I’m currently working on investigating more Koonce families of Dothan, AL. There has turned out to be quite a cluster of Koonce’s there and there are several other researchers seeking to learn if there are explicit connections. The four African-American family groups of particular interest right now are:
a) Elizabeth Koonce was born abt. 1842 in Dothan, AL. To date, I have primarily worked on the family of her son Eugene who migrated to nearby Seminole County, Georgia and Leon & Wayne counties in Florida.
b) Henry Koonce was born about August 1854, likely in Dothan, AL and died between 1910-1920. His wife was Elizabeth was from Jackson County, Florida. Henry& Lizzie were living in Jackson County by 1900 and their descendants populate that area, with a few branches migrating up to New Jersey.
c) Maliki Koonce – was born Oct 1879 in Alabama – it seems he too was from near Dothan, AL as in 1900 and 1910 he and wife Lizzie and their family are in Cowarts, a community just outside Dothan.
d) Clopton Koonce – born abt. 1854 in Alabama – descendants believe he and wife Sarah are from Gordon, AL, which is not too far away from Dothan. By 1900 were living in Jackson County, Florida.
The challenge is trying to find connections between these four families. Are Henry (b) and Clopton (d) related? Both have descendants named Hosea and Clopton has a son named Henry. Maliki (c) also has a son named Hosea. I am fascinated by this and the research continues!