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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Crouch discovery!

Since my Greene clan is giving me such fits, I decided to work on my Crouch line, and all of a sudden I found all kinds of stuff.
For a long time, I wasn't even sure if Serena (who married Halsey Greene) was a Crouch or not, but I found a reference to her.  So I went searching, and found a Stephen Crouch in the Sugar Grove, Pa 1840 census.  This is just before Serena and Halsey married (Serena would have been around 23-25).  And that is the area where Serena was said to be from. 
Okay, so her fathers name is Stephen, I decided to search findagrave, and even tho I did not find Stephen himself.  I found his daughter in law Julia Carley, and her numerous children (one being Stephen Lorenzo Crouch).  So a friend and I started following that line, and now we have found tons more!
Among these pioneers of
Methodism in Sugar Grove are found the names of Gregg, Warner, Carter,
Thorp, Crouch, Andrews, Mahan, Pero, and others.
 On the 5 th of October, 1846, a meeting was held at the house of Andrew
to consider the desirability and feasibility of building a house of
worship. Rev. E. J. S. Baker was in the chair and Dr. J. Andrews acted as
secretary. Resolutions were adopted to the effect that the demands of the
denomination in this vicinity required the erection of a church edifice, and Dr.
J. Andrews
, A. D. Jackson, and Stephen Crouch were appointed a committee,
which in accordance of their duty reported at the next meeting, December 28,
1846, in favor of the immediate erection of a house of worship.
 Farms were not cleared, and
many were not paid for; money was scarce and the prices of products were extremely
low. Notwithstanding these untoward conditions the contract was let
on the 28th of March, 1848, to Stephen Crouch. After slow and toilsome progress
the edifice was completed, and on the 31st of August, 1852, was dedicated
to the worship of the Most High by Rev. H. Whallon, assisted by Revs. T. D.
, J. Chesbrough, and others. It is truthfully related that when the people
met to cut down and prepare the timber for the building, two women of the
society, Mrs. Dunbar and Mrs. Abigail Fox, sawed off the first log amidst
great shouting and applause. They both died long ago. It is also due to the
memory of Stephen Crouch, who was soundly converted at one of the log cabin
meetings, as he said from a very sinful life, that he rendered indispensable
aid in the building of this church. Until this edifice was completed services were
held in the school-house on the village green. A Sunday-school was at this
time also organized, and has continued in active and successful operation to
the present day.

Name: Stephen Crouch
Residence: Sugar Grove, Warren, Pennsylvania
Age: 70 years
Calculated Birth Year: 1780
Birthplace: England
Gender: Male
Race (original):
Race (expanded):
Death Month:
Death Year:
Film Number: 444800
Digital GS Number: 4205395
Image Number: 00456
Line Number: 12
Dwelling House Number: 18
Family Number: 18
Marital Status:
Free or Slave:
  Stephen Crouch M 70y 1780
Mary Crouch F 63y 1787
Eliza Crouch F 33y
James Crouch M 30y
Jesse Crouch M 29y
Thomas Smith M 16y

Cherry Hill Cemetery
Burials as kept by F. R. Miller
This appeared in the Sugar Grove News,
Thurs. 18 July 1889

January Mr. Alexander McIntyre
March Maggie McCollin
Child of James Edmunds
February Son of George Wright
June Mrs. Sylvester Jagger
July Child of Thomas Watts
Stephen Crouch (Junior)
August Mrs. Nancy Tuttle
child of Henry Markham
October Jane Sweet
Mrs. Abrah Hodges
November Son of Thomas Russell
December Harriet Jagger 

Here is an interesting site to keep an eye on:

3 Race Street, Sugar Grove, PA
On August 31, 1852, the Methodist Episcopal Church completed a long and very difficult project.  The construction of their first church building had been under discussion and progression since 1847 when a committee was set up to archive the goal.  The land that the church sat on was purchased from Robert Falconer who owned most of the land suitable for building in the borough. 
Constructed in the Greek Revival style that was beginning to define the street, the cost of construction was $800, with $350 going to Stephen Crouch, Jr. for overseeing the project.  The building was 36 feet by 48 feet and stood 20-feet high.  It contained ten windows and dual front doors until by 1898 it had been remodeled to include a single front door and a belfry.

Name: Samuel Crouch
Titles & Terms:
Residence: Newton & Oliver Townships, Taney, Missouri
Birth Date: Feb 1824
Birthplace: England
Relationship to Head of Household: Self
Spouse: Harritt Crouch
Spouse's Titles & Terms:
Spouse's Birthplace: New York
Father's Titles & Terms:
Father's Birthplace: England
Mother's Titles & Terms:
Mother's Birthplace: England
Race or Color (expanded): White
Head-of-household Name: Samuel Crouch
Gender: Male
Marital Status: Married
Years Married: 54
Estimated Marriage Year: 1846
Mother How Many Children:
Number Living Children:
Immigration Year: 1831
Enumeration District: 0131
Page: 14
Sheet Letter: A
Family Number: 278
Reference Number: 24
Film Number: 1240905
Image Number: 00596
  Samuel Crouch M
Spouse Harritt Crouch F
Child John S Crouch M

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