|Birth: ||Feb. 9, 1819|
|Death: ||Aug. 11, 1860|
Aged 40 yrs, wife of Isaac Coon, Coles Co., Illinois. Susan (Susannah) died from the complications of childbirth while on the way to California from Coles County, Illinois. The child, Robert E. Coon, born Aug. 9th, survived and was taken on to California by his father, with the aid of other members of the party. Frank Dunn, a stonecutter traveling with the wagon train, spent the night carving the original headstone from native rock. An additional grave marker was subsequently placed by Susan's descendants. This is one of the very few emegrant graves along the overland trail with its original headstone.
Chico Enterprise, Wednesday, October 7, 1931: "Pioneers Grave Found After Hunt of Half Century. Ending a search of more than a half century, relatives of Mrs. Susan Coon, who died in a wagon train at Little Antelope Springs near Lovelock, Nevada, have located the grave of the pioneer woman who died at the age of 40 giving birth to Robert M. Coon, now a rancher in the Dayton district. That was on August 11, 1860, and until the grave was found Coon was never certain of the exact place of his birth, though he had information that it was either in Utah, Nevada, California. The discovery was made Sunday by a party headed by S. G. Lewis, local grocery man, grandson of
Isaac and Susan Coon, and including Orel Richardson of Chico, grand nephew of the couple; Mrs. Martha E. Lewis, 78, of Dayton, a daughter; Mrs. Frances Duffield of Corning, 82, and Mrs. Mary Jane Richardson of Chico, 77, the latter two nieces. All of the three women are among the few still living who crossed the plains in the wagon train as children. Others still living include Albert William Coon of Dayton, Emmett Coon of Durham, Robert M. Coon of Dayton and Maggie Coon of Chico. Actual discovery of the grave was made by Lewis while other members of the party were inspecting the ground near Little Antelope Spring. Many attempts had been made to locate the grave
through the years that have passed through systematic searches of the country all the way from Susanville, California to Lovelock, Nevada. The grave which was under a juniper tree on a little knoll a short distance from
Little Antelope Spring, was identified by a sand stone marker on one side of which was chiseled, "Susan Coon, wife of Isaac Coon, died August 11, 1860, aged 40 years." On one side of the stone was carved the words, 'Colds [sic; should read Coles] County, Ill., indicating the birthplace. The women who had been in the immigrant train when Mrs. Coon died recognized the place of the burial immediately when they arrived there Sunday and an intensive search soon revealed the lonely grave, although it had been 71 years since they had seen the spot."
Isaac Coon (1823 - 1865)*
America E. Coon (1846 - 1863)*
Mary Marilda Coon Fritter (1848 - 1886)*
Caroline Panama Coon (1849 - 1863)*
Perry Matson Coon (1852 - 1882)*
Martha Ellen Coon Lewis (1853 - 1949)*
Albert William Coon (1858 - 1941)*
Robert Michael Coon (1860 - 1941)*
Majuba Mountain Cemetery (Coon Gravesite)
Plot: Coon Gravesite
Created by: David M. Habben
Record added: Jul 28, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11436014
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