Lady and me, San Antonio, TX 1958
Richard Louis McCoy (1920-1988), my father. He was part of the 2nd Marine Division that invaded
the islands of Tulagi and Guadalcanal (Solomon Islands) during WWII. Although not around for
most of my life, we were fortunately able to reconnect shortly before his death.
Albert Jay McCoy (1891-1964), my grandfather; chauffeur, and hotel bell captain.
My memory of him is very slight. I do remember him always sitting in an armchair
listening to baseball games on the radio. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Margaret Angel Thomas (1893-1927), my grandmother. She died when my father was 7 years old. This image always stood out to me, and I used it in several of my paintings.
Ellen Virginia Hughes (1925-2017), my mother; writer, singer, pianist. She was my guiding light, my best friend, and always encouraged my career path. Although a single parent, she was still able to publish two books, sing solo with various bands, and record her music. Growing up I remember her piano playing, being a wonderful dancer, a voracious reader, and an avid horsewoman. Bob Collinge, her husband, was
a devoted companion and caregiver during the remaining years of her life.
Photo taken in 1943 at age 18, Colorado Springs, CO.
Allen Winter Hughes (1897-1972), my grandfather; forester, artist, and poet. He was a huge influence
in my life, and gave me my first paint brushes from his own collection. He made my first toys out of wood. Although he was taken out of school at an early age to work on the farm, he became self educated; was a voracious reader, wrote poetry, and papers on many subjects. Fortunately, I have many of his writings, poems, and artwork. Colorado Springs, Colorado
Virginia Thelma DeWitt (1902-1997), my grandmother. She retired from the gift shop at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs. She used to buy Native American jewelry from the traders in Gallup and Santa Fe for the hotel in the 1950's. She was a strong woman, very kind, and had a wonderful laugh.
Leonard Cornelius DeWitt (1883-1970), my grand uncle; rancher, big game hunter, and writer. His stories were published in hunting magazines, and I have some of the original writings, along with his Colt and holster. He was the genuine article, and a great storyteller.
Pictured are George & Belle DeWitt, my great grandparents. They were married in Seward, Nebraska and traveled by covered wagon on the Oregon Trail, taking a side route to Colorado in the 1870's.
Scott DeWitt (1879-1947) pictured in the background on the left. He was Leonard's' older brother and partner in both ranches. This is the only known photo of him that exists. My mother said he was the ultimate cowboy, and could ride a horse like no other. During the Winter of 1947 his huge black stallion, Major, slipped on ice and fell on him causing his death.
Caswell Lafayette McCoy 1846-1934) and Mary Louisa Hay (1849-1925), my great grandparents. They arrived in Colorado in the late 1880's. I knew very little about my father's side of the family while growing up. Most of what I have learned has been through research on Ancestry.com. I found the names in an old family Bible.
Benjamin Winter Hughes (1874-1961), my great grandfather; lumber mill/plantation owner. This photo was taken during a family reunion, and the only time he and I had a chance to visit. I have his gold pocket watch with his name inscribed on it. Frankfort, Kentucky
Allene Woodson (1873-1952), my great grandmother, Frankfort, Kentucky
The Woodson line in America started with Dr. John Woodson and his wife Sarah Winston who landed at Jamestown in 1619 on the ship "George", named after King George. Dr. Woodson was surgeon for the English troops and colonists. He was killed near his home during a Powhatan attack in 1644. John and Sarah had two sons, Robert and John. During the attack, Sarah hid John under a tub, and Robert in the potato hole. Descendants were known either as the "Tub" or "Potato Hole" Woodsons. Allene was a "Potato Hole Woodson".
Absalom Tyrell McCoy (1825-1899), and Elizabeth Ann Lewis (1824-1902), my 2nd great grandparents; farmers, Jefferson Co., Tennessee
Jesse Woodson James (1847-1882); outlaw, distant cousin.