Biography of Alfred Koon
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Koon, Alfred, was born in North Greenbush, June 26, 1855. He was the son of Alfred Koon and Delia Sharp, both natives of North Greenbush. His paternal grandparents, Henry and Ann (Lansing) Koon, were both born in Rensselaer county. Henry Koon was a farmer, lawyer, and judge, and served in the militia in the war of 1812; he was a large owner of real estate, part of which was a tract of 200 acres, located in that part of the city of Troy now occupied by Pawling, Maple and Pine Woods avenues, and justly esteemed by many to be the most beautiful portion of the city. Henry was the son of John Koon who came to Greenbush at a very early day and owned a large tract of land near Wynantskill. The parents of Delia Koon were Frederic and Mary (Kenter) Sharp. The father of Frederic Sharp was Peter Sharp, a pioneer of North Greenbush and a Revolutionary soldier; his wife was Catharine Barringer. The oldest brother of Mary Kenter entered the Revolutionary army as a drummer boy at the age of twelve years, but being of unusual size and strength was soon placed in the ranks; he survived the war living to the age of ninety and becoming a man of wealth and the progenitor of a large family. A younger brother of the above served in the war of 1812 and lost his life at the memorable battle of Lake Erie September 10, 1813. Alfred Koon the elder was born November 1, 1809, and died July 22, 1872; he was a farmer, dairyman and stock dealer, held the office of postmaster at Wynantskill and in his early manhood was lieutenant colonel of the 155th Regt. of State Infantry, his commission signed by Governor Marcy being still in the possession of the family. Delia Koon was born February 21, 1812, and is still living. Alfred Koon, the younger, was educated at Cazenovia Seminary and resides with his mother on the home farm at the village of Wynantskill. The farm, which is fertile and carefully tilled, is pleasantly located on the south bank of the beautiful stream known as the Wynantskill; the buildings are large and commodious and in perfect repair. The Troy and New England Electric railway passes through the farm giving easy and pleasant access to the city of Troy, whose eastern boundary is only one mile away. In addition to general farming Mr. Koon carries on the business of market gardening, and as agent, has the care of his mother's property.

From:
Landmarks of Rensselaer County
BY: George Baker Aaderson
Published By: D. Mason & Co. Publishers
Syracuse, NY 1897


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