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Pvt John Krouse
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Birth: Jan. 1, 1839
Baden-Württemberg, Germany
Death: May 30, 1907
Oregon, USA

Private JOHN KROUSE, Co. D, 86th Illinois & Co. B, 1st U.S. Veteran Engineers

John Krouse was born on January 1, 1839/38 at Baden, Germany, one of three sons known to have been born to Philip Krouse and Anna (Tuhl) Krouse. The other sons were Martin and Theodore. The Krouse family came to the United States sometime between between 1840 and 1846, where they settled in New Jersey. Sometime between 1846 and 1860, the Krouse family came west to Illinois, where they settled in Trivoli Township in Peoria County. At the time of the 1860 census of Peoria County, the Krouse family, minus John, is found in Trivoli Township;
1550 Krause Phillip 52 M wagon maker 300 Baden, Germany
1550 Krause Anna 54 F Baden, Germany
1550 Krause Martin 20 F wagon making Baden, Germany
1550 Krause Theodore 14 M NJ

On August 9, 1862, John Krouse volunteered to serve in a company which was being raised in Trivoli, Illinois by James S, Bean for service in the Union Army. Five days later, on August 14, 1862, Martin Krouse also volunteered
to serve in the Trivoli company. At the time they volunteered, both John and Martin give their place of residence as Trivoli and their place of birth as Baden, Germany. John gives his age as 24, while Martin states he is 23.

Rank PVT Company D Unit 86 IL US INF

Personal Characteristics
Residence TRIVOLI, PEORIA CO, IL Age 24 Height 5' 5 3/4 Hair DARK
Eyes HAZEL Complexion DARK Marital Status SINGLE Occupation FARMER

Service Record
Joined When AUG 9, 1862 Joined Where TRIVOLI, IL
Joined By Whom J S BEAN Period 3 YRS
Muster In AUG 27, 1862 Muster In Where PEORIA, IL
Muster In By Whom N/A Muster Out N/A
Muster Out Where N/A Muster Out By Whom N/A

On the afternoon of the 14th of August of 1862, James S. Bean led about 90 Trivoli volunteers into Peoria, where they went into camp at Camp Lyon, near present day Glen Oak Park. On August 27, 1862, 83 of those Trivoli volunteers were mustered in as Company D of the 86th Regiment of Illinois Volunteer Infantry. James S. Bean was elected and promoted to Major of the entire regiment, so the men of Co. D elected Frank Hitchcock to be their Captain.
On September 7, 1862, the men of the 85th & 86th Illinois marched out the gates of Camp Lyon, through the streets of Peoria, with much fanfare, and boarded a train bound for Camp Joe Holt, Jeffersonville, Indiana. Four weeks later, the men of the 85th & 86th were in the field in Kentucky as part of Col. Daniel McCook's Brigade, chasing Confederate troops in Kentucky. On Oct. 8, 1862, the men of McCook's Brigade were engaged with those troops in the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the 86th Illinois suffering their first casualties. There would be many more in the years to come. After the Battle of Perryville, Kentucky, the Confederates withdrew from Kentucky and the men of McCook's Brigade marched on to Nashville, Tennessee, where the 86th would go into winter camp.

On July 29, 1864, Private John Krouse was transferred to Co. B of the 1st U.S. Veteran Volunteer Engineer Regiment. He apparently served out the remainder of the war with that unit. He is now believed to have been discharged from the service in June 30, 1865. He then returned to his home in Central Illinois.

John Krouse was married to Lovenia (or Lavenia) Susan Nelson on September 21, 1871 at __________, __________. Lovenia was born on November 21, 1841 in Holmes County, Ohio, the daughter of James Nelson and Susannah (Croco) Nelson. James Nelson was born on November 17, 1809 in Pennsylvania. James was married to Susannah Croco on July 4, 1838. Susannah Croco was born on November 21, 1816 in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Ten children were born to James and Susannah. They were;
1. Margaret J. Nelson, b; 05/30/1840 Holmes Co., OH., d; 10/12/1864
2. Lovenia Susan Nelson, b; 11/21/1841, d; 11/24/1878 or November 14, 1890; there is some question about when she died; There is not doubt she is buried on her mother's lot with John Krouse in the Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.
3. Isabella A. Nelson, b; 10/25/1843 in OH., d; 12/06/1863 Corydon, Wayne Co., IA., buried Corydon Cemetery, Corydon, IA
4. Elizabeth S. Nelson, b; 01/05/1846 in OH., d; 09/21/1864 Corydon, Wayne Co., IA., buried Corydon Cemetery, Corydon, IA.
5. Rebecca H. Nelson, b; 04/07/1847, d; bfr 03/13/1850
6. Peter J. Nelson, b; 03/25/1849, d; 01/03/1938
7. Lucy M. Nelson, b; 12/30/1851, d; 12/30/1851 Marshall Co., IN.
8. Louise Esther Nelson, b; 06/10/1853 Marshall Co., IN., d; 02/04/1922 Portland, Multnomah Co., OR., m. 01/07/1886 John Francis O'SHEA, b; 02/22/1850 Carrick on Suir, County Tipperary, Ireland, d; 10/29/1943 Portland, Multnomah Co., OR., son of Walter (1822-1984) Mary (Norton)(1819-1892) O'Shea. They raised Permilla's children.
9. Permilla Alice Nelson, b; 02/21/1856
10. Lillian Nelson, born October 1, 1858 in Wayne Co., Iowa; died October 24, 1879; buried in the Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on her mothers lot.

James Nelson died on July 16, 1872 in Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa. His earthly remains were laid to rest on the Corydon Cemetery in Corydon, Iowa.
After his passing, Susannah was married 2nd to __________ Dixon and 3rd to William Anderson. William and Susannah are found residing in Clark County, Washington in 1880.
Susannah died on September 4, 1896 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon. Her earthly remains were laid to rest in the Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon.
Four children are known to have been born to John Krouse and Lovenia (or Lavenia) Susan (Nelson) Krouse. They are;
1. Albert Nelson Krouse, born May 30, 1873 at Corydon, Wayne County, Iowa; died April 23, 1953 in Medford, Jackson County, Oregon; Albert married Dora Funk on May 19, 1904 in Troutdale, Multnomah County, Oregon; Dora Funk was born on July 9, 1885 in Illinois the daughter of George I. (1860-) and Laura A. (Furry) Funk (1863-19__); Dora died September 18, 1967 in Jackson County, Oregon; Albert is buried in the Missouri Flats Cemetery in Applegate, Jackson County, Oregon.
2. Charles Phillip Krouse, b; 11/18/1875 Clark Co., WA., b; 11/29/1918 Hot Lake, Union Co., OR, buried in the Hillcrest Cemetery in La Grande, Union Co., OR.
3. John Byron Krouse, b; 05/06/1877 Clark Co., WA., d; 09/30/1900 Jackson, MN. buried Corydon Cemetery, Corydon, Wayne Co., IA, the same cemetery where his Grandfather Krouse and his uncle, Martin Krouse, is buried.
4. Esther Lovenia "Daisy" Krouse, born November 8, 1878 in Clark County, Washington; married to __________ Horan on __________ __, 18__ at __________, Washington; died on January 11, 1959 in Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon; buried in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery, Portland, Multnomah County, Oregon.

The records in the Lone Fir Cemetery office leave some question as to whether Lovenia (or Levinia) Susan (Nelson) Krouse died on either November 24, 1878 or on November 14, 1890 in Clark County, Washington. The cemetery lists a John Krouse buried in the first grave on her mother's lot. This John Krouse is listed as being born on November 21, 1841 and as dying on November 24, 1878. These are the birth and death dates that some believe are for Levinia Susan (Nelson) Krouse. Is it possible that they meant to say, wife of John Krouse, rather than John Krouse. In grave #2 there is a Levinia Krouse listed as having died on November 14, 1890. If Levinia is in grave #1, then who is this in grave #2? But if this is Levinia in grave #2, who is this in grave #1? Lovenia's earthly remains were laid to rest in the Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon. However, Levinia's tombstone leaves little doubt as to which dates are correct. Levinia Susan (Nelson) Krouse, the wife of Private John Krouse did die on November 24, 1878, most likely from the complications of child birth. Her stone leaves no doubt of this. So who is in the grave that the cemetery records as Levinia Krouse, who died on November 14, 1890? This is the question we need answered!
After Lovenia's death, the children went to live with their grandparents, William Anderson and Susannah (Croco) Nelson Dixon Anderson. It was Susannah who owned the lot that everyone is buried on in the Lone Fir Cemetery. William Anderson was born on March 25, 1814 in Virginia and was a farmer living in Precinct #1, La Center, Clark County, Washington at the time of the 1880 census. William died on October 11, 1884 and his earthly remains were laid to rest in the Lone Fir Cemetery in Portland, Oregon on Susannah's lot. The children listed in the 1880 census are as follows;
Albert A. CROUSE, GSon Gender: Male Birth: <1873> IA
Charles CROUSE, Other Gender: Male Birth: <1876> WASH. TER.
John B. CROUSE, Other Gender: Male Birth: <1877> WASH. TER.
Daisy CROUSE, Other Gender: Female Birth: <1879> WASH. TER.

At the time of the 1880 census, there is a John Crouse listed as residing in Cedar Creek, Clark County, Washington. He is listed as being widowed. However, the transcribed information is quite a bit off. John Crouse is listed as being 39 years of age, as being born in Ohio, is listed as a Lumberman and his parents are listed as being born in PA. Is this our John Krouse?

The surviving members of the 86th Illinois were of the belief that Private John Krouse died about 1906/07. His last mailing address was Corydon, Iowa. It is now known that Private John Krouse died on May 20, 1907 at __________, __________. His earthly remains were laid to rest in the Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery, located at Southeast 21st Avenue and Morrison Street in Portland, Oregon. He is buried in his mother-in-law's lot.

by Baxter B. Fite III

(Baxter would enjoy hearing from anyone, especially descendants of the Krouse family, who might be able to add to the biographical information that we have on John Krouse, Martin Krouse and the Krouse family. Baxter would also love to see copies of any pictures of Privates John and Martin Krouse, especially any showing them in uniform from their days in the service, added to their Find A Grave sites for all to see.)

Family links: 
  Phillip Krouse (1808 - 1897)
  Levina Susan Nelson Krouse (1841 - 1878)
  Albert Nelson Krouse (1873 - 1953)*
  Phillip Charles Krouse (1875 - 1918)*
  John Byron Krouse (1877 - 1900)*
  Esther Lovenia Krouse Horan (1878 - 1959)*
  John Krouse (1839 - 1907)
  Martin Krouse (1839 - 1906)*
  Theodore Krouse (1847 - 1904)*
*Calculated relationship
Lone Fir Pioneer Cemetery
Multnomah County
Oregon, USA
Plot: Plot: Sec 26, Lot 33, Grave 3N
Maintained by: Baxter B. Fite III
Originally Created by: gravemarker
Record added: Mar 19, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 67142204
Pvt John Krouse
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Pvt John Krouse
Added by: Linda Jenkins Werts
Pvt John Krouse
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