Iowa Bound-Hazelton Co.(COYTOWN)1850
This was our 3rd large family migration.The COY's,along with PACKARDS and several other families made their way to Hazeltown Ia. At one point it was going to be called COYTOWN. It seems that we all were invloved in a brick making business for the entire area in Iowa.
I will fill in with all of the names and family groups that made this migration
It seems that a couple families traveled thru the busy route of Elkhart,Indiana which is located in the Northern portion of the state.Elkhart is right along the Michigan border,half way to point of E-W of the state.
I am not certain if we stayed or were just passing thru for a couple years,on the way to perhaps Iowa for land.
Their are decenedants of Henry Coy,(4th son of Jacob Coy) and wife Anna Maria Schnepp that show records of a birth and deaths in Elkhart,Ind.
Thier son Leonard b.1836-(7th child)is recorded as dieing 1906 here, and son Henry C.-(5th child)as having a son with Rebecca H.Buck,Leonard b.1850 in Elkhart,Ind.
I am also researching Otto Hawker,grandchild of Jacob said to have died in Elkhart,Ind. and the Smeltzer(Schmeltzer) lineage which has a heavy settlement in Elkhart,Ind.
It seems that Elkhart,Ind. has a heavy concentration of the Mennonite faith at least thru the Smeltzer line.
Some of the same family members that traveled thru Elkhart,Ind. also are recorded as going thru Davis,Ia. before a couple head to California.
Go West young COY-1850's
Dorwin COY and family head to Sonoma,California area in about 1850-1860 time frame