Eliza Coy – Discover Your Family’s Story


Uncover your family history through millions of birth, marriage, death, census and military records. Eliza Coy was born in Union Twp in Tolland County of Connecticut on 28 Dec 1805 and died two months later at Whitney Point in Broome County New York on 2 September 1886.

Coy was one of college football’s premier players during its early days, earning first-team All-American honors each of his three seasons on Yale’s varsity team and losing only to Army and Princeton in 16 games won total. Additionally, Coy joined Yale Whiffenpoofs a cappella group (one of oldest in US), wrote articles for New York World, Boston Globe and St Nicholas Magazine regarding football as well as served on committees for The New York World, Boston Globe and St Nicholas Magazine publications.

Coy enlisted in 1916 and served in World War I. He is interred at Serre Road Cemetery No. 2, Serre, France.

William Harvey Coy and Mary Hoben had two daughters, Dorothy Coy (buried NW SEC 33 T 16 R 7 W 2) and Mary Hoben. Dorothy is interred at Grenfell Cemetery. Information found in “Grit and Growth : the Story of Grenfell”, produced by Grenfell Historical Committee between 1970 & 1980 (hereafter known as Grit and Growth).

On 19 November 1912 at her parents’ home in Seattle, she married Leverett David Reeder and they had four children, including Ted Coy (the subject of this article). Coy later married Jeanne Eagels in 1925 before divorcing her three years later in 1928.