Early Settlers of Runnels County
Originally submitted by Mr. Frank Jenkins
Permission to post here granted by the society.
RICHARD FRANKLIN COUNTS
Richard Franklin COUNTS was born 13 April 1838 at Woodville, Jackson, Alabama. He moved to Senatobia, De Soto, Mississippi, where he married (1) Edna Gould COLEMAN (or Edna GOULD) on 25 October 1860. Descendants are uncertain of the maiden name of his first wife.
Richard Franklin COUNTS enlisted in the Confederate service in the spring on 1862 at Senatobia, De Soto, Mississippi. He was a private in compandy D, 2nd Mississippi Calvalry and was attached to the Army of Tennessee. He participated in the Battle of Denmark, Tennessee, on 29 July 1862; then he participated in the battles of Iuka, Mississippi; Corinth, Mississippi; and Jackson, Mississippi. He was in the Georgia campaign when Generaly SHERMAN marched through the state. In 1864 he participated in the Battle of Charleston, South Carolina. He also fought in other skirmishes and battles. He was wounded in a battle twelve miles north of Florence, Alabama on 14 October 1864.
After the Civil War Richard Franklin COUNTS moved to Johnson Station, Tarrant, Texas. After several other moves, he moved to Coleman, Texas, prior to 1877 and to Runnels, Texas in December 1879. He settles on land which he purchased in the northeast corner of the county near Content, Runnels, Texas.
He and others purchased a piece of land to be used as a public cemetery. This cemetery is now known as COUNTS Cemetery.
Richard Franklin COUNTS helped organize Runnels County. After it was organized, he held the office of Justice of the Peace and Commission of Precinct #2.
By occupation, he was a successful farmer.
His first wife, Edna Gould (COLEMAN) COUNTS was born in 1842 and died on 12 February 1887. She was buried in a marked grave in COUNTS Cemetery, Runnels, Texas. Her children were:
After the death of his first wife, Richard Franklin COUNTS married (2) Ladora Wiley ( or Wylie?) on 16 March 1887, Runnels, Texas. She was born on 10 December 1858 and died on 6 January 1935. She was also buried in COUNTS Cemetery, Runnels, Texas. Her children were:
Richard Franklin COUNTS died on 2 August 1892 and was buried in a marked grave in the cemetery which bears his name (COUNTS Cemetery, Runnels, Texas).
The above article was written by Frank D. Jenkins, editor of RUNNELS COUNTY PIONEERS
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