Rock Creek Township

Carroll County Biography

There came to Northern Illinois during the period of its early settlement men both from New England and the Southern States, most of them well equipped with those elements of courage and endurance, which were the qualifications necessary to success. They were prepared to battle with difficulties and dangers and realized that it would require years of labor and economy before they would be enabled to rest upon their oars and find time to count the consequences of their venture.

The Old Dominion contributed of her sons to the early settlement of Illinois, and among these came the subject of this sketch, who as born in Washington County in what is now West VA, March 11, 1835. His parents were Pleasant and Eleanor (Davis) McCoy; the former a native of KY and of Scotch-Irish descent. They spent the first few years of their married life in Virginia, and emigrated to this county in 1842, settling on a tract of land in the vicinity of the present flourishing town of Lanark. The plans of the family were, however, speedily broken in upon by the death of the father, which occurred in 1843, the year following his arrival here. The mother then continued to live in this county, and now makes her home with our subject. The parental household consisted of five children, four of whom are living and residents of Carroll County.

Samuel B. McCoy spent his boyhood and youth amid the scenes of pioneer life in this county, and remained on the farm with his mother until his marriage. This interesting event in his life occurred when he was a young man of 27 years, Dec. 19, 1872 at the home of the bride, Miss Mary C. Lower, in Rock Creek Twp. Mrs. McCoy was born Sept. 20, 1840 and is the daughter of David and Susan (Rhodes) Lower, natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent. The father is deceased, the mother is still living.

Our subject and his young wife began the journey of life together in this township on their present farm. This comprises 160 acres of good land, and is pleasantly located on section 7. The first years spent here were filled in with the exercise of industry and economy, but in due time Mr. and Mrs. McCoy found themselves on the road to prosperity. There were born to them four children; Frank H., Ethel M., Anna L. and Joseph R, who are all at home.

Our subject and his estimable wife are consistent members of the Lutheran Church and MR. McCoy politically votes the straight Democratic ticket. Of late years he has made a specialty of stock raising, which industry has yielded him a comfortable income. He has meddled very little with public affairs, preferring the life of a private citizen and giving his best effort to his farm and his family. He has been no unimportant factor in the development of this part of the county, of which he has now been a resident for 46 years, during which he has been the privileged witness of the remarkable changes which have transformed it from a wild and uncultivated section of country to the abode of a prosperous and intelligent people.

Portraits and Biographical 1889 Pg 926

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