Following is one of the Biographies and Stories which where gathered by Charles Sumner McKamy in the 1950s for publication in a Crawford County History Book. Unfortunately he passed away before the book was published.

Charles M. McCoy, son of Albert C. and Elizabeth (Hardway) McCoy. My mother was the daughter of Andrew and Margaret (Sherrod) Hardway of Clark County, Illinois. Our family of six were namely: Alonzo Marlin, who died young in a railroad accident; Martha, who married David Weir of Martinsville, Ill. and to them were born Cleo and Pearl, both deceased; Thomas and Graydon; Margaret L., who married Henry T. Cox, to them were born Blanche, Fern, (Arizona deceased) and Florence; Aubrey D. who married Mergie Ritchie, to whom were born Lela, Alonzo, (John deceased), Ruth and Velma; William, who married Effie Newlin to whom was born one daughter Opal; Charles M. who married Rose M. Wilson, to whom were born five sons, Vernon D. (deceased), Alva, George, Orris and Earl.

My Father, Albert C. McCoy was the son of William O. McCoy, who was a son of William McCoy, who was a son of Alexander McCoy. Alexander McCoy was one of the first settlers of Hutsonville vicinity, who came here with three sons, John, Squire and William. William married Sarah Jane Barlow, and a daughter-in-law, Mrs. Albert McCoy lived on the old Hutson place. Squire McCoy followed the river and never lived in the township, died many years ago.

Alexander McCoy was of Scotch descent and his wife, Sarah was of Irish descent and they came here from North Carolina, first living a short time in Kentucky and then migrating to Illinois in the year 1814. Alexander was born in 1781 and died in 1839 and his wife was born in 1786 and died in 1838 and buried in the Old Cemetery at Hutsonville. They had a daughter, Peggy, who married a Boatright and they had a daughter Mary. Boatright dying, leaving Peggy, a young widow, who lived among her relatives. Transportation being mainly by foot and she a large woman who tired easily, the roads being by-paths through the woods. Near her brother's home was a persimmon tree that by a freak of nature had its trunk bended in the form of a chair where she always stopped to rest, and her nephews and nieces called this tree "Aunt Peggy's Stool". She was buried in an unmarked grave near her brother William in the old Cemetery in Hutsonville.

Peggy had one daughter, Mary, who married George Truitt and to them were born Luther, Margaret, (who married Nelson Carpenter) and Dora whose husband was Henry Willard. Harold Truitt, of Robinson is a descendant of Luther Truitt.

William was born in Kentucky in 1809 and came to Illinois with his parents when he was four years old and he married Sarah Jane Barlow, daughter of john W. Barlow and she was born in 1812 and died in 1864. By trade William was a Blacksmith and later a farmer. When a young man he operated a Blacksmith shop on the location where Dearborn Station now stands in Chicago, later he moved hip shop to Hutsonville where the Arthur Woolverton store now stands. He was a charter member of the Original Church of Christ in Hutsonville and was a Justice of the Peace, according to the old county records of Crawford County, assisting couples in embarking on the sea of matrimony.

After William was married he purchased the farm of his father-in-law, John W. Barlow, south of Hutsonville where there had been built a large brick home by Mr. Barlow, near the site of the Hutson family massacre by the Indians. The brick house burned some years later. Here he reared his family, who were: Fayette Middleton, Hickman, Malissa, wife of Isaac Larrabee, Milton and DeWitt, who all emigrated to Texas, George settled in California after working in both Alaska and Korea building gold smelters. William O. and Albert remained near and on the old homestead where some of their descendants still live. After the death of his wife, Sarah Jane he married Saloma (Lull) "Markee" Morris, widow of William Morris and to them were born two daughters, May who married William Oden and Orpha who married William Brady and spent their lives in Texas.

William O. McCoy married Angeline Cox and to them was born a daughter, Sarah, who married Herbert Steel, and another daughter, Pearl, who married Ed. Conrad and to them were born three children, Arizona, Ruby and Max. His sons Albert and Guy live south of Hutsonville. It is interesting to know that a descendant, Charles M. McCoy, owns the old Barlow-McCoy homestead and the site of the Hutson Massacre by the Indians in 1813, which record is found in the History of Clark and Crawford Counties of 1883, the William C. Jones book of poems "Birch Rod Days and Other Poems"; the "Turquoise Brooch" in the files of the Robinson Constitution Illinois and Crawford County Biographical 1910 and an article of Ethelbert Callahan published in the Hutsonville Herald of Jan. 30, 1914.

William and Albert McCoy were soldiers in the union Army of the War between the states. Neither saw active duty but judging from accounts in old letters both did guard and scout duty near Tillahoma and Murphysboro, Tenn. Since they mention in their letter guarding a . . . .