COPE, David, 1787-1864

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David Cope
Alternative names:
Gender: M
Birth date: 24 January 1787
Place of birth: East Bradford Township, Chester County, Pa.
Death date: 1864
Place of death: Goshen, Pa.
Nationality: US
Disowned date:
Spouse(s): Debby Phillips
Children: 5

David Cope (January 24, 1787 - 1864) was a Quaker minister from East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania.


David Cope was born on January 24, 1787 in East Bradford Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania to Abiah and Jane (nee Morris) Cope. Around 1811 he became a minister. In 1826, he married Debby Phillips (d. 1862). The two had five children. David Cope possessed only moderate means and had to struggle to raise his family. Cope's ministry was mostly confined to Philadelphia Yearly Meeting, though he also visited Ohio Yearly Meeting in 1852. Transparent in character, Cope was unsuspicious and confiding to men of all degrees. His Irish humour was at times irrepressible. He lived for most of his life in East Whiteland Township, Chester County, Pennsylvania. After suffering eleven weeks of a protracted, painful illness, David Cope died in 1864 in Goshen, Pennsylvania.


  • Cope, A record of the Cope family, 1861, pp. 40, 64,
  • Phila. Y. Mtg., Memorials concerning deceased Friends, 1875, also in 1879 edj p. 163.
  • Piety Promoted, 12th part, p. 347.
  • The Friend (Phila.), 99:471.
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