Bio  of Elizabeth Garrett Kruse of Schuyler County

Elizabeth C. Garrett , daughter of Thomas Jefferson Garrett and Susanna (Weigart) Garrett was born in Jamestown, Russell County, Kentucky, April 16, 1825.   In the year 1837 her father’s family, in the company of  Jonathan Patteson family, moved to Schuyler County.  They traveled down the Columbia and Ohio Rivers on a flat boat and up the Illinois River by steam-boat, landing at the old town of Erie, between Beardstown and Frederick.

She was united in marriage on Dec 3, 1843, to Franz  Henri Dierk Kruse, the son of  Dierk Sontkin Gordes Kruse and Hiske J (Miller) Kruse. The day following their marriage the couple went to housekeeping in a cabin in the woods,  two miles east of Rushville, at which place she has lived continuously ever since.  To this union was born seven children, Martin Luther Kruse, dying in infancy; Mary Ellen Kruse, dying after reaching young womanhood; James K Polk Kruse, George Washington Kruse, Susanna Hiske Fruse (Greer), Franz Henry Kruse, Dora K Kruse (Matthews), Mary Elizabeth Kruse (Bradley).

Elizabeth C. (Garrett) Kruse made a profession of faith and religion in early life and was baptized in the Illinois River by Barton W. Stone, one of the early pioneer preachers of the Christian Church of Rushville.  Later in life, in company with her husband, she transferred her membership to the Church of Christ.

Mother Kruse comes from a long lived family, her mother and oldest brother living to the age of 92 years.  She is a woman of remarkable constitution and endurance and has retained her faculties to a remarkable degree and is the  last of her father’s family of eight children, all of whom lived to be heads of families.

She is probably one of the last of the pioneers who settled near Rushville in the thirties.  (1830)

<>The Rushville Times.
Submitted by:  Carol L. Wolf Britton  <grandpabert@i2k.net>

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