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Family History of
Mical Henry Coons and Alice Gertrude Ward Coons
In an old scrapbook compiled over the years in Idaho by Alice Ward Coons (wife of M. H. Coons), both long time residents of Steele City, Nebraska. There were clippings of obituaries, weddings and social events printed in the county newspaper at Fairbury of friends and relatives who at sometime lived not far apart in Nebraska. Some of these clippings contradict others, or are contrary to what living relatives of the Coons family know to be true, However, we will have to copy them as they are written here, unless they are proved wrong beyond a doubt.
Three of the families most frequently mentioned are the Rev. Maurice Jones, the Jacob Snyder, or written as Snider later on, and the Coons Family, which was said to have been spelled with a “K” many years ago.
We do not know when these families came to America, but we do know that the Rev. Maurice Jones and wife, Mary were in Ebensburg, Penn. According to church records when their oldest child, Margaret was born Dec. 9, 1829.
A son, Samuel was also born at Ebensburg on July 27, 1838 and when Daughter Margaret was ten years old, the family moved to Delaware Co., Ohio where church records show that she was received into the Radmore Church when she was 13 making this about 1842.
The youngest child born to this couple was Mary Ann, later to become Mrs. Thomas D. Roberts, Dec 18 1850 near Delhi, Ohio, where they lived until she was about 5. At that time the family moved to a Welsh settlement known as “Old Man’s Creek” where her father a Congregational minister preached in his native tongue.
On Nov. 10,1850 Margaret Jones was married to one John Ward, by whom she had 2 children, John Ward, Jr. and Alice Gertrude Ward, and after his death a few years later she moved with her parents to where Iowa City, Iowa now stands.
In 1861 Margaret Jones Ward was married to Abram Snyder at Iowa City and shortly afterwards, they moved to Nebraska. To this couple were born 6 children, 2 of whom died in childhood. Those growing to adulthood were David and Edward Snyder, Chloe (Mrs. Ed Jarman), and Phoebe (Mrs. A. L. Brennan). In the obituary of Margaret Jones Ward Snyder were listed 2 Brothers S. E. Jones of Sioux City, and M. B. Jones of Falls City.
Several articles regarding the Jones Families appeared in other clippings :“fond recollections of boyhood days were recalled when Mr. and Mrs. Corwin, Col Jones and Mrs. Minnie Jones Parlier of Falls City drove to Springfield to see the old town and to see if any of their former acquaintances made more than half a century ago still lived here. Mr. Jones and Mrs. Parlier are children of Thomas Jones who lived four miles north of Springfield for many years, and was at one time county commissioner of Sarpy County, Col. Jones has been with the Union Pacific railroad for thirty-eight years the greater part of the time as engineer.
Later, Mrs. Corwin Jones, 70 of Springfield for about 40 years, and cousin of E. G. and D. C. Snider, and Mrs. A. L. Brannen and Mrs. Ed Jarman, Died at the Omaha Hospital.
Ed Jones who was born and spent his boyhood days in Sarpy County on a farm about four miles north of Springfield, died at his home in Omaha after a year’s illness at the age of 50 years. He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jones, pioneers of this county, He is survied, besides his family by two brothers, “Col” Jones of Omaha, “Doc” Jones, and two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Parlier and Mrs. Ida Loucks of Falls, City. He was a cousin of David and Ed Snider and Mrs. A. L. Brannen and Mrs. Ed Jarman.
Writing of the events honoring Mrs. Minnie Parlier’s 80th birthday, the paper states that she was 3 when she accompanied her parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. S. Jones and two brothers form Iowa City, Iowa to Nebraska in a covered wagon.10 years before Nebraska was admitted to the union, This family seems to have been in Iowa and traveled to Nebraska about the same time as other family relatives.
As previously reported, Samuel, son of Rev. Maurice and Mary Jones was born in Ebensbury, Penn, on July 27, 1838 and came with the family to Radnor, Ohio, here he lived until he was 17 when he went to Johnson County and farmed,
He enlisted in the 22nd, Iowa Infantry when a Regiment was organized at Iowa City, Iowa in June 1862 and served through the Civil War, He was a prisoner in both of the infamous Southern prisons, Libby and Andersonville and came out with his heart seriously impaired. Following the war he returned to Johnson Co. until 1895 when he moved to Iowa City, Iowa.
On Sept. 24, 1866 he was married to Miss Annie H. Jones at Ebensburg, Penn. They had 2 sons, Dr M. A. H. Jones of Iowa City and Dr. J. H. Jones of Shelby Ia., and 1 daughter, Mrs. Ed Beck, of Iowa City, Iowa.
Mr. Jones kept a diary of his reminiscences of the 22nd Iowa Infantry, which was published, and he also published a biographical sketch of his father, The Rev. Maurice Jones.
Mr. Samuel Jones passed away at the home of his daughter, Dec. 27 1922, his wife preceding him by about 10 years. He lived the longest of any of his family being 94 at the time of death.
Martha Ann Jones was the youngest of this family and the last one to die. She moved from Delhi, Ohio to “old man’s Creek” with her family and was married here to Mr. Thomas Daniel Roberts, Jan. 21, 1875. Shortly afterwards they moved to Sarpy County, Neb. Residing on a farm northwest of Springfield for 15 years.
They then moved to Springfield. Eight children were born to them, 2 passing in infancy, When Martha Ann Jones Roberts passed away at the age of 90, surviving her were her children, Mrs. Mary Laing, Miss Margaret Roberts, Mrs. Jennie Foster Mrs. Ed Sullivan, Mrs. Winifred, Mr. Wm. T. Roberts: 18 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild..
We find the Family of Jacob and Phoebe Snyder in Ohio on Oct.5, 1841, which their daughter, Malissa was born, They had at least 1 more child, a son Abraham. They must have lived here for some time for on Sept.5, 1868 Malissa married Mr. Alonzo Coons in Ohio. They moved to Hayes Co. Nebraska in 1875 and to Steele City Jefferson Co. in 1904. To this union were born 2 children Harry of Steele City and one daughter who died in infancy. Malissa died here at the age of 73.
Nellie Frances Coons daughter of Mr. Harry coons and wife was born in Thornburg, Nebr. in western Nebr. and married Mr. Ernest E. Merkel of Imperial, May 25, 1920. They had one daughter Roeberta Pearl. Nellie Merkel died at the age of 29 from tasting a can of cold packed green beans. They had lived on their farm 12 miles northwest of Imperial Nebraska. Surviving besides her immediate family were a brother, Irvin and a sister, Izola of Palisades. Mr. Harry Coons was said by relatives to have passed away very suddenly of a heart attack at his home.
Alonzo Coons, who married Malissa Snyder had at least 2 brothers, Mical and George. No names of their parents were given, but we have reason to believe that all 3 were together part of the time in the Civil War. We have no record of Alonzo at this time, but George and Mical were together part of the time.
Mical’s name was spelled this way on his army discharge, but in later life was usually know as “M. H.”. He was born Dec. 6 1840 in Marrion Co. Ohio and at the age of 17 moved with his family to Illinois where he farmed until he enlisted in the army. He volunteered on Sept. 3 1862 in Marion Co. Ohio and joined Co. H 125th Volunteer infantry in which he served throughout the War.
One night when Mical and George were in a clump of trees, during the war they heard a troop of Confederates coming through foraging. The boys came to a large tree lying on the ground just as the soldiers got close.
“let’s hide behind this big tree” whispered George.
“No! No! We’ll be caught for sure” replied Mical.
George dropped down behind the big downed tree, but Mical jumped beside a standing one, just as the troop reached them.
One of the Confederates stepped over the big tree and landed right on George, whom he took prisoner, He was imprisoned in one of the 2 infamous Southern prisons and came out weighing less than 100 pounds. Mical stood real still and then began mingling with the men until her reached the edge of the woods and then escaped. We have heard him tell this many times in his later years.
Mical was in the battle of Perrysville, Ky. And later served under Gen. Sherman at Bolton and Reseaca, where he was nearly captured, and where he saw a cannon ball strike just under the Gen.’s horse. Mical was on the march from Atlanta to the sea, helping take the forts in Savannah. The march was continued north into the Carolinas’ and at Bentonville, N. C. the federal army nearly suffered a defeat, through the losses of the Confederates was very heavy.
Here Gen. Joe Johnson surrendered a short time after. Then followed the grand review at Washington, D. C. and the ride home in boxcars to Chicago. The Soldiers had to march to Washington to get their discharges. This article was printed in the Lewiston Tribune at Lewiston Idaho before Mical Coons died, and he said that it was all-true. He received his discharge on June 9, 1865
After the war closed Mical went back to farming at his Illinois home. He talked of Sundusky, Ohio and Osakis, Minn., saying that he had freighted by oxen team from Osais to Minneapolis, Minn. In 1867 he married Harriet (Hattie) C. Schofield and they had 11 children, 7 of whom survived their father. They were, Annie Lydie, (Mrs. Charles Thieboldt), Lilla, (Mrs. August Ficktner), Mrs. Grace Duncan, Charles, Chester A., Sherman and Vaughn M. Coons. Mical and Hattie Coons were pioneers of the Hayes Center region and Hattie passed away in 1890
On Sept. 30 1891 Mical Coons Married Alice Gertrude Ward at Culbertson Nebr. and in 1904 the family moved from Hayes Center to the Steele City Nebraska vicinity. Here Mical H. Coons farmed and also ran a mill on the Little Blue River. Alonzo Coons also ran a mill near Steele City. The Famous “Pony Express” that carried the mail rode right through here.
About 1917 Mical Coons retired form farming and moved into Steele City. About 2 years later, he took a trip to Clarkston Washington to visit his son Vaughn and Family. Liking what he saw, he wrote back to the family to “throw a sale” and come west. Mical bought Vaughn’s house. After the sale, Alice Coons and Daughter Margaret caught the train for Washington and the boys traveled in the old “Model T” Ford from Nebraska to Washington. Mical had bought the house belonging to his son Vaughn so they moved in and resided until he passed away in 1932.