Name: Gasper (Ghasper, Jaspher, Casper, Kasper) KOONS
Given Name: Gasper (Ghasper, Jaspher, Casper, Kasper)
Birth: 8 Nov 1759 in Frederick Co., MD
Death: 8 Nov 1820 in Henry Co., IN
Burial: Whitewater Churchyard, Richmond, Wayne Co., IN
John Koons, Gasper Koons, and George Koons are confirmed as brothers in the 1803 will of brot her George. The 1906 recollections of Benjamin Koons (see below) give their father as Devaul t Koons.
Change Date: 18 Feb 2016 at 09:23:05
Birth date may be 1758/9 as died 8 Nov 1820 at age 61.
Caspar Coonse appears on the 1779 tax list for Randolph Co., NC, along with George Coonse. O n 23 Dec 1784 he was warranted land on Little River in Randolph Co. On 18 Aug 1787 another de ed to 120 acres was granted to Jasper Coons on Little River, with more property later on Rich mond Creek. Gasper Coontz appears in the 1790 Census for Randolph County (1,3,3,0,0), with hi mself over 16, 3 sons under 16, 2 daughters, a wife, and no non-family or slaves. He acquire d more land there on 15 Aug 1793. Gasper moved to Rowan Co., NC, and then to Wilkes Co. wher e they owned land along the Red River.
On 27 Apr 1793 Gasper and Massa Koons were received into the Quaker's Back Creek Monthly Meet ing in Randolph Co., NC. On 27 June 1793 their children also joined at the request of their f ather: George, Devoull, John, Jasper, Martha, and Mary.
Gasper married second Abagail Piggott on 3 Nov 1797 at the Back Creek Meeting Hall in Randolp h Co. Abagail was born 9 Feb 1772, the daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel Piggott. Jeremiah an d his second wife lie buried in the Earlham Cemetery in Henry Co., IN. Abagail died 26 Feb 18 50 and was buried in Whitewater Churchyard; her body was later moved to Earlham Cemetery in R ichmond, IN.
In 1800 Gasper lived in Randolph Co., NC (page 324 - 21210-00110-00). He moved to Wayne Count y, IN, where on 19 Nov 1808 he recorded a deed to SW of S10, T13N, R1W. In 1809 he was liste d as a voter in Indiana Territory, which included Randolph, Wayne, and Union Counties. Gaspe r and family had followed to a large Quaker settlement around Richmond in Wayne County.
Gasper still owned land in NC, as appearing in the 1815 Ashe County Tax List are Gaspar Koon s (150 acres at Charles Francis), Devault Koons (150 acres at North Fork), George Koons (20 5 acres at North Fork), John Koons (90 acres at North Fork), George Koonts (250 acres at Pon d Mountain), and Mary Koonts (340 acres at S F New River).
Gasper and Abagail Coonse requested on 25 June 1808 a certificate to transfer to the South We st Branch Monthly Meeting in Miami Co., OH. After traveling six weeks over precarious road s , they arrived at Whitewater, now Richmond, Wayne Co., IN. On 19 Aug 1809 certification wa s received from the Back Creek Quakers for Jasper, Abigail and Hanna to be received into th e West Branch Monthly Meeting of Quakers. They were located in Miami Co., OH, 2 miles southwe st of West Milton, having been opened 7 Jan 1807. George had remained in NC, and Devault ha d moved to Morgan Co., IN. When the Whitewater Monthly Meeting of Quakers opened on 30 Sept 1 809 in Richmond, IN, Gasper joined them.
Gasper died 8 Nov 1820 in Henry Co., IN and was buried in Whitewater Churchyard, Richmond, I N . His will was probated on 22 Sept 1821, and Abigail was appointed executrix in Oct 1821. G asper's will reads:
"Last Will and Testament of Gasper Koons in the name of God Amen. I Gasper Koons being low i n body but perfect in mind and will do constitute make and ordain this my last will and testa ment in the following words to wit:
I will and bequeath to my beloved wife Abagail Koons all my Estate real and personal whic h I hold in possession in this Territory and at her decease to be equally divided amongst th e children she has borne for me - and to my beloved son Gasper Koons I will and bequeath on e hundred and fifty acres of land it being a part of my lands which I hold in the County of R andolph in the State of North Carolina and the remaining balance of the aforesaid lands in th e State of North Carolina to be equally divided between by beloved sons George Koons, John K o ons and Devolt Koons and Gasper Koons and my beloved daughters Mary and Martha. Except fiv e dollars out of the aforesaid Dividends of Lands to be paid to Devolt Koons in testimony whe reof I do hereunto subscribe my name the sixth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thou sand eight hundred and fourteen.
Gasper Koons, Test - William Scarce and Samuel Walker, Wayne County Ind Territory"
The following is a selection in "Hazzard's History of Henry County, Indiana, 1822-1906," Volu me 2, page 1163, by George Hazzard, Published in 1906. It is a secton titled "Biographical Sk etch of Benjamin Franklin Koons." This Benjamin was born in1839 in Henry Co., IN and died th ere in 1911. These were his personal recollections of stories he would have heard from his fa ther, Joseph Koons, and possibly, as a child, from his grandmother Abigail. That his great-gr andfather was Devault Koons was likely passed on accurately. However, the place of origin i n Pennsylvania and the timing do not match documented records. In the following excerpt the f amily moved to North Caroline about 1800, but sons Gasper and George appear on the 1779 Tax L ist for Randolph Co., NC, over 20 years before. Benjamin's early history is part family legen d. Whether his father was from Pennsylvania or Maryland is discussed in the details of Gasper 's father Devault. Here is the story Benjamin told George Hazzard:
"The great-grandparents of Benjamin F. Koon were Devault Koons, a native of Pennsylvania , and Susan (Dicks) Koons, a native of Germany, who lost her first husband at sea while cross ing the ocean to America. She subsequently married Devault Koons, and to their union were bor n three sons - Gasper, George, and John. Gasper, who was born in Pennsylvania, November 8, 17 59, married Mary Presnell, also a native of Pennsylvania, in 1775. They had seven children, f our sons and three daughters, namely: George, Devault, Gasper, John, Martha, Mary, and one wh o died in infancy.
"The mother of these children died, and in 1797 the father, Gasper Koons, married Abigai l Piggott, a school teacher, the daughter of Jeremiah and Rachel Piggott. They were members o f the Friendsí or Quaker Church, and the marriage was according to the Friendís ceremony. T o the union of Gasper Koons and Abigail Piggott were born twelve children, nine sons and thre e daughters. The eldest son died in infancy; the others were: Jeremiah, William, Nathan, Henr y, Samuel, Joseph, Benjamin, Jesse, Hannah, Rachel, and Susannah.
"This family moved about the year 1800, from Pennsylvania to North Carolina, where the y settled near Bald Mountain. In the fall of the year 1808 the family left North Carolina an d after travelling fully for six weeks, climbing mountains and fording streams and rivers, th ey arrived safely at Whitewater, near the then village of Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana, an d there they entered one hundred and sixty acres of land, which now lie beyond the corporat e limits, southeast of the city of Richmond. Gasper Koons and his wife were devout member o f the Friendsí Church and the considerable body of their co-religionists, who were already se ttled in Wayne County about Richmond, made the location an especially favorable one to them . They attended the meetings of their church at Richmond as long as their healths would permi t. Gasper Koons died November 8, 1820 at the age of sixty one years. His widow followed him t o the grave in 1850, age seventy eight years. Both are buried in Earlham Cemetery, Richmond."
One of the best secondary sources for early Koons family history can be found in James W. Hoo k, "George Michael Eller and his Descendents in America," published in 1957, pages 159-162 (o f over 40 pages on the Koons and descendants). He concludes that the above account by Benjami n Franklin Koons that the family came from Pennsylvania is "rendered doubtful" because Devaul t Koons appears repeatedly in the Frederick Co. MD records as well as son Devault Koons, ther e. The sons Gasper, John, and George appear in the same locations in North Carolina as the El ler, Dick, and Stoker famiies where are documented as coming from Frederick County, and the n umber if intermarriages between the families.
Father: Hans Diebold (Theobold, Dewalt, Devault Koons) CUNTZ b: 25 May 1720 in Preuschdorf, Alsace, France
Mother: Margaret Susan KERN b: ABT 1720 in Germany
Mercy PRESNELL b: ABT 1763 in PA
- George K. KOONS b: 12 Aug 1780 in Randolph Co., NC
- Devault KOONS b: ABT 1782 in Randolph Co., NC
- Martha KOONS b: ABT 1784 in Randolph Co., NC
- John KOONS b: ABT 1786 in Randolph Co., NC
- Mary KOONS b: 1787/1788 in Randolph Co., NC
- Jasper (Gasper) KOONS b: 17 Jan 1792 in Randolph Co., NC
- Girl KOONS b: ABT 1794 in Randolph Co., NC
Abigail PIGGOTT b: 9 Feb 1772 in NC
3 Nov 1797
in Back Creek Meeting Hall, Randolph Co., NC
- William KOONS b: ABT 1798 in NC
- Jeremiah KOONS b: 23 Jun 1799 in NC
- Nathan KOONS b: 13 Jun 1802 in NC
- Henry KOONS b: 4 Mar 1804 in NC
- Samuel KOONS b: 1805/1806 in NC
- Hannah KOONS b: 25 Jan 1807 in NC
- Rachel KOONS b: 7 Feb 1809 in IN
- Joseph KOONS b: 17 Feb 1811 in Wayne Co., IN
- Benjamin KOONS b: 6 Aug 1812 in IN
- Jesse KOONS b: ABT 1814 in IN
- Susanna KOONS b: ABT 1817 in IN