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The Eastern Gazette 4-13-1944, p.3 (LHC)
SAMUEL COPELAND 1818-1906 Samuel Copeland was the fourth child of Raymond and Sibyl (Fletcher) Copeland and was named for his grandfather, Captain Samuel Copeland. He was born in Dexter August 16, 1818, and died there December 31, 1906. His first wife was Martha Ann Fletcher, a daughter of William and Abigail (Taylor) Fletcher of Bloomfield (now Skowhegan). They had two children: Alice Frances Copeland who was born in Bloomfield January 8, 1855, and is now living in Dexter; and Albert Henry Copeland, born December 4, 1858 and died Dec. 6, 1859. Martha Copeland died May 24, 1861. Samuel Copeland's second wife was Nancy Jane Safford, daughter of Calvin and Rozilla (Shepley) Safford, whom he married July 6, 1862. She died Feb. 3, 1919. Samuel Copeland received his education in the common schools of Dexter and at Hartland Academy. He was tax collector in Dexter in 1842 and a representative from his district to the State Legislature in 1876. When a young man Mr. Copeland learned to sort wool and was in the employ of the Amos Abbott Company for thirty-seven years, traveling about buying wool and selling their cloth. He belonged to the order of Free Masons.