I enjoyed your post. About Earl, his wife had some health issues. I spoke to him by phone a few months ago and asked him to verify some information I had found, which was able to do, mostly. He couldn't tell me if the "de Couey, de Coucy" families in France were our descendants, since documentation back that far is hard to come by. Using some old history texts I found on the internet, I was able to locate the first mention of a de Couey in 948 A.D. I gathered a lot of information and put it in a post on my blog, the URL for which is above. the exact date for the move from France to Ireland is not known...yet. I did see another reference for a William Cooey who was born in 1704 in what is now Northern Ireland. The sketchy information suggests...suggests...that William was the father of William Couey, born 1735.
My line runs from this William, through Joseph (b 1764), Joseph S. (b8/14/1797), James Foster (b11/1871), William Graham (b12/27/1844), Ralph Emerson (b3/20/1891), Duane Emerson (b9/13/24) to me, Ralph Floyd (b5/23/55). I have a son, Robert Taketo (b8/31/79) who has a 20-month-old daughter. I kid him about making sure the next one is a boy in order to keep the line going, since he was the lone male alongside our three daughters. He just smiles.