Kounse

Kounse Family

Submitted by Martha J. Kounse

George Kounse was born Sept 1777 and married 2 Sept 1799 in Union, Monroe Co, WV, Margaret “Peggy” Kennan, daughter of Edward and Nancy (Donally) Kennan. George died 2 Aug 1865 in Union, Monroe Co, WV and was buried Aug 1865 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV. Margaret “Peggy” died 1810 in Union, Monroe Co, WV and was buried in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.
BIRTH: Taken from copy of orginal Death certifcate from Charleston, WVa Archives
MARRIAGE: Taken from Hardesty’s WVA Counties-Monroe/Putnam/Tyler; Page 60
DEATH: Taken from orginal copy at Charleston, WVa Archives. It reads:
George KOUNS; white, male/died:12 Aug 1865 of cancer/Birthplace: Monroe Co., WVa/Parents:unknown/Informate: George KOUNS, Jr., Son/ Book #1 Page 21
MISC: In the book “A History Of Monroe County, WVa”, By Oren F. MORTON on page 331 it reads:
     COUNTS George (1777-1865) SEEMS to have been a son of John and Keziah, who was living here when the county was formed.** He came from Penn. and married Margaret KENNAN.

Children:

  Sylvester (s)
  Kate (s)
  John M. (m. in Tenn)
  Michael (m. Margaret REED)
  Philander (m. Sarah THOMAS)
  Eleanor (m. John JOHNSON)
  Mary (m. George MITCHELL)
  George (s)
  Andrew (s)

Sylvester went to Arkansas and John went to Tennessee. There are other connections with the spellings COUNTS, KOUNTS, and KOUNTZ. Henry (m. Susan ?) moved from Indian to Kanawha about 1806. Several of his family married here. William COUNTS, of Devil’s Creek, married Deliah DRANSFIELD. He had a brother, Charles (m. Rebecca TIGERT, 1833), and a sister Mary D. (m. Josiah DRANSFIELD, 1845).

[**This author has never found ANY PROOF of documention to prove this theory. His death certificate states that George was b. in Monroe Co., Va and the census ALL state that he was born in VA.-mk]

CENSUS: 1820 Monroe Co., Va:

  George COUNTZ, Sr. pg. 164 Union (This COULD be George’s Father)
  George COUNTZ pg. 164 Union

CENSUS:1830 Monroe Co., Va

  George COUNTS Monroe Co., Va

CENSUS: 1840 Monroe Co., Va

George KOUNTZ, Union Pg. 149

  1 male b. 1830-1835
  1 male b. 1820-1825
  2 males b. 1810-1820 (Michael D. and Philander)
  1 male b. 1770-1820 (George)
  1 female b. 1830-1835
  3 females b. 1810-1820
  1 female b. 1770-1780 (Peggy KENNAN Kountz)

1880 Monroe Co. WV Census Pg 12 Union District

  KOUNS, George 33 VA VA VA b. 1847
  Elizabeth 25 VA VA VA b. 1855
  Anne C. 6 daughter WV VA VA b. 1874
  Walter P. 4 son WV VA VA b. 1876
  Mary Ellen 2 daughter WV VA VA b. 1879

MISC

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Since George KOUNCE was b. 1777 in VA (According to his death certificate and census), his Father would have had to already been here. George was one of the first people to marry in this county at the age of 22 yrs (Monroe in 1799). There was a William COUNCE b. in 1798, who was he? George is 21 years older than this William. There is another George COUNCE born in 1791, they are very easy to confuse with each other. There is 14 years differnce in their ages. I presume they were cousins (William and the two George’s). I have a strong tendency to believe the George COUNZE, Sr. in the 1820 Monroe Co., WV Census listing on the same page with my George was his Father. And George, Sr. had the following children: (NOTE: There is NO evidence to PROVE this is only a theory from years of researching)

  Henry b. 1765 Germany md Eliz’b BOWYER d. 1839 Monroe Co WV
  George b. 1777 VA md Peggy KENNAN 1799
  Michael
  William
  Susan md Samuel DICKINSON 15 Sept 1812 Monroe Co., WV
  Sally md Alexander WILLIAMS 23 Sept 1811 Monroe Co., WV

[There may have been other children but I have not reseached enough to place them as of the present-mk]

Children of George and Peggy COUNTS/KOUNSE:

  1. Sylvester Kounse
         Sylvester Kounse, son of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse, was born in Union, Monroe Co, WV, moved to ARKANSAS.
  2. Catherine “Kate” Kounse b. 1802 d. 8 Oct 1854
  3. John M. Kounse
  4. Michael Donally Kounse, Esq.
    b. 1812 d. 27 Apr 1881
  5. Philander Kounse b. 1816 d. 1888
  6. Eleanor Kounse d. 1 Jul 1882
  7. Mary Kounse
  8. George Kounse, Jr. b. 1818 d. 1902
  9. Andrew Kounse b. 17 Jul 1820 d. 26 Nov 1895

Catherine “Kate” Kounse, daughter of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse, was born 1802 in Union, Monroe Co, WV, and never married. Catherine “Kate” died 8 Oct 1854 in Union, Monroe Co, WV and was buried Oct 1854 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.
DEATH: Certificate from Charleston WV Archives Courthouse Book #1 Book #6 Catherine KOUNS/white/female/8 Oct 1853/Birthplace Monroe Co., WV/Cause of death-Dyspensia/Age 52Y 2M 14D. Never Married

John M. Kounse, son of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse.
Moved to TENNESSEE. SOURCE: History of Monroe Co., WV by

Michael Donally Kounse, Esq., son of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse, was born 1812 in Monroe Co, WV, and married 21 Dec 1846 in Union, Monroe Co, WV, Margaret Mary Reed who was born 1825 in VA. Michael Donally, Esq., died 27 Apr 1881 in Union, Monroe Co, WV and was buried 28 Apr 1881 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.
DEATH: Monroe newspaper obit. April 1881 Monroe Co., WV Courthouse
MARRIAGE: Monroe Co., WV Courthouse 21 Dec 1846: COUNTS, Michael to REED, Margaret
1880 Monroe Co., WV Census:

  KOUNS, M.D. W M 68 Married Farmer Va Va Va b. 1812 d.1880
  Margaret W F 55 Keeps House Va Va Va b. 1825 d.1892
  Newton B. W M 33 Son Va Va Va b. 1848 d.1883
  James A. W M 28 Son Va Va Va b. 1847 d.1911
  John W. W M 28 Son Va Va Va b. 1852 d.1911
  Margaret W F 19 Daughter Va Va Va b. 1861 m.TROUT
  Nannie W F 13 Daughter WV Va Va b. 1867 m.TROUT

SOURCE: A History of Monroe Co., WV page 331, Cabell Co., WV Library.
Death records Charleston, WV Archives microfilm in courhouse records: Book 1/Page 47

Obit from the Monroe Watchman newspaper Vol #10 No 16 April 1881 reads:
M.D. KOUNS, Esq., an estimable citizen of this county, died at his home near Union on Tuesday morning last, at 6 o’clock, of consumption, aged about 73 years. He was buried the following day in Rehoboth churchyard, Rev. Mr. Bishop conducting the funeral services. (Note*There is no marker in the Rehoboth Church Cem. for Michael Donally Kouns-mk)

DEEDS:
Monroe Co., WV File 2 Folder 1 States: Deeds-Michael KOUNTZ sold land to James WILSON 18 Sept. 18, 1810

Children of Michael KOUNSE:

  1. Newton B. Kounse d. 1883
  2. James A. Kounse b. Aug 1849 d. 1911
  3. Jeannie Kounse
  4. Mary E. Kounse b. Jul 1851
  5. John Wesley Kounse b. 9 Jul 1851 d. 19 Oct 1927
  6. Margaret Kounse b. 1861
  7. Nannie Kounse

Philander Kounse, son of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse, was born 1816 in Union, Monroe Co, WV, and married 23 Jul 1840 in Allegheny Co, VA, Sarah Thomas who was born 1819. Philander died 1888 in Union, Monroe Co, WV and was buried 1888 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV. Sarah died 1892 in Salt Springs, Monroe Co, WV and was buried 1892 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.

Newspaper Obituary reads:

On Friday March 9th, 1888, at his home near Salt Sulpher Springs in this county, Philander KOUNTS, Esq., aged 72 years. His remains were interred in Rehobeth Church cemetery on Sunday last.

Children of Philander KOUNTS:

  1. John Kounse b. 1841 d. 1911
  2. Samuel K. Kounse b. 1845
  3. Melissa Kounse
  4. George Thomas Kounse b. 7 Dec 1846 d. 10 Aug 1898
  5.  
  6. Mary Ellen Kounse b. 1848
  7. Nancy E. Kounse b. 1850
  8. William J. Kounse b. 1853
  9. Kate Catherine Kounse b. 1855
  10. Robert L. Kounse b. 1861 d. 1936

Eleanor Kounse, daughter of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse, was born in Union, Monroe Co, WV. Eleanor died 1 Jul 1882 in Union, Monroe Co, WV and was buried 1882 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.

Mary Kounse, daughter of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse, was born in Union, Monroe Co, WV.

George Kounse, Jr., son of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse, was born 1818 in Union, Monroe Co, WV. George, Jr., died 1902 in Union, Monroe Co, WV and was buried 1902 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.

Andrew Kounse, son of George and Margaret “Peggy” (Kennan) Kounse, was born 17 Jul 1820 in Union, Monroe Co, WV. Andrew died 26 Nov 1895 in Hinton, Monroe Co, WV and was buried 1895 in Riffle Cem, Monroe Co, WV.
SOURCE: Info from Veteran’s Grave Registration, Charleston, WV Next-Off-Kin: Tom Riffe, Pence Springs, WV Andrew B. Kounse CSA Pvt. no military record. Born 17 July 1820, Monroe Co., Va; Died 26 Nov 1895 in Hinton, WV; Buried in Riffe Cem, State Street Hinton, WV; Upright marker
CAUSE OF DEATH: Old Age

Newton B. Kounse, son of Michael Donally, Esq., and Margaret Mary (Reed) Kounse, was born in Monroe Co, WV. Newton B. died 1883 in Union, Monroe Co, WV and was buried in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.

James A. Kounse, son of Michael Donally, Esq., and Margaret Mary (Reed) Kounse, was born Aug 1849 in Kennan, Monroe Co, WV. James A. died 1911 in Monroe Co, WV and was buried in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.

Mary E. Kounse, daughter of Michael Donally, Esq., and Margaret Mary (Reed) Kounse, was born Jul 1851 in Kennan, Monroe Co, WV.

John Wesley Kounse, son of Michael Donally, Esq., and Margaret Mary (Reed) Kounse, was born 9 Jul 1851 in Kennan, Monroe Co, WV, and married 30 Jun 1903 in Union, Monroe Co, WV, Florence Sharp, daughter of Thomas Oberton and Francis Elizabeth (Harris) Sharp, who was born 1867 in Monroe Co, WV.
John Wesley died 19 Oct 1927 in Huntington, Cabell Co, WV and was buried 22 Oct 1927 in Woodlawn Cem, Huntington, Cabell Co, WV.
Florence died 14 Feb 1946 in Huntington, Cabell Co, WV and was buried 17 Feb 1946 in Woodlawn Cem, Huntington, Cabell Co, WV.

Newspaper Obituary reads:

PROF. J.W. KOUNSE News of the death of Prof. John Wesley Kounse was recieved yesterday by his sister-in-law, Mrs. Etta Kounse, in Union. He having passed to his reward at his home in Huntington, WV at noon, October 19, 1927, after an illness extending over the past three years. He was 76 years of age. Prof. Kounse is help in deep affection by many old friends in Monroe and was widely known throughout this section during the years that he taught music in this county and in the neighboring counties of Virginia. Twenty-two years ago, he moved to Hinton and later to Hutington, where he had since made his home. He is survived by his wife, one son, Mr. John Sharp Kounse of Hutington, and two sisters, Mrs. Edward Trout and Mrs. Emma Trout both of Roanoke, Va. Funeral services and interment will be held in Hutington tomarrow afternoon.

Monroe Co., WV newspaper-Source
DEATH: John Wesley KOUNSE died 19 Oct 1927 in CabellCo., WV/Birthplace-Kennan, WV/Cause of Death-Cancer of Prostate/Age 76Y 3Mo 10D/Occupation-Salesman for pianos
CENSUS: 1900 Monroe Co., WV Union District Page 231

  KOUNSE, John W. W M Head July 1851 48S Travling Salesman WV WV WV
  TROUT, Emma M. W F Sis July 1861 39W Housekeeper WV WV WV
  Claudia W F Niece July 1884 16S Schoolgirl WV WV WV
  Roy J. W M Nephew July 1886 14 Schoolboy WV WV WV
  CAMPBELL, Hallie W F Niece Mar 1897 3 WV WV WV
  KOUNSE, James A. W M Broth Aug 1849 40S Painter WV WV WV

DEATH: Margaret Florence SHARP KOUNSE W/F/Age 79Y 1Mon 9D/Date of Death 14 Feb 1946/Place of Death Huntington, WV/Cause of Death-Arterio Sclerosis/Father-Thomas Oberton SHARP/Mother-Frances Elizabeth HARRIS/Widow/Buried in Woodmere Cem, Huntington, WV/Mortuary-Klingel-Carpenter
Attended the College Of Music of Cincinnati, Ohio for two years. Her Teacher was Almon W. Vinent.
OCCUPATION: Piano Teacher Child:
John Sharp Kounse b. 29 Jul 1904

Margaret Kounse, daughter of Michael Donally, Esq., and Margaret Mary (Reed) Kounse, was born 1861 in Kennan, Monroe Co, WV.

Nannie Kounse, daughter of Michael Donally, Esq., and Margaret Mary (Reed) Kounse, was born in Kennan, Monroe Co, WV.

John Kounse, son of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 1841 in Monroe Co, WV. John died 1911 in Monroe Co, WV and was buried 1911 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.
Civil War Veteran Co A 60th Regiment Va. Inf, Confederate States Army, author has in her possesion a photo of John’s grave marker in Rehoboth Church Cemetery, Monroe Co., WV. He enlisted June 17, 1861 for the time of 1 year. at Lewisburg, Va by Captain G. Carr. He was in the Brigade from June 17, 1861 to Aug., 31 1861. He was wounded on Sept., 11, 1861. Name also appears on rolls as Jno. A. KOUNTS. Service Records Microfilm #324; Roll # 1016.
Also there is a J.A. KOUNTS joined the War April 1, 186? at Caroline Co., ? by Col. Starke for the lenth of the war. He was mustered into service on April 1, 198? by Col. Starks. Last paid by McDonald on April 30. Absent on the rolls on June 30, absent without leave on Oct 31 1862 roll-mk.
Register of CSA General Hospital Charlotteville, Va there was a J. A. KOUNSE listed. His disease was Feb. Int. Fert.?? and he was admitted on Sept 22, 1864 and then transferred on Sept 28, 1864 to Lynchburg, Va. Conf. Arch. Chapter 6, File # 215, Page 452.
J.A. KOUNTS appears on reciept roll for clothing for the 4th Quarter 1864. Date of issue was Oct 24, 1864. Signature on roll was J.A. KOURTS, remarks states..on way to cored??. Roll No. 1536.

Melissa Kounse, daughter of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 1843 in Monroe Co, WV. Melissa died 1891 in Monroe Co, WV and was buried 1891 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.
SOURCE: LDS family group sheet for Philander Counts

Samuel K. Kounse, son of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 1845 in Monroe Co, WV.
SOURCE: LDS family group sheet for Philander Counts

George Thomas Kounse, son of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 7 Dec 1846 in Monroe Co, WV. George Thomas died 10 Aug 1898 in Monroe Co, WV and was buried 1898 in Rehobeth Church, Monroe Co, WV.
Civil War Co. F 46 Bat. Va Cav. Enlisted Sept. 1, 1864 for Sept and Oct 1864. He enlisted in Monroe Co., Va by Thos B. Parks for the length of the war. Remarks: Soldier was paid bounty and a horse.
Died age 52 years old, Married Elizabeth daughter Anne and Mary Ellen; Son Walter. Married between ca1870 & 1880

Mary Ellen Kounse, daughter of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 1848 in Monroe Co, WV.

Nancy E. Kounse, daughter of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 1850 in Monroe Co, WV, and married John Kessinger.
SOURCE: LDS family group sheet for Philander Counts

William J. Kounse, son of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 1853 in Monroe Co, WV.
Civil War Veteran Co F 46 Va Cav. Organization of Coto Aug 31, 1864. Enlisted on Sept 1, 1863 in Monroe Co., Va by Wm. L. Lynd for the length of the war, remarks: Absent without leave-no date.

Kate Catherine Kounse, daughter of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 1855 in Monroe Co, WV.

Robert L. Kounse, son of Philander and Sarah (Thomas) Kounse, was born 1861 in Monroe Co, WV, and married Eliza Josephine McNeer. Robert L. died 1936 in Monroe Co, WV.

Children:

  1. Aubrey Russel Kountz b. 10 Jun 1889 d. Jun 1962
  2. Kyle Keenan Kountz b. 30 Dec 1890 d. 1974
  3. Samuel Brown Kountz b. 31 Dec 1892 d. Jun 1965
  4. Eula Grace Kountz b. 1 Sep 1894
  5. Jesse Coe Kountz b. 25 Mar 1896
  6. John Claude Kountz b. 25 Nov 1897
  7. Robert Earl Kountz b. 8 Sep 1899 d. 12 Aug 1972
  8. Leroy Kountz b. 27 Apr 1903
  9. Lenora Kountz b. 27 Apr 1903
  10. Harry Edgar Kountz b. 20 Jun 1905
  11. Fred McNeer Kountz b. 31 Jul 1910

John Sharp Kounse, son of John Wesley and Florence (Sharp) Kounse, was born 29 Jul 1904 in Monroe Co, WV, and died 9 Jun 1998. Married 12 Jun 1935 in Welch, McDowell Co, WV, Mary Louise Williams, daughter of Brooks Foster and Letita (Beavers) Williams, who was born 10 Jul 1910 in Welch, McDowell Co, WV. and died 19 Jul 1997.
Children:
John Williams Kounse
Martha Ellen Kounse

Aubrey Russel Kountz, son of Robert L. and Eliza Josephine (McNeer) Kounse, was born 10 Jun 1889 and married Ethel McClelland. Aubrey Russel died Jun 1962.
Children:
Jesse Kountz b. 1918
Mary Evelyn Kountz b. 1920 d. 1924
William Russel Kountz b. 1923
Mabel Constance Kountz
Alma Josephine Kountz
Jack Matthew Kountz
Virgie Lee Kountz b. 1936

Leroy Kountz, son of Robert L. and Eliza Josephine (McNeer) Kounse, was born 27 Apr 1903.
twin

Lenora Kountz, daughter of Robert L. and Eliza Josephine (McNeer) Kounse, was born 27 Apr 1903.
twin

John Williams Kounse, son of John Sharp and Mary Louise (Williams) Kounse, was born in Huntington, Cabell Co, WVA, and married 12 Aug 1989 in Huntington, Cabell Co, WVA, Martha Jean Martin, daughter of Leo Gilbert and Hester (Glenn) Martin, who was born in Huntington, Cabell Co, WVA. Martha Jean was also married to Vernon Ray Bice.
BIRTH: Huntington, WV Cabell Co.
MARRIAGE: Huntington, WV
OCCUPATION: Wholesale Produce-J.S. Kounse Huntington, WV
RESIDENCE: Lawrence Co., Ohio

Martha Ellen Kounse, daughter of John Sharp and Mary Louise (Williams) Kounse, was born May 1946 in Huntington, Cabell Co, WV.