EZRA COON, famer, section 7, Big Prairie Township, was born June 30, 1814, in Malta, Saratoga Co., N.Y. His father, Jeremiah Coon, was of English lineage and was born i the town of Half Moon, Saratoga Co., N.Y., Aug. 31, 1785, and his mother, Sally (Talmage) Coon, was a native of Malta, born about 1791, of English parentage.
Mr. Coon came to Michigan in 1833 and stayed one year at Trenton, Wayne County. Then he returned to his native State and remained until 1837, when he again came to Michigan and prepared for a permanent settlement, by the purchase of 80 acres of land at Gibraltar, Wayne County, where he was interested in farming until 1847, when he sold his farm and removed to Branch County. He was a resident of Coldwater, about 30 years, and in 1878 came to Newaygo County. He bought his homestead of 87 1/4 acres of land and has since given his time and energies to its cultivation and improvement. He is an adherent of the principles and issues of the National party.
Caroline (Parks) Coon was born at Chatham, Columbia Co., N.Y., Jan. 2, 1824. She is the daughter of James H. and Sally (Rowland) Parks, both of whom were natives of New York. The father was born in 1793 and died Aug. 10, 1865. The mother was born about 1803, and died Sept. 19, 1876, in Lyons, Wayne Co., N.Y., where her husband died a few years earlier. Mr. and Mrs. Coon were married June 28, 1843, in lYons, and have been the parents of four children. They are James T., Frank P. and Willis Fitch, living. Ada W., only daughter and third child, is deceased.