Fonds MC 81 - Copeman Family Papers

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MC 81


Copeman Family Papers


  • 1705-1975 (Creation)

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523 pieces

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John Copeman was born at Horstead 1778. He was a merchant and grocer, in partnership firstly with John Cozens and after 1837 with his son John Copeman, junior. John Copeman, senior, married firstly Rosamund Everett and secondly Elizabeth, daughter of Peter Hawkins. He died in 1866. By his second wife he had issue among others John, Jonathan Davey, Thomas Parker, William, Elizabeth, Mary and Anne. John Copeman born 1811 was apprenticed to a grocer in Martham in 1827 and later joined the family firm. He was a founder of the Norfolk News Co. and an alderman of Norwich. He also married twice, firstly Lucy Turner and secondly Anne Lack. He died in 1899. By his second wife he had issue Emily, Lucy and Henry John. Henry John Copeman born 1851. Continued the family firm, was alderman of Norwich, mayor in 1911 and granted freedom of the city in 1932. He died in 1938. He married Harriet Monement in 1886. Thomas Parker Copeman, born 1827, died 1870. He married Sarah Ann Lacey and had issue, among others, Charles. Charles Copeman, born 1862, merchant and grocer, died 1925. He married Elizabeth Mary Tomkins in 1895 and had issue, among others, Thomas Daniel and William Oliver. Thomas Daniel Copeman, born 1896, married firstly Margaret Sackur by whom he had issue Elizabeth, Margaret and Richard. He married secondly Winifred Mary Bayes. William Oliver Copeman, born 1899 (T.D.'s brother) was Chairman of John Copeman and Sons Ltd. and Chairman of Eastern Counties Newspapers Ltd. He was mayor of Norwich 1948. He died in 1973.

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Received by the Norfolk Record Office on 11 June 1982 (MS 21747).

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The records in the collection consist of a small quantity of early 19th century business records; 19th and 20th century diaries; a large amount of family correspondence, 1829-1960s, falling mainly into two groups (a) letters to and from John Copeman (1811-1899) and his parents, brothers and sisters and friends, 1829-1890s, (b) letters to and from T.D. Copeman, his parents, wife and children, 1914-1960s. The collection also includes papers relating to T.D. Copeman's work in Russia, 1921-1922, and at the Ministry of Information, 1939, and papers re presentation of freedom of city to H.J. Copeman in 1932.

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Number not used: MC 81/34

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Access restricted to letters and diaries post-1924 during the lifetime of T.D. Copeman's executors, except with their permission.

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For more Copeman correspondence, 1833-1937, see MC 2184. For papers of T.D. Copeman, see list MC 2059. For business records, 1796-1845, see also BR 28. For Eastern Daily Press records, see BR 39.

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Dates of creation revision deletion

Created 15/11/2004 by Droip. Modified 15/08/2019 by Catherine.Collins.


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