WILLIAM H. COPE, famer, section 14, Garfield Township, was born in Beverley, Can., Nov. 8, 1817. He is a son of William and Rhoda (Tucker) Cope, and was reared on a farm under the supervision of his father to the age of 20 years, when he left home and went to Waterloo, Can.
In October, 1848, he was married to Fannie Smith, who was born April 25, 1827, in Vermont. Of their marriage six children were born, namely: Eliza J., wife of William Monroe, farmer of Garfield Township; John, Alice, Emma, Elnora and William. Soon after the event of his marriage, Mr. Cope returned to Beverley and managed a saw-mill belonging to John Howard, one year. In 1849 he came to decatur, Van Buren Co., Mich., and there pursued agriculture. He had a long and prostrating illness, which continued a year and exhausted his little savings. On recovery, in 1851, he came to Croton, Newayog County, and one year later made arrangements for the purchase of the farm where he now resides, of William Loomis, containing 80 acres of land, exchanging therefor the labor of three years and two yokes of cattle. His fam now consists of 50 acres of cleared and well improved land, and 30 acres in heavy timber. Mr. Cope is in a prosperous condition financially, and has the satisfaction of knowing that he has won his way over obstacles that would have thrown men of less resolution into hopeless discouragement.