John (1784-1854) & Margaret McKinnon Coyan

"A brother to my 4th great-grandfather, Hugh Coyan"

1850 Ohio census for John & Margaret - the last one before they passed away

John Coyan's gravesite in Carroll county, Ohio

Info on John Coyan's branch of the family tree was initially provided by Rick Borland of Carrollton, OH. when he responded to a "query" posted by Joy Coyan of Jackson, OH. My recent trip to Ottumwa, Iowa in 1998 and subsequent research has added many more branches - and the work continues.

The Placer, Sonoma, and Alpine county area California "clans" and the "lost" Montana group of Coyan's are descended from John Coyan and Margaret McKinnon Coyan. Evidence points to there being three of the sons (Addison, George, and Richard Wilson) who eventually migrated west to this same area in northern California in the mid to late 1800's.

John Coyan, the brother of my gggg-grandfather Hugh Coyan, was born March 10, 1784, in Maryland - the same state that Hugh stated as his place of birth in census records. In 1819 he married Margaret McKinnon in Columbiana county, Ohio. They are present in the U.S. census in East Liverpool, Columbiana county, Ohio in 1820 and 1830. By 1840, John, Margaret, and family had moved a short distance to Carroll county, Ohio, where they lived for the remainder of John and Margaret's life. John died January 17, 1854 and his wife Margaret McKinnon Coyan died on April 4, 1857. They are buried in Carroll county, OH. John was a farmer for his entire life, as far as I can tell from the few records available. According to records that Rick Borland has sent me, John and Margaret were the parents of the following children:

Cynthia Coyan (1818? - ??)

Rosanna (Coyan) Hawk (1820-1908) - a lady who was proud of our Scotch-Irish heritage!

Addison Coyan (1821-??)  - to California in 1850, then back east before 1860 until at least 1876 in Illinois, then back to Placer county, CA by 1890

Samuel Coyan (1823-before 1840)

Minerva (Coyan) Beaver (1824-1875)

John Coyan Jr. (1825-1882) - John was a crucial "link" in discovering why my ggg-grandparents William & Elizabeth Coyan decided to move from Jackson county, Ohio to Wapello county, Iowa, in 1863. It just so happens that John showed up as early as 1856 in ....Wapello county - having gone there from his childhood home in Carroll county, Ohio. Is it coincidence that of all places in the United States that William & Elizabeth decided to move "west" to, that they decided upon Wapello county, Iowa? - I think NOT!!! Credit for this info has to be given to Michael Coyan, Gladys Lange Coyan and Joy Coyan, whose hard work located the families in Wapello county and put "two and two" together.

Richard Wilson Coyan (1829-1914) - went to Sonoma county, California in the 1850/60's

Geoffry Coyan (1829-before 1840) - Geoffry and Richard Wilson were twins.

George McKinnon Coyan (1831-between 1896-98) - went to Placer county, CA. in 1850

Rebecca Coyan (ca. 1831-1851) - was Rebecca a twin to George??

Note that records found to date show that John and Margaret were the parents of TEN children. HOWEVER, Rosanna Coyan Hawk's obituary says that she was from a family of FOURTEEN children, including FOUR sets of twins (virtually unheard of !). If George and Rebecca were twins, then there must have been 2 additional sets of twins born to John and Margaret. The 1830 census record for John Coyan and family show there to be 2 girls under age 5, so I am assuming that this is one of the "unaccounted for" sets of twins, since they would have been born between 1825 and 1830. If the census record is accurate these same 2 girls, if still living, would have been between age 10 and 15 at the time of the 1840 census. That census does in fact show one girl between age 10-15, not consistent with this being Rebecca or Minerva, so perhaps this child is the only surviving of the (perhaps) twin girls shown in the 1830 census.