Researching the maternal Coon line has been relatively easy given that most of the siblings of Clifton Columbus Coon stayed in the Brookhaven, Lincoln County, Mississippi and surrounding area. Clifton’s father Edward Zachariah Thomas Coon was born in Brookhaven and died in that area. Edward’s father John Lewis Coon was born there and died in Lincoln County. Bits of information discovered while researching the Coons is humorous at times and sad at other times; however, the information gives a glimpse into the lives of the Coon family.
Analyzing census records and the information for a family reveals information that individual family members most likely didn’t know future generations would be reading. Recently I was looking at the census for Harris C. Coon, brother of Clifton C. Coon. On the 1900 Beat 1, Lincoln County, Mississippi census Harris’ father had remarried after the death of his first wife Jane. His wife was A. Colferna Coward widow. While researching Colferna, the records show she was married to Elijah Coward. Colferna had a fourteen-year-old daughter H. Nancy Coward listed on the 1900 Beat 1 Lincoln County census with Z T Edward Coon and A. Colferna his spouse. After analyzing the information on this census the conclusion is that Harris C. Coon married his step-sister.
What happened to Nancy Coward Coon is a mystery that will take more research. For now, her where about and death date are unknown. Harris C. Coon died 18 December 1958 in Lincoln County, Mississippi and is interred in the Union Baptist Church Cemetery in Lincoln County where his father and other Coon family members are interred.