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Title: J.G. Cupples, Boston, to Samuel Cupples, Loughbrickland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileCupples, J. G/33
SenderCupples, J.G.
Sender Gendermale
Sender Occupationunknown
Sender Religionunknown
OriginBoston, Mass., USA
DestinationLoughbrickland, Co. Down, N.Ireland
RecipientCupples, Samuel C.
Recipient Gendermale
Relationshipmight be loosely related
SourceT 1476: Copied by Permission of Mrs H.M. Gilmore, Belfast #TYPE LET J.G. Cupples, Boston, [Massachusetts?], 18 September 1905, to Saml. [Samuel?] Cupples, Loughbrickland, Ireland.
ArchivePublic Record Office, Northern Ireland
Doc. No.9005208
Partial Date
Doc. TypeLET
Log22:05:1990 JMR created 30:08:1991 OT input 03:09:1
Word Count459
TranscriptTo: Saml. [Samuel?] Cupples, Brickloughland, [Loughbrickland?] Ireland
From: J.G.Cupples, Boston

September 18, 1905.

Dear Sir,
Catching your name in a Belfast printed Directory of recent
date moves me to drop you a line inasmuch as my surname matches yours,
the same exceedingly uncommon in these latitudes.
It would please me to get a line from you and learn whatever
you know about our name, i.e. when it took root in your vicinity, whether
it is Welsh, Scotch, England, or Irish, what might have been its early
signification [significance?] and how far it has advanced in numerical
importance in your island?
I come down from a Rev. [Reverend?] Wm. [William?] Cupples, Born 1688,
probably in Ulster, who left Ireland certainly as far back as 1700.
Within a short time a Dublin gentleman of antiquarian tastes
has sent me, among others, copies of the following old Down and Armagh
wills on file in his City, viz.
(1) Thomas Cupples, Farmer, Scarva, died 1715.
Children: Alexander, William Edward, Anne, Eleanor.
(2) William Cupples, Farmer, Mullahead, Tandregee, [Tanderagee?] 1788.
Children: Rev. [Reverend?] Snowden Cupples, Lisburn, died 1835.
Dr. Thos. [Thomas?] Cupples, Newry, died 1801.
(3) Dr. Thos. [Thomas?] Cupples, Newry, 1801.
(4) George Pepper Cupples, Mullahead, died unmarried 1844
(son of Dr. Cupples of Newry).
(5) James Cupples of Brickland, [Loughbrickland?] 1820
This last names brothers John, James, and Alexander, Jane his
niece, John a nephew, Alexander a nephew and a grandson James.
The (1) name of Scarva might have been born as early as 1650,
thus showing how very far back the name is traceable in your vicinity for I
take Scarva to be part of Brickloughland [Loughbrickland?]
Curiously, I have too the will of a captain Alexander Cupples,
marioner [mariner?] of Bristol "who died unmarried in 1734, the same only
Cupples will, as I am told, on file in England. He was the eldest son
of the Scarva man, apparently in the Bristol slave business, plying
vessels between that place and the West Indies. His property he leaves
to his brother William, probably the Mullahead man, to his sister Eleanor,
to his brother Edward #100 only. The British Museum Library at London
owns a long letter in the handwriting of this Captain Alexander Cupples,
dated 1728, Kingston, Jamaica.
Perhaps all these names may be known to you. In view of my
interest in the annals of the name, would you mind helping me to get more
old Cupples matter. What I should like to secure would be copies of
the family registers of births, deaths etc. to be found in any Cupples
bible still in existence and known to you. Also copies of tombstone
inscriptions recording past Cuppleses to be seen, say, in your parish
church graveyard.
Trusting to have the pleasure of hearing from you.
I am,
Very truly yours,
J. G. Cupples
Mr Saml. [Samuel?] Cupples,
Brickloughland, [Loughbrickland?]