Name: Joseph Jefferson Copeland
Given Name: Joseph Jefferson
Nickname: Big Joe
Birth: ABT 1780 in , Jefferson, Tennessee
Death: 27 Apr 1857 in , Overton, Tennessee
Burial: ABT 29 Apr 1857 Copeland Cove , , Overton, Tennessee
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1850 Overton Co, TN census Joseph Copeland 67 TN b. 1782-1783; District 6 page 51 line 8 #686/687; 2 Oct 1850.
Joseph Copeland 67 TN 1782-1783
Hannah Copeland 60 TN 1789-1790
William Copeland 27 TN 1822-1823
Solimon Copeland 25 TN 1824-1825
When Stephen and his son Joseph reached Overton county they cleared a small tract of land and planted corn and potatoes, after which they began to clear more land for a larger farm and home.Their meager supply of corn soon gave out and they killed wild turkeys and with their wild meat and berrries they managed to live and make a fair crop, clearing a nice acreage for the coming year. Joesph did a mans work and it seemed to agree with him, as he grew to enormous size, reaching the height of 7 feet 3 inches and weighed 350 pounds. He was known near and far as Big Joe Copeland.Big Joe had a farm near his father and married and had a large family. He could crack black walnuts with his teeth and thought nothing of drinking a gallon of buttermilk at one time. His sons William Ellison, Solomon Addison, Stephen Harrison, James Richardson, Moses Wilkerson, Jefferson Madison and Joseph Anderson were all giants in size as their father.
Notes for JOSEPH COPELAND: Big Joe was said to be at least 7' 3" tall, weighed 350 pounds. His wife was also a very large woman. All sons were said to be over 6'5", with Stephen 7'. Joseph Anderson Enlistment papers list him as 6'4'
Joseph Jefferson Copeland was born in 1780 in Jefferson Co.Tn. He died on 27 April 1857 in Overton,Tn. Joseph was also known as 'Big Jo' There is a family story that Big Joe purchased the cove from Chief Nettle Carrier for $120 and a horse. Source: Edward H.Vaughn He was a famous Tennessee strongman and hunter, who was living in Overton Co. until well into the nineteenth century. Early spring of 1791 ,Col.Stephan Copeland, one of the oldest families of North Carolina ,accompanied by his son Joseph ,left Jefferson Co. for the Cumberland country.Following an indian trail over the Cumberland mountains ,they pursued their journey , carring few supplies ,brought from Kingston. They camped in a valley which is now known as Overton,Tn.and they planted a crop of corn. Col.Copeland hunted many days with an Indian chief, Nettle Carrier. As a Cherokee chief he signed a paper authorizing a turnpike company to open a road through the reservation. After cultivating his corn crop, Col.Copeland and son returned home ,and became the first settlers of Overton Co.Tn.
Joseph copeland was a man of gigantic size,there are many stories about is exhibitions of strength. It was as a hunter that Joseph was well known, one story told was that he killed sixty two grown bears in one winter.
In choosing a wife ,Joseph married chief Nettle Carriers daughter,Hannah. In her prime she weighed about three hundred and fifty pounds. The smallest of their children was known as 'Little Ellis and he weighed 360 pounds. They were famous locally for running foot races and winning.
Source: http://homestead.deja.com/user.sandy9729/Copeland.html Joel Copeland
Father: Stephen Calvin Copeland b: ABT 1756 in , Chatham, North Carolina
Mother: Sarah Jane Townsend b: 10 Nov 1766 in , , North Carolina
Hanna Thatcher Ward b: 1790 in , Watauga, North Carolina
- Agnes Copeland b: 1803 in Copeland Cove, Overton, Tennessee
- James Richardson Copeland b: 10 Nov 1806 in , Overton, Tennessee
- Louisa Jane Copeland b: 23 Mar 1809 in , Overton, Tennessee
- James Madison Copeland b: 4 Aug 1811 in , Overton, Tennessee
- Moses Wilkerson Copeland b: 18 Feb 1812 in Copeland Cove, Overton, Tennessee
- Stephen Harrison Copeland b: 11 Sep 1817 in , Overton, Tennessee
- Joseph Anderson Copeland b: 21 Aug 1821 in , Overton, Tennessee
- William Ellison Copeland b: 14 Dec 1822 in , Overton, Tennessee
- Solomon Addison Copeland b: 18 Aug 1824 in , Overton, Tennessee
- Sarah L. Copeland b: 25 Dec 1824 in , Overton, Tennessee
- Octavia Copeland b: 4 Aug 1828 in , Overton, Tennessee