Biography of Nathan McCoy



Berrien County

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Also see [Railway Officials in America 1906]

NATHAN McCOY was among the earliest settlers of Western Michigan; born in Montgomery Co., Va., Nov. 15, 1805. His father, William McCoy, was also a native of the same county, and his mother, whose maiden name was Susan Hunter, of Giles County, same State. His parents were very poor, and Nathan received very little schooling, working on the farm and tending carding machine alternately for a livelihood until November, 1833, when he emigrated to Michigan, stopping first at Pokagon for a year, with his brother-in-law, Henry Sifford, working the following two years near Cassopolis, for Pleasant Norton. He then took a trip to Iowa, returning after a two months' stay. He was married to Miss Hepeziah Viekars, Dec. 7, 1836.

In 1834 he bought one hundred and fifty three acres of land in Berrien township, Berrien Co., settling on this early in 1837, and, living in a log cabin, endured the usual hardships, trials, and pleasures of pioneer life; for our old pioneers tell us that their happiest days were when building up their homes in the woods.

Mr. McCoy has been quite a hunter, having killed a great many deer both in Michigan and Virginia. By his first wife he had the following children: Elizabeth, born Dec. 17, 1837; Amanda Jane, March 7, 1839; William, Aug. 16, 1843; Lewis Perry, Aug. 8, 1851, all of whom are living. Mr. McCoy was afflicted by the loss of this wife, who died Oct. 11, 1851. The 2lst of October, 1852, he married Amanda Marquis, by whom he had the following children: Francis Marion, born Oct. 24, 1854; Zorah Alice, born Nov. 18, 1S58, died Sept. 6, 1861; and Snsauna, born Sept. 16, 1862. Dec. 13, 1875, the hand of the destroyer was again laid heavily upon Mr. McCoy's household, taking his second partner and companion. Mr. McCoy has always been Democratic in politics. He is at present possessed of two hundred and forty seven acres of land, and with abundant means, pleasant home, and the most of his family around him he bides his time.

History of Berrien and Van Buren Counties, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of Its Prominent Men and Pioneers.
D. W. Ensign & Co., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincoff & Co., Philadelphia.

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