CALIFORNIA’S COUTS COUSINS VOLUME 2 NOVEMBER - DECEMBER - JANUARY NUMBER 2 1997 -1998 A quarterly Newsletter for the descendants of the Couts Family


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 and enter data as far back as you can find. The information that you find within its covers will be as true as we can prove. We gladly accept articles, photos, genealogy lines, and family stories.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WEB PAGE RECIPES~ Do have a favorite Couts Family Christmas Recipe that you would like to share? We’re alway trying to add new things to the page. It was suggested by Rhonda Couts Rodericks that we collect recipes that are favorites in the Couts family, some have been passed down generations. This sounds like a fun idea. Send them today. What do you say? ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WHO ARE THE OHIO COUTS & WHICH ANCESTOR TIES TO THEM? Recently, I have receive several communiqués from different Couts Branches in Ohio. We have been told about other Ohio Couts (;; [Gale Couts]; [Mike Couts] ; [Taunya Hedbor]; [Taffy Couts]). Brother Bo has sent me the following article and a completed line of Ohio Couts. (If you wish the information, please send a large self-addressed 3 stamped envelop to me and I’ll give you all we’ve found). They pronounce their name K-outs, but I cannot find a tie to our family. Some have their line and say that it is Couts (COOTS). Does anyone know how this branch fits, if it does? Our only lead is a census report on a Joseph Couts, 1850 in Ohio. I have been told by our resident experts, that this branch of Couts are really Coutts (Coots) and are Scottish. If so, we can make a separate page for them, because they are a great bunch of Coutses. The following article might clarify things a bit...but how can a Dutchman be Scottish? CRAWFORD COUNTY OHIO HISTORY, 1881 EDITION Page 720-721 Submitted by Bo Couts BUCYRUS COUNTY HENRY COUTS, farmer and veterinary surgeon; P.O. Bucyrus; was born in Lancaster Co. Penn. July r, 1810. Christian Couts, the father of Henry, was of Scotch descent, and served three years in the American army during the Revolutionary War. Heremoved to Crawford Co. with his family, about the year 1821, when the subject of this sketch was about 12 years of age; they settled in Liberty Township., southeast of what is now Sulphur Springs. When Henry Couts was a young man, between the ages of 4 and 20, he would frequently reside with the Indians, and, occasionally, these visits were several weeks in length. During these visits, he was frequently the guest of Johnny Cake, a half-breed Wyandot Indian, whose father was a Frenchman. This savage resided at Upper Sandusky, in a hut which stood near the Wyandot Mission Church. Johnny Cake likes Couts, who occasionally practices shooting with the bow and arrows with the two sons of this savage friend; they would occasionally make hunting excursions together on the Honey Creek, Sycamore Creek and the Broken Sword. Couts relates that he also spent many nights with Bill Walker, one of the chiefs. This Indian read law and practiced some at an early day; he lived in a frame house, possessed many articles found in the homes of the whites, and was more civilized than Johnny Cake and many other savages. Walker had two sisters, with whom Couts spent many a pleasant hour. The subject of this sketch was always on friendly terms with the Indians, but once he had a fuss with one called Between-the-logs. Couts had a very fine hunting dog, and this savaged desired to purchase it, and while the Indian was hunting on the Broken Sword, he visited Couts with the intention of securing the coveted animal. But Couts didn’t wish to sell the dog, and Between -the-logs became very angry about it; he was intoxicated, and when Couts entered his cabin after conversing with him, the enraged savage ran his knife through the door of the house. He also threatened Couts’ life and drew his gun upon him several times, but did not fire at him; but he finally left, vowing to remember Couts in the future. After he left, the owner of the dog thought over indignities he had suffered, and grew very angry about it; he followed the Indian several miles and, taking him, drew his gun to shoot the savages, but the charge did not explode, and the warrior escaped. Couts says he was always glad in the after years, that the gun missed fire. But, at that next general muster, Between-the-logs attended; he became intoxicated, and commenced to abuse Couts, who turned in and thrashed the savage. Couts was a very good wrestler in his younger says; was known as the Bully Dutchman, and one time gained a signal victory over a man named Erastus Finn, who challenged any man in Capt. Linton’s militia company. Couts was Married to Sarah Ann Peterman Aug. 25, 1833 ; she was born June 22, 1818. They resided in Liberty Township until September, 1841, and then removed to Missouri, where they remained for about twelve months. While a resident of Liberty, he served as Constable several terms. When he returned from Missouri, he settled in Bucyrus and Sandusky City, In 1846, he secured a contract for carrying the mail through the country, and continued in this business for some eighteen years. He served as Street Commissioner and Marshall of Bucyrus for two terms. In the early part of 1863, he secured a position as Veterinary Surgeon in the 34th O.V.C., under Col. Franklin, and served in this capacity nearly eighteen months. He removed to present residence southwest of town, about 1866, where he ran a saw-mill until some two years since, when he sold the mill privileges to the County Commissioners; since then, he has been farming and practicing veterinary surgery. Mr. Couts joined the M.E. Church at Annapolis in his younger days and was a Class-leader for some five years. After being returned from Missouri, he connected himself with the Protestant M. E. Church, and is at the present time a member of the U.B. congregation. The subject of his sketch is the father of the following children: Samuel, born April 10, 1834; married to Sarah A. Nichols March 21, 1857, and died Nov. 23, 1865; David born Nov. 4, 1835; now a resident of Page Co., Iowa, and married to Sarah A. Palmer; John A., born Oct. 2, 1837; married to Mary A. Borst Nov. 29, 1860, and now a resident of Upper Sandusky; William H. H., born March 15, 1840; married to Hatty Mead Dec. 10, 1863, and now a resident of Sandusky Township; Barbara E. born March 18, 1842; married to George Sware, Dec. 18, 1862, and after her first husband died to Jacob Shupp; they reside southwest of Bucyrus; Jacob born March 3, 1844, and now resides in Bucyrus; Jeremiah B., born March 12, 1846; married Susan Myers and is a plaster in Bucyrus; Frances, born July 18, 1848, and died infancy; Brian Andrew born Nov. 6, 1849, and died in May 7, 1871. Eliza Ann, born April 7, 1852, and died in infancy; Sanford, born Sept. 21, 1854; married Cynthia Dixon, and now a resident of Upper Sandusky; Charles Fremont, born March 29, 1878, and resides southwest of town. Six of the sons mentioned above (all who were old enough), enlisted in the Union Army during the late rebellion, and served their country on many a bloody battle-field; their father was too old to enlist as a soldier, but entered the service as a Veterinary Surgeon. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THANKS FOR THE GREAT RESPONSES~ Although we are still looking for additional family branch information, response has been wonderful. There is one small problem, could you please send two discs if you want computer information and a large self-addressed stamped envelope with each request? When I print out the family lines, we will have about 175 pages, not counting allied families. Thanks also to Wilford and Betty Couts and Sue Couts for their donation to the stamp funds.
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TREASURES OF THE FAMILY Submitted by V.F. Williams April the 25 - 1877 Dear sister I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines in answer to your kind letter whitch we received some time ago. We are all well as common inmhopes this will find all well. Mary as pape has rote about all that would interest you bout the country it is not worth while for me to write any thing about it. We have bougas 1877 a nice claim cost to brother. So it lise on pilopinto Creek bout 24 miles north of whare we now live we expect to move thare this fall if nothing hinders. Mary I would love so well fore you to come to Texas if I knowde you wold be sadisfied as for myself I like mity well. Our garden is up nice we have had a nice rain last nght and night before last and today Hiram begun to plow cornn but got so wet`e had to quit. I set out some tomatoes and cabbage plantys yesterday. We have some young chikins large as partrage. I went to preaching twisthtwice) last Sunday once in the forenoon and once in the evening Well as Mother wants me to write some for her I will have to quit. Mary your little name sake is alittle bit of a seraph like Ide youst to bee Evie is a grate big fat girl write soon. N. b. Moon We rote to fannie bout the time we rote to you havnt got any answer yet. and fannie and Willie wrote and we answered it. Letter 15 Page 1 1877 Allensprings Ky. July 12,1877 Mr. John Pearson Dear Cousin I have for the first time in my life availed myself of the opportunity of writing to you. Though I recollect but little about you yet know we are cousins and I would like to hear from you and know something of your country. I have thought ever since Uncle Bently was here I would sometime visit you and his family. I would come this fall if I could get into something to make expenses. Could there be a school gotten you out there. If so I would come and teach school. having spent four years and a half in Bethel College and having taught two years I think I am pretty well prepared for teaching. But if there can be a school gotten up I am not afraid of work and would be willing to take yhold of most any thing that I could get along at I wnant you to please write immediately after getting this and let me know the prospects and if there can be any thing done I Letter 15 page 2 1877 will come right away. We are very dry here- haven’t had any rain for six weeks crops are considerably injured. the health of the people is generally good From your cousin John A Pearson P.S. I would like to spend a year and if I should like a life time in your country. Write direct to Allensprings. THE INTERNET COUTS THE LATEST COLLECTION- We try to help the best we can or refer to people who can help. >>>I am very interested in the Couts/Kautz newsletter for a friend of mine. My friend Ron Kautz lives in Horton Kansas. I do not know all about his family but he told me his father married an indian in Oklahoma and he would like to know more about his family name Kautz. Since I did all the genealogy on his wife's family I have been trying to help find the Kautzs family genealogy for Ron. I have found only a few in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Have you folks heard of any Kautzs in the three states mention above???? I also found some indication that the Kautzs may have come from Prussia. Have you done any stories on any Kautzs? Would be glad to share any Kautz genealogy that we have . Thanks Grady Behrnes NOTE: Grady was referred the Kautz Family Association in Fairview Bay, Arkansas >>> Evans 08/07/97 03:34pm >>> In 1786-1789, how far north into the State of Franklin did North Carolina claim, even though the land was owned by Virginia? In searchng for border relatives, it is difficult to find records. Sometimes, they are called for jury duty in Sumner and Davidson counties, but deeds are in Kentucky lands and found in VA. The Couts (Couch) line lived on Sulphur and Red Rivers. Was this area given as bounty land for the Rev. War? Barbara Couts Evans >>> Chaddra Moore 09/17/97 03:34pm >>>Dear Ms. Evans: Thank you for writing. North Carolina claimed all of the land on which the State of Franklin was situated, which in turn was part of the lands that became Tennessee. The State of Franklin spent much of the time span cited in your letter struggling to be recognized by the government of North Carolina and the United States Congress. By 1789 it had, for all practical purposes, ceased to exist. The border between Kentucky and Tennessee has been the subject of dispute for many years. Much of the confusion stems from errors that were made when the boundaries were originally surveyed. One of the results of`this confusion is`that some grants were issued &o2 lands that were thought to be in Kentucky, but were actually in Tennessee. We would like to add that, for a time, the state of Virginia had the authority to grant lands in Kentucky, much as North Carolina had the authority to do so in Tennessee. If you are interested, brief overviews of the history of the State of Franklin and of the boundary dispute with Kentucky can be copied and mailed to you for $3.00. More detailed discussions can be found in the following books: Four Steps West: A Documentary Concerning the First Dividing Line In America and Its Three Extensions Between Virginia and North Carolina, Kentucky, and Tennessee, compiled by James W. Sames, III. History of the Lost State of Franklin, by Samuel Cole Williams. Your local library may be able to borrow these books for you through interlibrary loan from this or another facility. If you would prefer the previously mentioned photocopies, please make your check or money order payable to the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Our mailing address is 403 Seventh Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37243-0312, Tel 615-741-2764. Please put your letter to my attention. We hope that you find this information helpful, and apologize for the delay in responding to your request. Chaddra A. Moore Public Services Section >>>Subj: Christian Counce of Greenbrier WV Date: 97-09-01 12:36:25 EDT From: (Richard Koontz) To: CC: EDITOR’S NOTE: DURING THE TIME OF THE COUNCE AND COONTZ, THERE WERE ALSO KAUTZ AND COUTS. THEY ALL LIVED IN THE SAME GENERAL AREA-BROCK’S GAP. THIS CHRISTIAN COONTZ IS NOT OURS. HIS LINE IS PROVEN. THEY LIVE IN OHIO. IT IS NOTEWORTHY, THOUGH, TO UNDERSTAND WHAT WAS GOING ON HISTORICALLY, IN AN ANCESTOR’S VICINITY. Diane, I'm taking a moment to respond to a note that Barbara Couts Evans dropped me. This concerns Christian Counce, of Brock's Gap VA, of Greenbrier County VA==> WV, and of Gallia County ==> Lawrence County, OH. What follows is, in part, clippings from things I've written. Just in case you're interested. But it is Christley / Christian I'm interested in. The little town of Woodstock is located in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, on the North Fork of the Shenandoah River as it winds back and forth in the flat valley are between Powell's Mountain on the east, and Little North Mountain on the west. In 1726, interest in the region started in earnest. By 1732 it had been reconnoitered by the Van Meter brothers, and Jost Hite gathered his group and invested. Jost Hite, by the way, was a real estate speculator. He and several other investors purchased a significant chunk of land up the Valley, north of Woodstock. One of those investors was, of all people, George Washington. Another was Balser COUNCE. Where Balser sprang from, we do not know. Who he was, what he was doing there, is unknown. But he had 5,400 acres surveyed for himself. That survey may, or may not, still be on file in England. By 1761, a Benjamin Layman/Lehman sold 471 acres to Balser COUNTS. This land was situated on Pughs Run, which runs into the North Fork of the Shenandoah just north of Woodstock. He received his grant 1 Sep 1761. Balser and his wife Catherine COUNTS sold some 232 acres of this to Woolery Kesler for 150 pounds on 5 Aug 1770. He headed south to Rockingham County, which at the time was in Augusta County. By the late 1700's, Christian Counce had married Anna Lamb/ Lamm/Lamp in Brock's Gap. At the time, it was also called LITTLE GERMANY. He had a family, moved to Greenbrier, then to Gallia County OH, his part of which became Lawrence County. Living in the immediate vicinity in Brock's Gap was Balser Counce, and I believe also a George and a Henry, but I couldn't find my notes on it. Living about ten miles further east, were Jacob, Martin, Peter, and Philip Counce, my ancestors. There is evidence that at least two of them (Peter and Philip) came down from Frederick MD via the South Branch of the Potomac. The South Branch of the Potomac was also called GERMANY VALLEY. Brock's Gap (it's a town, by the way) is one entry point from the south to GERMANY VALLEY. Balser is said to have left Rockingham County (Brock's Gap) by 1797 or so when he finally lost a lawsuit (and the land he was on). There are too many clues here and there that suggest Balser came from Frederick MD. So I believe there is a connection. The family spelled its name in many formats between 1740 and 1800. KINZ, KINSS, KIENZ, KUNS, COUNSE, COUNTS, KOONTZ, KOUNTZ, and maybe KEENSS. There was an Elisabeth COUTS in COUTS STORE (Samuel Coots) (next to Brock's Gap) who married a Kaufman. Our records do NOT say that she was a COUNTS. I have no info on Greenbrier, EXCEPT In the French and Indian War, a handful of German settlers were killed in Brock's Gap. The Greenbrier Colony was wiped out. The valleys to the north, up on the South Branch of the Potomac, were hard hit. And I think the COUNCE families were right there on the frontline, by accident. That's where I have to look next. I've been to Frederick, and found no direct clues. Lots of hints. Nothing direct. Next it is to the land records for the Potomac area...I'd appreciate anything you have on that era.--- Richard Koontz 3 >>> From: (Donald White) Date: 97-08-25 13:05:20 EDT Do you have anything on Nancy Couts who married a John Bird/Byrd. She was born about 1793 in Robertson County, TN, died Dade County MO NOTE: We now have four busy Bird/Byrd researchers... >>>Subject: Re: Couts Family From: bevans@coutsfamily.comTo: Subject: Re: Couts Family Date: Saturday, August 16, 1997 9:37 PM Hi, So you are William and Nancy Couts: Julia Ann Couts born Sept 25, 1828. I would love the Johnson information that you have and copies of any of your pictures. Loved your letter. I have my brother and other Coutses who search for the branch information. Although I collect it and share, I enjoy the research of continuing the family line. I trying to secure proof to place us with a Kautz family in VA in 1754, from PA. I really love that part of the search! I started the newsletter to collect information and get people interested in the family line. It's really hard to motivate them into sending their stories and information-we’re all too busy these days. Anything you can send I'd appreciate and will happily share what we have. I'm currently updating my Family Tree Version and our information. I'll send it when it's finished, probably a couple of week. Feel free to remind me, because school has just started again and things get hectic. I'm adding you to our address book. Thanks for writing. Barb Couts Evans >>>Re: Couts Family Date:97-08-18 20:19:59 EDT From: (Lynn Wilson) I well near had the perfect letter written to you last night, and my system flopped for the first time in several months (Couts/Wilson virus maybe?). Shoot, you keep passing me info like this and I may end up being the second best "Couts" expert in the country! Thanks for all the good stuff. In answer to your question, I live about 70 miles from Richmond where I assume are the archives. Let me know if you need something, and I'll try. My son is scanning old photos and I'll send you appropriate copies or a file. Remember, I'm just a novice tree-tracker, so don't laugh too hard at my data. Concerning Nancy Johnson who married William Couts. I think your information said she was daughter of Cave Johnson (Postmaster General under Polk, member of Congress and Capt in 1812 under Jackson), but I have her as the sister of Cave (He was right-the top of my head doesn’t always work). I have their father being General Thomas Johnson (born July 4, 1766). He married Mary Noel in 1790 at Craig's Sta, Ky. Thomas' father was Henry Johnson (died 1815), a private in the NC Battalion in the revolutionary war. He supposed moved from Pa to NC then to Tennessee. He married a Rachel Holman. Do you have any added information about the Couts and history of San Diego? I show Edward "C" Smith marrying Julia Ann Couts (I think your notes showed a "G." ) Their offspring was Cave Couts Reynolds (born in 1848, died in 1924 in Haskell, Tx, and married Robbie Ella Jameson on May 12, 1874.) Rob Ella was born July 20, 1855 and died in Haskell in 1925. Their daughter was Susan Jameson Reynolds (born April 2, 1875, educated in Potter College at Bowling Green Ky. She married Henry Smith. Wilson (Sr) Mar 8, 1899 (his second marriage - first was to Dovie Gill on Mar 25, 1887 - she died Nov. 29 1897.) Henry was born Oct 10, 1862 and Died Nov 9, 1930 in Haskell. He was educated (law) at Wash & Lee University in Lexington, Va. He practiced law in Clarksville Ky, moved to Allensville, Ky in 1890 and moved to Haskell May 1, 1901. Their 2nd son, Ed Reynolds Wilson, was my father and he was born on 6 Apr, 1903 in Allensville Ky. He married Eileen Partlow and my brother, Robert Edward, and I are the offspring. When I get my Fam Tree Maker file in descent shape, I should be able to share more details. Do you have a record of Poston Couts in Weatherford Tx (maybe a son of James Robertson Couts?)? I think I may have told you that I have a good photo of him. Lynn >>>Subj: Couts Huntin' Date: 97-09-06 13:27:19 EDT From: (Lynn Wilson) To: (Barbara Couts Evans) CC: (JohnnAmy Wilson) Thanks for the note. Yes, you may use the info (as an example of anamateur genealogist?) in your newsletter. It's interesting to hear that you have to have your son help read the pictures - my son had to help me send them! Would you like to have transcribed copies of several death notices relating to the Couts family? - Mrs Mary Judkins, daughter of William Couts and sister of Julia Anne and John F. Couts. (Paper and date unknown.) - Julia Anne Couts Reynolds (Dallas News, date unknown) - William Couts (Paper and date unknown.) - Nancy Johnson Couts (Newspaper - Springfield? - unknown, dated Aug 6, 1855.) Do you have any information relating to Nancy's ancestors? Where is Yuba City, Ca? I thought "Yuma" when I first read it. I went to school in UCIrvine for a year in 1970 and I lived in Danville for six months in 1988 while working with Oakland Army Base at the foot of Oakland Bay Bridge. As I mentioned, my Mom-in-law and Sis-in-law are in Hemet and we visit there about once a year. Maybe some time we can sneak out your way to share a Couts /Wilson hug. THE ANSWER WAS DEFINATELY, "YES!" >>>Subj:Re: John Bird/Nancy Couts descendantsDate: 97-08-2v r3:28:41 EDT Found Daniel through another Ann Chesshirn (she sent me the gedcom I sentyou) Got a whole big gedcom that merged perfectly with my Bird line, they neither one knew Johngs father was Thomas T Bird, also tied me into the Choate line, which will quite possibly tie our Birds to Thomas Bird and Mary Hewlett of England. It has been a great day!! Mary Lou >>>Subj: Re: REEDS & GWALTNEYS Date: 97-09-09 15:03:49 EDT From: ATMEEK Barb: I checked my database and am sorry to say I didn't come up with a lot. I'm quite surprised I didn't. Aaron Gwaltney--he was not in my database. I am really surprised since Gwaltney isn't exactly a common name. I do know that my line came directly from Hamilton Co., OH, to Spencer Co. Before that they were in VA. Surely Aaron is a cousin of some sorts. I know he was not a child of John and Mary Ann Gwaltney. Their first child was not born until 1828. I also checked to see if he might be one of John's eight siblings and he's not listed. John and Mary Ann Gwaltney arrived in Spencer Co. in the 1830's. Nancy Reed--I have two Nancys. 1) Nancy d/o George Reed and Grace Utterbach was b. in 1808 (a little older than Levi). She m. William Abshire 12 July 1827 and he was still living in he 1850 census. Your Nancy, I found, m. Levi on March 1852. 2) Nancy d/o Waldon Reed and Sarah Leslie, and granddaughter of George Reed and Grace Utterbach, b. in 1833. I have no record of a marriage for this Nancy. George Reed and family arrived in Warrick Co. also in 1852 directly from KY. They arrived in KY from VA about the turn of the century. George was b. in VA, but lived inNC during the Revolutionary War (he served), and returned to VA with his mother after his father died shortly after the war. I found Mary Ann m. Aaron Gwaltney on 2 June 1853. I really think there is a connection some place, especially with the Reeds. Where in Warrick Co. did the Couts locate? The Reeds were just south of Folsomville. The George and Armer Reed farms were located along the road that now runs from Folsomville to Boonville. I will keep my eyes open to solve the connection dilemma. Cathie >>>Subj: Family Date: 97-09-17 11:58:32 EDT From: (Mike Couts) To: Hi my name is Aaron Couts and I live in Urbana, Ohio I was wondering how long did you guys have this web site? please write me back soon. >>>Subj:Re: Couts, Wilson, Williams, Ferrill Date:97-09-23 00:10:25 EDT From:Jairalhill To: Dear Barb, Okay, I'm frustrated. I downloaded your massive file. Then, since I don't have Family Tree Maker, I downloaded the sample program that can be used to read .FTM files. So then I tried to read your massive file. Then I found out that the FTM program I downloaded is not the right version to be able to read your file. Urgghhhh! I'm not even sure if the Sarah Couts. I'm after is really the wife of the right Charles Hill. Could you please look into your files for me. Sarah Couts married Charles Hill on 12 Oct 1831 in Warrick Co, IN. Do you have that Charles Hill's parents listed? Or do you have Charles and Sarah's children? Then I'll know if I have found the right wife for Charles Hill. If Charles Hill's father was Jacob Hill Jr. and his son was Charles Hill Jr, then I've finally found Charles' wife. Could you PLEASE take a quick peek for me. Thank you so much. Jaira Hill Silverton, OR Couts Geneology Date:97-09-24 11:02:39 EDT From: (Clark Mitchell) To: Hello: I was happy to find your Couts Web page and E-mail address on the Internet. I am Clark Mitchell and live in Orem, Utah. My E-mail address is CMITCHELL@COREL.COM. I am a direct relative of Patsy Couts. I believe her Father and Mother were Aaron and I think Elizabeth Couts. She was born about 1818 and died in 1847. She lived in both Warren Co. Kentucky and Lafayette Co, MO. I would really be interested in any information you may have concerning this line. We are planning a trip to Kentucky later this month to do research on this andàother lines. Our family, brothers and Sisters, are getting organized and plan to get involved in researching. We will be more than happy to share any information we have or find. Thank's again for a wonderful Web page and the important information it contains. Looking forward to working with you in our search for our loved ones. Sincerely, Clark Mitchell Re: Couts Huntin' Date: 97-09-06 23:37:39 EDT From: (Lynn Wilson) The following is a section of a newspaper article relating to the death of Mrs. Mary Judkins. The paper and the date are unknown. Mrs. Judkins was a native of Robertson County, Tenn., and was a daughterof the late William Couts. She was probably the oldest resident ofClarksville. For more than sixty years she has lived in thiscommunity....Her daughter, Medora Stewart, is the last surviving member of her immediate family, although she is survived also by a sister, Mrs. Julia Reynolds, of Pembroke, Ky. ...She was a sister of the late John F. Couts and a niece of the late Cave Johnson, former Postmaster General of the United States. The following was from a typed copy of article published in the "Dallas News” DEATH Reynolds - Haskell, Texas, Dec. 1. Mrs. Julia Reynolds, 94 years old, died here last night at the residenceof her grand-daughter, Mrs. H. S. Wilson. She was born in Springfield, Tenn. Sept. 25, 1827, married and moved to Pembroke, Ky., where she continued to reside till three years`ago, when she`came to Texas to make here home `with her grand-$a5ghter. Mrs. Reynolds was a member of the Baptist church, and a woman of remarkable intellect, retaining her mental and physical faculties, walking around the place, reading and keeping up her correspondence in her own hand-writing up to a month ago, when she fell and broke her hip, which resulted in her death. Her body has been carried back to Pembroke, Ky. for burial. Surviving Mrs. Reynolds are one son, Cave C. Reynolds of Allensville, Ky.,one daughter, Mrs. Gilbert H. Smith of Haskell, Texas, and six §rand-children, Mrs. H. S. Wilson and R. J. Reynolds of Haskell, Sam and Cave C. Reynolds, Jr. of Allensville, Ky., Ed D. Reynolds of Dallas, and E. M. Reynolds of Jacksonville, Fla. An uncle of Mrs. Reynolds, Hon. Cave Johnson, was in the U. S. Senate from Tennessee, and post-master general in the cabinet of President James K. Polk. The following is a newspaper article (paper and date unknown) DEATH OF WILLIAM COUTS The worthy citizen, good neighbor, and kind friend whose name stands at the head of this article, departed this life at his residence in Robertson County three miles east of Springfield, on Saturday evening, the 23rd of December, at 7 o'clock. And though he had never sought or filled any station or office of honor or distinction among his fellow citizens, preferring retirement and the social ties and blessings of his family and friends; still, his retiring manners, social qualities, sterling honesty, unobtruding merit, and unbounded hospitality, justly entitle his memory to something more at the hands of his friends, than a mere formal passing notice. Mr. Couts was born in Robertson county, on the 5th day of March, 1795, andwas consequently approaching the close of this fifty-fourth year when hedied. In the fall of 1814, then in his twentieth year, at the call of his country for volunteers, he rallied to the standard of Gen. Jackson, and constituted one of the brave band that so valiantly and gloriously drove back the British myrmidons of a Packenham on the ever memorable plains of New Orleans. He was in the bloody battle of the night of the 23d of December, 1814; that battle, which (even in the opinion of the writer, more than any other,) served to check and stay the tide of war, and to protect, defend and save the "beauty and booty" of New Orleans and perhaps the entire south, from the ravages and desolations of a merciless and mercenary invading foe. In this battle, on the same month and day, just thirty-fouryears prior to the evening of his death, Mr. Couts received, while bravely fighting in his country's defence, a severe wound in one of his legs, which entirely disabled him from farther duty until peace was declared between the two belligerent nations, continuing to suffer much pain until after his return home in the month of April following. It was probably, in a great degree, owing to the great partiality and friendship then formed while in his country's service, for that distinguished man and general, that the deceased was, in all after life, devotedly and unwaveringly attached to the person and political principles of Andrew Jackson. On the 10th of April, 1817, then twenty-two years of age, Mr. Couts was married to Nancy, the only daughter of the late Gen. Thomas Johnson, and the sister of the present Post Master General of the United States, with whom he settled upon the farm where he died, with three miles of the place that gave him birth --- and where, in the midst of peace and plenty, and surrounded by the joys and endearments of domestic circle, they had for the last thirty-one years lived content and happy. But alas! the destroyer came. The head of the family, to whom its other members looked in a great degree for comfort and protection, has been torn away; and the widow and children are bathed in tears of bitterness and deep distress, and left almost comfortless. The deceased had an interesting family. He had been the father of twelve children, seven sons and five daughters, some of whom had died before him. He had lived to see five of his children married, and to number twelve grand children. For five months he had been severely afflicted, most of this time confined to his bed, having for several years been afflicted with a sick or nervous headache, which grew worse on him until with a few days of his death, and which seemed to be his chief source of complaint, although his physicians styled the disease of which he died, "inflammation of the stomach." He had never made a public profession 5 of religion, by attaching himself to the church, but gave abundant evidence that he was in a state of reconciliation with God, and prepared to meet the change of a mortal for an immortal existence, whenever it should please God to remove him. His great cardinals in religion were, (instead of an outward, ostentatious display of piety and holiness,) "fear God and keep his commandments; and do unto others as you would they should do unto you." He was fully apprized of death's approach, and seemed to greet and welcome the messenger, expressing his fixed trust in God, and his unshaken hope beyond the grave ---enjoying at times a deep devotional spirit and frame of mind, and requesting his family and friends to sing and pray with him, which, however, was interdicted by his attending physician. It was a source of great comfort to him during his illness, to have occasionally around him all his children, (except his son, Cave Johnson Couts, who is an officer in the service of the United States' Army, and now stationed in California, and whom he had not seen since the 23rd of November, 1847.) These he called around him but a short time before his death, and exhorted them to love each other, and to imitate his example of "industry, virtue and morality." The deceased had been an industrious, frugal, independent farmer, a good husband, kind father, indulgent master, faithful friend, obliging neighbor, and a most worthy, unobtrusive and excellent citizen. He was, in short, "an honest man, the noblest work of God. " By his own request, a funeral discourse was delivered on the occasion, on Sunday the 24th, by Rev. Mr. Steel, of the Baptist church, and on Monday, the 25th, his remains were consigned to the earth, in a spot selected by himself in his lifetime upon his own farm. Peace to his slumbering dust; and may that God who "tempers the wind to the shorn lamb," dry the tears and comfort the hearts of the bereaved widow, children and friends, and administer to them that comfort which he alone can give, and which they so much need in this their hour of dark calamity. The following was copied from a Springfield (Tenn.) newspaper article dated August 6, 1855 Obituaries. Sister Nancy, daughter of Gen. Thomas Johnson, and sister of Hon. Cave Johnson, was born in Robertson County, Tenn., on the 19th of November, 1789; married Mr. Couts on the 10th of April, 1817, and died on the 12th of July, 1855. Obituary notices, of some, to be short, would be appropriate; many other find sufficient apology for length in the purity and activity of the Christian, and in the distinguished events of common character. Were we to become particular in our notice of the deceased, the reader would be entertained, and feel deep interest all the time; for in her character there is much to learn, to admire, and to imitate. Life with sister Couts has generally been an enjoyment. Having been reared in a family distinguished for intelligence; having connected her social interests with a man of unsullied character, and whose energies were consecrated to her; having been blessed with lovely children; and being surrounded with the society of honest and industrious neighbors; she was well prepared for contentment at home, and pleasure abroad. The domestic circle discloses her an object of peculiar interest. There she seems admired, whether seen in the wise management of her home, or in the exercise of the purer affections of the heart. As a governess, she was discreet, economical but not penurious, strict but not severe. The wife, to render the husband happy, was active in every means; the mother, as one governing the present and future interests of the child, was firm with live, and indulgent with wisdom; the mistress, while she asserted her claims, essayed to lead by benevolent example, and guide by pure precept the servant in the path of duty here, and to a home in the skies. Nor does her character lessen when seen in connection with her neighbors. To them she was kind and accommodating, being ever ready to aid the poor and needy, visit and comfort the sick, and administer to the wants of the distressed. But it is the living Christian principle which we so much admire in her. She had been a member of the M. E. Church for six years. This time she occupied in attention to all the duties she owed her Lord and Master. Indeed, she was a city that was set upon a hill. Meek and lowly, she always presented us in the presence of Jesus. Pure and spotless, she was the emblem of heaven and the image of God. Her last hours, in consequence of the effects medicine administered, were not replete with that Christian joy and exultation characteristic of some who are entering heaven. But is not a pure life a guaranty of happiness? Yes: she is at rest; and while the community mourns the loss of a worth citizen, heaven joyous with her presence. And now, as we have deposited her ashes in the bosom of the earth, let them rest in peace until the morn when the world shall wake and the dead rise. And friends and connections of the departed, let us live so that we may then rise with her to immortal heaven and the bosom of God. S. D. Ogburn Springfield, August 6, 1855. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ VIRGINIA-NORTH CAROLINA-KENTUCKY-TENNESSEE? The Annals of Tennessee to the End of the Eighteenth Century-The First American Frontier, J.G. M. Ramsey EDITOR’S NOTE FOR THE NEWSLETTER: Virginia had restricting laws, when it came to settling lands. They usually followed the English law and treaties set during the time. North Carolina, however, being late in the exploration of land, had a more liberal interpretation of boundaries and treaties. Therefore, the settler usually kept the land if it were part of North Carolina. Please note the names in the passages and freely associate them with allied families, military records, and neighbors of our Couts. Page 50 - The settlements in Virginia were gradually extended along its beautiful valley in the direction of Tennessee. Those of`North-Carolina had reached the delightful country between the `Yadkin and Catawba, and Fort Dobbs was built in`1w56, and had a`small neighbourhood of farmers and graziers around it. It stood near the Yadkin,`about twenty miles west of Salisbury (Williamson), and had been erected agreeably to the stipulations of a treaty held by Col. Waddle with Atta-Culla-Culla, behalf of the Cherokees. It was usually garrisoned by fifty men. 6 The First American Frontier, J.G. M. Ramsey Page 51- 52 - Soon after this cession, Governor Glen built Fort Prince George upon the Savannah,...three hundred miles from Charleston. It contained barracks for one hundred men. The Earl of Loundon, who had been appointed commander of the king’s troops in America, and governor of the province of Virginia, came over in the spring of this year (1756). He sent Andrew Lewis to build another fort on the Tennessee river, on the southern banks, at the highest point of its navigation, nearly opposite to the spot on which Tellico Block House has since been placed, and about thirty miles from the present town of Knoxville; the fort was called, in honour of the earl, Fort Loudon. Page 53 - 54 Prince George and Loudon were garrisoned by the king’s independent companies of infantry stationed there. Loudon is remarkable as being the first fort or other structure erected in Tennessee by Anglo-Americans. ...In 1758, Col. Bird, in pursuit of the French and Indians, who had recently taken Vaux’s Fort on Roanoke, marched his regiment, and built Fort Chissel `and stationed a`garrison in it.` It stood a few`miles from New river, near the road leading from what is since known as Inglis’`Ferry. Col. Bird continued his expedition further, and erected another fort, in` the autumn of this year, on the north bank of Holston, nearly opposite to the upper end of Long Island, now the property of Col Netherland It was situated a beautiful level, and was built upon a large plan, with proper bastions...The army wintered there in the winter of 1758. The line between Virginia and North-Carolina had not then been extended beyond the Steep Rock. Page 72 - Oct. 7, 1763- King Geogre’s proclamation restricting travel- “Masses of population were, upon the western boundary of all the middle and southern colonies, ready and impatient for the occupancy of the new lands in the wilderness...Another circumstance hastened the more perfect exploration and future settlement of the western country. It was the bounty given in these very lands, by several of the provinces, with the approbation of the crown, to the officers and soldiers who had served in the British army, in their wars with the French and their Indian Allies--By the proclamation of the king, the governors were directed to grant “to everyperson having the rank of a field officer, 5000 acres; to every captain, 3000 acres; to every subaltern or staff officer, 2000 acres; to every non-commissioned officer, 200 acres; and to every private, 50 acres. These, with the script and military warrants in their hands, and accompanied by hundreds of surveyors and against, were constantly emptied in selecting and locating their respective claims. Page 93 The news of the great grant from the Six Nations reached the frontier settlement soon after the treaty of November, 1768....Late in December, 1768, and early in January of 1769, was formed the nucleus of the first permanent establishment of the white race in Tennessee. Some of them (settlers from Wake Co. NC) had been among the troops raised by that province, and sent, in 1760, for the relief of the garrison at Fort Loudon-others of them had wintered, in 1758, at the Long Island Fort...Early in this year further explorations were made. One of them originated with Gilbert Christian and William Anderson. They had accompanied the regiment commanded by Colonel Bird... Page 95 - One the 2d of June, 1769, a larger company of adventurers was formed, for the purpose of hunting and exploring, in what is now known as Middle Tennessee. Page 96 - the company consisted of`more than twenty men. Some of them from NC; others from the neéghbourhood of the Natural Bridge, and others from the infant settlement near Inglis’ Ferry, in Virginia. The names of some of them follow: John Rains, Kasper Mansco, Abraham Bledsoe, John Baker, Joseph Drake, Obadiah Terrill, Uriah Stone, Henry Smith, Ned Cowan, Robert Crockott. The place of rendezvous was eight miles below Fort Chissel, on New River. Page 97 - 1770 - They are known as the “Long Hunters.” In the meantime, the infant settlement on Watauga was receiving contant additions to its numbers from North Carolina and Virginia... Page 102 - 1770 - The tide of emigration continued from Southern Virginia, and from the county near the sources of the Yadkin and Catawba, in North Carolina boundary further pushed the cherokees west/...The new line commenced on the south branch of Holston River, six miles east of Long Island-thence to the mouth of the Great Kenhawa. The Holston River was considered as the line dividing North Carolina and Virginia. Page 103 - An act of the Legislature of this Province, allowed every actual settler having a log cabin erected, and any portion of ground in cultivation, the right of four hundred acres of land, and so located as to include his improvement. (which actually ran the line much farther West.) ...When the line was afterwards run, many of these were found to be within the limits of North Carolina...Daniel Boon to the county of Washington and the Watauga. A little after Boon, and early in 1770,`came also James`Robertson, from`Wake County, North Carolina. Pa'e 104...He reached home safely, and soon afterwards returned to Watauga with a few others, and there settled.” Page 105..hunters whom we left upon the Lower Cumberland were extending explorations in that part of the country. In 1769, or 1770, Mr. Mansco, Uriah Stone, John Baker, Thomas Gordon, Humphrey Hogan, Cash Brook, and others, ten in all... ...In the fall of this year, 1771, the country on the Lower Cumberland was further explored by Mansco, in company with John Montgomery, Isaac Bledsoe, Joseph Drak¥, Henry Suggs, James Knox, Willaim and David Linch, Chritopher Stoph, William Allen, and others. Page 106...Station Camp Creek-each hunter made a discovery...Thus, Drake’s Pond, Drake’s Lick, Bledsoe’s Lick, etc. In 1772, The Holston and Watauga settlements were in the meantime receiving a steady stream of emigrants. ...North of Holston, in what is now Sullivan and Hawkins counties, was then believed to be in Virginia, be governed by its laws. The line separating the two provinces had not then been extended west of the SteepRock. South of Holston was admitted to be within the boundaries of North Carolina. The Watauga Association was formed in 1772.-Carter, Robertson, Sevier, Smith , Brown...Page 112 - In the fall of 1773, Daniel Boon made the attempt to take his family to Kentucky. Page 113 - In 1774-A large number of surveyors and woodsment had been sent under the authorities of Viriginia to the wilderness of Kentucky, for the purpose of locating and selecting lands under royal grants and military warrants....This was viewed by the Indians as an encroachment (Shawnees), ..began distruction and massacre...The emergency was met by Lord Dunmore.. Page 114 -1774- Lewis was ordered to raise four regiment of milita and volunteers, from the south-western counties, to rendezvous at Camp Union, and to march down the Great Kenhawa to the Ohio.. Captain Evan Selby raised a company of more than fifty men, in the section of country now included in the couties of Sullivan and Carter. With these he marched on the 17th of August, and joined the regiment of Colonel Christian, on the New River...On the 6th of October, the army reached the Ohio and encamped upon its banks. The camp was upon the site of the present town of Point Pleasant. The troops being upon short allowances, select parties of hunters were kept contantly on duty to supply them with food. On the moring of the 10th, about daylight, two of the men belonging to Catain Shelby’s volunteer company, James Robertson and Valentine Sevier, who had been out before day hunting, very unexpectingdly, met a large body of hotile Indians advancing towards the camp upon the provincials. They were on the extreme left of the enemy, and fired on them at the distance of ten steps...while Robertson and Sevier ran into camp and gave the alarm... Two detachments, under Colonel Charles Lewis and Colonel William Fleming, were immediately ordered forweard to meet the Indians...A most violent and hard fought engagement ensued. Page 115 ...The contest lasted the whole day, with varied sucess..One of Shelby’s men, the late John Sawyers (Sayers?), of Knox County, otained permision to take a few others and dislodge the Indians....Of the company of volunteers from what is now East Tennessee, Evan Shelby was captain; and his son Isaac Shelby, lieutenant. Capt. Shelby company, ..Of the non-commissioned offiers, it is only known that John Sawyers, James Robertson, and Valentine Sevier were three of the orderly sergeants. Page 146 - Evan Shelby erected one (a fort) on Beaver Creek, two miles south of the south of the Virginia line. Page 191 - Mansco and three others remained and commenced trapping on the Sulphur and Red River. Page 193 - 1778 A settlement of less than a dozen families was formed near Bledsoe’s Lick, isolated in the heart of the Chickasaw nation...About the same time, a number of French traders advanced up the Cumberland River, as far as “the Bluff”, where they erected a trading post and a few log cabins... The Lower Cumberland continued to be visited and explored further. Richard Hogan, Spencer, Holliday and others, came this year from Kentucky in search of good lands, and with the intention of securing some for themselves as permantent settlements... This first plantation, in Middle Tennessee, was near Bledsoe’s Lick. Spencer lived in a hollow tree...Page 194 -1779 No permanently fixed on the Lower Cumberland. In the Spring of 1779, a little colony of gallant adventurers, from the parent hive at Watauga, crossed the Cumberland Mountain,...near French Lick..These pioneers were Captain James Robertson... Capt. Robertson, during the summer, went to the Illinois to purchase the cabin rights from General Clarke.”[Capt Robertson returned with about 150 indivduals from Fort Jefferson]. Page 195 The inclemency of the season.... prevent the arrival of the Cumberland colonist at their point of destination till the beginning of the year 1780. The winter had been intensely cold..and theft...” Page451” Forty or fifty Indians, at the still hour of midnight, January fifteenth, 1781, made an attack on Freeland’s Station. Capt. James Robertson had, the evening before, returned from the Kentucky settlements...Late in March, of this year Colonel Samuel Barton, passing near the head of the branch was fired upon by Indians in ambush, and wounded his wrist. He ran with the blood streaming from the wound, followed by a warrior in close pursuit.... Martin, one of the soldiers..ran out to meet and assist his comrade...Col Sevier returned with his men. The General Assembly of North Carolina deemed it inexpedient to continue the Land Office open and closed it June 1781. (In) 1782 the Cherokee Indians began raiding again. Page 455 At French Lick, three persons were firedupon.. JohnTucker and Joseph Hendricks were wounded..the third, David Hood, was shot down, scalped and trampled..Hood walked back to the fort after the Indians left. Page 456 Other settlers at Kilgore’s were two young men named Mason, Moses, and Ambrose. That night Indians returned and killed one of the (Phillip) Mason, and Josiah Hoskins...Malden’s Station, on Red River, was broken up and abandoned. Malding, Col. Shelby returns with sixty-five men. Page 275-In May of 1783, the Assembly (North Carolina) opened an office for the sale of westernlands, for the purpose of paying the continental line which was raised in North Carolina, and and of extinguishing her part of the national debt. Without any previous consultation with the Indians, the Assembly enlarged the western boundary-’Beginning on the line which divided that state from Virginia, at the point due north of the mouth of Cloud’s Creek; running thence west to the Mississippi; thence down the Mississippi to the thirty-fifth degfree of north latitude; thenice due east, until it strikes the Apalachian Mountains; thence with the ApalachianMountains to the ridge that divides the waters of French Broad River and the waters of Nollichucky River.. and the ridge commonly called Brown’s line... Page 277-1783 During the same session of the Assembly the county of Washington was again divided, and a new counsel erected, Greene... One the third Monday in August, the Court of Pleas and Quarters Session, for Greene county met.. Joseph Hardin, Amos Bird, James Wilson... Page 278 Late in this year commenced hostilities by stealing horses and cattle and retreating across the Pigion Mountains, in what is now Cocke county ..Mr. Bingham was wounded. Page 279 By the 25th of May, 1784, vast quantities of land were entered, and certificates, to a vary large amount, had been paid into the public inhabitants were clearing their fields and building their cabins as low down as the Big 281 North of Holston they were extending their improvement within a few miles of the present Rogersville. Page 283...The new state of Tennessee was erected...the counties of Washington, Sullivan, Greene, and Davidson (erected 1783). In 1784, Nashville was established. Oct. 6, 1783, County Court of Davidson instituted.. appointing and commisioning the following:...Samuel Barton Esqs. members of the said Court...Samuel Barton,...The Court nominated constables in several stations Samuel Mason, at Maulding’s...Page 36- 1785 After the treaty of Dumplin, great facilities existed for occupying the country acquired under it, sout of the French Broad and Holston, and the stream of emigrantion was principally directed in that channel. 1786-88 State of Franklin, John Seivers, Indian Attacks and Politics. Page 464-1787 The settlements were now becoming stronger by annual arrivals of emigrants, but had not expanded much, except in the direction towards Red River. Hendrick’s Station, on Station - Camp Creek, was assaulted in the night. Page 484 485- In June (1789)...Near the mouth of the Sulphur Fork and Red River, the Indians fell upon the families of Isaac and John Titsworth, moving to the county. They...were all killed. Capt. Elijah Robertson, Capt. Rains, accompanied Capt. John Gordon in pursuit of the Indians who had killed a woman...Page 595 June 13, 1794, Lt McClelland, who had with him thirty-seven of Capt. Evans’s company , was attacked on the Cumberland path near the Crab Orchard... Abraham Byrd was wounded...Page 604 -Gordon’s company came to a high bluff of the creek. The companies then returned home. (after a small battle) ...But the Indians continued to prowl around...on the 4th of June(1793) Adam Fleener Richard Robertson and William Bartlet were also killed...Page 607 On the 29th of may, 1794. Capt. Gordon followed the Indians ..Heovertook them at the foot of Cumberland Mountain, near the place where Caldwell’s lived. Why do we count this information as important? Family history and legends have the line coming from North Carolina. As you can see, most of the early settlers came from Virginia and soon became citizens of North Carolina in order to claim land more readily. North Carolina claimed a larger part of the bounty line it shared with Kentucky, almost up to Elizabethtown, KY. As you can tell by the names (allied families and dates, (1788-94), the Couts had to be close by. The last deed of brother, Henry, and (possible) father, Teter shared was Sugar Creek, KY (bounty land area/Cumberland Party), were in the Henderson, Kentucky area. Chrisley’s allied families were from this area and Bowling Green KY (late Revolutionary Bounty land). Margaret is a shadowy person in history. Little is known about her except she was in Henry’s will, she had a daughter, Susannah Couts, and she may have married a Gordon. Elizabeth, Mary Magdalena, William, and John's lines were in Springfield and Clarksville region. They are all very close to each other and to Missouri and Indiana. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Hardin County Kentucky, April 8th 1818 In the name of God, Amen. I Henry COUTS being in perfect in and memory and knowing that it is appointed for all men to die, do make this my last Will and Testament. First, I bequeath my body to the dust and my soul to God from whom I received it and that after my funeral Expences and all my debts are paid, I give and bequeath as follows to with; to my well beloved wife, Sarah COUTS, the use and enjoyment of my whole estate, real and personal, during her natural life. And at her decease, then I give to my nephew Christopher COUTS, the value of one fourth part of the tract of land whereon I live, the said land to be valued and to be paid him in property at its real value. One fourth part. Item, I give to Henry WHITMAN, son of Mary WHITMAN, $15 to be paid him in property at its real value and after the several bequeaths are paid that then I give the residue of my estate, to my sister Margaret COUTS, to her and her heirs forever. My Will and desire is that my wife, Sarah COUTS, and my well beloved and trusted friend, John HADGEN, act as my Executors in this my last Will and see that my desires in the distribution of what it has pleased to bless me with shall be complyed with. Signed sealed and delivered in the presence of Essa HUBBARD Squire LARUE Wm. PAYNE Henry COUTS (Seal) At a County Court began and held for Hardin County at the Court house in Elizabethtown on Monday the 9th of November, 1818. The within instrument of writing purporting to be the last Will .. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PIKE’S COUNTY INDIANAPOLLIS - Press Dispatch Albert Craig and Miss Ethel Couts were married recently at Mr. Carmel, Ill. and came to this city where a reception was tendered at the home of the groom’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Wm Craig. About forty relatives and friends were present to extend congratulations and wish them a long and happy life. They will reside at Bicknell, where the groom is engaged in the jewelry business.. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DETRICH "TETER" COUTS If we can prove a tie between Dietrich "Teter" Couts and Henry Couts, we have proven Teter’s connection to the family. Copies of these deeds could hold that tie. Once we tie the family to Teter, then, we can tie him to Virginia and the Kautz line. We have sent for these in several state. We are sending for them again in each of the states, VA, NC, TN, and KY. Hopefully, someone will find them.
FREDRICK COUNTY, VA 1. From the First Deed Book, No. 0 The Valley Germans Appendix. Deter Kouts LINCOLN COUNTY, VA 2. Book A:page 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. LOGAN COUNTY, KENTUCKY (FORMERLY LINCOLN COUNTY VA) 3. DEED - Dated 7 May 1794 Book/Page 3.06 Source: Early Kentucky Landholders 1797-1811 This land was on Sugar Creek and Henry Couts Owned 50 Acres On Sugar Creek. 4. Book C: Page 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, 5. Deed for land in Book A: page 520 (A:530). Grantor Peter Couts, Grantee John Bryant. Witnesses were John Hall, John Ferris and William Daugherty. 6. Court Record of Deed was acknowledged in court by Teter Couts to be his act and ordered to be recorded on 18 August 1795. No mention of his wife. 7. Deed Book A Page 116 1798 Couts, Henry and Sarah (Wife) Grantor Coal, Ebenezer Grantee 70 acres on Sugar Creek - FILM 25146 PART 3
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ THE NEWEST NET COUTS - 11/13/97 - Jacob My wife found you on the netn Very intresting in many ways having been the "l!ck sheep of my Family tree. I read with complete facination the news letters. Couts is not your average "smith" name... My Wonderful grandmother was named Tressie Mae (as much as I can rember) and my Grandfathers was James Franklin Couts. Aunts Goldie mae Couts-Boe or Bow, Della Couts-DeLong, Vinie Mae? Uncles Charles, Pete, Bart? Granny, I've fond memories of as she was in a wheel chair and from my earliest memories are of riding on her lap and that the two of us were very close. My family lived in Bigelow, Missouri. Grandfather passed before I was born so I only remember my Wonderful Grandmother. My fathers was James Franklin the 2nd. click for e-mail. click to go back to the main page.