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            William Woodruff McCoy, who resides in a pleasant home on a farm located on the south side of Salt Spring Valley, in Calaveras County, was born in Conway County, Arkansas, October 21, 1829.  His ancestors were from Virginia and Kentucky.  His father, Silas McCoy, was born in the latter state, in 1802, and married Miss Elizabeth Carlysle, the wedding being celebrated in Arkansas at an early day.  Seven children were born of their union, but only three are now living, two daughters and Dr. McCoy.  The father died on the 16th of May, 1863, at the age of fifty-one years, and the mother passed away in his sixty-second year.

            William W. McCoy of this review acquired his education in Arkansas, learning the blacksmith’s trade, and afterward turned his attention to stock raising.  As a companion and helpmate on life’s journey he chose Miss Anna Stagner, a native of Kentucky, the wedding being celebrated on the 12th of October, 1854.  Her parents were William and Rosana Stagner.  Mr. and Mrs. McCoy had been married only a few years when the great Civil War broke out and when the need of his people of the south became pressing he volunteered as a defender of the Confederacy and joined the southern army.  He was elected a lieutenant of Company A, Seventh Arkansas Infantry, and fought in several battles of the war, including the engagements at Shiloh.  At that place he received three gunshot wounds, one in the jaw, which knocked out several of his teeth, another broke his collarbone, while the third ball struck him in the hip.  His wounds were of such a nature that he was discharged.  He went home to recuperate, and when well he joined the cavalry under Colonel Timothy Reaves, and was honorably discharged at Jacksonport, Arkansas, in the spring of 1864.  On other occasions he had narrow escapes.  At one time he was cut off from his regiment and escaped capture only by swimming his horse across the river.  He could not swim himself and did not know whether his horse could, but in his extremity he took the chance and thus escaped being made a prisoner.  He was a brave and capable soldier and did his best for the cause which he deemed just.

            After the war Mr. McCoy returned to his family and continued to make his home in Arkansas until 1872, when he came to California, accompanied by his wife and their only surviving son, Timothy R., who now resides with his parents in their declining years at their pleasant home in Salt Springs Valley, and is in partnership with his father in the management of the ranch.  Seven other children have been born to them, but all have passed away.  Mr. McCoy here owns three hundred and seventy-four acres of land and is raising grain, produce and stock, making a specialty of the breeding of Hereford cattle.

            He has gained the title of Doctor by reason of his successful treatment of cancers, having become a specialist in this line.  His constantly growing reputation and his skill have caused many patients to come to him not only from all parts of California but also from adjoining states as well.  He has practiced in Stockton and San Francisco and has attended many thousands of cases, effecting more or less wonderful cures.  His efforts in this direction are worthy of the highest commendation and have made him widely known far beyond the confines of his adopted state.



Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: “A Volume of Memoirs and Genealogy of Representative Citizens of Northern California”, Pages 344-345. Chicago Standard Genealogical  Publishing Co. 1901.

© 2010  Gerald Iaquinta.




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