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James McCoy

Male Abt 1721 - 1801  (~ 80 years)


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  • Name James McCoy  [1, 2
    Born Abt 1721  , Ulster, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 30 Sep 1801  Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried South Union Baptist Church, Fayette, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • He learned to read and write when he first went to Frederick County Virginia, in 1735. He ran away from his uncles horse farm in Ireland when he was an orphan of 14 years, and was indentured when he was caught as a stowaway on a ship to America. He was bound to John Hite for 46 months to pay for passage. Mrs. Hite taught him to read & write. He was the only witness to John Bruce's will that could sign his own name. He first entered South Union, Pennsylvania in 1769. Before going he had married Ann Bruce. His death occured in 1803, and he was buried in the churchyard of the South Union Baptist Church.

      James McCoy was a husky, handsome Scotch-Irish orphan of 14 years when he ran away from his uncle's horse farm in Ireland. (He apparently injured one of his uncle's horses while skylarking and feared returning to the farm.) He stowed away on a ship to America, and delayed making his appearance until the ship was well out to sea. James's boasting about his knowledge of horses netted him an indenture
      to an American horse trader when the ship's captain auctioned off his services to cover his passage. James's subsequent travels with his master for wild horses and a chance meeting with innskeeper, Mrs. Hite, in Winchester [Virginia], resulted in the end of James's indenture and his learning to read and write when he first came to
      Frederick Co [Virginia] in 1735. (Source is referenced as Elizabeth Hayward, "John McCoy, His Life and His Diaries")

      James and Anne may have lived at Brownsville (now Fayette Co, PA) while they were raising their family. Warrant of 14Jun1769 was granted James McCoy on 305 acres of land known as "Flint Hill" located between the Monogahela and the Youghiogheny rivers south of Pittsburg [Pennsylvania]. Another tract of 221 acres in the same area of Fayette Co was surveyed to James McCoy 23 Sep 1769. Lands of Thomas Brownfield and Isaac Sutton joined "Flint Hill", while two miles to the southwest was Fort Gaddis; a welcome refuge during the terrorizing spring and summer of 1774 [source above referenced].
    Person ID I1299915  7_families
    Last Modified 18 Jul 2002 

    Family Anne Bruce,   b. 1725, Leochel-Cushine, Aberdeenshire, Scotland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Feb 1808, Uniontown, Fayette, Pennsylvania Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 1745  , Frederick, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 16 Sep 2006 
    Family ID F471451  Group Sheet

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1721 - , Ulster, Ireland Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1745 - , Frederick, Virginia Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S8190] Bruce Family, Bruce Family Website, (Online).

    2. [S8196] Bruce, John of the Shenandoah, Violet Laverne Bruce, (Decorah, Iowa : Anundsen Pub. Co., c1987. Book #929.273 B83br), 929.273 B83br..