Notes by Connie Coy Rice at Ancestry.com for John O. Coonrod:
John O. and a small company went to California on March 12, 1850 arriving in the Sacramento Valley on July 24, 1850. In the census for El Dorado County, California of 1850, is listed a John Coonrod, age 19, a miner.
He mined for six or eight months, then drove wagons and worked in a hotel. One record says he returned in 1852, another says he left for the gold rush and was never seen again.