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Source: Past and Present of Pike County, Page 744-745

ALEXANDER COUCH

Alexander Couch, who follows farming on section 14, Spring Creek township, was born in Hardin township, Pike county, April 26, 1858, his parents being Lewis and Sarah J. (Daniel) Couch. The mother of Lewis Couch was a native of Kentucky and lived to the very advanced age of ninety-two years, spending the last fifteen years of her life with the parents of Mrs. Alexander Conch. Lewis Couch was a native of Hillsboro, Highland county, Ohio, born July 4, 1827. He engaged in dealing in poultry, sheep, hogs, etc., for ten years and afterward gave his time to farming until his demise, which occurred in Spring Creek township, this county, on the 10th of June, 1894, when he was in his sixty-seventh year. He married Miss Sarah Daniel, who was born December 23, 1837, and was a daughter of James Daniel, who was a native of Tennessee, and in that state was married, his first wife also dying there. He afterward came to Pike county with his two children, and later was married here to Polly Bristo. For many years he was a resident farmer of this part of the state, and died in Spring Creek township in 1888. His wife passed away several years later. In their family were the following named: William, Albert. Sarah, Mrs. Jane Couch, Martin Van Buren, Mary, James J. Polk, Martha Rebecca, Caroline and Clarke. The children of Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Couch were twelve in number, namely: John, Alexander, Alphonso Hunter, Mary E., Lewis G., Eliza, Rosie A., Dora L., Alva, Ora, and Eddie and Charlie, twins.

Alexander Couch, the second in order of birth, was educated in the district schools of Hardin, and Spring Creek townships, and was reared upon his father's farm, assisting him in the labors of field and meadow until he had reached the age of twenty-eight years, when he was married to Miss Mary Frances Shaw, on the 18th of April, 1886. Unto them were born three children: Ina A., Nellie and a son who died unnamed in infancy. The wife and mother died December 26, 1893, and Mr. Couch afterward wedded Miss Eunice Collins, a daughter of John and Ruth E. Collins, the former born March 17, 1826, and the latter in October, 1830. The maternal grandmother of Mrs. Couch lived for many years near Pittsfield, Pike county, Illinois, and later removed to Newtonville, Spencer county, Indiana, where she died at the advanced age of ninety years. Unto John and Ruth E. Collins were born three children: Eunice, Emma O. and Austin, but only Mrs. Couch is now living, Emma having died in August, 1905, while Austin died when but three years of age. Both Mr. and Mrs. Collins had been previously married, and by his first union he had the following children: William Campbell, Amy A., John W., Joseph S. and Sherman A. Collins. By her first marriage Mrs. Collins had two daughters: Mrs. Mary Fuller and Mrs. Barbara Crozier, both yet living. The marriage of Mr. Couch and Miss Eunice Collins had been blessed with four children: Orin I., Oza L., Erma O. and Orville S. Couch.

Mr. Conch is now engaged in the cultivation and improvement of one hundred and seventy-one acres of good farming land, which he has brought under a high state of cultivation. He produces principally corn, wheat and hay, and he is also engaged in stock-raising, having eighteen head of fine graded shorthorn cattle, nine head of horses and about fifty head of hogs. His business interests are well managed, and his earnest efforts are bringing to him a very desirable competence, while his life record is another proof of the assertion of the German poet and philosopher Goethe that "merit and success go linked together." In politics he is a democrat, and has always affiliated with that party.

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