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Mary Elizabeth Vail

Female abt. 1884 -


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  • Born  abt. 1884  Alabama Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender  Female 
    Person ID  I3423  Koonce 2
    Last Modified  28 Apr 2013 

    Family  Joel Thomas Koonce,   b. 15 Jul 1876, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Jan 1956, Shelby County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    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. [3]
    • 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. [3]
    Children 
    >1. Lola Mae Koonce,   b. abt. 1902, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Bertie Delton Koonce,   b. abt. 1906, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. Eugene Koonce,   b. abt. 1910, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Ara Koonce,   b. abt. 1913, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2008
     5. Delbert Koonce,   b. abt. 1915, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Robie A. Koonce,   b. abt. 1918, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
     7. Pauline Koonce
     8. Juanita Koonce
    >9. L. Koonce
    Last Modified  28 Apr 2013 
    Family ID  F1073  Group Sheet

  • Sources 
    1. [S212] 1910 US Census.
      Precint 1, Shelby County, Texas - 226 Nacogdoches Rd. Age 26. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M234-XTF.

    2. [S215] 1920 US Census.
      Precint 6, Shelby County, Texas - Sheet 12A. Age 36. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHBC-RC9.

    3. [S319] Childs, Laurie Lyn. Email to the author. 24 April 2013. .