William McCoy, Sr. of Greenbrier County, Virginia

My Revolutionary War Patriot Ancestors: Lt. and later Capt. William McCoy, Sr.(my sixth great grandfather) of Greenbrier County Virginia, The Hamilton’s of Greenbrier County Virginia, and James McCoy (my fifth great grandfather).

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Lieutenant William J. McCoy, Sr., born 1740 in Augusta County, Virginia; died 1795.He was the son of James McCoy and Jane.

William McCoy, Sr. married Agnes (Nancy) Hamilton daughter of William Hamilton and Alice. Nancy Hamilton, born 1745; died 1833 in Greenbrier County, Virginia.

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Lt. William McCoy’s children are named in the Lane Grant book of Greenbrier County, Virginia (now West Virginia) in the Auditor’s Office; Vol. I, Pg. 558.

McCoy, Wm. decd, Heirs at Law of Greenbrier County 1 Augt 1818, On the waters of Sinking Creek adjoing the land of Charles Lewis decd &c. “Wm McCoy, Jas McCoy, Andw McCoy, Jane Raider,  Alice Hanna, Nancy Miller, Jno McCoy, and  Moses McCoy.” -Grants 67, p. 407.

William and Nancy Agness Hamilton McCoy’s children were also mentioned in the will of Andrew Hamilton (b. 1738 d. 4 March 1796 in Greenbrier County, Virginia).

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William was Commissioner of the Peace in 1791; member of the Grand Jury…

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James Gilliland (Gillilan), Revolutionary War Patriot, Greenbrier County Virginia

James Gilliland (my sixth great grandfather) and Revolutionary War Patriot of Greenbrier County, Virginia (present day West Virginia).

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In Richard Hill Gillilan’s Biography from Greenbriar County West Virginia it states that Richard’s grandfather, James Gillilan (who is my 6th great grandfather), was one of the pioneers in the Falling Springs vicinity. He is documented as coming from Augusta County, Virginia where he was reportedly born March 16 1749. It lists James as settling on 400 acres of land near the Falling Spring. It also states that he brought the first wagon to the county and took his produce to the market in Philadelphia. He married Lydia Armstrong (my 6th great grandmother), who died July 22, 1818.

In T.C. Miller’s “West Virginia and Its People,” James is documented as being married to Lydia Armstrong. Please see below:

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James died on Februrary 14. 1844 at the age of 99.

Here are copies of James’ Revolutionary War Pension records:

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Service: VIRGINIA    Rank: ENSIGN

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