1 ALS) Box 1

Cope, Jasper to Rebecca Shoemaker. 1797-1800 (30 ALsS) Box 1

Cope, Jasper to Rebecca Shoemaker. 1800, n.d. (13 ALsS) Box 1

Cope, Jasper to Rebecca Shoemaker Cope. 1819-1838 (26 ALsS) Box 1

Cope, Jasper to Rebecca Cope Jr. 1840 (3 ALsS) Box 1

Cope, Jasper to daughter. 6/28/1843 (1 ALS) Box 1

Cope, Mary to Rebecca Cope (sister). n.d. (1 ALS) Box 1

Cope, Mary to Rebecca Cope (aunt). 1829, 1830 (2 ALsS) Box 1

Cope, Rebecca (jr.) to Charles S. Cope. 1842 (1 ALS) Box 1

Cope, Rebecca (jr.) to Jasper and/or Rebecca C. 1836-1847 (9 ALsS) Box 1

Day, Mahlon to Charles Yarnall. 6/7/1840 (1 ALS) Box 1

G.B. to Rebecca Cope. 7/1/1833 (1 ALS) Box 1

Griffith, Dr. R.E. to Mr. Hodgeson. 1840 (1 ALS) Box 1

Griffith, Dr. R.E. to Charles Yarnall. 1840 (1 ALS) Box 1

Gurney, Joseph John to Ellis Yarnall. 1/26/1841 (1 ALS) Box 1

Hetherey, Henry to Caleb Cope. 3/28/1811 (1 ALS) Box 1

Janney, Ann Shoemaker to Jasper Cope. n.d. (1 ALS) Box 1

M.G.L. to Mrs. Bond Valentine. 1849 (1 ALS) Box 1

M.J. to Rebecca Cope (aunt). 1834 (1 ALS) Box 1

Pince, Phillip to Jasper and Rebecca Cope. 1819 (1 ALS) Box 1

Preston, Margaret to Jasper and Rebecca Cope. 1845 (1 ALS) Box 1

Robeson, Elizabeth to Rebecca Cope. 1803-1804 (3 ALsS) Box 1

Shoemaker, Abby to Rebecca Cope. 1807 (2 ALsS) Box 1

Shoemaker, Abigail to Rebecca Shoemaker Cope. 1801-1804 (3 ALsS) Box 1

Shoemaker, Ann to Rebecca Cope. 1800-1802 (22 ALsS) Box 2

Shoemaker, Ann to Rebecca Cope. 1802-1804 (31 ALsS) Box 2

Shoemaker, Ann to Rebecca Cope. 1804-1805 (32 ALsS) Box 2

Shoemaker, Ann to Rebecca Cope. 1805-1807 (23 ALsS) Box 2

Shoemaker, Ann to Rebecca Cope. 1808-1809, 1826 (25 ALsS) Box 2

Shoemaker, Ann to Abigail Shoemaker. 1802-1807 (9 ALsS) Box 2

Stokes, E.R. to Rebecca Cope Jr. 1846 (1 ALS) Box 2

Strough, Joshua to Caleb Cope. 1823 (1 ALS) Box 2

Taylor, Alex to Mahlon Day.
Describes visit of J.J. Gurney to Santa Cruz
1840 (1 ALS) Box 2

Thomas, H.M. to Rebecca Cope. 1838-1844 (3 ALsS) Box 2

Thomas, H.M. to Emma Yarnall. 1841 (?) (1 ALS) Box 2

[Unknown] Emilia to Polly Horner. n.d. (1 ALS) Box 2

Wood, Margaret Shoemaker to anonymous. n.d. (1 ALS) Box 2

Wood, Margaret Shoemaker to Rebecca Cope. 1799-1803 (8 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, Charles to Amy Yarnall Ellis. 1829 (1 ALS) Box 2

Yarnall, Charles to Bond and/or Julia Valentine. 1848-1868 (5 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, Charles to Ellis Yarnall. 1846 (1 ALS) Box 2

Yarnall, Ellis and/or Mary to Sarah Horner. 1797-1799 (4 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, Ellis to aunt. 1817 (1 ALS) Box 2

Yarnall, Ellis to Amy Yarnall. 1818 (1 ALS) Box 2

Yarnall, E., Jr. to Emma Yarnall. 1841 (1 ALS) Box 2

Yarnall, Emma Cope to [anonymous]. n.d. (4 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, E. C. to Jasper and/or Rebecca Cope. 1819-1846 (37 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, Emma Cope to Rebecca Cope Jr. 1836 (1 ALS) Box 2

Yarnall, Emma Cope to Charles Yarnall. 1836-1839 (8 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, Emma Cope to Julia Thomas Valentine. 1836-1852 (22 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, Emma Cope to Julia Thomas Valentine. 1853-1862 (22 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, Emma Cope to Julia Thomas Valentine. 1864-1869 (40 ALsS) Box 2

Yarnall, M. to Sarah Horner. 1792 (1 ALS) Box 2

Yarnall, Mary and/or Nathan to Ellis Yarnall. 1803, n.d. (3 ALsS) Box 2