A well known native son of Rock Island County is Edward S. Coyne, son of William and Margaret (Morrison) Coyne. He was born on the old homestead in Bowling Township, on which he now resides, October 25, 1873. Tilling the soil has been his sole occupation. In the Spring of 1896, he settled on one of his father’s farms in section eleven, Bowling, where he resided till the Spring of 1900. Then he removed to the farm he now occupies in section one, same township. He now owns two hundred and sixty acres of good land, which he cultivates with much success.
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Mr. Coyne was married in Rock Island December 23, 1895, his wife being Miss Margaret J. Clark, daughter of William and Eliza (Gauley) Clark, early pioneers of the community. The parents are natives of Ireland, who took up their residence in Rock Island County soon after their marriage. The children born to them are: Robert A. and Sarah E., both deceased; David B., Lydia A., William A., James H, and Margaret J., the last named being born in Bowling February 23, 1876.
Mr. and Mrs. Coyne are the parents of five, children: Florence M., born May 21, 1897; Raymond D., born April 26, 1898; Edward R., born July 22, 1900; Mildred E., born March 31, 1902; and Ethel L., born July 26, 1905.