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Hi, my name is Taneya Koonce and I collect Koonces.

Taneya_sep2011This is essentially what this site is about.  I have always had a reverence for my last name and its uniqueness.  As I began to work on my own family history I have become obsessed  and decided to start this site to share my interest in Koonce genealogy information.  I am interested in all Koonces and will be growing this resource over time. There have been many Koonce researchers before me and I hope this information helps Koonce researchers that will come after me. 

The impetus for the site began once I found out about the Koonce to Koonce newsletters published from 1994-1997 by the Koonce Genealogical Society.   After contacting the publisher, John P. Koonce, he gave me permission to post them online.  With that permission, I started devising a plan to post the newsletters online and this site was born.

If your last name is Koonce or you descend from a Koonce, I would love to hear from you! 

I myself am descended from a black Koonce family out of Jones/Craven and Lenoir counties of North Carolina.  My earliest ancestor in my Koonce line that I can trace to is Hannah Koonce (born about 1800) who would have been a former slave.  I believe my 3rd great-grandfather, James Koonce, to be her son.  According to family oral history, James was the step-father of my 2nd great-grandmother Caroline Koonce -so, my Koonce connection is by marriage, rather than blood.  My current working theory is that James Koonce were slaves of either John Council Bryan Koonce (1817 – 1870s?) or his cousin, Calvin Koonce (1805-1878) – both of Jones County, North Carolina.  

To learn even more about me, please visit my genealogy blogYou can also reach me on Facebook, GooglePlus, and Twitter.