Memorial and Biographical History of Dallas County, Texas. Page: 431 of 1,110
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HISTORY OF DALLAS COUNTY. 417
reared a large family of children, all of whom
grew up to occupy honored and useful positions.
Matthias Hester, when nineteen years
of age, was scalped and speared by the Indians
on Blue Grass creek, near where Louisville,
Kentucky, now stands, and was thrown
into a ditch and left for dead. He recovered,
however, and lived to an advanced age. Following
are the names of their children: Rev.
George K., one of the early Methodist ministers
of Indiana, and one of the founders of
Asbury (now De Pauw) University, was born
in 1792 and died about 1874; Mary M., who
married Mr. Muir, and resided in Kentucky,
died about 1860; Cowen P., one of the founders
of the Indiana State University at Bloomington,
went to California in 1849, was
elected Judge, and is now a resident of Los
Angeles; Elizabeth, a teacher of more than
ordinary ability, died in 1846; David, who
was drowned in the Mississippi river; Sarah,
wife of John Coonmbes, died in Clark county,
Indiana, in 1880; the seventh born was Dr.
McCoy's mother; William, who died at the
age of thirty years, left an only son, W. W.,
who is now a practicing physician in Chicago;
Milton P., of Illinois, is now eighty
years of age; and Dr. Uriah A. V., a prominent
physician of Owen county, Indiana, is
the youngest of the family.
Rev. George K. Hester's sons were among
the first graduates of Asbury University.
They are Rev. Asbury Hester, D. D., of
Greencastle, Indiana; Rev. Addison Hester,
who died in St. Louis in 1842; Rev. W. McKinsey
Hester, D. D2, of the Southeast Indiana
Conference, and Rev. Andrew Hester,
who died at Charleston, Indiana, in 1869.
Lewis McCoy and his wife were the parents
of four children, viz.: George K., a surgeon
in the Union army, died in New Orleans,
December 18, 1864, aged about thirty
years; J. C. McCoy, a leading attorney of
the Dallas bar; Henrietta J., wife of William
Taggart, of Chicago, Illinois, and W. A., the
subject of this sketch.
Dr. W. A. McCoy was educated at Franklin
College, Indiana, and at the State University
at Bloomington. I-Ie graduated at the
Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, with
the class of 1883-'84, and at once began the
practice of his profession in Decatur county,
Indiana, remaining there two years. In 1887
he came to Dallas, Texas, and since that time
has been conducting a medical practice here.
The Doctor was married in 1880, to Miss
Lizzie McCain, daughter of J. D. McCain, of
Franklin, Indiana. They have two children,
Earl and Lewis. Both lie and his wife are
mernbers of the East Dallas Baptist Church.
A. McMURRY, brick contractor, Dallas,
has put up many buildings throughout
Dallas and vicinity, and he has put
in the foundations for cotton compresses
nearly throughout the State; has contracted
for many large business blocks, put up the
Empire mills, the brick work for the Todd
Milling Company, the Exchange building for
Mr. Jamison, residences for Loftwick
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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/m1/431/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Public Library.