Guide to the John McCoy Family papers, 1847 - 1899Manuscript MS-605

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Title:

Guide to the John McCoy Family papers, 1847 - 1899

Call Number:

Manuscript MS-605

Collection Dates:

1864 - 1865

Size of Collection:

1 box (.25 linear ft.)

Abstract:

The John McCoy Family papers contain letters, discharge papers, and pension payment records. The letters describe John McCoy's time stationed in North Carolina as well as at other installations and include descriptions of his ongoing health problems and other family and financial problems.

Access to Collection:

Unrestricted.

Use & Access

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Access to Collection

Unrestricted.

Publication & Use

Permission from Dartmouth College required for publication or reproduction.

Introduction to the Collection

The John McCoy Family papers contain letters, discharge papers, and pension payment records. The bulk of the letters are to Martha Black McCoy from her husband John McCoy after his likely enlistment as a substitute soldier for the Union Army during the Civil War. McCoy received a $627 bounty which was more than double the normal enlistment bounty at the time. The letters describe his time stationed at Fort Totten in New Bern, North Carolina as well as at other installations and include descriptions of his ongoing health problems, and hint at the financial pressures his wife and family faced at home as well as the difficulties in transferring enlistment money to a Canadian spouse. In addition to letters to his wife there is one letter to his son Archibald as well as a letter to his wife from a relative, Elizabeth Anderson, and a letter to John McCoy from William Weed. Additional documents relate to McCoy's service and marriage and include a discharge form, a pension payment form and a note attesting to the marriage of John McCoy to Martha Black.

History

John McCoy (d.1867). Farmer from West Hinchinbrooke, Quebec, Canada. Enlisted in 1864 at Danvers, MA to fight in the US Civil War without informing his wife of his actions. McCoy served as a private in Company E of the 2nd Regiment Massachusetts Heavy Artillery Volunteers. Serving in North Carolina, McCoy was stricken with illness and was ordered to convalesce in a military hospital in Rhode Island. He was discharged and died two years later.

Box & Folder List

Box: 1, Dates: 1847-1899

Box Contents

  • Folder: 1, Elizabeth Anderson to Martha Black, letter, November 25, 1847
  • Folder: 2, Marriage Certificate, 1850
  • Folder: 3, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, January 17, 1864
  • Folder: 4, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, January 26, 1864
  • Folder: 5, Deposit Notice , February 5, 1864
  • Folder: 6, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, February 17 1864
  • Folder: 7, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, February 27, 1864
  • Folder: 8, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, March 12, 1864
  • Folder: 9, John McCoy to Archibald McCoy, letter, March 18, 1864
  • Folder: 10, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, March 18, 1864
  • Folder: 11, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, March 29, 1864
  • Folder: 12, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, April 21, 1864
  • Folder: 13, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, May 6, 1864
  • Folder: 14, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, May 28, 1864
  • Folder: 15, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, June 13, 1864
  • Folder: 16, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, June 19, 1864
  • Folder: 17, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, June 25, 1864
  • Folder: 18, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, July 2, 1864
  • Folder: 19, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, July 12, 1864
  • Folder: 20, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, July 23, 1864
  • Folder: 21, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, August 6, 1864
  • Folder: 22, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, September 12, 1864
  • Folder: 23, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, October 3, 1864
  • Folder: 24, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, October 9, 1864
  • Folder: 25, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, October 15, 1864
  • Folder: 26, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, October 25, 1864
  • Folder: 27, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, November 16, 1864
  • Folder: 28, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, December 3, 1864
  • Folder: 29, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, January 26, 1865
  • Folder: 30, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, February 21, 1865
  • Folder: 31, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, March 18, 1865
  • Folder: 32, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, March 22, 1865
  • Folder: 33, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, April 7, 1865
  • Folder: 34, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, April 19, 1865
  • Folder: 35, John McCoy to Martha McCoy, letter, June 12, 1865
  • Folder: 36, Army Discharge, July 15, 1865
  • Folder: 37, William Weed to John McCoy, July 22, 1865
  • Folder: 38, Army Pension Voucher, September 1899

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