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    The student of history in learning of the early development of Ohio soon finds that the Coppock family has long been prominent in connection with the improvement and progress of this section of the state. Jonathan C., the grandfather of our subject, was a native of South Carolina and after his marriage sought a home upon the wild western frontier. Making his way to this state he located in Union township, Miami county, and made a claim of government land, comprising one hundred and sixty acres, including the present site of Ludlow Falls. There he erected a log cabin and began life in true pioneer style, improving his farm year by year and securing good harvests as the reward of his labor. He was a member of the Society of Friends and died in that faith in 1815. His son, Joseph Coppock, was born in Union township, in 1812, and was one of two children, his sister being Sarah Coppock. After the death of the father, however, the widow became the wife of Henry Coates and had other children. When Joseph Coppock had reached man's estate he was united in marriage to Miss Sally Jay, and they became the parents of three children: William, an attorney-at-law in Cincinnati; Allen, and H. H., of this review. The mother died and Joseph Coppock chose for his second wife Mrs. Sarah (Conway) Aldredge, by whom he had three children: Amanda, widow of Jefferson Snyder: Albert, her twin brother, now deceased, and Frank, an attorney-at-law engaged in practice in Cincinnati. For his third wife Mr. Coppock chose Miss B. Barrett, who is now living in Troy. In the year 1833 Joseph Coppock removed to the farm on which the birth of our subject occurred. Throughout his active business career he carried on agricultural pursuits and also operated a grist and saw-mill. At the time of his death he owned five hundred and twenty acres of land in Newton township, besides considerable town property. He began life a poor boy, but steadily worked his way upward, overcoming all difficulties and obstacles in his path by determined purpose and eventually winning a handsome competence. He, too, was a member of the Society of Friends, having been reared in that faith by his parents. He died July 12, 1897, and in his death the community lost one of its valued citizens.

    H. H. Coppock remained with his father until twenty-one years of age, at which time he began farming on his own account, purchasing a tract of land of one hundred and twenty acres, on which he remained until February, 1864. At that date he responded to the country's call for aid and joined the boys in blue as a private of Company I, First Ohio Cavalry. He was mustered in at Urbana, Ohio, and went south to Nashville. He participated in the engagements at Decatur and Courtland, Alabama, after which his regiment joined General Sherman's forces and he participated in the battles of Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and those around Atlanta, Jonesboro and Lovejoy station. He then went to Georgia, afterward to Louisville and with General Wilson on his raid to Tennessee. Subsequently he was with the army which waylaid Forrest, in Alabama, and thence proceeded to Columbus, Georgia. His regiment was stationed at Macon at the time that the news of General Lee's surrender was received, and at Columbus, Ohio, in September, 1865, he received an honorable discharge. Upon many a southern battlefield he manifested his loyalty by his resolute bravery and well may be proud of his military record.

    On resuming the pursuits of civil life Mr. Coppock returned to Newton township, where he resided upon his farm until 1868, when he traded that land for a farm west of Pleasant Hill, comprising one hundred and ten acres. On the expiration of two years, however, he sold the latter property and in 1870 removed to Lyon county, Kansas, where he purchased two hundred and twenty acres of land, making his home thereon until 1879. In that year he returned to Newton township, Miami county, where he engaged in farming for one year, after which he operated a grist and saw-mill until 1896. He then transformed it into a plaster factory and has since carried on business along that line, the enterprise proving to him a profitable one, which brings to him a good income.

    Mr. Coppock has been twice married. In 1861 he was joined in wedlock to Miss Isabella Williams and they became the parents of six children, namely: Daniel W., Cora, Clara, Charley, Sally and Frank. On the 22d of January, 1883, Mr. Coppock wedded Miss Ada McCarter, of Montgomery county, and their union has been blessed with four children: Nellie, Eunice, Vora and Etta, but the last named is now deceased. Mr. Coppock is a member of Daniel Williams Post, G. A. R., of Pleasant Hill. He votes with the Republican party and keeps well informed on the issues of the day, giving his intelligent support to its principles. His business affairs have been capably conducted and in his own industry lies the secret of his success.

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