Isaac Kountz Killed By Indians In South Texas

Steps lead to young Isaac’s marker.

Rickey, Missy Jones, and I recently visited South Texas, and it was in Junction, Texas that I first found the historical marker erected for a young man named Isaac Kountz of Kimble County, Texas. Of course, this finding led me to make a lot of phone calls as I questioned the people of Junction.

It seems that a Dr. Ezekian Kountz moved his family to Kimble County in 1873, near today’s Junction, Texas (established in 1876).

On Christmas Eve of 1876, two of the Kountz sons, Isaac (16) and Sebastian (11), were herding sheep near their home when they were attacked by Indians. Isaac was killed, but Sebastian was able to escape while the Indians continued on their way, heading north.

As was always the case, a company of men struck out in hot pursuit; however, their horses gave out before overtaking the Indians.

This marker sits on the spot where Isaac Kountz was killed.

Young Kountz is buried in the Junction Cemetery. However, the spot of his death is marked with a historical marker as well as a monument erected on the site, just one more testament of the high price of settling this state, and if I’m thankful for anything to do with this story it is that his poor mom is not longer with us to grieve for her son.

(Part of this story is found in The West Texas Frontier, by Joseph Carroll McConnell.)

About Fredda Jones

Fredda Davis Jones was raised “in the country” in Comanche County and learned very early that creativity and innovation are traits that can flourish even in small-town Texas and that with enough effort, indeed nothing is impossible, including being married to the same man for over 40 years! Rickey and Fredda have 2 children, 5 grandchildren, and a crazy life that includes sitting in the bleachers several times a week. The rest of her time is spent creating great content for and marketing small-town Texas.
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2 Responses to Isaac Kountz Killed By Indians In South Texas

  1. ivorybill says:

    My ancestory from my 90 year old momas side. Her name is Margarete L. Kountz (Myers)

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