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COONS, Charles C.
Portrait & Biographical Record Winnebago & Boone Cos., IL. Chicago: Biographical Pub. Co., 1892, pp 1181-1182

Mr. COONS is one of the prominent business men of Rockton [Winnebago County, IL], where he is engaged in a prosperous lumber and coal business in company with the Keeler Lumber Company.  He is a native of IL, having been born 09 Jun 1843 in Rockford [Winnebago County].  He is a son of Thomas M. COONS, who was born in 1814 near Culpeper [Culpeper County], VA, where he was reared to agricultural pursuits and resided until his removal to IN.  After a stay of a short time in the Hoosier State [IN], the elder Mr. COONS came to IL at a very early day.

The maiden name of our subject's mother was Rebecca REED.  She was born in Winnebago, Winnebago County [IL], and departed this life leaving two sons and one daughter, the brother and sister of our subject:  William M., who died at Rockton in 1876, and Clara C., now Mrs. A. R. HART, of Clinton [Clinton County], IA.  Soon after the death of his mother, our subject was taken to the home of an aunt in Will County [IL], and when eight or nine years of age was brought to Rockton by his father, where he has since resided.  In early life he worked on a farm, and in 1861, when 19 years of age, enlisted in Company G, 44th IL Infantry, under Colonel Knoblesdorf and Captain L. M. Sabin.

Our subject enlisted as a private for three years, and was sent with his regiment to St. Louis, MO, in which state his first engagement took place at Springfield.  The next battle of his regiment was fought at Pea Ridge, AR; then followed the battle of Corinth, MS, the next conflict of note being at Perryville, KY, 08 Oct 1862, in which the regiment lost heavily.  At Murfreesboro, TN, Mr. COONS was taken prisoner with 200 others, and confined for three months in Libby Prison.  His confinement in prison was the hardest experience of the war, and when he was exchanged found he had lost 88 pounds of flesh during that three months.  He joined his regiment in time to participate in the battle of Chickamauga, in which conflict he was seriously wounded in the left thigh and hip joint.  He was taken to Cumberland Hospital, at Nashville, TN, where he remained one year less a few days.  During that time he was a great sufferer from rheumatism, and the following fall, his term of service having expired, he was discharged, but in Feb 1865 re-enlisted in Company A, 153rd IL Infantry, and in Sep of that year was discharged, at the close of the war.

Returning home to Rockton, Mr. COONS operated his father's farm for the following two years, and 13 Jun 1867, was married to Miss Rebecca HUNT, who was born in England in 1845.   She was the daughter of Robert and Jane HUNT, who on emigrating to this country, located in CT, and later came to IL, when Mrs. COONS was ten years of age.  Our subject and his wife have ever since their marriage made their home on this place, with the exception of two years spent on a farm in MN.  They have become the parents of the following children:  Winnie, who died when two years of age, in 1872; Mabel; Cecil; [p 1182] and Orville.  Cecil, who is now residing in Clinton, IA, was graduated from the Rockton High School in 1890, with the honors of his class.  This bright and promising young man has displayed a rare taste for drawing and portrait painting, having produced some fine pictures without any instruction whatever.

In their religious faith Mr. and Mrs. COONS are members of the Methodist Church.  Our subject, who is a Republican in politics, has been for the past 12 years a comrade of Nevius Post No. 1, G. A. R., of Rockford.

Submitted by Cathy Kubly.