Samuel Ridgely Cruse

 Railroad Executive

Born:December 23, 1829, Huntsville, AL
Died:January 25, 1883, Memphis, TN
Buried:Maple Hill Cemetery, Huntsville, AL
Son of:Samuel Cruse


•  Married to Miss Bessie Newman, daughter of Dr. Fras. H. Newman Nov. 25th, 1854. - Newspaper Abstracts

•  "He entered the Confederate service as First Lieutenant in Capt. J. J. Ward's battery in 1861, and, when his gallant Captain was killed by his side in Gen. Jos. E. Johnston's retreat from Dalton, Ga., succeeded to the Captaincy and served, gallantly, till the close of the war." - Newspaper Abstracts

•  "In 1865, he succeeded his estimable father, Samuel Cruse, who died during the war, as Secretary and Treasurer of the Eastern Division of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, and, when the Eastern and Western Divisions were consolidated, was elected Secretary and Treasurer of the whole line, and removed to the headquarters at Memphis. He, like his father, was extraordinary as an efficient and faithful officer. He was fervent in his friendships, and tender and devoted in all his family relations." - Newspaper Abstracts

•  "His body was removed from Memphis to Huntsville in a special car draped in mourning, accompanied by his family (his wife and three sons) and a number of friends; and the passenger depot, here, was draped in mourning. His funeral took place at the Church of the Nativity, Rev. Dr. Banister officiating, and his body was buried in our City cemetery, a large concourse of citizens, by their attendance, testifying their esteem for the decease, and deep sympathy for the bereaved family." - Newspaper Abstracts

•  S.R. Cruse died and within two years, but his eldest son, Frank, and his youngest son, Percy, had also died. - USGWarchives - Percy

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•  Newspaper Abstracts - The Huntsville Weekly Democrat, January 31, 1883, contributed to Newspaper Abstracts by Kenneth Stacy on December 24, 2006, from a microfilm at Huntsville Library. Description: Death of Samuel Ridgely Cruse in Memphis,

•  USGWarchives - Percy - The Newspaper account from The Huntsville Weekly Democrat, December 3, 1884 was contributed to USGenWeb Archives by Kenneth Stacy on December 9, 2009 and is copyrighted. It is the obituary for Percy Cruse, son of Samuel Ridgely Cruse, telling of his death but also telling of the train trip for his body coming back to Huntsville to be buried. The corpse was accompanied by a Samuel Cruse (Grandson and Son of the two other men named Samuel Cruse). (Originally found at

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