Tombstone Tuesday: Capt. Michael Koonce Graveyard

Just a quick note that four tombstones from the graveyard of Capt. Michael Koonce have been added to the Jones County, NCGenWeb site.   Koonce researcher Claude Thomas Hardison Jr. captured the photos and while he didn’t find headstones for the Captain,  he found that of grandson Amos Simmons Koonce (1809-1882).

Headstone of Amos Simmons Koonce (1809-1882)

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Tombstone Tuesday: William C. Koonce

This is an example of a tombstone gone wrong.  🙂  The tombstone of William C. Koonce (1838- 1901) of  Henry County, Alabama has his death date as July 31, 1901.

Headstone of William C. Koonce. Photo by Find-A-Grave contributor, Don Atwell.

However, William’s obituary was printed in the Macon Telegraph newspaper on July 31, 1901 and the story reporting his death was dated as July 20th.  (correction: July 30th). The story reported that he died that same day.  Thus, he died July 20th (correction – July 3oth) and not on the 31st.

Tombstone Tuesday: Koonces in Mt. Olivet

Researcher Allen Wheatley has taken hundreds of cemetery pictures and shares them on his personal website at

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?