Van Gundy Family Tree

Notes for George Jr COONROD

LDS records say he was a carpenter.

Residences & events:

1791 Woodford Co, KY where he married Rhody.

Bef 1812 Hardin Co, KY. Son Henry married there that year.

1818 Madison Co, IL

1821 Greene Co, IL. He may not have moved but rather a new county was formed out of the old.

1829 His name and that of sons, Jefferson and Stephen, was included in the early settlers of the county. Son Thomas arrived the following year.

1840 Carrollton, Greene Co, IL. In the census that year, George was 60-70 years old, one female (probably his wife) was 50-60. Also living in the house were 1 male under 5, 1 at 5-10, and 1 female aged 20-30.

From the Gazette-Patriot, Carrollton, IL, Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002 - from an article dealing with Greene County Days.

"A large, well-kept cemetery on the north edge of Greenfield, situated on land donated by the Coonrod family, some of whose members are buried in a crypt on the grounds. At one time a Baptist church was located at this cemetery, which recorded its firsdt burial in 1836. When J. Russell Shields locked the Coonrod crypt for the last time, he took the key and threw it in a Greenfield pond as he had been directed by the Coonrods, who also donated the land for a park next to the cemetery. Years ago, a circus visited Greenfield, and a small boy, who was a clown, died. The people of Greenfield helped the family bury the boy, and for years decorated the child's grave. There is also an unconfirmed but persistent rumor that a circus elephant is buried there."

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