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78th Counts Family Reunion

August 3, 2019

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The 78th Counts Family Reunion in conjunction with the Sutherland/Dye Reunion was held on August 3, 2019 at the Breaks Interstate Park. It was well attended by about 40 people. President Davine Miller presided and gave the welcome. David Ratliff led the pledge and began the singing of America the Beautiful.


Davine covered old business. In new business, it was voted to have the next Reunion at Sandlick Presbyterian Church in Sandlick, VA on August 1, 2020.  The church’s new facility, welcoming staff, air conditioning and parking were all considered. The Lebanon Conference Center will be researched for future Reunions and was recommended by several.  It was voted to contribute $100 to the Cleveland, VA Counts Cemetery. The treasurer's report showed $290.35 in the Reunion fund and $232 was collected this year. Any donations for the Sutherland Memorial Cemetery in Tiny, VA should be sent to Gail Marney, 2628 Tiny Hollow, Birchleaf, VA  24220. New officers were elected with Sue Counts as president, Monika Fleming as 1st vice president, Billy Brice Counts as 2nd vice president and Gail Marney as secretary/treasurer. They will serve 2 year terms. Larry Counts will be doing a photo booth at next years reunion.


Davine presented a proclamation honoring Billy Sutherland for his faithful service to the Reunion and our family history.  The Breaks Park Superintendent, Austin Bradley accepted the proclamation to be displayed at the Park and then given to Billy.  The proclamation reads    

“Whereas:  William Hubert “Billy” Sutherland, son of Elihu J. Sutherland and Hetty Swindall Sutherland, has been a faithful and long-time participant in“The John Counts of Glade Hollow” family reunions; and

    Whereas: Billy Sutherland has continued the work and legacy of family genealogy established by Hetty and E.J. Sutherland; and

    Whereas:  Billy Sutherland has set the highest standards for ensuring that family legacies continue through future time; it is fitting that we honor his diligent work as a continuance of history and genealogy previously established for the family of John Counts of Glade Hollow.

        Now, therefore, we the Counts’ Reunion members, do hereby proclaim, August 3, 2019, as William Hubert “Billy” Sutherland Recognition Day at Breaks’ Interstate Park.”


Gail Marney was recognized for her service as secretary/treasurer and presented with a handcrafted Indian artifact necklace made by Randy MIller.  Gifts were given to Braxton Stewart, 3 years old, the youngest attendee, Virginia Powers Leftwich, 87 was the oldest, furthest travelled was Larry Counts from Florida, Gay Counts and the ‘Dye’ sisters had the largest family group of 4 and Todd Counts was the oldest veteran at 79 and was presented with a flag that had flown over the Capitol.  People brought donations for door prizes and everyone enjoyed this fun.  


Dr. Brett Compton talked about the ongoing research on John Counts of Glade Hollow.  He discussed 4 main topics.

1.  The Y type DNA, that is passed on the male line, and a possible connection to Kessler.  There are about 60 people participating in this DNA pool. John Count’s wife, Mary Magdalen was possibly a Bumgartner.  
2.  The first record of John Counts was in 1755 in Frederick County as being delinquent from the militia and fined 10 shillings and 100 pounds of tobacco. This could have been for religious reasons, since he may have been a Quaker or Mennonite.
3.  In 1759 John Counts again appears in court records and sues John Sullivan 
4.  Who were John Counts’ parents? In researching ship records, Brett found Johan George Kuntz who arrived in 1737 on the St Andrew Galley and seems the most likely candidate as the father of John Counts of Glade Hollow.

This is a brief summary of his talk.  Thank you, Brett and the others for the continued research on this family history.   


Randy Miller gave the prayer before we enjoyed lunch.  Many attended the Civil War Reenactment at the Park that occurred at 2pm after lunch.


Submitted by Gail Marney

Secretarytreasurer

 

 

77th Counts Family Reunion

August 4, 2018

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The 77th Counts Family Reunion was held on August 4, 2018 at the Sandlick Presbyterian Church in Birchleaf, Virginia, combined with the Sutherland/Dye Reunions.  President Davine Miller presided and gave the welcome and opened with prayer. Cliff Mahone led the Pledge of Allegiance and Mary Queta Smithson and Pam Sutherland led the singing of “America the Beautiful” accompanied on piano by Katherine Fuller.   The Reunion was well attended by @ 60 people and several were 1st time attendees, with some traveling from Colorado, Texas, Ohio, and the Carolinas.

 

Gail Marney, secretary/treasurer, covered the old business of fencing John Counts gravesite at Glade Hollow.  The cost and upkeep were deemed too expensive and the owner Danny Yates ‘really did not want it fenced’ due to mowing/weeding issues.  He felt, he is too elderly to handle it and we want to respect his wishes. The Yates are very generous with visitation at the gravesite and we thank them for supporting the reunion.   New business of the meeting place for next year’s reunion was discussed and 3 sites presented for consideration.(the Presbyterian Church in Sandlick, The Breaks Park and the Community Center in Clintwood)  It was voted to rent a pavillion at the Breaks Interstate Park for next years Reunion, which will be held on August 3, 2019. It was voted to donate $100 for the upkeep of the Counts Cemetery in Cleveland, Virginia, and the deed was also discussed.  Billy Counts is to follow up with Ann Clements on possible help with this issue. It was decided to contribute $150 to the church for generously donating their space this year. We only ‘passed the hat’ for the reunion collection and it covered both the church donation and the reunion.  $281.75 was collected.

 

A brief talk on E. J. Sutherland was given by Gail Marney and recognition of past president, Monika Fleming being presented the Long Leaf Pine Award (the highest civilian honor in North Carolina)and her husband, Martin Fleming, being inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.   Davine Miller conducted a moment of silence for those who were missing this year. The faithful attendees of past reunions who have passed on included, Maxine Fuller, Norm Peyton,Richard Brunson, and Maxine Fuller. They were sorely missed by everyone. Billy Counts passed out information on genealogy and helped people discover connections.  Billy will be collecting family deaths/births/marriages, etc. to continue the work begun by E.J. Sutherland. Phyllis Raker Counts sent several handouts and suggestions on researching roots. We hope she is feeling better and that we will see her next year. Charlie and Patty Conner handled book sales of E. J. Sutherland’s works. Patty Conner and Liza Byers are tireless workers and supporters of the reunion.  David Ratliff was thanked for his help setting up the Reunion.

 

Luke Esquivel was the youngest at 9 years old and Autumn Duncan was the youngest female at 13.  Gifts were provided for children under 12. The oldest attendee was Madeline Kerr at 90. The furthest group was Linda Counts Duncan and her niece, Jessica Willingham,  from Colorado and Guy Sutherland had the largest family group of 9 from Texas. Danny Powers was the oldest veteran and was presented with a flag that was flown over the capitol.  A raffle was conducted for prizes which included a beautiful hand stitched quilt and framed photos and other items. Autumn Duncan sang gospel songs and Randy Miller gave the prayer before we enjoyed a magnificent feast.  

 

After lunch Sam Sutherland and friends played bluegrass music and entertained the crowd.  

 

Submitted by Gail Marney

Secretary/treasurer

 

2017 Minutes

76th Counts Family Reunion

August 5, 2017

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The 76th Counts Family Reunion was held on August 5, 2017 at the Sandlick Presbyterian Church in Birchleaf, Virginia combined with the Sutherland/Dye Reunions. President Patty Conner, president, presided and gave the welcome. Randy Miller opened with a prayer. Cliff Mahone led the Pledge of Allegiance and Mary Queta Smithson led the singing of America the Beautiful. The Reunion was well attended by @ 55 people (several 1st time attendees) who enjoyed a great meal.

 

Gail Marney, secretary/treasurer covered old business and new business. It was voted to contribute $100 to the Counts Cemetery in Cleveland, VA. It was voted to have the reunion at the same site next year on August 4, 2018. Some attendees will visit the Counts Chapel on Neely Ridge in Clincho, VA and determine the feasibility of having reunions there in the future. Davine Miller was voted president for the next 2 years and Billy Counts moved up to be 2nd vice president. Gail Marney will remain secretary/treasurer. The reunion has a balance of $431 and $172 was collected for the reunion and $110 for the church.

 

Maxine Fuller was the oldest at 95 and also had the most family members present. W C Counts was the oldest veteran and he was presented with a flag that flew over the Capital. Phyllis Counts travelled the furthest from Michigan. The youngest were Isaac and Isaiah Marney (4 years old) and Rylee Jones and Mya Miller (7 years old). Delicious jam was given for door prizes and winners were Rylee Jones, Patty Conner, Lena Counts, Emma Gilley, James Byers and Roderick Smithson. Each family introduced themselves and many shared genealogy research and family pictures .

 

Roderick Smithson said a prayer before lunch.

 

Poems from Ethel Hughes and Norma Sutherland were read during the meal.  

2016 75th Counts Reunion Minutes

 

75th Counts Family Reunion

August 6, 2016

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The 75th Counts Family Reunion was held on August 6, 2016 at the Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Tiny, Virginia combined with the Sutherland/Dye Reunions. President Patty Conner, president, presided and gave the welcome. Randy Miller opened with a prayer. Cliff Mahone led the Pledge of Allegiance and Mary Queta Watson led the singing of America the Beautiful. The Reunion was well attended by @ 65 people who enjoyed a great meal.

 

Davine Miller, vice president, covered old business and new business. It was decided to continue the post card mailers and the website. It was voted to have the reunion at the same site next year on August 5, 2017. The reunion has a balance of $346.32 and $60 was collected for the reunion and $124 for the church.

 

Maxine Fuller was the oldest at 94 and also had the most family members present. Second oldest was Billy Sutherland and he was also the oldest veteran. He was presented with a flag that flew over the Capital. He donated the flag to the Sutherland Memorial Cemetery. The person who travelled the furthest was Austin and Galen Brunson.  Phyllis Counts donated a 75th memorial mug and it was given to Maxine Fuller.   The youngest were Nathan Phillips and Rachel Counts. Each family introduced themselves.

 

Davine Miller gave a special program on EJ & Hetty Sutherland.

 

The Reunion was closed with a prayer.

 

 

 

 

 

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Minutes 2013

72nd Counts Family Reunion

August 3, 2013

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The 72nd Counts Family Reunion was held on August 3, 2013 at the Breaks Interstate Park in Shelter #8.  President Monika Fleming preside and gave the welcome.  The reunion was opened with a prayer by Randy Miller and everyone said the pledge of allegiance and san the traditional America the Beautiful. 

 Davine Miller read the minutes and gave the treasurer’s report for Gail Marney.  The treasurer’s report showed a balance of $575.67.

 Families introduced themselves and shared.  Monika encouraged attendees to look at and identify pictures.

 Veterans were recognized and Harold Powers was the oldest at 79.  Maxine Fuller had the most with 7 in attendance.  The youngest member was Clifford Mahone -14.  Maxine Fuller was the oldest at 92.  The Tim Counts family from New Mexico was given the prize for traveling the farthest.

 Elections were held for officers.  Sue Counts was elected president;  Davine Miller, 1st vice president and Patti Conner, 2nd vice president;  Gail Marney, secretary/treasurer.

 The site of the next reunion will be the Breaks Interstate Park on Saturday August 2, 2014.

 New Business:  Maxine Fuller made a motion to continue support for the maintenance of the Counts Cemetary in Cleveland, VA. Of $100.   $138 was collected for the Reunion account. 

 About 30 people attended the reunion and enjoyed a wonderful meal of hamburgers and hot dogs prepared by Raymond Compton.

 Minutes by Davine Miller

73rd Reunion Minutes

73rd Counts Family Reunion

August 2, 2014

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The 73rd Counts Family Reunion was held on August 2, 2014, at the Breaks Interstate Park in Shelter #8.  President Sue Counts presided and gave the welcome and a brief history of the reunion.  The reunion opened with a prayer by Raymond Compton and everyone said the pledge of allegiance.  Katie Sutherland led the singing of the traditional America the Beautiful.

 

Families introduced themselves.  Gail Marney gave the treasurers report and showed a balance of $327.62.

 

Maxine Fuller was the oldest attendee and with the largest family of 11.  Isaac Marney was the youngest at 1 year old (he beat his twin by 30 minutes).  Bob Colley was the oldest veteran at 77 and was presented with a flag that flew over the capitol.  Dorothy and Dick Brunson drove the furthest at 700 miles.

 

A special presentation, honoring Maxine, was done by her family and birthday cake was enjoyed by all. 

 

Next years reunion will be at Sulphur Springs Church at Tiny, VA and it will combine with the Sutherland/Dye Reunion.  This was changed from the original vote for the Breaks, by majority polling and requests conducted by, President Sue Counts and Vice President Patty Conner.  It will be covered dish and begin at 10am.   The site will rotate between the Breaks and Sulphur Springs Church at Tiny each year.

 

$126 was collected for the Reunion Fund.  It was voted not contribute to the Counts Cemetery this year due to low Reunion collections. 

 

About 50 people attended the reunion and enjoyed a wonderful meal of BBQ and hot dogs prepared by Charlsie and Mitch Jordan and Rick Marney.  Brett Compton came and shared some family history and new publications.   Special music by family members was enjoyed by all.  (Sam Sutherland, Randy Miller and Shirley Allen)-

2015 Minutes from the 74th Reunion

74th Counts Family Reunion

August 1, 2015

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The 74th Counts Family Reunion was held on August 1, 2015, at the Sulphur Springs Baptist Church in Tiny, Virginia. Vice President, Patty Conner, presided in place of Sue Counts and gave the welcome. The Reunion opened with a prayer by Billy Sutherland and Cliff Mahone led the pledge of allegiance. The traditional, America the Beautiful, was sung by all. Billy Counts gave a brief history of John Counts of Glade Hollow ancestors. Gail Marney gave the Sutherland family history and Patty Conner talked about the Dye family history. Family pictures were taken.   The Reunion was well attended with about 65 people.   This year it was combined with the Sutherland/Dye Reunion. Several people visited the Sulphur Springs One Room School and drove to the Sutherland Memorial Cemetary in Tiny. Some then went to Glade Hollow and the Counts Cemetary in Cleveland.

Monika Fleming has placed our family tree on Ancestory.com along with pictures. This can be accessed for free, just contact her at tdr@tarboronc.com

Maxine Fuller had the largest family with 18 present and she was also the oldest attendee at 93. Veterans were recognized and thanked for their service. Killow Deel was the oldest veteran at 91 and he was presented with a flag that was flown over the capitol. Isaac and Isaiah Marney were the youngest attendees at 2 years old. The youngest girl was Katherine Fuller at 26 and she was presented with a tea set. Todd Counts grandsons travelled the furthest from Colorado. This was their 1st reunion.   Gifts were given to these.

Raymond Compton was elected 1st vice president. (Pending his agreement)

It was voted to send $100 to the Counts Cemetary in Cleveland.   $118 was collected for the Counts Reunion Fund and $215 was collected for the church.

Next years reunion will be held on the first Saturday in August (6) at the same location (Sulphur Springs Baptist Church). It will be the 75th Reunion and we will make special plans for a fantastic milestone celebration.

 

Gail Marney

Secretary/Treasure

Counts Family Reunion