These look great. It's amazing the way you have merged the pictures of
the twins together to make the one. For the benefit of the others
that are cc's on this email, here's a little background on these pictures.
My mother and I came across these while going through the pictures
that had come from my grandmother Amy's home after she died. The
pictures of the twins were clearly originally one. They match together just
like two puzzle pieces. They are each large about 10" x 15" or so.
Their names are written on the back in my grandmother's handwriting. We
can only think that possibly they were to be framed separately.
The picture of Georgia is really very precious because it's the only
known picture to my knowledge. We found it along with the above
mentioned pictures of the twins with my grandmother's things. Again in my
grandmother's handwriting is that she was told that she looked most like
Georgia. Cindy Chabolla
Martin Van Buren CROUCH
b: 26 Mar 1840 in Willisburg, Washington, Kentucky
d: 30 Oct 1927 in , Washington, Kentucky
+Georgia Ann STAPP
b: 8 May 1849 in Willisburg, Washington, Kentucky
m: 4 Oct 1864 in , Washington, Kentucky
d: 7 Apr 1879 in Willisburg, Washington, Kentucky
- James Barbour CROUCH
b: 6 May 1868 in Willisburg, Washington, Kentucky
d: 23 Oct 1950 in Decatur, Macon, Illinois
son - Richard Johnson CROUCH
b: 22 Apr 1870 in Willisburg, Washington, Kentucky
d: 10 May 1959 in Shelbyville, Shelby, Illinois
son - Stapp CROUCH
b: 22 Jul 1878 in Willisburg, Washington, Kentucky
d: 18 Apr 1879 in Willisburg, Washington, Kentucky
A lot we don't know about this. Circled on the left
are Richard Johnson Crouch and family - Laura wife and son Zack and daughter
Verla. Verla was born in 1902, so we date this prior to 1910. Martin van
Buren Crouch centers the picture. The man with the beard is Armstrong Young
who married Dilla Crouch - Martin's cousin - who I believe sits to his
right. The rest of them should be relatives, but we can't id them.
The picture you inquired about
was made at my grandmother Ollie Crouch Moore`s homeplace on Polin Road
about two miles west of
Willisburg. Pictured are Papa Crouch(Martin Van Buren) and his
wife, Elizabeth. Standing is Ollie`s oldest daughter, Elizabeth Van Moore
born March 27, 1914. She married Cecil Kays and she is an active 93 years
young, living in
Harrodsburg, Ky. Seated in the baby buggy is Ollie and W.R.
Moore`s second child, Corinne bornAugust 16,1915. She married Marshall
Ryan. Corinne lived at
Willisburg and died in 1987. The land on which the house that is
pictured sits is part of the large plot of land originally owned by
Ambrose Crouch. The original Crouch homesite is a few miles south of
this location. Martin`s sons, Richard and Barbour lived and owned
property across the road (Polin Rd) before they relocated to
Illinois. According to my mother,Devola Moore Haag, Papa Crouch
built the house on Polin Road soon after his marriage to Elizabeth . His
son Barbour was eleven years old at the time which would put the building
date to 1879. I have heard my grandmother tell the story about her
brother, Edwin, removing the mantel from the old homeplace and moving it
by wagon to the Polin road site. The mantel was built by Jesse Head, a
cabinetmaker for the Lincoln family who lived not far from the original
Crouch homestead. The Polin road house was sold after my grandmother`s
death in 1980 and has since been torn away and replaced with a new house.
Fortunately, I was able to purchase the mantel from the new owner and my
sister incorporated it into a new home she was building at the time.
Larry, this is a quite long response to your question regarding id of the
picture, but I thought you`d like to know. More to follow!
Jesse Head is more than a
cabinetmaker. He was also the minister who married Lincoln's parents.
Versions of this story
have been told to me all my life. Usually it was to permit one brother to
get home for spring planting. Frequently the stories were further enhanced
by a claim that the brothers fought for different sides. What a relief to
find a perfectly believable story of an incident that must have happened.
The twins are pictured in the
Crouch Family Reunion
I cannot give a source for where the article was
published. From the collection of Myra Dickson.
This article eventually attracted a descendant of
Martin van Buren Crouch -
I believe I am a relative of yours. I am a decedent of Martin Crouch (one
of the twins and brother to Stephen). One of Martin's sons is my
I am 48 years old and growing up had always heard about the story of the
twins trading places in the civil war. I remember my grandmother showing me
a copy of the newspaper article you have on your website. When my
grandmother died quite a few years ago I looked for the article among her
things but couldn't find it.
Recently while visiting my mother we were chatting about relatives and again
about the story of the twins and the article. I got on the computer and
decided to google to see where it took me. I was hoping to find the article
and so I basically threw in the words "crouch twins civil war Kentucky" and
landed upon your website.
I've seen pictures of the twins and their other brother and it's no mistake
our relatives are the same. I was thrilled to see the copy of the newspaper
This letter to the
newspaper is also from the Myra collection.
A.D. Young is Armstrong D. Young (husband of Dilla
Ann Crouch) He and Dilla are also pictured in the
Family Reunion Picture
These details about the brothers come from the
Jonathan Crouch history
Another brother, Ambrose Crouch, raised a large family in Washington County,
Kentucky, Martin VanBuren Crouch, or Mart as he was called, enlisted in Co. D 10
Ky. Inf. He served through the war of the Rebellion. He lived and died in
Washington County, Kentucky, He told me that he has taught one Sunday School
Class for 43 years. Of his family I know very little. One son, Barbour, went
from Kentucky to Decatur, Ill. I learned he has several sons who are very
prominent men in their county.
Richard J. Crouch, a twin brother off Mart’s, was raised in Kentucky. He was
always called Dick. He married a Miss Laura Logan, who passed away leaving two
daughters. The youngest one Martha, married in Kentucky to R. A. Breckenridge of
a very prominent family in Kentucky. He is a successful farmer and lives near
Morrisonville, Ill. They have quite a family. Dick visited our home in Ill. in
early life. He was a quiet bashful boy and when we were called on the carpet for
any mischief we had been caught in, we’d always tell our stories so as to bring
Dick into it. My mother would say "You boys needn’t try to bring Richard into
this, he doesn’t engage in any such mischief." MY ANGEL MOTHER HAS LONG SINCE
GONE TO HER REWARD.
From our perspective these are very important
historical events going on at this time. The Battle at Perryville was to be
the largest battle of the war fought in Kentucky and pretty much the last
one. It wasn't a Confederate defeat. On the contrary, almost every
Confederate attack succeeded, but when it was over the Union army was still
in place and the Confederates had to withdraw. As a result the state of
Kentucky was firmly controlled by the Union and never challenged again.
Lincoln certainly understood the significance of the event. He used the
relative good news of this event and the subsequent victory at Stone's River
as the impetus to issue the Emancipation Proclamation.
Unfortunately for the Crouch family and a good many other men, the march
from Kentucky into Tennessee finally came to the banks of the Chickamauga
River outside Chattanooga. The 10th Kentucky inf. under Thomas was part of
the army that held the field after the rout of one-third of the Union army.
The final retreat was not pretty and it ended up the single bloodiest day of
the war. We know Martin's cousin, James P. Crouch was captured here. He
ended up in Andersonville prison where he died.
The 10th fought in many more major battles and finally followed Sherman
to Atlanta. At Atlanta, they split from Sherman and followed the
Confederates under Hood north while Sherman went to the sea. The Confederate
army under Hood was finally smashed at Franklin (an unnecessary slaughter)
and Nashville (a complete rout), which ended the Southern army in the West,
and I believe the war for the men of the 10th.
If you have information or photographs concerning the
descendants of Stephen Douglas Crouch or the Barton County village of Nashville,
Missouri, please contact me. I share my pictures and I return any photographs
entrusted to me promptly.