Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for John Hillman COONROD

Residences & events:

Son John included his father's moves in a letter, date unknown:

Jasper Co, MO. The date of the move was unspecified.

1833 IL

1838 Jasper Co, MO

1855-56 KS where he remained until his death.

8/4/1860 Bourbon, Kansas Territory. In the census that year John Conrod was a 28 year old farmer with $550 in personal property. Wife Sarah was also 28 and their two daughters were California, 3, and Arizona, 1. Living with them was Margaret Odom, 22, probably Sarah's sister.

7/18/1870 Lincoln, Crawford Co, KS. That year the census taker recorded John H, 39, farmer with property valued at $3000/880, with Elizabeth E, 55 (should be 35), and children in the house were daughters California, 14, and Arizona, 11; sons Wollery F, 7, and John R, 3; as well as Elizabeth's daughter Ellen Hensley, 4. Also counted there were William D Nelson, 40, stone mason; and John D Tobolt, 50 farmer. Two doors down was brother Adam.

6/24/1880 Same place. John was again listed as a Conrad, age 49, single again, still a farmer. His large family consisted of California, 23, Arazonia, 21, Francis, 16, John, 14, Emory, 8, Dick, 6, and Minnie, 5. Francis and John were farm laborers.

From the History of Crawford County, KS, 1905:

"JOHN COONROD, Sr., lives on the treaty claim which he bought of the government. He was a member of the Sixth Kansas Home Guards during the Civil war. He is a member of the Christian church and is a strong temperance Democrat. In early days of Kansas Mr. Coonrod enjoyed a hunt with hounds, and he still keeps hounds, and it is a pleasure to him yet to go with his horse and hounds for a chase, bringing home anyway a jackrabbit. His three sons, Woolery, John and Dick, are in partnership in a general store at Drywood and farming, Woolery attending the store and being postmaster of Drywood, and John and Dick running the farm and attending to the stock. Mr. Coonrod's son Hilman is the Cato blacksmith. Callie Coonrod, his oldest daughter, was married in 1884 to Nathan Hutchins, who died in 1894 leaving her five small children, which she has worked nobly to raise and educate. Zona, the second daughter, taught school until her health failed. She and Mrs. Hutchins live together. The youngest daughter, Minnie, married Ora Williams, and lives in Cherryvale. Franc and Jeff Coonrod both live in Texas."

And again:

"John H. Coonrod is another of the pioneer citizens of Crawford county residing in Lincoln township, with postoffice at Cato. He came to the county as long ago as October, 1857, at which time there were a hundred Indians camped along Drywood creek near where his present estate is located. In the course of forty-seven years he has naturally witnessed a wonderful change in the conditions and the appearance of the county, and he has performed his share of this work of development and progress. He has always been a friend and supporter of good institutions, whether church, state or schools, and has lent his efforts in a substantial manner toward making his section of Crawford county a good place to live in.

Mr. Coonrod is also esteemed as having been a soldier in the Civil war. August 15, 1861, he enlisted in Captain Jewell's company of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry, a well known regiment which did good service along the Missouri and Kansas border, fighting both the regular Confederate armies as well as the bushwhackers and guerrillas. Mr. Coonrod served eight months in this regiment and then received his honorable discharge.

Mr. 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.

Mr. Coonrod grew to manhood on the farm in Jasper county, and he experienced many pioneer conditions during his young life. The schoolhouse where he obtained all his educational advantages was built of logs, had slab seats and a fireplace, and was primitive in both furnishings and methods and material of instruction. As has been stated, he came to this county in 1857, and in 1865 moved to his present location, where he has lived continuously for forty years. He has a pretty and comfortable homestead, with all the improvements and conveniences which mark the twentieth century farmstead, and he is certainly well circumstanced for the declining years of a long and prosperous life. His farm of one hundred and forty-four acres is located on Drywood creek; there is both meadow and timber land, and the land is well cultivated and exceedingly productive.

Mr. Coonrod has been married three times. He took Miss Sadie Odum for his first bride, their wedding being performed in Jasper county when he was twenty-two years old. She was born and reared in Missouri, being a daughter of John Odum. She was a good Christian woman, and her character was noble in all its attributes. At her death in 1868 she left four children: Calla Hutchins; Arizona, who has been a popular and successful teacher in this county for a number of years; Woolery and John. Mr. Coonrod married, second, Elizabeth Hensley, who was born in Dade county, Missouri. She was a member of the Christian church and died at the home place in this county, leaving three children, Hillman, Dick and Minnie Williams. Mr. Coonrod's last wife was Mrs. Nancy Dowdall, who died May 22, 1902.

Mr. Coonrod is a Democrat in politics. He has long been an active member of the Christian church, for years being deacon and elder, and he has been very liberal in supporting the church and its various benevolences. His son, Dick Coonrod, who lives at the old home and manages the farm, was married on June 10, 1903, to Miss Sarah J. Ater, a successful teacher of the county, and they have one son, Carl Chester."

His biography says he was born in Scott Co but there was no Scott Co until 1839.

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