Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Woolery COONROD

Descendants said Wollery was a veteran of the War of 1812 but that is doubtful as he was only 7 years old then.

Grandson, Nathan, was a mail carrier in Jacksonville, IL.

Residences & events:

Pickaway Co, OH where he was born.

1818 Morgan Co, IL, 12 miles west of Jacksonville according to descendant, John Woolery Coonrod, who said his greatfather moved in early boyhood (he would have been 13 at that time)

1830 Morgan Co, IL. At census time Woolery had living in his house 1 male 50-60, possibly his father-in-law, himself at 20-30, 1 male under 5 (Adam), his wife at 20-30, and 2 females under 5 (Martha and Mary).

From the Standard Atlas of Scott Co, IL his name was among the soldiers of the following as a Private:

CAPTAIN WILLIAM GORDON'S COMPANY of Mounted Volunteers of Illinois militia, ordered into the service of the United States by the governor of the state, on the requisition of Gen. Atkinson, of U. S. Army. Attached to 1st regiment, 3d brigade, in the year 1832. Mustered out of service July 29, 1832, 212 miles from place of enrollment. Mustered into service June 2, 1832.

1832 He "saw service in the old Black Hawk War."

1833 Jasper Co, MO. Descendant John Woolery Coonrod said his grandfather moved there that year, probably with other Coonrod families, then back to IL. The HISTORY OF JASPER COUNTY, MISSOURI, 1876 Atlas Pages 10-11, says "Woolery Coonrod in 1839, or 1840, settled on section twenty. He was from Illinois.

Abt 1834 Coles Co, IL. He was listed among the early settlers of the county.

7/20/1836 Coles Co, IL. Woolery bought 2 pieces of Federal lands, each containing 40 acres, for $1.25/acre in S17 R07E T13N. His place of residence was also Coles Co at that time.

8/30/1838 Is this a duplicate record of the previous item? The Bur of Land Mgt has the following land grants of 80 acres for Woolery:

SESE 17/ 13-N 7-E No 3rd PM IL Coles
NWNW 17/ 13-N 7-E No 3rd PM IL Coles

1838 Jasper Co, MO, where several of the children were born.

10/16/1850 Dist 41, Jasper Co, MO. At census time Wolery Conrad, 45, farmer, lived with Jane, 40; Mary, 20; John, 18, G hunter (?); Elisha, 14; Francis, 10; Thomas J, 8; James P, 6; Emeline, 3; and William, 1. Next door was daughter Martha and Edward Black.

Don Coonrod at GenForum wrote:

"Woolery and Jane later lived for some time in the Neutral Land that separated whites and Indians in the west(OK) to which the Indians had been marched from the eastern states. Jane is believed to have had significant native American heritage (publications in KA and MO where Woolery and Jane lived attest to this), but was otherwise indistinguishable from other frontier wives in the area. It's unclear whether her native American heritage was from her father, Field, or mother, Mary Powell, but I have concluded it was the latter--probably an Indian ancestor in VA on the Powell side."

1856 Crawford Co, KS. Local history recorded:

"Woolery Coonrod, Sr., was about the earliest settler, coming in 1856, Elisha Black, Sr., coming about the same time. E. B. Black, his son, was the first white child born in Lincoln township. E. B. Black still lives at Cato." Descendants said they moved to "Neutral Land" there.

8/3/1860 PO Ft Scott, Bourbon Twp, KS Territory, according to the census that year. Woolery was a 56 year old farmer with a large estate worth $12,511. Wife Jane was 51. Living with them were children: Francis M, 19; Thomas J, 17; Lydia E, 13; William B, 11; and George G, 9. Next door was widowed daughter Martha Black, followed by son Adam.

Wollery's family was like many of the time, split by the Civil War.

6/23/1880 Lincoln Twp, Crawrford Co, KS. That year the census recorded Woolery at 75 years of age, Jane at 71. Living with them were son France (Francis), 40, and the family of son George, 29: Yarra, 22, Dollie, 6, Jemima, 4, and Charles, 7, as well as Tobias Underwood, 46.

Woolery's bio in the 1905 History of Crawford Co, KS said:

"WOOLERY COONROD, Sr., was one of the very first settlers in what is now Lincoln township. He settled on Drywood about a mile south of where Cato now stands, about 1856. He had quite a family and he and his wife, who were familiarly known as Old Daddy and Old Mammy, lived together sixty-three years, when he died. His wife followed him about a year later. His children were: Add, John, Franc, Jeff, William B., George, the sons, and Martha, Mary and Emily, the daughters—some of whom live in the township, others have moved away. Add Coonrod died several years ago, leaving a family who now live in the Indian Territory."

And from the bio of son John:

"Mr. (John H) Coonrod was born in Scott county, Illinois, in 1831, being a son of Woolery and Jane (Pruett) Coonrod. His father, a native of Virginia and a member of an old family of that commonwealth, was one of the early settlers of Scott county, Illinois. The mother was born in Brown county, Illinois, her family also being first settlers of that locality, and coming originally from Kentucky, one member of the Pruett family having been a soldier in the war of 1812. When John H. Coonrod was a baby his parents moved to Jasper county, locating on a farm seven miles from Carthage, Missouri, and thence in 1855 they moved to the territory of Kansas, being pioneers in settling along the rich land on Drywood creek, at the time the Osage Indians were still here. They built a log cabin for their first home, and in time had made a nice farm. They both died in this county, the father at eighty-five and the mother at eighty-four. They were members of the Christian church, and the former was in politics a Democrat. Fourteen children were born to them, several of them dying in infancy or childhood, and those who grew up being named as follows Adam, Martha, Mary, John H., Elisha, Emeline, Francis, Jefferson, William and George.

The following was included in the bio of son John:

"His father, a native of Virginia and a member of an old family of that commonwealth, was one of the early settlers of Scott county, Illinois."

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