Prospect Clark McCoy (1816 - 1884)

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Birthplace: Lincoln, MO, USA
Death: Died in Dewville, Gonzales, Texas, United States
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About Prospect Clark McCoy

Prospect McCoy was thirteen when the family arrived in Texas. During the Texas Revolution, with other members of his family, he contributed to the cause of freedom serving with captain Albert Martin's Company of John H Moore's Regiment.

Prospect and Elizabeth had eleven children which included three sets of twin girls. The children were: Jesse Milam, Elizabeth L., Mary Magnalina, Zachariah Davis, Prospect Clark Jr., Constanna Catherine, Rosanna, Emaline, Adaline Elizabeth, Vianna and Lavinia. His eldest son Jesse M (named for his great uncle, a brother of Joseph, who fell at the Alamo) married first Jane Shelton Bivin January 9, 1867 in Guadalupe County, Texas and second in Kansas while on a trail drive in the late 1870's Lucretia L. Contplin. His eldest daughter Elizabeth L. married George W. Lookingbill. Mary M. McCoy, the second daughter, became the wife of Edward T. Pearson November 2, 1859 and after bearing three children died May 16, 1869. Zachariah Davis McCoy, the second son and fourth child, married Mollie Dees and died but a week after their nuptials were celebrated. The story came down that he swam the river to obtain the marriage license, became ill and died February 20, 1869. Prospect C. Jr. died at age seventeen. Constanna Katherine wed first William Pinckney Moore and second following a divorce C.B. "Bon" Burris. Her twin Rosanna married E. Fred Morris and in 1886 went with their family to Harvey County, Oregon. Emaline (1853) died at age eleven about the same time as her brother Prospect Jr. Her twin sister Adaline wed W.H. Little October 14,1872. Vianna "Fannie" (May 19, 1856-July 25, 1886) married Benjamin L. Lynch October 4, 1875 and died eleven years later. Her twin sister, Lavinia, was found dead in the family yard when she was only fourteen.

The family of Prospect McCoy lived near old Sandies Chapel. They and most of their children, some of their grandchildren, his mother Catherine, two of his paternal uncles and Rosa Chinault Davis, mother of Elizabeth Ann, were all buried in Sandies Chapel Cemetery. To the Edward T. Pearsons were born three children: Elizabeth Ann "Bettie" married James Robert Gordon, a Confederate veteran; Fillmore M. "Phillip" became the husband of Rachel T. Smith, an orphan girl Phil's uncle Jesse befriended and brought home to Texas from one of his trail drives; and Zachariah C. Pearson who died when not quite a year old.

Linda Ivy Alford (Adapted from The History of Gonzales County, Texas by permission of the Gonzales County Historical Commission)


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Prospect McCoy's Timeline

January 2, 1816
Lincoln, MO, USA
February 4, 1884
Age 68
Dewville, Gonzales, Texas, United States
Dewville, Gonzales, Texas, United States