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Family: Joel Thomas Koonce/Mary Elizabeth Vail (F1073)



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  • Father | Male
    Joel Thomas Koonce

    Born  15 Jul 1876  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  16 Jan 1956  Shelby County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Married     
    Father  Phillip K. Koonce | F308 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Eliza Nora Chandler | F308 Group Sheet 

    Mother | Female
    Mary Elizabeth Vail

    Born  abt. 1884  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
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    Child 1 | Female
    > Lola Mae Koonce

    Born  abt. 1902  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
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    Spouse  Walter Lacy Gary | F1074 
    Married     

    Child 2 | Male
    Bertie Delton Koonce

    Born  abt. 1906  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
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    Child 3 | Male
    Eugene Koonce

    Born  abt. 1910  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
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    Child 4 | Female
    Ara Koonce

    Born  abt. 1913  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  2008   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Mr. Parrish | F1076 
    Married     

    Child 5 | Male
    Delbert Koonce

    Born  abt. 1915  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
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    Child 6 | Male
    Robie A. Koonce

    Born  abt. 1918  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died     
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    Child 7 | Female
    Pauline Koonce

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    Child 8 | Female
    Juanita Koonce

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    Child 9 | Female
    > L. Koonce

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    Spouse  Roy Brown | F1077 
    Married     
    Spouse  Malcolm Orris Childs, Sr. | F1078 
    Married     
    Spouse  Bill Ford | F1079 
    Married     
    Spouse  Roy Specie | F1080 
    Married     

  • Notes 
    • produced a total of 13 live children, including 2 sets of triplets. One daughter slightly younger than Lola died of diptheria when she was very young, probably 2-4 years of age. One of the sons lived to adulthood, although I am not sure of his age at death or his name. Lola was not allowed to marry because her help was needed to take care of him full time. She eloped with Walter Lacy Gary. [1]
    • Often-repeated oral history from Lola: Her father, Joel Thomas Koonce, Sr. had been engaged to be married, and the young lady died before they could marry. He later married Lizzie Vail, and she conceived and bore him thirteen children with the late fiancee's portrait hanging above the marital bed. He died after more than 50 years of marriage to Lizzie, and she had the portrait of his "real" sweetheart buried in the coffin with him. [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S319] Childs, Laurie Lyn. Email to the author. 24 April 2013. .