George Clinton Couch

21 March 1852–16 April 1931 (Age 79)
Wabash, Illinois, United States

The Life of George Clinton

When George Clinton Couch was born on 21 March 1852, in Wabash, Illinois, United States, his father, Ebenezer Couch, was 46 and his mother, Mary Louise Runyon, was 33. He had at least 3 sons with Eliza Margaret McCrary. He lived in Salem Election Precinct, Edwards, Illinois, United States in 1910 and Sebring, Highlands, Florida, United States in 1930. He died on 16 April 1931, in Florida, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in West Salem, Edwards, Illinois, United States.

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George Clinton Couch
Eliza Margaret McCrary
Pola Roy Couch
Clarence Couch
Clyde R. Couch

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    Mary Louise Runyon




World Events (8)

1856 · The Largest Map Company in the World

Age 4

William Rand opened a small printing shop in Chicago. Doing most of the work himself for the first two years he decided to hire some help. Rand Hired Andrew McNally, an Irish Immigrant, to work in his shop. After doing business with the Chicago Tribune, Rand and McNally were hired to run the Tribune's entire printing operation. Years later, Rand and McNally established Rand McNally & Co after purchasing the Tribune's printing business. They focused mainly on printing tickets, complete railroad guides and timetables for the booming railroad industry around the city. What made the company successful was the detailed maps of roadways, along with directions to certain places. Rand McNally was the first major map publisher to embrace a system of numbered highways and erected many of the roadside highway signs that have been adopted by state and federal highway authorities. The company is still making and updating the world maps that are looked at every day.

Age 11

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 23

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

Name Meaning

1 Cornish and Welsh: nickname for a red-haired man, from cough, coch ‘red(-haired)’. Compare Gough .2 English: metonymic occupational name for a maker of beds or bedding, or perhaps a nickname for a lazy man, from Middle English, Old French couche ‘bed’, a derivative of Old French coucher ‘to lay down’, Latin collocare ‘to place’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • George C Couch in household of Edward L Hainy, "United States Census, 1930"
  • George Cooch, "United States Census, 1880"
  • George C Couch, "United States Census, 1910"

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