Let's start with John Earl Copeland's ancestry. You can find out about the Copeland family in this blog, as well as in my book "An American Genealogy: The Copeland Family of Montgomery County Kansas."
Austin Copeland w son John Earl, Ralph Barnes Jr, wife Rhoda and Ivella's children.
This was the crew photo for Poulsen's crew of the Hot Garters plane. All members were killed in action or after they parachuted to the ground. John Earl Copeland is center, bottom row - identification from Cousette Copeland based on his family and enlistment photos.
Just before the Copeland book was published, mission details were released from previously restricted files. They are in the Copeland book - appendix B.
John Earl Copeland Sr's obit - mentions his next of kin as his aunt Dr. Ivy Hancock - that's because he lived with her while going to school in town. His parents were still alive on their farm.
Dr. Ivy Hancock, John Earl Copeland SR, and pregnant wife Betty Hopkins Copeland. John Earl never saw his son.
John Earl Copeland, JR who died in 1963 in a car wreck - at age 22, the same age as his father John Earl Copeland SR.
John Earl Copeland Jr married Linda Maher, and they had one child Taina Copeland. After John Earl Jr's death, Linda married Mr. Hammer and had many other children.
Belinda, Arlene and Ralph, and Taina Copeland meet for the first time in 2010 in Coffeyville Kansas.Cheryl Salvi said that a woman in Oregon found some photos and contacted her, returning this photo. It is of Rhoda's parents - John and Ella Gilbert Hancock.
John and Ella Hancock, Ivy, Hawkey, Webb, Claude 1884
When the forensic genealogist contacted me, I checked my family tree for Rhoda. I found her mother. Then I found Ella Gilbert's sister, Louise. In Mr. Locke's family tree, I found this photo that identifies Ella as "Aunt Ella."