Born: 17 May 1823 in Overton County, Tennessee
Died: 22 March 1903 in Putnam County, Tennessee
Buried: Cookeville City Cemetery, Putnam County, Tennessee
Occupation: Saddler

Married: Mary Ely about 1845 in Overton County, Tennessee
Born: abt 1824 in Tennessee
Died: about 1869 in Overton County, Tennessee


  1. Leeann Copeland
  2. Anderson V. Copeland
  3. John A. Copeland
  4. Laura Copeland
  5. Mary C. Copeland


28th Tennessee Infantry Regiment
Company F


  • Entered military as Private and left as a Private
  • Enlisted 15 Nov 1862 at McMinnville
  • Mar & Apr 1863 - On detached service at Hospital in Rome, GA
  • Jul & Aug 1863 - On detached service at Hospital in Rome, GA
  • Deserted 10 Nov 1863
  • Prisoner of War: Captured at Ringgold, GA on 26 Nov 1863
  • Transferred to Louisville, KY 9 Dec 1863
  • Transferred to Rock Island, IL on 11 Dec 1863, received 13 Dec 1863
  • Took Oath of Allegiance on 19 Apr 1864
  • Residence: Overton County
  • Complexion: Dark
  • Hair: Blonde
  • Eyes: Gray
  • 5' 10"
  • Age: 40



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  • Filed: 7 Aug 1902
  • Rejected
  • Residence: Cookeville, Putnam County
  • Member: Captain Hugh Lansden Co., Col. S. S. Stanton 28th Infantry
  • Wounds: Ruptured both sides
  • Born: 17 May 1823 in Overton County, Tennessee
  • Enlisted January 1863 in Captain Hugh Lansden Company, Col. S. S. Stanton 28th Infantry Regiment
  • Wife has been dead 33 years
  • Son is 54 years old and daughter is 44 years old
  • Attest: Thompson L. Denny & Worth Bryant

Supporting Documents:

  • Thos A. Head (2 Aug 1902) - Does not support claim


  • 1850 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 33
  • 1860 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 151
  • 1870 Census: Overton County, TN, Page 251A
  • 1880 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 77B
  • 1900 Census: Putnam County, TN, Page 24A


Putnam County Herald
25 March 1903
Vol. I, No. 7, Page 8

  • COPELAND, J. E.: Venerable Citizen Passes Away Sunday Evening - The dread reaper claimed another mortal life in Cookeville on Sunday when J. E. Copeland breathed his last. He had been in failing health for some months but our people were hardly prepared to hear of his death so soon after that of Henry P. Davis, who passed away about an hour before. Deceased was nearly 80 years of age and had been a citizen of Cookeville about 30 years. He was a lifelong member of the Baptist Church and a saddler by trade. The funeral was held from his late residence and was largely attended, Rev. W. H. Carr and Prof. N. J. Finney officiating. Interment was made in the city cemetery. Mr. Copeland was of a kindly disposition and was very highly esteemed by all who knew him. Verily, a good man has gone from among us. Two children survive him, Laura and Beveridge, both of Cookeville, and our hearts go out to them in this hour of grief and sadness.