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About John Counts, Sr.
Name: John Coons
Birth: 26 MAR 1739 in Opequon, Frederick County, Virginia
Death: 25 APR 1832 in Alma, Page County, Virginia
The so-called Culpeper Classes is a list of the militia in January of178 1. Each of the 106 classes is composed of thirteen or fourteennames. Th us, these lists furnish about fourteen hundred names ofmales, aged 16 t o 50.
Toward the end of 1780, the Revolutionary War was heating up in theSouthe rn colonies, and Virginia was in danger, and, a resource ofmanpower. T o provide men, a draft was instituted in Virginia. Thequota was divide d among the counties, and Culpeper Co. was assigned tosupply 106 men. Cu lpeper did this by dividing the militia into 106classes and then one ma n was selected (drafted) from each class.
Provisions were made for the drafted person to be replaced by anotherpers on. One could hire a substitute. Some classes avoided the draftaltogeth er by collectively hiring a man to serve as the draft from theclass. I n some cases, it appears that a relative served in place ofthe drafted pe rson, most likely because the drafted person was marriedor essential at h ome.
There has been some argument as to the significance of a nameappearing i n one of these Culpeper classes. For a while, somepatriotic organization s took the appearance of a name in these listsas meaning the man did serv ice for the cause of the Revolution. Atother times or places, the opinio n has been the lists are an"inventory" of middle-aged males in Culpeper C ounty. One had nocontrol over whether his name was entered there or not . In theory,one could have been a Tory and opposed to the Revolution whi le stillappearing in the lists.
Class number 34 is rich in Germanna names: Joseph Coones, Jr., JohnFishba ck (son of Jacob), Jacob Fishback, Jr., James Blackwell, JohnSpillman, Jo hn Matthais, James Burdett, Frederick Coones, John Young,Jr., Frederick F ishback (son of Fred), John Coons, Peter Kamper,William Button, and Harmo n Button. In the selection process,Frederick Coones was the draft, but T homas Blackwell substituted forFred Coones. In this case, I do not kno w if there was anyrelationship between the Coones and Blackwell. These n ames come fromaround Jeffersonton in the Little Neck district of Culpepe r Co.
History of the Descendents of John Koontz. by Lowell Koontz
(6327 Phyllis Lane, Alexandria VA 22312), 1979.
"Elder John Koontz is the son of John (Cuntz) Koontz andAnna
Elizabetha Catherine Stoever married Elizabeth Baker who wasa
sister to the second wife of Daniel Mauck who owned the farm
where died W. Brubaker once resided, and died in 1802.Elizabeth
Baker's father came to this country from London, England.(Ref.
10) John married Elizabeth in the early 1760's as his eldestson
Jacob was born 1764. (Ref. tombstone cemetery 82-A)
John born 26 Mar. 1739 in Opequon, Va. in Frederick Co., Va.
(Ref. 203, p. 13) He died 25 Apr. 1832 in Page Co. nearAlma,
Va. and buried in cemetery 73. The tombstone was removedfrom
the Koontz Shuler Cemetery by Carroll R. Shuler of Stanleyand
placed in a cement and rock memorial to the Reverand JohnKoontz
which stands in the Seekford Cemetery in Alma, Va. Intalking
with Carroll R. Shuler he stated that the body had not been
disinterred and that he had taken the tombstone from nearthe
center of the Koontz Shuler Cemetery where the body still
remains. The date on the limestone slab is hand carved andis
still quite lefible. The foregoing date is correct for it isnot
only listed on the tombstone that way but Elder John had awill
probated 28 AGay 1832. Two things have confused the issue:one,
Elder John had a son who died in 1831 and his son's will was
probated Dec., 1831 and secondly the Mill Creek Churchrecords
state death in the church since the beginning of the year1832
probably recording this at the end of that calendar year.The
church record states "Edward Holmes, Eld. John Koontz; since
1832, " meaning since 1832 began not before 1832.
It is not known when Elizabeth was born as her grave was not
marked by an engraved tombstone in the Koontz ShulerCemetery
but she died between 1825-1826 as the church records (Ref.18)
show her death in the list of deceased members just before
members known to have died in 1827. (Ref. 202, p. 100) Sheis
not listed in the 1830 census of Page Co. with her husband.
John, living near Winchester, Va. was impressed by themessage
of Baptist preachers and hence traveled to Fauquier Co. andwas
baptized there December, 1768. With his return to theWinchester
area he began preaching, and in November, 1770 he visitedhis
brother George who lived in the area of Mill Creek and soon
began preaching there. John continued to live nearWinchester
and visited lilill Creek. (Ref. 212, pp. 184-189, Ref. 18,Ref.
213, Ref 214) He converted Martin Kaufman It from theMennonite
religion to the Baptist faith. Martin Kaufman's father,SIartin
Eaufman I, was a Mennonite minister who came to the valleyfrom
Lancaster Co., Penn and on 23 Feb. 1736 bought the landalong
the Shenandoah River uhere Route 211 crosses it. (Ref. 94)John
Koontz and Martin Kaufman II both could speak German andEnglish
and were very successful preachers and by 1772 had organizeda
Baptist congregation. John was ordained a minister andgained
his title of Elder John Koontz betueen 17721775. (Ref. 212,pp.
184-189) In October, 1776 John Countz was deeded 86 acres of
landin Shenandoah Co., that section that later became PageCo.
(Ref. 215 "B", p. 426) It is thought John Counts came tolive in
the Mill Creek section about this same time.
[Monument to Elder John Koontz - This inscription isinscribed
on the memorial: "In Memory of Elder John Koontz died Apr.25,
1832 between 80 and 90 sic, (93) years of age, No primitive
Baptist preacher suffered more at the hands of opposers, No
primitive Baptist preacher surpassed him in his devotion tohis
Lord and his people. Like Abraham of old Elder Koontz was
"Strong in the faith, giving glory to God; and being fully
persuaded that what he had promised he was able also toperform,
Rom. 4:20. "]
Elder John Koontz was pastor of the Mill Creek BaptistChurch
for about 50 years. German Mennonites from Pennsylvania sent
several preachers to the Valley to work against Elder Johnand
the Baptist movement. Some of the local people opposed Elder
John Koontz more physically. Once while he was on his way to
preach he was seized on the road by a mob and was severely
beaten. He was later seized and threatened with imprisonmentfor
preaching without authorization. (Ref. 202, pp. 242-247)John
Countz and Martin Kaufman were so successful in converting
Mennonites to Baptist that there are very few Mennonitesfound
in Page Co., Va. today. On 25 Aug. 1785 John Counts obtained
certification to perform marriages bom Shenandoah Co., Va.and
signed his name clearly Counts.
In the year 1805 there was a disagreement in the practice of
slavery which resulted in Martin Kaufman, Lewis Seits, and
Samuel Comer separating from the Mill Creek Church with agroup
of followers that moved to Fairfield Co., OH. The churchthere
was called Pleasant Run and in 1806 the OH Association ofwhich
Pleasant Run was a member stated the following "We do notwish
to correspond with any association or church that does in
principle or practice hold involuntary slavery. " Not farfrom
Granville in OH is a small place caHed Luray after Luray,Va.
There is also a Luray in Fayette Co., OH. (Ref. 17, pp.272-275)
Elder John Koontz and his wife Elizabeth are found in the
following Deeds of Shenandoah Co., Va. (1) Oct. 1776 David
Coffman of Dunmore Co. to John Countz of Dunmore Co. 86acres as
listed before. (Ref. 215 Book "B", p. 4263 (Note: Part of
Shenandoah Co. was known as Dumnore Co. till 1778. ) (2)March
24, 1784 Christian Bumgardner to John Countz 2 acres on
Hawksbill Creek. (Ref. 215 Book "E", p. 49) (3) March 29,1786
John Koontz to Daniel Mauck 86 acres sold him by Coffman and
deed signed by John's wife Elizabeth. Ref. 215 Book "F", p.16)
(4) Aug. 31, 1786 Lewis Bibber sic (Biedler)and Barbara hiswife
to John Koontz 127 acres. (Ref. 215 Book "F", pv 239) (5)June
14, 1806 John Koontz, Sr. and Elizabeth his wfe to IsaacKoontz
134 acres bought from Bibber dc. (Biedler)and Coffnan. (Ref.215
Book "P", p. 201)
The will of Elder John Koontz was dated 14 Mar. 1807 but not
probated until 28 May 1832. (Ref. 211 Book "A", pp. 26-27)The
following is the will of Elder John Koontz.
In the Name of God, Amen - I John Koontz of Shenandoah Co.and
State of Virginia, being in common bodily health and perfect
mind and recollection, thanks be unto God for tbe same - domake
and ordain this my last will and testament in mannerfollowing,
(to- wit). Firstly: It is my will that all my just debtsshould
be paid first; Secondly: I give and bequeath to my belovedwife
Elizabeth, all the property which I have and possess to herown
proper use and enjoyment as she may choose to apply it orfind
necessary during her natural life time, and after her deathI
give and bequeath unto my three sons, Jacob, John and Isaac
Koontz each one and equal part in that which may remain Asto my
daughter, Elizabeth, which is dead I have had given her inher
lifetime all which I intended to give her or her heirs;Thirdly:
I do hereby appoint my three sons, Jacob, John, and IsaacKoontz
my sole executors of my last will and testament; Fourthly: Ido
hereby disannul and make void all former wills by me made,
ratifying, confirming and declaring this and no other to bemy
last will and testament in witness whereof. I have hereuntoset
my hand and seal this 14th day of March, Eighteen hundredand
[John Koontz (seal) Signed, sealed and delivered in thepresence
of us. Roads, Joseph Mauch, Jonas Rufiner, David Varner,
Christian Aleshire, Benjamin Wood.
Acknowledge before me on the 9th day of Dec., 1828.
Jos. Strickler At a court held for the Co. of Page on Mondaythe
28th day of May 1832. The written will of John Koontz was
produced to the Court by Isaac Koontz and proved by the oathof
Jonas Ruffner and Joseph Strickler, witnesses thereto, and
ordered to be recorded.
Teste: William A. Harris, Clerk]
The preceding will is taken from (Ref. 211 Book "A", pp.26-27
(Ref. 17, p. 282) lists W.B. "A" p. 153 which is incorrect.
Just across the Shenandoah River from Alma, Va. on the north
side of 340 is located the home of Elder John Koontz. ElderJohn
Koontz bought this house and property of 112 A. on 27 Aug.1814
from David and Margaret Huffman. (Ref. 215 B30k "V", p. 303)
John willed this to his ch. (Ref. 211 Book "A", pp. 26-27)The
house was later deeded to Isaac Koontz then to AndrewJackson
Shuler as verified by the following refs. (Ref. 204 Book"E", p.
477, Book "G", pp. 116-118, Book "IsI", p. 274) EarlierElder
John Koontz liered on the Hawksbill Creek.
Jacob bought land from John Pence on 29 Sept. 1791. (Ref.215
Book "H", p. 204) The 1830 census shows Elder John Koontzand
Isaac lived in the 2 1/2 story log structure with irnmenserock
chimneys at both ends and tiny paned windows. It had a full
cellar beneath. (Ref. 216, pp. 47 & 53) The house was justbelow
the old Koontz Shuler Cemetery 73. The compiler firstvisited
the house in 1973. It had been torn down since Ann Kerkhoffhad
written about it. It had been used as a chicken house forsome
time before it was torn down as one could see from oldchicken
feeders still under some of the floor boards and debris.BZhat a
poor fate for Rlleh an hictarir loz home
During the Civil War in the winter of 1862 a small group of
Yankees used the house as their winter quarters. (Ref. 216,pp.
56, 57, 60) At this time Andrew Jackson Shuler was livingthere
as he had married Juliana Ann Koontz the great granddaughterof
Elder John Koontz. The property had passed from Isaac Newton
Koontz, Sr., son of Elder John Koontz, born 1777 to IsaacNewton
Koontz, Jr born 1810 to Andrew Jackson Shuler born in 1831."
The Will of John Counts From Some Descendants of John Counts of GladeHol low by Elihu Jasper Sutherland:
In the name of God Amen, I John Counts, Senior, of Russell County andComm onwealth of Virginia being old and frail in body, but perfect inmind an d memory, blessed be God, but Calling to mind the Mortality ofmy body an d knowing it is appointed once for all men to die, I do makeand Constitut e this my last Will and Testament in manner and formfollowing. And firs t I give my body to the Earth from whence it wastaken desiring it may b e buried in a Christian manner without ppom&c., and my soul I give to Go d who save it hoping it may find peace inthe Arms of his Mercy, and as to uching what worldly Goods and estatewhich I possess I give, devise and be queath in manner following towit: Eve Maticks my eldest daughter I give o ne Shilling. MaryRarsnake I give on Shilling. John Counts Junior als o I give oneShilling, Lissey Willard I give one shilling. Item, I give t o HarryWillard's eldest son Martin Willard Catherine my daughter one shil lingChristian my daughter one shilling, my son Philip one shilling. Item, I give and bequeath to my son George with whom I live the plantationon wh ich I live with all apputenances thereunto belonging out of whichI am t o be maintained in a good comfortable manner while I live withvictuals an d cloathing and at my death everything possessed by meshall belong to Geo rge Counts and to his heirs forever and I do herebyrevoke and disannul al l former wills by me made and ratifying andconfirming this to be my Las t Will and Testament. In witness whereof Ihave hereunto set my hand and s eal this third day of April onethousand eight hundred and two. Singed Sea led and delivered publishedand Declared to be my last will in the presenc e of these Witnesses. Xhis (John Counts) mark Teste John Hargis x her (Ly dia Hargis) DuriteeCounts -------------------- descendants of Jost Kuntze
Generation No. 2
2. JOHN2 COUNTS, SR. (JOST1 KUNTZE)1 was born 1706 in ,, Germany, and died 1803 in Glade Hollow, Russell, VA2. He married MARY MAGDELINE3 Abt. 1750. She was born 17224, and died 25 June 1814 in , Russell, VA4.
Notes for JOHN COUNTS, SR.: "John Counts, Sr. was born unknown and died about 1803 in Russell Co., VA. Mary Magdaline Counts was born 1722 and died 25 Jun 1814 in Russell Co., VA. No further information is known on their ancestors although family tradition maintains that John Counts was "Black Dutch"."
From "Some Descendants of John Counts of Glade Hollow 1722-1977"
"They moved from Shenandoah Co., VA in 1789 and settled in Glade Hollow, Russell Co., VA." Same source
Internet msg from Ann H. Stewart (firstname.lastname@example.org": "The Counts family came to VA in 1715 as part of the Germanna settlement. They were from the Palatinate in Germany. The name was originally Kunz, it got mistranslated to Koontz, then Coontz and finally Counts. There's a wealth of stuff about the Germanna settlers, look in Culpepper/Orange Co's."WILL OF JOHN COUNTS Russell County, Virginia Will Book 2, Page 33 Executed 27 Apr 1803 In the name of God Amen I John Counts Senor. Of Russell County and Commonwealth of Virginia being old and frail in body, but perfect in mind and memory blessed be God but calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing it is appointed once for all men to die I do make and constitute this my Last will and Testament in manner and form following, And first I give my body to the earth from whence it was taken desiring it may be buried in a Christian manner without pomp &c. and my soul I give to God who gave it hoping it may find peace in the Arms of his mercy, and as touching what worldly goods or estate which I possess I give demise and bequeath in manner following to wit,
Eve Maticks my eldest daughter I give one shilling Mary Rarsnake I give one shilling John Counts Junr. also I give one shilling Lissey Willard I give one shilling.
Item, I give to Harry Willards eldest son Martin Willard
Catherine my daughter one shilling Christian my daughter one shilling, my son Phillip one shilling.
Item, I give and bequeath to my son George with whom I live the plantation on which we live with all appurtenances thereunto belonging out of which I am to be maintained in a good common manner while I live for victuals and clothing and at my death every thing possessed by me shall belong to George Counts and to his heirs forever and I do hereby revoke and disannul all former wills by me made and ratifying and confirming this to be my Last Will and Testament. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this third day of April one thousand eight hundred & two
his John X Counts Sen. (Seal) mark Signed sealed and delivered published and declared to be my last will in the presence of these witnesses,
Teste John Hargis
her Lydia X Hargis mark Duritee X Counts
At a court of quarterly session continued & held for Russell County April the 27th 1803. This instrument of writing was exhibited in court as and for the Last will and Testament of John Counts Senor. decd. and proven by the oath of John Hargis a witness thereto and continued for further proof.
And, at a court held for said county the 26th day of July 1803. This instrument of writing was again exhibited in court as and for the Last will and testament of the said John Counts dec'd. and proven by the oath of Duritee Counts a witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.
John Counts, Sr.'s Timeline
Opequon, Frederick, VA, USA
Newberry, South Carolina, USA
Shenandoah, Virginia, USA
Shenandoah, Virginia, USA
Shenandoah, Virginia, USA
Shenandoah, Virginia, USA
Glade Hollow, Russell, VA
Shenandoah, Virginia, USA
Cleveland, Russell County, Province of Virginia