Biography of Joshua B. Coon
Allen County, OH Biographies

JOSHUA B. COON, farmer, P. O. Lima, was born in Shawnee Township, this county, January 23, 1842; son of Wesley and Mary A. (Flinn) Coon, former a son of George Coon, of German descent and a native of Pennsylvannia, who settled in Shawnee Township, this county, in 1832; and latter a daughter of Thomas Flinn, a native of Ireland. who also came to Shawnee Township same year. George Coon had a family of nine children: Betsey, Wesley. George, Abigail, Margaret, Amy, Alexander, Isaac and Tobias, and of these, Wesley, father of our subject, entered a farm on Section 4, Shawnee Township, this county, in 1835, which he cleared and improved, and where he resided until his death; he died in 1866, at the age of fifty six years; he was twice married, his first wife being Mary A., daughter of Thomas and Polly (Wilson) Fliun, and by this union there were five children: Joshua B., Caleb, Philema (Mrs. James Gaskell), Sarah A. (Mrs. Thomas Gorham), and Mary E. (Mrs. Henry Nungester); his second wife was Caroline, daughter of Jacob Croft. of Shelby County, Ohio, by whom he had three children: Lydia (Mrs. William Benardon), Rachel (Mrs. Scott Rumbaugh), and Nettie M. Our subject was reared in Shawnee Township, and educated in the common schools. He was in the late war of the Rebellion, enlisting October 18, 1861 in Company E, Forty sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry: he was in the Atlanta campaign, and with Sherman in his march to the sea; was in the battles of Chattanooga and Vicksburg, and many other enzageineuts. and was honorably discharged July 22, 1865, after three years and nine months' service. After his discharge he returned home and purchased the farm he now occupies, most of which he has cleared and improved, himself. Mr. Coon was married, June 27, 1867, to Mary, daughter of William and Eliza (Schilling) Buckley. of Shawnee Township, this county, and the issue of this union has been five children: Naotia (deceased), Maude (deceased), Charles W., Mary A. and Virgil M. Mr. and Mrs. Coon are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has filled several of the minor offices in the township. In politics he is a Republican.

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