Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.

     THOMAS McCOY who resides in Sprague was born in county Armagh, Ireland, in April, 1838.  His parents, were Owen and Bridget (McCann) McCoy.  The father was born in the same county as our subject and followed farming.  He was in the uprising in Ireland in 1848 and remained in his native country until his death.  The mother was born in the same county as the husband and died in 1846.  Thomas was favored with a good common school education in Ireland and worked with his father until the age of seventeen; then he went to Scotland and worked two years as a coal miner.  After that, he came to Scotland, then journeyed to Dunham, England, and served there twelve years in the roller mills.  In 1872, he came to America sailing from Liverpool to New York.  From New York, he went to Enpire, Michigan, and operated in the mills for some time.  Mr. McCoy has two sisters, Mrs. Ann Welch, who came to this country with our subject and later married.  Her husband died and Mr. McCoy brought her to his place where she died in 1888, leaving three children whom he cared for.  The other sister is Mrs. Mary Hughes, living in Ireland.  The three children Mr. McCoy raised are Mary, now married to U. S. Perry, a clerk in Sprague; Maggie, married to Anthony Dent, dwelling in the Willamette valley, Oregon, and Thomas, a printer, in San Francisco.  Mr. McCoy owns two residences in Sprague besides several choice lots.  He gives his attention to gardening and is a good substantial man.
     He has been a life long member of the Catholic church and is a supporter of that faith at the present time.