Birth: 1834, Galway County, Ireland.
Death: June 26, 1907.
Photo provided by Jimmy Coyne his great-grandson.
When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in 1st Kansas Volunteer Infantry Co. C. at Fort Leavenworth as a private, later earning the rank of corporal, being the 6th corporal for that company, under the command of Capt. Peter McFarland. At the battle of Wilson`s Creek, Missouri, he took a ball in the right thigh during the charge up Bloody Hill, he was discharged at Clinton, Tennessee in June of 1862.
After the war he moved to St. Louis where he married. In 1871 he relocated to Florence, KS, acquiring 160 acres under the Homestead Act. There he built up a home and farmed, raising a family of 5 children.
In July 1907, he was walking home from his farm down the railroad tracks as was his usual custom. A set of two tracks...he jumped out of the way of one oncoming train, not hearing or seeing the other one coming the opposite direction and was struck and killed instantly. He is buried in Mount Calvary Catholic Cemetery west of Florence.