I am gathering information on John Coon/Coons/Cuntz/Koontz who arrived in Ohio in about 1799 in the Ross/Pickaway/Fairfield County area.(The boundaries changed frequently as new counties were formed and re-formed).I am searching for a link between John and my GGGGrandfather, George Washington Coon (1786, PA)George had at least two brothers, Samuel and Jacob, and possibly a third, Isaac.They are in many records in the Fairfield County area from 1808 to about 1830.
John is believed to have settled with his family in the Clearcreek Twp, Pickaway County area.Land records show that in 1813, two sons, George and Samuel bought land in Hocking Twp, Fairfield County.The 1820 census shows George and his family, Samuel and his family, and a Hannah and her family in Hocking Twp.I am assuming that John died prior to 1813 and that Hanna was Johns wife.Two members of her household are adult males and I am guessing that these are Jacob and Isaac.In 1830 there is no Hanna listed but both George and Samuel are still there and Jacob is the head of his own household.
I have a couple of different unpublished histories that tell of John Coons coming from Old Redstone Fort (Uniontown) Fayette Co., Pennsylvania with the Moore, Newhouse and Dillsaver families in 1799 or 1800.John Coon is said to be the brother-in-law of Henry Moore.The records also state that John had been in Fayette County for about 10 years and had come from somewhere on the Schuylkill River about eight miles west of Philadelphia prior to moving west.
John is said to have been a bricklayer or mason and may have been allied with the Dillsavers in business since they also had at least one bricklayer that was a contemporary of John and a member of the family later owned a brickyard.
The records show almost all possible variations of Coon but I am reasonably sure the pronounciation, at least, was "Koontz"
John Cuntz signed a "Petition to Congress dated August 22, 1799 from the subscribers residing on the publick lands on the East side of the Scioto River, in theTerritor Northwest of the Rever Ohio 1787-1803 "OHIO RECORDS & PIONEERS vol XXXIII p25-26
John & Isaac Koontz signed a "Petition to Congress dated February 20, 1801 from the setlers on the publick land between the Waters of Muskingum, and Sciota River, in the Norhtwestern Territory." Territorial Papers of the US, vol III, The Territory Northwest of the River Ohio 1787-1803.p23 -25OHIO RECORDS & PIONEERS vol XXXIII
John likely had other children:Barbara, Nancy, Hanna, and John.