CALIFORNIA’S COUTS COUSINS VOLUME 1 FEBRUARY - MARCH - APRIL NUMBER 3 A quarterly Newsletter for the descendants of the Couts Family EDITOR’S NOTE- Help!! I need information from you, so that this newsletter for the Couts Family will be successful. Write and tell me about your grandfather, great-grandfather, dad, mom, grandma, a favorite family story, your theories about the family. I’ll be happy to type it in, take it over the phone, etc., but I need input. If you have photos (you and your family, ancestors, etc.), make a clear copy on a copy machine. I will scan it into our newsletter. SHARE YOUR SIDE OF THE FAMILY WITH US!! WE WOULD LOVE TO GET TO KNOW THEM AND YOU! TENNESSEE COUSINS - A HISTORY OF TENNESSEE PEOPLE, by Worth S. Ray Author of “The Lost Tribes of North Carolina DAVIDSON COUNTY TENNESSEE was officially first established by the leg. of Nor. Carolina of October 6, 1783. At that time it had been occupied by settlers since about 1779, when General James Robertson and Col. John Donelson’s expeditions had arrived at the “French Lick," where the present city of Nashville now stands, on the banks of the Cumberland River, or, as it was then called the “lower Cumberland." It originally included about all of the territory East of the Tennessee River running North to the Ohio, and the West side of the Cumberland mountains in Tennessee, Nashville was first called French Lick, Bluffs, then Nashborough, and finally Nashville. The establishment of “Tennessee County” 1788 and Sumner County in 1786, reduced the county of Davidson to something near its present size, after Rutherford was cut off in 1803. In the Spring of 1779, Gen. James Robertson paid his first visit to the present Nashville site. His men included Gen. James Robertson, George Freeland, William Neely, Edward Swanson, James Hanley, Mark Robertson, Zachariah White, and William Overall, all were from the Watauga Valley in East Tennessee. Col. Donelson-kept no journal. Some of his men could have been Martin Hardin. April 1, 1783, Capt. James McFadden was assigned duty on certain roads between stations. SUMNER COUNTY TENNESSEE came into existence as a County by an Act of the Leg. of No. Carolina, Nov. 17, 1786. Just as Davidson Co. embraced practically all of the territory West of the Cumberland mountains, in what is now Tennessee and was then possible of settlement, so after 1786, all of said territory was for a time embraced in Sumner and Davidson Counties, and was under the jurisdiction of No. Carolina, until four years later, it became part of the “Territory of the United States South of the Ohio” with William Blount the acting Governor of the territory. What is now and has been since it was first organized a part of Sumner Co. Tennessee, had its first hardy settlers, it is claimed, even before the Cumberland Settlement” proper, when Thomas Sharpe Spencer built a rude cabin in 1777. In 1779, a dozen or more families come in and formed a settlement about a half mile away, near Bledsoe’s Lick about seven miles from Gallatin and now is called Castilian Springs. ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE AND MONTGOMERY COUNTIES were both established by an Act of the Leg. of Tenn on April 9, 1796. These two counties were given from Tennessee County that existed from 1788 until 1796. Tenn. County actually considered itself and actually was part of North Carolina, in 1790 it was Tenn. County Territory of the US, South of the Ohio. Towns near Springfield Tenn: Barren Plains, north of Springfield some miles, built by Buckeye Mason in 1825. In 1779, Thomas Kilgore brought Moses and Ambrose Maulden, Samuel Mason and Josiah Hankins or Hawkins out from North Carolina, all of whom settled at Kilgore’s Station. Charles and William Miles are said to have come from So. Carolina. David and Hugh Henry came from the Watauga Settlement, or from Washington County, East Tenn. but which was then part of No. Carolina. The STARK family of Sumner Co. came from Stafford Co, VA Jeremiah Stark was born and raised in Stafford Co. VA and his son John Stark was born there in 1748 and died in Sumner Co., Tenn. May 16, 1814. John Stark married Sarah English, who was born in King George Co. in 1769. Both were Capt. in the Revolution. The Starks married into the Primm, Cunningham and Judd families. 1 CHILDREN OF CHRISLEY COUTS SR. AND ALLIED FAMILIES CHRISLEY COUTS JR. born circa 1780, in Warren County Kentucky was the probably the third son of Chrisley (Christopher?) Couts Sr. born circa 1750 in probably Loudoun County, Virginia and Sarah Wright Couts Collins. Chrisley had brothers John, Aaron, and sisters, Nancy, and Elizabeth. Chrisley Sr. died about 1790. Sarah Wright Couts married Captain William Collins. They moved to La Fayette County, Missouri, with the Bartons, Collins, Pearsons, and Wrights. LAFAYETTE COUNTY MISSOURI - GENERAL INFORMATION ABOUT THE CONNECTED FAMILIES OF BARTON, COUTS, COLLINS, PEARSON, WRIGHT from “The Prairie Gleaner” Vol. 12, No. 4-Sept. 1981, W. Central Mo. Genealogical Society Quarterly Contributed by Mrs. Vivian Francis Williams Bavister Barton, sometime called Bannister; of Welsh ancestry; some clear records to 1698; much is unclear. Will Pearson records (a grandson) states Bannister was from Georgia, then TN the Warren Co. KY. Research finds him in South Carolina, 1790. Served in the War of 1812. Believed to have served in Army before that; Georgia records were destroyed by the British. His family with William Collins family and John Randolph Pearson family settled on plantations in Warren Co. KY. While in Tennessee, his family knew the family of Christly Couts, Sr. Many inter
marriages: Children were: John Barton married Nancy Couts-1808 Berry Barton married Barbara Graham-1818 Wade Barton married Jane Thomson-1816 Obed. Barton died at 16 years Leroy Barton married Christine Collins-1827 Bently Barton married Patricia Pearson 1806 Frances (Fanny) Barton married Christly Couts, Jr. 1812 Warren Co. Bath-Sheba Barton married Nathaniel Pearson 1824 Mary (oldest) Barton married Thomas Putnam Charity Barton married Willoughby Rose Betsy (Elizabeth)Barton married Aaron Couts b. 1780
When the Boone Salt Mines opened in Howard Co., Missouri, a large number of families went to that County; boundaries have been changed. We have a record of a Joseph Collins, John Barton, some of the Wright family and John Randolph Pearson older sons in Howard Co. around 1816 or later. It is evident that the caravans of families crossed South Missouri over to Barton County which was named for Senator Barton, a relative of these Bartons They went north, then east; the river was too hazard’s to travel with wagons. Around 1824, Joseph Collins, a bachelor and brother to William Collins, a Revolutionary soldier, entered Davis township. He was the first man to enter the area that is now just south of Hayview. Shortly after, a caravan of connected families came including William Collins, who was a descendant of Scotch and English royalty, with his wife Sarah Wright Couts Collins, widow of Christly Couts Sr. The family included her Couts children and their Collins children, also Elizabeth Barton, who was a widow, Bently Barton and his wife, Patricia Pearson. These people were Baptist, having joined the Southern Baptist Church movement in the South. Bently Barton and wife had fourteen sons and one daughter, Elizabeth. Two became Baptist preachers, one a lawyer, three served in the Civil War; all were prominent citizens. The Collins family traveled south and finally settled near Fayetteville in Johnson County. They are buried in the cemetery of Liberty Baptist Church, which they helped organize. William Collins grave marked by D.A.R. Sarah Wright Couts Collins was a sister to the second wife of John Randolph Pearson whose name was Rebeccah. Sarah and Williams Collins had the following 2
Children: William Collins married Susannah Bremer Sarah Collins " Larkin Graham Rosanna Collins " Wheeler O. Harris Christina Collins " Leroy Barton 8/21/1827 Thomas Collins " Betsy Dyer then Elizabeth Dowell Richard Collins " Caty Ennis 1888 Joseph Collins " unknown
After Sarah’s death William Collins married a widow named Nancy Moore Dyer. They had two children; Jane who died young and Harriet Adeline who married Ira Andersonn J Both Joseph and William Collins died in 1838. Since a County had no newspaper, the court proceedings dividing the estate were published in the Far West newspaper at Libertyn The Couts children heired their mother’s inheritance from the wealth of these two men. Christly Couts , Jr. b. 1780 d. 1838 , married Frances Barton-had the following children: William Henry, born in TN; married Nancy Minton; Charity Couts married Tyral Jennings; Elizabeth Couts married Joseph Page; Lisle Couts married Mary Thomson; Sarah Jane Couts married in 1846 Samuel Durosette; Basheba Couts married Andrew Page; Nancy Couts; Authena Couts married Axel Page; Alzada Couts (daughter of Henrietta Barnett) married George Minton; Frances Couts married John David Jennings. Christly Couts, Jr. , turned the family home and seven slaves over to his wife, Fannie, making her the head of the household. He went to Howard County immediately after he moved, his wife and first 5 children to LaFayette Co. The family thought he was dead for some time. He later returned maintaining his house and she hers. More children were born. A law suit involving the inheritance is recorded in probate court of LaFayette Co. in 1860. His will included only the first five children. Others were to inherit from their mother. Court decision overruled the plan. (William) Henry Couts the eldest, married Nancy Minton, sister to George Minton, a famous early day preacher and evangelist who established a number of churches in the county`and Johnson County. Henry had`three daughters`and one son. They were as follows: Fannie married Hugh Pool; had 12 children and`lived new Pittsville, Missouri in Johnson County until going to`Oklahoma. Nancy married Hiram Ward Moon. Joseph Couts married Rebeccah Susan Askew and after her death, Ida Loutta Onstote. MARY LOU PEACOCK’S LETTER {William Henry Couts (SON ON CHRISLEY JR.) married Nancy Minton, April 1843, in Lafayette Co. Mo. He died April 13, 1882. The two of them also lived in Erath Co. Texas. Henry made a lovely corpse according to a letter from his son Joseph.} One of William Henry’s first cousins, named John Bently Pearson, a son of Bath-Sheba Barton and Nathaniel Pearson came to Lafayette Co. to visit his Aunt and Uncle Bently and Patricia Barton and he never returned to Illinois. NOTE: Chrisley Jr. Couts was somewhat of a scoundrel. He left Fannie Barton and the children and returned to Warren County Kentucky. He was presumed dead by his family. While in Warren County Kentucky, he met, courted, romanced (rather flamboyantly) and married Henrietta “Miss Rittie” Barnett, daughter of a wealthy family. Miss Rittie was born in North Carolina (died in Warren County Kentucky). From this marriage, was born Abzada (Barnett) Couts. she was born March 7, 1820, in Warren County. Abzada latter married Rev. George Minton March 6, 1839, in Warren County, Kentucky. She died on January 24, 1896 in Homer Logan County, Kentucky. Chrisley Jr. returned to Layfayette County, Missouri, establishing a separate household. He died somewhere between 1836-1838. At his death, the wives, who had never met, had to battle out the will. Miss Rittie lost. See the attached letter. LETTER FROM MARY LOU EVANS PEACOCK Christly Sr. and William Wright of SC lived on Drakes Creek Warren Co. Ky. When Christly died, Sarah married William Collins. Sarah died prior to 1818. William Collins remarried a Dyr. A group of Collins and Couts came to LaFayette Co. Mo probably late 1830’s. The Collins are written about in Bodie’s Distinguished Southern Families, 3 Christly Jr.- Christly Jr. seduces in Warren/Logan Co. Ky. Henrietta, “Miss Rittie” Barnett, the daughter of a N.C. Baptist Minister, whose sister married Rev. D.L. Mansfield, prominent Warren Con Baptist minister. Christly Jr. takes his wife to Mo. give her his power of attorney and disappears for 4 or 5 years, to Howard Co. He then returns, dies and makes provisions for only his legitimate children thinking the arrangements he had made with the other’s mother was enough. It wasn’t and there was a law suit. Abzada Couts Barnett, daughter of Henrietta Barnett, married Rev. George Minton March 6, 1839, in Warren Co. KY. She was born March 7, 1820 and died, Jan. 24, 1896 at Homer Logan Co. Ky. George and she came to Lafayette-Johnson Co. Mo. ca 1843, and lived several years but returned to Kentucky. One of their descendent was so upset when he found the conditions of her birth that he hid the papers in a drawer for 6 months. Most of these people are very very strict Baptists.....Nancy and George were born in Bertie Co. NC and came to Warren Co. Ky. ca 1818. Their Brother is Thomas Minton. Elizabeth Couts sister of Chrisley Jr. and John Couts (see above)1803 Elizabeth Couts married Joshua Anderson, Security was Ratliff Boone, brother -in-law. His father was Bailey Anderson from Pendleton Dist. SC etc. Bailey had entered land on Drakes Creek next to Wm. Collins. Joshua Anderson died in Sevier Co. Ark. he had remarried some time after Elizabeth’s death. Their descendants were Wyatt Anderson born 1804, who married Jane Billingsley [children: Joshua 1830, James 1833, William, 1835, Mary J. 1837, Louisiana 1839, Jackson 1841, Joseph 1845] and Joshua Anderson Jr. born 1808, who married Eliza, [children: John 1836, Ellen 1837, George 1839, and i,liam 1850] information thanks to Kathy Upham. JAMES S. ARMSTRONG Through my correspondence with a number of people, libraries, and letters to editors, I was lucky enough to come across Mr. Armstrong. He has been patience, informative, and extremely knowledgeable about the Couts Family. He could be considered the family’s friend. Mr. Armstrong’s family bought the property where John Sr.’s cabin existed. Mr. Armstrong grew up playing in the cemetery and building an interest in the Couts Family History. The stories that he writes were for the most part”, told to him by relatives and in some cases proved by records. Some of the stories came from people one or two generations away from the family. Mr. Armstrong has a knack for making his subjects come alive. Through the next few issues, with his permission, we will print his wonderful stories. CONTINUED FROM PREVIOUS ISSUES: CAVE COUTS By James Armstrong William Couts married the daughter of the Honorable Cave Johnson, Postmaster General under President James K. Polk. Through the influences of Mr. Johnson, the second son of William and Nancy was appointed to attend West Point. he graduated the Point in 1848 and was assigned by the War Department to serve on the Mexican border. Before the end of 1848, Lieutenant Couts received orders to move his company of soldiers to a pot near the Village of San Diego, California. While on duty near that village he met the daughter of Don Juan Bandini, Upsidora (sic -Ysidora). The Bandini’s trace their ancestry to a line of Spanish and Florentine Princes. It was here, at least according to legend that Cave’s destiny literally fell into his lap. Perched on the roof of the father’s home, Upsidora leaned over the edge of the roof to gain a better view of the marching soldiers, suddenly plummeted earthward. Cave noting her distress caught the girl just in time to prevent a fatal injury. After the eventful meeting, Cave spent a great deal of time in the Bandini home. April 5, 1851, Cave and the lovely Upsidora were married in the home of her parents. For a wedding present the family gave them a 2,200 acre ranch. Cave continued to serve in the army until his enlistment expired two years later. Now free from e duties of the army, he was able to devote full time ranching and building a new home. They named the ranch and new home Rancho Guajoma”. Today, it is owned by San Diego Count and plans are to restore it to its original state of beauty. Their home was often a favorite overnight stopping place for friendly travelers. U.S. Grant, a former classmate at West Point, stationed there before the Civil War, another notable friend General Lew Wallace, author of Ben Hur” visited often and it’s reported he wrote much of his famous novel while a guest. General Lew Wallace was a Major General in the Union Army during the Civil War. Before the war, he practiced law. He was selected by the army to serve on the court martial that tried the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln. He also presided over the court that convicted the superintendent of Anderson Prison for cruelty to Union soldiers under his care. Helen Hunt Jackson was a welcome guest and spent much time horseback riding on the ranch. It was here she found local color for her famous novel, Ramona. Many western movies have been filmed on this ranch, the most noteworthy was Duel In the Sun. Cave Johnson Couts Jr. The National Geographic Magazine Feb. 1942 Unique link with the Spanish past in San Diego County is Senor Cave J. Couts. His West Point father, Lieut. Cave Johnson Couts, marched here with the 1 st Dragoons in 1848, mapped the line of march, and married into the Spanish Bandini family, which had build the rambling Guajome (Place of the Frogs) ranch house, best surviving example of a hacienda home from the days of the dons. The house was given to his wife as a wedding present from her father. This Guajome ranch house plainly tells the story of colonial life. With its own saddle and blacksmith shops, shearing shed, private chapel, and outdoor oven that can bake 100 loaves at once, this house also has a semitropical patio choked with fruits and flowers, and musical with singing fountains. Built for Indian defense, its thick adobe walls have high “airholes” instead of windows, and its ancient tiles were made long, long ago at near-by mission San Luis Rey. “In the great drought of 1863,” said Senor Couts, “we drove both cattle and half-wild horses into the sea and drowned them-rather than see them die of thirst....Hunting in my youth was our best fun.... We rode wild horses and shot everything from geese to mountain lions...." “Look at the big scar on my left hand. A lion did that. When I was hunting, as a boy of ten, a lion grabbed my dog. I shot the big yellow cat. As he rolled over, I tried to pull my dying dog away from him - and he grabbed my hand. Still in use here is the first iron safe ever seen in California. Made by hand, and locked with a giant key, it was brought here from Peru by Jose Bandini, once Spanish Admiral at Lima. His son Juan founded the California Bandini family.
Jackson Couts and Priscillia Draughon 1809-1846 Children: 1. Archer B. Couts 1829-1850 married 1 st cousin’s daughter of William Couts 1847 Martha J. Couts 2. Mary P. Couts 1834-1851 never married 3. Albert W. Couts 1837-1857 never married 4. Sophia A. Couts 1839-1856 married James S. Dunn (1855)
Archer B. wife, Martha married W.S. Gilbert after his death. Ella D. Couts was their only daughter. As stated previously, John Sr. died in 1828, and in his will left the farm to Jackson. Before Jackson’s death in 1846, he built a large log and frame house on the spot where my home is located. He built a large kitchen and dining room unattached, but adjacent to the house. The slaves used this space to prepare, cook and serve the food for the family. This was an unusual building. Its walls were 14 inches thick. It was constructed of creek gravel, burnt lime, and horse hair, all were used to bond the material. The floor was constructed of tongue and groove white oak. The hearth around the large fireplace was composed of clay bricks laid flat with sand packed between each brick. The huge fireplace was six by three feet, with large limestone lining the cavity. When I bulldozed the structure in 1950, the kettle hinges were still embedded in the limestone wall. Over the huge fireplace was a wide mantle constructed o unfinished yellow poplar, that showed stress marks of tie an us. I wanted to preserve the historic building but frankly it was too far gone to repair. When Jackson’s will was probated in open court in 1846, it was his request that his son A.B. have complete control of the farm when he became of age. He asked that his slave woman raise and school his four children. He appointed his son A.B.’s brother, William and lawyer friend Joe C. Stark to carry out his requests. October 3, 1849, the circuit court ordered the farm be surveyed and placed on record. The new survey found in Book 6, pg. 183 shows the original tract had grown from @ 320 acres to 807 acres. This additional acreage was due to land added by John Sr. in his latter years. Jackson’s son A.B.’s name was placed on the new survey which read, “the field notes of A.B. Couts and Land Processional (meaning an act proceeding in an orderly manner). The court recognized the new survey and A.B. as the owner of his dad’s farm. Being in poor health and suffering from the same disease (Tuberculosis) that killed his mother, dad, brother, and sisters, three times in 1846-1849, A.B. requested funds held by the court to pay for medicines for himself and sister; (funds placed there by the court from income earned on the farm). By 1850, it became apparent to the court appointed executor, James Dunn, that A.B.’s health had deteriorated to the point that he could no longer remain in control of the farm and both agreed to sell. The court appointed a new administrator, Miles S. Draughon for the estate. On November 24, 1850, he made the firm decision to sell the fame to the families friend, Joe C. Stark, a Springfield lawyer. The deed was written in Mr. Stark’s name, but remained under legation of the court until the youngest child died in 1857. Money from the sale was placed in the hands of the court administrator, Mr. Draughon who used the funds to sustain the family members and after their deaths the money was used to place headstones on each of their graves. During James Dunn’s term as manager of the affairs of the Couts family, love blossomed between he and his ward, Sophia Couts. They were united in marriage February 7, 1855. Their happiness was short lived, as she too succumbed to the family disease one year later. After Mr. Joe C. Stark became owner of the Couts farm, he leased it for one year but was dissatisfied with this type of arrange ment and began to seek and search for a manager or partner. During 1855, he was impressed with Mr. B.G. Hilliard, a farm boy raised near Columbia, TN and was an assist ant manager of the “Old Nashville Inn." Mr. Hilliard wanted to come back to the life of a farmer and with his apparent business training was just what Mr. Stark was seeking. There was only one catch, Mr. Hilliard had very little money to make a down payment. No problem, Mr. Stark sold him with no money down, 1/2 undivided interest in 807 acres. From 1855 through 1883, the partnership existed, a little shaky at times because Mr. Stark could never force a payment from Mr. Hilliard. Finally, in 1883, Mr. Stark sued Mr. Hilliard through circuit court and the farm was sold from the steps of the Robertson County Court House. William McMurry purchased 407 acres of the 807 acres. The total price paid for the entire acreage was $12,800.00. August 1898, my dad’s sister and husband Mr. & Mrs. Henry Orand purchased the 407 acres for $12,500.00. In 1928, they sold 110 acres to my day. I now own that 110 acres with the Couts Cemetery and house. WILLIAM COUTS---SON OF JOHN SR. 1795--1848 William was in his late teens when he heard the call for volunteers to defend America from the British planning to invade New Orleansn General Jackson, already in the area, sent word to his two good friends, Generals Coffee and Carroll to enlist an army of volunteers from Tennessee and Kentucky and met him near New Orleans. `General Coffee enrolled a body of eager recruits from middle Tennessee, while General Carroll gathered an army of volunteers from Kentucky. Both Generals agreed that move ment to New Orleans would be much faster if they traveled by water. Flat boats were secured from the Nashville area and the newly recruited soldiers of the 7th and the 49th U.S. Infantry packed supplies and war materials aboard. After so fan fare and good-byes, they left friends far behind and they rode the current to the Ohio and down the Mississippi to a time and place never to be forgotten in the annuals of American’s History. General Jackson was very delighted and happy to see many friends from back home. The volunteers didn’t have to wait very long before they were placed in the defense line, because the British were beginning to unload troops from the ships anchored in the Bay of Mexico. It would be just a matter of hours before these young recruits were to be tested by the finest professional soldiers England could muster. These crack regiments were under the command of the able General Pakenham from the staff of General Wellington. It was reported at the time when the British troops came into view the country boys of Ten nessee and Kentucky were greatly impressed by the long straight columns of red coated soldiers marching in time to a Scottish tune. On they came with their bright colored banners and flags waving and fluttering in the light sea breeze. Never before had these green recruits seen anything like their eyes were beholding, it was unbelievable that they were to be the intended victims of the British Infantry men advancing toward them with their bayonets lowered for a charge. When the order came to fire, word was passed to each man, aim at the breast plate of the enemy and fire as rapidly as possible. These squirrel shooters of Tennessee and Kentucky thinned the lose quartered columns of charging the English soldiers causing them to hesitate in the face of the deadly aim of these young back-woodsmen. All along the defense line the story was the same with the other units, too much fire power coming from men fortified behind barricades of bales of cotton and in trenches causing the brave English troops to retreat beyond the range of the squirrel rifles. During the battle, William received a slight leg wound, but remained at his post until the last charge had been repulsed. The Tennessee Volunteers remained in the New Orleans area several weeks. When the order was given to return, William was well and ready to travel home. William married the daughter of the Honorable Cave Johnson, Postmaster General under President James K. Polk. The story of his son Cave Johnson Couts is well known in the history of San Diego, California. Part of this story is from “Tennessee History” Robertson Couts The youngest son of John Sr. and Leah was born 1811 and died 1830. We were told he died with consumption. In his father’s will he was given $1,200.00 and Elbert, a young slave boy. Robertson continued to live with his mother until his and her death the same year. When Robertson property was sold at public auction, Elbert was sold for $290.00. A.W. COUTS - 1837-1857 A child of Jackson and Priscilla Draughon requested in his will that $150.00 be given to his good family friend, Joe C. Stark to purchase a fine double barrel shot gun “as a present to him and a token of my respect and regard for him as a friend and an honest man. KIZZIE COUTS This is a story that is taken from legal records and legend. Words about a slave woman, told and retold by former slaves who remembered her long after death. Her name and reputation lived beyond that of any slave owned by the Couts family. She was born of a father, we was a Couts field hand and a mother who was a cook in John Sr.’s home. It has been difficult to place the time of her birth but it believed to be around 1820. She was given a Christian and English name, Elizabeth Couts. Some called her Ezzie for short, while others said Kizzey. Whatever the abbreviated name was it was written in legal briefs as Kizzey. The members of the Couts family recognized her intelligence and rare gift for caring for children and the sick. Mrs. Leah Couts suffered from the rigors of frontier life that undermined her health and she was forced to spend her latter days in bed. It has been suggested by later generations of children, that she died with tuberculous, (this grandmother could have been a carrier of the disease). At Mr. John’s death Kizzey passed to the household of Jackson. In Jackson’s Will of 1845, he asked that Kizzey and husband Alford not be sold with the other slaves, but retained as the property of his oldest son, Albert W. he also stated that she was to remain on the farm and raise his children Albert W., Archer B. Sofia, and Mary. Once they were grown the law could decide what to do with her. It was Jackson’s wish that she help keep the children in school. This meant that Kizzey would assume a mothers role to keep the children in school. Besides being faithful to the Couts family, she and husband, Alford raised seven children of their own. The oldest child was named George. He was given while quite young to as a companion. Albert was weak and sickly from birth and died at age 21. The school mentioned in Jackson’s Will was about quarter of a mile away, but still on Couts land. The log structure was located down the hill form the new Hilliard Grove School that replaced it in 1902. This original one room log building was later used as a tenant home. It remained this until destroyed by fire in 1993. On January 17, 1857, the Chancery Court in Spring field ordered that Kizzey’s children be divided and sold but she was to remain the property of the living members of the Couts’ family. she lived only a few months after the breakup of her family. She is now buried in the Couts’ family cemetery along with Jackson, his wife Patricia and their four children. 7 LATEST RESEARCH The family has long contended that the father of John Sr. and Chrisley Sr. was a John Couts of Virginia. So far, research has not been found to establish this fact. In Goodspeed’s, John Couts Sr. was listed with the Starks, as having a brother Christopher and father Dietrick. Listing in a book does not make it true. It only gives us a clue to continue researching. So, we started with the brothers. Information on their pasts are shadowy, no specifics, no listings with major early land association and no facts specifically listing our family before 1788. Direct search took the family back to Warren County Kentucky with Chrisley Couts, and his brothers John, Henry, and William. We know Chrisley was John’s brother, because on Chrisley’s tombstone, it states “Chrisley brother of John”. John stated that he was born in Loudoun County VA. John’s occupation, besides being a farmer, was appraising estates and buying foreclosures. We know that Chrisley had a brother, Henry, who lived in Hardin County, Kentucky. Chrisley son, Chrisley Jr. was left an inheritance in Henry’s will, to his brother’s son Chrisley Jr.” We have yet to prove a direct connection of William, but he sold land in the same deed area, time, with our ancestors, and descendants carry his name (neither he nor Henry has surviving heirs). Working back in history from Robertson County Tennessee. Our connection to Dietrich comes in a passage from Goodspeed’s History of Tennessee, Sumner County, 1784, “William and James Stark and John Couts also settled in that vicinity at about the same time settled in the vicinity of Carr Creek. John Couts, husband of Leah (Stark) is said to have a brother, Christopher, father Dietrick.” Our research of Dietrich has him located in Lincoln County with 200 acres on Rolling Fork Creek (various spellings) for a number of years. There we find Henry and Teter Couts living very close together and being listed in the same Deed book one page apart. Later, possibly living on the same farm (Early Kentucky Householders 1787-1811) Still later, Henry owns the same piece of land. Then, we have no proof of movement. In a name dictionary, we found that Deterich was Theodrick or Frederick in German, and that the nicknames were Terick or Teter, hence the tie in to Teter and Tetrarch. Couts is another story. We sat and used German sounds to find a German counterpart to Couts and came up with Kautz. We knew through the years that Dad had always said, “People may mispronounce your name, but remember, it is pronounced K-OUTS. In “Chalkley’s Vol II Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement inVA / extraction from original court records of Augusta Co. 1745-1800 lists several incidences of Teter Couts with John Couts, wife Elizabeth Hendrick Armentrout. This first listing starting at Dec. 1753 and ending at 1768. (Augusta County later becoming Frederick and Rockingham Counties). During this period, Va Colonial Milita Henning Statues at Large, Crozier had a militia listing 1758 for Tetrarch Couch. Our very first listing is Dietrich Kautz, taking the Oath of Allegiance on the Edinbaugh, Philadelphia, Pa, August 13, 1750. The ship traveled from Rotterdam by way of Cowles, England. Egle: Name of Foreigners Who Took the Oath of Allegiance Source # 4565 and at the Philadelphia courthouse, August, 15, 1750 in the Pennsylvania German Pioneers, from either the Royal Union or the Edinbaugh. Over the past three months, we have been researching Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina trying to find links to the Couts. It was decided that, we would work on every variation of the Couts spelling that we could find, including (K) and (C). We did not distinguish between English or German names. What we have found is, that in most English Spelling, the original document or family was German and their names were Anglicized. We found early names in Pennsylvania. Next to no names were found in North and South Carolina. In Virginia, a cache of German names similar to ours, crisscrossed in the correct timeframe. Therefore, Virginia seemed the most logical place. We started with each of the Johns. We found one COUTTS. They were English. The name was pronounced KOOTS. They were located in Richmond Virginia. They ran a ferry. Their complete line had been completed. It did not match ours. So, we switched to German. Johns were very plentiful. It seems every son is officially named Johann (John), but he uses his middle name around family and friends. When his father passes away the Johann is dropped and official goes by his middle name. (i.e. Johannes Jacob). During this time, I placed a query in the Everston Genealogical Helper and ON-LINE (with the families of various spellings). Research has been fruitful, but no absolute proof. There are distinctive families of KOONTZ, KUTZ, KUNTZ, and KAUTZ. We tried for a process of elimination. Our first clues came from the KOONTZ lines. Several on-line researchers gave us information from the Nassau-Seigen Immigrants of Germany, who ended up in the Shanendoah Valley of Virgina. It connected one family line that ended up as Counts and Coonce. John Counts turned out to be John KOONTZ, who lived in Rockingham County (Luray) and moved to Russell Co. in Southwestern Virgina. His complete line was found in the Some Descendants of John Counts of Glade Hollow . They hold reunions annually. The names and timeframes did not match to ours. In the Nassau-Seigen Immigrants , there were a few families described later in the book as basically miscellaneous variations of the spelling of KOONTZ. Most were John, but there was several Jacobs, a Peter, Teter, Deterick, and others. That’s where the concentration began. The above spellings turned out not to be ours. All lived in the same area of Virginia, but many of their lines had been completed. The Christian names were different and the times did not coincide with ours. Except one, a Couts (and various spellings) which was originally a KAUTZ - pronounced the same as ours. The two brothers were John and Dietrick Kautz. They turn out to be the John and Dietrich Couts in Chalkley’s Vol II Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement inVA / extraction from original court records of Augusta Co. 1745-1800. Still, we have no proof that they are ours, but the Christian names are the same, the times are right, and the locations are perfect. WE HAVE GREAT CIRCUMSTANTIAL EVIDENCE. John had no heir. It is unknown about Dietrick. Recently, we have received ancestral information on these two men, taking the family line back to at least 1580. Now, we have to find proof. More later... click for e-mail. click to go back to the main page.