Burley J. Coy, merchant in the village of Zimmerman, in Beavercreek township, this county, was born in that township on January 2, 1873, son of Abraham and Catherine (Zimmerman) Coy, both members of pioneer families in that part of the county, as will be noted by extensive reference made to these families elsewhere in this volume. Abraham Coy was bom in Beavercreek township in 1820, a son of Jacob Coy, and died on October 19, 1905. For some time, many years ago, he operated a store at Zimmerman and was the first postmaster of that village, that having been back in the davs of the stage coach. He and his wife were the parents of eleven children, four of whom, Mary, Ellen, George and William, died during the '60s, the others being the following: C Lincoln, who is living in Beavercreek township; Lewis, who lives at Dayton; Burley, the subject of this sketch; Dr. Marcellus Coy, of Dayton; Parmelia, wife of Melville Brewer, of Beavercreek township; Emma, who is living at Dayton, and Lodema, wife of William Stewart, of Beavercreek township.

Upon completing his schooling in the home schools in Beavercreek township, Burley J. Coy was for a time variously engaged and then took up railroading, employed as a motorman on the traction line between Dayton and Piqua, and for eighteen years was thus engaged. He then bought a corner lot at Zimmerman and on that lot, just opposite the site on which his father years ago was engaged in mercantile business, built a store building and became engaged in business on his own account, with a view eventually to making a general store of his place. Mr. Coy is a Republican and has held township offices. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the Masons, with the Elks, with the Knights of Pythias and with the Junior Order of United American Mechanics.



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