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Stella Crouch

Stella Crouch

Female 1893 - 1959  (66 years)

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  • Name Stella Crouch  [1, 2
    Born 8 Jun 1893  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Female 
    Died 29 Dec 1959 
    Buried Sunset Memorial Gardens, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • At the time of the 1910 Oklahoma Census, a Stella WEST was listed as a boarder in the home of Samuel Massey(?) in Baucum Twp, Jackson County, Oklahoma. She was listed as Female, White, age 18, Married, born in Texas, with both parents born in Texas. The column about her ability to read and write was left blank, so it is probable that someone other than she gave her information to the enumerator. Although she is listed as married, she is living apart from her husband. He son Roy West was born about 17 months after this listing, so presumably she and her husband were reunited, at least briefly.

      Her son by a subsequent marriage, Cecil Afton Lewis, was born some two years after Roy. Both were born in Jackson County.

      At the time of the 1920 Federal census, Stella and Will Lewis were renting a home at 129 Chickasha Avenue in Chickasha. Their census listing read as follows:

      Lewis, Will E. Hd R M W 37 M -- Yes Yes Tex. Unknown La. Cook Restaurant
      Lewis, Stella Wife F W 25 M -- Yes Yes Texas Texas Texas Waitress Restaurant
      ---------, Roy Son M W 8 1/2 Yes --- --- Oklahoma Texas Texas
      ---------, Cecil Son M W 6 1/2 -- -- -- Oklahoma Texas Texas

      She was living with her third husband, Walter Winfield Strong, as the time of the 1930 census.

      1930 Census
      Oklahoma, Stephens County, Duncan, King Twp, 2nd Ward
      1509 Cedar
      #6-6 Strong, Walter W Head Rents $15 month no radio M W 48 Married age 37 Texas Ohio Texas Barber Barbershop Employed not a veteran
      --------- , Stella  Wife F W 36 Married age 26 Texas Texas Texas
      West, Roy N Step-son M W 19 S Oklahoma TX TX Painter General Building
      Lewis, Cecil E Step-son M W 17 S Oklahoma TX TX Waiter Cafe
      Strong, Robert H son M W 5 S Oklahoma TX TX
      Crouch, Henry J father-in-law M W 73 Widower TX South Carolina TX

      Census records show she was born in January 1895, however, cemetery records from Sunset Memorial Gardens in Lawton instead show her as born on 8 Jun 1893 and died 29 Dec 1959, at at 66. (Courtesy of Sue Anna Lewis O'Hara).
    Person ID I1295  Strong Family Tree
    Last Modified 17 Aug 2014 

    Father Henry Joseph Crouch,   b. May 1858, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Mother Geneva "Jennie" Arnold,   b. Jan 1868, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Family ID F898  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Edd West,   b. Bef 1880, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Bef 1911 
    • Bob Strong said that his mother, Stella, divorced her first husband in Montague County, Texas. Charles and Pat could not find a record of either her marriage or divorce at the Montague courthouse. Bob also thought that her first husband was "more than twice her age" and that he may have been married before, and possibly after, his brief marriage to Stella.
    Children 
     1. Roy Newell West,   b. 11 Sep 1911, Altus, Jackson County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1964, Sulphur, Murray County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 52 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F896  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 William Ernest "Willie" Lewis,   b. 6 Sep 1882, Austin, Travis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1920  (Age 38 years) 
    Married Bef 1912  [3
    • Robert Strong thought his mother, Stella, married her second husband in Altus, Jackson County, Oklahoma. Charles and Pat Strong went through marriage licenses in Altus, and did not find a marriage certificate. They looked in bride's records under both Crouch and West. They also looked for Groom's under Lewis. These records were very poorly indexed, and they may have simply missed it, or they might have been married elsewhere.
    Children 
     1. Cecil Afton Lewis,   b. 23 Jul 1913, Altus, Jackson County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1991, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
    Last Modified 3 Jun 2012 
    Family ID F897  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 3 Walter Winfield Strong,   b. 10 May 1881, Farmersville, Collin County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Apr 1961, Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years) 
    Married 4 Jun 1920  Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Walter Strong, age 39, resident of Chickasha and Miss Stella Lewis, aged 26, resident of Chickasha. Subscribed and sworn on 4 June 1920.Married by John D. Salter, Minister of the M.E. Church South of Chickasha. Witnesses Mrs. John D. Salter and Harry Salter of Chickasha.
    Children 
     1. Robert Henry "Bob" Strong,   b. 9 May 1924, Wellston, Lincoln County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Feb 2009, Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years)
    Documents
    Crouch, Stella 1920 marriage to Walter Winfield Strong
    Crouch, Stella 1920 marriage to Walter Winfield Strong
    Both Stella and Walter had been previously married, and brought young children into their union
    Last Modified 9 Dec 2006 
    Family ID F143  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 8 Jun 1893 - Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 4 Jun 1920 - Chickasha, Grady County, Oklahoma Link to Google Earth
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    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Photos
    _Crouch, Stella
    _Crouch, Stella
    Second wife of Walter Winfield Strong
    Mother of Roy WEST, Cecil LEWIS, and Bob STRONG
    B. 1877 Texas D. Oklahoma
    Strong, Burt & Lucy with Stella & Walter early to mid 1940's
    Strong, Burt & Lucy with Stella & Walter early to mid 1940's
    L to R: Burt and Lucy (Brannan) Strong, Stella (Crouch) and Walter Strong
    Crouch, Stella with Anna Laura Strong ca 1939
    Crouch, Stella with Anna Laura Strong ca 1939
    Anna Laura (l) with her mother-in-law, Stella Strong (r). Stella was Homer Strong's step-mother.

  • Sources 
    1. [S564] 1930 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com. database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2002., (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls. Containing records for approximately 123 million Americans, the 1930 United States Federal Census is the largest census released to date and is the most recent census available for public access. The census gives us a glimpse into the lives of Americans in 1930, and contains information about a household’s family members and occupants including: birthplaces, occupations, immigration, citizenship, and military service. The names of those listed in the census are linked to actual images of the 1930 Census.), King Township, Ward 2, 1509 Cedar #6-6 (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S384] 1900 United States Federal Census [Ancestry.com database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2004, (Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls. This database is an index to individuals enumerated in the 1900 United States Federal Census, the Twelfth Census of the United States. Census takers recorded many details including each person's name, address, relationship to the head of household, color or race, sex, month and year of birth, age at last birthday, marital status, number of years married, the total number of children born of the mother, the number of those children living, birthplace, birthplace of father and mother, if the individual was foreign born, the year of immigration and the number of years in the United States, the citizenship status of foreign-born individuals over age twenty-one, occupation, and more. Additionally, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to actual images of the 1900 Federal Census.), Texas, Ellis County, JP 1, ED 13 #260-263 (Reliability: 3).

    3. [S487] Ancestry.com - U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918, Registration Location: Grady County, Oklahoma; Roll: 1851777; Draft Board: 1. (Reliability: 3).