|Birth: ||May 18, 1835|
|Death: ||Feb. 21, 1877|
George is my first cousin (4 times removed). He was the son of William and Nancy (Johnson) Couts, pioneer settlers of Robertson County, Tennessee. He was the nephew of Cave Johnson (a member of President James K Polk's cabinet) and brother to Cave Johnson Couts (surveyor and early settler of the city of San Diego).
The family valued education highly. In a revealing letter to her son, Cave in California George's mother Nancy writes, "George`will not go to school and he is in the field hard at work with his hands. He went to school about 3 weeks the first of the year and he took sore eyes and they were sore for a week and he would not go any more. I begged him and done everything I could to get him to go. I could not. He said he had as much learning as papa had and if he could get along as well as he did, he was satisfied, so I told him he had no one to blame but himself and he must learn to work if he would not go to school." The letter is dated May 10, 1855. Some things never change!
Along with many other young men in the area, Thomas enlisted in the 14th Tennessee Infantry (Company H) in May, 1861.
George returned to Tennessee before the war's end on a medical discharge. He worked on the farm for the rest of his life raising tobacco. He never married and died at age 41.
Created by: Billie
Record added: Aug 12, 2009
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