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of 21 years. He was detailed at Fredericksburg in summer of 1862 as assistant Q. M. for eighteen months; he was formerly in Adjt.-Gen.'s office for six months. He was honorably discharged Nov. 4, 1864, at Petersburg, Va. His wife had four brothers in service, Joseph, David, John and Jacob; the latter was confined in Libby and Andersonville prisons. Her uncle, Robt. Kidd served in the Mexican war. Another uncle, Joshua Kidd, served in the late war. Comrade Conrad has been school director and auditor of borough; he is a member of Murry Post No. 39; he is by occupation a carpenter and his address is Gallitzin, Pa.


Was a son of Joseph and Mary A. (Watt) Coons, the former is still spared. He was happily married May, 1867, in Loretto, Pa., to Margaret Shank, who was born in Hollidaysburg, Pa., and passed to her reward Dec. 27, 1885. Their domestic ties were graced with five children, James B., Joseph A., Henry F., Mary E., John W. Comrade Coons was employed as a teamster and was 19 years of age when he gave his young manhood to his country's needs March 28, 1863. He was enrolled as a private in Co. G, 12 Pa. V. C. In 1864 he was wounded by gunshot in knee at Winchester. In 1864, he was captured at Winchester, but was re-captured by our forces the next day. In the fall of 1863 he was detailed at Harpers Ferry as Sergt. For Gen. Stephens for two months. He was an active participant in the battles of Floyd Mt., Ft. Darling, Winchester, Fishers Hill, Cedar Creek, Bolivar Heights, Halltown and Snickers Ferry. He ws honorably discharged July 20, 1865, at Winchester, Pa. Comrade Coons is a member of McCloskeys Post, in which he is O. D.; he is by trade a carpenter and his address is Gallitzin, Pa.


Son of John and Hannah (Howell) Coons, dec. was born Sept 19, 1835 in Loretto, Pa. By his first wife, Catherine Kepler, he had these children, Philip A., Francis A., Sarah J., John L., Anna M., William H., Martin E., Matilda H., Morgan J., and Mary G., dec. He was married secondly, Nov 23, 1880, in Loretto, Pa. to Caroline Shank, who was born in Cambria County, Pa. Jan 14, 1849. Her parents were Mathias and Theresa (Walters) Shank are deceased. Eight children were born to this marriage, Walter R., Vincent E., Theodore M. dec., Matthias T., Lewis J., Flora C., Charles H., and Carrie H. Being a loyal and true patriot to his country, our subject was enrolled when 29 years of age as a private in Co. B, 53 Pa. V.I., 4 Brig, 1st Div., 2 A.C. He had been

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