Facts and Events
John Cuntze (Counts) was one of the Early Settlers of Augusta County, Virginia
Early Land Acquisition in Orange County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Orange County, Virginia Records:
- Pages 191-94 [190 blank]. 23-24 June 1739. John Branson of Orange County to John Kountz of same. Lease and release; for £19.10.-.
- 195 acres... on the north side of Seder Run...
- (signed) John Branson
- Wit: James Porteus, Tho. Wood, Paul Froman [Froment in release].
- 28 June 1739. Acknowledged by John Branson.
- [Orange County, Virginia Deed Book 3, Dorman, pg. 14].
Early Land Acquisition in Augusta County, VA
Acquisition of Land from Chalkley's:
- Page 315.--21st May, 1760. Alvanis Byor and Barbara ( ) to Jno. Couts, £20, 140 acres, part of 280 patented to Alvanis, 10th August, 1759, on a branch between Shanando and Peaked Mountain. Delivered: Jno. Counts, March, 1762.
- Page 478.--80 acres patented to John Couts 1st March, 1773. Teste: George Malloa, Jacob Nicolas, Gasper Haines.
Estate Records of John Cuntze (Counts)
- Vol. 1 - DECEMBER 16, 1777. - (254) Admn. of estate of John Counts is granted to his widow, Elizabeth Counts.
- Vol. 2 - 16th December, 1777--Elizabeth Counts, administrator of John Counts.
- Page 35.--2d May, 1778. John Coutts' estate in Rockingham County appraised by Jacob Nicholas, Chas. Rush, John Rush.
Processioning List of 1767/68
- "Processioning" was the periodic review and agreement of property lines between settler's lands. Processioning Lists are useful in determining the general area of a settlers lands and their neighbors at specific time periods:
- Vol. 2 - Page 446.--1767-68: Processioned by Joseph Skidmore, Geo. Dice, Henry Banener, viz: For Samuel Morrels, present Wm. Eaverman; for John Skidmore, present Valentine Cassel and Jacob Conrad; for Geo. Caplinger, present Jacob Harper and Jno. Caplinger; for Valentine Giles, deceased, present Geo. Giles; for Peter Flesher, for Henry Banener, for Woolrey Conrad, for George Dice. Processioned by Cornelius Ruddle, David Robeson: For Thomas Bryan, for John Linkhorn, for Robert Belshee, for Wm. Dunlap, for John Miller, for Wm. Pickens; for Mathias Leer, Jos. Leer present; for Tunish Vanpeter, for Abraham Miller, for George Speare, for Skid Muncy's land, for Cornelius Ruddle, for Thomas Moore, for David Robinson. Processioned by John Coutts and John Miller, viz: For John Miller, for John Fudge, for John Munge (Conrad Fudge present), for Geo. Hufman, for Geo. Gunrod, for Henry Dick, for Peter Brunemer, for Henry Lung, for Francis Kirtley, for Christopher Cisling, for Boston Nester, for Jerod Peterfish, for Stephen Hanceberry, for John Sellers, for Jacob Runkle, for Nicholas Null, for Charles Fie, for Daniel Link, for Daniel Price, for David McComis, for John Burk, for Mathias Cersh, for Jacob Hammer
Records of John Cuntze (Counts) in Augusta County, VA
From Chalkley’s Augusta County Records:
- Page 207.--16th November. 1757. Elizabeth Couts' (late widow of Jno. Harmantrout) bond as administratrix of John Hannantrout, with sureties Henry Perkey, Nicholas Null. (Note: record provides support of Elizabeth, widow of John Armentrout, as wife of John Cuntze).
- Page 223.--15th March, 1758. John Armentrout's appraisement for John Kouts, executor, by Henry Downs, Jacob Nicholas, Augustine Price. Sold by Adam Kittrick before appraisement.
- Page 112.--16th May, 1759. Jacob ( ) Hermon to John and Adam Shaup, heirs of Mathew Shaup, £40, 350 acres devised to John and Adam by Mathew's will, their father, near upper end of Peaked Mountain Teste: Jno. Couts, Jacob Parsinger, Jacob Goodman.
- Vol. 1 - MAY AND NOVEMBER, 1759 (A). - Orders of Court, 1756: Elizabeth Counts, late Elizabeth Armentrout, wife of John Counts.
- Vol. 1 - AUGUST, 1760 (A). - Hetrick vs. Counts and Wife.--Adam Hetrick, in 1742, then living in Pennsylvania, married his daughter, Elizabeth, to John Harmantrout, deceased, in 1759. In 1752 Adam came to Virginia and purchased land of Jacob Pence. John died in 1753, leaving a widow and two children. Elizabeth intermarried with John Counts. (Note: proves wife of John Cuntze and her previous marriage).
- Page 384.--9th December, 1759. John Colley's will--Daughters, Susan, Catharn, Mary; son, Christian, to mall 6,000 rails; wife, land he bought of Mr. Courts (Curts?); son, Peter; wife and her children, and Mary, Barbery, Margt., Elizabeth, Clorah, Peter. Executors, Ludwick Franciscus, Christopher Ermantrout. Teste: Thos. Poynter, Valentine Mitsker, Wm. Beard. Proved, 20th May, 1760, by the witnesses. Christopher Annentrout (the other refusing) qualified, with Augustine Price, Frederick Armentrout, Jno. Couts.
- Page 397.--19th August, 1760. Susanna Powers' bond (with Christopher Ermantrout, Jno. Couts) as administratrix of Christian Gaily.
- Vol. 1 - NOVEMBER 21, 176O. - (439) Andrew Bird, with two others, and William Logan, Teterick Counts and John Counts, added to tithables.
- Page 15.--13th December, 1760. John Herman (Harmon's) appraisement, by John Coutz, Adam Hettrick, Valentine Pence.
- Page 99.--3d December, 1767. Nicholas Null's estate appraised, by Jacob Nicholas, John Couts, Archd. Huston.
- Page 267.--14th March, 1769. Jacob ( ) Parsinger and Cathrine ( ) to Nicholas Millberry, £70, 240 acres on Cub Run of Shanando, Charles Rush's line; Courtz's line; corner Patrick Wilson; corner Pound's land, part of Stevens' patent conveyed to Christophel Francisco and to Peter Hull, and to Jacob Parsenger. Delivered: Peter Rush, 20th August, 1787.
- Vol. 1 - MAY 17, 1774. - (455) Frederick Haynes, vice John Coutts--road surveyor.
- Page 362.--5th January, 1775. Adam Hadrick's will, farmer--To grandson, John Ermontrot; to daughter, Elizabeth Coutts; to great grandson, George Ermontrout; to aforesaid John Ennontrout's brother, Henry Ermontrout. Executor, above-named John Ermontrout. Teste: Jacob Nicholas, Felix Gilbert, 3 Germans. Proved, 20th June, 1775, by Nicholas and Gilbert. John Armentrout qualifies with Jacob Nicholas. (Note: record provides additional evidence that Elizabeth Hetrick/Hedrick married 1st/John Armentrout and 2nd/John Cuntze).
- Vol. 1 - MAY 21, 1778. - (315) John Counts's death abates suit.
Information on John Cuntze
Name Johannes Koontz
Birth 18 Apr 1706, Niederndorf, Germany
Father Jost Koontz (1674-1731)
Mother Anna Gertrud Reinschmidt (~1685-<1724)
1 Anna Elizabetha Catherine Stoever
Father John Caspar Stoever Rev. (1684-1779)
Mother Gertraudt? (-<1733)
Marriage 25 Jun 1738, Earltown, PA
Children: "Elder" John (1739-1832)
Notes for Johannes Koontz
History of the Descendents of John Koontz. by Lowell Koontz, 1979
(Copies are still available for $35, checks payable to ÒLowell KoontzÓ 6515 Oakwood Drive, Falls Church, VA 22041, llkoontz@@erols.com)
"JOHN (CUNTZ) KOONTZ
thought to be the son of immigrant Joseph Cuntz and Anna Gertrud Reinschmidt, married Anna Elisabetha Catherine Stoever, daughter of Reverand John Casper Stoever, Sr. On 25 June 1738 at Earltown, Pa. by Reverand John Casper Stoever, Jr. (Ref. 203, p. 56) (Ref. 202, p. 93)
John born 18 Apr. 1706 Niederndorf, Germany, died after 1745, the last year any records can be found on John and Elizabeth. On 5 Aug. 1745 John of Frederick Co. sold 195 acres of land to Lewis Stephens and Elizabeth surrendered her dower on 6 Aug. (Ref. Fredericls Co. D.B. 1, pp. 227 & 229)
Descendants of our lineage believe the father of John was Joseph Cuntz, as named above, the 1714 Germanna immigrant. Evidence seems to indicate Joseph was John's father but as Joseph's will does not mention his son, John, there is no proof. (Ref. 202, pp. 104 & 105) The evidence that associates John Cuntz as the son of the Germanna immigrant Joseph Cuntz is as follows:
(A) Holtzolaw (Ref. 202, p. 93) lists John born 18 Apr. 1706 in Niederndorf, Germany as the son of Jost Kuntze (Joseph Koontz) and first wife, Anna Gertrud Reinschmidt, the daughter of Martin Reinschmidt of Lower Wilden.
(B) Immigrant Joseph Cuntz is listed with his second wife, Katherina, and his son John Annalis (sic) and Kathrina his daughter (Ref. 209, p. 370) and also a daughter Elizabeth (Ref. 202, p. 93) This establishes the fact Joseph had a son, John, he brought to America. The (sic) indicates that Annalis was not a part of his name at all but was part of his sister's name, Anna Elizabeth, and that the original record was in German and this mistake has been made in translation. (Ref. 17, p. 282)
(C) Johanes Coones or Johannes Cuntz (two different spellings on ship list) age 24 arrived in the port of Philadelphia 30 Nov. 1730 on the ship "Joyce. " Presented to the Court of Philadelphia were the names of 24 Palatines, who with their families made about 52 persons that were imported on the ship "Joyce" from Europe by Captain Atilliam Ford of Boston. (Ref. 201, pp. 37 & 38) This may explain why Joseph Cuntz did not list his son, John, in his will as his son may have returned to Germany before returning to America in Nov. Of 1730.
(D) John married the daughter of John Casper Stoever, Sr. the pastor Of the Hebron Church founded by the 1717 Germanna Colony. John Casper Stoever, Sr. came from Germany via England and Pennsylvania to Virginia, where he had been licensed by Governor Spotswood to become pastor of the Lutheran Church now in Madison Co., Va. but then in Spotsylvania Co. (Ref. 205, p. 62) The Orange Co. W.B. 1, pp. 237-238 lists Elizabeth Catherine Cuntze as a daughter and one of the heirs of Reverand John Casper Stoever, Sr.
(E) Joseph Cuntze's will was dated 18 Oct. 1730 and probated 10 Feb. 1731 Stafford Co. W.B. 1729-48, p. 22 (Ref. 202, p. 93) as Joseph died early in 1731 and was possibly in failing health in 1730. This adds reason to the return of John to America on the ship "Joyce."
It has not been possible to establish that John did return to Europe but in light of the above evidence it is believed that John is, in fact, the son of Joseph Cuntz the 1714 immigrant.
John Cuntz and his wife moved from Pa. to Frederick Co., Va after their marriage. John Koontz of Orange Co. was deeded 195 acres by John Branson of Orange Co. on 23 June 1739. (Orange Co. D B 3, p. 191) This land now is located in Frederick Co., Va. after the change in the boundary (1738-43). While they were living at Opequon, Va. located 4 to 5 miles S.S.W. of Winchester, Va. their son John was born 26 Mar. 1739. (Ref. 203, p. 13) That this John born 26 Mar. 1739 was the later Elder John Counts of the current Page Co. area has been well established by born C. Holtzelaw.
At Jobn's birth in what is now Frederick Co., Va. the sponsors were Casper Stoever (the Uncle), Jacob Neuschanger, and lsfaria Baumann. John and Anna Elizabeth Catherine, his wife, were sponsors at Opequon 29 Apr. 1740 for John, son of Johann Broband. (Ref. 203, p. 13)
"Jacob Neuschwanger, sponsor of the child John Cuntz in 1739 (Later Elder John Koontz), was the son-in-law of Melchior Brumback, the 1714 Germanna colonist. " (Ref. 202, p . 105)
The last appearance of the couple in Frederick records was 6 Aug 1745 when Elizabeth surrendered her dower."
- ↑ Blankenbaker, John (e-mail: john@@germanna.com). Germanna History.
- ↑ Find A Grave.
- Koontz, Lowell Layton. History of the descendants of John Koontz: John Koontz was born March 26, 1739 in Opequon, Virginia, in Frederick County, Virginia, and died April 25, 1832, in Page County, Virginia (this research also includes partial lineage of John's brother, George) .. (Alexandria, Virginia: L.L. Koontz, c1979 (Parsons, West Virginia : McClain Printing)).
John (Cuntz) Koontz, thought to be the son of immigrant Joseph Cuntz and Anna Gertrud Reinschmidt, married Anna Elisabetha Catherine Stoever, daughter of Reverand John Casper Stoever, Sr. On 25 June 1738 at Earltown, Pa. by Reverand John Casper Stoever, Jr.