Jane (Snell) Copes

Jane (Snell) Copes

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Jane E. Copes formerly Snell
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I came to WikiTree in March 2018 in order to "park" several GEDCOMs while I wait for RootsWeb to be back to full function. I've discovered that the program here is something else entirely, and it's well worth the effort to be part of the community. My files are big, and I want to include all the family members I've discovered, so it will take me awhile to get things in order. Thanks, all, for your patience.

I'm a chemist, teacher, writer, gardener, and small business owner, relocated in the last year to New Haven, CT, area from living for many years in Minnesota. We moved to be close to our daughter and her family, so I get to add grandma (Nonnie) to my job description also.

I began family history work after my mother died in 1987, and I thank so many dedicated researchers for helping me find my way. I'm also working on getting my mother-in-law's extensive records digitized and archived. She joked about knowing parts of her family back to Noah, or at least the Druids.

My business is called Science Outside the Box. I really DO have fun with science every single day. JSC


  • First-hand information. Entered by Jane Snell Copes at registration.

I will "park" my formatted sources here because copying from a Word document is just not working. Two for OLMSTED

  • Olmsted, Henry King, M.D. Genealogy of the Olmsted Family in America (A.T. De La Mare, New York, 1912); p. , #
  • Thomas, Elijah L. An Abridged Genealogy of the Olmstead Family of New England, (printed by Styles & Cash, New York, 1869); p.


  • Eakin, Paul Anderson and others The Eakin Family in Thailand, (Prachandra Press, Bangkok, Thailand, 1955); p. JSC Snell-2717 owns this book and can copy pages for interested folks.


  • Search page here. [1]


  • Early, Cleland Edward The Early Families of Knox and Whitley Counties, Kentucky With Allied Families, (D. Armstrong Company, Houston, Texas, 1989); p. JSC Snell-2717 owns this book and can copy pages for interested folks.


  • Fisher, Philip A., The Fisher Genealogy: Record of the Descendants of Joshua, Anthony and Conrnelius Fisher, of Dedham, Mass., 1636-1640. Everett, Mass.: Massachusetts Publishing Company, 1898. p. see at archive.org


  • Snell, John Alden and Winona Rae Duncan Snell Descendants of John George Schnell and Maria Catharina Langin, (privately printed manuscript, 1997); p. JSC Snell-2717 has scanned this manuscript and will email selected pages to interested persons.
  • Harlan Twp., Warren Co, OH, cemeteries [2] Link not working as of 12/19.


  • Brace, Edwin T. and Atha Peckenpaugh Brace Packinpaughs, Pickenpaughs, Beckenbaughs, Peckinpahs, and Peckenpaughs. Descendants of Johann Adam & Anna Maria Beckenbach, revised edition, (Gateway Press, Inc, Baltimore, Maryland, 1984); p. JSC Snell-2717 owns this book and can copy pages for interested people.


  • Mason, Floyd R. and Kathryn G. The Michael Miller and Susanna Bechtol Family Record, 1993. WorldCat link: [3]
  • Johann Michael Miller Family History website. [4]

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Copes and Selby families, Eastern Shore VA, Norfolk, and Pasquatank Co, NC. Lots of mysteries here!
my partner's mother's family. Eakin family came from Ireland to PA by 1840. Many colonial ancestors in other branches.
partner's father's mother's line. Mostly in Kentucky. Not sure on immigrant ancestor yet.
father's mother's family from this county
My father's mother's family. Jarvis marriage in Maryland in 1778 is first mention I have of family in US. MD > OH > IL
My mother's father's line. immigrant from Germany 1880s to Northern IL. Happy to share what I know.
My mother's mother's family came from Switzerland to IL in 1890s. 7 siblings came to US, 7 stayed in Switzerland.
my father's mother's mother's family from Guernsey Co OH, to Shelby Co IL.
Lubberdinck-5, Van_Dyke-31,and Barcolo-1 in my line
partner's mother's line. Known in England before 1600. Migrated to Connecticut 1632.
I especially remember the children from my families who died so young. Will be happy to participate in this project.
my German roots. . . changed to Snell in the Colonies.
father's parents' home
My paternal line. Schnell family from Germany in 1771 to PA, then MD, OH, IL. Glad to share information.
My mother's mother's family came from Bassersdorf, Canton Zürich to NE Illinois in 1890s. Lienhart, Schmid, Hari
father's family location
Snell, Miller, Himes, Summers lines from here before 1850
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Jane ,It's fine with me to change this as you wish. Louise
Thanks for your messages about Alexander Colyer. Please see the note I left on his profile. Colyer-83.

June Higgins

posted by June (Baker) Higgins
Jane, thank you for your note and question about Jarvis. While I'm still new here, I have some information indicating some presence in Illinois and Missouri. My grandfather Ralph Everett I believe was born in Missouri. His father Abigh/Abijah m Frances McLaughling, and his grandfather Eliphalet/Eliflet m Martha/Mary P Moore.

I'm still learning my way around here and will back-enter as I am able to. Thanks!

posted by Keith Jarvis
Thank you, Jane for the welcome. It is interesting to see all the different information and to meet people with interest to learn about ancestors. Thank you again.
posted by Elaine (Eakin) Sanders
RE: Heitz-171 Looks great! thank you...
posted by Teresa Downey
Hi Jane,

I am going to add the sources I have found for Alexander, but none lead to a definite answer to his parents. My research though indicates that he is a son of James Hissey but with his second wife Elizabeth Marsh. If the records I found are correct Mary "Polly" Miller died in 1810. James remarried Sep 1817 to Elizabeth Marsh. The birthdate of Alexander is what throws me off in the research though as I have it recorded as 27 August 1814. Perhaps Mary died just shortly before the 1817 marriage to Elizabeth Marsh?

posted by Laurie (Kelley) Wentz
Hi Jane,

Thanks for having a big heart and adopting the Orphaned Profiles. This After Adopting Orphans FAQ explains the special attention those profiles need.

Let me know if you have any questions on how to find and record sources, merge duplicates, clean up gedcom biographies, and interpret the Suggestions report. I'm here to help!


posted by Debi (McGee) Hoag

I looked at your Eakin ancestors and although I don't see any connections to my line, it's possible they may connect somewhere. Let's both keep our eyes open. :) P.Albro

posted by P Albro
Hello Jane - responding to your comment re: the documentation in "Michigan Death Certificates, 1921-1952" in the FamilySearch database. It seems the James Snell referenced there is the son of Ransom Snell and Mary Ann Hughey, whereas this James is the son of Joseph Snell and Malissa Cummins. Ransom and Joseph are brothers, so these two James boys are 1C. The confusion comes in because they were born about the same year, and of course, in the same area in Ohio, and were given the same Christian name. My database isn't complete, but I will email you my list of descendants for the common ancestors, William Heinrich "Henry" Snell and Permelia Strong.
posted by Eugene Montgomery

Thank you for your comment about the Eakin surname. I will add my Eakin ancestors here as soon as possible. I am trying to find my way around Wikitree. It is quite a daunting task! How would I find your Eakin family members to compare with?

posted by P Albro

Jane is 39 degrees from Louis Braille, 20 degrees from Greta Moody and 19 degrees from Henry VIII of England on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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