States: Maryland: Frederick
I am part of an informal genealogy research group of people trying to find our earliest Koontz ancestor (any spelling). Late censuses gave the birthplace of parents in PA, but we have not yet found a record. Our earliest known ancestor is Baltsar Kouns who married Catherine and lived for a while in Rockingham Co., VA (the Shenandoah Valley) before moving to Monroe Co., WV (then Virginia, until after the Civil War). Baltsar (Balthasar or any spelling)had several children, most of whom were born in the 1760-1780 time frame. My ancestor Henry Koontz is his son. Henry and his brothers -- Christian, Michael, John, and possibly others -- married and settled in WV through the 1830s when most of their descendants moved to OH, KY, or MO. We have found that some Koontz people moved from Philadelphia into Washington Co. (then part of Frederick Co.), MD before or during the 1770s. We have also found a Henry Koontz who had a son, Balthasar, although Henry (the father) is more like the age of our Balthasar. If any Koontz descendants (males with the surname Koontz) who had early ancestors in Frederick Co., MD would be willing to do Y-DNA testing, we would pay for the cost of the test. Henry Koontz, Sr. of Frederick Co., MD might be a brother or relative of the Balthasar Kouns/Koontz that we are researching in West Virginia. Any help would be most appreciated!
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