What were the given names of Margaret Wilkerson Johnson's parents?

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Margaret's mother was a Copeland, born in NC.  Her father was irish, and he returned to Ireland after the death, in or immediately after childbirth, of Margaret's mother; that was about 1816.  He took with him her red-haired twin.  Margaret stayed with maternal relatives in Chatham County; we don't have the name of the person who raised her, but that appears to have been Elizabeth Copeland.  I'm looking for those missing names, as well as any information about what happened to the Wilkerson father and the twin sister after their return to Ireland.  I believe that the surname "Wilkinson" may have transformed to "Wilkerson" in North Carolina due to local pronunciation.
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in Genealogy Help by George Stradtman G2G3 (3.4k points)

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My family is the Wilkinsons who changed the name to Wilkerson. I found this out quite by accident when searching for a missing family member, Edward Wilkinson. My Capt. Christopher Wilkinson had a son, Edward, who was an indian agent in the 96 district of SC. He married a Cherokee woman, Coo Ta Ya. All official records of the historical society say that he went to the 96th district and was never heard from again, but we think he was disowned by his aristocratic family for marrying a Cherokee, thereafter changing his name. His wife was named Coo Ta Ya. He was killed and his brother John then married Coo Ta Ya. here is an Ancestry thread that may help you get in touch with some of your relatives. I know some of the Wilkersons ended up in Mississippi. Those are the ones I found.


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