While researching on-line to find Alexander McCoy (b. 8 Nov., 1816) married Mary Rachel Farr and lived in Windsor County, Vermont... I happened to find the following information which I hope will help other McCoy researchers. I have learned that "Alexander" is a popular name for the male line of the family.
Alexander McCoy(1) came from Scotland to Windham, NH. in 1721. He lived District #5, being a near neighbor of David Gregg. History of Windham (Rockingham Co.) NH: 9 Oct., 1730: "300 acres laid out by proprietors to David Gregg & Alexander McCoy, east of the stone dam, bounds beginning on Beaver Brook near the dam." The history of Windham describes Alexander being of "gigantic stature & marvelous strength. His height was 6 feet 7 inches his weight 296 lbs." He had 2 known children: John & Jane (who was insane) It was recorded that when Jane wandered the woods on one occasion, after she had been absent some time, her bones were found 25 Aug., 1780 near a rarely frequented part near the forest.
John McCoy (2). He m. -- Jane -----. John lived in Windham, NH where Benjamin Allen had resided, near the spot where his sister's bones were buried. Only one incident in the life of John has come down and that is the manner of his death. One day he laid down under a tree and while here, an "ear wig" entered his ear. Efforts to dislodge it were made, but they were unavailing and it caused his death.
1. Alexander, b. 16 Nov., 1744. (*see) He d. 1832, age 87 yrs.
2. James, b. 23 July, 1746. He m. 1770, Martha Elbridge of Cape Cod, Mass. He came to Nova Scotia with his a brother (not sure which one). They traveled with the Gibsons, Christies, Marden's &c. All of whom went to Nova Scotia from Windham, NH and nearby settlements. They settled in Shelburne County. The brother died in Shelburne & James went to Barrington in that county, settling at Birch Point. The History of Barrington says that he had a good wharf & store and accumulated good property. Martha d. in 1808. James d. 21 Oct, 1841. They had children born in Barrington, Nova Scotia: (1) Alexander, b. 1789, d. 3 Oct., 1808; (2) Mercy, b. 1 Jan., 1791. She m. (as his 2nd wife), 18 Dec., 1817, Samuel Wood (son of David). (3) Rebecca, b. 28 Oct., 1793. She m. James Smith (b. 8 Nov., 1787, son of James & his 1st wife Sarah (Wilson) Smith). (4) Martha, b. 24 March, 1796. She m. 8 Dec., 1819, David Wood (son of David, whose sister Mercy m. Samuel Wood). (5) Roxanna, b. 17 March, 1798. She m. 1819, Paul Brown; (6) James, b. 28 June, 1801. He m. Annabell Dixon (b. 22 June, 1811, dau. of Jacob & Nancy (Cunningham) Dixon); (7) Stephen, b. 29 July, 1806, d. 3 Dec., 1809.
3. William, b. New Year's Day, 25 March, 1748. He m. Mrs. Mary (Douglass) Gregg (b. Hudson, NH, widow of Thomas Gregg). He lived on part of his father's original homestead in Windham, NH. "He disliked hard work and was a speculating man. He became very poor and he & wife received aid from the town. He lived to an advanced age, exceeding 90 yrs. His wife was blind for 40 yrs and never saw her so James till he arrived at manhood's estate. She had been told that he was very handsome, and when her eyesight suddenly returned, she saw that he was only a ordinary looking man. She was deeply chagrined and could endure the sight of him only with great aversion." He might have been the brother of James who died in Nova Scotia (see above). (Children: (1) Jenet, b.19 July, 1786, d. y.; (2) Fanny, b. 22 March, 1786. She m. Abel Barrett. She d. in Hudson, NH (insane.); (3) James, b. --. He m. Polly Marshall (dau. of Elijah Marshall of Hudson). He lived in Hudson, NH. He was not a successful man either. Their son Daniel (b.--, m. Belinda Barrett of Hudson & raised a large family and d. there, and his son James also lived in Hudson).
4. John, b. 14 July, 1750. He m. Margaret Boyd (b. 1754). They removed to Hillsborough, and soon after to Antrim. History of Antrim says: "among the settlers who came in between 1778-1785 were Adam Nichols, John McCoy, Samuel & James Dinsmore..... He began his farm on the Turnpike Rd afterwards occupied as a tavern stand. It later became the property of Elijah Gould. He settled anther farm laer owned by Milton McCoy. John d. 1823 (age 73). John served for 5 years in the Revolutionary War. He was a privateersman and helped capture 13 merchant ships, one for each of the rebellious colonies. He sailed 'round the North Cape of Europe and put into a port of Russian Lapland, the ship's crew & inhabitants having no communication except through the medium of the Surgeon of the vessel & the Russian priest, both of whom understood something of Latin. He was one of Windham's soldiers who marched to Saratoga against Burgoyne. He returned from the Army in 1780. Margaret d. in Antrim, 4 April, 1817 (age 63). He m. 2nd, Mrs. Mary (Hutchins) Hartwell of Hillsborough. John d. in Antrim, 9 Jan., 1823 (age 72). His widow m. 2nd, Obadiah Hadley of Bradford. She d. in Peterborough 1848 (age 81). [Children: (1) Thomas, b. 10 March, 1782, lived in Antrim, NH. He was an influential & useful citizen who held important town offices for many years. ) He d. in 1851 (age 69 yrs.); (2) John, b. 14 June, 1784. He d. in Bennington, 7 Dec., 1861. His son was Professor James M. McCoy, founder of the commercial college in Lowell, Mass. (3) Alexander, b. 21 July, 1786. He d. in Hillsborough, NH. He had no children. (4) Robert, b. -- d. in Hillsborough, no children.
5. Hannah, b. 10 March, 1752.
6. Susan, b. --. She m. Alexander Caldwell of Hudson, NH.
7. Janet, b. 13 April, 1760. She & sister Elizabeth lived in a small house together in Windham, a few rods east of Wellington Russell's. She died there.--.
8. Elizabeth, b.14 July, 1763. She & sister Janet were aided by the town. Elizabeth was exceedingly peculiar, sick for some 40 yrs. Would lie in bed one day, and up the next; did this for years, until she finally recovered on her own and was healthy like other folks.
9. Thomas, b. --. He moved to Antrim, NH by 1783.
Deacon Alexander McCoy (3) John (2) Alexander (1), was born in Windham, NH, 16 Nov., 1744. He m. -- Lydia Spaulding. He lived on the Smith Davidson farm in the west part of the town. During the pastorate of Rev. Simon Williams, Alexander McCoy was named his Elder. He d. 1832, age 87 yrs.
1. Janet, b. 9 June, 1775.,
2. Mary, b. 3 Set., 1776. She m. James Melvin of Hudson, NH.
3. Hannah, b. 1 March, 1778. She m. Snow Marshall of Hudson, NH
4. Lydia, b. 18 March, 1780. She m. Phillips Marshall of Hudson, NH.
5. Sarah, b. 9 Sept., 1781. She m. David Page of Hudson, NH.
6. John, b. 5 Nov., 1784 (no record, prob. died young).
7. Alexander, b. 5 Nov., 1786. He m. -- Rachel Robinson (b. Greenfield, NH, 24 Sept., 1792, dau. of Andrew & Sarah (Eastman) Robinson). Alexander succeeded to his father's homestead. He d. 4 April, 1822 (age 35 yrs.) Rachel d. 20 Oct., 1784. (Children: (1) John, b. 1811 ... d. 21 Aug., 1814 (age 3); (2) William, b. 14 July, 1813. He m. 1st Olive Lang (b. Lee, NH). She d. 18 Dec., 1838.He m. 2nd, Lucretia Roby of Merrimack, NH. He lived in Lawrence. Was a machinist. He d. 9 Dec., 1856.
Another record says this Alexander He had 3 sons one was Alexander Jr.:
Alexander McCoy(2), probably the son of Alexander McCoy (1), was born in Scotland. He was recorded as a soldier for Col. John Goffe in 1760 in New Hampshire. In 1759, the Goffe men helped to build the Crown Point Military Road from Fort at Number 4 to Fort Crown Point. After the French & Indian War, Goffe became the commander the Ninth New Hampshire Militia Regiment. Alexander McCoy married Margaret McAllister and had 4 children Mary, John, Thomas & Margaret.
He had a second wife later and had 7 children with her, Nancy (b. Goffstown, 18 Oct, 1775. She m. Henry Hemphill (b. Pembrooke, NH, 11 April, 1769, son of Henry & Judith (Rogers) Hemphill)); Jennet, Elizabeth, Catherine, Alexander(3), Sarah, and Samuel. From: email@example.com
Jenney McCoy, m. Londonderry, NH, 8 Feb., 1798, Benjamin Giles.
Samuel Chase, b. ---. He m. in Londonderry ---, Betsey McCoy (no dates)
Alexander McCoy m. Goffstown, NH, 28 Jan., 1833, Jane Scott.
Alexander McCoy (from Falmouth, Barnstable Co. Mass) served under Captain Elisha Hearsey at Falmouth in French & Indian Wars, 15 Sept., 1755 - 22 Dec., 1755.
Alexander McCoy, in Capt. James House's Mass. company during French & Indian Wars, 9 July, 1755-8 Sept., 1755, Reported KILLED.
Alexander McCoy from Swansea, Bristol Co. Mass., served 15 Sept., 1755 - 16 Dec., 1755 in Capt. Samuel Clarke's Swansea Company during French & Indian Wars.
Milford Mass. Births:
Alexander McCoy, s/ of Alexander & Margaret of Ireland, b. in Ireland, 1791. Alexander McCoy, d. in Boston, 29 Nov., 1858 (b. Ireland, age 68) from cancer. Laborer, son of Alexander & Margaret.