I am looking for information and relatives of the Coyners who are connected to my family.
1. Susannah Coyner b. 1833 in unknown town and county, Indiana, married in Clinton County, Indiana, on October 30, 1850 to Willis White b . December 15, 1828, Dearborn County, Indiana. Willis moved with his father's family, to Clinton County, Indiana. Several years after marrying Susannah, they moved to Champaign County, Illinois, where they lived for several years, after which they moved back to Indiana and purchased a farm. In 1856, Willis had joined the Methodist Episcopal church at a small school house in Champaign County, Illinois, and to that day up until his death he was zealous in the service of his master and faithful in the discharge of all his christian duties. As a boy and man, up to the time he engaged actively in the service of the Lord, he was never known to utter a profane or sacreligious word. His death occured September 22, 1895 at 11:30 o'clock, aged 68 years, 9 months, and 7 days.
Susannah Coyner was the daughter of Michael Coyner and Phoebe Peterson, both of whom came from Virginia and settled in Clinton County, Indiana. Michael Coyner emigrated in company with his brother to Greene County, Ohio, where he followed agricultural pursuits until 1831, at which time he moved to Indiana, locating in the Clinton County, where he purchased a tract of land consisting of 320 acres. He was one of the pioneers of Clinton, and became very successful financially, owning at one time over 400 acres of land, which became quite valuable. He was hard working and industrious, a Methodist in his religious belief, and died in the year 1851; his wife survived him a number of years, departing this life in September 1877.
2. William Coyner was born Abt. 1842 in Colfax, Clinton County, Indiana. He married December 31, 1863 in Colfax, Clinton County, Indiana, Eliza Jane White b. January 28, 1844 in Colfax County, Indiana. William was the son of Jacob Coyner and Hannah Little. Jacob was the brother of Susannah Coyner who was the aunt to William Coyner.
3. Leroy M. Coyner b. Abt. 1878 in Clinton County, Indiana. He married September 27, 1900 in Clinton County, Indiana, Laura F. White b. July 1878, Clinton County, Indiana. The following is a letter to Laura White from an army representative informing her of the death of her brother, Herbert R. White, in the Galveston Flood of 1900:
Miss Laura White September 21, 1900
Miss Laura White:
Your letter of the 16th just received and in answer:
Your brother Herbert was drowned at Fort Travis (Galveston, Texas) during the storm of September 8th. I was at Fort Crockett and from evidence, I am convinced that your brother perished about 9PM, for at that hour great tidal waves swept in and it was then that the supreme crisis came. His body was found on Tuesday morning near the Sealy Hospital, and he was laid to rest between the hospital and the beach. The exact location of the grave can be had by addressing Captain John Baxter Jr., Commanding C.M., U.S.A., Levy Building, Galveston, Texas.
Herbert was a good soldier, and a favorite in our ball team, and a thorough gentleman. No one in the battery could boast of more friends, and his death is keenly felt by all.
Only one of the Fort Travis Detachment escaped. He, a mere boy, clung to a timber and was carried to Cedar Bayou, a distance of twenty miles. Of the hundred and eleven men in our Battery, twenty five were lost. We left Galveston on the 16th for San Antonio, and we will recuperate at this station for some time.
Any further information you desire I shall be pleased to render.
In closing, I beg to remain, with all sympathy
Tom George Hamilton
Battery O, Fort Sam Houston
San Antonio, Texas
Leroy Coyner was the son of Ennis Mc. Coyner and Elizabeth Sophia Smith, and great grandson of Michael Coyner and Phoebe Peterson.
I would be happy to hear from anyone who has ties to this family. Thank you. Susan
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