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  • ID: I9940
  • Name: John "Devil Padre" McCoy
  • Surname: McCoy
  • Given Name: John "Devil Padre"
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1775 in Fayette, Lincoln County, Missouri
  • Death: 1838 in Gonzales, Victoria, Texas
  • _UID: AA28A9907EE675429A098098E287E745766B
  • Note:
    FA1: Served Daniel Boone's Mounted Rangers under Nathan Boone Lincoln Co., Mo. 1 _FA2: Muste r Roll Book 57, 101, 1334 San Jancito list, 2nd regmint Vol 1 _FA3: Jesse McCoy one of 32 me n from Gonzales 1 Note:
    John McCoy Sr., is one of the Flint Hill McCoy brother's prior to living in Mo., they were i n Harrison County, Kentucky. Flint Hill McCoy's were John, Daniel, Joseph and James. John cam e to Texas in 1827, in Mo before coming to Texas. John 'Padre' McCoy's headright grant was i n northern DeWitt Co. A Creek was named by the McCoys, near the town of Concrete abt 1827 . A neighbor went to the Alamo with Jesse, Thoms R Miller[Parr.FBK.FBK.FTW] John McCoy Sr. , is one of the Flint Hill McCoy brother's prior to living in Mo., they were in Harrison Coun ty, Kentucky. Flint Hill McCoy's were John, Daniel, Joseph and James. John came to Texas in 1 827, in Mo before coming to Texas. John 'Padre' McCoy's headright grant was in northern DeWi tt Co. A Creek was named by the McCoys, near the town of Concrete abt 1827. A neighbor went t o the Alamo with Jesse, Thoms R Miller

    MCCOY. Daniel, Green, Jesse, John "Devil/Padre", John, Joseph, Prospect, Samuel. [In additio n to diverse sources, the following was compiled in large part by analysis of articles in th e History of Gonzales County Texas by Linda Alford and Jackie Paschal and data supplied by Ma y Thompson Yoss]

    Like many DeWitt Colonists including founders Green DeWitt and James Kerr and the author's fi ve related Burket, Kent and Zumwalt families, the McCoy families were pioneers in the Missour i Territory of Upper Louisiana while it was still or had just been released from Spain. The M cCoys begin with John and Martha Humphrey McCoy who had children Daniel, Samuel, John McCoy S r., Catherine, Sarah, Hester, Margaret, Joseph Hill and James. Daniel McCoy (b. aft 1762, be f 1774 in VA or KY; d. 1844; m. Rachel Zumwalt in 1797 in HarrisonCo, KY, daughter of Johan n Henrich and Mary Catherine Hiatt Zumwalt), along with brothers John McCoy Sr. (b. abt 177 1 PA?; d. 30 Aug 1836 VictoriaCo, TX) and Joseph Hill McCoy, came to the Missouri Territory i n 1797 with Daniel's father-in-law Henry Zumwalt and related Zumwalt pioneers from Kentucky . Daniel and Rachel Zumwalt had children John (b. abt 1754), Frances, Sarah, Nancy, Mahala, M argaret, Joseph and Elizabeth.

    Texian pioneer Frank W. Johnson History of Texas and Texans, who was from the same area of Mi ssouri and knew Green DeWitt well relates:

    "about the middle or latter part of the fall [1826] three families, the Messrs. McCoy, ar rived and encamped near Mr. Heddy's [between Harrisburg and San Felipe de Austin]. They, lik e myself, were from Missouri. We soon formed an acquaintance and, as we were from the same st ate, formed a sort of brotherhood. They, however, intended going to DeWitt's colony, and ha d only stopped for the season, believing that provisions could be more readily procured in Au stin's than DeWitt's colony. The winter proved to be a mild and dry one, until the latter par t and early spring, when we had frequent and heavy rains, which made the streams high and th e roads almost impassable........ In the spring of this year, 1827, being invited and solicit ed by the Messrs. McCoy to accompany them to DeWitt's colony, and, being desirous to see mor e of the country, though still subject to chill and fever, I accepted the invitation. Our fir st day's travel brought us to San Bernard, some fifteen miles distant from San Felipe de Aust in, and on what is known as the Atascosito road. From thence we proceeded to the Colorado, wh ich stream we crossed above the road. The weather, though cloudy, with an occasional shower , was quite pleasant, and we pursued our journey without accident or incident until within so me ten miles of DeWitt's station on the La Baca. Though the day had been fair it became cloud y at nightfall. We had built a large log fire and got our suppers; soon after we discovere d a portentous cloud in the northwest, and occasional peals of thunder---it had been lighteni ng in the north for some time before we heard the thunder. The cloud formed rapidly, and soo n darkened the heavens, and sent---down torrents of rain, So heavy was the rain that it not o nly wet us to the skin, notwithstanding we were wrapped in our blankets, but extinguished ou r fire. After an hour or two the rain ceased and the clouds broke up. The storm was accompani ed by a heavy blow from the north and was quite cold. After the rainstorm the wind continue d to blow fiercely, but we rekindled the fire and dired our clothing and blankets, and spen t the remainder of the night quite confortably. While enjoying the fire and drying, I observe d to the elder McCoy that I thought that the drenching I had received would either kill or cu re me; to this he replied that I need be under no apprehensions of ill consequences. In thi s opinion he was right. I improved in health and strength from that day forward." Johnson con tinues description of their arrival at DeWitt's station on the La Baca River.

    Six McCoy's received land grants in the DeWitt Colony. Land records indicate a John McCoy Sr . (John "Devil/Padre" McCoy) arrived married 9 Mar 1827 with family of 4, Joseph McCoy arrive d married 29 Jan 1829 with family of 7 (son of John McCoy Sr., by census he was in the colon y in 1828), another John McCoy (believed son of John McCoy Sr.) arrived married 9 Mar 1827 wi th family of 4, Jesse McCoy (son of John McCoy Sr.) arrived single 9 Mar 1827, Samuel McCoy ( son of John McCoy Sr.) arrived single 4 Jan 1829, Daniel McCoy arrived married 20 Mar 1830 an d Joseph McCoy Jr. arrived single 20 Mar 1830. Grants to father John Sr. and sons Joseph an d Jesse were next to each other southeast of the Gonzales town tract on the east bank of th e Guadalupe River near the current Gonzales-DeWittCo line while those to putative brothers, J ohn and Samuel McCoy, were further south on the east bank in current DeWittCo. The grant to D aniel McCoy was on Peach Creek between Gonzales and the FayetteCo line while that to Joseph M cCoy Jr. was further east in current FayetteCo northeast of current Waelder. Relation to th e John "Padre" McCoy clan of Joseph McCoy Jr. and Daniel McCoy, who list the same arrival dat e in land grant records, is unclear, but they are thought to be a father and son pair, brothe r and nephew of John "Padre" McCoy, respectively.

    John McCoy Sr., son of John and Martha Humphrey McCoy, arrived with wife Martha and childre n Daniel and Louisa in 1827 and are listed in the 1828 census of the colony. They were amon g the first settlers of the DeWitt Colony at Old Station on the Lavaca. John McCoy, known a s "Devil" or "Padre" McCoy Indians and Mexicans, respectively, was apparently the head of th e McCoy clan and an accomplished Indian fighter as were other McCoys serving under both Danie l Boone and son Capt. Nathan Boone in Missouri. John and Martha McCoy Sr. had children Josep h Hill, John Jr., James, Thomas, Jesse, Timothy, Samuel, Daniel and Louisa. Sons Jesse (b. 18 04 in MO) and Joseph Hill (b. abt 1791 in KY) came to TX with their father in 1827 and are al so listed in the 1828 census. The single John McCoy listed in the 1828 census from PA is beli eved also to be a son, John McCoy Jr. (b. abt 1794 in KY; d. BlancoCo, TX). Son Samuel McCo y (b. 1806 in MO) arrived later in 1829. Son James McCoy (b. 1796 in KY; m. Matilda?) also ca me to Texas and died at Goliad in 1836 while serving in Capt. Pettus' Company of San Antoni o Grays. Daniel McCoy (b. 1813 LincolnCo, MO) married an Elizabeth and sister Louisa McCoy (b . 1816 LincolnCo, MO) married Thomas M. Mathews.
  • Change Date: 23 Sep 2013 at 14:53:30



    Father: John McCoy b: 1754 in of Virginia
    Mother: Martha Humphrey b: 1754 in of Missouri

    Marriage 1 Martha Dunbar b: ABT 1776 in of St. Charles County, Missouri
    • Married: 11 Sep 1808 in St. Charles County, Missouri
    Children
    1. Has No Children Margaret McCoy b: ABT 1793 in St. Charles County, Missouri
    2. Has Children John Jr McCoy b: 1794 in , Lincoln, Kentucky
    3. Has No Children James McCoy b: 1796 in Lincoln Co., Missouri
    4. Has Children Joseph Hill McCoy b: 12 Oct 1797 in Lincoln Co., Missouri
    5. Has Children Thomas McCoy b: ABT 1798 in Lincoln Co., Missouri
    6. Has No Children Jesse McCoy b: 1804 in Gyorsburg, Tennessee
    7. Has Children Timothy McCoy b: 1805 in Missouri
    8. Has Children Samuel McCoy b: 1806 in Lincoln County, MIssouri
    9. Has No Children Daniel McCoy b: 1813 in Lincoln County, MIssouri
    10. Has No Children Louisa McCoy b: 1816 in Lincoln County, MIssouri

    Marriage 2 Margaret McKinley b: ABT 1776 in St. Charles, Missouri
    • Married: AFT 1816 in of St Charles County, Missouri

    Marriage 3 Nancy Hill b: ABT 1776 in Lincoln, Lincoln, Kentucky
    • Married: BEF 1806 in St. Charles, Missouri

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