His parents were William and Emma COPPIN, both of who were born in Cornwall, England, and who came to Canada about 1841 with their daughter, Sarah.
William Jr. enlisted with the 113th Regiment, "K" Company, Infantry, Ohio, as a Private in the Union Army on the 24th of December, 1863, age 22. He died six months later on June 27, 1864, at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain, in Georgia, USA.
His niece, Emma Jane Winter, daughter of his sister Sarah and husband Eliel WINTER, was born in 1859 in Upper Canada. In 1877, thirteen years after her uncle’s death in the U.S. Civil War, Emma Jane married Isham Lyman Williams III, the son of an African-American man who had come to Canada in the 1830’s, and who was a neighbour of the Coppin family since the 1850’s. Many of her descendants still live in the area and throughout Canada.
The reasons why William enlisted may never be known, but I feel that in respect for his memory, it was necessary to post this biography. The search to find out more about his life, short as it was, is still ongoing. My grandmother was very proud of her family heritage, and it is thanks to her, 25 years after her death, that the picture of William Coppin, Jr. with attached information was located.
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