In my last entry I posted about fallen Vietnam Veteran Jeffrey Wayne Koonce. His brief bio was sent to me by J.P. Koonce and as a first step to finding out more about him, I decided look for an obit. I posted on the Union County, NJ forum for newspaper suggestions and was directed to a website New Jersey has set up for a state memorial of Vietnam Veterans.
On the memorial page, is this picture of Jeffrey Wayne
On his memorial page his siblings are named and that was enough for me to find out more about his family and trace his Koonce line back three more generations to his great-parents Henry Koonce & Elizabeth Ellis of Jackson County, Florida. Henry was born about 1854 in Alabama. Geographically, Jackson County is near Houston County, Alabama where I know offhand there were several white Koonce families. Is there an association between Jeffrey Wayne’s ancestors and these other Koonce families? Perhaps time will tell.
To see the descendants of Henry & Elizabeth as I have gathered to date, click here. Remember that the names are hyperlinks to their individual pages.