I'm looking for information about the origins and wives of William Copp of Boston.
There was a William Cope who enrolled to sail to Boston on the "Blessing" in 1635. He was a 26 year old shoemaker. A Richard Cope, 24yo, was also enrolled on the "Blessing." Anderson, "Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635, Volume II, C-F" page 212, says there is no reason to believe that these two actually came to New England and agrees with Pope (Pillsbury Ancestry) that William Cope and the William Copp of Boston were two different men.
The first we see William Copp of Boston is in 1640. This William was the brother of Anthony Copp of Honeley, Warwickshire, who died in 1654. (I can't find a place called Honeley, but there is a parish called Honiley in Warwicksire, and I think this is the right place.) The Honiley parish baptism registers don't start until 1754. I can find NO documentation for William or Anthony in England, except for Anthony's Will.
Trees show William as born in 1589 or 1609 (which would be correct for the William Cope on the "Blessing"), and they show him with two wives:
- 1. Anne Rogers, who was born ca 159x and died 1633 at Hattons (Hatton?), Warwicks m. 1614 at Hattons, Warwicks.
- 2. Judith/Goodeth Itchenor, who was born in 1605 at Hattons, Warwicks., m. 21 July 1634 at Hattons, Warwicks. (Goodeth d. Boston 25 March 1670).
According to "British History Online," the Hatton parish burial records start in 1539 and the baptism and marriage records start in 1589, but I haven't been able to locate them online, so I can't check these marriage dates or Goodeth's baptism date. The FamilySsearch doesn't have these registers, and the Ancestry ''Warwickshire, England, Baptisms, Marriages, and Burials, 1535-1812'' does not have entries for either marriage. It is possible that the registers or Bishop's Transcripts on LDS microfilm, might contain this info, but I'm not in Salt Lake.
Does anyone have access to records to prove ANYTHING about William Copp's birth, marriages or wives?