Here are a few more details for you from my family records. Please understand that these are not my direct lines, and I have not thoroughly researched them, so more information is needed to verify the pedigree.
Matthew J. Kolts was born about March 1844 in Germany. (His given name also appears as D. Mathew and his last name as Koltz, Kaltz, etc.) He immigrated to this country as a child, about 1848-1852. He married Mary Jane Beales, who was born about 1843 in Nova Scotia, Canada. They had at least five children:
1. Herbert Kolts, born 1862 in Burnside Township, Lapeer County, Michigan;
2. Lewis James Kolts (apparently your great-grandfather), born 1863 in Burnside Township;
3. Robert Kolts, born 1865 in Burnside Township;
4. Levi Kolts, born 28 August 1867 in Elk, Sanilac County, Michigan;
5. Julia Kolts, born 12 Jan 1869 in Sanilac County; and 6. Greely Kolts, born 22 Aug 1872 in Flynn, Sanilac County.
In 1872 Matthew obtained a land patent to 160 acres in Sanilac County. He appears with his family in Burnside Township at the time of the 1880 U.S. census.
After the death of his wife Mary Jane, about 1898 Matthew married a much younger woman--Tennie C. Fairchild. She was born about Sept. 1875 in Michigan. Matthew and Tennie had a son, Frank Tennie(s) Kolts, born 17 Dec 1899 in Grand Rapids, Kent County, Michigan. They appear in Grand Rapids for the 1900 census.
Then Matthew, Tennie, and their son Frank moved to California. They appear in San Antonio Township, Los Angeles County for the 1910 census, and Matthew was then working as a lawyer, doing tax titles.
Matthew's son Greely Kolts also moved to Los Angeles County. Greely was the father of Chauncey Greely Kolts, an attorney, who in turn was the father of James Greely Kolts, the judge. So this seems to be the Kolts family of attorneys and police officers that you mentioned earlier.
As for the wife and children of Lewis James Kolts, Elaine Courser has outlined them for you in her message. It sounds like she has some more good details for you. I could only add that Florence D. Kolts was born 23 Feb 1897 and died in July 1985 in the vicinity of Everett, Snohomis County, Washington.
I do not know if or how Matthew Kolts is related my Kolts families in Kingston, New York. There were a number of Kolts families who settled in Michigan in the 1840s and 50s. Since Matthew immigrated as a child, he probably came with his parents and may also have some siblings that could be found in Michigan.
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