I'm not aware of the docs that would show the the East Indian servants that were brought with the British Copeland family. I was hoping you had access to these but apparently few have docs further back than the 1800s in Georgia. Never-the less there are only mention of the East Indie Weavers and other people who mixed with the Copeland free people of color.
Julia said the East Indian ancestors came through England as indentured with the Copeland family.
If you are interested you can check them out on the Paul Heinegg Afrigeneas site as well as some of their photos. Have to join to see the photos first though.http://www.afrigeneas.com/forum-fpoc/index.cgi?page=1;md=rea...
There is also info about the Copelands involved in the East India trade in the book - A Registry of Ships Employed in the Service of the Honorable the United East India Company from the Year 1760 to 1810 by Charles Hardy
Also in the google book in http://books.google.com/books?id=5SwSAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA158&a...
As well see below from the book:
The Church in Madras; being the History of the Ecclesiastical and Missionary Action of the East India Company by Frank Penny, 1869.
“There were present some members of the Privy Council, the Lord Mayor and the Aldermen the members of the East India Company and of the sister Company of Virginia; the Church was packed and there was an immense crowd outside. Dr. John wood of Great St. Helen’s officiated. The name given in baptism was chosen by the King. The young man gave a public confession of his faith in answer to questions showing that he understood what he was doing. The record of the interesting event was entered in the parish register thus:
1616 Dec. 22 an East Indian was Christened by the name of Peter.
A few weeks afterwards Copeland and the youth departed on another voyage; it was on this voyage in the Royal James that Copeland collected money for the building of a school and the prosecution of a mission in Virginia. He returned in 1621; in 1622 he preached a memorable sermon at St. Mary le bow Church, Cheapside, before the Hon. Virginia Company; by this means he raised more money for his Virginia mission….”
From the text, History of the Virginia Company of London by Edward Duffield Neill: Letters to and From the First Colony by Edward Duffield Neill, 1819.
The East India School
“October 24, 1621, Mr. Deputy acquainted the Courte that one Mr. Copeland, a minister lately retuned from the East Indies, out of an earnest desire to give some furtherance unto the plantacon in Virginia, had been pleased, as well by his own good example as by psuasion, to stir upp many that came with him in the Ship called the
The Rev. Patrick Copland, or Copeland, in 1613 went to Surat. The next year he sent to England a native lad he had taught to read and write, “to be instructed in religion, that hereafter he may be sent home to convert some of this nation.” On July 18, 1615, letters were read at a meeting of the East India company from Copeland, asking that steps might be taken “for the baptism of the lad who appears now to be in the East being of opinion that it was fit to have it publicly effected being the first fruits of India.”
Copeland a few days before the massacre in Virginia reached England was appointed was converted Rector of the intended College to the Somers Island Company upon condition that they would educate three Virginia Indian children….”