W. T. McCOY, merchant, Mound City, is a son of Elisha and Mary E. (Bibb) McCoy. He was born in North Carolina, and came to Mound City from Marshall County, Ky., in March, 1872, and is now engaged at the carpenter trade. She is the mother of seven children, of whom two are now living — Lanzy J., a carpenter, and William T., our subject. He was born September 12, 1846, in North Carolina. He was raised on the farm and educated in the common schools of Marshall County, Ky. When he became of age, he engaged in farming, for a time at Massac County, Ill., and there, on the 11th of July, 1869, he married Miss Mary E. Murphy, a native of near Paducah, Ky., born in January, 1848; she is a daughter of James H. and Rachel J. (Butler) Murphy. After Mr. McCoy came to Mound City he worked at the carpenter trade until August, 1882, where, in copartnership with Mr. C. N. Bell, he opened a grocery store, and also carries a full line of queens and tin ware. Mr. McCoy is a man of good business qualities, enjoying the highest esteem of the community in which he lives; is a Democrat in politics, and an active member of the I. O. O. F., Mound City Lodge, No. 150.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 271.