The History of Otsego County, New York


D. Hamilton Hurd

Published by Everts & Fariss, Philadelphia


COON, John S. - Edmeston

John S. COON, of Edmeston, son of Daniel and Rhoda Coon, 
was born in Plainfield, Otsego Co., N.Y., Jan. 21, 1807. His father 
and mother were natives of Rhode Island, of English origin, and 
were among the early pioneers to Otsego County, and settled in 
Plainfield, at Loydsville, in 1793.
His business was farming, and he owned at one time nearly 500 
acres. He reared a family of nine children, namely: Betsey, Ezra, 
Fanny, Clarissa, Laura, Polly, Daniel, John S., and Alanson, the 
last two of whom are the only remaining members of the family. 
In politics he affiliated with the old Whig party, and was always 
closely identified with public interest. He was justice of the peace 
for several years. For many years he was the sole owner of all the 
mills at West Edmeston.
He died aged about sixty-four, and his wife at about the same 
age, three or four years previously.
John S. was reared on the farm until he was fifteen years of age, 
and then commenced to work at the clothier business, working in 
the falls and early winters, and during the summers he worked at 
the carpenter and joiner trade, continuing to work at the former 
trade till he was about twenty-two. He has continued to work at 
his carpenter trade more or less ever since. When he was about 
twenty-eight years of age he built him a furnace at West Edmeston, 
in which he made all kinds of farming implements, and continued
to follow the same for some twenty years, and then he manufactured 
wagons and cutters, and this, in connection with his carpenter trade, 
has been his principal business ever since.
He was married to Miss Aurilla BURDICK, a native of Plainfield, 
Otsego Co., N.Y., Sept. 24 ,1829. She was a daughter of Chas. L. and 
Rebecca Burdick, and was born Oct. 4, 1808. By this alliance three 
children were born, namely: Adelbert C., Almeron S., and Myron H. 
Adelbert C. was born Feb. 27, 1838, and died Jan. 18, 1859; Almeron 
S., born May 27, 1841, and died Feb. 5, 1842; and Myron H., born 
March 6, 1849, and died Oct. 4, 1850. In politics he was formerly 
a Whig, and when the Republican party was organized he joined it.
He and his wife are members of the Seventh-Day Baptist church 
at West Edmeston. Mrs. Coon died Feb. 24, 1877. Mr. Coon has 
been living on his present home about twenty-one years.
Mrs. Aurilla Coon was a member of the Ladies' Auxiliary Tract 
Society of West Edmeston. She was its first treasurer, and one of 
its most influential and efficient members. She is the first of that 
noble organization that is removed by death. By her sound judgment, 
with a mind endowed with superior graces, combined with dignity 
of character, and over all a loving heart imbued with the divine 
spirit, consecrated to His service, strong in faith, "rich in works," 
her whole life becomes a monument of grace.
Mr. John S. Coon is one of the most liberal of men, having 
contributed largely to the church of which he and his faithful wife 
were among the working member.

Excerpt from History of Otsego Co., NY, page 146


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