This weekend, while working on the family tree of a friend of mine from high school, guess what I discovered? He’s a Koonce descendant too!
My friend, M.M., has family roots from Craven County – I’d always known that. But I’d never explored his family tree until now. I was so tickled to find out that he is descended from a Koonce.
My friend is a 5th-great grandson of Killis Koonce. Killis was born in North Carolina, about 1804. Born enslaved, Killis would make it through emancipation and the last record I have of him so far is in 1880 at the age of 76 years old. He is living in Cypress Creek with 21 year-old niece Vannie Koonce.
I have no evidence that I too am related to Killis, but of course I will be researching him more in-depth now. I just thought it was cool that my friend is now part of my surname project!