The late Benjamin F. Coy, who died at his home in the Zimmermans neighborhood in Beavercreek township on July 11, 1911, and whose widow is still living there, was born in that township on August 5, 1841, and all his life was spent there. He was a son of Nicholas and Charlotta (Shoup) Coy, both members of pioneer families thereabout and further and fitting reference to whom is made elsewhere in this volume, together with a comprehensive history of both the Coy and Shoup families in Greene county.

Reared on the home farm, Benjamin F. Coy received his schooling in the local schools and upon attaining manhood began farming on his own account, a vocation he followed with success the rest of his life. He was a member of the Church of the Brethren and took an active interest in the affairs of the same, as does his widow. Politically, he was a Republican.

On January 4, 1867, Benjamin F. Coy was united in marriage to Catherine Silzel, who was born in Dalton county, Pennsylvania, fourth in order of birth of the ten children born to William and Catherine (Sellers) Silzel, and to this union four children were born, namely: Emma, who married William Glotfelter, now living at Dayton, and to whom two children have been born, Benjamin (deceased) and Russell; Clara, now deceased, who was the wife of John Lesher, of Alpha, and who was the mother of two children, but one of whom, Bessie, is now living: Lydia, also deceased, who was the wife of George Feirstein, of Beavercreek township, and who left two children, Roy and Harold; and Florence, wife of Louis Stewart, of Alpha, to whom four children have been born, Marcus, Kenneth, Evangeline (deceased) and an infant (deceased).



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