WASHINGTON COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY (Washington County, Utah)
GEORGE WILLIAM CROUCH
(teacher, newspaper publisher)
BIOGRAPHYGeorge William Crouch was born March 12, 18341 in Washington, Hempstead County, Arkansas.
George married Margaret Amelia Faught on October 23, 1853 in Washington, Hemstead County, Arkansas. She was a Cherokee Indian and the daughter of Charles Nancy Dick Faught.
George, Margaret, and their two daughters immigrated to Utah with the Warren Walling Company. They left Florence, Nebraska on May 30, 1860 and arrived in the Great Salt Lake Valley, Utah Territory, on August 9, 1860.
George married Eliza Campbell Brown on May 10, 1862 in Salt Lake City. She was the daughter of Hugh and Rosanna Murray Brown. She was previously married to Robert Gibson and she brought with her small children: William, David, James Brown, Robert, Gilbert, and Mary. Then they had one daughter together.
Margaret was found frozen to death in a tent in January 9, 1866 in Salt Lake City. She was buried in the potter's field there (Plot B_4_PAUPER_696 of the Salt Lake City Cemetery).
On the 1870 census, George was a school teacher, living with his wife and two children in Beaver, Utah Territory. In 1873, he was the editor of the Beaver Enterprise newspaper. He worked as a printer for the Salt Lake Tribune, but gave up his newspaper job to become Connor's agent in the Star mining districts near Beaver.
In 1878, George, along with James N. Louder, bought the Silver Reef Echo from Joseph E. Johnson for $550 and some promissory notes. They renamed it The Silver Reef Miner with the first issue published in August of 1878. They sold the paper to Edward and John Pike in October of 1879.
On the 1880 census, George was a printer, living with his wife and daughter in Beaver. He moved to Ashley's Fork, Uintah County, Utah, in 1882, where he was the Uintah county clerk. He took over James Gibson's store and was the leading merchant in town in 1885. He shipped merchandise from ZCMI in Salt Lake City to stock his store. By 1889, he was the only merchant left in town and did a good business even though the area was having a hard time.
Eliza died of a stroke in Ashley on March 31, 1890 and was buried in Plot REM2562 of the Salt Lake City Cemetery.
George continued living in Ashley. He was elected a delegate to the Ogden convention in 1892. Eventually, sickness compelled him to find someone to care for him, so he moved into the home of William Gibson, his stepson.
George died in Ashley on April 12, 1894. He was buried on William Gibson's farm by his own request. He was reburied? in Vernal Memorial Park in Vernal, Uintah County, Utah.
REFERENCESGeorge William Crouch
A research report by Elaine Young, PhD.
Find-A-Grave entry for George William Crouch
BillionGraves entry for George W. Crouch
Find-A-Grave entry for Margaret Amelia Faught
Find-A-Grave entry for Eliza Campbell Brown Crouch