!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!* THE KAUTZ, KOUTZ, KOUTS, COUTS 2000 FAMILY INTERNATIONAL REUNION THANK YOU, KAUTZ FAMILY AND THE IRONSTONE KAUTZ WINERY!!! Jeri Dryden, niece of John and Gail Kautz, planned and completed the details for the marvelous reunion activities. Thank you, Jeri! FRIDAY, JULY 7 - Adventurous souls got together and Explored the mother lode country side, toured the winery, visited tasting room and Gift shop. Upstairs a 44 lb. gold Nugget was on display in the Winery's heritage museum. Along side of The winery was a park along the lake. Others visited the historic gold rush towns of Murphy's and Angel's Camp, on "welcome home" week. SATURDAY, JULY 8 - German music was played in the park Saturday and Sunday. In the Winery entrance, a set up that display Family Tree, Photos, Favorite German/Russian Recipes, Memorabilia, and Family Crests. Tents were set up for you with a variety of foods from the Kautz Winery deli.
Lawrence Kautz spoke about Johann George Kautz. He was a Carpenter and Wine makers. Johann George was the father of Major General August Kautz and Rear Admiral Albert Kautz, American heroes. Movies about the German/Russian History were shown. The Children of the Stepp, Schmeckfest, and Traveling to the Volga, gave an overview of the German/Russian area. Arthur Flegel lectured on the history of Germans-Russian settlements of Kautz: Why they followed Katherine the Great to Russia, why they immigrated, where they settled, how they got there, and why they left to journey to the United States of America. John Kautz thanked Mr. Flegel on his Kautz presentation/ lecture about the Kautz of Germany and Russia in the United States will under. In the winery entry, some of us met cousins, uncles, aunts and new relatives. John Kautz, Dennis Bixler (presenter and exhibitioner of the Agricultural Art and Science Foundation. He presented the photo collection of the German Immigrant and their contributions to the American culture and society), and Arthur Flegel greet the crowds of Kautzes. A German choir, Heimat Choir, serenaded us before dinner. It was conducted by Mister Miller, sang German songs eloquently. Herr Miller, conductor. We enjoyed the entertainment a fabulous dinner-German/Russian Buffet banquet, wine, a raffle, introductions, camaraderie, dancing into the evening, to Mr. Coontz and his Werlizer organ.
SUNDAY, JULY 9 - Kautzes sang German songs, attended services, and listened to a German band, saying good-byes and vowing to return, at least in five years, before going home. GREAT PLACE TO VISIT - http://www.ironstonevineyards.com/ The John H. Kautz Winery, in Murphy's California Chrisley Couts Sr. [circa 1750-1790] and Sister Elizabeth [circa 1762-1855] OURS? "Early church records of Rockingham County, Virginia" by F. Edward Wright. Church records of Smith Creek/Linville Baptist Church (later Brock's Gap Baptist Church): Christian Couts was excommunicated for the sin of fornication. Sister Elizabeth Couts was brought before the church for profanely swearing and keeping bad Company - excommunicated. !*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*!*! A Calendar of the Warrants for Land in Kentucky, Granted for Service in the French and Indian War Abstracted by Philip Fall Taylor
Bundles 1-2-3 No. Name Rank Acres surveyed 6 Hon. William Byrd, Colonel 1000, June 3, 1771 By Jno Floyd Ass't Fincastle Co. s.s. of Ohio-cor. Wiliam Fleming. Ass'd by M[ary?] Byrd to John Carter Littlepage. Bundle 77 Hon. William Byrd Col. Of the Va. Regt. 1000, June 3, 1774 By James Douglas, Fincastle Co. on waters of Beargrass Creek, which falls into the Ohio at the head of the Falls-McCorkle's land -cor. To John Floyd-cor. To Southall & Charlton. {Copy of clause of Wm. Byrd's will devising to Thomas Byrd, Att. By M. Byrd. Also Cerfication signed by "M. Byrd." Bundles 130-132 211 Col. William Byrd Colonel 1000, No date Certified by William Preston, Jefferson Co. on Bear Grass; cor. McCorkle and Floyd; cor. Southall and Charleton; to Thomas Taylor Byrd, legatee; letters, etc, of M[ary] Byrd, Ex'x, attached Bundles 156-157 570 Hon Wm. Byrd, dec'd Field Off. 1000, Oct 28, 1786 By Ro. Breckenridge, ass't to Alex'r Breckenridge, S.J. C. Jefferson Co. on the Ohio, at mouth of a creek about 12 miles above Salt River, to Mrs. Mary Byrd, Ex'x 565 " " 1000, Oct. 28, 1786 Ro. Reckenridge, Jefferson Co., on the Ohio, adjoin 1,000 acre survey; Pond Creek; To Mrs. Mary Byrd, Ex'x 566 " " " 567 " " " 568 " " 569 " "
The Battle of Cowpens Since so many of the families who married into the Couts branch and others, who settled in the borderlands between Tennessee and Kentucky, all came from the Spartenburg, South Carolina area (circa 1781), I felt that it was appropriate to share a portion of the Revolutionary War that made the migration possible. Much of the population was on the move, including Teter Couts, who sold his land of twenty years and we think, headed to Sugar Creek, Kentucky. The Battle of Cowpens http://www.ngb.dtic.mil/referenc/gallery/cowpen.htm THE COWPENS, SOUTH CAROLINA, JANUARY 17, 1781In upland South Carolina, at a place where local farmers penned their cows, an American force of 300 Continentals and 700 militia from North and South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia, won a brilliant victory against the British. On January 16, Brigadier General Daniel Morgan, pursued by 1,100 British under Lt.Col. Banastre Tarleton, carefully picked his ground for a defensive battle. That night, Morgan personally went among the Continentals and militiamen to explain his plan of battle. Morgan wanted two good volleys from the militia, who would then be free to ride away. The next day, the battle went very much as Morgan had planned. Georgia and North Carolina sharpshooters, in front of the main body of American militia, picked off British cavalrymen as they rode up the slight rise toward the Americans. Then the deadly fire of the main body of South and North Carolina militia forced Tarleton to commit his reserves. Seeing the militia withdrawing as planned, the 17th Light Dragoons pursued, but were driven off by Morgan's cavalry. Meanwhile, the British infantry, who assumed that the Americans were fleeing, were hit by the main body of Continentals, Virginia militiamen, and a company of Georgians. At the battle's end they were aided by militia troops, who, instead of riding away as planned, attacked the 71st Highlanders, who were attempting to fight their way out of the American trap. The British lost: 100 killed including 39 officers, 229 wounded, and 600 captured. As they fled the field, Tarleton and his dragoons were pursued by Colonel William Washington's cavalry, which included mounted Georgia and South Carolina militiamen. The Continentals who fought at Cowpens are perpetuated today by the 175th Infantry, Maryland Air National Guard, and the 198th Signal Battalion, Delaware Air National Guard, and the Virginia militia by the 116th Infantry, Virginia Air National Guard. The heritage of the rest of the American troops who fought in this "greatest tactical victory ever won on American soil" is carried on today by the Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina Army National Guards. INTERNET RESEARCH - COUTS ON LINE From: "Anne L. Miller" To: Barbara Couts Evans Subject: Christley and Aaron Couts Good Morning Barb, Here is a piece of information that I have been searching through piles and files for. Finally it came to light. It is a good indication of the possible birth dates for Christley and Aaron, since they had to be between 14 and 21 in order to choose their own guardians: "At a County Court held for the County of Warren at the Court house in the Town of Bowling green ON Monday the 3rd day of December 1804" "Christley Couch and Aaron Couch orphans of Chrisley Couch Came into Court and made choice of Baily Anderson as their guardian Who entered into Court in the penalty of $500 conditioned as the law directs with Jesse Kirby Sec". ORDER BOOK B, #567, Warren County Kentucky 3 December 1804 The zerox copy of this order was very light and extremely hard to read. Hopefully I have transcribed it accurately. Anne Miller amille01@coin.org (NOTE* new e-mail address as of March 1 2000) Robertson County, Tennessee Query Forum - Couts and allied families Posted by Barbara Couts Evans on Monday, 29 May 2000 Surname: COUTS Hello, We are seeking information on the early settlers of the border region between VA (KY) and NC (TN), circa 1780's to 1830's. Specifically, we are looking for the COUTS family (often misspelled and mispronounced Couch, Coons, Coontz, Cotes, and 82 variations including "K" i.e.Kouts). We will happily share what we have and include your info in our newsletter and webpage. http://www.syix.com/bevans/barbara/couts.html Posted by Janet Hunter on Mon, 29 May 2000, in response to Couts and allied families, posted by Barbara Couts Evans on Mon, 29 May 2000 Surname: Couts, Stark, Byrd, Bird, Choate, Haley Hi Barb, I thought you had our Couts line well in hand (smile), [I WISH] and I am here working on Bird/Byrd and Choate. Can you tell me WHERE exactly, in what counties, etc. in TN/NC/VA/WVA you have pin pointed the Couts going?? And, what time frame (1780-90??) I always assumed that they went from Loudoun, etc. straight to Robertson Co. I'd like to help. Janet (Baugh) Hunter..John Couts & Leah Stark>Nancy Couts and John Byrd/Bird, s/o as of yet unknown>Henry Bird/Byrd & Lucinda Choate,d/o Powhatan CHOATE and Winey Haley, both of Robertson Co TN at some point. Hi Janet! The Teter/John Couts (no heirs) (Kautz) were found in Augusta Co. (No. Branch of the Shanando 1761-1781), Rockingham, and Hampshire (now WVA) VA area. Probably Loudoun before that. It is believed that son, John, of Teter lived in Clinch River for a while. Chrisley, son, of Teter fought in the Rev. War in the Western Div. under Geo. Rogers Clark, near Louisville, KY and by 1786 was in Lincoln Co. (what is now Allen Co.) KY. Their brother, Henry (probably William Henry) was first found in Garrard Co. KY and then, with Teter, lived in Hardin Co. south of Elizabethtown, on Sugar Creek. I am seeking proof for all of the above. I forgot to say that Chrisley died by 1790-1 and his brother, John Couts had arrived in the Springfield area and met Leah Stark, by that time. Their descendents still present today. John died in Aug 1829. Uncle Henry, who is the key to the proof we need (transfer of deeds) died in 1818. He ties the family members together through his will, naming sister, Margaret and nephew Chrisley Jr. From: KGFrontier@aol.com Subject: Couts Hi! Saw your query on the Rockingham County site ("am seeking information on Deter and Susannah Kouts (Koutz,Couts) They lived in Rockingham Co. 1761-1781 on the N. Branch of the Shannando River. I am seeking information on them and their heirs. Will happily share our info. Thanks!" ) I'm curious to know whether the John Couts in Davidson County, TN is a part of this family. Do you know? Karen Green kgfrontier@aol.com Subj: Couts family? From: Kathy Angel 1955 To: bevans@coutsfamily.com Hi My name is Katherine Hobbs I live in Barstow I have learning about family history My grandmother was Cave J Couts's granddaughter. I believe that how it is, her name was Aurine Nancy Couts . I have been to the Rancho Guajome. have met a lot of the family there I met William Bandini Couts he was a really great man. I would be interested in hearing from you on this . My Email is KathyAngel1955 @aol.com Thank you will be looking forward to hearing from you . I'm learning how to use this puter I'm a little ruff around the edges. Thanks Kathy. Subj: Couts/Farmers From: CAESARMHSTo: iponder@ameritech.net File: whfarmer.doc (31232 bytes) DL Time (TCP/IP): <1 minute Teresa, I am forwarding you a letter regarding Farmer/Couts families in answer to your Couts query. Barbara, I though you might be able to use this information if you don't have it. Thanks, The name of the document is called whfarmer.doc Mary Scott Dear Teresa, I saw your query in the Couts newsletter and asked Barbara for your email address. I descend from John and Henrietta Couts line, not William and Nancy, but I, too, had noticed some inconsistencies with regard to the William Farmer situation. So I decided to delve a little deeper hoping to straighten it out. The Stark book by Harris and Jorgenson seems to have made the same mistake that I believe we all have regarding William Farmer. I could still be wrong so I would like to hear from you if you think you have anything that might be contrary to my theory. Apparently there were two William Farmers in Robertson County in the 1850s, one was a farmer and one was a doctor. We know Elizabeth Couts married William H. Farmer Feb 24, 1840 Robertson Co., Tn. Subj: Re: Alvis Couts marshall.mccoy@weyerhaeuser.com, Hello- I am helping a good friend of mine, Len Lockwood, to get started on his tree. He descends from Alvis Couts and Sarah Grim through their daughter Lutetia who md. Lowell Lockwood in 1892. Thanks for your help! Marshall McCoy. Subj: Dietrick Couts From: eashand@ev1.net (Elizabeth Shandalow) Barbara, I sent you an e-mail on Genforum asking for assistance on my Couts line. After I left Genforum I went to Family Treemaker Genealogy Site. I input the name Elizabeth Couts. Several listings came up and on the third page there was one for Elizabeth Couts. When I clicked on to it the page that came up had all kinds of stuff on Dietrick Couts. He was listed as the father of Elizabeth but Bavester Barton was not listed as her husband. So I do not know if this is my Elizabeth or not. What is important is that it may be your Dietrick. It was under a subheading of ancestors of John Reynolds Wilson. It might be worth checking out. It would be great if this helped. Again, if you have anything on Elizabeth Couts, wife of Bavester Barton, I would really appreciate it. Take care. Subj: Ysidora Bandini Couts From: marcybarr@bigcanyoncc.org (Marcy Barr) Hi, I am not a family member but I am a member of the San Juan Capistrano Mission Living History Society. We portray individuals who were in or near the mission during the years. When seeking a character, Tony Forester, great grandson of Juan Forester, suggested Ysidora. Your web page has been a great help. I am still seeking a little more information on Ysidora. She is mentioned but there is not much detail. I have not read through all your newsletters as yet but keep in doing so. I need to dress in period dress. Tony tells me that Cave and Juan Forester were the best of friends and corresponded on a regular basis since they were two of the few who spoke English at that time. Any help or direction you could provide would be most appreciated. Thank you. Marcy Barr Roots Web's World Connect Project Glad/Kennamer Genealogy Couts Chrisley Jr. Mrs. Homer (Martha Elizabeth) Ryland, After her birth, supposedly, Chrisley Couts disappeared for 10 years. "Came back" in 1832, sold his home to Thomas Warren, 80 acres, to be paid for by 1835. Tom Glad ID: I44068 Name: Aaron Couts Sex: M Birth: 1780 in Warren, Ky. Death: BET. 1826 - 1891 Reference N0: TJG-44069 Father: Chrisley Couts Mother: Sarah Wright Marriage 1 Elizabeth Barton b: 1794 in Pendleton Dist, Anderson, South Carolina [??] Married: 1820 Married: WFT Est. 1808-1841 Married: WFT Est. 1808-1844 Please use this information only as a starting point, I have not verified every source. I hope you can find that missing link Boone County Virginia Easley DeMarce ID: I02755 Name: Aaron Couts Sex: M Birth: BET. 1793 - 1795 Per Family Group Sheet, Elizabeth Barton, b. 1794-1799, SC; m. (1) 5 April 1821, Lacy Meadows; m. (2) Aaron Couts (Barton 1981). NOTE BY VED: I think the Meadows marriage was POSS a remarriage for Bavister Barton's widow, but DAR applications thought the marriage was for a daughter. Meadows, Lacy and Betsy Barton, Apr. 5, 1821, Warren Co., KY, both over 21. Sec: Berry Barton (Thomas, Rabold, and Price 1820, 56). This could be a remarriage for the widow, since Lacy Meadows was on the 1820 census of Allen Co., KY, with a household of - 1 - 1 - -males; 2 1 1 - - females; - - - - (Lawson 1987, 1). I don't find him later: see ASF entry above which had Berry Barton married to "Lucy Meadows." W. Clyde Barton had no information on descendents of this line. NOTE BY VED: I have found no evidence for a "Couts" marriage. On the other hand, I have located no documented data concerning the wife and children of Aaron Couts. 1830 U.S. Census, Lafayette Co., MO, p. 258, shows Aaron Couts age 40-50; wife age 30-40. Children: 1 male under 5, 1 male 5-10, 1 male 10-15, 1 male 15-20; 1 female under 5, 1 female 5-10, 1 female 10-15, 1 female 15-20. Lafayette Co. Mo Queries Couts http://genconnect.rootsweb.com/genbbs.cgi/USA/Mo/Lafayette?read=329 Posted by Barbara Anson on Tue, 20 Jun 2000, in response to Couts Family, Early Missouri, posted by Barbara Couts Evans on Sun, 13 Feb 2000 Surname: Anson, Anderson, Couts, Collins, Wright, Barton, Kirby My research shows Christly Couts Jr. died in Lafayette Co in 1839. His father Christly Sr. Married Sarah Wright who later married my ancestor William Collins. Christly and Sarah had 5 children, Aaron b. @1780 m1-Elizabeh Barton, m2 in 1818-Sally Kerby in Warren Co KY.I have Sarah Wright buried in Warren Co KY in 1810. Hope this helps. My line, the Anson/Anderson/Collins is very much in Layfayette Co., Mo. My History of Layfayette co says this: "William Collins (Sr), a soldier of the revolutionary war from Carolina, also his so and son-in-law and theri families amounting to eight persons, were among the first settlers of this township (Davis) settling here in 1825." The history also refers to a George Barton, Abner and Mary Dyer of Warren Co, KY. No reference for Christly or Aaron Couts. Surname: Collins Anderson Posted by David L. Anderson on Thu, 02 Mar 2000, in response to Couts Family, Early Missouri, posted by Barbara Couts Evans on Sun, 13 Feb 2000 Surname: Anderson, Moore, Dyer, Collins, Matthews, Caufield Researching has drawn a blank on the Moore and Caufield GGgrandmother Nancy Jane Moore married Abner Dyer abt 1803 in Pendleton District South Carolina. Abner and Nancy migrated to Warren County Ky. I am trying to find Nancy Janes Parents and or brothers/sisters or any Moore connection. Abner Dyer Died abt 1812 in Warren Co. Ky.. Nancy remarried William Collins in Mar.1818 They move to Mo. before 1840 with their combined families. William Collins first marriage was to Sarah Wright and they had 7 children. The families descendents still reside around the Lafayette Co. and Johnson Co., Warrensburg Mo. area. The Caufields are a blank as their are some Buried in the McGinness Cemetery. They could have been Brothers to James Matthews Wife, "Nancy" who came from Antrim County Ireland. James and Nancy also are buried at the McGinness Cemetery in Lafayette County. Anson/Anderson/Collins Posted by Barbara Anson on Tue, 20 Jun 2000, in response to Surname: Collins Anderson, posted by David L. Anderson on Thu, 02 Mar 2000 Surname: Anson, Anderson, Collins, Dyer Hi Cousin! In Layfayette Co, Mo, Emily Elizabeth Anderson m. Amon Anson. Her parents were Ira Davis Anderson and Harriot Adline Collins. Her father William Collins believed married #1 Sarah Wright Couts #2 Nancy Moore Dyer. Sarah's father was John Wright. This info was received from Sara Scheil in Independence Mo in 1982
1850 census lists: W.H. Farmer age 35 occupation: FARMER Elizabeth A. age 32 Mary F. age 10 Martha J. age 8 Elizabeth age 6 Eliza R. age 4 Julia age 1 As you noted there is also an Elizabeth Farmer with two children listed in the household with the Nancy Couts family.1850 census: Elizabeth Farmer age 24 Ann age 6 Willis age 5 Robertson County 1860 census shows the following: W.H. Farmer age 46 occup.:FARMER W.H. Farmer age 50 occup:PHYSICIAN E.A. age 42 M.E. age 34 E.C. (fm) age 18 W.H. age 15 student E.B. (fm) age 16 J.H. (fm) age 11 N.M. (fm) age 9 W.T. (m) age 7 C. (fm) age 5 V.A. (fm) age 1 Robertson County 1870 census: Logan County, KY 1870 census: W.H.Farmer age 56 occup. FARMER Willis H. Farmer age 60 occup. DOCTOR Sally age 45 Elizabeth M. age 44 E. B. age 26 John L. age 2 Bets age 28 W.T. age 16 Living next door in Logan Co. KY: Dona age 14 Willis H. Jr. age 25 occup. DOCTOR Jenny age 12 Sally age 21 Gilbert Jones age 6 Martin Jones age 4
Marriage Records for Robertson Co. Tn: M.V. Ingram married Anna Lurie Farmer 8 Feb 1860 Robertson County, Tennessee Abstracts of Chancery Court Loose Papers 1844-1872
# 94 ----John F. Couts, ex. Vs. Mrs. Nancy Couts et al. FILED 1852 Re: Estate of William Couts - William Couts died testate 17 Dec 1848 Widow: Nancy Couts Children: John F. Couts - Robertson Co. Mary A. Judkins, wife of Albert Judkins of Montgomery, TN Cave J. Couts of California Willie B. Couts of California Martha J. Couts, widow of Archer B.Couts - Robertson Co. Elizabeth M. Farmer, wife of Willie H. Farmer - Robertson Co.** Julia Reynolds, wife of E.M. Reynolds - Robertson Co. Thomas H. Couts - a minor of age in October - Robertson Co. George Couts, minor 17 years old - Robertson Co. # 535---Mrs. Julia A. Reynolds vs. Cave C. & Mary Reynolds Re: Petition to sell Negroes - FILED 1860 Julia Reynolds, daughter of Wm Couts. Julia Reynolds divorced her husband, EM Reynolds by decree 12 Jun 1856 Children….Cave and Mary Reynolds. Mrs. Martha J. Couts - sister of Julia Reynolds Dr. W.H. Farmer, brother-in-law of Mrs. Julia Reynolds # 631---Thomas Stoltz et al vs. Dr. W.H. Farmer et al - FILED 1861-1866 Re: Accusation of fraud in disposing of Negroes. Annie L. Ingram, wife of Martin V. Ingram and daughter of Dr. Willis H. Farmer # 797---Wm S Gambrill & wife et al vs. John F. Couts et al - FILED 1870 Petition for clear title to tract of land……. Wm Couts died 1848 testate. His widow died July 1855 Children of Wm Couts: John F. Couts -Montgomery Co. Cave J. Couts & Willie B. Couts - California Thomas H. Couts - d. 1865 Texas. His widow Sallie m. Jas. Binkley
George Couts - Kentucky Mary A. Judkins - California Elizabeth M. Farmer, wife of Dr. W.H. Farmer - KENTUCKY Julia A. Reynolds - Robertson Co. Martha J. Couts m. 1) Archer Couts 2) Wm Gilbert Martha's dau., Ella Couts m. Mar 1869 Wm S. Gambrill
Robertson County, Tennessee 1802-1930 Obituaries and Death Records - Poole FARMER, WILLIAM H. Yesterday, Dr. William H. Farmer, who had been one of the eminent and successful practitioners in this section for nearly 70 years, died at his home at Keysburg, Kentucky. Heart failure was the cause of death. He was 87 years old, the youngest son and last survivor of a large family reared in Robertson County by Colonel William Farmer, who commanded a regiment in General Alexander's brigade in Revolutionary War. His father Col. William Farmer distinguished himself as a soldier and was awarded two sections of land, which he entered on the Cumberland, on a portion of which Nashville is now located. He was a member of the Methodist Church, and a man of much piety. The funeral services and burial took place at Keysburg this afternoon. Dr. Farmer was the father-in-law of M.V. Ingram of Clarksville, so well known to the press of Tennessee, for he was the founder of the Clarksville Tobacco Leaf and for a number of years was one of the most spirited writers in the state. Nashville American April 9, 1897. My best guess is that Elizabeth Couts married William (Willis) H. Farmer the PHYSICIAN and together they appeared to have had only three children: 1) Martha J. Farmer b. April 4, 1841 - Died- Sep.-1850 (the census was taken at the Couts house October 1850 so Martha had just died)….2) Anna Laurie Farmer b. cir. 1843-44, and 3) Willis H. Farmer, Jr. b. cir. 1845. William H. Farmer must have been on a house call or he could have been tending to burial details…. hard to say why he missed the census. Anna Laurie Farmer, their daughter, married Martin V. Ingram and moved to Clarksville, Tennessee. The Farmer family resided in Robertson County until sometime after 1860 at which time they must have moved to Keysburg, Kentucky. Elizabeth M. Couts Farmer died sometime between 1870-1897. Apparently she was buried in the William Couts cemetery where the gravesite states that she was born 1825. This date would be in keeping with the information she provided to the various censuses. I'm afraid this doesn't help you out in your search for your Julia's "ELIZABETH" ancestor is. My guess is that the two Farmer families are somehow related. The obit for WH Farmer the doctor mentioned land in Nashville. Could be that you might find more Farmers in Davidson County. Just a hunch. ARTICLES FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNION AND OCEANSIDE BLADE August 30, 1990 LOS ANGELES TIMES AGE 138 RANCHO GUAJOME OCEANSIDE Built in 1852, this 20-room adobe is now the subject of a massive restoration project by the county Parks and Recreation Department. About $800,000 has been raised of the $2 million needed to repair the adobe walls disintegrating because of dampness and the elements. Owned and operated by two generations of the Cave Johnson Couts family, the rancho played host at one time to Helen Hunt Jackson, the 19th- Century author and Indian activist. one of the large guest bedrooms has been named by park rangers, "The Helen Hunt Jackson Room." In its heyday, the 2,219 acre Rancho Guajome was a self- sustaining community. The Couts family expanded the adobe over the years to include a chapel, stables, a blacksmith shop and tack room and a courtyard. COLONEL CAVE J. COUTS, of Guajome. Of all the prominent men who at one time or another held official positions in San Diego County, none are more deserving of fame that Colonel Cave Johnson Couts. Although trained to arms, being a graduate of West Point, and having made a gallant record in the war with Mexico, yet his greatest achievements were in the paths of peace. Of a tall, commanding figure, a little over six feet in height, weighing about 165 pounds, straight as an arrow, willowy and active, a perfect horseman, the beau ideal of a cavalry officer, with the natural instincts of a gentleman, supplemented by a thorough education, fond of an active, busy life, devoted to his family, the soul of honor, - to him a lie was like blasphemy, being inexcusable and unpardonable, - of strict integrity and business habits,he was also jovial and a genial companion, fond of jokes, music and dancing; a thorough man of business and a perfect gentleman in society. He was born near Springfield, Tennessee, November 11, 1821, in the same neighborhood where his father and mother were born, where they married, lived and died. His education was taken in hand by his uncle, Cave Johnson, who became Secretary of the Treasury under President Polk, and at the age of seventeen he was sent to West Point, graduating in 1843, when he was commissioned a Brevet Second Lieutenant in the Regiment of Mounted Rifles, served on the frontier at Fort Jesup, Louisiana, until 1845, when he was sent with a detachment of troops to Fort Washita, Indian Territory, in the meantime being commissioned Second Lieutenant of the First Dragoons, on frontier duty at Evansville, Arkansas, and Fort Gibson, I ndian Territory, until February, 1847, when he was promoted First Lieutenant of the First Dragoons, and served on the Mexican frontier throughout the war, passing through New Mexico and Arizona, and Lower California to San Diego, serving in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Luis Rey from 1848 to 1851, in the meantime conducting the expedition to the Gila river in 1849. April 5, 1851, he married Ysidora Bandini, a daughter of Don Juan Bandini, in San Diego; in October of the same year he resigned from the army and was soon thereafter appointed Colonel and Aid-de- Camp on the staff of Governor Bigler. He was very methodical in his habits, and kept a class album containing the autographs of all who were at West Point during the time he was there, and also an exceedingly well-written journal of his trip across the country from Indian Territory to San Diego. The journey is beautifully illustrated with views along the route, as he was an excellent artist; only three of his pictures have been given to the public: Old San Diego, the Mission of San Diego and the Mission of San Luis Rey, all as they appeared in 1850; a few copies were lithographed, and subsequently photographs have been taken from the lithographs. The missions in 1850 were much finer than they are now, and his foresight has preserved for the future valuable mementos of the past. In his class album appear the signatures of D. H. Hill and R. H. Anderson of South Carolina; A. J. Williamson, U. S. Grant and R. Hazlitt, of Ohio; T. C. Hammond, Charles Mahon, W. B. Franklin, J. H. Garland and W. S. Hancock, of Pennsylvania; H. Brown, F. Denman, D. B. Sacket, F. Steele, Henry M. Judah, M. K. Van Bokkelin, B. S. Ripley and Charles Allen Hardie, of New York; James R. May, John Newton, R. W. Johnston and J. P. Johnston, of Virginia; C. Benjamin of Indiana; Earl of Van Dorn and W. H. C. Whiting, of Mississippi; E. E. McLean, of Maryland; A. P. Stewart, W. Pope Hale and John Y. Bicknell, of Tennessee; H. Clement Story, of Louisiana: W. L. Crittenden, J. J. C. Bibb, J. J. Reynolds and S. Bolivar Buckner, of Kentucky; Henry Coppee and James Longstreet, of Georgia; C. Colon Anger, of Michigan; F. T. Dent, of Missouri; Mansfield Lowell and Alfred Pleasanton, of the District of Columbia. From among the foregoing names it will not be difficult to pick out a large number who have since become famous for the part they took on either side of the late war. Although Colonel Couts was an extensive raiser of cattle and horses, yet he early foresaw that the climate of San Diego County was adapted to all kinds of agriculture, particularly to horticulture, and he was the first to plant an orchard on a large scale with the improved varieties of fruits, and for years his was the only orange grove in the country. For two years after leaving the army he lived in San Diego, where he served a term as County Judge; in 1853 he moved with his family, consisting of his wife and two children, to Guajome, which place has ever since been the family homestead; it was an Indian grant and contains 2,219 acres, made by the Mexican Government to Andres, an Indian, and to his two sisters. It was bought by Don Abel Stearns, of Los Angeles, and by him presented to Mrs. Couts as a wedding present. In the Indian language the term means "frog pond." When Colonel Couts went out there in 1852 to take possession and inaugurate his improvements, there was not the sign of a tree of any kind, where now are immense orchards, vineyards and willow thickets; he carries a few boards from San Diego, and with them and willow poles, hauled from the river bottom two miles away, he put up a little shed sufficient to cook and sleep in. There was a damp piece of land, a small cienega, but no running water, and in order to water his mules it was necessary to dig a hole in the ground with a spade, and with a small dipper dip up enough water to fill a bucket and thus water his mules. Where that was done in 1852 there is now a large pond, sixty feet in diameter and seven feet deep, full all the time and running over in a large stream, which issued for irrigation. At that time there were a great number of Indians in and around San Luis Rey, and it was an easy matter for Colonel Couts as he was an Indian agent, to command the services of enough laborers to do his work. It was not long before the results of the patient labor of 300 Indians took the form of an immense adobe house, built in a square, containing twenty rooms, a fine court-yard in the center, well filled with orange and lemon trees and every variety of flower; immense barns stables, sheds and corrals were added, after extensive quarters for the servants were built; then to finish the whole a neat chapel was built and formally dedicated to the worship of God. His military training enabled him to control and manage the Indians, as only he could. Everything in and about the ranch was conducted with such neatness and precision that a stranger would at once inquire if "Don Cuevas," as he was generally called, was not from West Point. By strict attention to business he accumulated thousands of cattle, hundreds of horses and mules, a large band of sheep, and added to his landed interest by the purchase of the San Marcos, Buena Vista and La Joya ranches, besides some 8,000 acres of Government lands adjoining the homestead; in all some 20,000 acres. But the passage of the "no-fence law" almost ruined him financially, as he was compelled to dispose of his cattle at a fearful sacrifice, and he was just recovering from the crash when he died. He was not permitted to enjoy the fruits of years of toil and thousands of dollars well spent. His death occurred at the Horton House, in San Diego, June 10, 1874, from an aneurism. Colonel Couts was one of twelve children, his wife one of ten, and she bore him ten, viz.: Abel Stearns, who died in 1855, aged nearly four years; Maria Antonia, now the wife of Colonel Chalmers Scott, living in San Diego, with seven children; William Bandini, married to Cristina, daughter of Don Salvador Estudillo, farming near the San Marcos ranch; Cave Johnson, Jr., a surveyor by profession; Ysidora Forster, now the wife of W. D. Gray; Elena, married to Parker Dear, Esq., and living on the Santa Rosa ranch; Robert Lee, John Forster, and Caroline, married to John B. Winston, of Los Angeles. Dona Ysidora Bandini de Couts, widow of Colonel Cave J Couts, deceased, has continued to reside on the old homestead at Guajome, and for fifteen years has managed the estate with great skill and ability. Her task has been a trying one, and, but for her great will-power, she would have broken down long ago; but she comes of a family renowned for physical and mental strength and beauty. Her father, Don Juan Bandini, was a prominent official under the Mexican government, living in San Diego, where Ysidora was born, but, being a progressive man a possessing an education far above those who surrounded him, he was quick to foresee the result of the war with Mexico, and was one of the first to side with the Americans. It was three of his daughters, Ysidora being one, who made the first American flag hoisted in Los Angeles. Her grandfather Don Juan Bandini, was a native of old Spain, and admiral in the Spanish navy, stationed on the pacific coast under the old regime, and was in command in Peru when her son John, the father of Ysidora, was born. The family are originally Italian, and Prince Bandini, of Rome, is at the present head of the house. At the time of her marriage, Don Ysidora was considered the most beautiful lady in Southern California, if not on the coast; and even now, although time and care have necessarily had their effect, yet few, of her years, would claim to rival her. "AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA", THE LEWIS PUBLISHING COMPANY, 1890. CAVE J. COUTS, JR., a native of California, was born on the Gua Joine ranch, situated eight miles east of Oceanside, June 5, 1856. The biography of his father, Colonel Cave J. Couts, appears in this history. The education of Cave J., Jr., was first by private tutor on the ranch. He was then at school at Los Angeles for three years, and then attended the Southwestern Presbyterian University at Clarksville, Tennessee, taking the classical course as well as a common course in civil engineering, passing his final examinations in 1874 with marks of distinction. He then returned home and began the practice of his profession in 1877 at Los Angeles, as assistant to Michael Kellehar, who was then City Engineer. He has also been largely connected with railroad work with the California Southern and Southern Pacific, and in the interests of the latter road assisted in surveying a line from Yuma to Port Isabel, under the management of Colonel Chalmers Scott. In 1883 he accompanied Colonel Scott to Central America in the interests of the same road, and in 1884 was resident engineer of the Salvador Central Railway, and was also the accredited representative for the Central American Pacific Railway and Transportation Company in the city of San Salvador, remaining in Central America until October, 1884, when he was driven out by yellow fever, and was the only one in five who recovered and reached home. In 1885 he laid out and subdivided the ranch of A. J. Myers, upon which is now built the city of Oceanside. Mr. Couts is now the only United States Deputy Surveyor in San Diego County. He was married in January, 1887, to Miss Lily Bell Clemens, a lineal descendent of John Mullanphy, who was one of the pioneers and founders of St. Louis, Missouri, a noted philanthropist who established many homes and hospitals in that city. Mr. and Mrs. Couts have one son, Cave J., born October 15, 1887. Mr. Couts has a pleasant home at San Diego, and also owns a ranch of 160 acres within one mile of his birthplace, where passes much of his time. "AN ILLUSTRATED HISTORY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA", THE LEWIS PUB. COMPANY, 1890 MATHEW CALDWELL NEPHEW TO MARY "POLLY" CALDWELL COUTS SONS OF DEWITT COLONY TEXAS Wallace L. McKeehan "Fight for your Homes and Families and give them Hell---there was something very solom with great courage as well as Chivaraly mixed with a little of the comic in the appearance of the Col---above the common hight of men a little slim dark hair now mixed with white patches mor partulary in the Beard by which he got the Sobriquite of Old Paint....James Ramsay at the Battle of Salado." "Mathew (Old Paint) Caldwell was born in Kentucky about 1798 and is said to have acquired the nickname because of white spots in his hair, beard and on his breast like a paint horse. According to Kemp in The Signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence, Caldwell is thought, like the Burkett, Zumwalts, Kents and DeWitts, to have come from Missouri. Baker in Texas Scrapbook says he came from Tennessee. Other records indicate that Caldwell and his family were part of the party who came to the colony as part of the Tennessee-Texas Land Company. Land records indicate that Caldwell arrived in the DeWitt Colony with a family of 5 on 20 Feb 1831. He received title to a sitio of land on 22 Jun 1831 southwest of current Hallettsville in Lavaca County near the Zumwalt Settlement. In Gonzales, Caldwell acquired the original James Hinds residence on Water St. across from the Guadalupe River south of the Dickinson and Kimble Hat Factory. Dixon in The Men Who Made Texas states that Caldwell was born 8 Mar 1798, moved with his parents to Missouri in 1818, became a skilled Indian fighter in Missouri and was involved in trading with local Indians in the territory. Dixon further states he came to Texas from Missouri via Natchitoches by horseback in 1833 and first settled in current Sabine County where he was elected along with Stephen Blount and Martin Parmer to represent the area at the Independence Convention of 1836. Election returns in Gonzales County show Caldwell and John Fisher were elected delegates from that municipality for the convention. Capt. Caldwell married Mrs. H. Morrison in Washington County on 17 May 1837 with Rev. W.P. Smith officiating. After her death he married Mrs. Lily Lawley. He was the father of three or more children, Martha (m. Isham D. Davis), Ann (m. Johnson Baker Ellison) and Curtis who died young.. Caldwell County, Texas is believed to have been named in honor of Mathew Caldwell. He died in 1842." 9 NEWSLETTER MATERIALS CAN BE SENT TO: BARBARA COUTS EVANS please click for e-mail. please click to go back to the main page.