The  Shelbyville  News
May 10, 1980
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          Mack E. McCoy, 56, Grand Bay, Ala., retired carpenter, died March 28.
          WV native.  Lived on E. Jackson St, Shelbyville, until moving two years ago.  Formerly owned and operated a construction company in Shelbyville.
          Survivors:  daughter, Miss Cora McCoy, Shelbyville; sister, Mrs. Ella Burgess, Charleston WV.
Contributed and summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  News
Monday, August 3, 1998
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John E. McCaughey
John E. McCaughey, 79, Shelbyville, died Saturday.
Born July 25, 1919, in Ipava, Ill., s/o  Lewis  and  Edna (Fackler) McCaughey.  Aug. 25, 1946, married  Darlene (Ashby) McCaughey,  and she survives.
Certified professional agronomist.  He worked at Hungerford Harvestores, Northrup King and Scott Seed companies.
Graduated from Galesburg High School in Galesburg, Ill., Western Illinois University and the University of Wisconsin.
Lived in Shelby County for 31 years, moving here from Illinois.  U.S. Army veteran of World War II, serving from 1941 to 1946; chief warrant officer.
American Registry of Certified Professional Agronomists, the Elks Club and Rotary International in Shelbyville and the American Legion in Thomson, Ill., First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville. Survivors include wife, a son,  Craig John McCaughey,  Kokomo; a daughter,  Mrs. Dan (Barbara) Ivie,  Shelbyville; a sister,  Mrs. James (Frances) Ingels,  Lafayette, Ill.; 4 grandchildren; and 4 great-grandchildren.
Glenn E. George & Son Funeral Home, Shelbyville.
Thomson United Methodist Church, Thomson, Ill., with the Rev. Peter Ye officiating.  Burial will be in the Lower York Cemetery, Thomson, Ill.
Memorial contributions to Hospice of Shelby County or First United Methodist Church, Shelbyville.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming


The  Shelbyville  Republican
Monday July 5, 1909
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PATRIARCH  GOES  TO  HIGHER  PLANE
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Last Rites Over The Body Of The Late Isaiah McCoy
Were Conducted Near Downeyville Sunday Morning
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WAS  95  YEARS  OF  AGE
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Had Lived in The Vicinity of St. Paul For Ninety Years
Large Crowd Attended The Funeral Services
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            The funeral services of  Isaiah McCoy, who died late Friday afternoon, were conducted at the Star church near Downeyville Sunday morning at ten o’clock.  Interment occurred at the church cemetery.  One of the largest crowds that ever attended a funeral in that section of the State was present to pay last tribute to the man who had lived among them so long.  Mr. McCoy had many friends in and around St. Paul, where he has resided about all of his life.
            Mr. McCoy was born at Ghent, Kentucky, February 13, 1814, and was, therefore, well on in the ninety-sixth year of his age.
            He came to Decatur county with his parents in 1819, when he was a lad of five years, and had been a citizen of the county for ninety years.  For seventy-two years he had been a resident of Adams township, having established his home there in 1837.
            After making a record as a thrifty farmer and rearing a family that reflected much credit upon their ancestors, he quietly passed the evening of his life at the old homestead, where he has lived with some of his kin since the death of his wife.  There looking over the scenes of is early manhood, he could say: “Here I have lived and worked, accumulating by honest toil a little fortune for myself and children.”
            William McCoy, the father of Isaiah McCoy, was a Virginian.  He was too young to enlist with his brothers in the Patriot army of the Revolution, but when Burgoyne had surrendered in the north and Morgan’s light horsemen were on their way to the south-King George’s “half loaf”—William McCoy afterward, the Decatur County Pioneer, joined them at the age of fourteen, and did gallant service.
            Isaiah McCoy’s life had been one of activity, industry and hard work.  In 1835 he worked on the levee at Lawrenceburg.  In 1836 he assisted in excavating the race for Owen’s Mill on Flat Rock.  He later assisted in the construction of the Picayune Mill near Downeyville.
            He was married November 8, 1837 to Miss Mary Short, who lived until 1892.  The children born to this union are, with one exception, all now living.  Nancy, the oldest daughter married M. [Oliver] Lawhead, who was lost in the battle of Red River during the civil war, and she died in 1872.
            Those living are  Eliza,  Mrs. Lewis Garrett, of near St. Omer;  Julia,  Mrs. John Bright, of near Adams;  Courtney,  Mrs. John Kanouse, of St. Paul;  Arminda,  Mrs. George Boicourt, of Letts;  John McCoy, of Moscow, and  Benjamin F. McCoy, of Greensburg.
            Besides these six children he is survived by twenty grand children, twenty great grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren—a patriarch in fact as well as in name.
            Though in the latter days, time had made an impression on his vital powers, with a clear mind left him he viewed the culmination of his long life work calmly.  With a conscience void of offense to God or man he relied upon a firm belief that the blood of the Savior was shed for the redemption of man.
            He answered the summons, succumbed to nature and closed his eyes in peace.
Submitted by Barb Huff


The  Daily  Republican
Thursday, August 26, 1886
Page 1 column 5
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          Died at her home near Mt. Auburn, about 7 o'clock on Tuesday evening, Mrs. Clarissa McCoy, age 87 years.  Deceased was the oldest person in Jackson township and the farm upon which she died was obtained by her as a "patent" from the government during the administration of Andrew Jackson, which instrument is now preserved and kept as an heirloom.  She was also a charter member of the Edinburg Christian Church, one other only surviving her.  The funeral took place from the Christian church in the village of Mt. Auburn at 11 o'clock today and was largely attended.  Elder John Brazleton, of North Vernon, delivered an interesting funeral address on the life and character of the deceased.
[Buried Conover Cemetery]
Submitted by Barb Huff

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