Information from Tammy Coones, Buchannan History, Tombstone Records,
From Tammy Coones family history stated that Adam Crouse Sr. was the
father of Adam Crouse Jr.
Buried at Easton Cem. Mo. Also Frank Snider, Texas.
Census 1810 Ashe Co NC
1820 Ashe Co NC
1830 Ashe Co NC
1840 Pike Co MO
1870 Buchanan Page 66 MO
1880 Buchanan Page 378 MO
Buchanan Co. History
Adam Crouse, Jr., born 1801, died 30 June 1886, married Judith (Juda)
Johnson, born 1802 died 3 October 1885. Both are buried in Blakely Cemetery.
Their name on their gravestones are spelled Crows but the later descendants
spelled it Crouse. Adam and Judith came from Ashe County, North Carolina in a
covered wagon in the year 1841. Adam loved North Carolina and made several
trips back to his country to visit relatives. Judith was the daughter of
Thomas Johnson and Lucy Edwins.
The children of Adam and Judith were: Thomas, born 1825, Benjamin, born
1837, Margaret (Peggy) born 1835, Betsy, born 1836 Rachel, born 1841, Polly
(Pops), born 1840 and Lucy, born 1845.
Regardless of just where their home was in North Carolina, Adam and
Judith set out in a covered wagon, and in a wogon train, crossed the
Cumberland Gap, and the State of Kentucky, stopping briefly in eastern
Missouri. The number of wagons that comprised the wagon train is not known.
However, the caravan must not have been very large in number, as it is said
that Adam, being an accomplished rifle shot and hunter, kept the train
supplied with game throughout the trip.
While we, as decendants, might like to envision our ancestors as heros,
and paint a mental picture of Adam Crouse returning to the encampment with a
large quantities of fresh meat, I think a few sobering facts should be
considered. The rifle of the day was a single-shot, black powder burning,
muzzle loader, requiring that powder, wadding, and ball be seated in the
barrel by means of a ram-rod. The loading procedure continued with a small
amount of gun powder being deposited in a pan at the breech of the barrel,
which, in turn, was designed for the purpose. Hunters in those days were
likely to have been proficent with their rifles more from necessity than
anything else, as the time consuming procedure of loading the rifle was a
deterant of a second shot. The smoke and report resulting from the firing of
such a gun must surely have put any game within a mile radius on notice that a
hunter was in their midst. To have kept very many people fed under these
circumstances would have been a full time job. Adam may have distinguished
himself as a hunter among his peers, but in my opinion, his peers were few in
It is told by Rhoda Crouse, that Adam and Judy lived for a short period
of time in Saline Co. Missouri. They moved shortly after to Buchanan Co and
purchased land in Section 22 of Marion TWS. This move was made in 1841. It
was there that Adam built a log cabin on the prarie. The cabin was made from
hewn logs. This is to say, the logs were roughly squared after being put in
place, by triming the pertruding curved surface, leaving the walls a straight
surface. Later, the cabin was replaced by a more conventional house. The new
home brought about changes which included the replacement of the fireplace in
whcih Judith had cooked for the family. It is told how she cried when her
fireplace was replaced with a wood - burning stove.
Reportedly, Adam was somewhat disenchanted with his move to Missouri,
and is said to have taken many trips, sometimes annually, walking
cross-country, back to his early home in North Carolina, leaving Judy to tend
to the Missouri farm. He is quoted as saying repeatedly to her "I wisht I was
right back thar astraddle them Blue Ridge Mountains".
Judith Crouse passed away October 8, 1885, She was 83 years, 5 months,
and 16 days old. Adam died, June 30, 1886, his age was 84 years, 5 month, and
8 days. They are both buried in the Blakely Cemetery, three or four miles
northwest of Easton, Missouri. The name was mis-spelled on the headstone, and
reads Crows. Upon entering Blakely Cemetery from the south, a maintence
building stands slightly to the right, or east. An elongated circle drive
starts up a slsight hill to the left. In the curve, at the far west end at
the crest of the hill, and under a large tree, stands the monument marking the
graves Pertaining to Adam.
Many years later, decendants of the couple would donate a few items Adam and
Judith had used in their lives to a museum in St Joseph Mo. Said to be on
display is a Dutch Oven with which Judy cooked at an open firplace. The oven,
with a lid, stood on three legs to keep it above the ashes. The other donated
item was a grain cradle that Adam had brought from North Carolina.
The home burned to the ground about 1976.
Bureau of Land Management Federal Land Patent Records 1820 to 1908
CROUSE, THOMAS H " MO 12/01/1851 8712 MO4550__.328
"CROWS, ADAM " MO 04/01/1846 1936 MO4420__.283
"CROWSE, THOMAS H " MO 04/15/1853 11143 MO4600__.012