1810 census, 1 male 0-10, 1 male 1 female 45 & up. Montgomery Co. 1 tithe, 4 horses, cattle, land. He made application to open a new road from his canoe landing to the Court House. He ran a ferry below the mouth of Spruce Run on the New River. The charge for a man 6 1/4 cents, same for horse and cattle. Hog, sheep, goats 1/4 of 6 1/4 cents or about 1.56 cents. Wagon or cart 9 ¼ cents per wheel.
Received from Debbie D Copley, 26 May 2001, the following, which she received from her cousin Bill in Flordia.
Thomas Copley Sr., born about 1736 in Halifax in Yorkshire, England, died in Giles County, Virginia about January 1822. He was 86. He served in the Revolutionary War under Captain Daniel Smith's Company of Fincastle Soldiers. Fought at the Battle of Point Pleasant under Captain John Lucas' Company about 1759 when he was 23. He first married Mary Day in Leckhamstead in Buckingham, England. She was born in 1740 in Leckhamstead in Buckingham, England. Mary died in Giles County, Virginia about 1791, she was 51. Thomas and Mary were of the first to settle on the Bluestone River in 1770. On 13 July 1792, some say 23 July, and some say 3 Jan, he married Rhoda Prater, in Giles County, and some say Montgomery County, Virginia. From Fran Roen, on the Ancestry.com share. The birth place of Thomas, and the marriage place of Thomas and Mary Day.
Will: 05 DEC 1818 Will Book "A", pages 283-285, Giles County, VA
Note: Will proved January 1822, so Thomas may have died in 1821.
Immigration: ABT 1764 To Virginia from England, England
Note: Mary is shown arriving on the ship "Charming Molly" in 1764.
Event: Anecdote 1772 First settlers on the Bluestone River
On January 25, 1783, Thomas Copley, Senior was recorded by Commissioner's Certificate with 160 acres which was settled in 1772 and surveyed February 4, 1775 on the west side of New River.
Thomas is shown as over 45. His wife is over 45. There is one male with them, under 10 years old.
Thomas Copley was among a long list of Delinquents returned by James McGavock in 1773.
Thomas Copley is listed as a Revolutionary soldier serving in Captain Daniel Smith's Co. of Fincastle Soldiers, along with Parker Adkins, Mordock and Henley McKenzie, etc. (p 1423, Annals of SW VA). He was a participant of the Battle of Point Pleasant, in Captain John Lucas' Company on May 30, 1774. He was also listed in Captain John Lucas list of tithables.
Thomas Kirk, Sr. to Thomas Kirk, Jr. - 95 acres for $10.00.
North side Buckeye Mountain, adjacent to survey made for Thomas Coplea.
Thomas Copley is shown with 1 tithable, 3 horses, and one slave over the age of 16 and pays a tax of 80 cents (which is actually a fairly high tax for that time). The same tax roll includes his sons James, John, Joshua, and Joseph. Thomas is also shown in 1807 (Coplea), 1809 (Coplea), 1810 (Coplea), 1811 (Copley), 1812 (Copley), and 1817 (Coplea). His sons are shown in all of these censuses, except James is not listed after
Event: Anecdote 26 JUN 1811 Giles County, VA
Rates for Thomas Cop-ley, Ferry Keeper. For man 6 1/4 cents, horse 6 1/4 cents, same for cattle; for each hog, sheep, or goat 1/4 of 6 1/4 cents, each wagon or cart 9 1/4 cents per wheel. For each carriage, 12 1/4 cents. Copley ran a ferry below the mouth of Spruce Run on the New River. 2
1. Title: Giles County Personal Property Taxes
Abbrev: Giles County Property Taxes
2. Title: Giles County History
Abbrev: Giles County History
Page: p. 11.
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