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Calvin Crouse was born June 8, 1830 Ashe County, NC and married Cristina Greenwood in 1857. Calvin's parents were Martin Crouse & Sussana Waggoner.
  1. Henry Wade Crouse born October 27, 1857 in Illinois
  2. Martin Van Buren Crouse born October 14, 1859 in Cainsville, MO
  3. Fredric Crouse born September 28, 1861 in Illinois
  4. General James Crouse born December 25, 1863 in Illinois
  5. Maggie Crouse born April 6, 1867 in Cainsville, MO
  6. Minnie Maria born November 14, 1870 in Cainsville, MO
  7. William Crouse born April 15, 1873 in Cainsville, MO
  8. John Crouse born January 14, 1875 in Cainsville, MO
  9. Charles Crouse born July 28, 1877 in Cainsville, MO
  10. Orville Crouse born March 16, 1881 in Cainsville, MO
  11. Harve Crouse born June 21, 1885 in Cainsville, MO

Calvin Crouse was born in North Carolina on June 8, 1830 and became a resident of Indiana in 1834. In 1851 he moved to Illinois, but in 1868 he moved to Missouri, where he now is buried at Cainsville. On November 9, 1857, he was married to Christina Greenwood, and the result of this union was eleven children and thirteen grandchildren. Calvin Crouse served his country in the late unpleasantness, enlisting in Company F, 46th Illinois Volunteers, Infantry, on January 1, 1862. He had been out about six months when he received a serious gunshot wound, which resulted in the loss of his left eye.

Calvin Crouse, was in the Battle at Fort Donelson and the Battle at Shiloh. In his declaration for invalid pension, he stated he was wounded at Shiloh in the head, the ball striking him near the center of the forehead as he had his head bent forward in the act of capping his gun and varying down entirely destroying the right eye and coming out of the right cheek shattering the cheek bone. Pauline Beard reports that as Calvin lay on the battle field and they were picking up the wounded, he told them "I'm done for, leave me and take the next fellow." When they came back for more wounded they found him still alive and took him to the care center and he lived to father a large family.

Calvin's son, Henry, was four years old when his father came home from the war. In those days there was no communication and Calvin just walked in unannounced. Henry went running to the house and his mother asking "Who is that old man with a patch on his eye?"

Calvin Crouse

Calvin Crouse Mustered Out

By J. H. Burrows
The death of Calvin Crouse at the family home north of town on last Sunday morning, Aug. 8, 1900, while not unexpected since the critical surgical operation at St. Joseph, yet it saddened our whole community.

He has lived here more than 40 years and is widely and favorably known. He was born in North Cor., June 8,1830, and was one of 9 brothers to enlist for the preservation of the Union, he and his brother, Eli, in Co. F 46th Ill. Vol. Inft. He participated in two battles - Fort Donelson and Shiloh - losing an eye in the latter engagement and the wound never healed.

He was married first to Miss Christiana Greenwood Oct. 27, 1856, and to this union 11 children were born, all of whom are living and need no introduction to our people. His first wife died Oct. 2, 1893. On May 21, 1895, he was married to Mrs. Harriette Woodruff who survives him.

The deceased came to Mercer-co., Mo., in 1868, and two years later moved to Harrison-co., locating near this city where he has continued to reside. His was a strong personality, a man of positive habits, rarely changing his views; an obliging nabor, industrious, and of wonderful energy. He managed well and accumulated a fine fortune, but it did not change the man; he remained plain, positive and unassuming.

As a rule he looked upon the bright side of life, was full of good cheer, and one you were glad to meet. He carried his wound received in defense of his country with pleasurable pride. He was a strong partisan, but welcomed a fair combat. He never made a profession of religion, but was ever ready to do kindly deeds for those in need. Four of his sons lived so far off that they could not attend the funeral.

Memorial services were conducted from the late home l 1/2 miles northwest of town by the writer, assisted by Rev. W.H. Harper, from Ecl. 12:7 - "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was; and the spirit unto God who gave it." The parting look, taken, and then slowly we bore his remains to the beautiful Oakland cemetery and laid them to rest beside his faithful companion gone before. The pallbearers were mostly members of the G.A.R. of whom he was always proud.

For several years he lived in Cainsville but he loved the farm and enjoyed farming. He had a 400-acre farm of rich valley land very productive except in such wet seasons as this. He had a large and comfortable home together with barns, out-buildings, etc., and fixed to live easily. He made a brave fight for his life, but death conquered.

May the peace of God attend his loved ones, is my prayer

Calvin's Homestead - Barn

Oaklawn Cemetary in Cainsville, MO

Calvin's Grave
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