Richard McCoy

Male7 August 1841–2 August 1920

Brief Life History of Richard

When Richard McCoy was born on 7 August 1841, in Middletown, Orange, New York, United States, his father, Richard H McCoy, was 30 and his mother, Mary Ann Wickham, was 30. He married Sarah Silvenia Burdick on 1 May 1867. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 3 daughters. He lived in Allegany, Allegany, Cattaraugus, New York, United States for about 15 years and San Francisco, California, United States in 1900. He registered for military service in 1861. He died on 2 August 1920, in Berkeley, Alameda, California, United States, at the age of 78, and was buried in Sunset View Cemetery, El Cerrito, Contra Costa, California, United States.

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Richard McCoy
Sarah Silvenia Burdick
Marriage: 1 May 1867
Kate Goodwin
Albertus Alexander McCoy
Gertrude Blanche McCoy
Florence Lucy McCoy

Sources (21)

  • Richard Traxly in household of Richard H Traxly, "New York State Census, 1855"
  • Richard McCoy, "Find A Grave Index"
  • Richard Mccoy in entry for Sarah P Mccoy, "United States, GenealogyBank Historical Newspaper Obituaries, 1815-2011"

Spouse and Children

  • Marriage
    1 May 1867
  • Children (4)

    Parents and Siblings

    Siblings (8)

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    World Events (8)


    Age 5

    U.S. acquires vast tracts of Mexican territory in wake of Mexican War including California and New Mexico.


    Age 6

    Historic Notes: 1847: Name changed from Yerba Buena to San Francisco. 1856: San Francisco an Independent City.


    Age 22

    Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.

    Name Meaning

    Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Aoidh ‘son of Aodh’, an old personal name meaning ‘fire’, originally the name of a pagan god. Thus it has the same origin as McGee , McKay , and McKee . It has sometimes been Anglicized as Hughes .

    History: The McCoy clan of KY, led by Randolph McCoy, was involved in one of the bitterest mountain feuds, with the Hatfield clan of WV, from the Civil War to the end of the 19th century. The expression ‘the real McCoy’ probably originated with an American boxer, Norman Selby (1873–1940), who adopted the name “Kid McCoy” to distinguish himself from another fighter of the same name.

    Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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