Vern Paul


The Bridgewater Register

Harlow Family of Virginia

Andrew Brown Koontz

and Martha Jane Harlow

Andrew Brown Koontz

Andrew Brown Koontz was born May 16, 1827, in Nicholas Co., [West] Virginia, son of Alexander Koontz and Susan Martin [See Source Records below]. Alexander and Susan were married October 30, 1820, in Nicholas County. Andrew was married April 28, 1847, to Martha Jane Harlow, who was born about 1827 in Virginia, probably Albemarle County, daughter of Nicholas Harlow and Jeanetta Bridgwater. The marriage was performed by Rev. John F. Clark at the Heath Creek Baptist Church in Cooper Co., Missouri.

Andrew and Martha were living in Hopkins Co., Texas, in 1850.They moved there not long after the birth of their first child. Andrew was primarily engaged in farming the 160 acres he received by patent from the Texas government in 1857. Andy and Mattie remained in Hopkins County for many years and raised a large family. Andy was farming successfully but, like so many, his progress was affected by the Civil War. The value of his personal and real property in 1860 was $5,100, a fair sum for the times. After the war and by the next census in 1870, his estate was valued at $3,900.

Andrew suffered from bronchitis the last two years of his life. He died May 14, 1912, in Wood Co., Texas, and was buried the following day near his homestead.

Andrew Brown Koontz and Martha Jane Harlow had the following known children:

      1. Mary E. Koontz [Mar. 12, 1848-Dec. 18, 1912] m. John Ashford Vines

      2. Robert Wilson Koontz [Feb. 5, 1850-Apr. 19, 1916] m. Nancy Caroline Low

      3. Sarah Jane Koontz [1852/53- ] m. 1) John F. Wilkinson, 2) Samuel Ely Miller

      4. Susan Jeanette Koontz [June 1854-Apr. 8, 1937] m. Thomas L. Ervin

      5. Martha Lee Vina Koontz [12 Oct 1856 - 28 Sept. 1936] never married

      6. Elmira Koontz [1858/59 - Sept. 9, 1915] m. Madison Harvey Koontz

      7. Franklin Koontz [1860/61 - ]

      8. Charles William Koontz [1867 - ] m. Millie Buchanan

      9. Lillie Mae Koontz [14 Sept. 1871 - 8 June 1908] m. 1) Bogan B. Miller, 2) John Calhoun Connor

Source Records:

Cooper Co., Missouri, Marriage Records, Certificate No. 7867

1850 Census, 8th Judicial District, Hopkins Co., Texas, p. 145a Coonse

1860 Census, Beat No. 4, Hopkins Co., Texas, p. 102 [160] A. B. Kouns
1 September 1860, Post Office: Black Jack Grove


12. A. B. Kouns 36 M Farmer 2500-2600 Virginia

13. Martha " 33 F Do

14. Mary " 12 F Missouri Attended School

15. Robert " 9 M Texas Attended School

16. Sarah " 7 F Do Attended School

17. Susan " 5 F Do

18. Martha L " 3 F Do

19. Elmira " 2 F Do

20. W. W. Kouns 25 M Laborer on farm /350 Virginia

1870 Census, Precinct 1, Hopkins Co., Texas, p. 4 [142] Andy Kountz

16 September 1870, Post Office: Black Jack Grove


6. Vines John, 25 M W, farmer 100-207 Georgia married in August could not write

7. --------- Mary, 22 F W, Keeping house Missouri married in August


8. Kountz Andy, 43 M W, farmer 1600-2300 Virginia

9. ----------- Martha, 44 F W, Keeping house Virginia

10. --------- Susan, 15 F W, at home Texas

11. --------- Vina, 12 F W Texas

12. --------- Mira, 11 F W Texas

13. --------- Frklin, 10 M W Texas

14. --------- Charles, 3 M W Texas

1880 Census

1900 Census, Justice Precinct 6, Wood Co., Texas, e. d. 147, sheet 17B, p. 193 Andrew Koontz [dob May 1826] wife Dora

25 June 1900, owned farm free of mortgage


87. Koontz Andrew B, Head, W M May 1826 73, married 2 years; b. VA; parents b. VA; Farmer

88. ----------- Dora, Wife, W F Feb 1847 53, married 2 years; 3 children born, 1 living; b. TX; parents b. TN

89. ----------- Luvina, Daughter, W F Jan 1858 42, single; b. TX; parents b. VA

1910 Census, Justice Precinct 4, Wood Co., Texas, e. d. 131, sheet 6B, p. 163 Andrew B. Koontz; wife Mdoy [Medora]

25 April 1910, owned farm free of mortgage


90. Koontz Andrew B, Head, M W 82, married [2] b. VA; parents b. VA; Farmer, Gen Farm, employer

91. ----------- Mdoy W [sic] Wife, F W 63, married [2] 3 children born, 1 living; b. TX; parents b. TN

92. Byron Vernie, Laborer, M W 20, single; b. TX; parents b. TX; Laborer, Farm, wages

"Mdoy" is Dora, perhaps short for Medora?

Franklin Co., Texas, Marriage Records

Hopkins Co., Texas, Marriage Records

Carter Co., Oklahoma, Marriage Records

Texas General Land Office, Land Grant to A. B. Koontz, Abstract 541, Lamar 3rd District, Sept. 3, 1857, 160 acres in Hopkins County

Texas General Land Office, Land Grant to A. B. Koontz, Abstract 1839, School District, n.d., 160 acres in San Saba County

Texas State Certificate of Death #14255, abstract by Ronald York, email rpyork@sbclobal.net. York has the names of Andrew's parents as John C. Koontz and Polly Thompson, a contradiction that needs to be resolved. Would like to see a copy of the original certificate.