COUCH FAMILY

Pine Mountain Settlement School
Series 09: Biography – Families
Series 19: Students

COUCH FAMILY, 1925 – 1986(?)


TAGS: Couch Family; Pine Mountain Settlement School; Pine Mountain Community; PMSS Workers; PMSS Boarding School Students; PMSS Community School Students


When Katherine Pettit arrived in the valley in the early 1900s, she met families with names like Creech, Boggs, Turner, Couch, Combs, Coots, Day, Hall, and more, suggesting that the population was heavily indebted to England, Ireland and France in its origins. [Source: KATHERINE PETTIT – Weaving at PMSS – Beginnings]

Members of the Couch Family lived in the community of Pine Mountain since very early years. Many were among the student body and workers at Pine Mountain Settlement School.

For assistance in researching histories of families in Eastern Kentucky see:

Harlan County, Kentucky Genealogy – FamilySearch Wiki


Couch Family: HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE PMSS COLLECTIONS

COUCH FAMILY HIGHLIGHTS lists Couch Family members whose names have been found in correspondence, biographies, narratives and other historical accounts in the PMSS Collections.

The following highlights are not in chronological order. Instead, they are roughly in the order of first names.

Each highlight includes the title of the source page (in uppercase letters). That page can be accessed by copying and pasting the page title in the SEARCH box on the main page at https://pinemountainsettlement.net.

Alma Jean Couch, a Co-op member, wrote about nature and sled-riding under the title “What We Enjoy Here” on pages 2 and 4 of PINE CONE 1949.

Bessie Couch, a third-grader at Divide School, wrote “A Pet Kitten” which was published on page 15 of PINE CONE 1948 OCTOBER and was exhibited at Pine Mountain’s Fair Day.

Chester Couch is listed as having served in WWII. WWII MILITARY SERVICE.

Columbus Couch is encountered by PMSS worker Alice Cobb on one of her walks to visit community families in 1937. ALICE COBB STORIES Logging in Gabes Branch…. He is listed by PMSS worker Alice Cobb as one of her Divide, KY, Sunday School attendees, about 19 years old, 1937. ALICE COBB STORIES Handing Over Divide Sunday School to Miss Cold….

Frank Couch is mentioned by PMSS worker Alice Cobb as one of her Divide, KY, Sunday School attendees in 1937. She writes, “I don’t know, really, whether he is a Couch or a Turner but I believe he is brother or cousin to the above boys [Fred Couch, Columbus Couch].” ALICE COBB STORIES Handing Over Divide Sunday School to Miss Cold….

Fred Couch is mentioned by PMSS worker Alice Cobb as one of her Divide, KY, Sunday School attendees, about 12 or 13 years old, 1937. ALICE COBB STORIES Handing Over Divide Sunday School to Miss Cold…. He is listed as having served in WWII. WWII MILITARY SERVICE.

George Washington Couch played “Simeon” in the 1953(?) Nativity Play at PMSS. NATIVITY PLAY: MARY ROGERS’ LETTER TO RUBY YOCUM.

Hannah Couch is mentioned by PMSS worker Alice Cobb as one of her Divide, KY, Sunday School attendees, an “occasional comer,” 1937. ALICE COBB STORIES Handing Over Divide Sunday School to Miss Cold….

Jim Couch is described as one of Dr. Ida Stapleton’s patients in the STAPLETON REPORT – MARCH 1932…  He said he was about 70 years old and was from a “cabin in the forest of Lynn Fork.” Arizony Couch was his daughter and Maggie, his granddaughter.

John Couch is mentioned by PMSS worker Alice Cobb as one of her Divide, KY, Sunday School attendees in 1937. She writes, “CC boy, brother to Columbus and Fred….” ALICE COBB STORIES Handing Over Divide Sunday School to Miss Cold….

Mrs. Couch and her family at Clover Fork are described by Dr. Ida Stapleton in STAPLETON REPORT 1929 – FEBRUARY…

Rankin Couch is listed as having served in WWII. WWII MILITARY SERVICE.

Couch Family: IN PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY, 1934-1937

TITLE LAST NAME FIRST NAME DATE OF INFO SOURCE OF INFORMATION NOTES
Couch Harm 1934 – 1942 MAP OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS 1934 – 1942
Mr. & Mrs. Couch John 1934 – 1942 MAP OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS 1934 – 1942; COBB STORIES “Handing…”; “Sunday School…” Attended Cobb’s Sunday School at Divide, KY. Fred’s son?
Couch Fred 1937 COBB STORIES “Handing…”; “Sunday School…” Attended Cobb’s Sunday School at Divide, KY. John’s father?
Couch Family 1937 COBB STORIES “Handing…” Children; Columbus, Fred, Hannah, Frank, John; attended Cobb’s Sunday School at Divide, KY.
Couch Columbus 1937 COBB STORIES “Logging in Gabes…” He & his brother attend Cobb’s Sunday School at

Couch Family: PMSS WORKER, 1985-1986(?)

LAST NAME FIRST NAME           JOB TITLE NOTES PMSS YEARS
Couch Judy Maintenance Part-time Nov 1985 – 1986?

Couch Family: PMSS BOARDING STUDENTS, 1925-1949

Couch Family: PMSS COMMUNITY SCHOOL STUDENTS, 1948-1967(?)

LAST NAME – FIRST NAME – MI – DATE OF BIRTH – DATE OF RECORD
Couch Bessie  1935 01-10 1948
Couch Brenda  1961-04-07 1967?
Couch  Bill G. 1937 10-26 1950
Couch George Washington 1939-12-23 1950
Couch Harold 1946-06-1954
Couch Leroy 1953-03-20 1953
Couch Paul 1942-02-06 1948


See Also:

ALICE COBB STORIES Handing Over Divide Sunday School to Miss Cold, June 1937
ALICE COBB STORIES Logging in Gabes Branch and Holiness Service
ALICE COBB STORIES Sunday School at Divide, April 25, 1937

MAP OF COMMUNITY RESIDENTS 1934 – 1942

Return to: GUIDE TO FAMILIES IN THE PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY


Couch Family: GALLERY

Title

Couch Family

Identifier

https://pinemountainsettlement.net/?page_id=58418

Creator

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Alt. Creator

Ann Angel Eberhardt ; Helen Hayes Wykle ;

Subject Keyword

Couch Family ; Pine Mountain Settlement School; Pine Mountain Community; PMSS Workers; PMSS Boarding School Students; PMSS Community School Students

Subject LCSH

Couch Family.
Pine Mountain Settlement School (Pine Mountain, Ky.) — History.
Harlan County (Ky.) — History.
Education — Kentucky — Harlan County.
Rural schools — Kentucky — History.
Families — Kentucky.
Schools — Appalachian Region, Southern.

Date

2018-10-19 aae

Publisher

Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY

Contributor

n/a

Type

Collections ; text ; image ;

Format

Original and copies of documents and correspondence in file folders in filing cabinet.

Source

Series 09: Biography – Families

Language

English

Relation

Is related to: Pine Mountain Settlement School Collections, Series 09: Biography – Families

Coverage Temporal

1925 – 1986(?)

Coverage Spatial

Pine Mountain, KY ; Harlan County, KY ;

Rights

Any display, publication, or public use must credit the Pine Mountain Settlement School. Copyright retained by the creators of certain items in the collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Donor

n/a

Description

Core documents, correspondence, writings, and administrative papers of the Couch Family ; clippings, photographs, books by or about the Couch Family ;

Acquisition

n/d

Citation

“[Identification of Item],” [Collection Name] [Series Number, if applicable]. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY.

Processed By

Helen Hayes Wykle ; Ann Angel Eberhardt ;

Last Updated

Bibliography

Source(s)

”Couch.” GUIDE TO PMSS WORKERS 1913-2000s ; PINE MOUNTAIN VALLEY COMMUNITY RESIDENTS LIST 1910s-1940s ; GUIDE TO BOARDING SCHOOL STUDENTS, 1929-1949 ; COMMUNITY SCHOOL STUDENTS LIST A-Ga ; BOX 30 STUDENTS – Bo-C, c. 1919-1930,. Series 09: Biography – Families. Pine Mountain Settlement School Institutional Papers. Pine Mountain Settlement School, Pine Mountain, KY. Internet resource.

Bibliography

Roberts, Leonard W. The Tales and Songs of the Couch Family. Lexington: University of Kentucky Press, 1959. Print.

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