Copp Family Tree

This framed watercolor of the Samuel and Dolley Copp’s family tree hung in the Copp family home in Stonington, Connecticut during the second half of the 18th century. The family tree is depicted as two intertwined branches sprouting from two overlapping hearts on a blue hill or base at bottom center. The names, birthdates and marriage date of parents Samuel Copp and Dolley Brown are in bottom segment of the tree. The names and birthdates of nine children (Sarah, Dolley, Jonathan, Betsey, Mary, John Brown, Esther, Nancy, and Samuel) are arranged above in three rows of three ovals suspended from flowering branches. The death date of Betsey is also given. Signed at bottom right by John Brown Copp (b. 1779), sixth oldest of the Copp children.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1795
place made
United States: Connecticut, Stonington
place used
United States: Connecticut, Stonington
Physical Description
ink (image material)
watercolor (image material)
paper, laid (image material)
wood (frame material)
paint (frame material)
brass (original hanging hardware material)
glass (glazing material)
overall: 20 1/2 in x 17 1/8 in x 1/2 in; 52.07 cm x 43.4975 cm x 1.27 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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