|Birth: ||Dec. 30, 1843|
|Death: ||Jun. 16, 1908|
Son of David H.
JEROME H. CROUSE, M. D.
For nearly sixty years the Crouses, father and son, have been engaged in the practice of medicine in Dayton, Tippecanoe county, and have been prominently connected with all local progressive movements. They have been on the side of temperance, the father being associated with the old Washingtonian Society and the son identified with the order of Good Templars. Both have been devoted to the Republican party, the father having formerly been a Whig, and later on of the foremost champions of the party which succeeded it, voting for John C. Fremont. His services on behalf of his party were recognized in his being elected to the state senate, in which he ably represented the public.
In following back the ancestry of the subject of this article it is learned that he is of German extraction on the paternal side. His great-grandfather, George Crouse, come to America some time in the early part of the eighteenth century, and settled in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania. Henry Crouse, the grandfather, was born July 6, 1768, in Cumberland county, and married a lady of the same locality, Salome Hevison, she having been born February 15, 1766. Their children were as follows: Caroline, born May 20, 1792; Leah, March 6, 1794; Henry, August 1, 1796; Maria, July 15, l798, Simon, July 25, 1802; John, August 15, 1804; David, September 18, 1808; Elizabeth, October 15, 1810; and Daniel, November to, 1814. Henry Crouse removed to Germantown, Ohio, about 1820, and cleared a farm in that locality. In 1830 he settled in Marion county, Indiana, on land which was afterward chosen as the site of the asylum for the insane, near Indianapolis. He bought and cleared a quarter section of land there and spent the rest of his days on that homestead. He died while still in the prime of life, owing to injuries received from a falling tree, which he had cut down. He was a member of the German Reformed church.
Dr. David H. Crouse, father of our subject, was a young man when-he accompanied the family to Marion county, in 1830, and for ten years thereafter he assisted in the management of the property which his senior had purchased there. He then came to Dayton and bought land, gradually extending his possessions until he had about five hundred acres. For the most part, he purchased his farms from the original owners, and having greatly improved his special homestead, in i860 he built a substantial two-story brick residence upon it, and within its hospitable walls his son, our subject, has dwelt for many years. In 1843 he was graduated in the Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, and had previously studied with his brother, Daniel B., a successful early practitioner of Dayton and vicinity. He at once established himself in practice in Dayton and for more than two-score years was a leading physician in this portion of the county. In the first years of his practice he was obliged to ride to distant places, as doctors were few and the population very scattering. For years he was a faithful member of the Presbyterian church and officiated as an elder in the same.
For his first wife Dr. David H. Crouse chose Rachel, daughter of Frederick and Catherine Gelwicks, of Franklin county, Pennsylvania. The Gelwicks were of sturdy Dutch stock, and have been represented in this country since colonial days. The homestead owned by Frederick Gelwick was located some eight miles northwest of Chambersburg, and had been handed down from father to son for several generations. They were substantial farmers and were zealous members of the German Reformed church. The old Gelwick farm, a place of about three hundred acres, has never passed from the family and is now owned by a grandson of Frederick Gelwick. His children were John, Susan, Elizabeth, Mrs. Hartzell, Frederick and Rachel. To Dr. Crouse and wife Rachel several children were born, and those who lived to maturity were Salome C, who married Elijah Earl, Victoria V., wife of V. S. Burton; and Jerome H. Subsequently to the death of his first wife, in 1845, Dr. D. H. Crouse married Rachel Baker, by whom he had two children who survived: Meigs V., a former pastor of a Presbyterian church, and now the superintendent of a children's home in Cincinnati, Ohio; and Elda. The third wife of the Doctor, Mr&. Lydia Peter (nee Leibenguth) survived him, and is still living. His death took place December 7, 1884, at his old home, where his active and useful career had been chiefly spent.
The birth of Dr. Jerome H. Crouse occurred December 30, 1843, in Dayton, Indiana. He attended Wabash College after he had finished a common-school education, but the civil war broke in rudtly upon his studies. He enlisted at eighteen years of age in the Tenth Indiana Battery, light artillery, under Captain J. B. Cox, as a private, for three years or as long as the war should last. He served under the great leaders, Buell and Rosecrans, took part in the battles of Pittsburg Landing, Stone River, Chickamauga, Corinth and the great four-months struggle known as the Atlanta campaign. After the fall of Atlanta he and his battery were placed in charge of a gunboat on the Tennessee river, and he was honorably discharged at Nashville, Tennessee, February 1, 1865. His service was a most creditable one, and he was relied upon by his superior officers, who knew that he would always be found at his post of duty, whatever happened. Though he participated in the numerous hard-fought battles and campaigns in which his battery took part, he escaped capture and wounds, save once, when he was accidentally injured in the left shoulder. For some time he was connected with Wilder's brigade and was sent on several raids in the neighborhood of Atlanta. Since the war he has had special affection for the Grand Army of the Republic, and has been commander of Elliott Post No. 160, of Dayton, and was one of its charter members. When he returned from the south the Doctor commenced the study of medicine under his father's guidance, and in 1867 graduated in Rush Medical College in Chicago. The same year he embarked in practice in this, his native town, and in 1868 took a special course in Jefferson College, Philadelphia. For three decades he had been constantly occupied in his professional duties, enjoying a large and lucrative practice. He is the possessor of an extensive library, embracing not only the finest works on everything connected with medical science but also on general subjects, standard literature, etc. He is a past master of Dayton Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, is now serving as secretary of the same and also has attained the Scottish Rite degree in the order. Since the death of his honored father he has been an elder in the Presbyterian church, and takes an earnest interest in the spread of Christianity.
On the 6th of October, 1868, Dr. J. H. Crouse wedded Sophia C. Bartmess, a daughter of Oliver C. and Sarah (Clark) Bartmess, of Dayton. Mrs. Crouse was born in this town, December 14, 1847, and died in March, 1869. Her father, who is still living, was born in Butler county, Ohio, and entered the land where he settled and has since lived, in this county. Dr. Crouse was married in March, 1894, to Lena, daughter of Shannon and Mary (Taylor) Nicely, who came to Dayton from Pennsylvania. The Doctor and his estimable wife are the parents of one son, David H. Mrs. Crouse is, like her esteemed husband, a member of the Presbyterian church.
[Page 22, Biographical History of Tippecanoe, White, Jasper,Newton, Benton, Warren and Pulaski Counties, Indiana. 1899]
David Hebison Crouse (1808 - 1884)
Sophia Kate Bartmess Crouse (1847 - 1869)*
Lena Nicely Crouse (1864 - 1901)*
Salome Crouse Earl (1836 - 1922)*
Jerome H. Crouse (1843 - 1908)
Elda Crouse Bartmess (1856 - 1929)*
Created by: L. A. (Terry)
Record added: Nov 05, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 22676516