Alonzo D. Crouch

22 December 1819–18 August 1885 (Age 65)
Jefferson, New York, United States

The Life of Alonzo D.

When Alonzo D. Crouch was born on 22 December 1819, in Jefferson, New York, United States, his father, Ebenezer Crouch, was 42 and his mother, Sarah Harrington, was 30. He married Elizabeth Hughes on 19 August 1845. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He lived in Liberty, Adams, Illinois, United States in 1850 and Illinois, United States in 1870. He died on 18 August 1885, in Wythe Township, Hancock, Illinois, United States, at the age of 65.

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Alonzo D. Crouch
Elizabeth Hughes
Marriage: 19 August 1845
Martha Crouch
Francis E Crouch
Flora E Crouch

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19 August 1845


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World Events (8)

1820 · Making States Equal

Age 1

The Missouri Compromise helped provide the entrance of Maine as a free state and Missouri as a slave state into the United States. As part of the compromise, slavery was prohibited north of the 36°30′ parallel, excluding Missouri.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 8

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.
1839 · From Swamp to Beautiful Place

Age 20

By 1829 Venus, Illinois had grown sufficiently and in 1832 was one of the contenders for the new county seat. However, the honor was awarded to a nearby city, Carthage. In 1834 the name Venus was changed to Commerce because the settlers felt that the new name better suited their plans. But during late 1839, arriving members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints bought the small town of Commerce and in April 1840 it was renamed Nauvoo by Joseph Smith Jr., who led the Latter-Day Saints to Nauvoo to escape persecution in Missouri. The name Nauvoo is derived from the traditional Hebrew language. It is notable that by 1844 Nauvoo's population had swollen to around 12,000 residents, rivaling the size of Chicago at the time. After the Latter-Day Saints left the population settled down toward 2,000 people.

Name Meaning

1 English: from Middle English crouch, Old English crūc ‘cross’ (a word that was replaced in Middle English by the word cross, from Old Norse kross), applied either as a topographic name for someone who lived by a cross or possibly as a nickname for someone who had carried a cross in a pageant or procession.2 Dutch: from Middle Dutch croech ‘jug’, ‘pitcher’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a potter.

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

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  • (Census) Alonzo Crunch, Liberty, Adams, Illinois United States 1850 Census
  • (Census) Alonzo D Crouch, Wythe, Hancock, Illinois, United States 1870 Census
  • (Census) Alonzo D Croucho, Wythe, Hancock, Illinois, United States 1860 Census

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