Joshua B. Coon

Joshua B. Coon, who is engaged in a wood and feed
business, on the corner of Market street and Washington avenue, Lima,
and is also the owner of a fine farm of 120 acres, situated in Shawnee
township, belongs to a family which was established in America before
the War of the Revolution. Mr. Coon was born January 23, 1842, on his
father's farm in Allen County, Ohio, and is the eldest son of Wesley and
Mary (Flynn) Coon.
George Coon, the grandfather of Joshua B., was born in 1783 in
the State of Pennsylvania. After reaching his majority he went first to
Kentucky and then to Belmont County, Ohio, still later to Logan County,
and in 1832, to Allen County. He was a pioneer here, a man of
prominence is his day, and when he died in 1873 he left numerous
descendants. Wesley Coon, the father of Joshua B., was born in Belmont
County, Ohio, in 1807, and there he was reared, under pioneer
conditions, and obtained his education in the primitive schools of that
locality. In 1832 he settled permanently in Allen County entering 80
acres of land in section 4, Shawnee Township, and there his life was
passed, his death occurring in 1866. He was twice married first to Mary
Flynn who died in 1856, leaving five children, and second, to Caroline
Craft, who had three children.
Joshua B. Coon remained on the home farm until the outbreak of
the Civil War. He was one of the first in his locality to think of
leaving all personal interests behind to serve his country in her hour
of peril. In 1861 he enlisted in Company E. 46th Reg., Ohio Volunteers
Infantry; he wore the Union blue through three years and nine months of
danger and exposure and , when his services were no longer needed, was
honorably discharged. He participated in many of the most serious
battles of the great struggle and can speak with pride and knowledge of
Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Missionary Ridge, Resaca, New Hope Church,
Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Tree Creek and Atlanta. Well he remembers
the long march through Georgia to the sea and the later triumphal return
to Washington where the tattered battle-flags and the old worn-out
uniforms testified to the dangers passed, and where the country sought
to show, by honors and enthusiasm, a portion of the gratitude it felt
toward its brave and loyal defenders.
Upon his return from the army, Mr. Coon purchased his farm in
section 5, Shawnee Township, on which he resided, carrying on extensive
farming and dairying, until 1899, when he moved to Lima, with the
intention of living retired. A few years of inactivity sufficed, and in
1903, he engaged in his present business, opening a wood yard and a feed
mill, and demonstrating that he still retains much of his old-time
energy and business capacity.
In 1866 Mr. Coon was married to Mary B. Buckley, who is a
daughter of William and Eliza Buckley. The father of Mrs. Coon came to
Allen County after the Civil War, in which he had been a soldier,
serving three years as a member of the 18th Regiment, Michigan, Vol.
Inf. He conducted a grocery business for some years on the Auglaize
River. He survived until 1901, dying at the age of 92 years. Mr. and
Mrs. Coon have three surviving children, viz: Charles, Mary A. and
Virgil N. Charles Coon married Maud McClure, a daughter of John
McClure, a farmer of Shawnee township, who served through the Civil War
as a member of the 99th Regiment, Ohio Vol. Inf. Charles Coon and wife
have two sons, Carl and Ralph. Mary A. Coon married R. D. Crites, who is
a prominent farmer of Amanda Township and a son of Isaac Crites, one of
the pioneers of Allen County. Mr. and Mrs. Crites have these children:
Winnifred, Ruth, Harriet, Pauline, Clayton and Robert. Virgil N. Coon
Married Edith Judy, who is a daughter of Clay Judy, a well-known
paper-hanger, of Lima. They have two children Roy and Herbert.
Mr. and Mrs. Coon are members of the Congregational Church, of
which he is a deacon and a member of the board of trustees.
Politically he is a Republican, but has never been willing to
accept offices of a public character. He belongs to Mart Armstrong
Post, No 202, G. A. R.