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Madera Biographies: KOONTZ


Winifred Pauline Koontz
Oakhill Cemetery, Oakhurst
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Alias Kounts (A001) was born in 1813/4 in VA.
    Alias married Mary. Mary was born in 1823/4 in VA.
    In 1850 Alias farmed in the 27th District of Jackson Co., VA [Jackson Co. became part of West VA].
A001 Children of Alias Kounts and Mary:
    Rebecca Kounts (B001) born 1843/4 in VA.
    Melissa Kounts (B002) born 1845/6 in VA.
    Virgil Kounts (B003) born 28 Oct 1848 in VA.
    Franklin Kounts (B004) born Oct 1849 in VA.

First Generation

Virgil (Kounts) Koontz (B003) was born 28 Oct 1848 in VA
    Virgil married Mary L. Turner. Mary was born 17 Dec 1855 in MO, the daughter of Singleton V. Turner. [A Singleton Vaughn Turner was born about 1861, the son of Nickolas Turner.] Her father lived in the Raymond area and, although not a formal minister, was always preaching. She died 3 Oct 1943 and was buried 7 Oct 1943 in Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera, CA.
    Virgil farmed in Raymond, CA. He was responsible for organizing the Presbyterian Diocese Church in Raymond in about 1894. He is described in the Madera County Great Register of 1898 in 1896 as age 47, 5’ 6¼ ", dark complexion, gray eyes, dark hair, and a scar over his right eye.
    In 1900 Virgil lived in Township 4 of Madera County with his family; also with him were his father-in-law Singleton V. Turner, born Dec 1829 in MO, and Jame Latoucha, born July 1889 in CA. In 1920 he and his wife lived alone.
    Virgil died 11 Sept 1924 and was buried 14 Sept 1924 in Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera, CA.
B003 Children of Virgil Koontz and Mary L. Turner:
    Singleton Nicholas Koontz (C001) born 22 May 1876 in CA.
    Alius V. Koontz (C002) born 15 Mar 1878 in CA.
    Eldridge Elias Koontz (C003) born 25 July 1882 in CA.

Second Generation

Singleton Nicholas Koontz (C001, by B003) was born 22 May 1876. He is described in the Madera County Great Register of 1898 as age 22, 5’ 10½ " high, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair, and a mole on his right cheek. He was able to read and write.
    Singleton married Emma Dick. Emma was born in 1882/3 in CA.
    In 1905 Singleton was a miner living in Raymond. In 1910 Singleton came down from Coarsegold to Raymond and with John Krohn bought the butcher business first established by G. R. Vignola and later by Weber & Leidig. In 1920 he lived in Raymond with his wife, Mildred, and Dorothy.
    Singleton died 3 Oct 1926 and was buried 5 Oct 1926 in Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera, CA.
C001 Children of Singleton Nicholas Koontz and Emma Dick:
    Winifred Pauline Koontz (D001) born 18 Aug 1903 in Coarsegold, CA.
    Mildred A. Koontz (D002), a son, born 5 May 1905 in Raymond, CA.
    Dorothy V. Koontz (D003) born 1810/1 in CA.

Alius V. Koontz (C002, by B003) was born 15 Mar 1878 in CA.
    Alius married Miss Dodd.
    Alius died 19 Aug 1971 and was buried 23 Aug 1971 in Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera, CA.
C002 Children of Alius V. Koontz and Miss Dodd:
    Cecil Millard Koontz (D004) was born 1 May 1904 in Madera, CA.

Eldridge Elias Koontz (C003, by B003) was born 25 July 1882 in CA.
    Eldridge married Alice E. Footman. Alice was born in 1890/1 in CA, the daughter of William Footman and Jane Mann. Both her parents were born in England.
    Eldridge was a partner in Koontz & Palmer blacksmith shop in Raymond from about 1910. Koontz Hill was named for his place on the road from Raymond to Ahwahnee, just after you cross Willow Creek before you start up the hill. In 1920 Eldridge lived in Raymond with his wife, daughter, and sister-in-law Theresa Footman, born 1887/8 in NY. He still lived in Raymond in 1943.
    Eldridge died 26 Nov 1962 and was buried 28 Nov 1962 in Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera, CA.
C003 Children of Eldridge Elias Koontz and Alice E. Footman:
    Evelyn J. Koontz (D005) born in 1917 in CA.

Third Generation

Winifred Pauline Koontz (D001, by C001) was born 18 Aug 1903 in Coarsegold, CA.
    Winifred died 27 Mar 1904 and was buried in Oakhill Cemetery in Oakhurst, CA.

Cecil Millard Koontz (D004, by C002) was born 1 May 1904 in Madera, CA.
    Cecil married Lucille Lillian ? on 23 Oct 1938. Lucille was born 27 Aug 1916. She died 19 July 1988 of cancer at the San Bernardino County Hospital, San Bernardino, CA. A memorial service was held on 30 July 1988 at the Community Baptist Church of Lake Arrowhead. Her cremains were buried 1 Aug 1988 in Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera, CA.
    Cecil and Lucille lived in the mountains above Madera from 1960 to 1984. After this they owned a fireplace business in Crest Park, CA and were active with the trailer groups and a coffee klatch that met at the Villager Coffee Shop in Blue Jay. In 1988 Cecil lived at 760 E. 9th Street, San Bernardino, CA.
    Cecil (S/S 565-05-1066) died 19 Mar 1994 at his daughter’s home in Bellflower, CA. He was buried on his birthday 1 May 1994 in Arbor Vitae Cemetery in Madera.
D004 Children of Cecil Millard Koontz and Lucille Lillian ?:
    Leonard Koontz (E001).
    Arleen Koontz (E002).



References:
-----, 1850 U.S. Census, Virginia, Jackson County, 27th District, page 216 – Alias Kounts (A001).
-----, 1900 U.S. Census, California, Madera County (#1242299) - Virgil Koontz (B003).
-----, 1920 U.S. Census, California, Madera County (#1823553) - Virgil Koontz (B003),
    Singleton N. Koontz (C001), Eldredge E. Koontz (C003).
-----, As We Were Told, (Coarsegold, CA: Coarsegold Historical Society, 1990) - Eldridge Koontz (C003).
-----, Great Register of Madera County, (Madera, CA: Handwritten, 1893-4) - Virgil Koontz (B003).
-----, Madera County Great Register of 1898 - Virgil Koontz (B003), Singleton Nicholas Koontz (C001).
Shaw, A. C., The History of Raymond, (Madera Historical Society, typed, undated) - Virgil Koontz (B003),
    Singleton Nicholas Koontz (C001).

Prepared by Ken Doig

Last update: July 27, 2000
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