|Nicknames:||"Coons", "Cuntze", "Kuntz", "Cuntz", "Counts"|
|Death:||Died in Augusta,,Virginia,USA|
About Johannes "John" Michael Cuntze
History of the Descendents of John Koontz. by Lowell Koontz
(6327 Phyllis Lane, Alexandria VA 22312), 1979.
"JOHN (CUNTZ) KOONTZ
thought to be the son of immigrant Joseph Cuntz and AnnaGertrud
Reinschmidt, married Anna Elisabetha Catherine Stoever,
daughter of Reverand John Casper Stoever, Sr. On 25 June1738 at
Earltown, Pa. by Reverand John Casper Stoever, Jr. (Itef.203,
p. 56) (Ref. 202, p. 93)
John born 18 Apr. 1706 Niederndorf, Germany, died after1745,
the last year any records can be found on John andElizabeth. On
5 Aug. 1745 John of Frederick Co. sold 195 acres of land to
Lewis Stephens and Elizabeth surrendered her dower on 6 Aug.
(Ref. Fredericls Co. D.B. 1, pp. 227 & 229)
Descendants of our lineage believe the father of John wasJoseph
Cuntz, as named above, the 1714 Germanna immigrant. Evidence
seems to indicate Joseph was John's father but as Joseph'swill
does not mention his son, John, there is no proof. (Ref.202,
pp. 104 & 105) The evidence that associates John Cuntz asthe
son of the Germanna immigrant Joseph Cuntz is as follows:
(A) Holtzolaw (Ref. 202, p. 93) lists John born 18 Apr. 1706in
Niederndorf, Germany as the son of Jost Kuntze (JosephKoontz)
and first wife, Anna Gertrud Reinschmidt, the daughter ofMartin
Reinschmidt of Lower Wilden.
(B) Immigrant Joseph Cuntz is listed with his second wife,
Katherina, and his son John Annalis (sic) and Kathrina his
daughter (Ref. 209, p. 370) and also a daughter Elizabeth(Ref.
202, p. 93) This establishes the fact Joseph had a son,John, he
brought to America. The (sic) indicates that Annalis was nota
part of his name at all but was part of his sister's name,Anna
Elizabeth, and that the original record was in German andthis
mistake has been made in translation. (Ref. 17, p. 282)
(C) Johanes Coones or Johannes Cuntz (two differentspellings on
ship list) age 24 arrived in the port of Philadelphia 30Nov.
1730 on the ship "Joyce. " Presented to the Court of
Philadelphia were the names of 24 Palatines, who with their
families made about 52 persons that were imported on theship
"Joyce" from Europe by Captain Atilliam Ford oi Boston.(Ref.
201, pp. 37 & 38) This may cxplain why Joseph Cuntz did notlist
his son, John, in his will as his son may have returned to
Germany before returning to America in Nov. Of 1730.
(D) John married the daughter of John Casper Stoever, Sr.the
pastor Of the Hebron Church founded by the 1717 GermannaColony.
John Casper Stoever, Sr. came from Germany via England and
Pennsylvania to Virginia, where he had been licensed byGovernor
Spotswood to become pastor of the Lutheran Church now inMadison
Co., Va. but then in Spotsylvania Co. (Ref. 205, p. 62) The
Orange Co. W.B. 1, pp. 237-238 lists Elizabeth CatherineCuntze
as a daughter and one of the heirs of Reverand John Casper
License of Rev. Stoever
Tue, 17 Oct 2000 05:56:49 -0400
When Rev. John Caspar Stoever started his work in the Robinson River
Valley, Spotswood had been gone from Williamsburg for more than tenyears
so could hardly have licensed Stoever. In addition, none of theministers
were licensed by the colony.
(E) Joseph Cuntze's will was dated 18 Oct. 1730 and probated10
Feb. 1731 Stafford Co. W.B. 1729-48, p. 22 (Ref. 202, p. 93)as
Joseph died early in 1731 and was possibly in failing healthin
1730. This adds reason to the return of John to America onthe
It has not been possible to establish that John did returnto
Europe but in light of the above evidence it is believedthat
John is, in fact, the son of Joseph Cuntz the 1714immigrant.
John Cuntz and his wife moved from Pa. to Frederick Co., Va
after their marriage. John Koontz of Orange Co. was deeded195
acres by John Branson of Orange Co. on 23 June 1739. (OrangeCo.
D B 3, p. 191) This land now is located in Frederick Co.,Va.
after the change in the boundary (1738-43). While they were
living at Opequon, Va. located 4 to 5 miles S.S.W. of
Winchester, Va. their son John was born 26 Mar. 1739. (Ref.203,
p. 13) That this John born 26 Mar. 1739 was the later ElderJohn
Counts of the current Page Co. area has been wellestablished by
born C. Holtzelaw.
At Jobn's birth in what is now Frederick Co., Va. thesponsors
were Casper Stoever (the Uncle), Jacob Neuschanger, andlsfaria
Baumann. John and Anna Elizabeth Catherine, his wife, were
sponsors at Opequon 29 Apr. 1740 for John, son of Johann
Broband. (Ref. 203, p. 13)
"Jacob Neuschwanger, sponsor of the child John Cuntz in 1739
(Later Elder John Koontz), was the son-in-law of Melchior
Brumback, the 1714 Germanna colonist. " (Ref. 202, p . 105)
The last appearance of the couple in Frederick records was 6Aug
1745 when Elizabeth surrendered her dower."
Johannes "John" Cuntze's Timeline
April 18, 1706
Opequon, Frederick, VA, USA
June 25, 1728
Frederick, Virginia, USA
Page, VA, USA
March 26, 1738
Opequon, Frederick Co., Virginia, United States
Augusta, Virginia, United States