Robert McCoy was born in 1831 in Ireland. McCoy emigrated at the age of 16 and initially worked as a farmer. McCoy of Bridgeport was engaged in the transport of lime for John Kennedy of Port Kennedy to points in Maryland and Virginia. Subsequently he became engaged in the general transportation business and owned two tugs that plied the Delaware River. The tugs were named the General Meade and Cynthia. During the Civil War, he helped transport supplies. In 1880, he opened a grocery and liquor business in Bridgeport. After two years of that, he bought a lime quarry. The McCoy lime company was located in Upper Merion near Swedeland. The company produced lime on a large scale. McCoy died in 1897.