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Delaware County, Iowa

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Elisha Spaulding Coon


Delaware Township




Elisha Spaulding Coon, one of Delaware county's representative farmers, residing in Delaware township, about five miles north and east of Manchester, is a native of Allen county, Ind., and was born March 3, 1840. He is a son of Amos F. Coon, one of Delaware county's most honored citizens, a sketch of whom will be found elsewhere in this work. Reference is here made to that sketch for the facts pertaining to the ancestral history of the subject of this notice.

Elisha Spaulding Coon, with whom this article is concerned, was reared in Allen county, Ind., to the age of seventeen, coming then to Iowa as a member of his father's family in 1857, and locating in Delaware county, where he has since resided. He was reared a farmer and has followed agricultural pursuits all his life. He now owns one of the best farms in Delaware township, consisting of four hundred acres, most of which is in cultivation and all of which is improved, and yielding a revenue in some shape. Mr. Coon settled on this place in 1866 and has done all the improving on it. He is a painstaking, industrious, economical farmer, and the many evidences of his intelligent labor and business like management are to be easily seen around his place.


Mr. Coon has been twice married, and the father of five children. He married first on April 26, 1863, his wife's maiden name being Sarah J. Hunt, she being a resident at that time of Delaware county. This lady died June 3, 1876, leaving two children, as follows: Eddie E., who was born May 11, 1864, and who died October 2, 1887; and Llewellyn L., who was born July 23, 1866. Mr. Coon's second marriage took place June 17, 1877, and his wife's maiden name was Ettie A. Coleson, a daughter of William Coleson, of Delaware county, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this volume. Mrs. Coon is a native of Delaware county, and was born May 18, 1856. To Mr. Coon and his present wife have been born three children, as follows-S. Mertie, born April 5, 1879; Susannah V., born March 22, 1883, and Wayne S., born May 16, 1888, and died November 30, 1888.

Mr. Coon has filled the usual number of local offices in his township and has borne his share of the responsibility of conducting the public affairs of the township. Reared a democrat, he has always voted the democratic ticket, having cast his first presidential vote for George B. McClellan in 1864, and has lived up to the doctrines of his party on all national and state questions.


~ source: Biographical souvenir of the counties of Delaware and Buchanan, Iowa; Chicago : F. A. Battey, 1890. Page 472. LDS microfilm #985424

~ contributed by Thom Carlson