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Pvt Isaac J Coon
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Birth: Mar. 12, 1843
Madison County
Ohio, USA
Death: Dec. 7, 1908
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA

Private ISAAC J. COON, Co. F, 86th Illinois Infantry

Isaac J. Coon was born on March 12, 1843, the son of John Coon, who was born in 181o in Canada, and Chloe (Cox) Coon, who was born in 1816 in Canada. By 1834, the Coon family is residing in Cuhahoga County, Ohio near Cleveland. By 1840, the Coon family has moved to Madison County, Ohio and in the 1850's the family has moved on west, where they have settled near Maquon, Illinois in Knox County.

On July 29, 1862, Isaac's older brother, David John Coon volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Maquon, Illinois by a well known local Carpenter, Contractor and Businessman by the name of James L. Burkhalter for service in the Union Army. On August 6, Isaac went onto town and signed the volunteer rolls for Burkhalter's growing company. On the last day of recruiting, August 11, 1862, Isaac's older brother, William Spencer Coon signed his name to the rolls. At the time they volunteered, Isaac and David state that they are farming for a living, while William states that he is working as a Miner.

By the evening of the 11th day of August, 1862, Burkhalter had about 100 volunteers. The following day, Burkhalter led the Maquon company on a long march into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. There on August 27, 1862, Burkhalter was elected by the men of the Maquon company to be their Captain and Captain Burkhalter and 93 of his volunteers were mustered in as Co. F of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry.

On September 7, 1862, the men of the 86th Illinois marched of the gates of Camp Lyon, Capt. James L. Burkhalter leading Co. F, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana, located across the Ohio River from Louisville. Three weeks later, the men of the 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, in pursuit of Confederate troops. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the coming years. After the Union victory at Perryville, the Confederate Army withdrew from Kentucky and McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where they went into winter camp.

During those first few months in the field, the poor diet and living conditions took a great toll on the green troops in the field. Even before the 86th left Camp Joe Holt, many of the troops were ill. Many more became ill before the 86th arrived in Nashville. Many of these troops were left behind in Army Hospitals in Louisville, Kentucky when the 86th left for Perryville or were sent back to the Army Hospitals in Louisville after the Battle of Perryville. One of these troops that was either left behind or sent back to the Army Hospitals before the 86th got too far into Tennessee was Private David John Coon, the first member of the Coon family to volunteer. At the hospital, whatever his ailment, his condition did not improve. Finally on October 31, 1862, the Army Doctors thought it best to let David out of the service and let him return to his family in hopes that with the help of family and home cooking his condition would improve. So on October 31, 1862, Private David John Coon was discharged from the service for disability and he returned to his home and family in Knox County. Whatever his ailment, David continued to struggle with health issues on through the winter and spring of 1862/63 and on June 30, 1863, Private David John Coon died. He is believed to have died at Yates City, Illinois and his earthly remains were laid to rest in the Uniontown Cemetery in Knox County, Illinois, not far from Farmington, Illinois.

During the next two and a half years, Privates Isaac J. Coon and William Spencer Coon and the men of the 86th served in on with the 86th in Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina and North Carolina. During this time, they were witness to and participants in numerous battles and skirmishes, some of the bloodiest fighting in the Western Theatre of the war, including the Battles of Chicakamauga, Georgia; Resaca, Georgia; Rome, Georgia, Kennesaw Mountain, Georgia; Peach Tree Creek, Georgia; Jonesboro, Georgia; to name a few and they marched with Sherman to the Sea. They were still there in May of 1865 in Washington City (now D.C.) on the second day of the Grand Review as Sherman's boys marched down Pennsylvania Avenue. On June 6, 1865, when they were mustered out of the service, Private Isaac J. Coon and Private William S. Coon were among the last 40 men who still remained with Co. F. Shortly afterward they were on a train bound for Chicago and shortly after arriving in Chicago, they were headed for home and family in Knox County.

Isaac J. Coon was married to Margaret E. Rickertt on November 7, 1872, in Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa. Margaret E. Rickerett was born about 1851 in Indiana.

Seven children are known to have been born to Isaac and Margaret. They are;
1. John E.Coon; born c. 1870 in Iowa.
2. Nellie Ann Coon, born c. 1874 in Iowa.
3. Spencer Coon, born c. 1880 in Nebraska.
4. Chloe Ovanda Coon, born 29 Oct 1883 in Nebraska.
5. Irene J. Coon, born 23 May 1887 in Nebraska.
6. Mary G. "Elma" Coon, born 3 Dec 1890 in Nebraska.
7. Minnie Alice Coon, born 4 Jul 1893 in Nebraska.

Isaac and Margaret are known to have moved the family from Iowa to Nebraska sometime between 1875 and 1880. There they settled in Omaha, Nebraska in Douglas County. The family is found there at the time of the 1880 census. Isaac is employed as a raftsman, probably working on the Missouri River.
Private Isaac J. Coon died on December 7, 1908 in Omaha, Nebraska of a thrombosis in the left coronary artery. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Forest Lawn Cemetery. His last known address was at the corner of Fortieth St. and Poppleton Avenue in Omaha. The whereabouts of the remains Margaret E. (Rickerett) Coon are unknown at this writing.

by Baxter Fite and Fran Denny

(Baxter and Fran would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants, who might be able to help us with missing information or that might be able to add to the biography of Private Isaac J. Coon or of the Coon family. Baxter and Fran would also love to get copies of any pictures that may still exist of Isaac or his brothers, especially any showing them in uniform from their days in the 86th for their Find A Graves sites and for the local Historical Societies.) 
Family links: 
  John Coon (1810 - ____)
  Chloe Cox Coon (1816 - 1886)
  Spencer Coon (1880 - 1880)*
  William Spencer Coon (1834 - 1915)*
  David John Coon (1840 - 1863)*
  Isaac J Coon (1843 - 1908)
*Calculated relationship
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
Maintained by: Fran Denny
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Record added: Jan 20, 2008
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In honor of my relative Isaac Coon who served in the Civil War
- Fran Denny
 Added: May. 26, 2014
Rest in peace.
- Fran Denny
 Added: Nov. 11, 2013
In memory of Uncle Isaac.
- Fran Denny
 Added: Apr. 26, 2013
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