N. N. KOONCE, farmer and fruit grower, P. O. Villa Ridge, was born at Harper's Ferry, Va., October 24, 1830, to Nicholas and Elizabeth (Shriver) Koonce. Both were born in Loudoun County, Va., he in 1788, she, in 1792. He died in 1859, she, May 7, 1883, at the age of ninety years and six months. They were the parents of ten children, seven of whom are living. The oldest son is conductor on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad, and has been for over forty years. In the fall of 1840, part of the family moved to Bond County, Ill., and the remainder in 1841. Our subject was educated in Bond County. His occupation has most of his life been that of farming. September, 1864, he moved to Pulaski County, Ill., and settled on his present farm then in the woods. His farm contains eighty acres all in cultivation. He gives his attention to fruit and vegetable growing. When first coming here, he engaged the lumber business, and continued in that for six years, doing considerable shipping. He was married November 20, 1854, to Margaret Phillips. She was born in Uniontown, Penn., to D. H. and Elizabeth Phillips, who moved to Bond County, Ill., in 1852, the mother died there soon afterwards. The father died in Virginia, while on a visit there. Mr. and Mrs. Koonce have seven children, Eliza, L. H., Ida N., Dasie, Harry E., Allie E. and J. Elmer. Mr. Koonce is member of the Pations of Husbandry, and is greenback in politics.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 291.