Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing
Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",
published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.
THOMAS McCOY who resides in Sprague
was born in county Armagh, Ireland, in April, 1838. His parents,
were Owen and Bridget (McCann) McCoy. The father was born in the
same county as our subject and followed farming. He was in the uprising
in Ireland in 1848 and remained in his native country until his death.
The mother was born in the same county as the husband and died in 1846.
Thomas was favored with a good common school education in Ireland and worked
with his father until the age of seventeen; then he went to Scotland and
worked two years as a coal miner. After that, he came to Scotland,
then journeyed to Dunham, England, and served there twelve years in the
roller mills. In 1872, he came to America sailing from Liverpool
to New York. From New York, he went to Enpire, Michigan, and operated
in the mills for some time. Mr. McCoy has two sisters, Mrs. Ann Welch,
who came to this country with our subject and later married. Her
husband died and Mr. McCoy brought her to his place where she died in 1888,
leaving three children whom he cared for. The other sister is Mrs.
Mary Hughes, living in Ireland. The three children Mr. McCoy raised
are Mary, now married to U. S. Perry, a clerk in Sprague; Maggie, married
to Anthony Dent, dwelling in the Willamette valley, Oregon, and Thomas,
a printer, in San Francisco. Mr. McCoy owns two residences in Sprague
besides several choice lots. He gives his attention to gardening
and is a good substantial man.
He has been a life long member of the Catholic
church and is a supporter of that faith at the present time.