"The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 32, No 43, p 3, Oct. 26, 1876. In Akron, Ill., Oct. 13th, 1876, Dr. Phineas Crouch, aged 75 years. Dr. Crouch was born in Jay, Essex Co., N. Y., Oct. 12th 1801. His parents removed to Vermont when he was quite young, where he remained till he was twenty-one years of age. Soon after this, he went to Big Sodus, N. Y., where he taught school and studied medicine with Dr, Gaylord. He succeeded in keeping up with his fellow students in his medical studies, and with the money saved from the school teaching he paid his expenses in attending a course of medical lectures. After completing his course he received his diploma, and settled in the town of Butler, Wayne Co., N. Y. where he married Julia Ann Overocker, Feb. 19th, 1833. He afterwards removed to Red Creek, thence to McKean Co., Pa., and in the fall of 1837 to Springfield Erie Co., Pa. In 1844 he came to Elkhart Co., Indiana, and in 1845 he settled in this state. Since the fall of that year he has lived in this vicinity. He was a man of clear and strong convictions, and he had the moral courage to follow those convictions. While a young man he noticed that almost all of his acquaintances who were eminent in his profession had acquired the habit of becoming intoxicated, he therefore immediately left off drinking and became a strong temperance man, for he thought if men strong in other respects were overcome by the influence of liquor he would stop before he was overcome. He early espoused the cause of the slave, and cast his first, and the only abolition vote, in Springfield, Erie Co., Pa, in 1844. After removing here his home became one of the stations on the once celebrated "Under Ground Railway." While living in Sodus, N. Y., he experienced religion in a union revival meeting, held in that place, but strife arising among the churches, afterwards, over the question where the young converts should unite, he refused to unite with any of them, but attended the worship of the 1st Baptist Church of that place. After settling here his attention was called to the Sabbath and after investigation true to his convictions, he embraced it, and in 1853 he, his wife and daughter were baptized by Eld. Stillman Coon, and united with the Southampton Seventh-day Baptist Church. He maintained his Christian walk to the close of his life, and all speak of him as an honest, upright, Christian man. On Monday before his death he went to Chillicothe with a high load of grain, and in driving into the elevator to unload, he was caught between the heavy joist above and his load, and his spinal column was broken. He lived until Friday morning, when he quietly fell asleep. His mind was clear to the last, and he met death trusting in Jesus Christ. G. J. C.
"The Sabbath Recorder", Vol 38, No 40, p 5, Oct. 5, 1882. Near West Hallock, Ill., Sept. 19, 1882, of dropsy, Julia Ann Overocker Crouch, in the 75th year of her age. She was born in Canada West, near Kingston. In early life, she removed to New York State, and in 1833 was married to Brother Crouch, and, with her family, moved to Illinois in 1845. She embraced the Sabbath, and was baptized with her husband, by Elder Stillman Coon, and united with the Southampton Seventh-day Baptist Church in 1853. She was the mother of four children, three of which died of scarlet fever some years since. She leaves one son and two grandchildren, to wait for the glorious home-going; the joyful meeting with the glorified brethren and sisters, wife, children, and mother. Heaven is richer, but earth is not as poor as it would be if there were not stored up in hundreds of memories and grateful hearts a long list of loving acts done, loving words spoken. loving smiles given to them, by an earnest, faithful Christian. A. H.