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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY.
retarded, being eleven weeks en route. After
arriving in Dallas county he engaged in farming,
and continued his agricultural pursuits
on rented land for five years, at the end of
which time he and his brother, George, purchased
415 acres of wild land, which they at
once began improving and building on it a
home. They now have 230 acres of Dallas
county's best soil, fifteen acres of which are
Mr. Hughes was married on July 15,
1875, to BMiss J. Williams, a native of Dallas
county. Then have had four children:
George T., born May 24, 1876; Ernest J.,
February 1, 1878; Dowell W., December 10,
1880, and Virda M., August 27, 1886.
Mr. Hughes is a member of the Christian
Church, and his wife belongs to the Methodist
Episcopal Church. He affiliates socially
witl the Masons, having been a member of
that fraternity for eighteen years.
Mr. Hughes is a typical American and
striking example of the self-made man.
Starting in life without much means, he has
by industry and economy acquired a competence,
and is now classed with the substantial
farmers of this community. His fidelity and
uprightness of character and cordiality of
manner have gained for him the respect and
esteem of his fellow citizens, and endeared
him to a large circle of personal friends.
R. W. A. McCOY, one of the leading
members of the medical profession at
Dallas, Texas, dates his birth in Clark
county, Indiana, September 1, 1844. Of his
life and ancestry, the following brief outline
The Doctor's parents, Louis and Rebecca
(Hester) McCoy, were both born in Clark
county, Indiana. The latter was born in
1806, and lived for sixty-eight years on the
same farm on which he first saw the light.
lie moved to Franklin, Indiana, in 1874, and
died soon after at about the age of sixty-nine
years. He was a member of the Baptist
Church, and was an exemplary man in every
respect. In the Temperance movement he
was an active worker, being among the first
to discard the use of intoxicants in the harvest
field. He kept up a meeting of the
"Washingtonians" (of which he was a prime
mover), for many years. He was also active
in Sunday-school work. At one time he was
Captain of a militia company. Indeed, he
was a leading spirit in all enterprises that
had for their object the good of the coinmunity
in which he lived. His widow is
still living, having reached the advanced age
of eighty-six years.
Dr. McCoy's paternal grandparents were
John and Jane (Collins) McCoy. They went
from Pennsylvania to Kentucky, where they
were married in 1803. Following are the
names of their children: Lydia, who was first
married to Jesse Coombes and afterward to
Thomas McCormick, died in Clark county,
Indiana; Lewis, father of the subject of this
sketch; Spencer Collins, a farmer of Clark
county, died about 1872; Isaac, a prominent
educator in southern Illinois, died about 1884;
Thursey, wife of John McCormick; Rev.
William McCoy, a Baptist minister, who died
in 1890; Eliza, of whom mention is made as
a missionary to the Indians elsewhere in this
volume; George Rice McCoy, who died in
Illinois some time in the '40s, and John C.
McCoy, a biography of whom appears on another
page of this work.
Of the Hesters, the Doctor's maternal
grandparents, record is made as follow.:
Matthias and Susan (Hucklebury) Hester
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Lewis Publishing Company. Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas., book, 1892; Chicago, Illinois. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20932/m1/430/: accessed August 20, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.