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Posted by: Paul R Wilkes (ID *****5617) Date: February 15, 2007 at 03:00:21
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There are various places on the Internet that connect GEORGE ADAM KOON III (b 1807 SC, d MS) with a second wife named OPILICHAH.

GEORGE is the father of six children, the first four of which are born in SC and seem clearly to be the result of his first marriage to SARAH CROMER in that state. There is then a gap of about 13-14 years followed by two more children. That is usually an indicator of a second marriage. The family moves from SC to GA to AL where OBIDIAH NOEL KOON and DAVID LUTHER KOON are born in 1853 and 1856 respectively (DAVID's gravestone gives his birth as 1850, but that's another issue). They all finally settle in MS without any further census indication of a wife/mother.

I would like to know the original supporting evidence for the name OPILICHAH. I have tried to contact everyone who has used that name to get their source and each one I have been able to reach says it came from someone else or doesn't remember.

For those interested in this family, I suggest you look at the census for 1850 in Gwinnett County GA. If your census records are not indexed, look in the 36th Subdivision, Goldstone (sp?) District. Find a page with bold 171 on the upper right. Look at the family at the bottom. Note GEORGE (with last name spelled COON) is there, SARAH CROMER is not. There is a 20-year-old female, ELIZA ANN, who is in no other censuses for this family. She is gone in the 1860 census (in AL), but is in the right place and the right time here in 1850 to perhaps be the mother of both OBIDIAH (three years later) and DAVID (six years later) following their move to AL. Unfortunately, the 1850 census does not indicate family relationships. Note, too, that the birth state for everyone is SC.

You can make what you will of the SKINNER (sp?) family living with the KOONS. GEORGE is listed as Farmer; the other man is listed as Laborer. Might just be a young couple with their 11-month-old child, living and working there. Note that man's entry in the last column as Convict.

I'm eager to work with anyone interested in this family in resolving the issue of OBIDIAH/DAVID's mother and of tracking down the OPILICHAH references.

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