|Birth: ||Mar. 24, 1812|
|Death: ||May 1, 1901|
Ashbel C. Crouch, section 20, Ustick Township, is a son of John and Betsey (Pratt) Crouch. His parents were born in Vermont and lived all their lives in that State. They had a family of 12 children. John A., Ashbel C., Betsey, Caroline, Nelson and Mary are the only ones who lived to attain the age of majority.
Mr. Crouch was born in Orwell, Rutland Co., Vt., March 24, 1813, and he was educated in the common schools and academy in Brandon and Shoreham in his native township. He lived at home on his father's farm until he was 23 years of age, when he went to the western part of the State of New York and settled in Chautauqua County. He lived there about four years, and in 1839, removed to Madison Co., Ill. He spent nearly four years there engaged in teaching, and at the expiration of that time went to Iowa and became interested in farming, remaining there until 1850. In that year he made an overland journey to California with an ox-team, which consumed four months. He engaged in mining and pursued that vocation more than two years. In 1853 he came back as far East as Illinois and bought 160 acres of Government land in Ustick Township, this county, on which he settled and fixed his homestead. He is now the proprietor of a finely improved farm of 160 acres with excellent buildings. Mr. Crouch is in sympathy with the principles of the National Greenback party in political opinions, but is independent in party relations. He has officiated as Township Clerk, Commissioner of Highways and Assessor. During the prevalence of the Grange movement he was active in its interests.
The first marriage of Mr. Crouch took place March 24, 1842, in Madison Co., Ill, to Marion A. Pierce, a native of Vermont. Oscar, Julius, Wallace, Delia and Edward were the names of their children who are all deceased. The mother died March 12, 1849, in Iowa. Mr. Crouch formed a second matrimonial alliance with Mahala Bolick, March 6, 1854, in Iowa, and they had two children: John and Melvin D. The eldest son died when he was two years of age. Mrs. Crouch is the daughter of David and Rachel (Simond) Bolick, who were natives of North Carolina, where she was born Feb. 11, 1819. She is the third in order of birth, and the names of her brothers and sisters were Amos, Agalina, Priscilla, Catherine, Caleb, David, Rachel and Lydia.
Portrait and Biographical Album of Whiteside County, Illinois, Chapman Brothers Publishing Co., Chicago, 1885. Pg 518
Furnished by Pam Pickens
Mahala Bolick Crouch (1819 - 1906)
Delia E. Crouch Barber (1845 - 1879)*
John Crouch (1855 - 1857)*
Melvin David Crouch (1858 - 1940)*
Created by: Carolyn Whitaker
Record added: Nov 20, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61928654
Added: Nov. 21, 2010