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George Counts

  • Birth 5 Oct 1805 Tennessee, USA
  • Death 1 Apr 1898 Mariposa County, California, USA
  • Burial Mariposa, Mariposa County, California, USA
  • Plot Section A-04
  • Memorial ID 33086487

George Counts relates in a personal document dated February 11th, 1885 (and later transcribed) that he was the first-born child of William Counts and William's second wife, Sary Freeman. He said that his grandfather was Nicholas Counts.

From this same personal account entitled "From whence I came and Whither I am Going" he states: On the third day of June AD 1828 I was united in marriage to Malinda Tong near Frederic Town, Madison County, Missouri with whome I have ever since lived happily with. If there be any special providence in the selection of a partner for life, mine is one."


Courtesy of Tom Phillips of Mariposa

George Counts was born October 5th, 1805, in Tennessee. He was twice elected to the legislature of the State of Arkansas and was clerk of Van Buren County for ten years. He married Malinda Tong on June 3rd, 1828 and was the father of eleven children.

He came to California first in 1849 but returned home. He moved to Coulterville in 1854 and ran a hotel.

He was elected to the office of Justice of the Peace almost continuously until 1869 when he was elected Treasurer of Mariposa County. He held that office until his death in 1898.

Upon his death his son S.P.O. Counts was appointed as County Treasurer and held the position until his death in 1926. Mrs. Counts was known as one of the pioneers of Mariposa and beloved all over the Country.

Thank you to Anne Stevens, Find A Grave contributor, for the following information and obituary:

Mariposa Gazette, Number 42, 2 April 189
COUNTS - In Mariposa, April 1, 1898, George Counts, a native of Tennessee, aged 92 years and 5 months

Mariposa Gazette, Number 42, 2 April 1898

Death of Geo. Counts

At about ten o'clock on Friday, April 1st the spirit of our venerable County Treasurer, George Conuts [sic], took its flight from its earthly habitation. His death was not altogether unexpected. Old age had drawn its fold about him and be was gradually losing his hold on life's lease, but would probably not have yet succumbed to death's wand, had it not been for the la grippe, which is at present prevalent hereabouts and which was the immediate cause of his death. The deceased was one of God's noblest creations. To say that he had not an enemy in the world is not saying the half, for wherever he was known he was not only admired, but loved. His character was little short of sublime, always an honorable, upright man, wherever he lived he was admired for sterling qualities, and in his death the community loses a man whose life's work may well be pointed to with pride by the present and future generations who will ever have a good word for the memory of this kindly old man. In early life he became a member of the M. E. church and while always affiliating with that church he was a man of broad religious views, doing good whenever and where ever opportunity offered. The deceased was born October 5th 1805, in the state of Tennessee, and was in his 93rd year at the time of his death. He was twice elected to the lower branch of the legislature of the state of Arkansas and was clerk of Van Rureti county ten years in the same state. He came to California first in 1849 mid returned in 1850 and came the last time in 1854. He arrived in Coulterville on the 15th of that year. He held the office of Justice of the Peace almost continuously from the time of his arrival in Coulterville until 1800 when he was elected Treasurer of Mariposa county, holding that office from the first Monday in March, 1870, until his death, Deceased was married June 3rd 1828 and was the father of eleven children, six of whom are dead and five living, as follows: Mrs. S. E. Obarr, Miss Mary Jane Joy, Mrs. M. C. Duncan, Mrs. S. M. Alsanson and S. P. O. Counts, besides numbers of grand children and great grand children. During his while life life has been a Democrat and affiliated with that party. He is a member of the Mariposa Lodge of F. & A. M, under whose auspices the funeral will be held on Sunday at 2 o'clock p. m.

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  • Maintained by: Carolyn Wickens
  • Originally Created by: Linda (Applegate) Brown
  • Added: 20 Jan 2009
  • Find A Grave Memorial 33086487
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for George Counts (5 Oct 1805–1 Apr 1898), Find A Grave Memorial no. 33086487, citing Mariposa Masonic Cemetery, Mariposa, Mariposa County, California, USA ; Maintained by Carolyn Wickens (contributor 47178843) .