George W. Coon, a Wayne Township farmer, was born May 2, 1825, the eldest of seven children born to Jacob and Margaret (McDaniel) Coon. Jacob Coon was born and reared in Harrison County, Ky., receiving a limited school education. He removed from Kentucky when about twenty-one years of age to Rush County, Ind., where he began farming for himself. About 1824, he was married to Miss Margaret McDaniel of Kentucky. After their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Coon began farming for themselves on rented ground and lived here about fourteen years. He then moved to Franklin County, Ind., where he began teaming, remaining at this occupation about three years, when he moved to Wabash County, Ind., where he remained but one year, when he again moved to Huntington County, where in the meantime he had bought a farm and lived here until his death, which occurred in 1882; Mrs. Coon dying a few months earlier than her husband. Mr. Coon in early days was a Whig, later a Republican, and belonged to the Christian Church. Our subject was born and reared in Rush County, Ind., until he was seventeen years of age, when he removed with his parents to Wabash County, Ind. In the following year he removed with his father to Huntington County, where he remained with his father helping him to clear his farm until he was twenty-three years of age, when he was then married to Miss Elizabeth Harrell, of Huntington County. After their marriage he began farming for himself on rented ground for about two or three years. He then purchased forty acres of land in the woods, which he began clearing and farming. He also owned a threshing machine, which he ran during the fall of the year. Mr. Coon has lived in Huntington County about forty-four years, and is a Republican in politics. In 1863 he enlisted in the Eleventh Indiana Calvary, Company L, and remained in the army about twenty-two months, when he was discharged and returned home, and again he began farming, which business he has carried on ever since. He belongs to the G. A. R. Post of Mt. Etna. Unto Mr. and Mrs. Coon eight children have been born to bless their home: Martha, Jacob, John, Moses, Levi, Jessie L., Margaret A. and George W. Mr. and Mrs. Coon are good people and well respected by the community.
History of Huntington County, Indiana. (Brant & Fuller: Chicago, IL) 1887. Biographical Sketches of Wayne Township, p. 878 and 879.