Biography of Thomas J. Coon
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Coon, Thomas J., born in an old log house on the farm where he now resides, August 6, 1832, son of Alexander and Betsey (Weatherwax) Coon. Educated in schools of the township, worked as a boy on his father's farm, where he has ever since resided. In religious association he is a member of the Baptist Church, he has been trustee for a number of years, has served the people as assessor and road commissioner for a number of years; has also served many years as school trustee. He was married, April 5, 1855, to Miss Elizabeth Eckerson, daughter of John and Hannah Eckerson, who was born in Schoharie county, and came thence when four weeks old, was born June 18, 1835. Children are: John A., born November 21, 1858; Albert C., born November 27, 1864; Merrill C., born February 2, 1868. Mr. Coon's father, Alexander Coon, was born in Rensselaer county, N. Y., 1794, and was the son of Alexander Coon, who was killed by the limb of a tree falling upon him in 1812. They came to what is now Shelby township in 1810. and were the first white settlers in the region. Alexander Coon took strong interest in the Baptist Church, and in 1861 contributed largely to the erection of the present structure (brick) of the First Baptist Church at Shelby Center.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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