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Orre Coppernoll was born in Otsego county, N. Y., June 30,1817, the oldest son of Peter and Margaret (Herkimer) Copernoll, natives of New York State, and of German descent. Mr. C. was the recipient of a common-school education, followed farming until the age of 18, then with his uncle, Peter Herkimer, came to Michigan in 1836. He served an apprenticeship of three years learning the trade of millwright; worked at that business in various places in this State; afterward became a carpenter and builder, and erected many of the finest residences in Grass Lake; this business he continued jointly with farming until 1870. Mr. C. was married Feb. 5, 1840, to Miss Hannah M. Torrey, born in Hamilton, Madison Co., N. Y., in 1819; their children are as follows: Lydia M., born June 23, 1844; Burton F., Feb. 16,1847; Lyman B., Nov. 28, 1848; Sidney O., Sept. 10, 1852. Mr. C. owned a farm in Monroe county, Mich., where he lived until the spring of 1852; he then purchased the Frisbee farm in this tp., on which he has since resided and is comfortably situated. Himself and Mrs. C. are worthy members of the M. E. Church.

Source: History of Jackson County, Michigan. Chicago: Inter-State Publishing Co., 1881, p. 853.


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