Henry Stephen McCoy

Brief Life History of Henry Stephen

When Henry Stephen McCoy was born on 27 July 1837, in Montgomery, Indiana, United States, his father, Stephen Daniel McCoy, was 37 and his mother, Sarah Mary Lindsey, was 35. He married Nova Zemla Smith on 5 February 1863, in Hancock Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 11 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Harmony Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1870 and Carthage, Hancock, Illinois, United States in 1880. He died on 5 September 1907, in Harvard, Clay, Nebraska, United States, at the age of 70, and was buried in Harvard Cemetery, Harvard, Clay, Nebraska, United States.

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Henry Stephen McCoy
Nova Zemla Smith
Marriage: 5 February 1863
Valentine Allen McCoy
Henry Marion McCoy
Albert Lindsey McCoy
George Francis McCoy
Chester MC COY
Aba Mark McCoy
Elsis Hardy McCoy
Ernest Udeara McCoy
Jesse Kellbe MC COY
Carrie Belle McCoy
Oscar Lesley MC COY
Harvey Edgar Mc Coy
Olive Francis MC COY

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  • Henry R McCoy in household of Stephen McCoy, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Henry S Mccoy, "Illinois, County Marriages, 1810-1940"
  • Henry McCoy, "Oregon, Oregon State Archives, Death Records, 1864-1967"

World Events (8)

1841 · Indiana Nears Bankruptcy

The State of Indiana was near bankruptcy in 1841 due to the inability to repay interest incurred for the Massive Internal Improvement Act. The state liquidated much of its public works. Many of the projects were handed over to the state’s creditors as a way to reduce debt. Only two of the eight proposed infrastructure projects were completed by the creditors.


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

1856 · The Town of Santa Claus

The town of Santa Fe was denied their application for a United States Postal Service as a town of Santa Fe, Indiana, was already established. Several meetings were held and the name was changed to Santa Claus, Indiana. The United States Postal Service granted their application. Due to the name, the post office in Santa Claus continues to receive thousands of letters to Santa Claus from children around the world each December.

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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