Researcher Allen Wheatley has taken hundreds of cemetery pictures and shares them on his personal website at http://teafor2.com/.

One of the cemeteries he’s photographed is Mt. Olivet in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas.  There are several Koonce family members buried in the cemetery and I now know how they are all connected.  Just these past few months I’ve been corresponding with one of the descendants of Rufus Argyle Koonce (1887-1952) the patriarch of one  family branch buried in the cemetery.

Headstone: Rufus Argyle Koonce

There is another cluster of Koonce’s buried in the cemetery though too – family members of Wayland Hoyt Koonce (1891-1982).

Headstone: Wayland Hoyt Koonce

Given the two families, I would have thought they were closely related. Turns out, Wayland & Rufus were quite distant cousins; Wayland was Rufus’ 3rd cousin once removed.  Their common ancestors are George Koonce & Susannah “Letty” Franks of  Craven County, NC.   I wonder if Rufus & Wayland knew each other?

 

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