Born 22 Sept 1838 in Herdorf, Prussia, Pauline was the first born child of Peter and Maria Margaretha Wisser.
You will need a magnifier after clicking on the above image of Pauline’s baptism as enlarging any further causes too much distortion. One can clearly read her name, those of her parents Peter Wisser and Maria Margaretha Wickel, and Peter’s brother Gerlach, who served as Pauline’s Godfather. This is important to remember as Pauline is inexplicably listed in some census records as Caroline. There can be no question however that Pauline and Caroline are the same person.
Pauline arrived in America with her family on the bark Stadt Antwerpen in January of 1848, and lived with her family at Guth’s Station, Pennsylvania until her marriage in 1860. It is unfortunate that the culture of the time largely relegated women to the back bench. We would be happy to present more information about Pauline. Exhaustive research has led to a lot of information about her family, but scant information about Pauline. So we will present what we know about Pauline’s family in the hope that something more will turn up about the eldest child of Peter and Mary.
History Of Lehigh County (published 1914), states that Pauline ” married Abraham Kuhns of Catasauqua.”
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On page 764, of HISTORY OF LEHIGH COUNTY, we find the following entry on Abraham Fenstermacher Koons:
*It is important to understand that although documents such as HISTORY OF LEHIGH COUNTY are important tools to research genealogy, they are not without error. The above entry is a case in point. In the entry the author states that Pauline was the daughter of Daniel Wisser, (who had emigrated from Prussia and settled in Whitehall township.). In fact it was Peter who came from Prussia, not Daniel. Here the author has confused Daniel and Peter. Any other information one can find on both Daniel and Peter proves that this was an error.
Though we have not as yet found a document of their marriage, we have found their household in an online copy of the 1870 census. It reveals some interesting details. Firstly there are the details which verify this is the Pauline Wisser referred to as the daughter of Peter Wisser in History Of Lehigh County. For instance, place of birth is listed as Prussia. Father and mother are both checked as foreign born. Here we see that Abraham was at this time engaged in the manufacture of cigars. The next documentation of Pauline is an online reference to the 1880 census in which we find she and Abraham still residing in Catasauqua with their four children, Edwin C., Albert A., Milton H. and Franklin T. If you click on Abraham’s name you see that his occupation is now listed as Justice Of The Peace.
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It is interesting to note that Pauline (Wisser) Koons and her sister Elizabeth (Wisser) Sacks were next door neighbors as the Sacks residence was directly next door to the left.
The Allentown Leader, Saturday, December 28, 1895
Squire Abraham F. Koons is seriously ill suffering from heart disease.
The 1900 census shows Pauline residing with her oldest son, Edwin C. Koons. Abraham died in February 1898.
The Allentown Democrat, February 23, 1898
DEATH OF SQUIRE ABRAHAM F. KOONS. OF CATASAUQUA
“Abraham F. Koons, one of the most prominent Justices of the Peace in Lehigh county, died Monday evening of last week at his home in Catasauqua, aged 61 years. He had been in his office about half an hour before be expired. He was for several years in the mercantile trade, but for the last thirty years was in the insurance business. In 1875 be was elected Justice of the Peace. He was prominent in Masonic circles, and was identified with several local enterprises. Besides his wife, four sons survive, as well as two brothers and a sister. The deceased…”
The 1910 census reveals that Pauline, now 70 years of age has abdicated her role as head of household and is now living with her son and his wife, Mary and her grandson, Edwin H.
Below is an entry in “History of Catasauqua, Pa. published in 1914. The chapter title was Professional Men.
If Abraham was orphaned at the age of eight, then it is reasonable to speculate that we have found him in the census of 1850. Without means to verify, we are doing just that.
We are speculating here that Owen Kuntz is the older brother of both Abraham and John Kuntz (later, Koons).
The following passage from A History of Catasauqua in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania (1914) by James F. Lambert and Henry J. Reihard
shows that Abraham did have a brother named John, and we believe this is the same John that is in the 1850 census.
“The building occupied by the Heckenberger Drug Store and the Miss A. E. Schieler Millinery Company was erected by Frederick Eberhard in 1859. The store room on the corner of Front and Mulberry Streets was occupied first by Daniel Davis and Company of Easton, who conducted a general store. Then followed Mr. Baird. After him came A. F. and John W. Koons, as the Koons Brothers, and then William Miller.”
The sons of Abraham and Pauline were accomplished men in their own right. The following entry in HISTORY OF LEHIGH COUNTY describes The Lawrence Social Club the boys belonged to in their youth. It suggests part of the reason for their future success.
–Edwin C Koons
Edwin partnered in real estate and insurance business interests with his father. When Abraham died, Edwin succeeded him as Justice Of The Peace, though he continued on as a business man simultaneously. He married Mary Hohl, daughter of Henry Hohl of Allentown in 1907. They were the parents of two sons: Edwin H. and Carl A. They also had a daughter, Dorothy, who died aged 4 months.
The Allentown Leader, Saturday, February 12, 1916
LOST THEIR ONLY DAUGHTER BY DEATH Justice of the Peace and Mrs. Edwin C. Koons were sadly afflicted this morning, when their only daughter, Dorothy C. Koons, passed away at their home. No. 146 Front Street, aged four months and twenty-eight days. The infant had been ill for two weeks with pneumonia. Besides the bereaved parents two brothers, Edwin and Carl, survive. – , The funeral will be held on Tuesday afternoon with services at the house at 2 o’clock. Interment will be made privately In Fairview Cemetery.
The Allentown Leader, February 23, 1898
A SENSATION IN CATASAUQUA
Lawyer of the Opinion That the Last Election Wasn’t Legally Conducted.
The fact that Edwin C Koons has for the last few days been circulating a petition in Catasauqua to be forwarded to Governor Hastings asking for his appointment as Justice of the Peace In the First Ward of that borough, to succeed his father, the late Squire Abraham F. Koons, has brought several Allentown lawyers to look into the law of the matter and incidentally they have come to the conclusion that the recent election in Catasauqua was a failure…
The Allentown Leader, Thursday, February 18, 1909
SQUIRES ELECTED. These aldermen and justices of the peace were elected on Tuesday: Aldermen Ninth Ward, R. L. Schif-fert, D.; Tenth Ward, H. M. Heilman, D. Justices Emaus, A. R. Weaver, D.; Catasauqua, Edwin C. Koons
President: Catasauqua Building and Loan Association:
–Albert A Koons
Albert was a well known insurance agent in Pennsylvania and New York. He authored “Koon’s Illustrated History Of The Lehigh Valley” published in 1893 (from which many of the accompanying photos were taken) . The 1900 census shows that Albert was married and was then living in Rochester, New York. Albert later removed to New York City. Albert and his wife Hallie joined the ministry in later life. They were active in the Rescue Mission movement.
The Allentown Leader, Saturday, October 22, 1904
MR. KOONS MOVES TO NEW YORK.
“Albert A. Koons, formerly of Rochester, N. Y., eldest son of the late Squire A. F. Koons of Catasauqua, for many years in the insurance business, has moved to New York, taking up his residence at 155 West Twenty-Second Street, and will open a general life insurance office on lower Broadway. Mr. Koons is a hustler in the business and was one of the largest producers in this state, but finding a wider field in the metropolis has made his headquarters in New York. He is thoroughly versant in every feature of the calling, and his success has been very creditable and inspiring. In addition to being one of the best insurance men in the business Mr. Koons is a leader in the Rescue Mission movement.”
The Allentown Leader, Tuesday, April 25, 1905
Albert A. Koons, formerly of Catasauqua and Allentown, who recently moved from Rochester to New York City, has been promoted to general agent by the Massachusetts Life Insurance Co., one of the oldest annual dividend payers in the United States. As an insurance man. Mr. Koons stands very high both in this region and New York in yearly writing volumes of business.
The Allentown Leader, Tuesday, April 23, 1907
MR. KOONS COMMENCED. FORMER ALLENTONIAN SUCCESSFUL AS INSURANCE MAN.
A. A. Koons, one of the veteran life insurance underwriters, is meeting with his usual satisfactory results. His agency for the Bankers’ Life Association of Des Moines, la., wrote during 1906 $3,300,000 new, paid-for business. Mr. Koons continues In the very exclusive class of writing, personally over $300,000 paid for business during that time. For the first quarter of 1907 the business exceeds by 20 per cent, the same quarter of last year. “Our congratulations to Manager A. A. Koons,” says the Insurance Critic. “We are pleased to note that our former townsman is keeping up his old-time reputation as one of tho most successful personal writers of life insurance, which is very pleasing to his host of friends here.
The Allentown Leader, Tuesday, June 4, 1907
MR. KOONS IN TOWN. Albert A. Koons of New York City, state agent of the Bankers’ Life Association of Des Moines, la., transacted business in Allentown yesterday, while enroute to Scranton. But one company In the whole United States, fraternals excepted, doing an exclusively life Insurance business, gained more “insurance In force” than the Bankers’ Life Association during the year 1906.
The Allentown Leader, Tuesday, August 4, 1914
A. A. Koons, the well-known life insurance man, stopped off in this city Sunday while on a business trip out from New York.
The Allentown Leader, Thursday, October 12, 1916
A. A. Koons of New York, who recently took up evangelistic work, is visiting his mother, Mrs. A. F. Koons, Front Street.
Albert and Hallie were laid to rest in the family plot at Fairview Cemetery, Catasauqua.
-Milton H Koons
Milton was a pharmacist in Allentown He operated Koons Drug Store in Allentown at Fifth and Gordon Sts. until 1897 when he sold it.
The Allentown Democrat, April 23, 1890
“Mr. Milton H. Koons, of Catasauqua graduated on Thursday from the Philadelphia College or Pharmacy.”
The Allentown Leader
Oct. 22, 1897
“Dr. Joseph B. Blank, of Wilkes-Barre, has purchased Koons’ drug store at Fifth and Gordon Streets and took possession today.”
Milton moved on to become the owner of a laundry business in Catasauqua.
The Allentown Leader, Sunday, October 1, 1898
CATASAUQUA NEWS The Empire Steam Laundry put a handsome new delivery wagon on the road this week. The wagon reflects credit on the owner, Milton Koons.
The Allentown Leader on 14 March 1903
“Milton Koons, proprietor of the Empire steam- laundry, is the proud owner of a fine new horse for his delivery team.”
The Allentown Leader Thursday, May 2, 1901
Milton H. Koons, proprietor of the Empire Steam Laundry, has rented Catasauqua Horse stables, where he will keep his horses and teams.
He married Cora Guth, daughter of Moses and Mary Guth. The obituary of his mother-in-law is interesting:
The Allentown Morning Call – Wednesday, 05 August 1914
MRS. MARY A. GUTH
Mrs. Mary A Guth, widow of Moses Guth, died Tuesday morning at 8 o’clock of a stroke of apoplexy, aged seventy-five years, two months and fourteen days. Mrs. Guth was born in Boyertown April 21, 1839, daughter of the late Charles Mickley, and his wife, nee Fegley. She was the granddaughter of John Jacob Mickley, who in Revolutionary times carted the Liberty Bell from Philadelphia to Allentown. Mrs. Mickley’s father at the time was only a small boy, but had often repeated to his daughter how he remembered riding along with his father on the historic journey. There survive two children, a son Harry C. Guth, with whom she resided, at 118 South Penn street, and a Milton Koons. The funeral will be held on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock from her late home, with burial in Union Cemetery.
–Frank T Koons
Frank was a watchmaker and jeweler who lived and conducted business in Allentown. He married Georgiana Schoenfelder of Rochester, New York in 1893.
The Allentown Leader Dec. 29 1905
THIEF SMASHES SHOW WINDOW. THROWS BRICK INTO KOONS’ JEWELRY STORE. The smasher of jewelry store windows, who operated in Reading over Christmas, has evidently transferred himself to Allentown. Last evening about 11 o’clock the Reading thief or some other operator like him, equally as bold, threw a brick into the window at the jewelry store of Frank T. Koons at 915 Hamilton Street. George Remaley, living opposite, heard the crash and raising his window saw the thief run up Hamilton and disappear up Fountain Street. Rushing across the street Mr. Remaley saw the pane smashed and a brick inside. Mr. Remaley rang the bell at the Koons house, and was answered by Mr. Koons, who had also heard the crash, but had thought that something had “fallen in the cellar of the house”, and had been .investigating there. The police department was at once notified, and Officer Wambold sent there. Investigaion showed that nothing was missing but one bracelet, all jewelry of any value having been placed in the safe at closing time. There are arc lights both at Ninth and at Fountain Streets, and the thief showed great nerve. Mr. Remaly says he was a man about five feet six inches tall, of medium build, and wore a light cap.
The Allentown Leader, Wednesday, December 6, 1916
Abraham F. Koons, the jeweler, formerly with Frank T. Koons, has entered the employ of F. S. Musselman, 22 North Sixth St.
They also had a son named Edwin who died at the age of three.
The Allentown Leader, Friday, March 18, 1904
DIED AT CATASAUQUA. Edwin G. Koons, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Koons of 915 Hamilton Street, died Thursday evening, of scarlet fever, at the home of his grandmother, Mrs. A. F. Koons, Catasauqua, aged 3 years and 7 months. About two weeks ago, owing to scarlet fever in the family, the child was taken to Catasauqua, where it became ill with the disease. Private funeral Saturday at 1.30 p. m. from the home of the grandmother, No, 146 Front Street, Catasauqua. Short services in the chapel on Fairview Cemetery, West Catasauqua. Interment will be made there.
Though there is a grave site for Georgianna at Fairview, There is no stone for Frank. Whether or not Frank is buried there is unknown.
The following are advertisements contained in the book “Koon’s Illustrated History Of The Lehigh Valley” compiled by Albert A Koons.
Pauline and Abraham Koons, as well as several of their family members are buried at Fairview Cemetery, Catasauqua, PA.