|Birth: ||Jan. 15, 1855|
|Death: ||Feb. 3, 1935|
Christopher Columbus Kountz, the son of Ezekiel & Harriet (Lindamoode) Kountz, was born in Logan Co, VA, on Jan. 15, 1855.
His father served as a Captain & physician on the Confederate side of the Civil War in VA. It is claimed that they left VA & moved to WV because of the Carpetbaggers. From there they moved to MN, to KS, & then to their final destination, TX, in what later became Kimble Co.
His father became the first county clerk of Kimble County & his mother, the first Post Master of Junction in Kimble County. On Christmas Eve, his brother, Isaac, was killed by Indians while he was out grazing sheep. His father built a store (the first wooden building in Junction) on the southeast corner of Junction Square, which served as a general store, drug story, doctor's office & post office. His parents later moved to Bracketville in Kinney Co, TX, where his father served as a doctor. He died there in 1881. His mother moved back to Junction, & the body of his father was transported to Junction at her request. She died on September 26, 1890.
When Christopher was a teenager, in the mid 1870's, he worked as a cowboy and made trail drives into Dodge City & Abilene, Kansas. During this time he met Wild Bill Hickock & Wyatt Earp. On Nov. 2, 1880, when he was 24 years old, he became the County Treasurer of Kimble County.
He and Mathildia Arrena "Rena" Hutcheson, were married by Judge E.S. Alley, on Feb. 28, 1881. Their marriage license, which was dated Feb. 2, 1881, was the first to be issued in Kimble County. They had five children, including two daughters who died in infancy. The three three surviving children are: Hezekiah, Mary, & Lulu.
On Sept. 19, 1882, Christopher, Rena, & their son, Hezekiah, joined a wagon train led by Capt. A.J. Hutchinson (a former Texas ranger) going to New Mexico. Capt. Hutchinson made all the decisions. Each person was assigned a special duty. There was an expert cook and an expert marksman, who provided wild game. Women drove the wagons.
They went past Fort Concho, Fort Lancaster and up the Pecos River, which they crossed at Horsehead Crossing. They passed Antonio Matta's horse ranch, a settlement located about four miles east of the present town of Saragosa. It consisted of a large house, a combined hotel-restaurant-saloon, known as a general meeting place for settlers.
They came to the VH ranch, what was then a part of the Don Garcia grant. They stopped at a small spring, about seven miles north of what is now Balmorhea, TX. Winter was getting near, and they had only traveled over about half of the planned route, so they arranged a winter lease on the Garcia place. After some exploration they decided they had found the area they had been searching for; mountains and valleys with many fresh water springs.
The Kountz ranch was established at Toyahvale. A school was started in 1904 & an adobe school house was built on their ranch. Christopher was one of the first board members.
During the next 30 years Christopher stayed busy with ranching, banking, and government duties. At one time he owned more than 50 sections of land where he grazed Hereford catle and Paint horses, both who wore the pioneer Bar O brand.
His wife died on October 29, 1910 and Christopher on February 03, 1935. They were buried in Balmorhea. Their nine grandchildren are: John Henry, Herbert, Ruth, Arrena, W.C., Nina, Gage Jr., & Marion & Hez Neal. They have 12 g-grandchildren: Jim Henry, Tom, Lenise, Kenneth, Lan, Mary Chris, Van, Kountzy, Beth, Van & Peggy & numerous gg-grandchilden.
Source: Families of Kimble County published in 1985. Lenise Mauldin the gg-granddaughter of Christopher, has provided most of the above information.
Ezekiel K. Kountz (1828 - 1881)
Harriet S Lindamoode Kountz (1830 - 1890)
Matheldia Arrena Hutcheson Kountz (1864 - 1910)*
Hezekiah K Kountz (1882 - 1950)*
Mary Josephine Kountz Gould (1890 - 1951)*
Lulu Koontz Van Horn (1892 - 1961)*
John Cook Kountz (1850 - 1929)*
Christopher Columbus Kountz (1855 - 1935)
Elizabeth Lumira Kountz Patterson (1857 - 1946)*
Isaac Newton Kountz (1860 - 1876)*
Sebastian C Counts (1863 - 1954)*
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: Diane & John
Record added: Oct 20, 2007
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