As part of Amy Johnson Crow’s 52 Ancestors in 52 Week series, I am dedicating to regular blogging about family history research. Most of my posts will be on my personal genealogy blog, but from time to time I’ll post on my other blogs, including this Koonce Surname Project blog.
This week’s prompt for the series is “Invite to Dinner.” Specifically, to discuss an ancestor whom you’d like to invite to dinner. I am deciding to alter it slightly however and searched historical newspapers for a story about a dinner involving a Koonce person. I’m always on the lookout for additional Koonce families to research and thought this would be a good way to do some exploring.
A quick search later, I found this article from The Tennessean newspaper (Nashville, TN), about a dinner planned for Lt. Richard Sidney Koonce Jr. and Joanne Frazer Winters. Published October 31, 1952, the article describes the dinner held just a few days prior to the couple’s wedding in early November and to be held just after the wedding rehearsal.
Lt. Richard Sidney Koonce lived from 1929-2008 and was born in Raleigh, NC to Richard Sidney Koonce and Minnie Russell. Tracing his Koonce ancestral line, I’ve found out his grandparents were Calvin Koonce and Laura Cox. I’ve read about the family of Calvin and Laura before in books I’ve read documenting the history of Jones County, NC, but it looks like I did not have all of their children listed correctly. I can now update their family structure to include Richard Koonce Sr. Calvin’s 2nd great-grandfather was George Koonce, the Koonce ancestor whose family was killed when he was a child.
The dinner menu included baked ham, potato puff, cole slaw, and hot buttered biscuits. Sounds yummy! Meanwhile, I’ll have to add Richard Jr. to the Koonce research database and see what else I can learn about his family.