Councill was one of three local men killed when the Union troops invaded Boone on March 28, 1865. Some say he was part of the local Home Guard and died defending the town. Others say he was farming when the Yankees rode up and executed him as he pleaded for his life.
Boone was originally known as Councill's Store, named for Jacob's uncle. Jacob's home was located where the Jones House now stands on King Street in downtown Boone, though we are not certain whether he was killed in town or at his father's house in the Vilas community west of Boone. Jacob and his infant daughter were the first two people buried in the Boone town cemetery.
The Stoneman Gazette is indebted to Terry for sharing his historical and genealogical research with us. He is the author of Watauga County Revisited in the Images of America series, as well as other books of local history.