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Thomas Buckner McCoy

Thomas Buckner McCoy

Male 1856 -

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  • Name Thomas Buckner McCoy 
    Born 4 Jul 1856  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Person ID I31631  Yatesville History & Genealogy
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2020 

    Father Nathaniel McCoy,   b. 23 Aug 1807, Bedford, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Jun 1880, Hardin, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Mary Jane Yates,   b. 14 Jul 1810, Bedford, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Jul 1880, Hardin, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Married 10 Mar 1833  Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F4737  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Matilda Arabell Yates,   b. 12 Feb 1855, Hardin, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1940, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Last Modified 4 Oct 2022 
    Family ID F9081  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Thomas Buckner "Buck" McCoy was born 04 Jul 1855, in the Four Corners area, Hardin County, Kentucky, the son of Nathaniel McCoy and Mary Jane "Jenzie" Yates.

      He married 23 Oct 1876, Sarah Elizabeth Cain. Sarah Elizabeth "Lizzie" was born 11 Feb 1854, the daughter of Samuel Anderson Cain and Hester Ann Holdren.

      Their children were: William Henry McCoy, Nathaniel A McCoy, Mary Josephine "Josie" McCoy, Martha Mattie Mead McCoy, Richard Berry McCoy, Lula Ellen McCoy, Lona Elizabeth McCoy, Noah Wilson McCoy and James Buckner McCoy.

      "Buck" McCoy started his long journey to Garfield County, Oklahoma Territory on a early spring day in 1900. He had three large covered wagons. He drove one.

      His eldest son, Will Henry, (b) 06 Sep 1877, drove the next. With him were his family which consisted of his wife, Julia Etta Martin-Yates-McCoy, and her three children from a previous marriage: Sarah Etta Yates, Robert Euell Yates, and Ida Bell Yates.


      "Bucks" eldest daughter, Mary Josephine "Josie" drove the third one. Like so many of our ancestral parents, they traveled so far, then made a crop or worked, then traveled on to their destination. Some, like Thomas Buckner, did not know where they would settle. So they continued to search for a good farm or place to call home again. Caruthersville, Mo., was one such place, where the family lived for several years. In 1904, they moved to Walnut Ridge, Ar., and the next move was to West Plains, Mo., then to Broken Arrow, Ok., to Enid for a short time, then to Holdenville, Ok., and then back to Enid, Ok.

      As they traveled, the adult children married and settled in that location.

      Mary Josephine "Josie" (b) 19 Mar 1882, married John Franklin Styles in Caruthersville, Mo., in Dec. 1902; a little girl was born to them; later they divorced. Her second marriage was to Joe Lee Gray, 02 Dec 1904, in Walnut Ridge, Ark. They later moved on to Garfield County, Enid, Ok., where Joe operated a fruit stand at different locations around the Square.

      Martha "Mattie" Meade (b) 23 Jun 1884, married Levi "Lee" Wood, 27 Oct 1901, in Caruthersville, Mo. He was in the Navy or Coast Guard, as he would light the lights along the Mississippi River. They lived their life on the banks of the Mississippi. He received a special award for 50 years of service.

      Richard Berry (b) 06 Apr 1886, married Mabel May Forman, in Jonesboro, Ark.

      Lula Ellen (b) 22 Jun 1888, married William Andrew "Andy" London, a railroad man, on 08 Feb 1907. They moved to Pueblo, Co. where he worked for the Missouri Pacific Railroad. Ellen brought her family home to Enid many times by train. Lula died 25 Jan 1965.

      Lona Elizabeth (b) 25 Jan 1892, married Elbert Owen Trotter on 12 Dec 1915. Lona (d) 23 Mar 1968, Holdenville, Ok.

      Noah Wilson born 23 Mar 1894, married Florence Mason-Evans on 07 Sep 1918 in Broken Arrow, Ok. Noah died 29 Jun 1923, Tulsa, Ok.

      James Buckner born 25 May 1898, married Lucy Cook in Jonesboro, Ark. on 22 Dec 1919. His second marriage was to Violet Cecile Christian from Mn. and they later divorced. His third marriage was to Cora London-Denton, 07 Jul 1969. He is buried in Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Ok.

      Thomas Buckner McCoy arrived in Enid around 1908 with his eldest son, Will Henry. They operated a small used Furniture store with a variety of small things like tubs, washboards, dishpans, etc. This small place was located next to the alley where Evan's Cut-rite Drugs was for many years. Sam Gray, a brother to Joe Gray, had a little hole in the wall for a chili stand, in the same loction.

      Sarah Elizabeth died 02 Jun 1925. She was buried in Broken Arrow, Ok. alongside their son Noah Wilson McCoy.

      Thomas Buckner married a lady named Willie, (b) ca 1857, Texas. It is unknown to me what happened to Willie. He was a Methodist and a Republican. He sent for Aunt Matilda "Bell" Yates-Morgan-Cain, and she traveled from Kentucky to Oklahoma to marry him.

      He worked as a Gardener, and cared for lawns and trimned trees until his death 30 Nov 1941.

      He is buried alongside his first wife, and mother of his children, Sarah Elizabeth, in Broken Arrow, Tulsa, Ok.

      (Copied from Opal London-Cox's notes and my own research.) Opal married Arthur Cox, a Uncle of my husband. Virginia Ruth Cox, 03 Dec 2010