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Subject: [PAWESTMO-L] Koontz military records
Date: Thu, 23 May 2002 12:40:27 EDT
I'm hoping to find traces of Koontz ancestors in Pennsylvania. On the Warren
side of my family, there is the Counts/Kounse line of West Virginia. My
gggg-grandfather, John Kounse, was evidently born in Pennsylvania and
emigrated to West Virginia, where he appears on property records in Monroe
County in 1799. He married a woman named Keziah, surname unknown. His
father was Balzer Kounse or Koontz.
Family tradition says that Balzer Koontz was an admiral born in Germany,
country not known. So he must have been from one of the German nations that
had seaports and navies. Supposedly he had 9 sons who served in the
Revolution. So he must have arrived in this country around 1750 or 1760
minimum, in order to father children old enough to bear arms by 1776. That's
all I know about him. No dates, no name of spouse, and the name of only one
child. Assuming that the family tradition has any truth in it, a German
admiral shouldn't be impossible to find. And his sons -- at least one of
them anyway, namely John -- might appear on Pennsylvania muster lists or
officer lists for the Revolution.
Are PA muster lists available online anywhere? So far, anything I find is
in books or services that one has to purchase.