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Welcome! This blog will be about the facts and rumors I have collected while researching the genealogy of the family of my grandfather, Thomas Newton Crouch.

Please feel free to send me questions, corrections, or comments in response to this blog. I am more than happy to help and share with others, or accept information sources I have not discovered yet.

Who is Thomas Newton Crouch?

Thomas Newton Crouch as a young boy

Thomas Newton Crouch was born on July 19, 1900, in Atkins, Arkansas, as the third child of Susannah Belle Gillum, age 27, and Isaac Newton Crouch, age 49. He died on December 20, 1977, in Modesto, California, at the age of 77.

Other children of Susannah Belle Gillum and Isaac Newton Crouch were William Monroe Crouch (16 Jan 1892 – 25 November 1958), Theo Myrtle Crouch (5 Aug 1895 – 28 May 1906), and Joseph Ray Crouch (1910 – 16 Sep 1936).

Thomas Newton Crouch was born in Pope County, Arkansas near the present day town of Atkins. He was the third generation born there. His maternal great great grandfather was William Burnett (4 Oct 1774 – 5 July 1855) who was an early settler in the area before statehood and has a township named after him. William Burnett’s father, John Harrison Burnett (1750- Oct 1778) died at Valley Forge (PA) from an illness while serving with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. (Thomas Newton Crouch [1900-1977] -> Susannah Belle Gillum [1872-1966] -> William Perry Gillum [1843-1923] -> Frances Howard Burnett [1804- abt 1865?] -> William Burnett [1774-1855]).

His sister Theo Myrtle died on May 28, 1906, in Hughes, Oklahoma, when Thomas Newton was 5 years old. She is buried in the Gerty Cemetery (Hughes County) in Oklahoma near her father Isaac. Rumor is that she died as a result of boiling water spilling on her while the laundry was being done.

The father of Thomas Newton Crouch, Isaac Newton Crouch, passed away on June 29, 1912, in Oklahoma at the age of 61. The obituary says he was kicked by a horse and died the next day. The mother of Thomas later married William Adolphus James (1857-1936)

WWI Draft Card

Thomas Newton Crouch married Myrtle Scott (1903-1988) in McLoud, Oklahoma, on September 27, 1921, when he was 21 years old. They had 10 children together.

His daughter Viola C was born on June 25, 1922 in Okalhoma.

His daughter Zona Marie was born on June 13, 1924, in Fresno, California. The family had recently moved to California to look for work since Myrtle did not want Thomas working in the mines in Oklahoma.

His daughter Dorothy Allene was born on October 6, 1925, in Fresno, California.

His son Thomas Newton (Jr) was born on March 14, 1927, in Fresno, California.

His daughter Pauline was born on October 19, 1928, in Fresno, California.

His son Richard Lee was born on May 8, 1930, in Fresno, California.

His son George was born on March 13, 1932, in Fresno, California.

His son Paul was born on October 7, 1935, in Fresno, California.

His brother Joseph Ray died on September 16, 1936, in Fresno, California, when Thomas Newton was 36 years old.

His daughter Joyce May was born on May 29, 1938, in Fresno, California.

Sometime in the late 1930s, Thomas went into partnership with another man and bought a truck. Myrtle did not want Thomas to join the union. One day while waiting at a facility to drop off a load of grapes, the truck in front had Thomas move in closer. Then a second truck pulled in behind him boxing him in between the two trucks. Then both trucks started to take parts off as if they were doing repairs. This caused Thomas to be stuck and not able to deliver the load of grapes before they spoiled. As a result Thomas was liable for the cost of the load and had to file bankruptcy. The union members had succeeded in reducing the number of non-union drivers by one.

His son Donald was born on October 8, 1942, in Fresno, California. Donald was reported to be a special needs child in that he was ‘slow’ in his mental capabilities. He died on 5 Apr 1957 near French Camp (San Joaquin County, California) when several boys dared him to jump in some water. He did not know how to swim and became entangled in submerged debris. All of the rest of the children of Thomas Newton Crouch reached adulthood.

His brother William Monroe died on November 25, 1958, in Fresno, California, when Thomas Newton was 58 years old.

His mother Susannah Belle passed away on January 21, 1966, in Fresno, California, at the age of 93.

In 1971 Thomas and Myrtle celebrated their 50th Wedding anniversary with a large family gathering at their home. One of Myrtle’s cousin, Dan Barker, brought a book showing the genealogy of the Barkers back to the early 1800s. Being a history buff, this fascinated me, the writer of this blog, and lead me to starting my genealogy research in the late 1990s.

Thomas Newton Crouch died on December 20, 1977, in Modesto, California, when he was 77 years old. He was buried Acacia Memorial Park in Modesto.


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