Col. John Koontz

Male - 1826

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  • Name  Col. John Koontz 
    Title  Col. 
    Gender  Male 
    Died  25 Jan 1826 
    • Colonel John Koontz arrived in Rockingham County in 1794. He served in the legislature 1797-98, became paralyzed around 1820, served again in 1822-23. He bought a farm around Big Spring (now Lacey Springs) 7 May 1810, purchased from Josiah Harrison and Margaret his wife. Big Spring is just down the road from the other Koontz familes that settled that area. This is the same house that later hosued the Lincolns prior to their departure west. John had a tan-yard operated by Isaac Hite. Isaac married Polly Koontz, daughter of Colonel John, and brother of Jacob Koontz, son of Colonel John. Will probated 1830, Rockingham co., VA lists the following children (listed above)

      Settlers By the Long Grey Trail by J. Houston Harrison, 1998
      page 389 states taht Col. John Koontz, a resident of lacey Spring, probably a son of Rev. John Koontz.)

      Page 365-366
      Col. Koontz, in will dated 25th January, 1826, directed -
      "3rd. I give to my son Horation all this part of my home plantation including my Mills house and barn that is to say beginning at the mouth of the Bigg Spring branch....and running up said brach....between said lines and the Mill within twenty poles of My dwelling house thence to within twenty poles of Danl. Matthews line at the Stage Road thence with my line running with Houstons and others Crossing the Creek...Stevens include about Seventy acres of pine land...between the lands of Brock and leave out the bottom known by the name of Gaund bottom and so to the mill dam...also the privilege of water anywhere out of said spring Branch to the Head for Cooking or other house use..."

      4thly I give to my son Shroder all and Singular the ballance of land I hold on said Smiths creek including the aforesaid Spring branch the Spring the Tanyard the Tavern House the place called Iles place and the aforesaid Gaund Bottom and the Ballance of the Harrison tract of land with all its appurtenances."

      His will names, aside from the above sons, his wife Jane; his daughter Elizabeth, "now widow of Benjamin Harrison," ($800 to be paid in 10 years after my death with interest for 5 years before due), his daughter Polly Hite; his daughter Jane Allen; his son George (1/2 of my tract of land on Bigg Sandy containing 1154 acres in the state of Virginia); his son Coskey, (the other moiety of the Big Sandy land); and his "granddaughter Mariah Graham Koontz, the only daughter of my son Jacob Koontz - I have advanced consideral sums of Money to her Father my son Jacob during his life." In the first section of the will he directs that his slaves and two tracts of land near the "Town of Harrisonburge" be sold. He appoints as his executors, Dan Matthews, Reuben Allen, and Jacob Cole. Signed - John Koontz. Witnesses - William Pickering, Robert ( ) Jones, Brewer Reeves, George ( ) Hollensworth, Henry M. Durvall, Henry Stahl. Codicil updted, appointed "my friend Archibald Brock" an executor (From original, kindly loaned by Mr. Jacob Cole, of Lacey Spring.)

      Mrs. Maria G. Carr, the granddaughter named, (nee Koontz), in her "My Recollections of Rockingham, Now Known as Harrisonburg, From 1817-1820, states - "My Grandfather Koontz had a store (in Harrisonburg) before I remember - he bought a farm ten miles N. of H....called Big Spring - and built his house there which is now occupied by the Lincoln Family. He built his house when I was three years old and it is in a good state of preservation. He had a fine tanyard which was carried on by Issac Hite, son of Mrs. Hite (before mentioned), he married Polly Koontz, daughter of Col. John Koontz, sister of my Father. My grandfather had a large merchant and saw mill near his dwelling - there was also a large log house just above the spring which was used as a house of entertainment. Mrs. Patton lived there when I first remember, after some of the Lincoln family got it...My Grandfathers Graham and Koontz were among the first trustees of H(arrisonburg.)"

      Col. Koontz's will was probated in Rockingham County Court, in August 1830, but prior to this time he sold by deed to David Lincoln (see page 357), September 15, 1829, two tracts of land; the first containing "15 acres, 1 rod, and 15 poles," including the Big Spring, the second containing 111 acres, both of which tracts also appear in the report of the commissioners assigning dower to the widow Lincoln. (Deed Book No. 9, p. 426.) Owning to the destruction of the records, the only record of Col. Koontz's will at Harrisonburg is a memorandum stating that it was proved, and that Jacob Cole qualified as executor, on the date metioned.
      page 201
      Graham vs. Graham--O. S. 265; N. S. 93--Bill, 1816. Orator is John Graham of Rockingham, son of John Graham of Rockingham, who died 30th November, 1815, intestate, leaving widow Margaret and children, infants, viz: (besides orator) Harriet, a ward to Peachy Harrison; Emily, ward of Charles Clarke; Benj. Franklin, ward of Robert Gratton, and granddaughter Maria G. Koontz, ward of Margaret Graham and John Koontz. Orator came of age in 1815 and then addressed a daughter of James Clarke in the way of matrimony and they were married 20th July, 1815. Answer, 11th July, 1816, by Harriet Effinger and her husband, Peter Effinger, late Harriet Graham. Margaret, the widow, answers. She mentions a daughter Maria, now dead. Margaret, the widow, married John Morris. Gordon Rodgers deposes, his mother was one of the defendants.
    Person ID  I1  Koontz, Counts
    Last Modified  9 Dec 2010 

    Family  Jane 
     1. Horatio Koontz
     2. Shroder Koontz
    >3. Elizabeth Koontz,   b. 15 Feb. 1792, Rockingham Co., VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan. 1870, Valporaiso, IN Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Polly Koontz
     5. Jane Koontz
     6. George Koontz
     7. Coskey Koontz
     8. Jacob Koontz
    Last Modified  28 Dec 2006 
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet