The earliest ancestor I can track down on wikitree, myheritage and ancestry is a man named Baltzer Kouns (ancestry spelling), Balthasar Kuntz (wikitree spelling), or Johann Balthasar Koontz. Two of these sources agree that he was married to a woman named Catherine. All of these sources agree that he had a son named Christian Kouns whom I know is in my lineage as there is direct historical evidence. All sources agree that he is from Germany in the 1730’s. Either 1932 or 1935. MyHeritage goes so far as to say he was born in Baden, Verden, Lower Saxony, Germany. That’s about all I can find on him. If you need any more information please let me know!