Col. John Koontz

Male - 1826


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Generation: 1

  1. 1.  Col. John Koontz died 25 Jan 1826.

    Notes:

    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 dam...to 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 line....to include about Seventy acres of pine land...between the lands of Brock and Stevins...to 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.


    CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
    CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS, SECTION "I."
    JUDGMENTS.
    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.

    John — Jane. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 2. Horatio Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point
    2. 3. Shroder Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point
    3. 4. Elizabeth Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point was born 15 Feb. 1792, Rockingham Co., VA; died 21 Jan. 1870, Valporaiso, IN.
    4. 5. Polly Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point
    5. 6. Jane Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point
    6. 7. George Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point
    7. 8. Coskey Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point
    8. 9. Jacob Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point


Generation: 2

  1. 2.  Horatio Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1)

  2. 3.  Shroder Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1)

  3. 4.  Elizabeth Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1) was born 15 Feb. 1792, Rockingham Co., VA; died 21 Jan. 1870, Valporaiso, IN.

    Notes:

    Elizabeth died at the home of her son William ca 1824 Valporaiso, IN; resided in Rown Co., TN


    ^^^?Alexandira Gazette, 28 Sept. 1857
    Died. On the 19th inst., at her residence in Rockingham, Mrs. Mary Harrison, relict of Dr. Peachy Harrison, dec'd, aged 74 years and 1 week.
    ?CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
    CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS, SECTION "I."
    JUDGMENTS.
    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.


    Buried:
    Settlers By the Long Grey Trail by Harrison
    Benjamin Harrison died September 5, 1824 (Bible Record). Following his death his widow removed to Valporaiso, Indiana, where she died. Says the inscription on her tombstone - "Elizabeth Koontz Harrison, Born in Rockingham Co., Va., Feb. 15, 1792, Died (at) Valporaiso, Indiana, Jan. 21, 1870." (Same date of death recorded in the family Bible also.)

    Elizabeth married Benjamin Peachy Harrison 4 April 1809, Rockingham Co., VA or McNunelville, TN by Rev. Christopher Frye. Benjamin was born 1772; died 5 Sept. 1824. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 10. Archiles L. Harrison  Descendancy chart to this point
    2. 11. Erasmus Dawin Harrison  Descendancy chart to this point
    3. 12. Jane Harrison  Descendancy chart to this point
    4. 13. Eliza Jane Harrison  Descendancy chart to this point
    5. 14. John S. K. Harrison  Descendancy chart to this point
    6. 15. Joseph L. Harrison  Descendancy chart to this point
    7. 16. William M. Harrison  Descendancy chart to this point

  4. 5.  Polly Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1)

    Polly — Isaac Hite. [Group Sheet]


  5. 6.  Jane Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1)

    Jane — Allen. [Group Sheet]


  6. 7.  George Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1)

    Notes:

    This might possibly be the George Koontz that married Elizabeth Reedy. see Kouns Tree for Reedy

    (from skouns7@aol.com ...Eveline Koontz married John Carr 15 Sep. 1829 the bondsman was George Grandstaff?) Eveline Koontz was probably the daughter of George Koontz that married Elizabeth Reedy - see Kouns Family tree for this line.

    Elizabeth Reedy's sister married George Grandstaff.


  7. 8.  Coskey Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1)

  8. 9.  Jacob Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (1.John1)

    Notes:

    CHRONICLES OF THE Scotch-Irish Settlement IN VIRGINIA EXTRACTED FROM THE ORIGINAL COURT RECORDS OF AUGUSTA COUNTY 1745-1800
    CIRCUIT COURT RECORDS, SECTION "I."
    JUDGMENTS.
    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.

    Jacob — Maria Graham. (daughter of John Graham and Margaret) [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 17. Mariah Graham Koontz  Descendancy chart to this point was born 1812, Harrisonburg, Va.; died Oct. 1896, Illinois.


Generation: 3

  1. 10.  Archiles L. Harrison Descendancy chart to this point (4.Elizabeth2, 1.John1)

  2. 11.  Erasmus Dawin Harrison Descendancy chart to this point (4.Elizabeth2, 1.John1)

  3. 12.  Jane Harrison Descendancy chart to this point (4.Elizabeth2, 1.John1)

  4. 13.  Eliza Jane Harrison Descendancy chart to this point (4.Elizabeth2, 1.John1)

  5. 14.  John S. K. Harrison Descendancy chart to this point (4.Elizabeth2, 1.John1)

  6. 15.  Joseph L. Harrison Descendancy chart to this point (4.Elizabeth2, 1.John1)

  7. 16.  William M. Harrison Descendancy chart to this point (4.Elizabeth2, 1.John1)

  8. 17.  Mariah Graham Koontz Descendancy chart to this point (9.Jacob2, 1.John1) was born 1812, Harrisonburg, Va.; died Oct. 1896, Illinois.

    Notes:

    13 Oct. 1896 Daily Inter Ocean (Illinois)
    Mrs. Watson Carr
    Mrs. Watson Carr, widow of Dr. Watson Carr, died Saturday afternoon at her home, No. 1316 Washington Boulevard, in her eighty-fourth year. She was born in Harrisonburg, Va., and came to Chicago with her husband in 1855. In her younger days she was prominent in West Side society andalso gave some attention to the collection of curios. After her husband's death she gave the Chicago Historical Society a valuable collection. She was a member of old St. Johns Church and also of the Society of Daughters of 1812. She leaves three sons and three daughters - Dr. Mortimer Carr of Cumberland, Mo; Major, C.C.C. Carr, United States Cavalry; E. D. Carr of San Francisco; Mrs. H. B. Linton of Philadelphia, Mrs. V. M. G. Heron, and Mrs. A. F. M. Atkins, of No. 1316 Washington Boulevard. The funeral will be this afternoon from the house. Burial in Graceland Cemetery.


    (from skouns7@aol.com ...did they also have a son John Carr that married Eveline Koontz the bondsman was George Grandstaff?) Eveline Koontz was probably the daughter of George Koontz that married Elizabeth Reedy - see Kouns Family tree for this line. Elizabeth Reedy's sister married George Grandstaff.

    Mariah — Dr. Watson Carr. Watson was born 12 Nov 1807, Cloverdale, Va.; died Dec. 1889, Illinois. [Group Sheet]

    Children:
    1. 18. Mortimer Carr  Descendancy chart to this point
    2. 19. C. C. C. Carr  Descendancy chart to this point
    3. 20. E. D. Carr  Descendancy chart to this point
    4. 21. Daughter Carr  Descendancy chart to this point
    5. 22. Daughter Carr  Descendancy chart to this point
    6. 23. Daughter Carr  Descendancy chart to this point


Generation: 4

  1. 18.  Mortimer Carr Descendancy chart to this point (17.Mariah3, 9.Jacob2, 1.John1)

  2. 19.  C. C. C. Carr Descendancy chart to this point (17.Mariah3, 9.Jacob2, 1.John1)

  3. 20.  E. D. Carr Descendancy chart to this point (17.Mariah3, 9.Jacob2, 1.John1)

  4. 21.  Daughter Carr Descendancy chart to this point (17.Mariah3, 9.Jacob2, 1.John1)

    Daughter — H. B. Linton. H. was born of Philadelphia. [Group Sheet]


  5. 22.  Daughter Carr Descendancy chart to this point (17.Mariah3, 9.Jacob2, 1.John1)

    Daughter — V. M. G. Heron. [Group Sheet]


  6. 23.  Daughter Carr Descendancy chart to this point (17.Mariah3, 9.Jacob2, 1.John1)

    Daughter — A. F. M. Atkins. [Group Sheet]