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).
When he enlisted, he was 5 feet 5 inches tall, and had a fair complexion, grey eyes, and brown hair (4).
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).
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).
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).
Michael McCoy is researching William James McCoy; contact him at email@example.com. (This address is not valid; please contact me with the correct address [26 Mar 10].)
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)
|name||McCoy, William A.||- Virginia A.||- John S.||- Francis H.||John S||Charles R||Michael D||Ethel M||George O [?]||Mary A [?]||Noonan Michael V.|
|age||63||45||35 [sic; presumably 55]||20||16||13||11||9||7||2||52|
|#years present marriage||28||28|
|mother of # children||15|
|mother of # living children||7|
|birthplace||Pennsylvania||Dist of Col||Pennsylvania||District of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col|
|father's birthplace||Ire English||Ire English||Ire English||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Ire English|
|mother's birthplace||Ire English||Ire English||Ire English||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Dist of Col||Ire English|
|nature of industry etc.||Navy Yard||Store||Machinist||Navy Yard|
|out of work 15 Apr 1910?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||yes||No|
|# weeks out of work 1909||0||0||12||0||0||0|
|school since 1 Sep 09||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|owned free or mortagaged||M|
|nr on farm schedule|
|civil war vet||UA||UA [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]|
|deaf & dumb|
|dwelling visit number||247|
|family visit number||249|
|name||McCoy Virginia A.||- John S Jr.||- Minetta [?]||- Charles P.||- Evelyn A.||- Charles||- Ellan [?] V||- George W.||- Mary A.||- John S. Sr.||Noonan Michael B.|
|relationship||Head||Son||Daughter||Son||Daughter in law||Grandson [?]||Granddaughter||Son||Daughter||Brother in law||Boarder|
|free/mortgaged (if owned)||F|
|age at last birthday||55||25||35||24||17||1 0/12||19 [?]||17||12||65||62|
|year of immigration|
|year of naturalization|
|attended school since Sept 1919||No [?]||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|birth place||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||Pennsylvania||District of Columbia|
|father's birthplace||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||Pennsylvania||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||Ireland||Ireland|
|father's native language||Irish||Irish|
|mother's birthplace||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||Virginia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||District of Columbia||Virginia||Ireland||Ireland|
|mother's native language||Irish||Irish|
|can speak English||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|occupation||none||Inspector||none||Bookkeeper||none||none||Instructor [?]||Letter Carrier||none||Window Cleaner||Blacksmith|
|industry, business||Navy Yard||War Dept||Playground||US Govt||Navy Yard|
|number of farm schedule|