COY, John Wesley

Date of birth: 6 October 1856, Bartholomew County, Indiana

Date of death: 17 February 1941, Bartholomew County, Indiana

Source: Columbus Evening Republican, Columbus, Bartholomew County, Indiana, February 17, 1941

Dies at Home Northwest of Here
Funeral to be Held Wednesday
EDINBURG, Feb. 17. — John Wesley Coy, 84, 
died at 2:05 this morning at his home 
7 miles southwest of Edinburg, where 
he lived.  He had been ill only a 
short time.
      A week ago his daughter, Mrs. 
R. G. Fordyce, entertained him and 
his sisters and a few relatives with 
a dinner.
      Funeral services will be held 
at 1:30 o'clock Wednesday at New Bethel 
church in charge of the Rev. Ray Bozell.  
Burial will be in the Kansas Cemetery.
      He was born in Bartholomew County 
Oct. 6, 1856, son of Samuel and Martha 
Anderson Coy.  Most of his life was 
spent in the same community.
      On Aug. 1, 1878, he married Hannah 
M. Milnes and 15 children were born of 
the union.  His wife and three children 
preceded him in death.  He was a member 
of the New Bethel church.  Survivors 
include Mrs. Alvin Wirey of Franklin 
rural route; Mrs. William Galey of 
Edinburg rural route 2; Mrs. Wilbur 
Clark of Franklin rural route; Mrs. A. 
L. Hammer of Indianapolis; Lora Coy 
of Edinburg route 2; Mrs. Fordyce of 
Edinburg; Mrs. H. A. Campbell of Barns-
boro, Pa.; Emerson Coy of near Edinburg; 
Mrs. Leslie Waltz, near Edinburg; Roy 
Coy of Brownsburg; Mrs. Herman Campbell 
of Brookville, Pa.; and Mrs. Ellis McKee 
of near Edinburg; 50 grandchildren; 23 
great grandchildren; one brother, R. A. 
Coy, of Edinburg and 3 sisters, Mrs. 
Kate Miles, Mrs. Mary Coffman of Edinburg, 
and Mrs. Howard Evans of Clifford.
      He had been active beyond his years.  
Last winter during the severe cold weather 
he mounted his horse and rode to his brother's
home in the Pisgah community, a distance of 
approximately 14 miles.

Source: Franklin Democrat, Franklin, Johnson County, Indiana, February 20, 1941

John W. Coy Succumbs Monday at Home
      John Wesley Coy, age 84, lifelong 
resident of Bartholomew County, died Mon-
day at his home southwest of Edinburg.
      Last rites were held Wednesday 
afternoon in New Bethel Church in Bar-
tholomew County, in charge of the Rev. 
Ray Bozell.  Burial was in the Kansas 
      Mr. Coy was the son of Samuel and 
Martha Anderson Coy, and was born Oct. 6, 
1856, in Bartholomew County.  He was 
married August 1, 1878, to Hannah Milnes.  
Fifteen children were born to them.  
Twelve of them survive, also fifty grand-
children and 23 great-grandchildren.  
The surviving children are: Mrs. Alvin Wirey, 
Franklin; Mrs. William Galey, Edinburg; 
Mrs. Wilbur Clark, Franklin; Mrs. A.L. 
Hammer, Indianapolis; Lora Coy, Edinburg; 
Mrs. R. Fordyce, Edinburg; Mrs. H. A. Camp-
bell, Barnesboro, Pa.; Emmerson Coy, Edin-
burg; Mrs. Leslie Waltz, Edinburg; Ray Coy, 
Brownsburg; Mrs. Herman Campbell, Brookville, 
Pa.; Mrs. Essie McKee, Edinburg.
      A brother and three sisters survive.  
They are R. A. Coy of Edinburg; Mrs. Mary 
Coffman, and Mrs. Kate Milnes, Edinburg; 
and Mrs. Howard Edwards, Clifford. 

Submitted by Mark Wirey

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