|Birth: ||Feb. 3, 1828|
|Death: ||Dec., 1881|
Sometime after the Civil War Capt. Ezekiel Counts changed the spelling of his last name to Kountz, which he claimed was the original German spelling of this name.
He has two memorials in Junction Cemetery: one under the name of Counts and this one, under Kountz, which is dedicated to the time he and his family lived in Texas.
The earliest account of the family moving to Kimble County, Texas, has been provided in an article about Ezekiel and Harriet's son, John, in the booklet, Frontier Times, published in September 1930. It tells about the family moving from Kelloch, KS, directly to Kimble Co, TX, in May or the early part of June in 1875. At that time Junction wasn't there; it was only vacant land with no houses. An article from another Frontier Times, published in May 1928, verifies this assertion. In it Nicholas Patterson, who married Ezekiel and Harriet's daughter, Elizabeth, said that he and his family his family had moved to Kimble County a few days before Christmas, 1875. The first people they met was the family of Dr. E.K. Kountz, who had preceded them by a few months. Other descendants, over the years, have had recollections of the family moving to Texas at an earlier time, and they may very well be right, but this is the nature of this type of study.
They had actually planned to go all the way to Mexico, about 100 miles further, but Harriet insisted that this was as far as she was going to follow him. Her adamant attitude persuaded him they should settle down in Kimble County.
Ezekiel bought the old James Bradbury property on the South Llano River, Harriet is said to have "fallen in love" with the Bradbury house. It was about two miles above where the Junction Court house was later built. James's house and land had become available sometime after he had been killed by Indians in 1872 near Teacup Mountain. His death occurred while leading a posse and met up with the Indians who had murdered Jim Sewell in the Moore settlement.
Additionally Ezekiel bought some school land extending up the South Llano Valley from the present Junction Cemetery to the B.L. Smith place and west beyond "The Nobs." (In 1889, a flood destroyed most of their barns and partially wrecked their home, so they moved to higher ground.) The hilly terrain of Kimble County made it more suitable for ranching than farming, so raising cattle and sheep dominated the economy.
That April, John and his brother, Christopher, were employed as trail hands to take a herd of cattle to Dodge City, Kansas. After leaving Dodge City they went to a few other places to take care of unfinished business.
Kimble County was created in January 22, 1858, and was officially organized on January 3, 1876. Ezekiel and his son, John, were present at the this historic meeting. Ezekiel was elected as the first County and District Clerk and M.J. Denman, the first surveyor. Harriet later became the first post master of Junction.
Isaac, who was 16 years old, and his 12 year old brother, Sebastian, were out herding a small bunch of sheep on a hillside near their home on the Christmas Eve, 1876, when a band of renegade Comanche Indians rode up and shot Isaac. Sebastian somehow managed to escape, but just barely. More about that time in which a posse formed by Ezekiel and the subsequent help of Texas rangers during a chase to capture the murderous Indians is told in some detail in Isaac's memorial.
Ezekiel hauled lumber from Austin and built a store on the southeast corner of Junction square. It was used as a general store, a drug store, a doctor's office, and as Harriet's post office. She had been using her own home during her duties as a post master. This was the first wooden building erected in Junction.
As more people moved to Kimble County Ezekiel, like in the past, felt the urge to move to a new frontier that was less crowed. They had been intending to move to Mexico, but when they got to Kimble County, Harriet had informed him that she had followed him as far as she was going to
What motivated Ezekiel to make a trip to Bracketville in Kinney County, Texas, is unknown. The little town that had been established around 1851, was going through a period of exceptional prosperity. At this time Fort Clark was filled with thousands of soldiers. The town had grown rapidly, and many business buildings constructed of limestone blocks, which were quarried nearby, had been established. Sheep ranching had gradually replaced cattle ranching during the 1870's, and by 1880, sheep outnumbered cattle by about eight to one. Kinney County became an important source of wool.
While there Ezekiel learned that they needed more doctors in Fort Clark to care for the soldiers, so he wrote to Harriet to see if she would be willing to move there. She agreed, but let him know that she thought this should be their last home.
In 1879 they sold their store, and Harriet gave up her job as Post Master, and moved to Brackettville in 1880. This was the year that devastating floods hit, causing some of the residents to move to a higher elevation.
Ezekiel died and was buried in Brackettville in December 1881. It would be interesting to know if it was from something he had contracted from one of his patients. Harriet died in Junction on September 26, 1890, was buried in Junction cemetery near where their house once stood. Some time later, Ezekiel's body was brought back to Junction and buried by Harriet and their son, Isaac.
Harriet S Lindamoode Kountz (1830 - 1890)*
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: Jim Davenport
Record added: Dec 25, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 32396718