IN the following pages is given the history of an average Western family. It began with a middle — class Scotch family, that came to America about the middle of the eighteenth cen tury. This family, like most others emigrating to this country in an early day, remained for a time in the eastern portion of the American Colonies, their descendants rapidly multiplying and swarming westward. A few of the mccoys who came to America at this time remained in Maryland, and others in Pennsylvania and Virginia; but the great majority of them are scattered over the northern half of the Western States, between the Alleghenies and the Pacific Ocean. The two brothers, Daniel and Alexander, sons of William mccoy, first settled in Maryland, then in Pennsylvania and Virginia, and lastly in Kentucky. Most of their sons and daughters, finding the institution of slavery distasteful to them, pushed north ward and westward, until they are found in all the Northwest ern States; and yet some are in Tennessee, Georgia, Arkansas, and Texas.