From the History of Greene and Jersey Counties, IL:
Elder Stephen Coonrod made a settlement in this township, in 1829, on the northwest quarter of the northeast quarter of section 33, which he entered, and where he lived until 1872, when he died. He was born in Grayson county, Ky., Feb. 4, 1798 being a son of George Coonrod. He was married Feb. 28, 1819, to Candis Lee, born Dec. 6, 1800, in Kentucky. Soon after marriage they removed to Wayne county, where he lived until 1829, when he moved to Greene county, as above. The date of his death was Dec. 19, 1872. He professed religion and was baptized in May, 1812, and in 1828 he began preaching, and continued doing so the rest of his life, being a member of the old Regular Baptist church. In politics he was a democrat. His wife died Nov. 11, 1879. Their marriage was blessed with ten children, six boys and four girls.
He was a Baptist preacher and preached at the church where the Oakwood Cemetery is located, where many of the Coonrod family are buried.
Apparently he was instrumental in starting new churches as he was listed as a member of several early churches, some at the same.
Residences & events:
1818 Hardin Co, KY where he married Candis.
Stephen was Justice of the Peace, signed his father-in-law's will and inherited $336.00 from him upon his death.
1823 Wayne Co, IL, where son, Jefferson, was born.
1828 "He began preaching and continued doing so the rest of his life, being a member of the old Regular Baptist church. In politics he was a democrat."
1829 Greene Co, IL. County history said he bought 40 acres at S33 T11 R10, and built his first cabin.
He purchased an adjoining 40 acres east of the current property and built "a more commodious house" moving into it in 1835. He remained at that address until his death.
1830 He was a member of the Shiloh Church of Macoupin Co, IL which was one of the original churches of the Apple Creek Assoc.
Abt 7/1830 "Elder Stephen Coonrod" was the first pastor of the Hickory Grove Church and was replaced in 1834 by Meshack Browning..
Bethlehem Church: "Elder Stephen Coonrod was a charter member of this church, and served as pastor until his death, from smallpox, in 1872."
1835 Stephen bought more land and built a bigger house. He later donated 40 acres of that property for Coonrod Park which later was called Oakwood Cemetery. Daughter Anis was the first person buried there.
10/2-4/1840 Stephen and a William Finley were delegates from the Bethleham church at the Concord Regular Baptist Assoc in Morgan Co, IL. They reported 41 members of the church.
1860 Greenfield, Greene Co, IL. At census time he was 62 years old with property worth $4500/500 but no occupation. The census looks like he was living with an Edwards family while Candis and the kids lived next door but that is probably in error. Candis was 59 and had children: Edmund, 27; Stephen N, 23; Nancy, 19; and Emily, 17. Also living in Greenfield were brothers G W, and John W, 2 other Johns, M L, and Margaret Coonrod.
5/18/1861 He was involved in the orginazation of the Otter Creek Church of Macoupin Co, IL.
He died of "that dreadful disease" smallpox, according to his son's biography in local history.