Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 682-683
Philander COPELAND, M. D., is familiar to most of the residents of Winnebago [Winnebago County, IL] as one having his full share of business and who has attained to a good position in the medical fraternity of the county. He has a fine office, thoroughly equipped with everything pertaining to the profession, while his prompt attention to the calls made upon him and his conscientious methods of practice have fully established him in the esteem and confidence of the people.
Our subject was born in Bridgewater [Plymouth County], MA, 06 Mar 1811, and is a son of Alfred COPELAND, also a native of that place, as was his father, Daniel. Jonathan COPELAND, the great grandfather of our subject, was also born in Bridgewater, MA, and his father, the great great grandfather of the Doctor, William COPELAND, was born in Braintree [now in Norfolk County, formed in 1793 from Suffolk County, which was created in 1643], MA, and his father, Lawrence COPELAND, was one of the passengers who came over in the "Mayflower" in 1620. The latter named gentleman settled in Braintree, MA, was married to Lydia TOWNSEND, and died in 1699, aged 110 years.
The great great grandfather of our subject married Mary, daughter of John ALDEN, the Pilgrim, and died in 1716, in his 60th year. Jonathan COPELAND was a farmer, and spent his entire life in Bridgewater, MA, dying in 1790 in his 90th year; he had married Miss Betsey, daughter of Thomas SNELL. Daniel COPELAND, the grandather of our subject, was married to Susan, daughter of Joseph AMES. He was a farmer by occupation, and with this he combined the trade of a carpenter. His farm is now owned and occupied by a grandson, he dying in 1827, at the age of 86 years; his good wife died when 90 years of age in 1834.
Alfred COPELAND was reared a farmer, and when starting out in life for himself engaged in the mercantile business, residing in Bridgewater and Taunton until 1840, when he emigrated to IL and spent his last years in Byron Township, Ogle County. His decease occurred in 1871, when 75 years of age. The maiden name of the mother of our subject was May WILLIAMS, a native of Taunton [Bristol County], MA, and the daughter of Nathaniel and Lucildia (HODGES) WILLIAMS; she departed this life in 1860, when 78 years of age.
The parental family included 10 children, all of whom were well educated. Our subject was reared in Taunton, and early in life turned his attention to the study of medicine, reading with Dr. BAYLES of Taunton, and afterward commenced practice at Fishkill [Dutchess County], NY. After remaining there a short time, he went to Poultney [Rutland County, VT], and after a stay of seven years in this city, came West to MI and was graduated from the Detroit Medical College. In 1853 he came to Winnebago County [IL], and has been a resident of the village since 1866.
The lady to whom our subject was united in marriage in 1836 bore the name of Louisa WATKINS, and to them were born 10 children, eight of whom are now living: Philander W., Louisa, Elizabeth, Frances, Rosephia, Nettie, Jessie, and Edward L. Joseph, the first born, served during the late war in the 45th IL Infantry for a period of two years, and at the end of that time was transferred to the 1st TN Artillery and received the commission of 1st Lieutenant. He also served as Adjutant on the staff of General Kepner at Ft. Pickering. He departed this life in 1881. Philander W. was also a soldier, enlisting 17 Sep 1861, in the 45th IL Infantry, and served in his regiment as principal musician until Jul 1865.
Mrs. COPELAND wa born in the town of Spaulding, Dutchess County, NY, in May 1816. Her father, Joseph WATKINS, was a native of NJ, and was a tailor by trade, which he followed [p 683] the greater part of his life together with farming. His place of business was in the town of Matteawan, near Fishkill [Dutchess County, NY], and he departed this life at the home of his son in Prattsburg, Steuben County, NY. His wife was known in her maidenhood as Abigail WATTS. She was also a native of Dutchess County, and died in Prattsburg. Her father was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and his demise occurred on the farm in Dutchess County. Mrs. WATKINS was a descendant of Dr. [Isaac] WATTS [1674-1748], the celebrated author of some of our popular hymns. The Doctor and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in politics he casts a vote in favor of Republican candidates.
Submitted by Cathy Kubly.