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The John McCoy Family papers contain letters, discharge papers, and pension payment records from 1847-1899. The bulk of the letters are to Martha Black McCoy from her husband John McCoy after his likely enlistment as a substitute soldier for the Union Army during the Civil War. McCoy received a $627 bounty which was more than double the normal enlistment bounty at the time. The letters describe his time stationed at Fort Totten in New Bern, North Carolina as well as at two separate military hospitals. They detail his ongoing health problems, the financial pressures his wife and family faced at their home in Quebec as well as the difficulties in transferring enlistment money to a Canadian spouse. In addition to letters to his wife there is one letter to his son Archibald as well as a letter to his wife from a relative, Elizabeth Anderson, and a letter to John McCoy from William Weed. Additional documents relate to McCoy's military service and marriage and include a discharge form, a pension payment form and a note attesting to the marriage of John McCoy to Martha Black.

John McCoy Family Papers Document Index
Title
Marriage Certificate, 1850
Deposit Notice, 1864 February 5
Army Discharge, 1865 July 15
Army Pension Voucher, 1899 September
Elizabeth Anderson, letter, to Martha Black, 1847 November 25
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 January 17
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 January 26
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 February 17
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 February 27
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 March 12
John McCoy, letter, to Archibald McCoy, 1864 March 18
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 March 18
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 March 29
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 April 21
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 May 6
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 May 28
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 June 13
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 June 19
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 June 23
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 July 2
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 July 12
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 July 23
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 August 6
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 September 12
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 October 3
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 October 9
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 October 15
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 October 25
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 November 16
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1864 December 3
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1865 January 26
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1865 February 21
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1865 March 18
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1865 March 22
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1865 April 7
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1865 April 19
John McCoy, letter, to Martha McCoy, 1865 June 12
William Weed, letter, to John McCoy, 1865 July 22