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John Counts, Jr.

Also Known As: "John of Cleveland"
Birthdate: (78)
Birthplace: Cleveland, Russell County, Province of Virginia
Death: October 1, 1843 (78)
Cleveland, Russell County, Virginia, United States
Place of Burial: Cleveland, Russell County, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John Jacob Counts, Sr. and Mary Magdalene Counts
Husband of Margaret Peggy Counts
Father of Sarah Sallie Smith; Joseph Counts; John "Jackie" Newton Counts; James Counts; Christina Colley and 5 others
Brother of Christina Counts; Philip Coontz; Mary Mollie Polly Rasnake; Malissa Elizabeth Willard; George Counts and 1 other
Half brother of Philip Counts; Eve Counts; Elizabeth "Lissey" Willard / Albert (Counts) and Catherine Moses

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About John Counts, Jr., of Cleveland

John Counts of Cleveland

Sketch by Elihu Jasper Sutherland

Counts Reunion - 1953

John Counts was born about 1765 and died October 1, 1843, atCleveland, R ussell Co., Virginia, where he had lived for more than 55years. For tha t reason and because there have been so many JohnCountses in Russell Coun ty, he is known as "John Counts of Cleveland."His parents were John and M ary Magdeline ? Counts, who moved fromShenandoah County, Virginia in 1789 , and settled in Glade Hollow,Russell County, Va. For that reason his fa ther is known among hisdescendants as "John Counts of Glade Hollow." Th e first known recordof "John Counts of Cleveland" is found in the persona l property taxlists for Shenandoah County for 1787, which reports him a s a tithableover 21 years of age in the family of Jacob Raresnake, hisbro ther-in-law. His name does not appear in any subsequent tax listfor tha t county. He moved to Russell County during the same year, andthe Russel l County tax list shows a John Counts assessed as of 21 June1787, the own er of one horse, and living in the Upper District. Theone tithable liste d in his family indicates that he was married andhead of a family at tha t date. Russell County Entry Book No. 1, atpage 23, gives this data: "178 7, Nov 20 - John Counts enters 50 acresof land by part of warrant NO. 148 03 dated Nov 9, 1787, lying andbeginning at the Widow Lard's old place be tween that and the River,lying on both sides of a branch that runs into t he river." This tractis included in the town of Cleveland on the south si de of ClinchRiver. He probably established his first home in Russell Cou nty onthis tract. One June 17, 1797, the Grand Jury presented: "A bill fo undagainst Obediah Payne for abusing John Counts and Robing said Countso f his papers and forging an order in the name of Frances Hinespresented b y the oath of John Counts." (L O B 1, p 103) The GrandJury acted again o n 26 June, 1791, with a "Presentment against PatrickCoye and John Count s for fishing and breaking the peace the 26th dayof April, 1797." He wa s an enthusiastic follower of Nimrod the Hunterand roamed the mountain wi lderness near his home year after year insearch of game. That he was succ essful is shown by the County Courtrecords, which reveal that he was allo wed the following claims: 23July 1793 - 12/6 (twelve shillings and 6 penc e) for "killing one oldwolfe;" and 28 October, 1798 - 25/6 for "killing t wo old wolves." Mr.Counts occasionally sat on the county juries, and onl y one civil caseof record shows him as a party. At the June 1974 term o f the CountyCourt he was sued by George McCoy. The case was continued an d tried24 September 1794, the jury finding "that the defendant did not as sumeupon himself as in pleadings he (McCoy) hath alleged," and it was"con sidered by the court that the plaintiff take nothing by his Bill."McCoy' s witnesses were Joseph Kiser, Edward Kelley, Abram Childris(Childress) , William Smith, James Roberts, and John Craig. Counts'witnesses were He nry Willard, Joseph or James Hatfield, Luke Kelley,and John Damaron. O n 1 October 1790, John Counts entered fifty acresof land "on north side o f Clinch River adjoining the land of CorneliusRobt. Dec'd on his east lin e and on both sides of the path leadingfrom sd. Roberts to Dumps Creek th at crosses the low gap." However amarginal notation states "This entry v oid war'd Ass'd to Rich. Price."On 24 May 1800, "John Counts, Junr." ente red "fifty acres of land byVirtue of part of a Land Office Treasury Warra nt No. 2438, dated March14, 1798, lying in Russell Co. on the south sid e of Clinch RiverBeginning at a walnut on the line of sd. Counts land an d running upthe River on the said line till about two poles below the mou th ofJoseph McRenals Spring Branch then nearly a south course thencewestw ard then to the Beginning." In March 1798, he purchased a ract of165 acre s from Richard and Lucy Price on Clinch River. This tract wason the nort h side of Clinch River, opposite his 50 acre entry in 1787,and is the tra ct on which he lived the latter part of his life. Weare meeting today o n this tract of land. His first residence on thistract stood near a bol d limestone spring near the north end of thepresent bridge. Later this l og house was moved up the hill about onehundred yards,John Counts of Clev eland Sketch by Elihu JasperSutherland Counts Reunion - 1953

John Counts was born about 1765 and died October 1, 1843, atCleveland, Ru ssell Co., Virginia, where he had lived for more than 55years. For tha t reason and because there have been so many JohnCountses in Russell Coun ty, he is known as "John Counts of Cleveland."His parents were John and M ary Magdeline ? Counts, who moved fromShenandoah County, Virginia in 1789 , and settled in Glade Hollow,Russell County, Va. For that reason his fa ther is known among hisdescendants as "John Counts of Glade Hollow." Th e first known recordof "John Counts of Cleveland" is found in the persona l property taxlists for Shenandoah County for 1787, which reports him a s a tithableover 21 years of age in the family of Jacob Raresnake, hisbro ther-in-law. His name does not appear in any subsequent tax listfor tha t county. He moved to Russell County during the same year, andthe Russel l County tax list shows a John Counts assessed as of 21 June1787, the own er of one horse, and living in the Upper District. Theone tithable liste d in his family indicates that he was married andhead of a family at tha t date. Russell County Entry Book No. 1, atpage 23, gives this data: "178 7, Nov 20 - John Counts enters 50 acresof land by part of warrant NO. 148 03 dated Nov 9, 1787, lying andbeginning at the Widow Lard's old place be tween that and the River,lying on both sides of a branch that runs into t he river." This tractis included in the town of Cleveland on the south si de of ClinchRiver. He probably established his first home in Russell Cou nty onthis tract. One June 17, 1797, the Grand Jury presented: "A bill fo undagainst Obediah Payne for abusing John Counts and Robing said Countso f his papers and forging an order in the name of Frances Hinespresented b y the oath of John Counts." (L O B 1, p 103) The GrandJury acted again o n 26 June, 1791, with a "Presentment against PatrickCoye and John Count s for fishing and breaking the peace the 26th dayof April, 1797." He wa s an enthusiastic follower of Nimrod the Hunterand roamed the mountain wi lderness near his home year after year insearch of game. That he was suc cessful is shown by the County Courtrecords, which reveal that he was all owed the following claims: 23July 1793 - 12/6 (twelve shillings and 6 pen ce) for "killing one oldwolfe;" and 28 October, 1798 - 25/6 for "killin g two old wolves." Mr.Counts occasionally sat on the county juries, and o nly one civil caseof record shows him as a party. At the June 1974 ter m of the CountyCourt he was sued by George McCoy. The case was continue d and tried24 September 1794, the jury finding "that the defendant did no t assumeupon himself as in pleadings he (McCoy) hath alleged," and it was "considered by the court that the plaintiff take nothing by his Bill."McC oy's witnesses were Joseph Kiser, Edward Kelley, Abram Childris(Childress ), William Smith, James Roberts, and John Craig. Counts'witnesses were H enry Willard, Joseph or James Hatfield, Luke Kelley,and John Damaron. O n 1 October 1790, John Counts entered fifty acresof land "on north side o f Clinch River adjoining the land of CorneliusRobt. Dec'd on his east lin e and on both sides of the path leadingfrom sd. Roberts to Dumps Creek th at crosses the low gap." However amarginal notation states "This entry v oid war'd Ass'd to Rich. Price."On 24 May 1800, "John Counts, Junr." ente red "fifty acres of land byVirtue of part of a Land Office Treasury Warra nt No. 2438, dated March14, 1798, lying in Russell Co. on the south sid e of Clinch RiverBeginning at a walnut on the line of sd. Counts land an d running upthe River on the said line till about two poles below the mou th ofJoseph McRenals Spring Branch then nearly a south course thencewestw ard then to the Beginning." In March 1798, he purchased a ract of165 acre s from Richard and Lucy Price on Clinch River. This tract wason the nort h side of Clinch River, opposite his 50 acre entry in 1787,and is the tra ct on which he lived the latter part of his life. Weare meeting today o n this tract of land. His first residence on thistract stood near a bol d limestone spring near the north end of thepresent bridge. Later this l og house was moved up the hill about onehundred yards.


Changed his name from Kuntz to Counts. Later passed himself off as "black Dutch" that is, those Dutch descended from the sixteenth-century Spanish and Portugese who occupied Holland.
of Cleveland
Birth: 1765 - E Cleveland, Russell, Virginia, USA

Death: Oct 1 1843 - Cleveland, Russell, Virginia, USA

Parents: John Counts, Mary Magdalene Counts (born Summers)

Siblings: Eve Lydge Counts, Eve Counts (born Lydge), Eve Counts, Mary Rasnick (born Counts), Philip Coontz, Jacob Koontz, Philip Coontz, Catherine Coons, Catherine Counts, Philip Counts

Wife: Margaret Peggy Counts (born Kelly)

Partner: <?> Counts (born Eichelberger)

Children: Sarah Smith (born Counts), Joseph Counts, John Counts, James Counts, Christina Colley (born Counts), Margaret Counts, Elizabeth Summer (born Counts), Joshua Counts, Ezekiel Counts, Nancy Jessee (born Counts)

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John Counts, Jr., of Cleveland's Timeline

1765
1765
Cleveland, Russell County, Province of Virginia
1787
1787
Age 22
Russell County, Virginia
1789
1789
Age 24
Russell County, Virginia
1792
October 8, 1792
Age 27
Russell, VA, USA
October 8, 1792
Age 27
Cleveland, Russell County, Virginia, United States
1793
December 11, 1793
Age 28
Russell County, Virginia, United States
1797
1797
Age 32
Russell County, Virginia
1799
1799
Age 34
Russell County, Virginia
1801
August 27, 1801
Age 36
Cleveland, Russell County, VA, USA