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