18 December 2010

Obituary--Henry C. Coy

This obituary is just a simple, and very typical one.  Nothing flowery, nothing gruesome.  But it is chock full of good information that any genealogist would want to find on their ancestor. 

From the 2 October 1913 Fremont TimesIndicator:

Old Resident Passes Away at the Home of His Daughter, Sunday, September 21st, Aged 88 years
Henry C. Coy, who was a resident of Fremont from 1867 until 1886, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Levi W. Waterman, 2 Travis street, N.E., Grand Rapids, Sunday morning, September 21st.  He was 88 years of age.
Mr. Coy was born near Montpelier, Vt., May 7, 1825, and when a small boy moved with his parents to Indiana.  He came to Fremont from Hillsdale in 1867 and the following year married Ellen A. Tanner.  To them five children were born.  He build and with his family occupied the first frame house in Fremont.  In 1886 they moved to a farm 1 1/2 miles northwest of Hesperia where they lived until about three years ago when Mr. and Mrs. Coy went to Grand Rapids to make their home with their  children.
The funeral services were held last week Tuesday in Grand Rapids and were conducted by Rev. R. M. Scott, pastor of the Berean Baptist church.

Not often back then was an obituary so complete with birth date, and even marriage year.  A treasure indeed for anyone who may be researching this family. I only wish my ancestors were so detailed in their obituaries.

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