Copeland, James a Methodist Episcopal minister, was born in Reynolds County, Missouri, August 21, 1836. He experienced religion, joined the Church South, was licensed to preach, and admitted into the St. Louis Conference in 1853. Being anti-slavery in sentiment, he removed to Illinois at the beginning of the Rebellion, and was admitted into the Southern Illinois Conference. Failing health obliged him to become a superannuate in 1871, which relation he sustained until his death, October 12, 1872. Mr. Copeland was a man of strong convictions, and a plain, practical, earnest, faithful minister. See Minutes of Annual Conferences, 1873, page 137.