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Joel Thomas Koonce

Male 1876 - 1956


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  • Born  15 Jul 1876  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender  Male 
    Died  16 Jan 1956  Shelby County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID  I916  Koonce 2
    Last Modified  28 Apr 2013 

    Father  Phillip K. Koonce,   b. 09 Jul 1846, Quachita Parish, Louisiana Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Feb 1940, Shelby County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother  Eliza Nora Chandler,   b. 14 Jun 1851, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Feb 1940, Shelby County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married  10 Oct 1869  Nacogdoches County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F308  Group Sheet

    Family  Mary Elizabeth Vail,   b. abt. 1884, Alabama 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. [4]
    • 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. [4]
    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

  • Documents
    1880 Census: Phillip & Eliza (Chandler) Koonce
    1880 Census: Phillip & Eliza (Chandler) Koonce
    Enumeration Date: 7 Sep 1880
    Enumeration District: 93
    Page: 7
    Location: Shelby County, Texas

    #62
    1. Koonce, P.A. - Head, age 33
    2. E.A. - wife, age 28
    3. G.A. - daughter, age 9
    4. Nancy - daughter, age 7
    5. Robt - son, age 6
    6. Joel - son, age 4
    7. Eli D. - son, age 2

    #63
    1. Koonce, A.C. - Head, age 65
    2. Susan - wife, age 64
    3. Courtney - son, age 19

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  • Sources 
    1. [S65] dfwf03 Family Tree .

    2. [S212] 1910 US Census.
      Precint 1, Shelby County, Texas - 226 Nacogdoches Rd. Age 33. Incorrectly transcribe name as "Jace." https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/M234-XTF.

    3. [S215] 1920 US Census.
      Precint 6, Shelby County, Texas - Sheet 12A. Age 44. https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MHBC-RC9.

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