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Notes for George Daniel Parker COONROD

Residences & events:

1850 Between Macoupin & Apple Creek Twp, Greene Co, IL. At census time George was 23 year old farmer, Frances was 20. They only had one child, John W, 1 month. Next door neighbors were the Judys and Meltons.

1860 Fayette, Greene Co, IL. In that census, he was 34, Frances was 32 and they had only the first 3 children: John, 11, Dudley, 8, and Elizabeth, 6. No occupation or property was recorded for George and living with them was Joshua Mahuing, 21, also without occupation. Down the road was sister Eveline Grizzle, his mother, and brother Charles.

1870 Rockbridge Twp, Greene Co, IL. The census taker recorded George at age 43, a farmer renter, Frances was 41. Children in the house were: Dudley, 18; Elizabeth, 15; George Jr, 5; and Stephen S, 3.

1880 Greene Co, IL. At census time, George was a 53 year old farmer. Wife Frances was 51 and they had 3 children: George W, 15; Stephen M, 13; and Sarah R, 9.

The following is from Joseph Richard Frain at the Frain Family History on the web:

The Ill. Dept. of Archives and Records supplied photocopies from their records which contains the following information. George D. P. Coonrod was a resident of Home No. 4033 of the Illinois Soldiers and Sailors Home in Quincy, Ill. George was from the town of Carrollton, County of Greene and the State of Illinois. He was formerly a soldier of the USA in the war against Mexico and the late rebellion. At the time of admittance on May 12th, 1897 he was 70 years old, 5'10" tall, dark complexion, gray hair, and hazel eyes. He was born in the county of Wayne in the state of Illinois on May 17, 1827. He was enrolled 3 times in the USA service, once in the Mexican War and twice in the late rebellion and was honorably discharged all 3 times.

He enrolled in the service in Sept. 1847 at Alton, Ill. and was discharged Aug. 1848 at Alton on the expiration of his term. He achieved the rank of Corporal in the Cavalry of the Illinois Militia Volunteers. He enrolled in the service at Springfield, Ill. on Oct 7, 1861 and reenlisted on Nov. 10, 1863 at Chicago. He was a private in Co. F., Regiment 12 of the Illinois Cavalry Volunteers. On Oct. 27, 1865 he was discharged at Memphis, Tenn. still a private in the same organization. Reason for discharge was a Surgeon's Certificate of Disability.

He received a pension of $12 per month on pension certificate 1-5808 from the Mexican War. He had no real property and his occupation is shown as 'farmer'. He had a wife and 6 children still living at the time of his admittance, ages 45, 42, 36, 33, 30 and the age of child #6 was not readable. (This list does not contain John, shown on the 1850 Census, who would have been 48.)

The person to notify in case of illness or death was Frank P. Cannedy of Carrollton. He would also receive any personal effects upon George's death. (The response from the Greene County Historical and Genealogical Society, indicates that Frank was George's son-in-law, married to his daughter Elizabeth Ann.)

(James and John Cannedy entered Green County at the same time and place as Stephen and John Coonrod in 1829. Frank is most likely a son of one of them. Will do more research to verify.)

His disability was described as an attack of epilepsy together with lagrippe which had caused general disability.

George died in the hospital at 2:07AM on June 1, 1899. He was buried with military honors on June 2, 1899 at 6:15PM in the Home's Sunset Cemetery.

Additional information on the record's jacket further defines his Mexican War unit as Littell's Mounted Infantry Co. of the Illinois Militia Volunteers. Religion was Protestant. Disease was shown as rheumatism and paraplegia, etc. 2 names were shown on the jacket with no explanation of reason or relationship. They were; Frank P. Coonrod of Carlinville, IL and D.C. Coonrod of Carrollton, IL. D.C. is most likely his son Dudley C. (later shown as Douglas C.). I don't have a record of Frank P. yet (perhaps it should have said Frank P. Cannedy?).

(A 'History of Greene County' shows that James Cannedy was born in Darlington, S. C. on March 18, 1790. His father was John Cannedy, also and early settler of the county. He is of Irish descent. His wife was Scottish. He and his parents went to Tennessee in 1807 where he married Eliza Grizzle who died on Aug. 16, 1867 aged 69. There is much more to write on the Cannedys' if this link is verified.)

In June of 1963 Mrs. Bessie Kesinger of Lakewood, Ca. sent an inquiry to the Soldiers Home in Quincy. George D. P. Coonrod was her grandfather and she was preparing a family tree for her grandson.


The following letter from Gordon Dale McConnell was written to Evelyn Klopfer (nee Cook), the mother of the writer of this genealogy. He doesn = t say it, but he may be the grandson of Bessie Kesinger mentioned in the prior paragraph. I am printing it verbatim. It contains new information and corroborates some of the previously documented information. It was written Feb. 10, 1997.

Dear Mrs. Klopfer

I have been reading the genealogy prepared by your son an I = ve learned a lot about the Darr & Coonrod family tree. My mother was Ruth Darr and My father is Gordon McConnell. Aunt Cleo let me have this to read. She is getting quite old, just turned 86 today. My mother and father are now deceased.

The reason I am writing is that I wanted to contribute what I know with regards to George D. P. Coonrod. I happen to have an old photograph or daguerreotype that hung on my grandma = s walls for years of him. His name according to my mother who died in 1988 & Aunt Cleo was George Daniel Parker Coonrod. Many years ago I sent off to the National Archives & they sent me copies of some of the military record on file concerning his Civil War record. He was in the 12th regiment Illinois Cavalry during the Civil War. He was at Harpers Ferry W/Virginia when on September 17, 1862 Stonewall Jackson attacked trying to capture the Federal arsenal there. George D P Coonrood as he was known along with other members of cavalry units escaped across the Potomic & engaged several battles across the river in Maryland. His horse was shot out from under him near Sharpsberg & he was captured by the rebels. The muster rolls for the next several months shows him AWOL & an officer makes note that he was captured at Sharpsburg. He was later paroled by the rebs & spent in the hospital at Giesburough Point Washington DC. Later he was sent to Camp Douglas in or near Chicago Illinois. One of the conditions on being paroled by the rebs was that he could no longer take part in fighting. He therefore enlisted as a teamster veteran volunteer till the end of the war.

He filed for a pension after the war and only had 1/3 movement in his left shoulder as the result of the war injury. My grandmother Sara Darr, told my mother that Canedy got his sword & other effects after he died in Quincy, Ill.

In filling out the forms for his pension in the Mexican War he stated that he enlisted at Alton Illinois in Colonel Lytells Mounted Cavalry. From there they went to the city of New Orleans. Then from there to the City of Mexico, (Mexico City). He States we camped on the Rio Fordo to the end of the war. The picture I hae is of an old man and must have been taken within 4 or 5 years of his death. If you would like I = ll try & get some copies & send you one. The picture of him is in black & white & is on like card board, so I think it is something other than a photograph. Its also large maybe 10 X 20. I remember it hanging on my grandma = s wall in a oval frame. My grandma died in 1943 so I was just 8 years old when she died.

I also wanted to call to your sons attention that today I was reading a book about the life of George Armstrong Custer, called The Son of Morning Star. The book is a documentary of the life & death of Custer who was killed with his men at the Little Big Horn in Montana in 1876. They were describing how Custer was known to mistreat his men. While he himself ate well, his men starved on some occasions. On page 122 the author shows some orders from General Custer ordering the Provost Marshal to shave the head & lash a G. Darr of the 12th Regiment Illinois Cavalry Company D & another man. According to the book the men were slaughtering a calf because all their meat along the march was full of maggots. Officers protested but the 40 lashes were applied anyway. This occurred on Sept 14, 1865. Your son might want to check it out. The library would have a copy of the book as it was a best seller several years ago. I believe the soldier lashed was probably a George Darr. If you noted the 12th Regiment Illinois Cavalry was the one George D P Coonrod was in.

Thanks again for the wonderful work of your son.

Yours Truly

Gordon Dale McConnell
Anaheim, Calif

George was a resident of the Illinois Home for Soldiers and Sailors at the time of his death.

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