Annie M. Rector was born in July 1855, the daughter of W.A. (William) Rector of Little Rock, Arkansas, and Martha Hinston, who died in 1858. W.A. Rector was born a slave of Chester Ashley, United States Senator from Arkansas, 1844-1848. During Reconstruction, W.A. Rector was elected city collector, city marshal, and constable. He was also a member of the famed Ashley Band of Little Rock.
Annie married William L. Copeland on October 22, 1874, in Pulaski County. Copeland, a lawyer, was born in 1845 in Oberlin, Ohio, and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. He also served in the Arkansas Legislature from 1873-1875, representing Crittenden County. The family moved back to Little Rock at the end of his legislative career. Copeland worked for the postal service before becoming a Little Rock policeman. He died in the line of duty on December 30, 1885, from wounds received in an attempt to apprehend a convict.
Annie Rector Copeland died on May 12, 1915, in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She is buried with members of the Rector family in Fraternal Cemetery, Little Rock, Arkansas.
This is a handwritten love letter from William Copeland to his wife, Annie Copeland.
Letter with envelope, 1 page, front and back
Correspondence; Love; Marriage;
Marianna, Lee County. (Ark.); Little Rock, Pulaski County. (Ark.)
Rector-Copeland Family Collection, MS541, Box 1, Folder 5
The World We Live In: A History of African Americans in Arkansas
Arkansas State Archives
Letter, William Copeland to Annie Copeland, Rector-Copeland Family Collection, MS541, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas
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