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  • ID: I00041
  • Name: Johann Jacob COY
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 27 JUL 1741 in Winterbach,Pfalz,Bayern
  • Birth: 27 JUL 1739 in Germany
  • Death: 11 DEC 1832 in Beavercreek Twp., Greene Co., Ohio
  • _FA2: Buried at Coy Family Cemetery, Beavercreek Township, Greene County, Ohio
  • Burial: Coy Family graveyard ,Beavercreek Twp., Greene Co., Ohio
  • Note:
    David Coy's Genealogy Page - Part 6
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    128) Jacob Coy Jr.
    b. 7-27-1739 Germany
    m. 3- 8-1776 Philadelphia, PA
    d. 12-11-1832 Beavercreek Twp, Greene Co, OH
    bur. Coy Family Graveyard Greene Co, OH

    129) Sussanah ?
    b. 1754 Germany
    d. 10-19-1837 Beavercreek Twp, Greene Co, OH
    bur. Coy Family Graveyard Greene Co., OH

    Jacob Coy Jr. was born in the southern area of present day Germany. In 1757time frame he came with his family to America. Both of his parents died during the voyage and were buried at sea. It isn't known how many siblings Jacob had, or how many may have died with his parents, but 6 arrived with him in America. When the ship arrived in port the family's possessions were confiscated, and he was indentured to a Pennsylvania planter for six years. Some accounts say that other siblings were also indentured. He gained freedom from his contractual servitude in 1763.

    Susannah ? was also German born and came to America as a child, nothing else is known of her life until her marriage to Jacob Coy Jr.

    On 3-8-1776 Jacob and Susannah were married in Philadelphia. Money was borrowed for that purpose. Soon after their marriage Jacob acquired 350 acres of land in Maryland.The location is unclear, but is supposed to be a couple miles south of Hagerstown,Md. I beleive on the Washington Co. side near Hagertstown

    In the years following their marriage Jacob and Susannah made their home in Cumberland Co,(Franklin Co.) PA and became the parents of probably 12 children, 8 were known to live to adulthood.
    *Cumberland Co. was the orginal, and it then is split to become Franklin Co. where they will be last listed in Census info.

    The reason that the original spelling of the surname brought with Jacob Coy Jr. to America is unknown is that, neither Jacob nor Susannah were literate. Therefore neither could have given a spelling of their surname on any legal documents.


    Research Done by Jean Coy-Bartholomew addresses the fact that "Coy" is not a German name. Her findings are as follows.

    "In 1977 I began a diligent research project, obtaining all the information that I could find on Jacob(II) in records before 1800 in Maryland but could find nothing. I had noted that on the 1850 and 1860 census that grandchildren of Jacob and Susannah gave their parents birthplace as Pennsylvania. With this in mind I decided to look through the 1790 Pennsylvania census index for any surname which was short and began with either "C" or "K".

    I had decided by this time that Coy is not a German name and that the original surname was other than "Coy". I found almost immediately a Jacob Cow listed in Franklin Co, PA And turning to that page, I found Jacob Cow living next to a Henry Cow. Households adjacent to these families were Adam Soleinger, George John and Henry Puterbough, Mathew Crow, and William Kirkpatrick. These names all show up as neighbors to Jacob and Susannah in the 1800 Franklin Co, PA census. In the 1810 census all of these names are not only gone from Franklin Co. PA, but show up living next to each other, and Jacob Coy(II), in the Greene Co. OH census. The Jacob Coy of Greene Co, OH is the proven ancestor of the Coy family being documented here.

    At this point I felt that I had found Jacob Coy. I then began earnest research into the county of Franklin in Pennsylvania. Myra Fields, of Chambersburg, a local researcher checked all courthouse records for me and I obtained all available Franklin Co, sources. Following is the information that I was able to find."

    21 Aug 1780 -- Enlisted / Jacob Cow "1st Class", 4th Company, 4th Battalion of the Cumberland Co. Pennsylvania Militia. Commanded by Col. Samuel Culbertson, Cptn. John Orbison. (Also Henry Cow "4th Class", Phillipy Cow "7th Class", and Paul Cow "3rd Class").Pa Archives Vol.VI,5th series,pg.273

    21 Jul 1781 -- Enlisted / Jacob Cow "1st Class", 4th Company, 4th Battalion of the Cumberland Co. Pennsylvania Militia. Commanded by Col. Samuel Culbertson, Cptn. John Scott. (Also Henry Cow "4th Class", 15 May 1782)
    Pa Archives Vol.VI,5th series,pg.307

    *Maryland State Archives: Maryland Indexes Assessment of 1783 - Index
    1783-
    Jacob Cow WA Lower Antietam and Sharpsburg p. 32 MSA S1161-11-1
    1/4/4/54

    http://www.mdarchives.state.md.us/msa/stagser/s1400/s1437/html/1437wa.html
    Maryland 1783-Records
    Frederick Cow. WA Elizabeth p. 23. MSA S1161-11-4. 1/4/5/54

    Jacob Cow. WA Lower Antietam and Sharpsburg p. 32. MSA S1161-11-1. 1/4/5/54

    Ludwick Cow. WA Salisbury and Conocheague p. 43. MSA S1161-11-3. 1/4/5/54

    Nicholass Cow. WA Salisbury and Conocheague p. 43. MSA S1161-11-3. 1/4/5/54


    Welsh Run,Montgomery Co.,Franklin Co.,Pa
    6 Jul 1785 -- Jacob Cow purchases 150 acres of land from Francis and Margaret Killogh located in Peters Twp, Franklin Co, PA
    Franklin Co.,Pa Deed Book 2,pg.103

    1786 -- Jacob Cow found on "List of Taxtables" in Montgomery Twp, Franklin Co, PA.
    History of Franklin Co,Pa-Warner,Beers & co.,1887 pg.592


    1790 -- Cow, Jacob listed on the 1790 Census of Franklin Co, PA
    1 male 16 & over
    4 males under 16
    4 females
    [Also a Henry Cow listed next to Jacob]

    4 Jan 1798 -- Sus. Cow married to Andrew Hocker at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, MD. (Maryland Marriages 1778-1800, Pub. 1978) compiled by Robert Barnes Genealogical Pub.Co.,Inc,Baltimore,1978 pg.263

    Sus. Caw married to Andrew Hocker Jan. 1798 by the Rev. George Schmucker, Pastor of the Lutheran Church, Hagerstown, MD. (Maryland Records by Gaius Marcus Brumbaugh ,Gen.Publishing Co.Inc.Baltimore,1975, pg.525

    (Hagerstown, MD is 15 miles south of the northern Potomac river in the area in which the Cow family lived. Susannah Coy, daughter of Jacob and Susannah, moved with her husband Andrew Hawker (and Jacob Coy and Susannah) to Greene Co, OH in 1801).


    1800 -- Jacob Caw listed on the 1800 Census of
    Montgomery Twp, Franklin Co, PA
    3 males under 10
    1 female under 10
    1 male 10-16
    1 female 10-16
    1 male 16-26
    1 female 26-45
    1 male 45 and over
    [Also a Henry, and Dewalt Caw
    listed next to Jacob]

    10 Mar 1801 -- Jacob Cowe purchases 20 acres of land from Philip Davis in Montgomery Twp.
    Franklin Co.,Pa deed book 5,pg.221

    29 Jun 1801 -- Jacob and Cow sells 284 acres of land in Montgomery Twp. to George Rutter for 3408 pounds.
    Franklin Co.,Pa deed book 5,pg.222-223

    17 Oct 1801 -- Jacob Cow has an agreement signed by George Rutter to pay for the previously mentioned land in 12 annual installments.
    Franklin Co.Pa deed book 5,pg.223

    No further record is found in Franklin Co, PA for Jacob Cow. Also no persons by the name of Cow are to be found on the 1810 census for Franklin Co, but there is a Dewalt, and Henry Coy. So there appears to have been a name change from Cow to Coy for those families."


    On 12-31-1801 Jacob Coy purchased 3264 acres of land in Greene Co. OH. The purchase being made at Cincinnati. It appears that Jacob Cow left Franklin Co, PA shortly after the 10-17-1801 contract, and showed up in Cincinnati 2 months later as Jacob Coy. Jacob and Susannah moved with their family which was mostly grown by then. 7 children came with them: Catherine 28: Susanna 24: Adam 20: John 18: Peter 13: Henry 11: Mary 9: and Jacob III 8. They traveled by wagon westward from Franklin Co, PA to the Ohio River south of Fort Pitt. From there they traveled via the river, landing at Cincinnati. Jacob Coy III, youngest son of Jacob, remembered later that Cincinnati consisted of 16 log cabins at the time. The family remained in Cincinnati until March of 1802 and then began the trip by wagon to Beavercreek Twp, Greene Co, following the Little Miami River. The trip took 8 days travel with the way being cut in advance of the wagons.

    Upon arrival Jacob and his family built a two-storied log cabin near the present intersection of N. Fairfield, and Shakerstown Roads. Although the cabin has since been moved to a location near the intersection of N. Fairfield and I-35, as of today, the cabin is still standing 200 YEARS LATER!

    From the Federal Land Series the following transactions are listed for Jacob Coy in Beavercreek Twp, Greene Co.

    19 Jun 1806 through 1 Jun 1810 Pre-exemption patents(pre-exemption means that the purchaser had already taken possession of the land before the date of payment). 3264 Acres consisting of:


    R6 T2 S5,
    R6 T2 S6,
    R6 T2 S12,
    R6 T3 S36,
    R7 T2 S8(northern 1/2),
    R7 T2 S9(southern 1/2),
    R7 T3 S31(western 1/2)
    (R=Range T=Tier S=Section (1 Section = 640 Acres))

    The first school in Beavercreek Twp. was built on his land just prior to his arrival. Jacob and Susannah were members of the German Reformed (Dunkard) Church, and the first services held by that denomination in Greene Co. were held in his barn. There are a number of other land transactions in Greene Co, between 1814 and 1827 in Beavercreek Twp, Greene Co, OH. Most of these transactions were between Jacob and his children. Little else is known about the life of Jacob and Susannah until (at the age of 89) he made out his will on 3-10-1827.

    His will-Will Records of Greene Co.,Ohio -Vol. H pg.209-(1831-1835)
    His will was made out on April 29,1833.


    On 12-11-1832 Jacob Coy II died and was buried in the Coy family graveyard. The graveyard is located west of the Kirkmont Presbyterian Church, near the intersection of Shakertown and S. Fairfield Roads. On 10-19-1837 Susannah died and was buried next to her husband.

    COY, JACOB
    State: OH Year: 1806
    County: Greene County Record Type: Tax list
    Township: No Township Listed Page: 001
    Database: OH Early Census Index

    COY, JACOB
    State: OH Year: 1807
    County: Greene County Record Type: Tax list
    Township: No Township Listed Page: 001
    Database: OH Early Census Index

    COY, JACOB
    State: OH Year: 1808
    County: Greene County Record Type: Tax list
    Township: Miscellaneous Townships Page: 001
    Database: OH Early Census Index

    COY, JACOB
    State: OH Year: 1809
    County: Greene County Record Type: Tax list
    Township: Beaver Creek Township Page: 005
    Database: OH Early Census Index

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    *1820-Beavercreek Twp.Greene Co.Ohio Census
    Reel M33-91 pg.153 line 21
    Males: Females:
    1-45+ 1-10/16yr
    1-45+
    Jacob and Susannah must have had one of their grandaughters staying with them.

    *1830-Beavercreek Twp.,Greene Co.Ohio Census
    Reel M19-131 pg.339 line 2
    The Census people had to add a line for Jacob and Susannah due to their age:
    1-male 90yr to 100 yr 1-female-80yr
    The head of household was more important to record for tax purposes therefore Susannah was only recorded as being 84yr old. making her birhtdate 1750.. Her headstone states 1754..I will check on this date.

    Coy, Jacob- Article on church.bmp
    Title: Jacob Coy's faith
    Note: Source: Greene County, Ohio Past and Present SLC, FHC Library US/Can 977.174 H2k
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    see David Coy website
    http://www.ddc.com/~decoy/gen128.htm#l128

    see Connie Coy Rice website
    http://connie_coy.tripod.com/coyfamily
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    This is one family that moved to Beavercreek Twp in 1801-they had old connections in the PA years -

    Our Mathais Crow came from Lancaster Co. PA, he went to southern PA where you found him along with the Cow (Coy). We slso have maps of that Region. They lived right on the border of PA & Maryland. he bought land from A " Stutsman "the land was called Goog Luck and Flaggy Meadow. In Transcripts of Taxables the Co. of Cumberlland -1782 page 623 he had 150 acres 3 horeses 5 cattle
    In 1779 he has 100 acres 3 horses
    1779 Henry Cow had 190 acres 2 horses 3 cattle
    1780 Henry has 120 acres in Peters Twp.
    This is for the cousin of Johann Jacob Coy b.1739/1742
    see Mathais Crow(Gray)
    info by Clara-CCGray111@aol.com
    I have copies of this from a book
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    Checking with theDAR to see if he is already listed.
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    Jacob is listed with the DAR as a PATRIOT-I am sending for the DAR # and who submitted him. I believe it to have been Jean Coy Bartholomew.

    He can be found in the Greene Co. DAR Patriot book-pg.4, and his family on pg.48
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    Articles about Jacob Sr or the article is written about one of his sons or grandsons, always recaps the coming to AMERICA STORY.

    1)PORTRAIT AND BIOGRAPHICAL ALBUM OF GREENE AND CLARK COUNTIES, OHIO
    CHAPMAN BROS., CHICAGO copyright 1890
    Lists Jacob Coy, the progenitor as landing in America with 1 brother & 1 sister

    2)http://www.heritagepursuit.com/Greene/GreeneBeaverCreekTpBio.htm
    History of Greene Co. Ohio w/NW by RS Dills copywright Odell & Mayer publishing 1881
    This article lists Jacob Sr having 7 siblings, and himself- arriving in America

    Jacob Coy Jr, retired farmer, Alpha, is the oldest living settler in this township. He was born in Frederick County, Maryland, in 1792, being a son of Jacob Coy Sr and Susana Coy, who were born in Ger-
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    BEAVER CREEK TOWNSHIP. - 593

    many. They, with their parents, came to America when yet young, and while on the voyage, Jacob's parents died and were buried in mid-ocean. Their effects were confiscated by the ship's crew, and their children, seven in number, were thrown upon the shores of a new world penniless, in consequence of which they were sold to pay transportation. He (Jacob) was eighteen years old at the time, and labored six years for a Pennsylvania planter to free himself and younger brothers and sisters. He afterwards located in Maryland, where he was married, and lived a number of years, accumulating three hundred and fifty acres of land. When married he borrowed the money to cover necessary expenses. In 1800 be immigrated to Ohio, coming down the river to Cincinnati, where he stopped two months. Then there were only sixteen low log cabins in the place. He was importuned to stay, but pushed his way by team and wagon to Greene County; their way was cut through the woods in advance of the teams, and were eight days in coming. He purchased three thousand acres of land, all in a body, and erected a small log cabin, into which he moved his family. Two kegs of nails used in the erection of the cabin, were brought from Cincinnati on horseback, by young Jacob, our subject, for which twelve and one-half cents per pound were paid. Here Jacob Coy, Sen., lived and died, his death occurring in 1835 or 1836, at the age of ninety-three years. His wife died about 1840, aged eighty-three years. They were parents of twelve children, all dead except Jacob, who was the youngest. They. were members of the German Reformed Church of many years standing. Jacob was eight years old when his parents landed in Ohio, and distinctly remembers counting the houses in Cincinnati, and says he has gathered hazel-nuts where the city of Dayton stands. He has seen many hardships, and often working till midnight in burning brush; he has hauled flour from Cincinnati for $2.50 per barrel; wheat was sold for twenty-five cents per bushel, corn ten cents, coffee seventy-five cents per pound, and of the latter, three or four pounds did an ordinary family a year. He labored on the farm for his father till of age, when he began life for himself, but remained with his aged parents, to whom he was much attached, caring for then while they lived. On the old home farm he has lived four score years, and witnessed all the great changes that have transformed the wilderness to a garden of peace and plenty. In 1813 he was married to Barbara, daughter of Leonard Snypp, who bore him twelve children, five living; Peter,
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    594 - HISTORY OF GREENE COUNTY.

    Henry, Adam, Leonard, and Susana. The deceased were, Rebecca, Catherine, Sarah, Jacob, David, Anna, and an infant. Mrs. Coy died in 1859 or 1860. Both were members of the German Reformed Church, having joined after their marriage. He has served as elder and deacon for twenty years. In politics he is a Republican, and during his long life has failed but once to cast his ballot for the benefit of that party.
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    Possible Birth/Christening Record
    LDS site

    26 SEP 1745 Evangelisch-Reformierte, Winterbach, Pfalz, Bayern




    Father: Johann Adam COY b: 30 MAY 1720 in Winterbach,Pfalz,Bayern
    Mother: Maria Appollonia PINCKLY b: ABT 1720 in Germany

    Marriage 1 Susanna ? b: 1754 in Germany
    • Married: 8 MAR 1776 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Children
    1. Has Children Susanna COY b: 1776 in Montgomery Township, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania
    2. Has No Children Johann Jacob COY b: 9 JUL 1777 in Hagerstown, Washington Co., Maryland c: 21 SEP 1777 in Reformed Congregation, Hagerstown, Washington Co., Md
    3. Has Children Catherine COY b: 1778 in Montgomery Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
    4. Has Children Adam COY b: 20 NOV 1780 in Montgomery Twp, Cumberland Co.(Now Franklin Co.), Pennsylvania
    5. Has Children John COY b: 28 JUN 1783 in Montgomery Twp., Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania
    6. Has Children Peter COY b: 7 APR 1787 in Montgomery Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania
    7. Has Children Henry COY b: 15 MAY 1789 in Montgomery Township, Cumberland Co., Pennsylvania
    8. Has Children Mary COY b: 22 JUN 1791 in Montgomery Twp., Cumberland Co.(Now Franklin Co.), Pennsylvania
    9. Has Children Jacob Henry COY b: 8 MAY 1792 in Montgomery Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania

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