Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for Jefferson COONROD

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From the History of Greene & Jersey Counties, Illinois:

"JEFFERSON COONROD, a son of Rev. Stephen Coonrod, of whom mention is made elsewhere, was born May 5, 1823, in Wayne county, Ill. When six years of age he came with his father to this county. He was reared on his father's farm, receiving only a limited education. He was married June 2, 1847, to Temperance Drum, born near Carrollton, Dec. 11, 1827. She is a daughter of John and Dillie (Wood) Drum, early settlers of Greene county, who resided here until their deaths. After marriage, Mr. Coonrod purchased 40 acres of land on the northwest quarter of section 22, and went to work with willing hands, and his energy and perseverance have been rewarded with success, he being now the owner of 475 acres of valuable land. For the first purchase he paid $3 per acre, and for some since that time $70 per acre, and he experienced more difficulty in then paying the first named price than he did later on in paying the last. He remained on the farm until Feb., 1873, when he rented his farm, and purchased a lot in Greenfield, on which he erected the fine residence in which he now resides, and is enjoying the fruits of many years labor. Mr. and Mrs. Drum, the parents of Mrs. Coonrod, were natives of North Carolina. Her father was a soldier in the war of 1812. They first settled near Carrollton, but afterwards moved to Rubicon township, where Temperance was married. Mr. Coonrod is one of the prominent citizens of Greenfield, and stands high in the estimation of all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance, meriting this esteem by his honesty, pleasing address, and genial manners."

1880 Greenfield, Greene Co, IL. The census that year recorded him as a 54 year old farmer, wife Tempianna was 52. Living with them was a 33 year old Mary L (unreadable), servant.

From The Patriot, Carrollton, Ill., Friday, January 2, 1903:
JUNE - Fifty-firth Wedding Anniversary of Jefferson Coonrod and wife, Greenfield

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