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David Coon: A Civil War story… and tragedy.

David Coon and Mary Ann (Adams)

I spent a great deal of time transcribing the typewritten copies of handwritten letters of David Coon to his wife and children from Confederate prison, marking the days until his subsequent death from disease. The original transcriptions were completed by his son, Dr. William B. Coon in 1913, one for each family member. My father-in-law

William B. Coon – Soldier in the War of 1812

Military Bounty Land Warrant Certificate - William B. Coon

In a previous post, I told the story of David Coon, the fourth great grandfather to my children Erin and Stuart, and his service and death in the Civil War. His father, William B. Coon (about 1789 to August 25, 1854) was also a soldier, but in his case he served in the War of

Be prepared for the ‘ skeletons in the closet ‘ you find.

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Genealogy is exciting, despite the skeletons in the closet one may find. There’s no feeling like solving that family mystery, breaking down that brick wall, or just learning more about one’s family and heritage. However, not everything we find is good. Of course, this depends on your moral, political and social views. In my own

Transcription: Affidavit of Alanson and Mitty Adams

Alanson Adams and Mitty Adams

Below is my transcription of the affidavit of Alanson and Mitty Adams regarding the War of 1812 service of William B. Coon and David Coon. Written in left margin of document: Sworn to and subscribed before me and that I know affidavits to be credible to and that I am disinterested and

Transcription – Obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews, 96

The following is my transcription of the obituary for Elam Dennis Matthews of Louisa County, Iowa, published in the local newspaper at the time. Area Deaths ______________ Aged Louisa County Resident Dies Wapello — Elam Dennis Matthews, 96, one of the oldest residents of Louisa county, died Jan. 1, at 3:10 p. m., at the