January 12, 1912
Chany Creek - With deepest sorrow we have just learned of the death of uncle Jas. Counts, of near Carterton, which occurred, as we learn, the 24, and was buried Xmas day. To the bereaved family we deeply sympathize. We can truly say that in the training of his family in the church a more devoted man never lived. May the bereaved friends realize some consolation in the hope that in the golden summer of another life children, mother and father will gather again in a sweet reunion where partings are unknown.
September 13, 1912
It is with sadness we chronicle the death of
James Monroe Counts, which sad event occured at his home near Carterton,
Va, on December the 23rd, 1911.
Weep not for the loved one
that has gone
For the hand that led him
Through scenes dark and
Has kindly conducted him
The subject of this brief notice was the son of James and Evey
Counts, being one of a family of ten children, all of whom except the youngest
sister, Elizabeth B. Brook, of Tolono, Ill, have passed away to the other
shore to await the arrival of their youngest brother, James, who was born
October 3rd, 1833, being 73 years, 2 months and 20 days old at the time
of his death.
On the 20th day of February, 1862, he
was married to Eliza Jessee, daughter of Archer L., and Unicy Lessee.
To this union was born two children, viz: Silas B.F. and Kate, both of
whom together with their mother and seven grandchildren survive him to
mourn their loss.
Brother Counts professed faith in Christ
and was baptised into the fellowship of the Sulpher Spring Baptist church
by Elder Asa Routh about the year 1868 in which he remained a devoted and
consistant member until the organization of the Springfield Baptist church,
which occurred on the 4th Sunday in November, 1880, being one of its dharter
members, in which relationship he remained until the day of his death,
loved and respected by all who knew him for his christian life was so unassuming,
simple and pure that all who knew him took knowledge of him that he had
been with Jesus and impressed all with power of an endless life.
He served about two years in the Confederate army, faithfully discharging
his duties as a soldier. In all my long experience I have never met
a man that loved to talk about his christian warfare and hope of heaven
more than he did, ever ready to help in every time of need.
He loved his church, his brethren and
sisters, always ready to do what he could for the advancement of the Kingdom
of his Master on earth, a christian without guile, a friend and neighbor
without hypocrisy. He had a large circle of friends and relations,
being connected with some of the largest and most respectable families
of this county, who in the main have been noted for thir piety, kindness
and frugality, by whom he will be greatly missed but by none so much as
those of his home and immediate neighborhood for those who knew hem best
loved him most. Brother Counts was never a strong man physically,
but by industry and economy he accumulated a good living and laid up many
of the necessities and even the comforts of life. His pleasant home
was ever open to the worthy wayfraer and especially to the toiling minister.
Many are the ones that will call him blessed.
Notwithstanding his apparent feebleness, he weathered many a
storm and lived many long and weary years and met the end as only a christian
can, dying as he had lived in peace with God and all mankind. In
conclusion I would say to his disconsolate widow and orphan children: