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Meeting for over 75 years

Counts descendant and family historian, ELIHU JASPER SUTHERLAND, organized the COUNTS FAMILY REUNION in 1936.  The reunions have been held annually at various locations, except for four years during World War II, and began again in 1946, at Cleveland, Virginia, with E.J. as President.  It has been said that no labor of his life gave him greater satisfaction than researching and working with this family organization. 

Over a period of 50 years, he researched and collected the genealogy of Counts kin and related families, planning to put it into book form.  Data was obtained from records of bibles, censuses, churches, courthouses and tombstones, as well as through personal interviews and correspondence with hundreds of people in all sections of the country.   Many contributors eagerly awaited the publication of this book and passed to the beyond before its completion.  Death also came to Eli/EJ on July 9, 1964, at the age of 78, without his having realized his dream.

Joshua Hoge Tyler Sutherland, President of the Counts Family Reunion in 1969, planned for EJ's work to be published in 1975 as part of America's Bicentennial celebration; unfortunately, his death on February 27, 1970, came without having fulfilled that hope.  

From the years following her husband's Elihu Jasper Sutherland's death in 1964, Hetty Jean Swindall Sutherland, served as the Counts Family Reunion genealogist.  She took the mantle in compiling and publishing her husband's research and their son, William H. Sutherland, his wife, Thora, and his daughter, Sharon, joined the effort by proofing, arranging and indexing the manuscript.  The book, Some Descendants of John Counts of Glade Hollow, was published in 1978.  Hetty, passed on June 6, 2004, and was still attending Counts Family Reunions.

William "Bill" Sutherland, continued publishing the book and its follow up, the "big book" of Corrections and Additions.  He also began the website sutherlandbooks.org.  Bill, continues attending the Counts Family Reunions and inspires family members with his tenacity, generosity and humility. 

Counts descendants and related families, are indebted to this Sutherland family.  Elihu Jasper, was himself the son of Eliza Jane Counts Sutherland & William Beauregard Sutherland; the grandson of Sylvia Counts Sutherland & William Sutherland; the great grandson of Joshua Counts and Martha Kiser Counts, the great great grandson of John Counts (Jr) of Cleveland and Margaret Kelly Counts and the great great great grandson of John Counts & Mary Magdeline Counts of Glade Hollow.

In 2016, the message of our Glade Hollow ancestors, began a new chapter by connecting on social media with the Facebook page:  John Counts of Glade Hollow.  New descendants and related kin are coming forward, sharing photos and stories.  Our hope is to connect and to inspire or renew a desire to research, document our family lines and to come together at the yearly gathering of the Counts Family Reunion.  The next reunion is scheduled for Saturday, August 4, 2018, in Birchleaf, Virginia.

We hope to see you there.




Descendant of Eugene Edison Counts > Arthur Stewart Counts > Elizabeth Counts Hay > William Lewis Counts > Joseph Counts > John Counts of Cleveland > John Counts of Glade Hollow






Glade Hollow, Land once owned by John Counts, photographed by Elihu Jasper Sutherland in 1931

Family Reunion Preparation

The 77th Reunion will be on SATURDAY, AUGUST 4, 2018. 

It will be held at Sandlick Presybyterian Church, Birchleaf, Virginia. 

The location is about an hour's drive from Lebanon, Virginia, 15 minutes from Haysi, Virginia

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This is a great place to keep in contact with everyone.

Contact Us

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions, please contact:

Webmaster, Phyllis Counts, through Facebook:  John Counts of Glade Hollow