"A brother to my gg-grandfather, Jackson Coyan"
My thanks go out to several of William James' great-grandchildren (Conley Coyan, Rosalee (Coyan) Rager, Elwood Coyan, and Clydeen (Coyan) Walden, who were so kind in sharing this info and pictures with me when I made the trip to Kansas in July 1999 to be at the estate auction of their uncle, Chester Coyan who passed away in May, 1999.
View pictures taken the day of the estate auction - a day of both joy & sadness
View a great picture of William J. Coyan II and the children taken ca. 1890
View a picture of me along with Chester's nieces and nephews in July, 1999
View a picture of William James Coyan II - taken ca. 1895
William James Coyan Jr. was born December 13, 1843, near Jackson, Ohio, the 3rd child of William and Elizabeth Coyan. His childhood was spent on the family farm in Scioto township, near present day Jisco Lake. At age 19 he accompanied his parents to Wapello county, Iowa where the family purchased an isolated farm in Competine township, approximately 22 miles northeast of the county seat of Ottumwa.
On April 11, 1868, William Jr. was married to Martha Ann Rockwell in Wapello county, IA. Her parents were also residents of Competine township and are buried in Competine cemetary, which is only a mile west and on the same road as the Coyan family farm. In the 1870 Iowa census, William and Martha had established their own household . William's occupation was as a "farm laborer" at age 26 and Martha was shown as "keeping house" at age 32.
On August 23, 1869, the first of six children was born to William and Martha Coyan. Those children were:
Minnie Florence (Coyan) Cook (1869-1938)
Della Mae Coyan (1871-1965)
Cora Belle Coyan (1873-1958)
Fernando Coyan (1875-1962)
Ida Pearl (Coyan) Amer (1877-1958)
Effie Izola (Coyan) Casida (1880-1976)