In late 1785 or early 1786, he arrived in Philadelphia from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania "to commence the acquisition of practical mercantile knowledge" (Chandler, 358). During his life, he served as a member of the Philadelphia City Council, Pennsylvania Legislature, and President of the Mercantile Library Company. Cope found financial success in his import-export business. His line of packet ships expanded networks between Philadelphia and Liverpool, England. Cope also provided financial support for one of the city’s major projects, the Pennsylvania Railroad. Cope identified as an Orthodox Quaker (Baltzell, 501, 440-441, Barbour and Frost, 187).
Francis Reeve Cope (1821-1909), the grandson of Thomas Pim Cope, was a merchant and businessman. In 1847, he married Anna Stewardson Brown and they had nine children: Elizabeth (1848-1937), Rachel (1850-1939), Thomas (1852-1944), William (1854-1860), Alfred (1857-1897), Francis (1859-1909), Algernon (1860-1862), Anna (1862-?), Caroline (1865-1953) (refer to the Cope Family Tree) (Evans, 144). He was involved with the Pennsylvania Freedmen’s Relief Association, a philanthropic effort established around 1862 to provide education for freed slaves (Benjamin, 76, 140-141, 128).
Jonathan Evans (1843-1911) was the fifth child of Thomas Evans and Katharine [Catharine] Wistar. He married Rachel Reeve Cope (1850-1939), daughter of Francis Reeve Cope, in 1873. They had five children: Anna (1875-1967), Francis (1878-1946), Edward (1882-1976), Ernest (1884-1911), and Harold (1886-1977) (refer to the Cope Family Tree). All four sons graduated from Haverford College (Evans, 22, 138, 143).
For nearly thirty years, Evans served on the School Committee at Haverford College. According to his colleagues “his influence stood for conservatism in retaining the best features that differentiate our Friends’ Schools from others; that at the same time he was always ready to adopt plans in accordance with progressive standards in education” (Minutes of School Committee, Reporting Jonathan Evans' Death, 1911; Evans, 138).
Clementine Cope (1835-1899) was the oldest child of William D. Cope (1798-1873) and Susan Newbold. She had two brothers, Edgar and Alexis, and had a close relationship with her sisters, Caroline and Annette. Her sister Eleanor died as an infant (refer to the Cope Family Tree). Clementine never married (Evans, 144; G. Cope, 112-113).