Biography of James McCoy, M. D.

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James McCoy, M. D. was born in Raleigh, N. C., Feb. 14, 1834, a son of James and Sarah (Davis) McCoy, the former a native of Ireland, and the latter of North Carolina. His mother died in 1850, aged fifty two years, and his father in 1854, aged sixty years. From his seventh year he was thrown on his own resources, and is therefore self educated. In 1855 he graduated from Williams College, and then began the study of medicine at the Raleigh University. He began the practice of medicine at Lynchburg, Va., and remained there till the breaking out of the civil war, when he came North and entered the secret service, and was stationed in Arkansas and Mississippi, reporting at Memphis. After the close of the war he went to New York City, and practiced there from 1866 till 1883, attending in the meantime the University at Albany, where he took a course in surgery. In 1883 he came to Illinois and located at Benson, Woodford County, where he lived about two years, and in the spring of 1885 located at Ransom, La Salle County. Dr. McCoy was married in May, 1855, to Inez Warren, a native of Hudson, N. Y., who died in 1864 leaving two daughters - Blanche, now the wife of James Smith, and Mary, wife of James Holland, both of New York City. In 1866 Dr. McCoy married Susan Anthony, who was born in 1842, in Dalton, Mass. In politics Dr. McCoy is a Democrat. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian church.


FROM:
History of La Salle County, Illinois
Inter-State Publishing Co.
Chicago 1886