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Christiana Polke McCoy

Christiana Polke McCoy
Creator: Thomson
Date: Between 1830 and 1839
This is a photograph of Christiana Polke McCoy (1778-1851), the wife of Isaac McCoy. They were married October 6, 1803 when Isaac McCoy was 20 years old and Christiana Polke was 16. The McCoys had 14 children; however, only four survived to adulthood. Isaac McCoy became a Baptist minister and missionary to the Indians, and Christiana spent 30 years aiding her husband in his work. In 1830, McCoy came to Kansas where he established a series of Baptist missions throughout the new Indian Territory. In 1832, after a few months at the home of his son-in-law, Dr. Johnston Lykins, he patented a tract of land and built a home, called "Locust", which is the site of St. Luke's Hospital. Her last home was built for her by her son, John Calvin McCoy, on Pearl Street in the "new Town of Kansas" (Kansas City), overlooking the Missouri River. Christiana died in 1851 and is buried in the Union Cemetery in Kansas City, Missouri.

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