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In 1819 Martin Crouse was married to Susannah Wagner and in 1834 with wife and eight children, one having died in infancy, they drove out of Carolina and settled on the line of Clay and Owen counties, Indiana, where six other children were born making a family of eleven brothers and four sisters. Of these 11 boys, one Jacob died at in infancy. William died in 1862 in Arkansas.

The other nine Winson (the oldest) served though the Mexican War, and then Winson, Eli, Calvin, Stephen, Henry, Benjamin, Harrison and Frederick, all served in the Civil War - Union, giving in all about 20 years to the war service of their country.

There may have been other families in the nation who gave more boys to the war then than the Crouse's, but if so we have not heard of them. Henry was captured by the Confederates, cast into Libby prison where he suffered, starved and died.

The other eight returned home and raised large families. These nine Crouse men had a total of 79 children among them. Frederick and his wife Samantha Hoover alone had 17 children.

Martin and Susannah Crouse are buried at DeVore Cemetery, Bogota, Illinois. Their stone says "Parents of Nine Union Soldiers" on the top.

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