VOLUME 5 May June July NUMBER 3 2000

A Quarterly Newsletter for the Descendants of the Couts Family #20


VACATION TIME!!! Randy and I will be winging our way to Nashville, on Southwest, back to Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana on July 10th. This v acation will be our first trip " back home". I am so excited I can't wait for school to be finished. We have our tickets, car, and motel…just waiting for the time! H OPE TO SEE YOU ALL… L et me know if I can bring something. Barb A LETTER FROM JAMES ARMSTRONG March 20, 2001 Dear Barbara, For many years I have been concerned with Mr. John Couts, Sr. a nd his accomplishments in a new world. The achievements and s kills of this pioneer backwoodsman are long remembered by hundreds of descendants. In the past I have attempted to relate a few narratives about Mr. John and, by linking them, have shown a man who l ived in a period where skills and perseverance were needed qualities. This letter is not all about a frontiersman, but concerns a mistake I made in judgement. One day as a teenager, I was walking with my Dad along the banks of Sulphur Fork Creek, and he told me this story: He pointed to a spot some few feet from the creek bank and said, " If you ever plow this area, don't let your plow go too deep because beneath the top soil there, lies a stone wall put there by a former owner, John Couts." He said he was told by a recent owner (not Mr. John) that "during Mr. John's time a big flood left a natural channel. In time, the rocks were covered with dirt and today they cannot be seen." Nearly seventy years later I decided the area along the creek needed reseeding. Still very aware of the warning given to me, I set the plow to plow very shallow. The problem was that I had forgotten exactly where the forbidden spot was located, so with care, I slowly plowed along with apparent ease until all of a sudden, the plow and tractor stopped. The plow point had found the rock wall. When the tractor hesitated, the governors of the tractor opened and a fresh surge of mechanical power moved the vehicle forward, jerking the plow free of the rock wall and completely out of the ground. The result was a twisted useless implement. Whose fault? Mine, hands down. With Regards, James Armstrong INTERNET CONNECTIONS From: WACouts@cs.com Subject: Found Half Brother Dear Barbara, Thank you for a wonderful web site. Because of you and it my husband Wayne has found and been i n contact with his half brother Jerry Couts who E-mailed you about the Ohio and Michigan Couts family. After reading his e-mail posted on your site about his grandfather Earl of Bucyrus, Ohio I knew that we had finally found the other half of my husband's family. Earl Couts only had one son Lester who is Jerry's and Wayne's father. Lester was married to Catherine Reisterer (they lived in Sandusky, Ohio) and they divorced. Lester then married Thelma Braun (they lived in Michigan). Lester and Catherine had two sons Robert and Wayne. Lester and Thelma had two sons, Gerald and Dale. "Ann T. Reed" anntreed@nwoknet.net Subject: Kutch I am trying to find information on the Kutch family, whose name has been spelled Kootch, Kutch, Cootch, etc. Have you seen this spelling in your family line? My immigrant ancestor was Tedtrick or Dedrick Kootch and his wife was Susanna of Prussia. Any information will be appreciated. Thank You, Ann Tipton Reed From: Diana Dunn djensendunn@yahoo.com Subject: Couts/Lockwood Barb, I'm finally picking up my research a little bit again. By late this summer I should be back in business. We're moving to Alabama and I'll give up my work for at least a little while. I received the newsletter and wanted to share a small note with you. On page 8 you have a letter from my great aunt Bertha. She helped me start my research over 15 years ago by sending me the info she had. She has always been such a wonderful person. She mentions in the letter that Sarah and Alvis' children were orphaned when Alvis died. At the time Alvis died Sarah was still alive. Sarah is listed in the 1880 Pike County census with her children. I do not know if she died shortly after that or not. I do know that their Grandma Couts (Nancy Reed) was living in Crawford County, Arkansas by 1910. She is in the household of her son, Larkin at that time. She may have traveled there with her grandchildren or even more likely she may have been there prior to their arrival. That may be why the children were sent to their uncle. My new e-mail listing is: djensendunn@yahoo.com Take Care, Diana From: "Sue McCoy" Subject: Couts family history Hello. Just read through your newsletter. John & Malinda Bookout were my gr gr gr grandparents. Wondering where you obtained the information on them. sharolyn mccoy From: slh816@webtv.net (Sharon Howard) Subject: Bently B. BARTON Hi.. My name is Sharon Mead Howard and my grandfather was Samuel Glespy BARTON. He was the son of Samuel Houston BARTON and the grandson of Bently B. BARTON. While reading some of your Couts Family Website, I noticed that you have Bently's wife listed as Patricia Pearson. I have only known her as Martha Elizabeth Pearson. My records, news clippings and census records have her as Martha, and in Bently's last will and testament, he refers to her as Elizabeth. I'm curious where you got the name Patricia from? Also, three of his sons, Bently, Alexander and Henry, were Baptist Ministers, and Flournoy was a lawyer AND a Judge in Independence, MO. 1920-1928. Three of the sons fought in the Civil War Thank You, Sharon Mead Howard, daughter of Doryce Anna BARTON Mead Weed. Subject: Re: Bently B. BARTON Thank you, Barbara for you response regarding the family of Bently B. Barton. I'm very much interested in what you find out from Jerry Barton. Please pass my email addy on to him (Jerry Barton), if you don't mind. I would love to find family members of my grt grandfather (Samuel Houston BARTONs) siblings. With 15 children, and only one that never married, there must be descendants somewhere. My family is having a BARTON reunion in TN. this Fall, and I would love to have some added information for them, and especially my mother, who is 83. Thank you for you help... Sharon Mead Howard Santa Rosa, CA From: "Abbie Slaman" Subject: Bartons, bartons, bartons, and not a Clarissa Harlowe in the bunch! http://www.coutsfamily.com/barton.htm Here's how it goes: 1 Thomas Bartonb: WFT Est. 1704-1733 +Mary Unknown b: WFT Est. 1713-1736 2 Bavister (Babister) Barton b: 1742 in WALES +Elizabeth b: 1760 in South Carolina 3 (FIFTH CHILD): Greenberry b: 1795 in Lauren Co. South Carolina *2nd Wife of [28] Berry (Greenberry) Barton: +Barbara (Barbrey) Graham b: 1800 in Bowling Green, Warren County, KY 4 Bentley Barton Bently Barton and Elizabeth Ann Hendon were the parents of twelve children. Miranda Ellen Barton was their eighth. She married Joe L. B. Carroll, and I think you know the rest. I downloaded four family trees and merged them all (all the misspellings and too many capitals in names made it a bear to merge all the duplicate individuals), then I did another internet search, and found about 50 five-star matches in more trees! Whew! All the trees I downloaded are submitted by our fourth or fifth cousins, once or twice removed. I have sent them letters, so will let you know when I get more t angible proof of all this. My head is swimming! love, Abbie From: Tony Shimmin Subject: your family tree Hello. I was just going over your GEDCOM file and under Bird/Byrd descendants, you have a ROBERT HENRY SHIMMIN listed. I was wondering how he fit into your family? My great grandfather was Robert Henry Shimmin and I suspect he is one and the same. Please email me at your convenience. Sincerely, Tony R. Shimmin From: "Verna Helm" guppi@blackfoot.net Subject: Couts/Helm family I recently did a search on "Google" for our family name and found us in your web page. I guess I'm confused...who are you and how are we related to you? My name is Verna Helm, daughter of Emery Alexander and Helen Helm (found us about half way down on your page). How did you get all the information? Subject: Couts/Helm Hi this is Verna Helm. I certainly don't mind being on your page of family history. In fact I was thrilled to see it. I'm just very curious about how you got our names... someone must know our family To connect it to the others. I've sent the web page to my brothers and sister and they found it very interesting. We've followed t he Helm family back for generations, but never made the connection to the Bird/Byrd family.Thanks for replying and hope to hear from you soon. By the way where do you live? We're in the northwest...Idaho and Montana. Verna Helm Subject: Re: Bartons, bartons, bartons, and not a Clarissa Harlowe in the bunch! T o: bevans@coutsfamily.com (bevans) Subject: RE: Bartons, Bartons, Bartons, and not a Clarissa Harlowe in the bunch! Wonderful to hear from you Sharon! The Barton line was unclear to us until very recently, as we only knew that my 2nd great grandmother as "Nell" Barton. My sister, Nancy Jean Higginbottom LaPlante, located several references to Miranda Ellen Barton living in Council ID, married to Joseph L. B. Barton. When I finally got my new Family Tree Maker software, I did a search on Miranda Ellen Barton and found her as part of the Hendon line (Vol. 4, Tree 1668 by Rouen Lea Duncan). This lead me to a book "The Hendons from Gunpowder River," by Grace Hendon Chancey, which on page 143 lists Elizabeth Ann Hendon (born 29 May 1820, who married Bentley Barton (born 16 March 1820). They had thirteen children, including Miranda Ellen Barton. Mrs. Chancey's research is very complete and seems quite substantiated. Her sources on this family group were two granddaughters of Bentley and Elizabeth... the dates were taken from the tombstones in Hickory Point Cemetery in Miller County, MO. Once I had that part of the family entered, I did another search on Bentley and found several. These are the trees I found: Vol. 14, Tree 0167 submitted by William L. Barton of Pasadena TX Vol. 40, Tree 0470 submitted by Lynnette B. Deming of Newport VT Vol. 7, Tree 3271 submitted by Douglas K. Patterson Burkburnett TX These are the Bentleys I found: Bentley Barton married to Elizabeth Ann Hendon (mentioned above) Bentley B. Barton married to Martha Elizabeth (Patricia) Pearson (from William Barton's Tree) Bentley Barton, son of Bentley B. Barton and Martha Pearson There is no exact information (birth/death/marriage dates or locations) in the Bentley B. Barton branch and I would love to have that if you would provide it to me. In the meantime, my sister has located more than one connection between the Carrolls and the Bartons. Please join our MyFamily.com site as Nancy is posting her findings there... This is exciting for us to make these connections after so long. Best regards, Abbie p.s. Did anyone in YOUR Barton family ever say we were related to Clara Barton? Oh, yeah... Bentley Barton spouse of Elizabeth Ann Hendon was my 3rd great grandfather, and nephew of Bentley B. Barton, this way: Bentley Barton, born March 16, 1820, was eldest child of Greenberry Barton, born 1791 in SC.; Greenberry and Bentley B. were brothers, their father was Baverster Barton, born 1755. Any corrections to the above welcome! Abbie From: "Robin Granicy-Sergent" Subject: Lewis Changes Hello!! I thought I should right since I recently tonight located this information let you know there are a few changes to this. +Lloyd Manning I TRY NOT TO PUT EXACT BIRTH DATES IN FOR CURRENT FOLKS… 8 Kenneth Lawence Manning 1958 -Married twice first to Ruthie Clink and then to Jennifer(Jan) Has 3 children by these unions Tyler Andrew Manning Lauren Beth Manning second marrage Jennifer(Jan) Parson married 1993 their daughter is Camille Rebecca Manning 7 Ramona Ann Lewis 1938 - +Kenneth Edward Beck 1935 - 8 Kenneth Edward Beck Jr. 1959 -never married 7 Armitta Mae Lewis 1940 - +Robert Ray Granicy 1936 - 8 Robin Renee Granicy 1959 - +Barry Hedrick no longer married divorced in 1990 is now married to Stephen Oscar Sergent and has 2 boys Robert Alan Granicy Sergent and Abraham Leslie Sergent Robert born 10/3/91 and Abraham 12/6/93 8 Barbara Belle Granicy 1961 -is deceased she passed away June 7th 1981 8 Allison Maude Granicy 1965 -married to Daniel Gene Knowlesb. July 29, 1961 and also has two children Chistopher Daniel Knowlesb. and Michael Allison Knowles Hope to hear back from you. Also have name spelling corrections and pictures of headstones to s how for these corrections. Alonzos wife was Armitta I have a copy of her headstone if you would like it. Hope to hear from you!! Robin R Granicy-Sergent --- Robin Granicy-SergenT--- granicy@earthlink.net Clarissa Harlowe in The bunch! Hi Abbie.. Thanks for getting back to me. I owe you an apology...I misunderstood your genealogy read out sheet, and I'm sorry. I have a lot to learn about what the internet and programs use for recording data. They are somewhat confusing to me. I have Webtv., which does not support the GED.COM format or allow me to have membership in sites like Rootsweb and others. When I read your letter, I didn't realize your Bentley was the SON of Greenberry..I thought you were showing his brother, Bentley B. BARTON. Did you find William L. Barton who was/is the son of Bentley B. Barton. For years I have wanted and tried to find relatives of Bentley B. Barton's children. Had some names of spouses, a few pictures, but little information, other than what I discovered myself. I would be happy to share it all. I am also eager to visit the site you spoke of and excited about meeting new family members... Sharon Mead Howard My Sweet 83-year-old mother, Doryce Anna Barton Mead Weed, will be so excited about all this. We are planning a Barton Reunion in TN next September.. From: R1L1hahn@aol.com Subject: Bird/Byrd - Dade Co. Pioneer Family I was very interested to find your Bird/Byrd family information on the Dade Co. site. My main focus of research is the Round Grove Cemetery in Lawrence Co., MO and some of the Bird descendants are buried in Round Grove. I notice that Della Speer, the daughter of Mary Bird and James K. Speer, is listed as having married James Newman. The Lawrence Co. marriage records shows Della Speer married Thomas R. Newman in 1903. Thomas died in 1904 and is buried, with his parents, Rev. Levi and Melissa Newman, in Round Grove. Buried by Thomas is Della who died in 1963. J. K. and Mary (Bird) Speer are buried in Pennsboro in Dade Co., where many of my West, Bowerman, and Forshey ancestors are buried. Thanks, Lynda West Hahn (Originally from Lawrence Co. but now living in Carmel, IN) Subj: Tetrick Kootch, planter Ann Hi Barb (my sister is also named Barbara): Now to the ancestors. I found land records in Lincoln County, North Carolina, for "Tetrick Kootch, planter." One was signed Dederrich Rutss (or Kutss-German) . This was from 1789 to 1797. Then from 1807 to 1817 , the following were listed on Casey County, Kentucky, tax lists: Daniel Cooch, Detrick Cooch, Detrick Koutch, John Kutch, John Kutch, Dedrick Kutch, Detrick Couch, John Couch, Detrick Kooch. I'm sure these are the same two men whose names were misspelled by whomever was taking taxes. In the information that I have on the Kutch family, Tetrick Kutch Kootch was the first one listed; shows he was born 1745 in Buckingham, Virginia, married Susanna of Prussia and died 1834 in Mercer County, Kentucky. Six children, Daniel Lee Kutch Sr., John Kutch, Mary Kutch, Elizabeth Kutch, Susanna Kutch and Sarah Kutch. The Tetrick, Daniel and John in the above would fit. Looks like the children were all born in Kentucky with Daniel Sr.'s son, Daniel Lee Kutch, the first to move to Weatherford, Texas. His children were Margery Kutch, Bolin Lafayette Kutch (my line), Charles Wesley Kutch, Mary Frances Kutch, Hannah E. Kutch and Benjamin Franklin Kutch. Charles Wesley was born in Kentucky and the rest of the children in Texas. Among Bolin Lafayette Kutch's children was my great-grandfather, GeorgeWashington Kutch, who was born in Weatherford in Parker County, Texas. Most of his children, including my grandfather, Noah Samuel Kutch, were born in Texas (last child born in Oklahoma), moving to Hobart, Oklahoma. Does any of this sound familiar. Let me know. Ann [I wish I could connect with this family, we even seem to live next to each other from 1790-95] From: ALIZCOUT@aol.com Subject: I'm a Couts, too! Hi, my name is Amy Couts. My family has been l iving in South Florida since the 1940s, but before that lived in Indiana. I'm writing because I couldn't believe there was an entire website devoted to people who share my last name (we pronounce it "cow-tz"). My father did extensive research on the history of our family (in pre-Internet days) and could only trace the line back to his grandfather Arthur Couts. I 'm not sure what I expect you to reply, but if you have any information, or questions or tips for our genealogical searches, that would be great. Thank you. -Amy COUTS From: Lmraper@aol.com Subject: Janet Liddle Hi - Noticed a Janet Liddle on your family chart. Do you have any additional information on this individual i.e. parents' names, place of birth, etc.? Thanks for your time. Marie Beeman Raper Canby, OR Barb -Thank you for your reply. Do you know the area they were from? Marie From: Launa Kitro Subject: Counces in Boone Co., MO Barb, I just revisited the site below. Much has been added since I last was there. My gggrandfather Forshey is here as well as a variety of Counces, Coons, Coonrods and Chrisley --as well as Bavester Barton descendancy and two Birds, John and Jesse. Have you connected any of these other names to the extended Kautz family? Launa http://worldconnect.rootsweb. com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=REG& db=vedemarce&id=I15033 ID: I08062 Name: John Coonce Sex: M Birth: BEF. 1818 in Pennsylvania Note: Extensive farmer of Cedar township, came from Pennsylvania in 1818 (Williams, History of NE MO, v. 1. Boone County. by North Todd Gentry, Columbia, p. 237). in same tree as above ID: I15033 Name: Jacob Coonce Sex: M Birth: BEF. 1766 From: wolffcreek@netscape.net Subject: Re: Bartons Barb, Have you had a chance to find the name on those books? Sharon bevans wrote: Hi, I'll have to search through the info to see what I sent...Barb At you wrote: Barb, Hi! It has been awhile since we corresponded with each other. I am now doing some more research on Bavester Barton. I am trying to prove my line to him for a supplemental for DAR. In reviewing my file on him, I found where you had forwarded Appendix B on him to me last April. My question is this: There are two books or articles that you mention in the Appendix and I guess I need more info on these sources since I could not find them at the Library or online. If you have a more complete description on them, I would appreciate it. I am going to Salt Lake in April and thought I could maybe find them there. The two were: You stated "see Stewart's notes on the 1800 census of Pendleton District, SC (Stewart 1963, 87-89)" and the other source just says "(Gorin 1993, 96)" it is on a deed from a survey. If you can get this info for me, I will be very grateful. Thanks, Sharon Moore Wolff Subj: Coonce family listed in Rootsweb From: james. coonce@gte.net (James Coonce)To: veasleyd@aol.com Hello, I was reading your entry in Rootsweb about Jacob Coonce, John Coonce, Geo. Washington Coonce, etc. I descend from the same stock and have a bit more info on them than is listed in your entry. Jacob Coonce is believed to have married 3 times with John born 1787 KY and Susanna born 1-14-1789 KY by the first wife. Then he is reported to have married either Maria Beall or Maria Bell (This may have been 2separate Jacobs marrying 2 women with similar names.) The marriage of Jacob and Maria Bell did not produce any children, however, Jacob married again and had at least 8 more kids in St. Charles Co, MO. If you wish me to send you what I have, let me know. Jim Coonce of Raytown, MO. Marriage 1 Married: BEF. 1787 Children 1. John Coonce b: BET. 1786 - 1787 in Kentucky 2. Susanna Coonce b: 14 JAN 1789 in Kentucky Marriage 2 Maria Beall b: BEF. 1772 Married: AFT. 1789 Marriage 3 Married: AFT. 1790 Children 1. Eight Children Coonce b: AFT. 1790 in St. Charles County, Missouri From: RogerRByrd@cs.com Subject: Kautz/Byrd/Houghton Dear Barb, I'm aware of some Byrd/Kautz-or Couts connections. I am curious if you have any info on a Jacob Kautz family that settled in Caldwell Co, MO. The following is information that I have on this family. This line married into the Houghton family, my mother's paternal line. FIRST GENERATION 1. Jacob KAUTZ1. Jacob Kautz came to Caldwell Co, MO in 1859 via IL and IN. THE KAUTZ FAMILY IN CALDWELL COUNTY Narrator: Worth Kautz of Wichita, Kansas The Jacob Kautz family came to Caldwell County in 1859 from Illinois to which they had come from Indiana. They settled in what was known as Grand River township now New York township in the Pleasant Ridge district. They came in a slow ox-wagon. The settlers who came here in the fifties had a much harder time than those who came in the sixties, for every year of pioneering advanced conditions of living in a new country. There were three sons; George, Ross and Worth; six daughters; Laura (Dodge), Emily (Lemon), Hannah (Lambert), Margaret (Noel), Annetta (Houghton), and Mollie (Spivey). When they came here they all lived in a covered wagon till the house was finished; and since there was not yet sleeping room inside for the boys, they slept that winter out doors in the covered wagon. In those days of 1859-60, the Kautz house has been mentioned by old-timers as one of two houses to be seen for twelve miles south of Hamilton. When the Civil War was about to break out and it became likely that the oldest boy George would be expected to go to war, he went back to Illinois to enlist with boys whom he had known before they moved to Missouri. Those first few years were hard ones. They had to find the right crops for the new soil and they had to subdue the soil. They had to provide for the family needs and they had very little money to spend. They rarely ate store victuals for most of their food came off the place. They had little white bread mostly corn bread. Worth was the youngest son and he went with his mother on her trips to gather berries (gooseberries, strawberries, blackberries, elderberries); to gather herbs for medicine since doctors were costly and far away. He used to hunt bee trees for by the old law of the land the finder of a bee tree had the honey, no matter where the tree. He and his father and brothers shot or trapped wild game and kept them for winter meat. He told of hunting deer with Al Pemberton of the neighborhood. The Kautz and the Houghton family intermarried. Annetta Kautz married Ira Houghton. Mary Houghton married George Kautz and Sophia Houghton married Ross Kautz Interviewed November 1933. Additional commentary from: THE PUCKETT FAMILY IN NEW YORK TOWNSHIP IN 1859 Narrator: James Puckett, 79, of Hamilton, Missouri Mr. Puckett was born 1855 in Carroll County Virginia. With his father Constant Puckett and the other members of the family, he came 1859 to Caldwell County to live. Constant's brother-in-law Elisha Edwards already lived here. They came to Lexington Missouri by boat and from there overland by ox team. Whenever any relation came out to visit the Pucketts, they always drove over to Lexington after them. Constant Puckett first bought a forty from the Government in New York Township, later an eighty from the railroad, six miles south of the railroad, the land still is in the Puckett name, being owned by James the narrator. James' father and some of the sons were in the Union army. Neighbors of the Pucketts were: Elisha Edwards, J ohn Cormona, John Cox, Isaac Edwards and Billy Hawks. His first home was a one-room log cabin l ater a shed kitchen built on. The cabin had a window at one end a nd a chimney at the other and a door in front. Inside was a bed, a trundle bed to be shoved under the bed and often beds on the floor for the children. The church was Hopewell, Baptist with Father or Grandpap Andrew Baker (they called him both) as pastor; in this church Mrs. Constant Puckett was a constituent member. The school was Pleasant Ridge and early teachers were: Mr. Woosebeck, Annetta Kautz who married Ira Houghton, Miss Scott (later Clevenger). Amusements were literary societies, debates, spelling matches and all day work like husking corn at some farm when the women quilted and the food "was brought in". Mr. Puckett recalled some of the old farming ways, which he had known as a youth. There was the old linch pin wagon and the stiff tongued wagon which used the linch pin wheel, the jumping shovel plow for ground with stumps (it was like a single shovel but had a cutter in front of the shovel which made the plow jump the stump) there was the old wood turning plow. He recalled how first the ground was broken with one yoke of cattle, then run over with single shovel plow, then planted by hand from a seed bucket- -three seeds to the hill (one to rot, one to grow, one for the birds). The plow then went through the parallel lines, then checked in the other way through and at each check seeds were planted. Then it was covered by dragging a stone the size of a pillow over the field. Later came the hand planter, still later the horse planter. Changes came to in cutting wheat. First a bunch of wheat was taken in hand and cut with a hand sickle until enough was done for a bundle. Then came the cradle and the binder. Today's machinery combine many of these steps. The old wheat threshing was done on a "threshing floor" which was really hard ground swept clean, then the wheat was spread out with heads all in the same direction and horses were driven over it in a circle. It was cleaned by a fan. Few people had buggies those days. Billy Clampitt, and Charlie Hawks were the first in their part. The buggies (later spring wagons) cost $150 to $200 and that was a lot of money to spend when you already had a farm wagon. Interviewed July 1934. He was married to _____ _____. Jacob KAUTZ and _____ _____ had the following children: +2 i. George KAUTZ. +3 ii. H. Ross KAUTZ. 4 iii. Worth KAUTZ. +5 iv. Laura KAUTZ. +6 v. Emily KAUTZ. +7 vi. Hannah KAUTZ. +8 vii. Margaret KAUTZ. +9 viii. Annetta Martha (Nettie) KAUTZ. +10 ix. Mollie KAUTZ. SECOND GENERATION 2. George KAUTZ. He was married to Mary HOUGHTON (daughter of Otis HOUGHTON and Elsie (Elcy) SWORD). Mary HOUGHTON2 was born on 2 Feb 1847. 3. H. Ross KAUTZ. He was married to Sophia HOUGHTON (daughter of Otis HOUGHTON and Antha HOLLAND (2)) on 4 Mar 1874. Sophia HOUGHTON was born on 12 Nov 1852. 5. Laura KAUTZ. She was married to _____ DODGE. 6. Emily KAUTZ. She was married to _____ LEMON. 7. Hannah KAUTZ. She was married to _____ LAMBERT. 8. Margaret KAUTZ. She was married to _____ NOEL. 9. Annetta Martha (Nettie) KAUTZ was born on 16 Feb 1847 in Rising Sun, IN. She died in 1915. She was married to Judge Ira HOUGHTON (son of Otis HOUGHTON and Elsie ( Elcy) SWORD) on 23 Dec 1869. Judge Ira HOUGHTON3 was born on 19 Jun 1845 in Jefferson Co, NY. He died in 1916. In 1863 became a member of Co. C, 20th New York Cavalry, remained 'til the close of the war. In 1866 moved to Caldwell County, MO. and added 435 acres sections 6 & 7, Fairview township. Annetta Martha (Nettie) KAUTZ and Judge Ira HOUGHTON had the following children: 11 i. Mary Helen HOUGHTON was born in 1868. 12 ii. Jessie HOUGHTON died. Died as infant. 13 iii. Edith Ann HOUGHTON was born on 23 May 1873. 14 iv. George Otis (John) HOUGHTON was born on 27 May 1874. Owned a furniture store and funeral parlor in Hamilton, MO. 15 v. Ira Allen HOUGHTON was born on 17 Nov 1878. 16 vi. Elsie A. HOUGHTON died. Elsie died as youth. +17 vii. Eugene HOUGHTON. 18 viii. James K. HOUGHTON was born on 1 Feb 1887. He died before 13 Jan 1953. He had an estate probated on 13 Jan 1953 in Platte Co, MO. Have copy of "Notice of Letters Testamentary", filed 13 Jan 1953 in Platte Co, MO with Harold E. McCullough appointed executor by the probate court, Judge John M. Yeoman. 10. Mollie KAUTZ. She was married to _____ SPIVEY. THIRD GENERATION Note: The following are my maternal grandparents. 17. Eugene HOUGHTON was born on 1 Feb 1884 in Jefferson Co, NY. He died on 7 Aug 1944 in at the home of his son, Denison Houghton, in Columbia, MO.. He was buried in New York Settlement Cemetery, Caldwell, Co, MO. Obituary: Eugene Houghton, son of the late Ira and Martha A, Houghton, was born Feb.1, 1884, in New York Settlement community. He passed away Aug 7, 1944, aged 60 years at the home of his son, Dennison Houghton at Columbia, MO. He lived in New York Settlement until 1893, moving with his family to Iowa and lived there six years, then came back to Hamilton where he completed high school. The following fall he attended the business college at Quincy, Ill., and later the Westminster College at Fulton. He settled as a farmer in the New York township. He served as judge of the eastern district of Caldwell county for two terms and later as highway engineer. In 1906 he was married to Ethel Dennison. To this union six children were born. Those surviving are Dennison Houghton, Columbia; Mrs. Elizabeth Brady, Kansas City; Mrs. Catherine Christensen, Keokuk, Iowa; Mrs. Pauline Byrd, Joliet, Ill; and Mrs. Jane McCullough, Arlington, VA. The funeral service was held Friday morning at 9:00 o'clock at the Bram Funeral Home, conducted by Dr. Albert Wilson. Interment was made in New York Settlement cemetery. He was married to Ethel DENISON (daughter of Elva DENISON and Clarinda (Carrie) GAMMILL) in 1903. Ethel DENISON4 was born on 24 Dec 1884 in Caldwell County, MO. She died in Feb 1970. She was buried in Highland Cemetery, Hamilton, Caldwell Co, MO. Eugene HOUGHTON and Ethel DENISON had the following children: 19 i. baby boy HOUGHTON died INFANT. +20 ii. Gifford Denison HOUGHTON. +21 iii. Elizabeth HOUGHTON. +22 iv. Mary Katherine "Katie" HOUGHTON. +23 v. Eugenia Pauline "Polly" HOUGHTON. ß My Mother married Alvin H. Byrd +24 vi. Clara Jane HOUGHTON. SOURCES 1. CALDWELL COUNTY, MISSOURI HISTORY Interviews by Dr. Bertha Booth of Major Molly Chapter, D.A.R. 2. DAR, Major Molly Chapter, 1933/34. Interviews with children of Pioneers of Caldwell Co, MO. 3. History of Caldwell and Livington County. Otis, James and Ira Houghton. pp 354,450, 486-7 Saint Louis National Historical Company, 1886 Saint Louis, MO Reprint: Printery, Clinton, MO. 4. Research that cousin Marilyn acquired. THANK YOU FOR YOUR WONDERFUL NOTES AND SOURCES…BARB From: RogerRByrd@cs.com Subject: Kautz/Houghton Dear Barb, Sure, I don't mind if you use the info for your newsletter. Since sometimes email garbles it a little, I am attaching my original word.doc that you may use. Who knows, I might get a reply from someone that reads it and recognizes it. Launa Kitros suggested that I contact you about the Kautz connection. She is member a group of about 20 researchers trying to make sense of a covey of Byrd/Birds in Tennessee around 1800. My paternal line is Byrd. Nice to chat with you. Best regards, Roger Byrd From: genealau genealau@sbceo.org Subject: Re: Kautz/Byrd/Houghton Roger Byrd's ancestor, William Bird/Byrd who md Rebecca Archer is a possible brother to my lost John Bird and both possible sons of Thomas T. Byrd III. His William connection is lost too. He just sent me what he had sent you. Subject: Your page From: " candace walsh" candacetwalsh@hotmail.com I found my father, uncle and grandparents on your website: How are they related exactly? I'm confused! From: Gibbsparty@aol.com Subject: new cousin Hello Barbara, my name is Rhonda Parnell Gibbs. I started genealogy about 1 year ago and have seen your name on genforum. I went to your Couts page and stayed up all night reading the newsletters- how do I get on the mailing list? They were wonderful- what an adventure you have taken on. I hope I can help contribute some information. Let me start by telling you whose line I am from- some corrections to your chart are in order. My great- grandmother was Effie Henry Couts Cook Smelser, names in that order. She was born December 28, 1879 in Springfield, Robertson County, TN. She first married John Edward Cook, son of Carter Cornelious Cook and Nancy Jane Swann Cook, on September 24, 1898 in Robertson County, TN. John Edward was born November 4, 1870 and he died October 21, 1910 at the age of 40 of typhoid fever. He was a farmer. To this union was born 4 sons: Otis Carter Cook, Obie Cornelious Cook, Eddie Patterson Cook and Archie Bearl Cook. Otis was born in 1900, Obie was born in 1905, Eddie was born in 1908 and Archie was born October 13, 1910- just 8 days before his father died. His father never saw him. Archie is my grandfather. Effie second married John Walter (Pete) Smelser, son of Stephen and Elizabeth A. Dozier Smelser on December 24, 1916. He was a butcher at Moudy's Grocery Store. He was married before but had no children from either marriage. Born April 19, 1866 in TN, died March 24, 1944. He is buried at Hopewell Cemetery with his first wife- there is no marker for either of them. Effie died in 1947 and is buried along with John Edward at the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Cross Plains, TN. My grandfather Archie was a fireman, raised rabbits, and was in W.W.II in the coast guard. He married Helen Jeanne Greer, daughter of Willis Charles Greer and Helen Round Bird Greer, on October 6, 1940. To this union was born Judith Jeanne Cook and Linda Greer Cook. Judith was born in 1942 and Linda in 1946. Archie died July 9, 1986 of a heart attack. My grandmother is still alive and kicking. Judith is my mother. She married Clint Edward Parnell, son of Archie Ralph Parnell and Maudie Parlee Qualls Parnell, on August 9, 1963 in Nashville. To them was Rhonda Dianne Parnell and Jeffrey Alan Parnell. I married October 20, 1990 to Dwaine Lee Gibbs. We have three children: James born January 29, 1997, Meredith born August 24, 1998 and Maggie born April 7, 2000. We live in Sumner County, Cottontown, TN. I have visited with Pam Couts Drake and compared notes and exchanged pictures. She said you were coming to TN in July. I hope we can all meet together. Pam and I are planning a visit with Mr. Armstrong for a tour and to hear stories. I read everything he had sent you. He sounds wonderful and full of knowledge. Pam and I are both descended from Archer Couts, her from Susan and me from Mary Ellen Huddleston. We just recently met at the museum while I was there buying some books. Small world! I also have knowledge of a granddaughter of Susie Couts Edwards, sister of Effie, who works on genealogy. I have not contacted her yet, but plan to in the next couple of days. Again , let me know how to get on the newsletter mailing list. Rhonda gibbsparty@aol.com THE DEEDS OF HENRY COUTS Uncle Henry is the key who connects the Couts family together, and the key who connects us to Teter Couts (not Kutch or Kooth) . He and Teter lived in Lincoln County, Kentucky, by 1785. Henry married Sarah Freeman, daughter of Elijah Freeman, Jan. 19, 1786 in Lincoln Co. KY. Lincoln County was a large county at that time, taking up a large portion of Kentucky. Early KY Landholders 1787-1811 pg 65 Henry Couts/Coutch and Teeter Couts in Kentucky. Uncle Henry shows up in the Kentucky Tax Records 1789 - Henry Couts 1wm over 21, 1 horse or mule. In the 1795 Census of KY Henry and Teter Couts are listed for taxes. By this time, they are no longer in Lincoln County, Kentucky; they are in Garrard County, Kentucky, on Sugar Creek. We estimate 1795, the timeframe for Teter's death. By 1795, Lincoln County is becoming Harden County, Kentucky, Uncle Henry buys land from his father-in-laws and moves onto the Dix (Dicks) River. One portion of the Sugar Creek land was sold to: This Indenture made this August 16, 1791, to John Matthew and Mary his wife of the County of Madison of the one part and Teter Cotes of the County of Lincoln, by survey Forty Acres situated lying and being in Lincoln County on the head of the middle fork of Sugar Creek. Then, another portion was sold, on August 18, 1795-Teter (indexed as Peter) Couts to John Bryant, Both of Lincoln Co. No. Carolina, for 63 pounds 10 shillings, 40 acres in Lincoln Co. on the waters of Sugar Creek. The deed was acknowledged in court by Teter Couts to be his act and ordered to be recorded on 18 August 1795. In 1795, Lincoln County Tax Records Henry Couts 1 wmover 21 4 horses, 7 cattle, Sugar Creek, 50 acres and Peter wmover 21. By 1798, Henry is selling land on Sugar Creek, which we suspect this was also, Teter Couts property: Couts, Henry and Sarah (Wife) Grantor Coal, Ebenezer Grantee Deed Book A Page 116 70 acres on Sugar Creek, FILM 25146 PART 3. Teter was living with or close to Henry and Sarah, because EARLY KENTUCKY HOUSEHOLDERS 1787-1811 Deterick appeared with Henry Couch/Couts, within a page of each other or on the same page. Teter records disappear after 1795. In the Index to Kentucky Wills to 1 851 Testators Coutz, Henry Hardin Co. Ky 209 Book C 1818, Uncle Henry leaves land and money to his nephew Chrisley Couts and his sister Margaret Couts. NEW INTERNET SITES~ http://www.placesnamed.com/C/o/couts.asp PLACESNAMED.COM Couts 1. Couts is the 19,251st most popular last name (surname) in the United States; frequency is 0.000%; percentile is 77.683 [SourceCBN] Great New Search Engine - American Memory Library of Congress http://rs6.loc.gov/ammem/mdbquery.html Cave J. Couts http://rs6.loc.gov/ cgibin/ampage?collId=hhsheet&file Name=ca/ca0600/ca0616/sheet/ hhsheetpage.db&recNum=0&itemLink =D?hh:1:./temp/~ammem_yQqQ::@ @@mdb=aap,aaeo,rbaapcbib,aasm,f tvbib,aaodyssey,hh,gottscho,mharendt, bbpix,bbcards,magbell,lbcoll,rbpebib, calbkbib,tccc,lhbcbbib,cwband,gmd, cwar,cola,consrvbib,bdsbib,coolbib, coplandbib,dag,musdibib,fsaall,papr, aep,papr,papr,dcm,cmns,flwpabib, afcreed,cowellbib,toddbib,lomaxbib, ngp,raelbib,gottlieb,mtj,alad,gmd,wpa, mal,scsm,mcc,gmd,papr,gmd,aipn,papr, ncpm,ncpsbib,omhbib,gmd,pan,vv,wpapos, psbib,pin,presp,lhbprbib,qlt,gmd,ncr,relpet, gmd,papr,papr,dukesm,mussm,denn,amss,f pnas,papr,runyon,wtc,detr,hlaw,lhbumbib, varstg,horyd,mgw,hawp,nawbib, suffrg,papr,nfor Another Great Site - eHistory.com http://www.ehistory.com/uscw/search/index.cfm HEADQUARTERS FIRST BATTALION CURTIS' HORSE, Fort Heiman, March 13, 1862. SIR: In accordance with your instructions I left Fort Heiman during the night of the 11th. Proceeded with Bulliss' battery of Saint Louis and the First Battalion of Curtis' Horse [Fifth Iowa Cavalry] to Henry County, Tennessee, to afford protection to Union men, friends, and citizens of that county, who wished protection from being drafted on the 12th at Paris, Tenn. Large numbers fell in and traveled in our rear for such protection. Our advance guard came upon the outer pickets about 6 miles from the town; on seeing them killed 2, taking their arms. I then detailed 20 men, under Lieutenant Williams, to advance cautiously and secure their pickets. This he did successfully, surprising them, taking 8 prisoners, with their horses and equipment. Among them was Captain Couts, of Stock's mounted infantry. Ascertaining about the enemy's force, I made a charge upon the town. About 5 p.m. I ordered one section of Bulliss' battery, the cavalry in advance, for a charge on the town, which we did successfully, driving the enemy before. We passed down Main street, with white flags hanging in every window, driving the enemy into their intrenchments, about a mile and a half west, in the timber, on a high hill. Then we planted our battery, and soon shelled them from that portion of their grounds. Thinking it vacated, I ordered a charge up the hill with two companies of cavalry (Companies A and B, under Captain Lower and Lieutenant Summers). About two-thirds the way up the hill we discovered the ambuscade. About 300 opened a terrible fire on us, but it passed over our heads. Companies A and B, much to their credit, returned a successful fire with revolvers and carbines of three volleys, returning with a loss of 5 killed and 3 wounded. I had the battery open a fire on them, causing a sad havoc among them. Captain Bulliss was mortally wounded in this fire. The action lasted a little more than an hour, then firing ceased. We fell back upon the town, cut off the telegraphic communication, took possession of the court-house and a large hotel for our sick and wounded. Page 947 Chapter XXXIX. THE GETTYSBURG CAMPAIGN. 0946.cfm0946.cfm 0948.cfm0948.cfm During the night I thought best to fall back here. We expected to find General Grant with a force of right. Was at this time subjected to a lively shelling from the enemy's artillery, by which the Fifth U. S. Cavalry lost 2 horses. Went into camp near Upperville at sundown. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, J. W. MASON, Captain Fifth U. S. Cavalry, Commanding Regiment. JAMES F., McQUESTEN, Actg. Asst. Adjt. General, Reserve Cavalry Brigade. No. 342. Report of Captain George C. Cram, Sixth U. S. Cavalry. CAMP NEAR ALDIE, VA., June 23, 1863. SIR: I have the honor to transmit the following report of the part taken by the Sixth U. S. Cavalry in the operations of June 21; The regiment marched before breakfast from its position on picket near Aldie, in the brigade column and, crossing Goose Creek, was employed a different portions of the day, with the rest of the brigade, as a supporting reserve until reaching the slopes on the higher side of Upperville, when, forming squadron and advancing for some time at a trot, it was suddenly called on to defeat an effort of the enemy on our left flank, the volunteer cavalry at this time being engaged with the enemy in front of us. Instantly breaking from its formation in column of squadrons, and passing through a narrow gap in a stone wall, and reforming on the other side, as well as the time allowed it and the circumstances and ground would permit, moved immediately forward, and, on the command being give, charged up to the enemy, under a harassing artillery fire and over a long stretch of heavy and marshy ground, intersected by a most difficult ditch and terminating in hill of plowed ground, beyond which, on the firm ground in the edge of the woods, the enemy in large force awaited it. The charge was unsuccessful, the most of the horses being so blown that it was impossible to bring or keep them for such a distance at a charging pace. On the regiment rallying and reforming on the nucleus of the second squadron, commanded by Captain Claflin, on more favorable ground, the enemy being within easy reach and everything favorable for a successful charge, for which it was then preparing, the regiment was then ordered to dismount and fight on foot, and was used dismounted, under the cover of stone walls, to protect our left flank, the enemy retiring at the same time into the woods on our front. On being relieved from this position, and the engagement having terminated, it moved in column of squadrons, with the rest of the brigade through the woods and toward the entrance of Ashby's Gap, till it succeeded in attracting the fire of the enemy's artillery, when it was withdrawn, and went into bivouac on the hither side of the town of Upperville. The regiment marched out 12 commissioned officers and 242 enlisted men strong. Its casualties were Second Lieutenant Henry Mcquiston, severely wounded. Private John Might, of Company E, slightly wounded; C. F. H. Reomer, of Company A, mortally; Jacob Couts, of Company G. slightly; [Michael Slattery, Company F, slightly; [Michael Kurnan, Company A, slightly. Privates[Joshua W.] Dubois, Company Page 397 Chapter XVII. CAPTURE OF FORT DONELSON, TENN. Numbers 76. Report of Captain T. W. Beaumont, Fiftieth Tennessee Infantry, commanding battery. JACKSON, MISS., October 1, 1862. In compliance with your order I submit the following report: During the several engagements between the batteries at Fort Donelson and the Federal gunboats on the 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th of February, 1862, my company, numbering 67 effective men, had charge of four 32-pounders, under your command. There were no serious casualties of any kind. Two large shots penetrated the battery without doing my harm, and some few of the men were slightly bruised by lumps of earth thrown up by the balls of the enemy, and one by the rebound of a canister shot which struck one of the guns. Gun Numbers 1, nearest the river, was superintended by Lieutenant George Maring; Numbers 2 by Major Robertson, formerly a lieutenant in my company (who volunteered his services on the occasion), and Numbers 3 by Lieutenant W. C. Allen, and each was admirably served by these gallant officers. Gun Numbers 4 was managed by Lieutenant Raimey. Among the privates who acted with conspicuous courage and coolness were Elisha Downs, Poston Couts, Nelson Davis, Isaac Christie, William Trotter, Thomas Pearce, and R. M. Crumpler. Sergt. J. S. Martin and Corpl. W. H. Proctor deservehonorable mention as gallant and meritorious non-commissioned officers. Corp. Dan. C. Lyle had charge of the battery magazine, and by his efficiency aided materially in the victory achieved over the gunboats. AND ANOTHER…. www.ellisislandrecords.org Ellis Island Records MEMORIAL TO A WONDERFUL LADY - JUNE KAUTZ 1920-2000 Although I have never personally met June Kautz, I have known and enjoyed of her fascinating life through letters written by her husband, John Kautz (President of the Koutz, Kouts, Kautz, Couts Family Association). After a long bout with cancer, June left us December 15, 2000. She will be dearly missed along with her travel stories (13 times to Europe), genealogy, and old fashioned adventurous fun! John Kautz recently returned from Iowa, where he had arranged a Memorial Service for June. His next adventure is to Kutztown, PA at an Elderhostel offering during July. There he will meet up with Harvey Ilgen in Mifflinburg, PA. The Ilgens are descended from Rev. Ludwig Albrecht Wilhem Ilgen (1765-1852 who married John's Anna Barbara Kautz. 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