- Source: Crouch History Written by Jonathan G. Crouch http://www.stephendcrouch.com/Jonathan%20Crouch%20-%20history.htm
That brings me to my own family. My father, David Crouch, was born in Nicholas County, Kentucky. He came to Ill., in 1834, when he was a young man. He was married to Clare A. Stafford, in 1836. Her maiden name was Gregory. He passed away at the age of 57, leaving a family of 2 boys and 3 girls. The oldest named Pruda, married John S. Craig and passed away several years ago.
Dillia Ann, born January 25, 1840, was married in January 8, 1857 to A. D. Young. He was born in Kentucky, February 28, 1837. They had one child, Julie, who was born in Anderson County, Kentucky. She came to Ill. and married Tom Hall. She passed away several years ago, leaving 2 sons and one daughter ? Roy of Harrisonville, Ill., Ira of N. D., and Ora in Kansas.
Kitty Crouch was born in Ill., October 11, 1851. She married Henry George. He passed away leaving one daughter, Clara. She married to a man named J. M. Thompson, a wealthy lumber dealer in Barton County, Missouri. He passed away, leaving her all of his property. She is a good businesswoman and manages her property successfully. Kitty went to Missouri and married G. A. Smith. They had one boy, Albert, who married and went to California. He is a successful businessman in San Diego, California.
This brings it down to your humble servant. I was born at Rochester, Ill., January 18, 1843. I was raised and worked on a farm until I was 21 years old. Then I was employed by the Government as a cattle driver. I helped drive the beef cattle from Sherman?s army through Tenn., Ga., and Alabama in 1864, when I was discharged by reason of expiration of term of service. I don?t find any congressional medals or records laying around the house commemorating me for any heroic deeds of valor I performed during my services in the army. I came west to Washington Territiory in September, 1889. Washington was made a state in November 11, 1889, so the state came to me. I engaged as a real estate salesman out of the Oregon Land Co. office at Salem, Ore., with Herbert Hoover as my office boy. He later became president of the U. S.
I served as a forest ranger for 3 years in the Olympic forest reserve. I have a family of 2 boys and 1 daughter. B. F. Crouch is a mining engineer and lives in Oakland, California. F. R. Crouch is in the taxi business in Oakland. He had one son, Darrell, engaged in the oil business in Oakland. Iva, the daughter, married in Olympia to Dr. G. F. Zerne, and resided at 1125 St. St. (sic), Olympia.
I was married in 1868 to Margaret A. Bell, in Ill. She passed away August 1, 1900. I was married to Mattie F. Smith in 1920, who?s maiden name was Mattie F. Galloway, whom I had known from childhood. She was an orphan without a blood relative existing she knew of. She was raised in the family of Sanford Galloway.
We were married in 1920 and well mated. We have a pleasant home with everything we need. Our income is small but with proper economy we have enough to keep us.
With best wishes for all.
J. G. Crouch
May God Be With You Until We Meet again