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Capt Ezekiel K. Counts
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Birth: Feb. 3, 1828
Russell County
Virginia, USA
Death: Dec., 1881
Kimble County
Texas, USA

Following is a short summary of the life of Capt. Ezekiel K. Counts and his wife, Harriet before they moved to Texas. Their life in Texas and links to their children will be shown under the name Kountz.

Ezekiel K. Counts, born on February 3, 1828, in Russell Co, VA, was the 4th of John "Jackie" and Phoebe (McReynolds) Counts's eight children. He met Harriet S. Lindamoode, the daughter of Benjamin & Rebecca (Schaeffer) Lindamode whose parents had immigrated to the United States from Holland. She was born on June 2, 1830, on Beaver Creek, Washington Co. Her parents had died and left her and her two sisters, Louisa and Rebecca Anne, orphaned. Russell County court records show that they chose Francis Browning as their legal guardian on Jan. 7, 1845.

Ezekiel, age 20, and Harriet, 18, were married on Feb. 10, 1848, afterwards going to live on Frying Pan Creek in what was then Buchanan Co., VA. Later, in 1880, it was incorporated into the newly-formed Dickenson Co. Their nearest neighbors were Ezekiel's sister Rebecca and her husband, Abednigo Kiser. In 1840 her father had given them a tract of virgin mountain land at the mouth of Priest Fork of Frying Pan Creek, and Abednigo had built a sturdy two story log cabin that was still standing in 1933.

Ezekiel, a young energetic farmer, was elected to serve as constable of the community in July 1849, which he served several terms. Harriet gave birth to their first child , Susan Worley, on November 20, 1849. The following summer, on July 2, 1850, Ezekiel asked the county court for permission to change the location of the Sandlick Dumps Creek Public Road through his farm.

Harriet gave birth to three more children: John Cook, born October 14, 1850; Benjamin F., February 10, 1853 (died in infancy); and Christopher Columbus, January 15, 1855. Ezekiel bought a tract of land from his brother-in-law, Abednigo, on September 9, 1856, to enlarge his farming operations. The following year, on the Fourth of July, their daughter, Elizabeth Lumira, was born. It was some time after this that they moved to TN.

On July 12, 1860, they were living in the Panther Creek District of Hancock Co, TN. By this time two children, Susan and Benjamin, had died. Ezekiel, age 32, was working as a physician. It is doubtful that he had obtained any type of formal medical training. Interestingly, his older brother, Joshua, had died during a cholera epidemic while attending a college in Louisville or possibly in Cincinnati to study medicine. One day his roommate left him well in their room and returned shortly to find him dead.

Ezekiel could be considered fairly successful by this time. His personal estate was valued at $1250 and the value of his real estate was $3100. It was here that Harriet gave birth to their son, Isaac Newton, on August 20, 1860. They moved back to Russell Co, VA, around the beginning of the Civil War. His mother died on Feb. 17, 1861. She was preparing breakfast and had gone to the fireplace to arrange the pot rack, when she died instantly and fell to the floor. She was buried on their farm.

Ezekiel's sympathies were on the side of the Confederacy when the Civil War broke out. He organized a company of Confederate soldiers at Sandlick in June 1862. His son, Sebastian, was born the following year on January 9, 1863. This year also marked the death of his father, who was buried beside his mother on his parent's farm.

The State Line was abolished on February 28, 1863, and his company was reorganized into Company E, Virginia 21st Cavalry Regiment under Col. William E Peters. Ezekiel, age 37, was mustered into service as a private at Sandlick on March 28, 1863. In his record he was described as being 6 ft. tall with black hair. He was promoted to full Captain on April 1, 1863. His son, John, who turned 13 on October 14, 1850, joined his father's unit and served as a dispatch bearer and helped take care of the horses.

He fought in Logan and McDowell counties of WV, Southwest VA, and Eastern TN. A nephew described him as "brainy and resolute but nearly too quick tempered." Ezekiel became known by the Union side as "Devil Zeke." He and his men were bravely determined to win the war and didn't hesitate to scout the country side and exchange gunfire with any Unionists they found.

In the history of the 21st Virginia Cavalry, Ezekiel was reported to have deserted to the Yankees and his company disbanded. He actually left the 21st Virginia Cavalry, but his company remained intact and operated as guerillas in Buchanan, Russell, and Wise counties.

Toward the end of the war Ezekiel moved to Logan County, West Virginia. It was around this time that he decided to spell his last name Kountz, which he claimed was the original German spelling of the name.

On April 1, 1865, he sold his interest in fifty acres of their father's estate in Russell County to his brother, John W. Counts. He had made plans to move to Meeker Co, MN, with his brother, Canaan, and other VA settlers. Their wagon train started out on a flatboat trip at the Tug River going to the Big sandy, the Ohio, the Mississippi, and then Minnesota rivers. In the spring of 1866, the group of settlers organized a town in Meeker Co, called "New Virginia." Canaan was the supervisor of the newly organized town, and Ezekiel was a clerk and teacher. He is said to have stayed here two years before moving with his family to KS.

Some sources claim that Ezekiel was enumerated in the Federal Census of Montgomery Co, KS, in July 1870 as a merchant and had a personal wealth of $1200. An extensive search of the 1870 census shows no records supporting this. However, in September 1930, Ezekiel's son, John Cook, verifies that they had indeed lived in KS. He said that his father moved the family to Southeastern Kansas in the spring of 1869, settled among the Osage Indians, and put up a store and traded with them. This was about three miles north of Coffeyville, in Montgomery county. Later they owned and operated a store at Kelloch, on the L.L. & G.R.R.

John said from there the family moved directly to Kimble County in May or early June in 1875, which at that time was unorganized; that there was no town of Junction, not even a house, where the present county seat of Kimble county is located.

Ezekiel, who had an adventurous nature and his descendants claim that his wandering proclivities prevented him from attaining high office or much wealth.

His life in TX will be shown under his memorial titled, "Ezekiel Kountz."

Some Sources:
Some Descendants of John Counts of Glade Hollow 1722 - 1977, published by Hetty Swindall Sutherland, Clintwood, VA, 1978.

Pioneer Recollections, published by Hetty Swindall Sutherland, Clintwood, VA, 1995.

Families of Kimble County, Kimble County, by Historical Commission, Junction, TX, 1985.

Frontier Times, Vol. 7, No. 12, September 1930, Published at Bandera, TX. military collection
Family links: 
  Harriet S Lindamoode Kountz (1830 - 1890)
Junction Cemetery
Kimble County
Texas, USA
Maintained by: Virginia Brown
Originally Created by: Jim Davenport
Record added: Dec 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32396674
Capt Ezekiel K. Counts
Added by: Jim Davenport
Capt Ezekiel K. Counts
Added by: Jim Davenport
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