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Michael KOUNS (1738-1803) m. Rebecca ORR (1740-1825)
s/o John Michael KOONTZ (1706-1777) m. (1) Anna Elizabetha Catherine STOEVER (1710-1750; (2) Elizabeth Hedderich ARMENTROUT (1724-1775)
d/o Unknown [possible George Orr (1720-1800) m. Margaret Brownbeck (1720-1758)??]


1738 Michael KOUNS born at Frederick, Virginia [one source 1743] [said to be “Virginia Deutsch” or German]

1740 Rebecca ORR born [some sources say her last name was GEOR

1760 Michael KOUNS (age 22) and Rebecca ORR (Age 20) married at Shenandoah, VA; Michael’s occupation was blacksmith

15 Jan 1762 son George Washington Koontz born at Maryland; married Rachel Kane on 22 Jun 1782; lived in Highland County, Ohio by March 26, 1827 [ Bk. 4 pp. 204-205] [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere] [birth location per 1880 census for Highland Co., Ohio]

23 Apr 1763 dau Elizabeth Koontz born at Virginia; married Daniel Monroe in 1782; Elizabeth and Daniel moved to Bath Co, VA abt 1826 [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere]

1765 son Philip Michael Koontz born at Virginia; married Priscilla M Cate

abt 1769 son Jacob Riley Koontz born at Virginia; served in War of 1812; married Judith Tackett in 1791 at TN; Jacob and Judith moved to Tuscaloosa, AL dec 21 1825 [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere]

Oct 1769 son Michael Koontz born at Virginia; married Susannah Rader 23 May 1796 at Greenbriar, VA; died 28 Jun 1847 at Mason, Mason, VA

1770 son John Koontz born at Shenandoah, VA; married Catherine Carlough on 10 Nov 1791 at Green, IN; John and Catherine moved to Overton Co, TN in 1825 [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere]

31 Aug 1773 dau Mary Ann Koontz born at Shenandoah, VA; married John Cate on 5 Jan 1795 at Jefferson City, Jefferson, TN; Mary Ann and John raised their family in Jefferson Co, TN and both are buried at Dumplin Cemetry [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere]

1776 dau Margaret Koontz born at Virginia; married Philip Roberts on 11 Jun 1799 at Sevier, Tennessee; Margaret and Philip lived in Sevier Co, TN [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere]

11 Mar 1779 Michael Kouns purchased tract of 236 ac from the Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax [Deed for 236 acres in Shannandoah County 1779. Names in deed: Morgan, Man__ham Marshall, Richard Biggs or Riggs, Miller] [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere]

1780 son Joseph Koontz born at NC or Virginia; married Deborah Combs on 11 Jun 1799 at Jefferson, TN ] [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere]

1782 dau Abigail Koontz born at Shenandoah, VA; married Job Combs in 1798 at Milford, Clermont, Ohio

1783 Census, Virginia-Michael Coonse: 13 whites, George Coons, 2 whites.

1783 Michael Coonse lsied on Shenandoah, VA Tax list, p. 064

1783 dau Rebecca Koontz born at Shenandoah, VA; married Peter Tackett on 12 Oct 1805 at Jefferson, TN; Rebecca and Peter moved to Franklin Co, Al in 1825 [Jefferson Co, TN records indicate a quit claim to bro Phillip to all father’s land in Jefferson indicating that they had settled elsewhere]

1783 Michael Kouns sold tract of land with his wife Rebecca signing (to release dower); tract was 236 ac in Shenandoah Co he purchased from the Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax he purchased 11 Mar 1779.

1784 Michael Kouns owned 640 ac in Green, NC [later became Jefferson Co, TN]

25 Mar 1786 Michael Kouns named in organizational documents for First Baptist Church of Dandridge (Jefferson, TN) [church was originally called the Church of Christ on French Broad River; The old church records refer to their meetings being "held at Coones Creek" or "Coons Meeting House"] [The First Baptist Church of Dandridge - it was organized first as the Lower French Broad Baptist Church on March 25, 1786, three miles northeast of Dandridge in Coons' School House by two pioneer Baptist ministers, Jonathan Mulkey and Isaac Barton. The twelve charter members were: Michael Coons, James Randolph, Henry Haggard, John Cryder, Wesley White, Charles Gentry, Rebecca Coons, Margarette Smith, Sara Cryder, Dolly Haggard, Tabitha Gentry and Elizabeth Gentry] [In the book,
Tennessee Cousins by Worth S. Ray: The French Broad Baptist Church was the second church organized around Dandridge and it was established about two and a half miles east of Dandridge in 1786by Jonathan Mulkey and Isaac Barton. The following is what is said to be an authentic roll of its original members: Michael Coons, James Randolph, Henry Haggard, John Fryer, Tabitha and Elizabeth Gentry, Charles Gentry (the first clerk), Wesley Whiate, Rebecca Coons, Dolly Haggard, Margaret Smith, Sarah Fryer, Elizabeth Morrow, Alexander Morrow, Unius and Sarah Carlock, Elizabeth Johnson (Sr. and Jr.), Margaret Johnson, Joseph and Sarah Witt, Elizabeth Whitman, Catron McGirk, Duke Kimarough and Robert Gentry]

20 Oct 1788 Michael Kouns purchased 640 ac for 10 pounds for each 100 ac ($64). This was also under warrent No. 1545. This land was in Greene Co., Tenn from 1783-1792, when Jefferson Co, was formed. This land is now known as the Sullivan property and there is an old cemetery there.

2 Nov 1790 Michael Kouns had a land grant No. 841, for 640 ac

1800 TN Early Tax List shows Michael Coons Senior in Jefferson, TN with 288 ac; Michael Coons, Jr. also in Jefferson, TN with 192 ac, 1 white poll (doc)

1801 Michael Kouns owned the Thomas Whiteside Hotel, near Rutledge, TN (Grainger Co, TN) [from
Tennessee Cousins by Worth S. Ray: In 1801 and prior thereto at Bean's Station some miles North and East of Rutledge, the Thomas Whiteside hotel flourished and became famous, being patronized by travelers on the road to and from Kentucky and Virginia. After the town of Rutledge was established the first house of entertainment (hotel) was that of Michael Coons, who was also a blacksmith. Michael Coons died in 1803, only two years after he opened his hotel and blacksmith shop in Grainger County. [In 1813, Thomas and Jenkins Whiteside built a 52-room inn and tavern at Bean’s Station in the eastern portion of the county. The three story brick hotel was a popular stagecoach stop between Washington and New Orleans. Late in 1863, during the Civil War, Bean’s Station was the scene of a fierce battle between Union and Confederate forces. The inn was later destroyed and, today, the battle field lies buried beneath Cherokee Lake most of the year]

17 Mar 1803 Michael Kouns made his will in Jefferson, TN; there were several land transactions made up to 1813. (TN Wills & Probates confirms death date and Jefferson, TN (doc) [Jefferson Will Book, p3 index; p.156 (doc)] [Jefferson, TN Index to Wills, p.11: Michael Coons, No will; Book 2, p 38; min probate; Book 6; p. 84; March 17, 1803 (doc)]

27 Apr 1803 Michael KOUNS died at Jefferson City, Jefferson, TN [some sources says death was 1813] [or was this Grainger Co, TN at that time?] {FindAGrave says burial was Dandridge, Jefferson, TN; father as Johannes Michael Counts; mother as Anna Catherine Counts Cuntze]

1825 Rebecca ORR died at Jefferson City, Jefferson, TN [not to be confused with Rebecca T Ore who married Phillip Counts on 19 May 1797 in Grainger, TN]

"
Pioneer Preachers of Indiana" by Madison Evans, A.M. published 1862, on page 139 states "The Coonses were mostly Baptists noted for their piety and zeal for God. Among them were many preachers, one of whom, John Coons, was imprisoned in the days of the Revolution, by the English or Episcopal Church". Michael Coons would have been 32 years old when Elder John Coons died.
Tennessee Cousins by Worth S. Ray: The French Broad Baptist Church was the second church organized around Dandridge and it was established about two and a half miles east of Dandridge in 1786 by Jonathan Mulkey and Isaac Barton. The following is what is said to be an authentic roll of its original members: Michael Coons, James Randolph, Henry Haggard, John Fryer, Tabitha and Elizabeth Gentry, Charles Gentry (the first clerk), Wesley Whiate, Rebecca Coons, Dolly Haggard, Margaret Smith, Sarah Fryer, Elizabeth Morrow, Alexander Morrow, Unius and Sarah Carlock, Elizabeth Johnson (Sr. and Jr.), Margaret Johnson, Joseph and Sarah Witt, Elizabeth Whitman, Catron McGirk, Duke Kimarough and Robert Gentry. … In 1801 and prior thereto at Bean's Station some miles North and East of Rutledge, the Thomas Whiteside hotel flourished and became famous, being patronized by travelers on the road to and from Kentucky and Virginia. After the town of Rutledge was established the first house of entertainment (hotel) was that of Michael Coons, who was also a blacksmith. Michael Coons died in 1803, only two years after he opened his hotel and blacksmith shop in Grainger County. He was married to Rebecca GEOR about 1759 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Rebecca GEOR(1) died in 1825 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.