COONS, ALFRED H., 1840-1925.
Papers, 1876-1920.


EXTENT:  1 cubic ft. (2 legal size archive boxes)

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CITATION:  Alfred H. Coons Papers, MSS 279, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University.

Biographical Note

The Reverend Alfred H. Coons was born on March 3, 1840 in Elizaville, New York. He began his college courses at Troy University until it closed during the Civil War, so Coons relocated to continue his studies at Union College in Schenectady. He attended seminary in Ashland, New York, and when the school was burned down he resumed his course work at Claverick College.

Coons joined the New York Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1869 and continued to serve churches throughout New York until his retirement in 1912. In 1892 Coons was elected by the New York Conference as a delegate to General Conference, and in 1893 he was a member of the Advisory Council of the World Parliament of Religions which met in Chicago.

Coons married Hannah J. Buckley in 1860 and together they had seven children. After Hannah’s death in 1892, he married Julia Wakeman and they had one child together. Alfred H. Coons died in Kingston, New York on November 25, 1925.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists primarily of sermons preached by Alfred H. Coons. The sermons are predominately based on scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments. There are also sermons on specific topics such as the Civil War, Ignatius Loyola and Jesuitism, religious instruction in public schools, the death of Abraham Lincoln, Decoration Day, Temperance Reform, Martin Luther, and self improvement. Also included in the collection are Coons’s personal diary from 1883, the New York Conference Book of Minutes from 1889, and a biography of Coons written by his son Paul W. Coons.

Box/Folder      Description                                  		Dates
1/1		Biography written by Paul W. Coons (son)		n.d.
1/2 New York Conference minutes 1889
1/3 Personal Diary 1883

1/4 Acts 1894-1917
1/5 Chronicles 1882-1914
1/6 Corinthians 1894-1916
1/7 Daniel 1881-1916
1/8 Ecclesiastes, Ezekial, and Exodus 1887-1913
1/9 Habakkuk n.d.
1/10 Isaiah n.d.
1/11 James, Joel, Joshua, Jude, and Judges 1896-1915
1/12 John 1882-1916
1/13 I John 1878-1913
1/14 Luke 1886-1914
1/15 Mark 1886-1903
2/1 Matthew 1886-1920
2/2 Micah 1914-1916
2/3 Proverbs 1887-1913
2/4 Psalms 1884-1915
2/5 Revelation 1885-1915
2/6 Romans 1880-1897
2/7 Samuel 1898-1915
2/8 Thessalonians 1887-1894
Special Occasions:
2/9 Address on Washington 1901
2/10 Children’s Day 1894
2/11 Cornerstone laying at Phoenicia 1883
2/12 Decoration Day 1876-1916
2/13 Dedication of new pipe organ 1915
2/14 Missionary address n.d.
2/15 Preached before Ward Post [Civil War troops] 1906
2/16 Ulster Co. Bible Society 1883
2/17 Abraham Lincoln, Centenary. 1909-1914
2/18 Church records 1893
2/19 Hopeful views of Temperance Reform n.d.
2/20 How to make the most of one’s self 1886-1909
2/21 Loyola and Jesuitism n.d.
2/22 Luther and Loyola n.d.
2/23 Notes 1907
2/24 Religious instruction in public schools n.d.
2/25 The preacher in his study n.d.

Last Modified: 04/01/2005