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William C COY

Male 1828 - 1884  (56 years)


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  • Name William C COY 
    Born 1828  ,, IN Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    City Directory 1857  St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    City Directory 1859  St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1860  St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    City Directory 1860  St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    City Directory 1864 - 1872  St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1880  , St Clair, IL Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 1 Apr 1884  E St Louis, St Clair, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 03 Apr 1884  St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Calvary Cem
    Person ID I1419  Moore / McRaven Genealogy
    Last Modified 1 Aug 2020 

    Father ? COY 
    Family ID F2469  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann MCGUIRE,   b. 1831, ,, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jan 1883, E St Louis, St Clair, IL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years) 
    Married 6 Nov 1853  St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Children 
     1. William Henry COY,   b. 1 Jan 1855, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 12 Mar 1918, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
    +2. George P COY,   b. 29 Mar 1859, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Mar 1929, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years)
     3. Adah L COY,   b. 22 Apr 1863, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Feb 1950, Ladue, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)
     4. Minnie COY,   b. 6 May 1866, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 May 1926, Wellston, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 60 years)
    +5. Charles I COY,   b. 3 Oct 1869, St. Louis, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Jan 1954, Ladue, St. Louis, MO Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Last Modified 9 May 2020 
    Family ID F342  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Coy, William; date unknown
    Coy, William; date unknown
    Original artwork in the possession of Jamie Burnett

    Documents
    Death Notice - Mary Coy
    Death Notice - Mary Coy
    St. Louis Post Dispatch; St. Louis, MO; 18 Jan 1883 page 7 column 5
    River Soundings
    River Soundings
    Memphis Daily Appeal, Memphis, TN; 22 Sep 1872, page 1 column 4
    Record of Births for Coy, Moses, and McRaven family; provenance unknown
    Record of Births for Coy, Moses, and McRaven family; provenance unknown
    Given to Jamie Burnett by Corinne McRaven Moore. The list appears to have been started in 1904. (Listed next to the first six people is the person's age in 1904.) It is unknown when entries were added.
    Death Certificate - Ada L Coy, 1950
    Death Certificate - Ada L Coy, 1950
    Death Certificate - Charles I Coy, 1954
    Death Certificate - Charles I Coy, 1954
    Death Certificate - George P Coy, 1929
    Death Certificate - George P Coy, 1929
    Death Certificate - Miss Minne Coy, 1926
    Death Certificate - Miss Minne Coy, 1926
    Death Certificate - William H Coy, 1918
    Death Certificate - William H Coy, 1918
    Receipt roll of hired men on the steamer J.C. Swon in U.S. service from Dec 1862 to February 1863
    Receipt roll of hired men on the steamer J.C. Swon in U.S. service from Dec 1862 to February 1863
    This is part of the Charles Parsons Papers, housed at the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis.
    Parish Record - Mary Coy; 1883
    Parish Record - Mary Coy; 1883
    Diocese of Belleville, Catholic Parish Records, St. Patrick's Parish, East St. Louis, IL. Copy of entry in "Registra Parochiae S. Patricii Registrum Defunctorum" (St. Patrick's Parish Death Register)

  • Notes 
    • Buried at Calvary Cemetery, St Louis in Section 2 lot 419

      St Louis City Directory Residential Entries
      1859, 1860 427 N 9th Street
      1861, 1862 directory not published
      1863 only business listings publishedi
      1864 423 N 9th Street
      1865, 1866 536 N 9th Street
      1867 - 1872 2819 N 9th Street

      In the 1854 & 1855 St Louis Directory there is an Abraham Coy who was an engineer on the lower Miss River living at 156 Pine. In 1860, Abraham Co, engineer res East 13th, between Benton and Warren

      Also in 1854-55 - In the appendix, List of Licensed engineers includes William C Coy, pg 64, but he's not listed as a resident.

      Lloyd's Steamboat Directory
      1856 p. 302 List of Pilots and Engineers at St Louis
      Wm C Coy, first class

      St Louis City Directory 1857 - not listed as residents, but list of licensed engineers p. 303 W.C. Coy, and Abraham Cloy



      Served as asst engineer on steamer JC Swon in US service from Dec 1862 - Feb 1863 (Charles Parsons Papers, MO History Museum in STL) JC Swon was on MS River at Young's Point LA 21 Jan - 31 Jan 1863

      Board of Supervising Inspectors of Steam Vessels, Oct 1867
      Engineer licensed in St Louis during year ending 20 Sep 1867
      p. 137 William C Cay, first class 13 renewals
      " Abraham Cay. first class 13 renewals

      Board of Supervising Inspectors of Steam Vessels, Jan 1870
      Engineer licensed in St Louis during year ending 31 Dec 1869
      p. 154 William C Coy, first class 15 renewals
      " Abraham Coy, first class 14 renewals



      1860 Census St Louis Co, MO - St Louis City, Ward 10, Page 374
      taken 07 Jun dwelling 355 family 349 line 24
      Coy, William C 30 IN Engineer
      Mary A 29 Ireland
      William 5 MO
      George 1 MO

      1863 Civil War Draft (ancestry.com)
      Class II
      North 9th - Coy William age 36 boatman, born OH

      1880 St Clair Co, IL - E St Louis, 4th Ward, taken 10 Jun
      page 32, supv dist 7, ED 37 (39?), house 261 family 309
      Coy, William C 52 IN PA PA engineer on steam boat
      Mary 48 wife Ire Ire Ire keeping house
      William H 25 son MO IN Ire employee of stockyards
      George 21 son " " " "
      Ada 14 dau " " " at home
      Maryetta 16 dau " " " "
      Charles 13 son " " " "
      Ada 23 d in law MO PA MD? keeping house

      Possible relative, maybe brother 1850 Harrison Co, MO District 27
      Coy, Milton 32 IN Farmer
      Marium 26 NC
      William H 10 IA
      Anderson 8 MO
      Isaac N 6 MO
      Alexander 9/12 MO
      Also there in 1860.

      There is a Millon Coy in Henry Co, IN in 1840
      Milton Coy mrd Matilda Brown 23 Apr 1839 in Henry Co IN
      Milton Coy m. Mariam Mahaley Brown 16 Feb 1843 in Daviees Co, MO
      In Bourbon Co KS in 1865(KS State Census on Ancestry)

      Possibly the Milton Coy b1815 IN living in Newton Co in 1880

      PETITIONERS IN 1877 TO ST. LOUIS MAYOR H. OVERHOLZ
      TO BE A CANDIDATE FOR RE-ELECTION
      Copied by Robert M. Doerr, Editor, Missouri State Genealogical Association Journal

      1 Copied from Anzeiger des Westens Sonntagsblatt, 18 Mar 1877, Supplement, pages 5-7. Published in St. Louis, Missouri. Original at St. Louis Public Library. Microfilm at State Historical Society of Missouri.
      2 A search revealed no other newspaper that had published this list.

      Signers include William C Coy

      Death listed in "Deaths Outside the City Vol. 2, pg 98" of the StL Death Registers

      From the Memphis Daily Appeal - 22 Sep 1872, pg 1 col 3 "River Soundings"
      A Kansas City exchange says the live freight on the Alice is immense; for instance: the first engineer,Abraham Coy,weighs two hundred and eighty pounds, gross. The second engineer, William Coy, weighs three hundred and forty-six pounds, besides being six feet five inches in hight[sic]. ...



    • The following is taken from St. Louis, The Fourth City 1764-1909 by Walter Stevens (The SJ Clarke Publishing Co, St. Louis-Chicago, 1909).

      " The possibility of steamboating in the St. Louis trade brought to the city many strong men" including natives of Marietta and Cincinnati Ohio. (page 353)

      "In 1849, when the gold fever was at its height, there were 58 fine-steamers plying regularly on the Missouri river; on the Upper Mississippi about 75; on the Illinois 28 fine steamers; to New Orleans about 100; on the Ohio about 150; on the Tennessee about 15." (page 857 [sic] this page falls between 356 and 358)

      St. Louis in 1853 owned more steamboat tonnage than Wheeling, Cincinnati, Louisville, New Albany, Nashville, and Memphis together. The steamboat arrivals at St. Louis in 1853 were 3307. That number was 529 more than arrivals at New Orleans for the preceding year. The steamboat arrivals at St. Louis that year averaged nine a day for every day in the year. The cargoes ranged from 800 to 1500 tons of freight. (page 365)


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    • Research about the Alice

      Type: Sidewheel, wooden hull packet/navigation light tender
      Size: 220'
      Launched: 1870, early
      Area: 1870s early MO River; 1875 OH River; 1876 MO River; 1878 MS River.
      Owner: 1870s, early, Kinney, Joseph

      Comments: from the Boone's Lick Heritage Quarterly.
      1. A sidewheeler named ALICE established the first government lights on the Ohio river and many on the Mississippi R.. The Ohio lights were first placed by ALICE in 1875, and after that the work was done by the LILY. In 1876, the ALICE serviced lights on the Missouri up to Kansas City. She also worked lights on the Mississippi. In 1878, on Feb. 28, she left St. Louis to service lights to New Orleans. That spring she was snagged, breaking as many as eighty of her hull's timbers, and was returned to St. Louis for docking. (Way's Packet Directory does not seem certain that this was the light tender, but the dates seem to indicate that it was.) taken from riverboatdaves.com/riverboats/a.html

      Alice owner Joseph Kinney (1810 - 01 Mar 1892)
      Area: MO River 1869, built home, Rivercene, in Boonville, MO
      Boats: 1856, Owner and Capt. of WILLIAM H. RUSSELL (his first boat); 1862 FANNY OGDEN; 1864 KATE KINNEY No. 1; 1873 KATE KINNEY No.2; 1864 CORA KINNEY No. 1; 1865 CORA KINNEY No. 2; 1870-74 ALICE; 1868-75 ST. LUKE; 1872-82 JOE KINNEY; 1872-78 W. R. DUGAN
      Comments: from the Boone's Lick Heritage Quarterly.
      taken from riverboatdaves.com/owners

      Below, also from riverboatdaves.com, cites original BOONE'S LICK HERITAGE Volume 5, No. 2, June 1997

      During the 1850s, 60s, and 70s the best known names in steamboating associated with the Boonslick region were probably Capt. Joseph Kinney, Capt. Joseph S. Nanson, and Capt. Henry McPherson; though others such as Captain William Jewett of Cambridge, Mo., who was a popular man on the river, especially around Glasgow, and Captain David DeHaven, who operated a boat called the South Wester built in 1857 for the Boonville Steamboat Co., and the Alonzo Child, which he took south with him in 1861 at the outbreak of the Civil War, were also of importance

      "Captain Joseph Kinney, the best known of the Boonslick steamboat men, came to Boonville nearly penniless from Indiana in 1844, the year of the Great Flood, and built up a successful retail shoe business, first in Boonville (from 1844 to 1850) and then in St. Louis (from 1850 to 1856). He entered the steamboat business in 1856 when he commissioned the building of a 200 ft., 400 ton sidewheel packet boat that he called the W.H. Russell (named after a friend who in 1860 was one of the founders of the Pony Express). Kinney operated this boat successfully until 1862 when it burned in a big steamboat fire at St. Louis. During the Civil War Kinney built and operated at least four other boats: the Fannie Ogden (built for Kinney in 1862, but sold by him to Capt. John P. Keiser of St. Louis in 1863); the Cora No. 1 (built in 1864) and the Cora No. 2 (built in 1865), which were named for one of his daughters; and the Kate Kinney No. 1 (built in 1864), named for another daughter. The first Cora sank in 1865 just above Omaha, while the second Cora operated until 1869 when she sank not far from the mouth of the Missouri and created a 1000-acre island named for the wreck. The Kate Kinney No. 1 operated until 1872 when it burned at New Albany, Indiana (after surviving another fire at St. Louis in 1868). It was replaced by the Kate Kinney No. 2, which Kinney had built in 1873. It operated until 1883 when it finally burned at Shreveport, Louisiana.

      Other boats owned and operated by Kinney on the Missouri River were the St. Luke (1868-1875), the R.W. Dugan (1873-1878), the Alice (1870s), named for his youngest daughter, and the Joe Kinney (1872-1882), which hit both the Boonville railroad bridge and the Kansas City railroad bridge before she sank after hitting the Glasgow railroad bridge on April 23, 1882.

      Kinney was one of the primary advocates of sternwheel boats on the Missouri river in the 1850s and 60s and he retained an active interest in steamboating down to the time of his death in 1892, but in 1869, when his mansion, Rivercene, on the river bank across from Boonville was completed and he was approaching his 60th birthday, Kinney left the river and concentrated on the managing his steamboat business and other merchandising businesses up and down the river from Boonville.

      see also http://www.georgecalebbingham.org/records_Portrait_CaptJosephKinney.htm

  • Sources 
    1. [S144] St Louis Death Register Index 1850 - 1908, St Louis Gen Soc, (Date: 2004).

    2. [S228] Archdiocese of St Louis, (stlcathcem.org).

    3. [S61] Index of St Louis Marriages, Vol 1 1804-1876, St Louis Gen Society, (1973), book 6 page 271.

    4. [S93] St. Louis The Fourth City, Stevens, Walter, (S.J. Clarke Publishing Co, St. Louis - Chicago, 1909).