I am a descendant of Balser Counts of Frederick and Rockingham Counties through his son Henry b. 1757 of Rockingham, Greenbrier, Kanawha and Nicholas Counties. Can you tell me if there iss a family connection of Balser to these people involved with him at McNishes Run, Frederick Co., VA?--Particularly Jacob Funkhouser and Gottlieb Zink as described below. Thank you, Cheryl Bloomfield
Benjamin Layman was issued a Fairfax grant for 500 acres on McNishes (Pughes) Run on 3 Sept 1766. He sold 471 acres to Balser Counts and 528 acres to John Lewis Selser. Both tracts were located on Pugh's Run and all three tracts were section's of the 1,585 acres which Layman bought from Baughman. Counts and Selsor....rec'd Fairfax grants for their tracts dated on 2 Sept 1766. The tracts were surveyed on 20, 21, and 22 Nov 1751.
Layman's 500 acre tract (Tract N-174, Map 11A) was located partly within the 4,600 acres Northern Mountain tract and that division was in the South section of John Baughman's 792-acres survey (Tract 96-I, Map 11). Shenandoah County Hwy 642 crosses the tract from near the South corner to the Northeast line which conforms to Co Hwy 600. County Highways 600 and 662 from US Hwy 11 both provide access to the property.
From the information above (abstract in book by Amelia C. Gilreath) and the tract maps presented here, it is clear that the tract mortgaged to Jacob Funkhouser was contained within the bounds of a tract of 471 acres sold by Benjamin Layman to Balsor Counts, who obtained a Fairfax grant for the tract on 1 September 1766 (Cecil O'Dell's book, "Pioneers of Old Frederick County Virginia", p. 401 states that Layman sold the 471 acre tract to Counts). Below is the list of tracts that adjoined the Balsor Counts 471 acre tract ( the names are spelled as they are in the abstracts of the grants from the Library of Virginia):
to the north - Frederick Parrett, 347 acres, granted 10 June 1767
to the north east - Charles Huddle, 201 acres, granted 8 June 1751 (in the original of the grant, only his last name is listed and the abstract gives only the year - however, in Shenandoah Co. Deed Book H, p. 464 we discover the balance of the information)
to the south east - John Lewis Selser, 528 acres, granted 2 September 1766
to the south west - Philip Weesman, 240 acres, granted 13 August 1766
also to the south west (north west of Weesman) - Frederick Woolford, 93 acres, granted 29 May 1777
to the north west - George and Godfry Wilkey, 400 acres, granted 11 September 1756
In addition, Leonard Baldis [Baltis], who signed as a witness to Jacob Funkhouser's mortgage, owned a tract in the vicinity, 435 acres granted on 27 January 1761. His tract adjoined Benjamin Layman's tract of 500 acres, granted 3 September 1766 (the Baldis tract was south of the Layman tract). Benjamin Layman's 500 acre tract adjoined John Lewis Selser's 528 acre tract (the Layman tract was south east of the Selser tract).
From the above information, it appears that Jacob Funkhouser occupied the south west portion of the 471 acre (Balser) Counts tract and that Gottlieb Zink occupied at least part of the north east portion of the same tract. It is interesting to note that a David Funkhouser bought 120 acres of the Benjamin Layman 500 acre tract (Shenandoah Co. Deed Book E, p. 382 - 26 Oct. 1785). In addition, Benjamin Layman had a daughter named Barbara who married Christian Funkhouser. For each of the tracts mentioned above, further information from county deed books was examined, regarding subsequent owners of the land. In all of the grants and deeds examined in the area of the Balsor Counts 471 acre tract, Gottlieb is mentioned only in the abstract quoted above.