CALIFORNIA’S COUTS COUSINS VOLUME 1 MAY - JUNE - JULY NUMBER A quarterly Newsletter for the descendants of the Couts Family WELCOME It is the goal of this newsletter to create interest in and share the research for the Couts (pronounced K-outz) and Allied Family genealogy. It can only be written with the cooperation of each family member. We encourage each of you to send in your family group sheets (complete names, birth, death, locations, children as well as you know them - if we get enough information, we can connect you to your ancestors). The information that you find within its covers will be as “true” as we can prove. We NEED articles, photos, genealogy lines, and family stories. I will happily scan pictures, write articles over the phone, type the articles, and pay postage. Write, call, or e-mail... THE CALIFORNIA COUTS COUSINS There has been a question of who the California Couts Cousins are. We are not all of the California Couts, but the descendants of Clarence Roy Couts (b. August 10, 1902, d. May 13, 1989), and Ruby Alberta Childers (b. October 2, 1907, d. May 31, 1990). There are five of us and our families and a whole collection of grandchildren for the guys: *Clarence Couts Jr. (retired CHP, now a Realtor) married to Wanda Louise Roller of Auburn California - children: Clarence Dwayne and Mark Steven; *Donald Lee Couts (retired Auto Mechanic -Sutter Co.) of Yuba City, California married to 1) Beulah Vail Thompson - children: Linda Sue Couts Lyons and Curtis Ray Couts 2.) Carol Kunick; *Rudolph Austin (we don’t know why Dad picked this name. He said he liked it when he heard it) “Steve” Couts (Bus Driver) Yuba City, California married 1) Cecilia Marie Newman (d. 1975) children: Darryl Stephen Couts, Deborah Couts Trask, Michele Rae Couts, Cory Michael Couts, 3.) Jillian Thomson children: Kari Couts, Nikki Couts 4.) ? *Thomas Earl Couts (retired Oil Ex.- now computer tech. and cookie whiz) formerly of Moreno Valley, California, now of Dominica West Indies, married 1.)Carole Luker children: Thomas Couts Jr., Donnie Couts, and Ronnie Couts (deceased), 2.) Carol Anne Patton Couts children: Margaret Marion Couts Richardson and Aaron Campbell Couts. * Barbara Ann Couts Evans (Principal and Special Education Director) married to Randy Niel Evans of Yuba City, California, children: Alexandar Couts Evans and Meredith Alisa-Ann Evans. BLACK DUTCH One of the few things that our father (Clarence Roy Couts - b. August 10, 1902, d. May 13, 1989) remembered about his heritage was that his family always said that they were “Black Dutch”. He said it had to do with the families’ coloration. He was 5’ 10”, thick black hair, brown eyes, olive complexion, and stout (after he moved to California). In investigating historical photographs, dad bore a family resemblence to JR Couts and Cave Couts. He said that “his people” were “German Black Dutch” because most Germans were Blond and Blue-eyed. When I asked around about the term, no one seemed to know it. I decided to research the term, in order to see if its meaning could locate a homeland region for our German immigrants. In the United States, the term is very similar to “Pennsyvania Dutch”, where “Dutch” is a corruption of “Deutch”. “Deutch” is the German word for “German”. The uncorrupted term would be - “Pennsyvania Deutch” [Pennsyvannia German] or “Black Deutch” [Black German} So, here are the textbook versions, not much, but some: Everston’s Genealogy July-Aug 1994 Question and Answer Box pg 231 “The following was taken from an article entitled, ‘The Mysterious Melungeons,” by Mr. Arlee Gowen, which appeared in the September 1992 issue of Stripes, the Texas State Genealogical Society Quarterly: ‘A Dutch revolt against the Spanish monarch began (in) 1555 and continued to its successful conclusion in 1609. The nation could not field enough soldiers to defend the empire, and as a consequence, Spain subjected neighboring Portugal and impressed Portuguese men into Spanish regiments throughout the empire. [Some regiments were in Tennessee on a Spanish expedition which explored eastern Tennessee in 1567]. It is more than credible that Portuguese soldiers would desert or defect in Tennessee if the opportunity presented itself. ‘As a sidelight, a genealogical anomaly resulted from this war. A new race was created in the southern part of Holland during the six decades that Spanish and Portuguese soldiers were stationed there. Their ‘fraternization’ with the Dutch girls produced dark-skinned children which were the beginning of the ‘Black Dutch’.’ Mr. Gowen notes that these Melungeons were a dark skinned people who wore beards and had straight black hair. Many had dark blue eyes. They were found by John Seiver when his expedition crossed the Appalachians in 1774.” Dictionary of American Regional English, by Frederic G. Cassidy, a-c: Black Dutch n. also Black Dutchman esp common Sth, S Midl, A dark-complexioned people of uncertain origin: see quotes. Black Dutch-Dark Pennsylvania Mountain people, probably of near Eastern or aboriginal stock. NC, Black Dutch...A local type of people of Germanic extraction. The people are low, not tall, small and have black features...Just who the Black Dutch were originally seems to be a mystery, though the term is well-known in the mountains. NC55 Black Dutch-dark skinned, long hair, from England ?; Names around here for people of mixed blood-part Indian. Elke Hall, 500 Tabb Lakes Dr. Yorktown, VA 23693, (804) 867-8528 German Translator/Researcher Southern Germans with dark hair People from Southern Germany People from the Black Forest Region of Germany Who were the Black Dutch? Roots-M-request Pat Michel “The War of Spanish Succession, 1704-1714 fought by Austris, England, the Netherlands and Prussia - against France and Spain, arose over disputes over the succession to the throne of Spain on the death of Charles II of Spain. “Spanish soldiers married Dutch (Holland) girls, and their children, whose coloring was olive, with black hair were called “Black Dutch”. Their Holland neighbors were fair skinned and blonde. this explanation seems to have come down in several of your families who claim “Black Dutch” descent.” JOURNEY TO PENNSYLVANIA Pennsylvania German Pioneers - Introduction “The journey to Pennsylvania fell naturally into three parts. The first part, and by no means the easiest, was the journey down the Rhine to Rotterdam or some other port. Gottlieb Mittelberger in his Journey to Pennsylvania in the year 1750, writes: ‘This journey last from the beginning of May to the end of October, fully half a year, amid such hardships as no one is able to describe adequately with their misery. The cause is because the Rhine boats from Heilbronn to Holland have to pass by 26 custom houses, at all of which the ships are examined, which is done when it suits the convenience of the customhouse officials. In the meantime, the ships with the people are detained long, so that the passengers have to spend much money. The trip down the Rhine, last therefore four, five and even six weeks. When the ships come to Holland, they are detained there likewise five to six weeks. Because things are very dear there, the poor people have to spend nearly all they have during that time.’ The second stage of the journey was from Rotterdam to one of the English ports. Most of the ships called at Cowes, on Isle of Wight. This was the favorite stopping place, as 142 ships are recorded as having sailed from Rotterdam to Cowes. Other ships touched at one of seven other channel ports. Taking them from east to west they went. Deal, where twenty-two ships stopped, Dover, with eleven ships, Portsmouth thirty-two ships, Gosport, near Portsmouth, two ships, Porte in Dorsetshire, one ship (No. 109), Plymouth two ships, Falmouth, in Cornwall, four ships. One ship (No. 297) went from Rotterdam to London, one ship (No 263) from Rotterdam to Berwick upon Tweed, on the east coast of England, near the Scotch border, five ships from Rotterdam to Leith in Scotland , two ships from Rotterdam to the Orkney Island (Nos. 110, 163) and one ship from Rotterdam to St. Christopher, one of the West India island. In England, there was another delay of one to two weeks, when the ships were waiting either to be passed throughM the custom house or waiting`for favorable winds. When the ships had for the last time weighed their anchors at Cowes or some other port in England, thenl writes Mittelberger, “the real misery begins`with the long`voyage. For fromM there the ships, unless they have good wind, must often sail eight, nine, ten to twelve weeks before they reach Philadelphia. But even with the best wind the voyage last seven weeks.” The third stage of the journey, or the ocean voyage proper , was marked by much suffering and hardship. The passengers being packed densely, like herrings, as Mittelberger describes it, without proper food and water, were soon subject to all sorts of diseases, such as dysentery, scurvy, typhoid and smallpox. Children were the first to be attacked and died in large numbers. Mittelberger reports the deaths of thirty-two children on his ship. Of the heartless cruelty practiced he gives the following example: ‘ One day, just as we had a heavy gale, a woman in our ship, who was to give birth and could not under the circumstances of the storm, was pushed through the porthole and dropped into the sea, because she was far in the rear of the ship and could not be brought forward.’ The terrors of disease, brought about to a large extent by poor food and lack of good drinking water, were much aggravated by frequent storms through which ships and passengers had to pass. ‘The misery reaches the climax when a gale rages for two or three nights and days, so that every one`believes that`the ship will go to the bottom J with all human`beings on boardn `In such a visitation the people cry and pray most piteouslyn `When in such J a gale the sea`rages and surges,`so that the waves rise often like mountains one above the other, and often tumbled over the ship, so that one fears to go down with the ship; when the ship is constantly tossed from side to side by the storm and waves, so that no one can either walk, or sit, or lie, and the closely packed people in the berths are thereby tumbled over each other, both he sick and the well --it will be readily understood that many of these people none of whom had been prepared for hardships, suffer so terribly from them that they do not survive.’ When at last the Delaware River was reached and the City of Brotherly Love hove in sight, where all their miseries were to end, another delay occurred. A health officer visited the ship and, if any persons with infectious diseases were discovered on the ship, it was ordered to remove one mile from the city. A vivid account of the arrival of these passenger ships in the harbor of Philadelphia, is given by the Rev. Henry M. Muehlenberg, in a report, which he sent in the fall of the year 1769. He writes: ‘After much delay one ship after another arrive in the harbor of Philadelphia, when the rough and severe winter is before the door. One or more merchants receive the lists of freights and the agreement which the emigrants have signed with their own hand in Holland, together with the bills for their travel down the Rhine and the advances of the ‘newlanders’ for provisions, which they received on the ships on the account. Formerly the freight for a single person was six to ten louis d’ors, but now it amounts to fourteen to seventeen louis d’ors. (equal to about $4.50, though its purchasing power at that time was much greater). Before the ship is allowed to cast anchor at the harbor front, the passengers are all examined, according to the law in force, by a physician, as to whether any contagious disease exist among them. Then the new arrivals are led in procession to the City Hall and there they must render the oath of allegiance to the king of Great Britain. After that, they are brought back to the ship. Then announcements are printed in the newspaper, stating how many of the new arrivals are to be sold. Those who have money are released. Whoever has well-to-do friends seeks a loan from them to pay the passage, but`there are only a few who succeeä. The ship becomes the market-place. The buyers make their choice among the arrivals and bargain with them for a certain number of years and days. They then take them to the merchant, pay their passage and their other debts and receive from the government authorities a written document, which makes the newcomers their property for a definite period.’ Muehlenberg was, therefore, entirely correct when he stated that most of the ships reached Philadelphia when the hardships of winter were staring the newcomers in the face. Among the interesting documents brought to Pennsylvania by the German pioneers two deserve special mention. The first was a passport, with which all the emigrants coming from Germany and Switzerland were supposed to be provided. The second document, which was taken along on the journey to America, was a letter of recommendation, issued by the pastor of the church to the members of his flock, when they left their homes.“ (WHERE CAN WE FIND THOSE PAPERS?)
A SUMMARY OF RESEACH ON TETER COUTS Names of Immigrants in Pennsylvania 1727-1776 , by Rupp, Interpretation of Baptismal names, p. 483 & 494 Dietrich & Theodrick: “ Dietrich, Derrick, a patriot, or friend to the people --F Pichler. The vulgar write Dieter; sometime Ditrich, Tietrich, Dirk. Theodor, Theodore, gift of God; Greek theos, a god, and doreo, doreso, to bestow anything as a gift; doron, a gift, a present. Name`of Foreigners Who`Took the Oath`of Allegiance, EGLE Source # 4565, names of German, Swiss, and other Immigrants-1750. Dietrich Kautz, North America-Pennsyvania 1750, he took the Oath of Alligance on the Edinbaugh John Russell Captain, August 13, 1750, a ship that traveled from Rotterdam by way of Cowles, England. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index: 1983 Supplement. Goodspeed’s History of Tn., Sumner Co. TN pg. 798-802, Robertson Co. pg 828-848. John Couts (Sr.) husband of Leah is said to have a brother, Christophe², possibly others, Father, Dietrick, - wife: Susannah, John’s sisters--one married a Gordon and the other a Stark. John and Leah Couts have 8 children. (REMEMBER: Because a book states something, it does not necessarily make it true. It was however, written during a time when local information would have know who John’s family was. BUT, we have to find offical documents to PROVE IT). Teter’s Timeline: Aug 13, 1750 Dieterich Kautz arrived on the Edinbaugh Wrote his Father that he had bought land in Tulpehocken Dec. 1753 Paid after funeral Pages of Court Records: Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, extracted from the original court records of Augusta County 1745-1800 , by Lyman Chalkley Volume II. Page 447 6th December, 1753. Sale bill of Nicholas Trout’s estate to Viz: Jno. Love, Jno Hales Evan Evans.... Settlement of above estate by Geo Trout, administrator, recorded 21st May, 1766--Cash paid for liquor at the endue, 5 gallons at 3/;cash paid for liquor at a grubbing frolick, 6 quarts at 9 per quart, Lo.5.6.: cash paid for 6 quarts of liquor at the funeral L04.6.: paid Teter Couts, Bernard Man. Included many Germans names. 1754-1763 French and Indian War 1756 Was paid for the grubbing frolick (see above) [get together to make a garden] 1758 Was paid for fighting in the French and Indian War (where was the bounty land?) VA Colonial Militia Henning Statutes at Large, Crozier Vol. 11 pg 62 Militia 1758 Tetrarch Couch Legislative Enactments - Augusta Co. page 39; Henning Statues, Vol. 7 pg 179 -200 Tetrarach Couch, Adam Hendric, Lieutinant Christian Bingaman, Capt. Francis Kirtley, General Andrew Lewis, Gleaning VA History, Bashager.
1759 AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA - COURT ABSTRACTS: Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, extracted from the original court records of Augusta County 1745-1800, by Lyman Chalkley Volume II. Page 358- 8th February, 1759 Vendue of John Wingord’s (Vinegard) estate- To...Tetrach Couch, Frederick Ermantrout, John Couch, Christian Tetrach, ... Several others including many Germans. 1760Paid tithable with John Counts AUGUSTA COUNTY, VIRGINIA - COURT ABSTRACTS: Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, extracted from the original court records of Augusta County 1745-1800 , by Lyman Chalkley Volume II. Page 358, Feb. 8, 1760- Andrew Bird, with two others, and William Logan, Tetrich Counts and John Counts, added to tithables. 1760 circa Chrisley Sr. is born. 1761 Bought land ABSTRACTS: Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, extracted from the original court records of Augusta County 1745-1800 , by Lyman Chalkley Page 446 5th August, 1761-Same to Teter Couts, L10, onWalnut Creek, branch of North River of Shanando, James Gill’s old patent, being same 186 acres taken up by said James. Teste: John Thomas, Robert Williams, Frederick ( ) Benter. Delivered: Teter Couts, February, 1779. Deed Book #9? 1765 circa John Couts Sr. is born 1767-68 Procession: ABSTRACTS: Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement inVinginia, extracted from the original court records of Augusta County 1745-1800 , by Lyman Chalkley Page 447 1767-68 John Dunkle and Michael Props Procession, Processioned by ... viz: for Abraham Bird, present Teter Couts. Page 447 Processioned by Thos Beggs and Michael Humble from Brock’s Gap to Hampshire Line (referred to the NE boundary line between Hampshire Co. and Augusta Co, VA. Hampshire Co. is now part of W VA), viz: For Abraham Bird, present Rudy 0 Mauk and Teter Couts; for Teter Coutts, for Conrad Custard, for Rudy Mauck, for Conrad Lamb, for Isaac Beackfield, for John Miller, for Charles Man, for Thomas Wilsell, for Conrad Custard Sr. for Jacob Trumbo, for Thomas Beggs, for James Beggs, for JacobBare, for James Marshall, for Andrew Trumbo, for Martin Witsell, for Adam Reader, for Uriah Humble. 1771Abstract Surveys of the Shenandoah River John Couts, 80 acres, branch of Shenandoah River. Adjoining Teeters. January 20, 1771. Jacob Herman, 70 acres, branch of Shenandoah River. Adjoining Couts. January 2, 1771. Christian Teeter, 85 acres, branch of Shenandoah River January 20, 1771. Page 179. Christian Teeter, 85 acres, branch of Shenandoah River, January 20, 1771 1775-81 Revolutionary War (Christopher Coontz from Frederick Co. Va. fought with George Rogers Clark. Teter would have been a grandfather soon) 1777-1795The German Element of the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia By John Walter Wayland page 58E. Names of Persons who Sold Land in Rockingham County from 1777 to 1793 From the First Deed Book, No. 0 The Valley Germans Appendix. Deter Kouts Others: Philip Armentrout, A. Armentrout, Charles Grim, Joseph Hawkins, John Drake, James Dyer, Abram Lincoln, Peter Roller, James Skidmore.
1778 John Couts (Teter’s brother dies) 1786 Taxes in NC 1786 Tax List - Wayne County, North Carolina -Couch, Dederick 0-1-0Journal of N.C. Genealogy, Vol VIII, No. 1 March 1962 1787 Early KY Landholders 1787-1811 pg 65 Henry Couts/Coutch and Teeter Couts April 1789 Land on Camp Creek Catawaba River - named as part of Lincoln Co NC Dietrick said to be a resident of Garrard Co. KY German Speaking People West of the Catawaba River in North Carolina 1750 -1800 DETERICH COUCH/KOOTCH/COOK purchased 300 acres on both sides of `Camp Creek April 8, 1789, Lincoln Co, NC DB 16:85; DB 18:439 - Unknown Court Documents from Nashville, Tennessee Page 344 Nashville, January 6th, 1789, present Samuel Barton, Robert Hays, Jno Kirkpatrick Deed, Jas. Siming (?) to Frederick Davis proven by Frederick Koun(?). (item is very faded). Samuel Barton is a family name). Kentucky Tax Records 1789 Henry Couts 1wm over 21, 1 horse or mule. 1790 Deter Kouts Lincoln County NC Census 1790: 2m-16, 1m 16+; 5f. 1791 ABSTRACTS: Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, extracted from the original court records of Augusta County 1745-1800 , by Lyman Chalkley :530-August 16, 1791-To Teter Cotes (indexed as T. Cotes) from John Matthews and Mary, his wife, of Madison County (Va.), 40 acres for 40 pounds on the middle fork of Sugar Creek beginning at a beach, ash, and sugar tree (maple)...John Flourney’s line...John Bryant... acknowledged in court 16 August 1791, Mary examined privily. 1791 Lincoln County, Kentucky Records, Order Book 4, 1781-1794 part of the District of Kentucky, Virginia. August 16, 1791 Court of Quarter Sessions - pg. 40 Indenture from John Matthews and Mary Matthews his wife, to Teter Cotes, was acknowledged and dower relinqueished, and recorded. 1794 Source: Early Kentucky Landholders 1797-1811 Dated 7 May 1794 Book/Page 3.06 This land was on Sugar Creek and Henry Couts, Owned 50 Acres on Sugar Creek. 1795 Henry and Dietrick list on tax rolls - 1795 Lincoln County Tax Records Henry Couts 1 wmover 21 4 horses, 7 cattle, Sugar Creek, 50 acres; Peter 1 wmover 21 and 1 horse. 1795 Owns land on Sugar Creek ABSTRACTS: Chronicles of the Scotch-Irish Settlement in Virginia, extracted from the original court records of Augusta County 1745-1800 , by Lyman Chalkley, C:3 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, C-3 ( This is the land in A:520 (A:530). Witnesses were John Hall, John Ferris and William Daugherty. Deed was acknowledged in court by Teter Couts to be his act and ordered to be recorded on 18 August 1795. Nomention of his wife. THE COUNTY BOUNDARIES CHANGE, BUT THE LAND STAYED THE SAME 1797 Sold land on Camp Creek German Speaking People West of the Catawaba River in North Carolina 1750 -1800 Oct. 1797 he sold 50 acres on both sides of Camp Creek and was then a resident of Garrard Co. KY. 1798 FILM 25146 PART 3 -1798 Couts, Henry and Sarah (Wife [Freeman]) Grantor Coal, Ebenezer Grantee Deed Book A Page 116, 70 acres on Sugar Creek 1800 - 1805 Teter owned land on Rolling Fk, Lincoln County NC next to Garrard County, which later became Hardin Co. - possibly part of the Dick’s R. Teterick Keech is listed as Early Landholder 10 July 1800 Book/Page 3.16 Lincoln County --200 acres on Roling Fork with prior assignee being G. Harlan. Dedirick Cooch is listed 30 July 1801 Book/Page3.07 Lincoln Co. 200 Acres Roand Fork (presumed same land) Detric Couch is listed 29 July 1802 Book/page 3.06 Lincoln, Co. 200 acres prior assignee G. Harland Tetrich Cooch 10 August 1803 Book/page 2.07, 200 acres, same location and same prior assignee Tetriarch Cooch 3 June 1804 Book/page 4.05 200 acres same location and prior assignee Tetrich Cooch 20 June 1805 Book/Page 2.07 200 acres same location and prior assignee. THE 200 ACRES ON ROLLING FORK LISTED IN LINCOLN COUNTY FROM 1800 TO 1805 ASSIGNED TO TETRICK KEECH, DEDRICK COOCH, DEDRIC COUCH, TETRICH COOCH, TETRIARCH COOCH, AND TETRICH COOCH IS BELIEVED TO BE THE SAME LAND AND THE SAME OWNER, BUT SPELLED DIFFERENTLY EACH YEAR OF TAX COLLECTION. 1802 Sarah Couts (wife of Henry - married 1786 in Lincoln Co. KY) has a letter waiting at Dick’s River, Garrard Co. 1803 Henry owns land in Garrard Co. FILM 2664 PART 1 GARRARD COUNTY, KY 1803 Couts, Henry Grantee; Freeman, Elisha and Wife; Deed Book A Page 508; 50 acres Dicks River 1807 FILM 25146 PART 3 - 1807 Couts, Henry and Sarah (Wife) Grantor Strange, Washington; Deed Book C Page 125, 50 Acres Dix River 1810 Henry owns land in Hardin Co. Rolling Forks (formerly Garrard and J Lincoln Co) Probably`Teter’s old land.
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’s 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. JOHN COUTS JR. 9-12-1789 TO 5-2-1868 HENERIETTA OWEN COUTS 6-23-1800 TO 7-20-82 July 1, 1800; Bk. 13; pg. 321, of county court records, states that a land transaction between, Thomas Woodard and John Couts, Sr. for $700.00. Mr. Couts purchased 100 acres of land on the south side of Beaver Creek. This tract of land originally contained 228 acres, was granted to John Standley, by the state of North Carolina. This transfer of ownership included not only the land but the grist mill and dam. These facilities were located about 100 yards above the present Owens Chapel bridge that spans the creek.M ` This farm is identified today the homes`build on the M Beaver Creek Subdivision by Mrn Ben Wilkerson.` `The land opposite the subdivision and now the`north side of`the creek was Joriginally owned by Mr. Woodard`and today by Mr. & Mrs. Gaston. When John Sr. bought this land it was mostly undeveloped. He set his slaves to work to build a log home near where the present machinery shed stands today. A log stack barn and split rail fences were laid to contain the work stack. John, Jr. married Henerietta Owens at the home of her parents, near the present Owens Chapel Church. As a wedding present John Sr. gave his son the Woodard land and made it official in his will in 1828. Mr. John Sr.’s death helped John Jr. by giving him 50 acres more as shown in his will. Before the Civil War, John Jr. build a frame home that stood where the Larry Richardson home stands today. According to established records, John Jr. manufactured sour mash whiskey and was very successful until flood waters of Beaver Creek destroyed the mill and distillery buildings. It has been difficult to pinpoint the date of the catastrophe , but by best estimates it was between 1865-68. Some said he was in poor health and decided it was a good time to stop. Henerietta’s father James W. Owen was born in Virginia and served in the American Revolutionary War, as a substitute for his father, Valentine Owen. James was married to Ann Wilks, June 1786. The Wilks were a well known family of Brunswick Co. Virginia. After military service settled in Warren County, N.C., but became dissatisfied and moved over the mountains to Robertson County during 1808 and purchased a farm in what is now the Owens Chapel Community. During the same year, my great-grandfather, Thomas Savage bought land adjacent to Mr. Owen. He married Nancy Owen the same year that John Couts Jr. married Henerietta Owens. Francis Owen married Eli Baggett (friend of Jackson). Her younger sister Minor married Jesse Baggett and after his death married James Sprouse (this marriage is the foundation for the Sprouse of Robertson County). James Owen Jr. married Susan Baggett, sister to Eli. The blood thickened and they became a close knit family with visitation and family get togethers at the Couts home and Eli’s home. John Jr. died 5-2-1868, and was buried in a new cemetery on the high hill overlooking the farm and home. ` Due to a lack of`maintenance the`plot is overgro÷n with trees and underbrush. In closing his short sketch on John Couts Jr.’s life and times, Mrs. Kay Gaston in her research of ancestors, Willie Woodard revealed this inter rupting note “Mr. Willie Woodard will attend at John Couts old mill by 11a.m. armed and equipped for the purpose of being trained in the militia discipline on the 22nd of September, 1812”. The “Old Mill” referred to was located on Beaver Dam Creek about 100 yards above the Couts home. The mill was built by the first owner of the land, John Stanley (land grant). Three years later he sold the tract to Mr. Willie Woodard, who in turn sold to John Couts Sr. Part of this farm is referred to in Mr. John’s Will to his son. OLD LETTERS AND OTHER FAMILY TREASURES C.J. “Bo” Couts did extensive research in the seventies and received a number of letters of previous and contemporary researchers. Hopefully, we will have time to type them and yours into the newsletters LETTER FROM: NANCY JOHNSON COUTS (WIFE OF WILLIAM, MOTHER OF CJC) TO CAVE JOHNSON COUTS, FROM VAN RENSSLAER MATERIAL May the 10 55 (1855) Dear Cave I received your letter the other day and was very glad to hear from you all the first time I have heard from you since December why dot Blunt write I have not received no letter from him since November and then he promised to rite often I am afraid he is sick or he would rite every day`we are getting along as well as`we can George`will not go to 3c(ool and he is in the field hard at work with hands he went to school about 3 weeks the first of the year and he took sore eyes and the were sore for a week and he would not go eny more I begged him and done everything; I could to get him to go out I could not he said he had as mutch learning as papa had and if he could along as well as he did he was satisfyed so I told him he had no one to blame but himself and he must learn to work if you will not go to school Tom is trying to get a l¯ng and I think will do verry well I he can have his helth he has had one hard spell of sickness since he has move home he is very industrious He has got his crop all in he came hear to he other day was near when he got your letter and was quite sick every now and then he chills and fevers May the 11 I do not no when I spent more agreeable day then this early this morning Uncle Henry Johnson came to see me he staid all day with me and tonight went over to Mr Krisiles he heard I got a letter from you and he said he come just to hear from you and Blount and Henry He says he always loved you all and he said I must give you his love and your wife too the old man is in his eighty sixth year and he said Father was too years older than he was he talk a great deal about old times the old man is verry peart he road horse back he brought a little negro boy with him he said he does not no what might happend so he allways takes Foster with him Sophia Couts was married a few months ago to a Mr. Dunn they staid with me last night she was the yongest child of your Uncle Jackson’s family O Cave I suppose you have heard of my tryals and troubles and Julia’s misfortunes I never would rite to you a bout it for fear you never would come home but I heard that John had ritten all about it to you it came very near as killing me but wont let that keep you from coming I I can look back and see if it had not been for Reynolds that the never would have been a hard thought in my family and if he had a staid in it a few years longer he would have ruined more I am your mother Nancy Couts Your grandfather Johnson was born in North Carolina I believe he moved to this county the first settler of it and you grand mother he married in Kentucky and they came to where he and her both dyed both to miles from hear and when they were moving from Kentucky the Indians chaist them nearly a day Soon after they got home he was ordered but to nicajak and your grand mother and great grand mother her name was Nowel saw Indians nearly every day whiles your grandfather was gone and he was in the Creek Nation war with the Indians at the Battle of Horse Shoe and Taaiphora (illegible) and Taliidig (illegible) in the year 12 and 13 as a Brigidear General he was in his 55 year when dyed and has been 30 years last march since he dyed your grandmother has been dead 40 years last September whilst they lay sick your father came home with Brother Taylor Johnson from school and after he left he one took up a notion that he was goynt to come to see me he said Nancy your must have Billy Couts I told her he had no notion of coming to see Well they said if he dose whil you have (2 words illegible) Nancy I never will get well and I no he will take care of you for I have none his father and mother a long time and him from his cradle and you have been school children together so I promised her I would if he courted me. She lived 2 weaks after. she never saw him no more it was 5 or 6 months before he ast me he said we new each other a long time and had been school children together and when he ast for me your grandfather told him he could not say a word against it for if my mother was living I could not please her better so we married the 10 April 1817. Your granny Couts told this to me that your father said when he as a little boy if he ever got married he would try to get Nancy Johnson she was sutch a pretty girl and a good one that all the school loved her your grandfather Couts was born in Virginia so says his sister. she lived half a mile from here, she is 95 years old, he moved to Tennessee the first settler of it I have forgot his age but he dyed (1829) that summer Blount was born and your granny Couts was born in South Carolina her father was one of the first settlers in Tennessee lived 3 miles from where your father was born and raised and I was born and raised too miles from here. John was born 21 October 1818 Mary was born Feb 2 1820 Cave was born Nove 11, 1821 Martha June the 30 1823 Betsy January the 15, 1825 Julia Sept the 25 1827 Willie (Blount) July the 18 1829 tom Oct. the 25 1831 Billy July the 5 1833 and dyed December 8 1840 George May the 8 1835 Medora Oct 11 1837 and dyed Aug. 3 1838 Joseph was born 23 of December dead Your father was born Mar. 5 1795 I was born Nov. the 19 ‘98 (1798) So I told youmall the ages and all of the family as well as I no you said you had roat for it several times but I never got the letter nor herd of it before kiss the children for their grandmother and Isadora to and tell her I hope to see her before long I am your mother Nancy Couts JAMES T. VAN RENSSELAER 31142 FLYING CLOUD DRIVE LAUGUNA NIGUEL, CALIFORNIA 02677 Dear Mrs. Hayden: If your Mary Couts came from Springfield, Tenn., she undoubtedly was related to John Couts, whom you refer to as “old John”. he was born in Virginia, married Leah Stark, who was born in south Carolina, and migrated to Springfield around 1790 or perhaps shortly before that time. John Couts was of German descent. You will find the names of Couts and Coutts in early colonial history in Virginia and South Carolina, but they are of Scottish or English descent and are not related to the Couts of Tennessee. Since John Couts was unable to read or write (his will is signed with a cross) it is probable his forbears, on arrival in this country from Germany, were unable to write their name, and it was transcribed by an English clerk as “Couts.” In German it could have been Kautz, a not uncommon name. Mary Couts may have been John Couts sister or the daughter of one of his brothers. he did have a sister living in Springfield as late as 1855. But she was 95 years old at that time. I have a letter written to Cave Couts, (son of William Couts whose fathe r was John Couts) by his mother in 1855. she said “Your grandfather (John) Couts was born in Virginia. So says his sister. She lives half a mile from here. She is 95 years old. Your granny Couts (Leah Stark) was born in South Carolina.” The old house in which this letter was written is still standing in a corn field about 3 miles up Sulphur Creek north of Springfield. John Couts may have had one or two brothers who came with him to Tennessee. I have found a William and Crosley Couts, who could have been John’s brothers, evidently living at Springfield in the early 1800s. But I can find no Couts in the area who do not stem back to John, (they went to Indiana) so I can only presume they left no male descendants. I have been unable to trace John Couts in North or South Carolina or Virginia. I found a pay warrant for service in Roebuck’s regiment during the Revolution made out to a John Couts. Roebuck’s regiment was recruited at Spartanburg and it is quite possible that John did serve in this militia organized during the Revolution. I would be interested in anything further you develop. I have not previously encountered the name Vaughan. (Vaughan is believed to be the married name of Mary, daughter of William Couts, brother to John and Chrisley) Sincerely, J.T. Van Rensselaer click for e-mail. click to go back to the main page.