Robert and William were not included as part of William and Elizabeth's family in local history, but they lived with them in 1880. Could they be products of a first marriage?
Residences & events:
6/23/1880 Lincoln, Crawford Co, KS. At census time William, 31, was a farmer and lived next door to nephew Elisha Black. In William's family were Elizabeth, 30, Robert, 12, farm laborer, William, 10, Francis, 6, Wolery, 4, and Fowler, 2.
6/9/1900 Same place. That year at census time Wm B was 53 years old, married 26 years to Elizabeth, 48, who had birthed 9 children, only 8 of whom still survived. In the household were Fowler, 23, Nora, 19, Susie, 16, Thomas, 13, Geo, 12, Florence, 10, and Mattie, 4. William was a farmer and the boys were farm laborers.
The 1905 History of Crawford County, KS carried his bio:
"WILLIAM B. COONROD owns the old Coonrod homestead, and married Mrs. Elizabeth Fowler Reynolds. They have four sons and four daughters. Franc, the oldest son, is a prosperous farmer. He was married in 1899 to Miss Jessie Mack. They have two little daughters. Fowler, the second son, is on his own farm, across the line in Bourbon county. His wife was Miss Lizzie Hulbert of Arcadia. They have one little daughter. The oldest daughter, Nora, was married to Olin Kelly in 1900. They live on a farm in Crawford county and have two children, a daughter and a son. The other chilldren, Susie, Tom, George, Florence and Mattie, still live at home."
The following was included in William's bio but clearly refers to his siblings:
"George Coonrod was married to Miss Lucas. They live in the Indian Territory. Martha Coonrod was the wife of Elisha Black, Sr., one of the earliest settlers. Her daughter, Mrs. Conditt, lives in Lamar and, although left a widow years ago, she has given her children all good educations. Her other daughter, Mrs. Hightower, also a widow, lives in Texas. Her only son, E. B. Black, lives in Cato. He is a farmer. He has two children, Lee and Viva. Mary Coonrod was the wife of James Odom, an early settler. They had only one child, John W. Odom, who lives near McCune. Emily Coonrod was married to Henry Gaither and lives in the Indian Territory."