Stirpes, Volume 34, Number 1, March 1994 Page: 36
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From William Penn, Madam Ferree received land and, in 1708, Madame Ferree and
her family joined the Rev. Joshua Kocherthal and his party who sailed on the Globe to the new
world. They landed at New Amsterdam and then they went to Esopus (Kingston, New York) to
live with Huguenot friends until 1713 when they claimed their land in present day Lancaster
Co., Pennsylvania. In the proscribed manner of the day, Madam Ferree's son and son-in-law
received the deed to the land since women could not own property in their own right,
As I continued to search for my Buffington roots, my main source of information was
The Buffington Family in America. I learned that the original name of Buffington was
Boveington and the family came from Great Marlow near Oxford, Buckinghamshire, England.
Richard Buffington and his wife Anne came to America before William Penn and settled in
what is now Chester Co., Pennsylvania. Some reports state that their son Richard, born in
1679, was the first child born of English parents in the Province of Pennsylvania. Grandpa's
7th great-grandfather, William, was Richard and Anne's second child. William's son, Thomas,
married Ruth Cope, a daughter of Oliver and Rebecca Cope, immigrants from Avebury,
Wilshire, England. I found the roots of the Copes reached deep in Wilshire, when I learned
that Grandpa's ancestor, Edward Cope, Oliver's grandfather, was a church warden at
Winchester Cathedral in 1606.
Through persistence and good luck, I have been able to find the extended pedigree of
Oliver Cope. In 1861, Gilbert Cope, one of Oliver Cope's descendants, published a family
genealogy. Additionally, the Cope family is listed in various other books such as A.M. Burke's
The Prominent Families of the United States, and Living Descendants of Blood Royal compiled
and edited by Professor Arthur Adams and Count d'Angerville.
Grandpa's Cope lineage went back to 1355, the birth date of the first known of the
name, John Cope. He died in 1415. He was an Esquire of Denshanger, in the county of
Northampton, England. Two times John Cope was High Sheriff of the county and five times he
was Knight of the Shire in Parliament. His descendants included Grandpa's 13th greatgrandfather,
Sir William Cope of Hanwell in Oxfordshire, who was buried at Banbury in 1513.
He was Knight Cofferer to King Henry VII.
William Cope, his son, married Agnes Harcourt, the daughter and sole heir of Sir
Robert Harcourt. Sir Robert was King Henry VIl's standard bearer at the Battle of Bosworth
Field, the deciding battle that ended the War of the Roses in favor of the Lancastrians (red
rose) over the Yorks (white rose). A statue of Agnes' father, Sir Robert, stands in St. George's
chapel at Windsor Castle in recognition of his services to King and country.
Stephen Cope, the son of Sir William Cope and Agnes Harcourt, was born in 1473. He
served as the Sergeant of the Butlery to Henry VII and as a Gentleman of the Bedchamber and
the Sergeant of the Butler and Poultry to Henry VIII. Stephen also served as the Envoy to the
Duchess of Savoy in 1510 and to the Emperor of Muscovy in 1523.
On the Harcourt side of the family, Sir John de Harcourt, Robert's father, was a
Knight of Bosworth, and Ellenhall. He married Eleanor La Zouche, the daughter of Eudo
(Edward) La Zouche by Millicent de Montalt, who was a daughter of William, Lord
Eudo La Zouche and Millicent de Canteloupe, were also Thomas Jefferson's 19th
great-grandparents. Thomas Jefferson's line of descent comes from Eleanor's sister, Lucy, who
married Sir Thomas Green.
By following the Harcourt pedigree, generation by generation, through the Richard de
Grey family and the John de Grey family, I found Grandpa's 21st great-grandfather was King
John "Lackland," a son of Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine who was born in Bordeaux,
France, in 1123. Henry II, a great-grandson of William the Conqueror, descended through
William's son, Henry I, "Beauclerc" and his queen, Matilda of Scotland, and then through
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