Abraham and Elizabeth Coon – Ever Faithful

#AbrahamCoonbyRachelJoeyWilsonElizabethCoonbyRachelJoeyWilsonIn about 1841, with their new Mormon faith and seven children under the age of eleven, my 3rd great grandparents, Abraham and Elizabeth Coon experienced the heavy persecutions that drove the Latter-day Saints from Missouri. More children came in Nauvoo Illinois but one died in infancy. As persecution followed them to Nauvoo, Abraham and Elizabeth headed west with the Saints. With her support, Abraham served as bishop, never turning away the needy, experiencing “wagon accidents, diseases, Indians, tough river-crossings, loss of cattle and wagons, and many deaths.” He served as a captain of ten, and looked after several families whose husbands or fathers were called away in the Mormon Battalion. Although losing four of ten children in death, one as a baby, and three as older teenagers including one to cholera, they pressed forward to the Salt Lake Valley. Thank you Abraham and Elizabeth for your faith, honor, service and hard work.

(by Kenneth R. Hardman, Ref. For complete story and references see, Abraham Coon and Family, by Jana K. Hardman, in Hardman Biographies – Ancestors of Sidney Glenn Hardman and Dorothy Mae Griffin, 2009. Photos from FamilySearch.org contributed by Rachel Joey Wilson. Excerpt from Gilbert Belnap’s document. Journal History. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. FHL Film #BX No. 19 Reel 10. September 7, 1850, p. 3-4.) #AncestorClips

Additional Resources about Abraham Coon

Facebook, Descendants of Abraham and Elizabeth Coon, https://www.facebook.com/groups/533404800061093/

FamilySearch.org, Photos, Documents, and Stories, https://familysearch.org/tree/person/KWJ6-9N2/memories

Goble, William Kent, Heritage of the Abraham Coon family, 1989 https://familysearch.org/search/catalog/532512?availability=Family%20History%20Library

Hardman, Kenneth R., Hardman biographies : ancestors of Sidney Glenn Hardman and Dorothy Mae Griffin, 2009, https://dcms.lds.org/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?dps_pid=IE212153

Oatney, Thomas N., Descendants of Abraham Coon, 2015, http://www.oatney.org/Descendants%20of%20Abraham%20Coon%20(1810-1885).pdf


About Kenneth Richard Hardman

AncestorClips are very short stories about very real people. Each clip nurtures awareness of a time, a place, and the character of a man or woman who cultivated a path for our life. The reader feels the good, the obstacles, the happiness, the sadness, and the overcoming. They cheer us, make us resilient when challenged, give us purpose, and connect us to our multi-generational family. Each story is followed by reflections from the author and readers sharing how the story strengthened or inspired them. Ken Hardman is a son, a brother, a grandson, a great-grandson… He is also a husband, father and grand-father. Ken is a professional engineer, engineering mentor, technical writer, and associate technical fellow at a major aerospace company. He is a writer of engineering and family history stories. Please join Ken in reading, reflecting upon, or writing #AncestorClips
This entry was posted in Coon, Yarbrough and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

3 Responses to Abraham and Elizabeth Coon – Ever Faithful

  1. Shauna Griffith Kuykendall says:

    Kenneth Hardman has, in few words, captured the heart of Abraham and Elizabeth Coon. He had me with the title, “Ever Faithful.” Reading of their sacrifices, trials, and faithfulness put my own modern-day challenges in perspective. I know I can remain ever faithful by following their examples.

  2. Brooke Sadler Siddoway says:

    I love hearing of the Spirit my ancestors possessed and see how that was passed generation to generation. Love to see history repeat itself in a good way!

  3. Pingback: 2016 – 10 Most Read AncestorClips | #AncestorClips

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s