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The Koons Family


This column is part of a feature series which focuses on a different Centre County family each week. Five new columns will be released each month unless some technical difficulty enters the picture.

This column's focus is on Koons. An effort has been made to identify all persons carrying that name in the 1890 U.S. Census, using the Centre County business directory which was formed from a preliminary review of that census before the larger set of 1890 U.S. Census records was destroyed by fire. (Sadly, the postal directory does not typically provide the ages of females, but it's the best record we've got).

No books in the Pennsylvania Room of the Centre County Library in Bellefonte apparently deal with the Koons or Koontz family. There is one book on the Kuhn family: Helen Dunkle's Peter Kuhn Family: 1748-1976.

There are three different first-name entries for Koons in John Blair Linn's History of Centre and Clinton County (1883). In addition, there is one reference to a name by a variant spelling with a separate full-length profile in Beers' Commemorative Biographical Record of Central Pennsylvania (1898): James Irwin Kunes (b. 1839, s/o Daniel and Mary (Bechdel) Kunes).

And, now, your ancestors' KOONS (or Koone, Koontz, Kuhn, Kunes as noted) neighbors in 1890:

In BELLEFONTE Borough:

Charles Koontz, 31, engineer--216 E. Logan
	Clara
	Anna
	Jennie
	Maud
	Edna

In BENNER Township:

Andrew J. Kuhn, 37, painter--Bellefonte
	Jennie
	John E. 18
	Margaret J.
	Franklin V. 15
	Flora B.
	Minnie R.
	Gatdner R. 9
	William B. 6
	George F. 4
	Robert D. 2
Charles W. Kuhn, 9--Bellefonte

In BOGGS Township:

Lillie B. Koontz--Roland
William T., 33, laborer--Milesburg
	Hannah
	Bellah
	Boyd J. 9
Zelin--Milesburg

In HARRIS Township:

Alexander Kuhn, 54, plasterer--Boalsburg
	Elizabeth J.
Elsie Kuhn--Boalsburg
	Mervin E. 18
John Kuhn, 64, laborer--Boalsburg
	Isabel
	Annie
	William H. 20
	John E. 14
Joseph Kuhn, 66, laborer--Boalsburg
	Blanche
	Charles 1 mo.
	Minnie
Peter Kuhn, 86, retired--Boalsburg
	Emma
William H. Kuhn, 4--Linden Hall

In LIBERTY Towsnhip:

Christ Kunes, 71, farmer--Blanchard
	Caroline A.
	Joseph 27
	Charles 21
Daniel B. Kunes, 49, justice of the peace--Blanchard
	Mary D.
	Lloyd B. 16
	Kosephine E.
Daniel D. Kunes, 53, laborer--Blanchard
	Sarah E.
	Curtis 16
	Clarence 13
	Emma A.
David Kunes, 43, laborer--Blanchard
	Elizabeth
	Maggie
	Charles B. 15
	Cletus 12
	Nora
David Kunes, 78--Blanchard
Elizabeth Kunes--Blanchard
	Nathan 36
Harvey C. Kunes, 38, laborer--Blanchard
	Susan A.
	George R. 8
	Howard B. 6
Henry Kunes, 70, plasterer--Blanchard
James Kunes, 51--Blanchard
	Margaret
James A. Kunes, 25, laborer--Blanchard
	Mary A.
	May
	Blair 1
James A. Kunes, 45, laborer--Blanchard
	Mary C.
	Joseph B. 20
	Franklin C. 17
	Clyde W. 14
	Idella L.
	Potter A. 8
	Orie C. 5
	Alva S.
John C. Kunes, 50, laborer--Blanchard
	Jane
	Ward W. 12
	Edith I.
John I. Kunes, 42, laborer--Blanchard
	Matilda J.
	Martha
	Anna
	Elsie L.
	Ethel V.
	Helen L.
John J. Kunes, 50--Blanchard
	Milford 19
Joseph B. Kunes, 54--Blanchard
	Susan E.
Lida A. Kunes--Blanchard
	Flora A.
	Bertin J. 19
	Nancy D.
Nathan M. Kunes, shop keeper--Blanchard
	Catharine
Samuel H. Kunes, 57, retired--Blanchard
	Clarrissa A.
	Frank A. 30
	Mary B.
	Blanche E.
Samuel R. Kunes, 38--Blanchard
	Ellen
	Carrie
	George L. 11
	Elick 6
	Maud
	James C. 1
Westley M. Kunes, 28, laborer--Blanchard
	Emma A.
	Daniel R. 4
	Laone 7 mos.
William Kunes, 56, laborer--Blanchard
	Fanny B.
	Edward 20
	Sylvester 18
	Percy C. 15
	Harry C. 13
	Rosa M.
	Milton 8
	

In POTTER Borough:

John C. Kuhn, 34, laborer--Centre Hall
	Susan A.
	Bella E.
	Joseph L. 3
	David E. 9 mos.
Julia Kuhn--Centre Hall
Sidney Kuhn, 16--Centre Hall

In SPRING Township:

George Koone, 59, laborer--Pleasant Gap
	Sarah