A few excerpts from The History of Union County, Ohio (1883) regarding the Coons and related families:


L. W. BOLENBAUGH, farmer, P. O. York. The subject of this sketch was born in Union County, Ohio, December 18, 1836; he is a son of Jacob Bolenbaugh (deceased) and Sarah Bolenbaugh, natives of Pennsylvania, who with their parents come to Ohio when quite young. They were married in Fairfield County, Ohio, March 20,1830. In 1834, they came to Union County and settled in York Township, where our subject now resides. In August 1878, Jacob departed this life, respected by all who knew him; his widow survives him and resides at the home of our subject. They were the parents of three children-Lewis F., David D. and L. W. Our subject was reared on a farm and received but a limited education. On October 1, 1860, he was united in marriage to Miss Alvira, Harris, who was born July 6, 1840, and was a daughter of Jacob and Elizabeth Harris. To them have been born five children-David C., Howard (deceased), Ida, Otis G. and Maud. In March 1865, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Ninety-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Find was employed principally in doing garrison duty. He received an honorable discharge in September 1865. Mr. Bolenbaugh is one of the incorporators of the Union County Farmers' Insurance Company, and is the owner of 118 acres of land in a high state of cultivation.

GEORGE W. COONS, farmer, P.O. Byhalia. The subject of this sketch was born in Union County, Ohio, July 29, 1840. His parents were Thomas S. Coons and Rebecca Coons, the latter now deceased. In December 1861, he enlisted in the Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was attached to the Army of West Virginia. He participated in the battles of Cedar Mountain, Cross Keys, Sulphur Springs, and the second battle of Bull Run, where he received a wound in the left leg, which terminated in a thigh amputation. On the battle-field he was taken prisoner by the confederates, and left eight days without food. He, however, finally was properly exchanged, and was honorably discharged from the service on November 25, 1862. On January 25, 1872, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary A. Elliott, who was born January 26, 1849, in Portage County, Ohio; she is a daughter of Wilkinson and Sarah Elliott. To them have been born four children, three of whom are now living-Orville F., Orland T., an infant and one deceased. Mr. Coons has served as Assessor of York Township; has been successful in business, and is the owner of a fine farm of 158 acres of land. He resides in the northern portion of York Township.


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