Date Original

1892 October 10


Letter from Ernestine Copeland to her mother, Annie Rector Copeland.

Biographical/Historical Note

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.


Little Rock Ark October 10th 1892
My dear mother
I thought I would
would [sic] write to you to see
how you was feeling [sic] this
morning. Angie and Base
coming over there tomorrow.
(?) and Mattie Willford
had a fight today in school.
Ethel Jefferson had a shaking
chill in school today
I am getting tired of
writing now.
So Goodbye
from your child
Ernestine (?) Copeland
Answer soon

Physical Description



Correspondence; Family


Ernestine Copeland

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)




MS.000541, Box 1, Folder 10

Resource Type



Rector-Copeland family collection, MS.000541


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Letter, Ernestine Copeland to Annie Rector Copeland, Rector-Copeland family collection, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.


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Letter, Ernestine Copeland to Annie Rector Copeland