Reuben Counts Family
Updated November 14, 2010
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This page relates to the Counts family of St.Francois County,Missouri
starting with my Great Grandfather Joseph Lide Counts of Farmington,Mo. Joseph's son Finis and Finis's son Reuben.
A short history of how we arrived at this point.
Johannes Coonse (Kuntze) arrived port Philadelphia on ship Joyce, Dec. 1730 from
Niederndorf Germany. Born 1706 died abt 1777. My lineage is as follows Nicoles Kunce 1st was Born 1730 Died 1797 Grainger Co.Tn./Nicholas Counts 2nd Born 1752 Fredrick Co Va. Died 1838 at Jefferson Co. Tn..wife was Eve./Nicholas Counts 3rd
Born 1790 Grainger Co. Tn. Died in 1841 his wife was Martha Patsy Hammers./William Parks Counts Born 1816 Died 1862 at St. Genevieve,Mo. his wife was Sara Elizabeth (Faulkner)Forkner./Joseph Lide Counts Born 1846 Died 1918 at Farmington Mo. his wife was Mary Keturrah Miller/Finis Edwin Counts Born 1870 Died 1952 his wife was Rilla Jane Pinkston/Reuben Edwin Counts Born 1908 Died Feb 10th 1997 his wife (my mother) was Edna Juanita LaRose.
Finis and Rilla had 10 children..This is about their son Reuben and his family.
I want to thank Jerry Counts for his historical research and documentation.
This Homepage is ongoing and updated as events happen..I have put in a lot of memories and photo's of the past..some of the present and will hopefully in the future..
- Four generations abt. 1951 (37 KB)
Finis with his sons, Clifford,Shelt and families.
- Counts teens (17 KB)
Jack,Gary,Jerry,Donna and Judy.
- Reuben checking the feeder (31 KB)
Reuben checking the silage auto feeder.
- Edna and Susie (18 KB)
Edna loved cats,I think this may have been her favorite one.Her name was Susie.
- Reuben and Edna's great grandchildren (24 KB)
Katie Counts,The baby to her right is Makenna Pack.
- Mark riding buffalo (26 KB)
Reuben and Edna's Grandson Mark riding buffalo,Oklahoma.
- Church Fellowship (25 KB)
Reuben and members of his church.Nov.1991.
- Mark snow 1982 (28 KB)
This was the biggest snow in memory.
- Edna..Donna..Jack (39 KB)
This was June 1999.
- Cousin Lois and husband Jim (48 KB)
Visit to Mission,San Juan Capistrano,1998.
- Reubens first car (21 KB)
I'm not sure of the make..I will guess Studebaker..
- In remembrance of Edna, June 13,1909-May 26,2001 (41 KB)
Edna celebrated her 90th birthday.Donna had a party and lots of friends and family were in attendance.
Edna was loved by all that were fortunate enough to have known her.
- Uncle Ray and family (41 KB)
Uncle Ray with nieces and nephews,1999.Ray outlived all his siblings and some of his neices and nephews,He passed away,Nov.2002.
- Beth Ann Amy and Cara abt. 1982 (39 KB)
Reuben and Edna's Grandaughters,Sisters.
- Reuben and Edna anniversary celebration (33 KB)
Fifty years of marriage..Celebration..
- Reuben's brother Ray (25 KB)
This is Reuben's brother, Ray,Jack who is Reuben's son and Jack's wife Charla.
Ray was about 90 in this picture.
- Jack and Don (22 KB)
Jack and childhood friend,Don.
- Edna and funcar 1968 (58 KB)
Orlando Fl. 1968.
- Edna about 1934 (17 KB)
This is Edna about the time she married Reuben..
- Dec.01 cousins (30 KB)
- Reuben and Edna's Great Grandchildren (32 KB)
Katie,Cameren,Makenna and Michael Shane,August,02.
- Donna at the lake..Bonne Terre (38 KB)
Reuben and Edna's daughter Donna at the lake,This lake was behind our home on Church St.
- Counts homestead East of Bonne Terre,Mo. (49 KB)
This was Finis and Rilla's home,Reuben and most of his brothers and sisters were born there..Unfortunately it was lost in a fire a few years ago..Where there were fields, there are new homes,Thats progress.
- Counts cousins (58 KB)
Every child is a Counts.
- Nicholas Counts born 09-11-02 (23 KB)
Katie sees her baby brother for the first time 09-11-02,abt 05:10pm.
- Donna and doll 1949 (32 KB)
Donna and her doll abt. 1949.
- Reuben country road 1972 (21 KB)
Reuben going to the bottom land..Fields along Big River..Look at the wire gate..I can hear the song, Country Roads, looking at this picture.
- Edna and Lois 2000 (49 KB)
Edna and Lois.(Lois is Reuben's sister, Reva's daughter).
- Reuben E. Counts 1955 (50 KB)
Reuben owned and operated LeadBelt Dairy.
- Reuben and Edna 1978 (18 KB)
Sunday afternoon in 1978.
- Family picnic in the park (34 KB)
Fun day at JB Park..Abt 1974.
- Devaughn and Jack First cousins (46 KB)
Reubens son,Jack and Clarence's son Devaughn first cousins.
- Santa visit (30 KB)
We thought it would be nice to have Mark and Julie's picture taken with Santa at the mall.
Julie was less then happy about it..
- Nicholas E. Counts (42 KB)
The youngest Counts in our family. Born Sept.02.
- Beth Ann's baby shower (45 KB)
Reuben and Edna's grandaughter,Beth Ann was expecting, so here is a family photo of the baby shower..She had a daughter..(Makenna), the first Great Grandbaby.
- Edna's trip to Branson (38 KB)
Edna loved to travel,In 1998 she made her last long trip to Branson..It was a lot of fun and one day they took a carriage ride.
Charla,Jack,Edna,Valerie and Julie.
- J.L. and Mary Miller) Counts 1900 (48 KB)
This home is now a restaurant in Farmington,Mo.
It was the home of Reuben's grandparents.
- Jack and Donna (31 KB)
Reuben and Edna's children,Jack and Donna.
- Just married Donna and Richard (45 KB)
Dec.20,1969 Donna and Richard just married.
- Amy wedding (15 KB)
March 23,2002,Richard escorting Amy to be married to Matt.
- Joseph Lide Counts (1846-1918) (14 KB)
Joseph Lide Counts (1846-1918)..Reubens Grandfather.
- Finis Edwin Counts (1870-1952) (9 KB)
Finis Edwin Counts..Reuben's Father.
- Jack (57 KB)
- Cara the youngest grandchild (24 KB)
Reuben and Edna's youngest grandchild is Cara,daughter of Donna and Richard,born Sept.27,1980
- Lois and Jack cousins (20 KB)
Lois (Reva's daughter)..Jack (Reuben's son).
- Reuben Edwin Counts (1908-1997) abt. 80 (10 KB)
Reuben at age 80
- Jack Counts (37 KB)
- Jerry and daughter Lisa (22 KB)
Jerry (Cecil's son) and Jerry's daughter Lisa.
- Mark Edwin Counts (1971-xxxx) (11 KB)
- Maramec Springs (49 KB)
Beautiful Maramec Springs Park..St.James,MO.
Edna,Charla,Jack and Valerie,abt 1999.
- Donna and Richard's Family (34 KB)
Easter Sunday, April 20,2003
- Becca (921 KB)
Becca born Sept.2003,Reuben and Edna's Grandaughter Julies baby.
- Julie Counts first dance recital (12 KB)
This was Julie's first recital 1976,Edna never missed a recital.
- Jack..U.S.Army..BARC vehicle (24 KB)
This was on our base in Oakland.
- Tribute to Reuben and Edna (Mom and Dad) (37 KB)
Poem for those who have gone.
- Uncle Shelt and cousins..abt. 1952 (36 KB)
Looks like a Christmas dinner..Reuben's brother Shelton..cousins, Robert..Charles..Devaughn and Vurlin..
- In remembrance of Reuben (389 KB)
Thoughts from his daughter Donna
- Rainy day (30 KB)
This is at Silver Dollar City,Branson,Mo.We picked a bad day but We had a good time,Edna (Mom)could walk but we got the wheelchair to help her along,She loved the shows,We saw the Irish dancers that day.
Charla and Edna Counts in picture.
- Michael Shane in space (25 KB)
My Grandson in space,Not really,but its a nice picture.
- Joseph Lide and Mary (Miller) family 1890 (59 KB)
Front is Lide.. Robert.. Mary..
Back is Francis..Corra..Finis..louis..
Finis was Reuben's father.
- Finis Edwin Counts wed Rilla Jane Pinkston 1896 (55 KB)
Finis graduated from high school and Carlton college,Farmington,Mo..Reuben's parents.
He taught school at Old Shed School East of Bonne Terre,Mo.Where he taught and married one of his students.Rilla Jane Pinkston.Married in 1896 he was 26 and she was 19.
- Grandma (Rilla) Counts (40 KB)
This picture was taken in 1959.
- Cara and Amy dance recitals (50 KB)
Reuben and Edna's grandaughters Cara and Amy at various recitals.
- Reuben and his brothers (32 KB)
The Counts brothers..Front..Ray..Clifford..Shelt..
Rear..Cecil and Clarence (twins)..Reuben
- Hang on Julie (31 KB)
Julie riding the buffalo in Oklahoma,1976.
- Reuben and Ruth (twins) (18 KB)
Rilla and Finis had ten children.Six boys and four girls.Two sets of twins,Reuben and Ruth born,
11th Nov.1908..Cecil and Clarence born 8th April,1912
- Cecil and Luella Counts (23 KB)
Cecil and Luella, later years..They are the parents of Jerry..
- Cecil Counts US Army WW11.. (48 KB)
Cecil fought at the Battle of the Bulge..
- Jack and Charla (28 KB)
Ready for formal dinner on the cruise ship Paradise,1999.
- Finis and Rilla Counts family 1931 (81 KB)
- Some of Finis and Rilla's grandchildren (49 KB)
A family dinner at Rosener's in Park Hills Mo.
Oct. 7th 1990
Betty..Donna..Joan..Charles..Robert..Jack (Thats me)..Vurlin..Judy..Jerry..
- Reuben's Brother WW1 (8 KB)
- First cousins 1990 (45 KB)
Charles,Robert,Jack,Vurlin,Judy and Jerry.Charles,Robert and Vurlin are now deceased 2003.
- Some of Finis and Rilla's great grandchildren (52 KB)
Family dinner..Oct 7th,1990..I guess these would be my 2nd cousins..
- Grandchildren 2005 (160 KB)
Grandchildren of Jack and Charla Counts
- Reuben (24 KB)
Reuben spent his whole life working on the farm and dairy industry.He delivered milk,Owned and operated a dairy(Leadbelt Dairy).Had a grade A dairy farm.
- Huck Finn St. Louis (48 KB)
The year was 1990..Edna..Reuben..Jack and Charla took a excursion boat ride down the Mississippi.
- Rilla and some of her children 1950ty's (25 KB)
By this time Grandfather Finis and Uncle Shelt had passed away,Effie,Rilla,Helen.
- Newborn (34 KB)
5-11-99 Kathern Rose Counts is born.
- Joseph L. Counts..horse and wagon..Farmington ,Mo. (66 KB)
Reubens Grandfather, Joseph Lide Counts and his horse and wagon.
- Swimsuit edition (69 KB)
Katie and Makenna trying to get up enough nerve to get in the pool.
- All the grandchildren (38 KB)
Christmas 1982 was a busy time at Reuben and Edna's house,they now have five grandchildren.
Julie,Amy,Mark,Cara and Beth Ann.
- Clarence Counts marries Esther Shannon in 1934 (29 KB)
Reubens brother Clarance marries Esther Shannon in 1934.
They had four children..Joan..Vurlin..Devaughn and Judy..
- Jack and Charla's grandchildren (97 KB)
Jack and Charla's grandchildren 2008
- Creek at the farm..Terre Blue (59 KB)
This is Terre Blue Creek at East side of Reuben's farm,actually it was his property to the center of the creek.That was property line.This is a fall picture.
- Finis and Rilla Counts family 1951 (65 KB)
This photo was taken 20 years from the 1931 photo.
All were in same place as the 1931 photo.
- Edna Personification of Happiness (31 KB)
This is Edna,(Mom) she was almost 89 at the time.This picture was spur of the moment but it is the way I remember her the most.Sometimes these are better then the professional posed pictures.
- Grandchildren (96 KB)
- Beth Ann marries Nathan (38 KB)
Reuben and Edna's Grandaughter (Beth Ann) married Nathan, June 1996.
- Jerry,Jack and Donna Counts (43 KB)
- Counts babies 1973 (36 KB)
Charla had her hands full in 1973,
Mark and Julie.
- Mark and Michael Shane (83 KB)
Mark and Michael Shane..Kimmswick,Missouri
- Reuben and his sister Helen (40 KB)
Oct.1990,Reuben and Helen.
- Nick and katie (152 KB)
Grandkids Nick and Katie
- DeVaughn's 1957 Ford Convertible (24 KB)
Cousin Devaughn ,(Clarence's son's)1957 Ford.
- Jeff and Amy (14 KB)
Jeff and his wife Amy..Jeff is the son of my 1st cousin,Vurlin.
- Edna (LaRose) Counts left..wife of Reuben (22 KB)
While delivering milk to Bonne Terre Hospital,Reuben met a young nurse.Edna Larose,They married in Bonne Terre,Mo.June 3rd.1934.
- Reuben and Edna's family (40 KB)
Reuben and Edna (Larose) Counts had two children.
Jack and Donna..
- Reuben feeding calf (51 KB)
Reuben,loved his animals and took special care of them.
- Michael Shane's 1st BD party 5-18-02 (55 KB)
Reuben and Edna's great grandson's first BD party .Katie Counts,Makenna also great grandchildren..Their grandaughter Julie,Michael's mother. and Michael.
- Counts family dinner abt 1991 (21 KB)
Front with cane is Reuben,Helen and Ray the three remaining children of Finis and Rilla.
- Katie's first snowman (31 KB)
Winter 2002,not much snow but enough for Katie Counts to build a snowman.
- Donna Counts wed Richard Bouchard (33 KB)
Reuben and Edna's daughter,Donna married Richard Bouchard Dec.20,1969.
- Reuben and Edna's son Jack and his family (42 KB)
Jack Counts family.
- McCall's model (72 KB)
Cousin Lois a model, made the cover of McCall's,May 1958.(Lois is Aunt Reva's daughter).
- Edna Counts and grandchildren June 1999 (41 KB)
Reuben and Edna had five grandchildren.
- Christmas 2007 (653 KB)
Julie with children..Mark with children
- Reuben and Edna married fifty years in 1984 (46 KB)
Edna and Reuben celebrated fifty years of marriage in June 1984.This is the complete family.
- Reuben ..Edna's son Jack weds Charla S. Anderson (27 KB)
April 17,1970 Jack Counts marries Charla Susan Anderson.Ceremony at Anderson home Fenton,Mo.
- Mark and Joey (93 KB)
Mark and Joey
- Reuben and Edna's home (56 KB)
A lot of memories (GOOD) reside here.The house by the lake.
- Vurlin mowing the lawn (41 KB)
Vurlin,1963 in Calif.
- In remembrance of Reuben ,11 Nov.1908-10 Feb,1997 (28 KB)
Reuben Counts,son of Finis and Rilla(Pinkston)Counts,husband of Edna(LaRose)Counts,father of Donna Counts Bouchard and Jack Counts,grandfather to Beth Ann,Amy,Cara,Mark and Julie,great grandfather to Makenna,Cameron,Katie, Michael Shane and Nicholas.
- Reuben and Ruth 1911.. 3 yrs of age (41 KB)
Reuben and Ruth (twins) Born 11,Nov. 1908..They are about 3 in this picture..1911..
- Reuben checking hay (46 KB)
Foreign students visiting the farm,Reuben explaining his methods of farming.
- Reuben Fishing (26 KB)
It was about 1947 that we had a family outing at Washington State Park..Reuben caught a nice fish.
Some of the others caught, poison ivy.
- Mark (156 KB)
Mark and katie
- Model A truck (18 KB)
I think this was the first vehicle after using a horse and wagon to deliver milk.I think its a converted car.
- Reuben and Edna's 1954 Mercury (45 KB)
This is our 1954 Mercury.
- Julie and Kevin (96 KB)
Julie and Kevin
- Christmas tree we never forgot (26 KB)
By 1971 Reuben and Edna finally had Grandbabies..I guess over anxious to get ready for Christmas,They put the tree up early..By Christmas it was so droopy that they were afraid to turn on the lights..Ironic part, this is the tree we always remembered..We laughed about it all through the years..
- Grandchildren of Jack and Charla (100 KB)
Grandchildren of Jack and Charla
- Wheelbarrow of flowers (33 KB)
June 6th.1994, Reuben and Edna were presented with a wheelbarrow of flowers from their good friends and neighbors,Fran and Roe..It was a gift as they were now married 60 years.
- 1959 Chevy Impala (36 KB)
This is our 1959 Chevy Impala.
- Jack US Army 1960-1963 (1 KB)
- Mark and Julie (41 KB)
Various pictures of Mark and Julie Counts.
- 1952 Plymouth (26 KB)
This is our 1952 Plymouth.
- Mark and Julie two (73 KB)
Various pictures of Mark and Julie Counts.
- Jack (29 KB)
Jack at Aunt Effie's,The old Bonne Terre High School is in the background.I think its a grade school today.
- Beth Amy and Julie Christmas abt.1977 (25 KB)
Reuben and Edna's grandchildren opening gifts.