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1868, the county of her birth, which occurred Oct. 21, 1849. Eight children have blesses this marriage, George W., William J., Clara, Blanch, Leroy, Edward, Effie and John. Comrade Couples was one of the brave soldier boys to respond to the President's call for troops; he had been employed on a farm when he was enrolled Oct. 16, 1862, at Harrisburg, Pa., as a private soldier in Co. M, 16 Pa. V. C. Feb. 27, 1863, he was wounded at Stoneman St. by accident, and was treated for same in hospital a short time at Stoneman St.; he was detailed as dispatch bearer and served in this way from August, 1863, to April, 1864; he bore conspicuous part in the battles of Kelleys Ford, Culpepper C. H., Roppidan, Chancellorsville, Fredericksburg, Ream Station, Poplar Grove Church, Aldee, Upperville, Wilderness, Gettysburg, Boonsboro, and several others; he was honorably discharged Aug. 19, 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa.; his brothers, James, David, Harry, John and Mark, were soldiers in the Union army; his father and grandfather served in the war of 1812. His wife's great-grandfather fought in the war for American Independence. Comrade Couples belongs to Beyer Post, 426, he is an engineer and his address is Van Omer, Pa.


Was a son of Joseph and Anna (Adams) Cretin, long ago deceased. His helpmate on life's journey was Matilda Krise, the nuptial knot being tied Jan. 19, 1857, in St. Augustine, Pa. She was born in Cambria Co., Pa., Aug. 10, 1830, and was a daughter of John and Sarah Krise, long ago deceased. By this marriage there are three children, Sarah A., John A. and Mary E. Comrade Cretin underwent the hardships and privations of a soldier's life during the late war and was enrolled in 1861 as a private in Co. K, 125 Pa. V. I. He was killed in 1862. He took active part in all the engagements of his command including Antietam; at this famous battle he sacrificed his life on the altar of his country, having fallen for the glorious cause he had upheld. His wife's brothers, Daniel, Steven and Thomas were also in service. Daniel was killed in action. Mrs. Cretin resides in St. Augustine, Pa.


Philip and Mary (Frangley) Crouse, dec., are the parents of our subject, who was born in Butler, Pa., Jan. 14, 1845. He united his fortunes for line June, 1865, in Indiana Pa., to Rose Sweeny, who was born in Indiana, Pa., Oct., 1845. Her parents, John and Mary (Ripple) Sweeny are deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Crouse are the parents of eight children, Mary, Clara dec., Anna, Herman, Theresa

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