Valentine P. Coy, proprietor of a farm in Beavercreek township, situated on rural mail route No. 8 out of Dayton, is a member of one of the oldest families in the county, his great-grandfather, Jacob Coy, having settled here upon coming into the then Territory of Ohio with his family from Pennsylvania in the year 1800, as is set out, together with much else of an interesting character relating to the Coy family in this county, elsewhere in this work. Valentine P. Coy has lived in this county all his life. He was bom in a log cabin on a farm in Beavercreek township, the place on which one of his brothers and three of his sisters are still living, February 14, 1852, son of John and Catherine (Cosier) Coy, both now deceased, and further mention of whom is made elsewhere in this volume, John Coy having been one of the sons of Peter Coy, who was a son of Jacob and Susanna Coy, the pioneers, noted above.

Reared on the home farm, Valentine P. Coy received his schooling in the neighborhood schools and when twenty-one years of age was given the management of the home place, his father retiring from the active labors of the farm at that time, and for six years thereafter farmed there. He then took another place and continued renting land until four years after his marriage, when, on March 14, 1890, he bought the old Perry Hawker farm of seventy-three acres in his home township, established his home there and has ever since continued to make that his place of residence. Since taking possession of that place Mr. Coy has made numerous improvements on the place. On July 26, 1917, his barn was destroyed by fire and he at once erected a new and better one, a structure 60 x 38 feet in dimensions. In addition to his general farming he gives considerable attention to the raising of live stock.

On January 18, 1886, Valentine P. Coy was united in marriage to Savilla Folkerth, who was born at Dubuque, Iowa, daughter and only child of Abraham and Catherine (Willison) Folkerth, the former of whom was born in Montgomery county, this state, and both of whom are now deceased, their last days having been spent in Dubuque, where Mr. Folkerth was engaged in the mercantile business. Mr. Coy is a Republican, as was his father, but has not been an aspirant for public office.



From History of Greene County Ohio, Its People, Industries and Institutions, vol. 2. M.A.Broadstone, editor. B.F. Bowen & Co., Indianapolis. 1918