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Michael KOUNS (1769-1847) m. Susannah RADER (1776-1857)
s/o John Christian Counts 1734-1803 m. 1759 Mary Magdalene Summers 1722-1814
VA – Mason VA Greenbrier WV Greenbrier – Mason VA
?? 1769 Birth Cleveland, Russell, VA
??1790 Federal Census Cleveland, Russell, VA; age 21
??1796 Marriage Index Greenbrier, WV
1798 Jun 20 Land purchase Lick Run, Greenbrier, WV; Michael Kouns of the County of Greenbrier State of VA purchased land from William and Eamey Johnston for one dollar 88 acres being the land Johnston now lives on and lying and being in the county of Greenbrier on the Lick Run joining the land of Edward Keenan, Isaac Pattoso? and Kounces own land bought of Keenan and being the SW end of said survey of 150 acres.
??1798 son John R born Greenbrier, WV or Mason, WV [married Mary Koontz (d/o John and Hannah Knapp Koontz) bef 1821]
??1800 Federal Census Greenbrier, WV or Mason, WV; age 31
1803 Apr 27 father John Christian died Glade Hollow, Cleveland, Russell, WV
??1804 Mar 28 son Michael born Greenbrier, WV or Mason, WV
??1810 son Mark Marcus Byrd born Mason, WV [married Miranda Amanda Mary Arnold 13 Sep 1842 in Spartansburg, SC]
??1810 Federal Census Mason, WV; age 41
1824 Jun 25 mother Mary Magadelena died Glade Hollow, Cleveland, Russell, WV
1815 Dec 25 Point Pleasant Court Records refer to him (Deed Book D p102): “Will of John Roush requests that a “title to Michael Kouns for a quarter acre lot I sold him in Point Pleasant containing my old tanyard and which I sold him for $150 payable in a year and a half.” Michael was listed as Testee to will “At court held in Mason County the 30th day of January 1816 the last will and testament of John Roush, deceased, was presented in court and proven by oath of William Sterrett and Michael Kouns, two of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded and on the motion of Gideon, the executor herein named who made oath and together with William Sterrett, his security, entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of $3,000…” (History of Roush Family, 1928)
1820 Federal Census Mason WV; NARA M33 Roll 138; age 45+
1826 Tax Receipt, Mill Creek, Mason WV; Joel Sayre to the Sheriff of Mason Co, VA. Dr. To revenue on 37 3/4 acres of land $0.04; Same two horses .25 To one County levy 1.25 Received payment. R. Mitchell Dpty for M. Kouns, S.M.C.
1830 Federal Census Mason WV; age 60+; M19 Roll 198
1840 Federal Census Mason WV; age 70+
1847 Jun 5 Will filed in Mason, WV Court: I Michael Kouns Sr. being sound in mind, but frail in body after committing my Soul to the care of Almighty God and testing all hope of Salvation in the merits of Jesus Christ; do make, constitute, and publish this my last will and testament, hereby breaking and annulling all other or former wills made by me. 1st it is my will and desire that my executor pay and discharge all my just debts. 2nd I give and bequeath to my wife Susannah in fee simple and to be disposed of as she pleases all the beds, bedsteads and bedding and all other articles of her make and many fortune. 3rd I give and bequeath to my said wife during her natural life all the all the other articles of household and kitchen furniture all farming utensils and stock on the place of mine and all all grain of whatsoever kind all feed I have for stock, at the time and all provisions or eatables. 4th I also give and bequeath to my wife during her natural life, the following slaves to wit: Thomas and Jane for her use during her life but not the right to dispose of them for a longer period I also give and bequeath to her the money coming from her brothers estate provided that be not paid during my life together with all the money I have on hand at my decease. 5th I give and bequeath to my son John the following slaves heretofore delivered to him wit: Peter and Matilda; together with Susan and Bird. 6th I give and bequeath to my son Michael the following slaves, two of which I delivered to him by deed with land to wit: Adam and Milly together with Rachel, Jeisie and Green. 7th I give and bequeath to my son Mark Bird the following Slaves to wit: Benjamin, Mary, Faairiny and Thomas after the death of my wife. 8th It is my will that after the payment of $25.00 dollars by him my slave Jaeale have his freedom. 9th It is my will and desire that all the balance of my estate by equally divided between my three sons after the death of my wife, that is to say, to John one third, to Michael one Third and the one third to my son Mark Bird. I do appoint my son Michael Executor of my estate. Signed sealed and delivered as my last will and testament in the presence of Robert Osborn John Knapp Signed Michael Kouns At the court held for Mason County at the Court House thereof on August the 2nd 1849. The last will and testament of Michael Kouns deceased as proved by the oath of John Knapp one of the sub signing witness
1847 June 28 Michael died in Mason WV; age 77
1850 Federal Census Mason WV; lists Michael’s wife Susannah age 75 living in household of son Michael) [listed under Michael 46, Mary 37, Amanda 15, Elizabeth A 13, Mary C 3, and Susana 75]
1857 Jan 7 wife Susannah Rader Kouns died in Mason, WV; age 80.
RECORDS/DOCUMENTS Michael Susannah