Was born near Hagerstown in Washington County, Maryland August 30, 1835. His ancestors had resided in that county for five generations on a tract of land patented to a member of the family on the first settlement of that area. Mr. MCCOY was raised in the county and obtained his education at Hagerstown and vicinity.

He came West in 1857, to Mo. in 1858, then returned to Maryland where he resided until 1866. He then returned to Missouri and located in Holt County where he engaged in the milling business in the Missouri River bottomland, a mile from Bigelow, in partnership with his brother, E. D. MCCOY. He sawed and dealt in lumber in that area for several years before, in 1872, settling on the land he now occupies four miles north of Mound City.

He has farmed and engaged in the stock business. In January, 1872, he married Laura KEEDY of St. Joseph, daughter of Dr. Daniel KEEDY, one of the earliest settlers of that city. Mr. MCCOY'S home farm is composed of 720 acres and he has other land in the Missouri bottom. He is a Democrat in politics.

Source: "An Illustrated Historical Atlas Map, Holt County, MO," published by Brink, McDonough & Co., Philadelphia, 1877
Provided by Dave Roberts of Lyon County, Kentucky, a former Holt County resident.