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 James McCoy

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James McCoy

Birth
County Antrim, Northern Ireland
Death
8 Nov 1895 (aged 74)
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Burial
San Diego, San Diego County, California, USA
Memorial ID
6156378 View Source

McCoy had many friends, and one of them, Charles Kelly who lived in Old Town and owned a livery stable there, described McCoy as "a big man over six feet tall who weighed 190 lbs. He could speak Spanish fluently. Everybody thought a great deal of him."

At 10 p.m. on November 8, 1895 James McCoy died in the home he had built for himself and his wife. They had occupied the dwelling for nearly 26 years. The former senator had been in poor health for sometime, and an attack of the grip hurried his death. Those who knew him well expected his demise and the newspaper, silenced about McCoy's activities for the previous ten years, reported that "he had been on the verge of dissolution and his death was not a surprise." Dr. R. G. Hulbert who signed the death certificate reported that he had attended to McCoy from October 9, to November 8, 1895 and that death had been caused by lung congestion.
A will dated June 4, 1894 gave Bennie McCoy the sum of $200 and bequeathed to his wife Winnifred, "all my property of every kind and nature except for $200 for her sole use and benefit." McCoy left no relatives except his wife.

Just two days later, on November 10, 1895, McCoy went to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Mission Hills, a few miles north of the city he had developed, policed, represented, and called home. Eighty years later, his tombstone remains, set apart with the memorials of other notables of San Diego in a corner of Pioneer Park adjacent to Grant School in Mission Hills. McCoy's monument looms far above the others, as did his reputation and house, and gives testimony to a man who gave many years of his life in the service of San Diego. The immigrant from Ireland who rose to the position of State Senator had influenced many in his lifetime and had expended untold energy toward the development of Southern California.

source: https://sandiegohistory.org/journal/1977/october/mccoy/
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In the 1970s the cemetery was converted into the Mission Hills Memorial Park, and only 150 of the original 2016 gravestones were salvaged. These gravestones were placed near the stone wall closest to the Middle School. The grave stone marker for this person was salvaged, and is near the left end of the row of markers. All records relating to the exact locations of the graves in the park were reported to have been lost in a fire.

McCoy had many friends, and one of them, Charles Kelly who lived in Old Town and owned a livery stable there, described McCoy as "a big man over six feet tall who weighed 190 lbs. He could speak Spanish fluently. Everybody thought a great deal of him."

At 10 p.m. on November 8, 1895 James McCoy died in the home he had built for himself and his wife. They had occupied the dwelling for nearly 26 years. The former senator had been in poor health for sometime, and an attack of the grip hurried his death. Those who knew him well expected his demise and the newspaper, silenced about McCoy's activities for the previous ten years, reported that "he had been on the verge of dissolution and his death was not a surprise." Dr. R. G. Hulbert who signed the death certificate reported that he had attended to McCoy from October 9, to November 8, 1895 and that death had been caused by lung congestion.
A will dated June 4, 1894 gave Bennie McCoy the sum of $200 and bequeathed to his wife Winnifred, "all my property of every kind and nature except for $200 for her sole use and benefit." McCoy left no relatives except his wife.

Just two days later, on November 10, 1895, McCoy went to rest in Calvary Cemetery in Mission Hills, a few miles north of the city he had developed, policed, represented, and called home. Eighty years later, his tombstone remains, set apart with the memorials of other notables of San Diego in a corner of Pioneer Park adjacent to Grant School in Mission Hills. McCoy's monument looms far above the others, as did his reputation and house, and gives testimony to a man who gave many years of his life in the service of San Diego. The immigrant from Ireland who rose to the position of State Senator had influenced many in his lifetime and had expended untold energy toward the development of Southern California.

source: https://sandiegohistory.org/journal/1977/october/mccoy/
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In the 1970s the cemetery was converted into the Mission Hills Memorial Park, and only 150 of the original 2016 gravestones were salvaged. These gravestones were placed near the stone wall closest to the Middle School. The grave stone marker for this person was salvaged, and is near the left end of the row of markers. All records relating to the exact locations of the graves in the park were reported to have been lost in a fire.


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Born Co. Anthrum, Ireland

Gravesite Details

Cemetery moved but Headstone in Pioneer Park-Mission Hills, CA


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