'Coplestone01'Index links to: Lead / Letter
Families covered: Copleston of Bideford, Coplestone of Brickton, Coplestone of Coplestone (Copleston of Copleston), Copleston of Eggesford

We have seen reference in a web site to the fact that research on this family has taken it back to the 12th century, apparently with its roots in Devon, but we have not yet found a source which provides the earliest generations. Vivian starts with ...
Adam de Copleston of Copleston, Devon
1. John Copleston of Copleston (bur 1433)
  m. Catherine Graas (dau/heir of John Graas of Tengrase, m1. (div) John de Affeton)
  A. John Coplestone of Coplestone (bur 1457)
  m. Elizabeth Hawley (dau of John Hawley of Dartmouth by Emma, dau/heir of Sir Robert Tresillian of Cornwall by Emeline, dau/heir of Sir Richard Huyshe of Chagford)
  i. Philip Copleston of Copleston, Sheriff of Devon (a 1472)
  m. Anne Bonvile (dau/heir of John Bonvile of Shute)
a. Raphe Copleston of Copleston (d 03.09.1491, "The Great Copleston")
  m. Ellen Arundell (dau of Sir John Arundell of Lanherne)
  (1) John Coplestone of Coplestone (b c1475, d 29.08.1550)
  m1. Margaret St. Leger (dau/coheir of Bartholomew St. Leger)
  m2. Katherine Bridge (a 1550, dau of Raphe Bridge or Bridges)
  (A) Christopher Coplestone of Coplestone (b c1524, d 27.11.1586)
  m1. (sp) Mary Courtney (dau of Sir William Courtney of Powdram)
  m2. Jone Pawlet (a 1586, dau of Sir Hugh Pawlet of St. George Henton)
(i) Hugh Coplestone (dvpsp)
  m. Jane Clifton (dau of William Clifton of Barrington, m2. Sir William Fleetwood)
  (ii) John Coplestone of Coplestone 'of Warleigh', Sheriff of Devon (b c1546, d 09.11.1608)
  m. Susan Pollard (a 1621, dau of Lewis Pollard of Nimpton Bishop, m2. Sir Anthony Rouse)
  (a) Amias Coplestone of Coplestone (b c1581, bur 17.07.1621, younger son?)
  m. Gertrude Chichester (bur 17.07.1621, dau of Sir John Chichester, sister of Sir Robert)
  ((1)) John Coplestone of Coplestone (b c1609, dsp 21.01.1631-2)
  ((2)) Elizabeth Coplestone (bpt 14.02.1607-8)
  m. (c03.1631) John Elford of Sheepstor
  ((3)) Gertrud Coplestone (bpt 29.09.1611)
  m. (03.05.1632) Sir John Bampfield of Poltimore
((4))+ other issue - Amias (b/d 1615), Amias (b/d 1617), Susan (b c1603, bur 02.03.1624-5), Anne (bpt 24.02.1604-5, bur 16.09.1605), Francisca (bpt c1606, bur 29.01.1624)
  (b) Susan Coplestone (bpt 28.03.1594-5)
  m. (25.11.1615) Edward Calmadie
  (c) Phillippa Coplestone
  m1. (29.05.1621) Nicholas Slanning of Leye (dsp)
  m2. (c04.1632) Nicholas Trefusis of Lezant
  (d) Jone Coplestone
  m. (27.02.1608-9) William Crimes of Buckland Monachorum
  (e) Elizabeth Coplestone
  m. (23.08.1612) Sir Shilston Calmadie (d 1617)
  (f)+ other issue - John (dsp), John (a 1604, dsp), Lewis (a 1604, dsp)
  (iii) Jane Coplestone
  m. (15.12.1584) Hugh Carthe
  (iv) Elizabeth Coplestone
  m. (08.12.1608) Henry Kingdon of Saltash
  (v) Phillipa Coplestone
  m. Nicholas Adams
  (vi)+ other issue - Christopher (bur 17.10.1611), Mark of Saltash (bpt 12.02.1557-8, bur 15.02.1632-3), Robert (bur 17.10.1599), Phillip
  (B) George Coplestone of Ley in Morewinstow, Devon (bur 28.01.1569-70)
  The following comes from Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, Coplestone of Kingdon).
  m1. Mary Carrant (sister of Sir W. Carrant)
  (i) John Coplestone (dsp)
  m2. Agnes Drewe (dau/heir of John Drewe of Newton St. Seres)
  (ii) Christopher Coplestone of Kingdon in Alverdiscott (bpt 27.10.1564, bur 21.10.1637)
  m. (10.12.1593) Mary Addington (bur 21.04.1640, dau of John Addington of Biddeford)
  (a) Christopher Coplestone (bpt 11.08.1594, bur 29.06.1650)
  m. Katherine Dennis (dau of _ Dennis of Gloucestershire, son/heir of Sir Moris)
  ((1)) Catherine Coplestone (b by 1620, d unm)
  (b) Launcelot Coplestone (bpt 28.04.1597, a 1638)
  m1. Letitia Hungerford (bur 01.12.1642, dau of William Hungerford of Little Bedwin)
  ((1)) Christopher Coplestone of St. Sepulchre, London (b c1630, d 01.05.1700) had issue
  m. Mary Garnet (bur c1713)
  ((2)) Launcelot Coplestone of St. Clement Danes, London (b c1637, d 30.01.1701) had issue
  m. Elizabeth Millett (bur 27.11.1705, dau of Humphrey Millett of Southwark)
  ((3)) Mary Coplestone (bpt 27.06.1639)
  ((4)) Elizabeth Coplestone (bpt 03.05.1642)
  m. Gustavus Adolphus Mell of Ramsbury
  m2. ??
  ((5))+ other issue
  (c) George Coplestone (bpt 07.04.1605)
  (d) Thomas Coplestone of Eastwood near Bideford (bpt 21.12.1607, d 13.07.1656)
  m. Margaret (bur 16.11.1669)
  ((1)) Thomas Coplestone 'of Bideford' (bpt 21.12.1634, bur 06.07.1680)
  m. Susannah (m2. William Wadland of Bideford)
  ((A))+ issue - Thomas (b 08.05.1673), Christopher (bpt 30.06.1675)
  ((2)) Mary Coplestone (bpt 14.03.1639)
  m. (04.06.1663) William Mill
(iii) Mary Coplestone (a 1569)
  m. _ Bevill of North Lew
  (iv) Frances Coplestone (a 1569)
  m. _ Taylor
  (v) Grace Coplestone (a 1569)
  m. _ Vigors
  (C) Richard Coplestone of Woodland, Devon
  m1. Alice Kelly (dau/heir of Henry Kelly, relict of Richard Weekes of Honychurch)
  m2. Thomazine Floyer (dau of John Floyer, widow of Thomas Stowell of Somerset)
  (D) Barbara Coplestone
  m. Andrew Hillersdon of Membland
  (E) Thomasine Coplestone
  m. George Pollard of Langley
  (F) Joan Coplestone
m. Francis Bidwell
  (G) Catheirne Coplestone
  m. Henry Sampford
  (H) Anne Coplestone
  m. John Beere of Woodmanston
  (I) Elizabeth Coplestone
  m. John Bodley of Dunscombe
  (2) Nicholas Coplestone of Shepton Gorges, Dorset
  m. Agnes Gray (dau of William Gray of Tiverton)
  (3)+ other issue (a 1491) - Thomas, Richard of Otterham, John
b. Edward Copleston of Instow, Devon
  m. Marye Burnbye (dau of Thomas Burnbye of Burnbye)
  c. Radigunda Coplestone
  m. Walter Reynell of Malston
  d. Sabina Coplestone (nun)
  ii. John Coplestone of Exeter
  a. daughter
m. Thomas Maggs of Downham, Isle of Ely
  iii. Walter Copleston of Yealmpton (Yalhampton)
  m. Elizabeth Stone (dau/heir of Thomas Stone)
2. Thomas Copleston of Luckcombe, Somerset
  A. Catherine Copleston
  m. James Sydenham
  B. Jane Copleston
  m. Gilbert Litilcot
  C. Anne Copleston
  m. Thomas Stowford (d 18.01.1502-3)
  D. Elizabeth Copleston
  m. William Seamor
  E. Margaret Copleston
  m. William Hemerford
3. Agnes Copleston
  m. Thomas Bampfield
4. Margaret Copleston
  m. Robert Hawkworthy
5. Elinor Copleston (d 21.09.1430)
  m. John Pollard of Way



Presumably connected to the above family was ...
John Coplestone (d 31.07.1497)
m. Johanna Sachville (dau/coheir of John Sachville)
1. John Coplestone (b 1466-7, dsp?)
2. Henry Coplestone of Brickton
  A. Charles Coplestone of Brickton
  m. Ann Reigny (dau/heir of Richard Reigny son of John of Egford)
i. John Copleston of Eggesford (d 28.02.1586)
  m. Anne Stewkley (dau of Thomas Stewkley of Colridge)
  a. John Copleston of Eggesford (b by 1556, d 11.11.1606)
  m. Dorothy Beeston (dau of Sir George Beeston of Beeston Castle)
  (1) Anne Coplestone (d 08.03.1616)
  m. (04.07.1605) Sir Edward Chichester, 1st Viscount of Carrickfergus (d 08.07.1648)
  b. Margaret Copleston possibly the Margaret who married ...
  m. John Wood of Asseridge
  (1) Christopher Wood of Asseridge
  m. Mary Fowell (b c1601, dau of William Fowell or Vowel of Black Hall)
  c.+ other issue - Thomasin, Margery
  ii. Elizabeth Coplestone
  m. John Thomas of Cornwall

Main source(s):
(1) For upper section : Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, Copleston of Copleston) with input as reported above
(2) For lower section : Visitation (J.L. Vivian (1895), Devon, 1531+1564+1620+additions, Copleston of Eggesford)
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