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Joseph Hill McCoy

Also Known As: "Joe"
Birthdate: (45)
Birthplace: Lincoln, KY, USA
Death: 1836 (45)
Republic of Texas (During the Runaway Scrape, Joseph died of illness on the Brazos near Neches. )
Immediate Family:

Son of John "Devil Padre" McCoy and Martha McCoy
Husband of Caty McCoy
Father of Prospect Clark McCoy; Green McCoy and Joseph L. McCoy
Brother of Daniel McCoy; Louisa McCoy and Jesse McCoy (Immortal 32 Gonzales Ranger)
Half brother of Timothy McCoy

Occupation: War of 1812 - Capt. Nathan Boone's Rangers
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About Joseph Hill McCoy

Joseph joined his father and 5 other McCoys in the DeWitt colony with wife and 5 children January 19, 1829, although by census he was in the colony in 1828. Their last 2 children were born in Texas. Joseph died of illness on the Brazos near Neches during the Runaway Scrape. (source: Raymond L Richards)

Military Service: Captain, Served a year under Capt. Daniel M. Boone and/or a year under Capt. James Callaway in War of 1812.

Military service: War of 1812 - Missouri (source: Connie C.)

Missouri Pioneers Volume 16 shows the Muster Roll of capt. Nathan Boone's Rangers 1812 included: John McCoy; James McCoy; Joseph McCoy

Left Missouri in 1824.

Settled first at Old Station, then Peach Creek and last on Sandies Creek where they built a log cabin.

In the list of original settlers in DeWitt's Colony, he is listed as:

   Joseph McCoy - M[married] - Date of arrival: Jan. 29, 1829 - Size of family: 7 - Size of grant: 1 sitio - Date of title: May 1, 1831 - Reference to titles Dewitt's Contracts: ...203-206

Sources cited by Connie Cooperthwaite: "List of DeWitt Colonists 1828, 36-40-50 Census reading of tombstones, pictures. C.Charles Clark Ky. 1833-4; Courthouse. M.License - Mudds History of Lincoln Co. Mo. Sandies Chapel Cem - was McCoy Cem - Land Kathleen Voight - many stories -burried 9sic) of sandstone. Left Mo. 1824 - Texas in 1827.. Missouri Misc."

According to the 1828 Census he is: Joseph McCoy, married, 37, M, Misuri (Missouri); Catharine McCoy, 32, F; Prospect McCoy, 11, M; Green McCoy, 9, M; Elizabeth McCoy, 7,F; Christopher McCoy, 5,M; Infant, M--2horses, 20 cattle, 1 donkey, 7 hogs.

Joseph Hill McCoy

Joseph Hill and Catherine Clark McCoy. - Joseph McCoy, oldest child born about 1791 of John "Padre" and Nancy Hill McCoy came with his father's family to Texas. Although land records say Joseph arrived 26 Jan 1829 with his wife Catherine, daughter of Major Christopher Clark of Kentucky, and five children, probably: Prospect Clark, Green, Elizabeth, Christopher and Joseph L. (or possibly an infant born in MO which died--Joseph L. was born 1 Nov 1827 at Old Station on the Lavaca), the family of 7 is listed with children Prospect, Green, Elizabeth, Christopher and a male infant in the 1828 census of the colony. Two other children were born in Texas, Richard Texas M. on 22 Dec 1830 on Peach Creek, and Lowrey Sylvestor McCoy on 12 Feb 1835 on Sandies Creek.

Prospect Clark, Green and Joseph McCoy married daughters of Zachariah and Rosanna Chinault Davis. Prospect married Elizabeth Ann Davis August 18, 1840, Green married Susan, and Joseph L. married Eliza in 1848.

Daughter Elizabeth wed Christopher Williams in Washington Co and later Archibald Gibson in Gonzales Co. Richard Texas married Matilda Caroline "Carrie" Crane, and Lowrey S. married Ann Elizabeth Little.

Christopher, a lifelong bachelor, lived with his widowed mother Catherine after their father's death in June 1836 near Neches or Washington-on-the-Brazos on the Brazos River where he became ill during the Runaway Scrape.

Widow Catherine and family are listed in the 1850 census of Gonzales Co, Peach Creek District: 12-12, McCoy, Caterine, 53, f, $13,284, Ky; McCoy, Cristepher, 28, m, Mo; McCoy, Texas, 18, m, Texas; McCoy, Laury C., 14, f, Texas.

Daughter Elizabeth McCoy Williams Gibson was also a single in 1850 listed in the Gonzales Co census in the Town of Gonzales: Gipson, Eliza, 36, f, $2,500, Mo; Gipson, Malzina, 18, f, Texas; Gipson, Samuel, 10, m, La.; Gipson, Amanda, 6, f, La; Gipson, Marion, 3, f, Ill; Gipson, James B., 1, m, Ill.

"In 1814 Joseph Hill McCoy, his brother James, and their uncle Joseph McCoy, among the family they were known as Big Joe and Little Joe. The latter a son in-law of Major Christopher Clark, were sent from Fort Howard to find the where-abouts of the Indians. They went to Sulpher Lick, a spring inpregnated with sulpher, salt, and other minerals. It is situated about a quarter mile east of North Cuivre, and a mile and half north of Riggs Fort. The place had been settled some time before the War, a cabin built and a small patch of ground cleared around the spring, but at this time it had been abandoned. The mineral water made the place a favorable resort for deer. On this occasion no Indians were seen and the scouts concluded to take a hunt. They unsaddled their horses, and turned them into a field to graze. Big Joe Mccoy was not well; he lay down in the lap of a fallen tree and went to sleep. James McCoy had killed a deer and was at the spring washing out his gun.

The Indians fired on him wounding him in the thigh, and ran him about three hundred yards, where they overtook him and killed him. Big Joe awoke at the sound of the shooting, but could not get a good chance to shoot as the Indians were running about in the woods. Presently he was discovered and as the savages closed in on him, he made a run for his life. He was the fleetest footed and most active of all the Rangers. The big Indian, swift footed and avtive, soon out distanced his fellow Indians and soon held McCoy in a tight race for a mile or so. A large oak had felled and the branches lay directly in his path. Without swerving in the least, Big Joe made a terrific spring and leaped over the tree top. The Indian stopped in amazement, and McCoy's speed never slackened until he had gone several miles.

Little Joe, (Joseph Hill McCoy) was standing on the bank of the Lick about a quarter mile below the spring when his brother was killed. He went up to the old field, caught and saddled his horse, and finding the coast clear, went in the direction of the Fort leading the other two horses." Exerpt from: "The History Of Lincoln County, Missouri."


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Joseph Hill McCoy's Timeline

Lincoln, KY, USA
January 2, 1816
Age 25
Lincoln, MO, USA
Age 26
November 1, 1827
Age 36
Old Station at the Lavaca, Texas
Age 45
Republic of Texas