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This is a transcription of the "Wil of John Coon" of Granville Township, Bradford County, PA by Daryl ELDRETT Watkins
  Wills and Testaments
Book 9 Page 333
# 5147
Exact transcription
Will and testament of John Coon
I, John Coon of Granville, Bradford Co Pa mindful of the uncertainties of human life do make publish and “declair” this my last will and testament in manner following.   First I do will and bequeath to my wife Sally Coon all my Personal and Real estate property after my just debts and funeral expenses are paid except my watch which I will to Claude S. Coon and my desk which I will to Sylvester Coon son of William R. Coon.   This property is to be left in the keeping of Eli J. Wight of Canton Bradford Co Pa. To hold for her and pay unto her as she needs it for the comforts of life.   If any part of it is left after her death to be divided among my heirs in manner following
First     To   Wealthy Coon     One Hundred dollars.
Second   “   Sylvester Coon   Two Hundred dollars.
Third       “  Eleanor Coon   One Hundred dollars.
Fourth “  Claude S. Coon   Fifty dollars.
Fifth   “ Carrie E. Coon   Fifty dollars.
Sixth “  Malla Coon   Fifty dollars.
Seventh “  Delancy Coon   Fifty dollars.
Eighth “  Sura Coon   Fifty dollars.

If there is anything left after these have got their full share the same to be divided equally between my two sons Charles W. Coon and Adelbert Coon.   Furthermore If any of my heirs mentioned in this my last will shall try to break it “shal” “forfit” all right to my estate.   I appoint my beloved wife Sally Coon and Eli J. Wight of Canton the sole Execution of this my last Will and Testament.   This the 29th Aug 1888.   In witness whereiff “  I herewith set my hand and seal.
      John Coon           SS
Signed sealed published and declared by the above named John Coon to be his last will and Testament in the presence of us who at his request and in his presence have subscribed our names as witnesses herewith.

    Witnesses Martin W. Kelly
      Pollie K Wight

I also will and ordain that the Execution of this my last will and Testament for and towards the performance of said Testament “shal’ with all convenient speed after my decease bargain sell and alieu in fee simple all my lands for the doing executing and perfect finishing “whereof” I do by these presents give to my said Executor full power and power and authority to grant alieu bargain sell convey and assure all the same lands to any person or persons and their heirs forever in fee simple b all and every such lawful ways “an” means in the law as to my said Executor or to his counsel learned in the law “shal” seem fit or necessary.
      John Coon   SS
Witnesses   Martin W. Kelly
  Pollie K Wight

Codicil       Page 334
This is a codicil to my last will and Testament dated Aug 29, 1888 whereas by my said will I have given Wealthy Coon One Hundred dollars I now declare that it is my will that instead of that provision it shall be given to my grandchild Sylvester Coon providing he shows me the respect due a Grandparent from a Grandchild during the rest of my life if not the same to be divided equally between the children of my son Charles W. Coon.   In witness “whereof” I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 30 day Oct 1890.
      John Coon SS
Witnesses Eli J. Wight
  Pollie K Wight
Admitted to Probate Dec 22 1891
Charles M. Hall Register

Eli J. Wight
Executor of John Coon
Setters testamentary upon the estate of John Coon of Granville Twp deceased granted unto Eli J. Wight he having first been duly sworn to administer upon said estate according to law and proof having been made that Jno Coon died on the 18th day of Dec 1891.   Given under the hand and official seal of the register at Towanda Dec 22, 1891
    Charles M. Hall, Register

John Coon and Sally Rivenbury

I believe that the Coon family immigrated from Germany prior to 1807 and eventually settled in the area around Roxbury, Delaware County, NY before moving on to Bradford County, PA. This conclusion is based on the following evidence:
1. The information given by John Coon in the 1880 census which states that he was born in New York and that his father was born in Germany; 

            2.  Bradford County Death Records show that his wife, Sally, was born in Roxbury NY.

            3.  John was married in Prattville, Greene County, NY.

            4.  John Coon appears in the 1840 census of Sheshequin, Bradford County, PA.

John Coon was born 06 Apr 1807 in NY.  He married Sally Rivenbury who was born 01 Sep 1812 in Roxbury NY.    According to The Reporter Journal dated Thu Dec 24 1891, they were married 14 Aug 1831 in Prattville, Greene, NY. 

Census records indicate that in 1840 the family lived in Sheshequin and then in 1850, 1860 and 1870 in LeRoy Township both in Bradford County PA. Finally, John and Sally appear in the 1880 census for Granville Township.  John was a farmer and apparently a very successful one.  In the 1880 census, at the age of 73, his real estate was valued at $7000.00

He and Sally had 9 children: 

1. Antoine F. born in 18?? and died in 1918

2. Viana born in 1833 and died in 1894

3.  Emilla M. born in 1839 and died in 1922

4.  William R. born in 1842 and died in 1886

5.  Eleanor Jane born in 1844 and died in 1869

6.  Charles Wesley born 1846 and died in 1916  (Was married 4 times)

7.  Rachel   born in 1849 and died in 1851

8.  Isaac F. born in 1852 - ??

9.  Adelbert  born in 1855 - ??

I am still searching for information on John and Sally’s children.

The 1880 census indicates that John had heart disease.  

John died on 18 Dec 1891 in Bradford County PA. Both he and Sally are buried in the LeRoy Cemetery in Bradford County, PA.  I have photographs of their gravesites.

Bradford County Death Records give Sally's cause of death as paralysis after a duration of 5 months on 01 Aug 1896.

People mentioned in the will

Wealthy Coon – widow of John’s son William R. Coon

Sylvester Coon – son of Wealthy and William R. Coon

Eleanor Coon – daughter of Wealthy and William R. Coon

Claude S. Coon – son of Charles W. Coon (Charles W. and William R. were brothers)

Carrie E. Coon – daughter of Charles W. Coon

The next three names mentioned in the will: Malla, Delancy and Sura,  I suspect are Charles W.’s other three children:  Melvin, Delansa, and Sarah or Cora.  I’m not sure why the spellings are the way they are in the will.  It makes sense to me that since John included Claude and Carrie, he would include his other grandchildren by Charles W.

Ok – now I have found Lura.  Is this Sura?

COON –MRS. LURA ELLA RUNDELL age 97, formerly of Canton passed away at the Dar-Way Nursing Home in Estella Easter Sunday morning, March 26, 1978 after an extended illness.  She was born in LeRoy Aug. 14, 1880 a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Coon.  Her late husband, W. Fay Rundell died in March 1965.  She was a member of the Canton Church of Christ, Disciples.  When she was active in church work, she was superintendent of the primary department and a teacher of an adult class.  She also held offices in the Missionary Circle.  Her survivors are one daughter, Miss Helen Rundell of Canton, a retired Canton Elementary School teacher; two grandsons, David Rundell of Mansfield and the Rev. Richard Rundell of Rocky Mount, N.C.; and several nieces.  Funeral and committal services will be held at the Ralph T. Kleese Funeral Home, 40 N. Center St., Canton, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock her pastor, the Rev. Robert D. Parker will officiate.  Burial will be in the Park Cemetery, Canton.  –Canton Independent Sentinel

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