Coma Lillian Armstrong, m. Alexander Groves
Connor William Armstrong, m. Lesba Link
Nauvin E. Armstrong, m. Georgia Jones
Bessis Thomas Armstrong, m. Charles Alan Groves
Lucie Norris Armstrong (never married)
Nellie Josephine Armstrong, m. Thomas Whitesides
Ben Sory Armstrong, m. Elva Marie Rinehart.
From: CBStark@aol.com Subject: Re: [TNSUMNER]
Leah Stark and Kizzie-hope this helps
Hi, cousin, Enjoyed your posting very much. I keep
forgetting how early Thomas Stark arrived in Middle
Tennessee. His nephew, John Carter Stark, didn't
arrive in Sumner County until about 1808. I've
often wondered what attracted him to Sumner
So., and have guessed it might have been the
presence there of Daniel Smith, also from Stafford
County, who had received vast acreage from his
surveying work and was more or less promoting
the area. But having Uncle Thomas "next door"
didn't hurt. Joyce
From: Joan Matthews email@example.com Subject:
Hi All, Joan here!!!! I am working on two different
CALDWELL families. The first family is MARY POLLY
CALDWELL, b. Aug. 08, 1790, in Spartenburg, South
Carolina, d. abt 1837, place unknown, m. John C.
Counts, they had 14 children. Would like
information on her parents.
The second family is William Caldwell, b.1726,
Place unknown, d. 1799,Place unknown, m. Elizabeth
Thompson, had two children a girl name Mary and
she m. John De Mun the other child sex & dob is
unknown. I do know the mane of William's parents
they are James Caldwell & Mary Gaston any
information on any of these people would be
appreciated. Joan Central Point, Or
Name: VC Referred by: Just Surfed On In
no address given Comments: My ex-husband is
a Couts, and I always found his family history
interesting. His father's name was Chalmers Scott
Couts, Jr. (b. 1910 Los Angeles, Ca/d. 1980 Anaheim, Ca)
who was married to Doris Irene Slonecker. Chalmers Jr.
was the son of Chalmers Scott Couts, Sr.
(b. 1888 Los Angeles, Ca./d. ? Los Angeles, Ca)
who was married to Lois Irene McCarthy (b.1889
New York, NY/d. ?) Chalmers Sr. and his wife also
had a daughter named Lois Couts. I remember
hearing from Chalmers Jr. that they were descendants
of the Bandini family in San Diego, and Cave Johnson
Couts, but I'm not sure of the direct line.
Name: Nancy Arendsee NArendsee@aol.com
Referred by: AOL Comments: I'm descended
from Barbara Koutz b. unknown, d.8/26/1843
in Somerset Co., PA. She married Andrew Blocher.
Her parents were Michael Koutz and Barbara. Do
you have any information on this family? Thanks,
Nancy Name: Diane M. Kautz firstname.lastname@example.org
Referred by: Net Search From: Canton,
MI (near Detroit) Comments: Just starting
to look into my genealogy, any hints on
how to get started? My father (Floyd) was
the son of Roy (born in Germany) and Carrie
(born in Chicago?). My family has received
mailings from Kautz Vineyards in the past.
They are hosting the 2000 Kautz Family
Reunion, Murphy, CA
Name: Ron Couch email@example.com
Referred by: Net Search From: Vicksburg, MS
Comments: Hi. I wanted to ask about a possible
connection to the Couts/Kautz line. My 7
ggrandfather, Jacob Couch, who died in 1797,
in Green Co. TN, has been eluding our family
for 30 years. The Couch clan after Jacob is
documented to death, but we have found
no wife or parents for Jacob. Is there a Couts
/Kautz who might have been his father? He
would have to have been in the part of VA
that is now eastern TN in the late 1600's or early
1700's. Help us and we will love you forever.
From: hadkins firstname.lastname@example.org Subject:
Couts family in Ohio
OHIO COUTSES, ARE YOU READY? My name is
Holly Couts Adkins born in Canton, Ohio the
daughter of Harry Gifford Couts, born
Newcomerstown, Ohio. Our family has been
in Tuscarawas County, Ohio for 200 years. My
grandfather was Ernest Ray Couts born
February 23, 1889; grandmother was Hollis
Elma Stoffer Couts, born June 20, 1891. New
comerstown, Ohio . My great grandfather
was William Van Buren Couts born
February 1, 1836 in Newcomerstown, Ohio
and great grandmother was Martha Postel
who was his second marriage. William Van
Buren Couts was also married to Mary Casteel.
My great, great grandfather was James
Couts born May 4, 1808 in Tuscarawas
County, Ohio and was married to Rebecca
Wilson. My great, great, great grandfather was
William Couts born November 23, 1780 in
New Jersey and married Jane Hougey from
Tuscarawas County, Ohio. We were told
that he migrated to Tuscarawas County in
a Scottish ox cart as a very young man
and was of Scottish heritage.
My fathers immediate family is as follows:
My father had several brothers: Russell Couts,
Jim Couts, David Couts and Bill Couts all of
whom are deceased. His sisters were Hazel
Couts Jones, Kay Couts, Erma Couts all of
whom are deceased with one living sister,
Gladys Couts Sewell. She resides in Ohio. All
of my father's siblings stayed in Ohio except
my father who moved his family to Birmingham,
Alabama in 1952. I will forward any further
information my family has for your records.
I have more information about my grandfather's
siblings, but I will have to find it. We do have
published information (book) dating the family
in Tuscarawas County, Ohio back to the early
1800s. This Couts family is of Scottish decent,
which can be traced to Scotland several
centuries BC. Until reading your site, I had
never heard the name associated with being
German. All very interesting. Feel free to give
out my email address to those wanting information.
I will send more when I have time. Holly Couts Adkins
To: email@example.com Subject: Choate
Edward Choate, sr. -(lived in surrey County) b. 1730 approx.
Edward Choate, jr. b. 1757 d. 1827 ( cancer)
married Sarah children- Gabriel, Skelton, Gideon,
Sabert, James Wesley, Patsy, Betty, Chrity, Cassie, Sally
Gabriel Choate b. 1782 in Franklin County Virginia
d. 1857 (cancer) married Linda children- Josiah,
Cathy, Stepo, Gabriel, Nancy, Martha Jane
Powhattan Choate b. Dec 13 1807 d. Nov 15
1874 married Winney Halley b. Feb 1 1806
d. Sept 12 1883
children - Nicholas Houston,
Edward, Lucinda also raised nephew
Nicholas Houston Choate b.1831 d.?
( committed suicide in Texas) married
(1) Nancy Perrilee Bird
Almeda married (2) Kitty children- Mark,
Whinney, Marion, Tom
Alexander Nicholas Choate b. 1855 d.1926
(committed suicide- hung hisself in uncle Harrison's barn)
married Levi Ann
Nowell b. 1851 d. 1919 children- Sally,
Jackson Nicholas, Harrison,
Merridith(died at birth)
Jackson Nicholas Alexander Choate b. 1876
d. 1949 married Willa Rigsby b.1883 d. 1955
Francis, Mancel, Wallace,
Erma, Audrey, Wayne, Ralph Eugene,
Edith(died at birth)
Erma Lorene Choate
b. Aug. 17 1914 never married to Grover just
know last name he ran off to
Texas after Erma got
pregnant. Hard to get details since no
one really wants to talk about
it. My Father Garry
did speak with him before he died
aprox 1980) children Garry married Rama
Allen Johnson children Carol
Garry Choat b.1937 d. 1983
(note the "E" is missing, doctors
screwed up on his birth certificate)
Fumie Yukinori children Robert Lee,
Sharla Ann, Bruce Eugene, Sonya Sue
Bruce Eugene Choat married Caroline
Vanderhoeven children Nicholas Houston
note. The information on Edward
Choate, Sr., Edward Choate jr. and
Gabriel Choate are not entirely verified
but the evidence is definitely there.
Information received from Robertson
Powhattan Choate and Winney are
buried down by Kerico caves in the
old buffalo ranch at Pennsboro. the
grave has been visited and entirely
verified by relatives. Powhattan was
a very rich man, owned several
slaves. On microfilm, Powhattan
Choate listed in the Cherokee records.
His land was valued in 1860 to be worth
$1600 real estate and $800 personal
property. the markers on the grave
also show him as evidently wealthy,
they are very tall markers with scroll
work and all. Stand
about 5 feet tall and quite impressive
Alexander and sister Almeda was raised
by their grandfather Powhattan.
Nicholas (their dad) left and went
to Texas. Divorced his first wife and
married a woman named Kitty down
in Texas. The stories about Nicholas were
not all that good. Seems as if he deserted
his first two children. Bruce Choat
From: Margaret Butts firstname.lastname@example.org To:
email@example.com Subject: Barton to
Dobson to Page
I have been working on the above
lines for some time but not thoroughly.
Like so many others, I so wish I had spoken
to my parents and other relatives about
their families. Bathsheba Barton, daughter
of Wade Barton, married Alexander P. Dobson.
Their daughter, Sarah Jane Dobson, married
my great grandfather, William Lindsey Page.
Their son, Henry Benjamin Page, was my grandfather.
My mother several times told me that Henry Benjamin
Page took my aunt, Elizabeth Irene Page, when
she was a small girl to the former home of the
Page family (a town named Page) where she met
many relatives. According to the story, they had
lost most everything in the Civil War and were
very poor but still living on family land. I was
interested in Page City, Lafayette Co, Missouri.
My Pages lived in Kentucky.
Also, William Lindsy Page lived for a
time in Columbus, Missouri where his
wife, Sarah Jane Dobson died. He brought
her back to Graves Co, Kentucky for burial.
He and many members of the Dobson and
Barton families are buried there too. Can
you give me any more info about Page
City or the origin of the Pages there? Would
you like me to send you my Page, Barton,
and Dobson info? Best regards, Margaret
Subject: Eva Belle Couts Subject: Eva Belle
Couts From: Tim E Barnes
Hi, I see you have a listing for Couts in the
Indiana area. Do you happen to have
anything on an Eva B. Couts? I believe
her middle name was Belle. I have been
looking for Some time for info on her. The
only thing I have at the moment is that she
was born in Owen Co. Indiana on Oct. 5,
1874. She died Sept. 29, 1911. She was
married to Samuel McClellen Rea. Her father
was Lorenza D. Couts Her Mother was
Febecca McAllister. I imagine this is a typo,
and think maybe it was Rebecca McAllister.
I am still not sure of Eve Belles last name.
On my Grandmothers SSDI she was listed as
Eva Belle Coates. However my grandma
listed my ggrandfathers last name as MCullen
on her SS app. So she has a history of less
than perfect spelling. The thing that leads
me to believe it is actually Couts is the above
and that most of the info came from her
death Cert. and as such may be a little more
likely to be accurate. Well that's what I have,
If you can help I would be very greatful, and
of course I can share info about her offspring
if you want. Thanks again.
Tim B. Bloodally@Juno.com
From: "Bob Anconetani" firstname.lastname@example.org
Subject: An Article about the Bird My dad's
cousin on the Deewall side found this article
which I thought you would be interested in.
His mother Laura Deewall Lording was the
one to keep track of everything in the Deewall
family. He says there may be more in all the
stuff he inherited. Thanks
Tonia Cora A Heisey was born at Clearfield PA,
February 26, 1866 and passed away at her home
near Coldwater KS, October 15, 1939 at the
age of 73 years, 7 months and 19 days. When
she was four years of age she moved with her
parents from PA to Dade Co MO and there
grew to womanhood. On January 8, 1886 she
was united in marriage with J M Bird at King's
Point MO. To this union seven children were
born, two of whom died in infancy. The five
surviving children are : Marvin Bird, La Veta,
CO; Mrs. Morton Hadley and Mrs. Paul Deewall,
Coldwater; Ben Bird, Protection; Robert Bird,
at home. She is survived also by one brother,
Ralph Heisey, Clearfield, PA; one sister in law,
Mrs. Laura Heisey, Lockwood, MO; 14 grandchildren,
2 great-grandchildren and a number of other
relatives and a host of friends. They settled near
Wilmore and lived there until 1906 when they
moved to their farm southwest of Coldwater.
Mr. Bird passed away February 19, 1937.
From: "Anne Miller" email@example.com.
edu Subject: Re: GSCM Couts query
Hi Barbara ----- in searching through all of
my Couts (and related family information)
a couple of questions popped into my
mind. I have gathered lots of "stuff" to
share, but I am not sure how you want it.
Do you want copies of
original documents, pages from books
and other sources, etc. OR can you use
the information better if I just put the
pertinent facts in e-mails to you?
Let me know so that I can really get busy.
My line, as I may have told you before, is:
Christley Couts SR and Sarah Wright
Christley Couts JR and Frances "Fannie" Barton
Henry Couts and Nancy Minton
Mary Martha Couts and John Bentley Pearson
Mary Frances Burdette Pearson and Thomas White Carmichael
James William Carmichael and Elizabeth Frances Cassell
Anne Lane Carmichael and Max Leon Miller
Jill Marie Miller and Michael Todd Gardner
I don't want to burden you
with tons of paperwork which you may
already have from other researchers. On
the other hand, I would love to send
ANYTHING that you want. Any ideas?
Perhaps I could just list the information
I have collected --- in a series of e-mails
--- and you could pick and choose.
By the way, I had the
opportunity to be in north MO earlier
this fall, and I dropped in to see my
father's 1st cousin -- Frances Williams.
She is in a care center in Bethany now,
after suffering a heart attack, but she is h
er same sweet self. We had a lovely visit.
Her husband is still at home in Pattonsburg
and comes quite often to see her. She and
I looked through a big box of family
pictures, etc. Here is a correction for
your records: Frances' HUSBAND is named
Vivion; it isn't part of Frances' name.
While I'm brainstorming I
will throw out a couple of questions. Who
are Sarah Wright's parents and where did
she marry Christley Couts SR.? Does anyone
have knowledge of a Baroness Burdette Couts,
who was so do taken with the story of the
faithful little dog "Grefriars Bobby", that she
had a famous statue of him erected in
Edinborough? We accidentally found her
picture and this story in a tiny museum, but
did not have time to visit the statue. My
interest here is the fact that my grandmother
carries the name, Mary Frances Burdette Pearson,
and NO ONE knows why. She is the only one of
the 4 children who was given 3 names. I don't
know if Christley JR and Aaron were twins.
This possibility is new to me --- any background?
More later --- thanks, Anne
Subj: Re: Couts from Ohio From:
Hello Michael, I am sorry that it has
taken me this long to respond to your
post in reference to the COUTS family.
We have had much sickness in the family,
and even a death, so we had to put our
genealogy research on the back burner for
awhile. I hope that you can understand.
We are very eager to learn more and share
more about the COUTS connection to our
family. At this point all we know for sure is
that my husband's grandmother, Irene Couts
(maiden name) was in Washington County,
PA in the early 1900s and that some of her
children moved to Florida. We have a few
more clues, but not a lot to work on. There
is much mysetery connected to this side of
our family tree. We would be much interested
in talking with you. If you would like, please
call on next Monday or Monday night, or
Thursday, Saturday or Sunday. We have to
be out of town this weekend, but would really
like to discuss this with you....too much to try
to share over an Email. Thanks for writing.
Patchez/Barbara and Mack Wyland
ARTICLES FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNION AND OCEANSIDE BLADE
CAVE COUTS May 19, 1870 SAN DIEGO
UNION SHOOTING AT SAN LUIS REY
-On Saturday evening, May 7th,
Col. C.J. Couts shot a young man
named Waldemar Muller, who had
been employed as tutor in his family
for a number of years. The shooting
was done with a shot gun, the charge
striking the left arm and side, inflicting
dangerous wounds. Different reasons
are assigned for the act, but while
there is nothing more definite than
rumor we refrain from giving publicity
to any of the stories afloat. Muller was
brought to the city on the 11th for
medical treatment. He is still in a
July 2, 1872 SAN DIEGO UNION THE
GUAJOME RANCH - Col. Cave J.
Couts brought with him on his return
from San Francisco a United States
patent to the Guajome ranch, recently
received by his attorneys from Washington.
The ranch was granted in July 1845 by
Pio Pico, then acting Governor of the
Californias to Andres and Jose Manuel.
The Commission which sat at Los
Angeles in 1854, examined into and
confirmed the grant and the patent
was issued a few days came by the
President. The ranch contains 2,219
40-100 acres; and is among the best
pieces of land in the county. Col.
Couts' residence is located upon it.
No scarcity of water exists there, and
crops of all kinds can be grown. The
patent was placed on record yesterday.
May 8, 1875 SAN DIEGO UNION FROM
SAN LUIS REY. -The UNION's correspondent
at San Luis Rey, writing May 7th, sends
the following item: A sad accident
happened in this valley last evening.
Young Cave J. Couts was driving a
mowing machine, when a rabbit started
up in front of him, and he stopped his
horses and went for the rabbit. The animals
suddenly started and brought the sickle
against the back of his legs, cutting them
in an awful manner. Dr. Sample, of this
place, was immediately called, and found
the bone of one leg fractured. I have not
yet heard whether amputation will be
necessary. The accident happened about
sun down, at Buena Vista.
March 23, 1888 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND -
Cave J. Couts of Altura graced our streets on
Monday. Cave has quit surveying and is now
an honest farmer on the line of the Escondido
road. Mr. Smith and wife, cousins of Cave J. Couts,
from the blue grass State of Kentucky; famous
for its horses, women and whiskey, are
enjoying themselves at the beautiful Guajome ranch.
August 17, 1888 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND
-"Cave" is a candidate for County Surveyor
and the San Diegan says: Mr. Cave J. Couts
is a staunch Democrat of the Jeffersonian type.
He lives at Altura Ranch and is very popular,
besides being comfortably fixed financially.
He is courteous, obliging, mild and pleasant.
He is a man of unexceptionable habits, of the
very highest moral character. Mr. Couts will
make a careful and active survey of the field.
September 18, 1888 SAN DIEGO UNION -Cave J.
Couts, for surveyor, is a son of Colonel Couts, of
Mexican war fame, and was born in San Diego.
His father made the first survey of Old Town and
of this city. Mr. Couts has made extensive surveys
for the Southern Pacific and other corporations.
His age is 32.
January 18, 1889 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND -
The youngest child of Wm. B. Couts died at
San Marcos, of fever on Monday.
February 23, 1889 SAN DIEGO UNION CUPID'S
BONDS - W. D. Gray and Miss Dora Couts
United to Wedlock. Last Wednesday Father
Ubach joined in wedlock at Guajome, Miss
Dora Couts, daughter of the late Colonel Couts,
and W. D. Gray, of San Diego. The ceremony
was attended by friends and relatives from Los
Angeles and San Diego, and the groomsman
and bridesmaid were Robert and Miss Gray,
cousin and sister of the groom. After the ceremony
had been performed the guests? to the dining
room and partook of an excellent dinner, which
was in waiting for them. The following morning
Mr. and Mrs. Gray departed for Murietta in company
with Parker Dear, proprietor of the Santa Rosa
ranch, at which place they will make a short stay.
March 8, 1889 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND- Mrs.
Y. B. de Couts was at the St. Cloud on Sat. The
Couts stable has been sold to Edmund Pine,
one of the twin Pines; Augustine and Ely retiring.
May 10, 1889 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND - Mrs.
Y. B. de Couts has returned from San Francisco,
accompanied by her energetic son and
business manager, John F.
July 12, 1889 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND -
M. Pieper moved the Couts cottage across
the railroad track Wednesday and Thursday.
April 18, 1891 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND -
Cave Couts is completing several
government surveys. Cave J. Couts has
about completed surveys in the vicinity of Pala.
June 6, 1891 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND -
Cave J. Couts has nearly completed his government
surveys beyond the Santa Margarita ranch.
July 25, 1891 SOUTH OCEANSIDE DIAMOND -
John F. Couts is building a palatial residence
on the Guajome ranch on the west side of the
river. A. L. Measure is doing the work. C. J.
Couts is fencing his Altura ranch.
March 4, 1893 OCEANSIDE BLADE - Mrs. Cave
J. Couts accompanied by Master Cave, spent
Sunday in San Diego returning Monday evening.
October 28, 1893 OCEANSIDE BLADE - Estella,
the little twenty-two months old daughter of
Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Couts, died suddenly Sunday
morning. She was seized with convulsions,
from some cause unknown, and death resulted
almost instantaneously. It is sad to lose the little
ones from our homes even when an illness of
some duration partially prepares us to expect
such a result, but so sudden a bereavement is
doubly sad and the parents have the community's
deepest sympathy. The Silent Reaper spares
no home; but, .."with his sickle keen, He reaps
the bearded grain at a breath, and the flowers
that grow in between."
February 3, 1894 OCEANSIDE BLADE - J.B. Winston
of Los Angeles is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. Cave
Couts, at Altura. Vita De Celis, Madrid, Spain,
registered at the South Pacific and with Mr.
and Mrs. Wauch of London, Eng and Mrs. J.L.
Gaffey of Los Angeles visited Guajome Tuesday.
January 19, 1985 OCEANSIDE BLADE - R.L. Couts,
a former liveryman here and a brother of our
townsman, WB Couts came down from Los
Angeles Thursday is sojourning at his mother's
place Guajome. August 17, 1895 OCEANSIDE BLADE -
Mrs. Y. B. de Couts, and daughters, Mrs. Gray and
Mrs. Chalmers Scott, also Mrs. Scott's daughter,
Miss Nettie, are in town for a season and are
located in the "Myers house" corner Third and
January 25, 1896 OCEANSIDE BLADE - Tioflo Peters
was in town Tuesday with a sample of fine ore
from the Ranchita mine near Banner, this county,
now the property of C. J. Couts. The specimen
was very large and one of the finest shown here.
If Mr. Couts has any considerable body of ore like
it he will soon have more money than a Vanderbilt.
February 8, 1896 OCEANSIDE BLADE - Cave J. Couts,
the owner of the Ranchita mine at Banner, was in
town Wednesday night on his way to San Diego.
He reports that a crushing of about 200 tons of ore
will be made shortly, which he expects will run
about ten to twelve thousand dollars and netting
about eight or ten thousand, as the total cost of
getting the ore out and crushing is about one
thousand dollars per each hundred tons of ore.
February 29, 1896 OCEANSIDE BLADE - Mrs. Y.B.
deCouts returned to her home at Guajome,
Tuesday, very much improved since her illness
at Los Angeles.
May 29, 1897 OCEANSIDE BLADE DEATH OF MRS.
Y. B. DE COUTS Mrs. Ysidora Bandini de Couts, of
Guajome, died at the home of her sister, Mrs.
Baker of Los Angeles, Monday morning, May 24th,
at the advanced age of 69 years, she having been
born in Old San Diego, Sept. 13, 1827. Her father
was Don Juan Bandini, son of Don Jose Bandini,
in the last century a commander in the Spanish
navy and later a resident of Peru, where it is said
that Don Jose lost his eye sight in some way and
his son took his place, sailing this coast until finally
settling at Old San Diego. He took the side of the
Americans in the troubles between this country
and Mexico, and his daughters, Miss Ysidora and
her two sisters, made the first American flag ever
raised in the county. In 1850 she married Col.
Cave J. Couts of the U. S. Army, and six years later
they settled at Guajome, where the husband died
in 1874, leaving her with a large estate and a family
of eight children to care for. The children were all
well reared and educated and the estate well taken
care of under her management, and in 1886 a
portion of it was sold for the very snug sum of
$300,000, which was divided among the children
and herself. The value of that left is probably
about $50,000, consisting of about 2,000 acres
at Guajome, land at Elsinore and Vallecitos, and
a large number of improved and vacant lots at
Oceanside. The eight children are still living and
are as follows: Cave J., Mrs. Parker Dear, Mrs.
Chalmers Scott, Mrs. J. B. Winston, Mrs.
Ysidora Couts Gray, John F. and
Wm. B. Couts. The funeral service was held at
St. Joseph's Catholic Church, at San Diego
Wednesday, with a solemn requiem mass,
lasting nearly two hours. There were numerous
beautiful and expensive floral offerings, among
them a wreath and cross of white roses and
carnations from the San Diego pioneers. Father
Ubach conducted the services, and, as he had
long been the deceased's confessor and friend,
his remarks were touching, eulogistic and eloquent.
The remains were placed in the vault at San Diego
beside those of her husband, the following named
persons acting as pall bearers: M. Altamarino of
Old Town, Don Marcos Forster of San Juan Capistrano,
Andrew Cassidy and Judge E. S. Parker of San Diego,
all old pioneers; Oscar A. Trippett, J. E. and H. E. O'Brien
of this city, and Charles Forbes of Los Angeles. E. S.
Payne of Oceanside and John B. Winston of Los
Angeles, by the terms of the late Mrs. Couts' will,
are its executors. The property is divided equally
among the children, except as to one or two
special bequests. The furniture of the chapel at
Guajome goes to the San Luis Rey Mission and
the piano to Mrs. Winston.
Couts War of 1812 Muster Rolls
Submitted by Launa Kitros firstname.lastname@example.org
Description: When the United States
declared war on Great Britain in 1812,
Congress authorized the President to
accept and organize volunteers in order
to win the war. This database is a listing
of men mustered into the armed forces
between 1812 and 1815. Taken from
records in the National Archives, each
record includes the soldier's name, company,
rank at time of induction, rank at time of
discharge, and other helpful information.
It provides the names of nearly
600,000 men. For researchers of early
American ancestors who may have served
in the military, this can be a helpful
source of information.
These records were taken from microfilm rolls
RG94 and M602, a total of 234 rolls of film.
Bibliography: Direct Data Capture. War of 1812
Muster Rolls. [database online] Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1999.
Surname Name Company Unit Rank -
Induction Rank -Discharge
· COUTS AARON HUDSPETH'S AND BROWN'S
REGIMENT, KENTUCKY MILITIA. PRIVATE
PRIVATE 47 602
· COUTS AARON 11 REG'T (CALDWELL'S)
KENTUCKYMILITIA. PRIVATE PRIVATE 47 602
· COUTS JACOB 3 REG'T (JOHNSON'S) E.
TENNESSEE MIL. PRIVATE PRIVATE 47 602
· COUTS PETER 1 REG'T (CLARKE'S)
VIRGINIA MILITIA. FIFER FIFER 47 602
· COUTS WILLIAM 2 REG'T MOUNTEDGUNMEN
(WILLIAMSON'S), TENNESSEE VOLUNTEERS.
SERGEANT SERGEANT 47 602
The Kautz-Koutz-Kouts-Couts 2000
Family International Reunion
To All Of My Cousins Who May Be Interested,
Definite plans for the
Kautz-Koutz-Kouts-Couts 2000 Family
International Reunion have finally been
made. Events are planned at the Kautz I
ronstone Vineyards and Winery in Murphys,
California. John and Gail Kautz of the
winery will be our hosts. The dates will
be July 7, 8 and 9, 2000.
In case you did not get a
mailing directly from John Kautz, his mailing
contained a brochure describing the winery,
a letter describing briefly the schedule for the
weekend and a return-address envelope
and card to request additional information
The following is quoted directly from
the letter of invitation:
FRIDAY, JULY 7 - ON YOUR OWN OR GET TOGETHER
WITH OTHERS AND EXPLORE THE MOTHER LODE
COUNTRYSIDE. TOUR THE WINERY, TASTING ROOM
AND GIFT SHOP. SEE THE 44 LB GOLD NUGGET ON
DISPLAY IN THE WINERY'S HERITAGE MUSEUM. RELAX
IN THE PARK ALONG THE LAKE OR VISIT THE HISTORIC
GOLD RUSH TOWNS OF MURPHYS AND ANGELS CAMP.
SATURDAY, JULY 8 - DISPLAY YOUR FAMILY TREE
AND PHOTOS UNDER
THE TENTS. MEET YOUR COUSINS, UNCLES, AUNTS
AND NEW RELATIVES. ENJOY THE ENTERTAINMENT,
DANCING AND BANQUET IN THE EVENING.
SUNDAY, JULY 9- OPEN TO ALL KAUTZ FRIENDS AND
FAMILY TO ENJOY THE FESTIVITIES, WHILE LISTENING
TO A GERMAN BAND OR FINISH UP THE SIGHTSEEING
BEFORE GOING HOME.
USE EMAIL, THE FAX MACHINE TO LET US KNOW YOU
WA NT TO JOIN EVERYONE IN THIS GREAT ADVENTURE.
AS SOON AS WE HEAR FROM YOU, WE"LL SEND
YOU MORE INFORMATION LISTING THE
COST OF EACH EVENT AND LODGING. LODGING
IN MURPHYS IS LIMITED AND COST RANGE FROM
$75.00 TO $80.00 A DAY. SO HURRY AND
LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE COMING.
MAIL: 5490 BEAR CREEK ROAD, LODI, CA 95240-7213
EMAIL: JKAUTZ@LODINET.COM FAX: 209 339-1689
Nancy and I have already sent
in our reservations for rooms for us andour three
children at the Murphys Hotel in Murphys, CA, so
we definitely plan to be there. We hope that all
of you will be able to attend as well.
If you are in doubt, write or email
John and Gail Kautz for information and a
brochure describing the winery and surroundings.
You may be convinced to come. Everyone who
I know who has visited the winery (ONE OF THE
MOST BEAUTIFUL WINERIES IN THE WORLD) has
been impressed....... and if there happen to be a
few other Kautzes, Koutzes, Koutses and Coutses
there, so much the better.
Let me hear from you, Larry Kautz
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VOLUME 4 February March April NUMBER 2
A Quarterly Newsletter for the
Descendants of the Couts Family #15
FROM WHICH LINE DO YOU DESCEND?
So far, our proved information only
goes back to a to the mid-1700, with
the following individuals: John Couts
(wife Leah Stark), Chrisley Couts
(wife-Sarah Wright Collins) ,
William Couts(wife- Emeline Epps),
Henry Couts (wife Sarah Freeman - no issuance),
Margaret Couts(unknown), Mary Magdelane
Couts (Walter Stark), and Elizabeth Couts(Mason).
This is not to say that these were the only
brothers and sister. We have not however,
tied the remainder to the family line.
COUTS DESCENDANT NEARING 92 YEARS
Julia Anne Couts Reynolds (1827 - 1921) was
from Robertson Co., Tennessee, and the
great grandmother of Henry Smith Wilson Jr.
She lived to be 94 years old and Henry is
following in the tradition. He was born in
Haskell Texas in 1907 and will be 92 at the
turn of the century. He graduated from
Haskell (Texas) High School and Austin
College at Sherman Texas. He has been
a school teacher (all grade levels) and
was District Manager for Industrial Safety
Engineering for the Employers Insurance
Of Texas. He was married twice (both
deceased) and has two daughters - one
lives with her husband in Amarillo TX. and
the other lives in California. The California
daughter and her husband are in leadership
positions with the Campus Crusade For Christ.
Henry is "Paw Paw" to his four grandchildren
and three great-grandchildren.
He lives at home in Amarillo and is still
an active member of his church and
community. He drives to the local mall
and walks "a mile or so" every day. On
most evenings, he goes to his daughter
and son-in-law's home to cook dinner "for
the kids." He is extremely personable and
loves to meet and talk with new friends.
No one is a stranger to him for long. He is
a wonderful conversationalist with interests
in a wide variety of subjects. He recently
returned from an unaccompanied flight
to Virginia where he visited with family.
A couple of years ago, he felt that he needed
to learn more about the "computer business"
and enrolled in classes at the local community
college to take introductory and basic courses.
He has been volunteering his time weekly to the
local elementary school to be a mentor to the
students. He tells wonderful stories about how
the young people respond. He was named
"Amarillo Mentor of the Year" in 1999. He is healthy,
happy and productive and makes us proud of
our family heritage. Lynn P. Wilson (nephew)
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A LETTER FROM MR. ARMSTRONG
Maple Bluff Farm December 20, 1999
Dear Barbara, This is the last letter of this
century. It's been fun remembering the
stories about my favorite subject, John Couts.
There are other untold.
In one letter we mentioned the
colorful leaves of fall, well they have fallen
and been raked and removed from the yard.
That means only one thing to us in Tennessee,
winter is on its way. As a youth, I looked
forward to snow, snowball fights and big
bowls of snow cream. These last few years
our weather patterns have changed and
we get very little snow.
From reports about California
weather, you folks enjoy spring and summer
the year round.[sometimes] Sounds good,
is that true? [Currently, we are without
much water, it's about 60 degrees and
intermittent clouds and sun.] This must
have been one of the attractions for Cave
Couts. [Southern California weather is even
more mild that our Northern California
weather. His ranch in hilly, Vista, CA. It
was dry there when we visited in June '99,
but the pond still had noisy frogs.] Barbara
did Cave ever visit back home, once he
was in California? [not to my knowledge]
About Mr. John, after he purchased
this land in 1790. No doubt he chose an old
Indian camp ground to build a home. Such
sites were free of trees and close to a good
supply of drinking water. Such sites proved
us with a good supply of artifacts, proving
early people once lived there.
Records indicated Mr. John drew
pay for some expedition against the
troublesome Indians of that time but he
showed respect for their cemeteries because
about three hundred yards behind his home
was a large Indian graveyard; located on
one half acre of prime farm land. As long
as Mr. John and his son Jackson and
grandson Albert lived, they protected this
plot of ground. But in 1885, the land was
sold and the new owner cleared the land
and placed it into an open field.
In 1908, when my father came here
to work and later to buy this land "said at
that time he saw human bones scattered
on top of the ground." Local history states
those early people wee known as "Woodland
Indians" and they buried their dead in shallow
stone lined graves. By being buried so close to
the top of earth their remains were easily
destroyed and scattered by farming implements.
I came along too late to protect the site
in its original condition, but I have sown the area
in Kentucky Fescue 31, and keep the sod mowed.
Enough for this time. May I take this
opportunity to wish for you and your readers a
happy and prosperous new century. For a
Happy New Year, James S. Armstrong
[Mr. Armstrong recently sent several articles
published in the local newspaper, submitted
by Pam Drake, Robertson County Historical Society.]
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Subject: Huntington Library Research
Most of you know that Barb and I recently
visited her Mom on the west coast. While we
were there, we went to the Huntington Library,
a gorgeous place in LA area, where the personal
records of our relative, Cave Couts, are on file.
To our advantage, Cave was a pack-rat and
saved most documents and letters he received.
I donated two letters to Cave from his mom and
day (1838 and 1846 respectively) that I had found
folded up in my father's Bible. I was doing some
digging trying to resolve a family question that
showed up in my research. Through a lady in Tennessee
that I have been working with, I found out that my
GG Grandmother, Julia Anne Couts Reynolds had
been divorced from her husband, Edward M. Reynolds.
In a letter of which I had a copy, Julia's mom, Nancy
Johnson Couts, referred to what Reynolds did to
Julia and said it had nearly killed her (Nancy). She
died later that year. Anyway, I have been seeking
to solve the mystery of what happened way back
in the 1850s.
The Huntington was wonderful and let me fat finger
many of the hundreds of letters they had to and
from Cave Couts. I asked for copies of five letters
and plan to transcribe them soon. In the meantime,
I'll give you some of the high points. I have 5
handwritten mostly legible letters - all from John
Couts to his and Julia's brother, Cave Couts, in
California. I'll send you transcriptions as I figure
them out. I read quickly most of the letters in
the Huntington Library files from Reynolds, Julia,
John and Cave for that time period and didn't
get a real clear explanation. I have a listing of
all of the letters they have in file and will ask for
copies of a few from late 1857 and early 1858,
because the ones I copied there are a little too
late to catch all the gruesome details. Most of
the content involves the financial activities that
John was taking as Cave's lawyer.
- The first is date 1 Apr 1858. John talks of the
problem with Julia about who owns the slaves
that were bought by John from Reynolds with
Cave's money, but Julia was keeping them in
an action related to her separation/divorce.
John says he has "twice tried hard to get him
(Reynolds) to correct (the bill of sales), but he
is such a dog (underlined) that he won't do
anything whatever." John says Julia is claiming
title to the slaves "which I think ingenuous and
unjust never having paid one cent for them &
knows well that your own money was paid for
them and that they are honestly and justly yours."
He also says that "To assert and maintain her
rights & those of her children, I think highly
commendable - for she is dependent on her
own self - but to claim that which is her brothers
is in my judgement very ungrateful. I sold her your
boy "Anderson" not long since for $750 less than
his worth, but I think I done right under the
circumstances, and was so advised by Uncle Cave
- The second is dated Apr 8, 1858. John says "At
the time I made the purchase for you of that
woman and children (slaves), Sister Julia and
Reynolds were living together with no thought
of a separation." "Shortly after the purchase
and after the bill of Sale was created, the
separation took place. Then for three or four
long years, I looked after those Negroes, had
them well clothed and fed, paid their Doctor
bills, taxes, etc and all and everybody understood
and knew they were yours...." "If you think proper,
you can write her on the subject such a letter
as you may think her conduct deserves. She
has received almost $3000 from her Father's
estate, $2000 alimony from Reynolds and is
not yet satisfied. I would sue Reynolds if he
had any visible means." (John hopes Cave
will visit and resolve the issue with Julia face
- The third letter is July 19, 1858. John says " I
think if Julia could get to you she would
gladly go, particularly if she could get her
consent to leave - Cave (Junior, her son) -
who she can't control - (except) only at the
will of her fool deserted husband (last three
underlined)." (It sounds like Reynolds was
given custody/control of the boy, Cave,
and Julia of the girl, Mollie.) "She (Julia) has
so managed as to make her property worth
about $5000, and is a very good manager,
if she had a good chance and was away
from associations and prejudices that surround
her, she would do well." (John would like
Cave to bring her to Cal, but "I do not think
however that she would consent to go
that far and leave her little boy."
-The fourth letter is dated Nov 30th 1858.
Cave must have visited Clarksville and a
compromise was made with Julia. Cave
got his money for the slaves. John later
writes to Cave "I learn that R..... (Reynolds)
has become so indignant that he intends
paying her back the $1500 in a few days.
If this his ???, I am only sorry we did not get
something like their value. He (Reynolds) has
purchased Dr. Farmer's place in Springfield,
and it is currently reported & by many believed
that they (Reynolds and Julia) are soon to be
re-married. If this be true, I never will speak to
or recognize her as a Sister any longer. Some
parties are hard at work in and around
Springfield to have this matter consumated
if possible. Reynolds told Dr. Farmer that
he received a letter from Henry Couts stating
that you intended making an attack on
him (Reynolds) at sight. This I believe to be
a lie and was only done by him to ??????
as much from Farmer as he could about
your movements." "Julia is now comfortably
situated with Sister Mary, where she will
continue to board."
- The last letter is dated Aug 3, 1859. "I wrote
you a letter in March last which I do not
think you ever received. It was to say that
Julia refused to pay a few bills which had
been made for that woman and children -
for clothes, Dr. bills, granny fees etc amounting
to about $100. She positively agreed to do so in
the compromise, but now says she will not
(underlined) do it and has been advised
not to do so by her Springfield advisers.
".... "Julia is one of the most miserable
women I ever saw, and is made more so
by a knowledge of the fact that R is to be
married soon to a lady in Springfield by the
name Campbell, and then they will take
Cave from her. This is enough to make her
miserable and if I were her would go to
Texas this fall season and live with Tom."
I'm going to continue the search and will
keep you informed as to
"How The (Reynolds) World Turns."....Lynn
Subj: Couts Family in Ohio
(Terry & Diana Couts & Family)
I just found this site tonight on impulse.
Haven't looked over much at this point,
but I'll just share a small bit of my info,
and if it fits with this site, people can
contact me. My father, Lee Ray Couts,
from Van Wert, OH started doing family
research about 7-8 years ago. My dad
got cancer and died about three years
ago. I took over the family genealogy
info. from dad just before his death. My
dad's Couts family came from the Couts'
out of Tuscarawas County, Ohio from the
early 1900's I think (pulling this all from my
faulty memory at this point in time). The
family line I come from came from Pennsylvania,
and before that, I forget, I need to review
my books of information. I am too tired to
recall tonight, but I have reams of info. On
family from early 1900's to present, with all
the family members and branches. Not so
much going back in time, which I would like
to connect back to sometime in near future.
Anyone wishing to share and exchange data
is welcome to contact me at email@example.com
Please no spam or other advertisements
and junk mail. Terry B. Couts - 1951
From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Re:
[TNSUMNER] Leah Stark and Kizzie-hope this helps
Barbara. Thanks very much for all of the
information. You have info on the ancestors
of our James Stark that I had never before seen.
This is particularly interesting because I am
planning a trip to Scotland next
summer and will be in Glasgow for a couple
of days at least. Nice Website! And I will try to
contact Mr. Armstrong. There was at least one
other early Armstrong family (brothers) in
but they were cousins of my line. You probably
know the relationship of our first emigrant James Stark
to General John Stark of NH. I recently found that
James Stark married Elizabeth Thornton in
Londonderry, NH, and the first 3-4 of their 15
children were born in NH before they moved
to Stafford County, VA. I am including a brief
sketch of the children of Sarah Frances Stark,
but I have much more if you are interest. I
use Family Tree Maker, and once I have revised
and completed inputting my Stark data, I
would be happy to send you a Gedcom.
Unfortunately, I would be unable to do this
for at least another month. A series of computer
crashes in 1998 combined with a glich in my FTM,
version 6.0 program left my files in mess, one from
which I am still recovering. I am a descendant of
your Leah's brother, William Stark, through his son
William who married Mary Pitt, Reynold P. Stark and
Elice f Waggoner, James Atlas Stark and Narcissa
Wright, and Sarah Frances Stark and William Caviit
Armstrong. You probably have the children of the
other Stark families. Sarah Frances Stark, b. 1861 in
Robertson County, TN; d. 1953 in Robertson County.
Married William Cavitt Armstrong. b. October 4, 1856;
d. October 15, 1894 in Robertson County. He was
the son of Thomas Elias Armstrong and Josephine
Bigbee and a descendant of Revolutionary War
patriot Captain William Armstrong, 1st and 3rd
NC Regiments, Continental Army.
Helen Gant Donald Columbus, GA (Native Nashvillian)
Children of Sarah Frances Stark
and William Cavitt Armstrong: