Sunday, December 18, 2011

Copenhaver, German Immigrant

This gentleman is not a blood relative but I believe he was a brother-in-law to Thomas Meece  and at least familiar with Jacob Mosser, Thomas Meece's father-in-law. This is just a short  timeline I saved about a man who was undoubtedly a dedicated soldier for the  young United States of America.

Jacob Koppenheffer of Rublingen Wuitternburg, German. His son,
Wolfgang Koppenhofer September, 1732 arrived in the Colonies with his wife, Anna Marie Haffner
His son, Johann Thomas Copenhaver(d 1760), had come over earlier in September,1728
Johann Thomas married three times, first Anna Marie Zinn,then Anna Elizabeth Holtzman, and lastly Catherine Elizabeth Lehman
 his son with Anna Marie, Thomas Copenhaver, was born 1739 in Pennsylvania.
Thomas married Catherine Mosser of Bethel Township,  July of 1764, Thomas purchased 137 acres from Jacob Mosser (don't know relation to Catherine) in Lancaster Co. PA 
 March 5, 1772, Thomas and Catherine  at the ‘Orphans’ court about debt owed to the survivors of a Jacob Moser.
June,1774 one  of nine appointed from Hanover to attend meeting to discuss actions of  Parliament of Great Britain . The chairman of the committee, Colonel Timothy Green, stated,

"In the event Great Britain attempting to force laws upon us by the strength of arms, our course we leave to Heaven and our rifles."

1776 Captain Thomas Copenhaver - Militia in Colonel Timothy Green's Battalion
1776 Wife Catherine dies
1777 serving under Colonel John Rogers' 6th Battalion also under Colonel Alexander Cowrey
1778 marries second wife, Elizabeth Miese
 takes Oath of Allegiance to his new country
1783 Elizabeth dies
1784 married Julianna Seig
1802 Thomas died
1803 estate auction

 For a really fun read of the history of the Revolution
 go here 
it is a British view of the Founding Fathers, There is enough truth on the surface of his story that it is worth reading carefully.Our founders were eloquent in speech and that can also, based on your view be propaganda , but they had a vision of what could be and they had to persuade the masses that it could be done. They were all criminals by their very action to challenge the Crown. And there were more Loyalist  than Rebels at the start of the troubles. Like I said, read the article and see what 235 years later we can still argue about.

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