28 September 2011

Thomas McCoy

The subject of this review is a self-made man who, without any extraordinary family or pecuniary advantages at the outset of his career, has battled earnestly and energetically and by indomitable courage and integrity has achieved both character and fortune, being now the owner of three hundred and eighty-five acres of land in Virginia township, so that he is now numbered among its most substantial citizens.



Mr. McCoy is a native of this state, born May 21, 1837, in Dresden, Muskingum county, a son of Willis and Hannah (Smales) McCoy. The father came with his parents to Ohio when a young lad, their former home being in the Keystone state. The mother was a native of England and was quite young at the time of the emigration of the family to the United States, the voyage across the Atlantic requiring nine weeks. Willis McCoy was a farmer and met death by accident when the son Thomas was a lad of eight veal's, he being the eldest of four children. His two younger brothers enlisted in 1861 for service in the Civil war but although our subject desired to go to the front, it was necessary that he remain home and assist in the support of his mother.

Thomas McCoy started out to make his own way in the world when a mere lad, being employed at farm labor. His earnings were given toward the support of his widowed mother and other members of the family so that when he reached his majority he had only a few clothes and a capital of three dollars. About that time a family by the name of Smith were preparing to make the overland journey to Illinois and Mr. McCoy was engaged to drive one of the teams. After a journey covering seven weeks he reached Richland county, that state, where he remained until 1860, when he once more returned to Coshocton county to cast his presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln. He then engaged in farm work in Washington township until 1863, at which time he established a home of his own by his marriage to Miss Sarah Norris, a daughter of George and Susanna (Croy) Norris, who lived in the same neighborhood as our subject.

Following his marriage Mr. McCoy began farming on his own account on a small tract of land which he had purchased and to this he has added as the years have gone by until he is now the owner of three hundred and eighty-five acres situated in Virginia township. A portion of this is bottom land and is very productive. His farm is improved with a good country residence and substantial barns and outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock and everything about the place presents a neat and thrifty appearance, indicating the progressive methods of the owner. In addition to carrying on general farming on an extensive scale Mr. McCoy is also engaged in raising stock and is assisted in his work by his sons. He also gives a portion of his time to bridge building and to threshing during the harvest reasons and in this connection is widely and favorably known in various sections of the county.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. McCoy has been blessed with seven children: Ella, now the wife of Wood Davis; John; Charles; Howard; Joseph; Calvin; and Anna, the wife of Robert English. Mr. McCoy is a republican in his political views and affiliations and is proud of the fact that he cast a vote for Lincoln. He deserves great credit for what he, has accomplished in the financial world, for it has been worthily won. Over his record falls no shadow of wrong, for he has been most loyal to the ties of friendship and citizenship, and his history well deserves a place in this volume.


From: Centennial History of Coshocton County, Ohio, Volume 2 By William J. Bahmer, S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1909, pages 362-365.

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