Hi, my name is Taneya Koonce and I collect Koonces.

Taneya_sep2011This is essentially what this site is about.  I have always had a reverence for my last name and its uniqueness.  As I began to work on my own family history I have become obsessed  and decided to start this site to share my interest in Koonce genealogy information.  I am interested in all Koonces and will be growing this resource over time. There have been many Koonce researchers before me and I hope this information helps Koonce researchers that will come after me. 

The impetus for the site began once I found out about the Koonce to Koonce newsletters published from 1994-1997 by the Koonce Genealogical Society.   After contacting the publisher, John P. Koonce, he gave me permission to post them online.  With that permission, I started devising a plan to post the newsletters online and this site was born.

If your last name is Koonce or you descend from a Koonce, I would love to hear from you! 

I myself am descended from a black Koonce family out of Jones/Craven and Lenoir counties of North Carolina.  My Koonce ancestor was named Caroline Koonce – she was the daughter of a former slave named Isariah Wood. Isariah, after having Caroline, married a man named James “Jim” Koonce and that is how I now carry the name.  From researching my step-ancestor, Jim, I know that his mother was Hannah Koonce (born about 1800).  My current working theory is that James and his mother may have been enslaved by either John Council Bryan Koonce (1817 – 1870s?) or his cousin, Calvin Koonce (1805-1878) – both of Jones County, North Carolina.  

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