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Michael KOUNS (1804-1881) m. Mary KOUNS (1814-1889)
s/o
d/o Geo. Washington (1784-1848) m. 1808 Catherine Wolfensbarger (1783-1874)
VA – Jackson, WV Lawrence OH Lawrence OH – WV

??1804 birth Mason WV

??1810 Federal Census Mason WV; age 6

??1814 Oct 11 Mary born Lawrence OH (became OH 1803 Mar 1)

1820 Federal Census Mason WV; enumerated under father’s record; age 16-18; p580

1820 Aug 7 Federal Census Fayette Twp, Lawrence OH; age 26-44; (one male 10-16; one male 16-26; one male 26-45; 6 females under 10; 2 females 10-16; one fem. 26-45 — total of 12 in household; numbers and ages are off so not sure this is correct George)

1830 Federal Census Mason WV; enumerated under father’s record; age 15-20; M19 Roll 198, p.149

1830 Federal Census Fayette, Lawrence OH; age 44-49 (1m under 5-George W Jr age 3; 1m 10-14 ?; 1f under 5-Catherine age 6; 2f 10-14-Anne L age 10; Delilah age 14; 2f 15-19— Emiline age 15; Mary age 16; Nancy age 19; and 1 f 40-49-Catherine); also shows 1 free colored male 10-23

1833 Oct 1 marriage record states he is from Ravenswood and Mary from Greenbrier; (one source says Jan 10) (
Lawrence Co. OH Marriage Books 1-6, 1-3, 186)

1837 listed as Trustee of Pleasants Flats Presbyterian Church (transferred from Gallipolis Presb Church; later transferring to Ebenezer Church, Jackson WV

??1837 Feb daughter Amanda D born Mason, WV [listed in 1840 Census as 1f under 5] [listed in 1850 Census as age 15]

??1838 daughter Elizabeth A born Mason WV [married John W Fauble 27 Aug 1865 in Perry, Pickaway, OH] [listed in 1840 Census as 1f under 5] [listed in 1850 Census age 13] [listed in 1860 Census age 22] [listed in 1870 Census age 32] [listed in 1880 Census age 42}

1840 Federal Census Mason, WV; listed as male betw 30-40. M704 Roll 568 [lists 1m 5-9, 1m 30-39, 2f under 5, 1f 30-39, 1f slave 10-23]

??1847 May 17 daughter Mary Catherine born Mason WV [married B Fleming West 16 Nov 1871 in Ravenswood, Jackson WV] [listed in 1850 Census age 3] [listed in 1860 Census age 13] [listed in 1870 Census age 23]

1847 Jun 28 father Michael died Mason, WV

1848 Jun 7 father George Washington died Burlington, Lawrence, OH

1850 Federal Census 38
th District, Mason, WV; farmer age 45 with $5,600 real estate value; mother Susannah Rader Kouns (age 75) living in household at time of Census; lists Michael 46, Mary 37, Amanda 15, Elizabeth A 13, Mary C 3, and Susana 75 (p.40/Family #284)

1850 Federal Slave Schedule Mason WV; lists 5 slaves, ages 5m, 7m, 13f, 30f, and 60m

??1851 Feb son Charles Osborne Elias born Gilmore, Jackson, WV [married Lydia West 16 Nov 1871] [listed in 1860 Census age 9] [listed in 1870 Census age 18][listed in 1880 Census age 27]

?? son George born Gilmore, Jackson, WV

1856 settled in Jackson WV (
Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia ... Special History Of The Virginias, 1883)

1857 Jan 7 mother Susannah died Mason WV

1860 Federal Census Ravenswood District Jackson WV; farmer age 56 with $15,000 real estate and $3,700 personal property value; Family #659; p.103/54 lists birth year as 1804 and birth place as VA; M653; lists Michael 56, Mary 45, Eliz 22, M.C. 13, and Elias 9]

1862 Sep 1 IRS Tax Assessment listed in District 2, Jackson, WV; having “2 horse hack” valued at $125 and taxed $2.00; listed as “Counts”

1863 Sep IRS Tax Assessment listed in District 2 Jackson WV; having “two horse hack” and taxed $2.80; Income $580, tax $15.90

1864 IRS Tax Assessment listed in District 2 Jackson WV, having “two H Hack” valued at $100 with tax of $2.00; p.26

1865 IRS Tax Assessment listed District 3 Jackson WV, having income of $375 and tax of $18.75; carriage taxed at $2.00 and watch at $2.00

1866 IRS Tax Assessment listed in District 3 Jackson WV having gold watch valued at $100 and taxed at $2.00 and hack valued at $100 and taxed at $1.00 for a total tax of $3.00.

1870 Aug 12 Federal Census Gilmore Twp, Jackson WV; farmer with $15,000 real estate and $1,500 personal property value; age 66. Family #235. P33 [lists Michael 66, Mary 53, Elizabeth 32, Mary 23, Charles O 18, Ables F Ronaugh 14, Mary M Ronaugh 30, Sallie Tracy 6, and Fleming West 18]

1871 Nov 16 Rev. A.J. McMillion married B.F. West and Mary C., daughter of Michael and Maty (Kouns) Kouns. She was born May 17, 1847, in Mason county, this state, and came to Jackson county with her parents when they settled here in 1856. (
Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia... Special History Of The Virginias, 1883)

1874 Feb 3 mother Catherine died Fayette, Lawrence, OH

7 Jun 1880 Federal Census Ravenswood District, Jackson WV – farmer age 76; diagnosed as having cancer (P484A) [lists Michael Koontz 76, Mary 66, Elizabeth A 42, Charles O 27, and Ellen Shaw servant age 22]

1881 Feb 26 Will written Monroe WV (needs transcription)

1881 May 11 Michael died in Ravenswood, Jackson, WV; age 77, 1 month, 13 days; [Find A Grave Index: 28 Mar 1804-11 May 1881, Ravenswood Cemetery, Ravenswood, Jackson, WV]

1881 Sep 13 Will filed in Court in Monroe, WV (
Will Book, Vol 12-13; 1881-1916)

1889 Oct 26 Mary died in Ravenswood, Jackson, WV; age 75

Headstone: Ravenswood Cemetery, Jackson Co, WV Kouns Plot tombstone inscription: Mary, wife of Michael KOUNS, died October 26, 1889, age 75 years, 15 days

A Human Life, autobiography of Daniel Webster Fisher (1909), “married at Ravenwood, Va to Amanda D Kouns, the daughter of Michael Kouns, the leading elder of the Presbyterian Church at that place, and the owner of a body of land on the river below the town, this being part of a tract originally entered by George Washington.” [According to Wikipedia: "Ravenswood is sited on land once owned by George Washington. Washington acquired the 2,448-acre (10 km2) parcel in 1770, and designated Colonel William Crawford to survey the lands in 1771. A permanent settlement was first established in 1810, and the town streets and lots were laid out in their current pattern by descendants of George Washington in 1835."]


RECORDS/DOCUMENTS Michael Mary
Birth
1833 Marriage
Death
1810 Census
1820 Census X
1830 Census X
1840 Census X X
1850 Census X X
1860 Census X X
1863 IRS Tax List X
1865 IRS Tax List X
1870 Census X X
1880 Census X X
1881 Probate Will X
Gravestone X X
Burial X X