91st PA: William James McCoy

William James McCoy

Before the war

He was born on 30 May 1847 (2; 4 (18 in 1864), 5 (65 in 1910), 9 (63 in 1910)). He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (2, 4, 9).

When he enlisted, he was a laborer (4).

His brother may be the John McCoy who also served in the 91st Pennsylvania (see 9).

Description

When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair (4).

During the war

He also served in company C of the 1st, and company A of the 2nd, US Artillery (8). He also served in company K and H of the 3rd and A of the 5th US Cavalry (8).

He enlisted and was mustered into service on 5 January 1864 (1, 4). He was enlisted for three years, at Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, by Captain Lane (4). He was mustered in as a private in company H, by Captain Lane (1, 4, 12).

He was wounded on 5 May 1864 at Wilderness, Virginia (1).

On 14 August 1864, he returned to the regiment from hospital (6).

The company H Register of Deserters reports him as deserting on 1 April 1865, at the Battle of Five Forks, Virginia (3, 4). However, the entry is crossed out; I do not know whether that means he returned, or that he never deserted.

He mustered out on 10 July 1865, with his company (1). He was a private, in company H (12).

After the war

On 9 October 1865, he and others published an ad in the Philadelphia Inquirer supporting Jacob E Ridgway for State Senator in the second district (11).

He joined the regular army in 1866 (2). In March 1880, he retired as a Sergeant from the 3rd US Cavalry (2). He also served with the 5th US Cavalry (2).

He is said to have known William F ("Buffalo Bill") Cody (2).

In 1881/82, he married Virginia A [unknown surname] (9). In 1910, she had had 15 children, 7 of whom were alive (9).

On 11 February 1891, he applied successfully from Washington, DC, for a pension (7, 8).

He died on 7 September 1910, in Washington DC (2, 7). He was living at 2316 H Street Northwest (5).

In 1910, he was living at 312 McLean Avenue, Washington, DC (9). He was living with his wife Virginia, brother John (perhaps John McCoy?), seven children, and a lodger (9). He was a clerk at the Navy Yard (9).

On 15 September 1910, his widow, Virginia A McCoy, applied successfully from Washington, DC, for a pension (7, 8).

In 1920, his widow, Virginia A McCoy, was living at 312 McLean Street, Washington, DC (10). She was living with five of her children, the wife and two children of one of them, and a boarder (the same one as in 1910) (10).

On 28 November 1923, a minor dependent, Charles R McCoy, applied successfully from Washington, DC, for a pension (7, 8).

Researcher

Michael McCoy is researching William James McCoy; contact him at g.m.mccoy@worldnet.att.net. (This address is not valid; please contact me with the correct address [26 Mar 10].)

Sources

1 Bates, Samuel Penniman. History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-5. Harrisburg: B. Singerly, state printer, 1869-71. 5 volumes. 'Ninety-first regiment', volume 3, pages 186-233. (In the roster) (William McCoy)

2 e-mail, Michael McCoy, citing a family Bible (William James McCoy)

3 company H, register of deserters, #24 (William McCoy)

4 company H, descriptive roll, #121 (William McCoy)

5 death notice, Washington Post 20 September 1910, page 3 (William McCoy)

6 consolidated morning report, 91st Pennsylvania, 14 August 1864 (Private McCoy)

7 pension index, by regiment, 91st PA Infantry, company H (William McCoy)

8 pension index, by name (William McCoy)

9 1910 US census, District of Columbia, supervisor's district [blank], enumeration district 71, microfilm series T624, film 151, page 20 B = 5 handwritten (William A McCoy)

10 1920 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, supervisor's district [blank], enumeration district 85, microfilm series T625, film 207, page 125 A = 13 handwritten (Virginia A McCoy)

11 support for Jacob Ridgway for Pennsylvania state senator, Philadelphia Inquirer 9 October 1865, page 8 (Wm F McCoy)

12 index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania (William McCoy)

Sources checked unsuccessfully

1900 US census
HeritageQuest and LDS indices (accessed November 2009)
Rootsweb WorldConnect
accessed 21 November 2009

1910 census

[1910 US census, District of Columbia, supervisor's district [blank], enumeration district 71, microfilm series T624, film 151, page 20 B = 5 handwritten]
line5657585960616263646566
streetMcLean Ave
house nr312          
dwelling nr93          
family nr96          
nameMcCoy, William A.- Virginia A.- John S.- Francis H.John SCharles RMichael DEthel MGeorge O [?]Mary A [?]Noonan Michael V.
relationshipHeadWifebrothersonsonsonsondaughtersondaughterlodger
sexMFMMMMMFMFM
colorWWWWWWWWWWW
age634535 [sic; presumably 55]2016131197252
marital statusM1M1SSSSSSSSWd
#years present marriage2828         
mother of # children 15         
mother of # living children 7         
birthplacePennsylvaniaDist of ColPennsylvaniaDistrict of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of Col
father's birthplaceIre EnglishIre EnglishIre EnglishPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaIre English
mother's birthplaceIre EnglishIre EnglishIre EnglishDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColDist of ColIre English
immigrated           
naturalized/alien           
speaks EnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglishEnglish[erased?][erased?][erased?]English
occupationclerknonelaborernoneapprenticenewsboynewsboynonenonenoneBlacksmith
nature of industry etc.Navy Yard Store Machinist     Navy Yard
employer etc.WWW WWW   W
out of work 15 Apr 1910?YesYesYes  Yesyes   No
# weeks out of work 19090012  00   0
can readyesyesyesyes yesyes   yes
can writeyesyesyesyes yesyes   yes
school since 1 Sep 09   yes yesyesyesyes  
owned/rentedO          
owned free or mortagagedM          
farm/houseH          
nr on farm schedule           
civil war vetUAUA [sic]         
[It's tempting to speculate that 'UA' belongs on line 58, and not 57, and that John McCoy is the John McCoy who served in the 91st]
blind           
deaf & dumb           

1920 census

[1920 US census, Washington, District of Columbia, supervisor's district [blank], enumeration district 85, microfilm series T625, film 207, page 125 A = 13 handwritten]
line4567891011121314
streetMcLean St
house number312          
dwelling visit number247          
family visit number249          
nameMcCoy Virginia A.- John S Jr.- Minetta [?]- Charles P.- Evelyn A.- Charles- Ellan [?] V- George W.- Mary A.- John S. Sr.Noonan Michael B.
relationshipHeadSonDaughterSonDaughter in lawGrandson [?]GranddaughterSonDaughterBrother in lawBoarder
own/rentO          
free/mortgaged (if owned)F          
sexFMFMFMFMFMM
raceWWWWWWWWWWW
age at last birthday55253524171 0/1219 [?]17126562
marital statusWdSSMMS SSSSWd
year of immigration           
naturalized/alien           
year of naturalization           
attended school since Sept 1919    No [?] YesYesYes  
can readyesyesyesyesyes yesyesyesyesyes
can writeyesyesyesyesyes yesyesyesyesyes
birth placeDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaPennsylvaniaDistrict of Columbia
native language           
father's birthplacePennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaIrelandIreland
father's native language         IrishIrish
mother's birthplaceDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaVirginiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaDistrict of ColumbiaVirginiaIrelandIreland
mother's native language         IrishIrish
can speak Englishyesyesyesyesyes yesyesyesyesyes
occupationnoneInspectornoneBookkeepernonenoneInstructor [?]Letter CarriernoneWindow CleanerBlacksmith
industry, business Navy Yard War Dept  PlaygroundUS Govt  Navy Yard
employment status W W  WW WW
number of farm schedule           

index to compiled service records

[index to compiled service records of volunteer Union soldiers who served in organizations from the state of Pennsylvania]
[transcribed 13 January 2015, from Fold3]


McCoy, William
Co. H, 91 Pennsylvania Inf.
Pvt | Pvt
See also [blank]

GENERAL INDEX CARD.

death notice

[death notice, Washington Post 20 September 1910, page 3]
Deaths
William McCoy. 2316 H st. nw., 65 years.

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