ROUCH, Mahlon16 Aug 1862 1st Lieutenant Rouch was age 21 when he entered service.He was appointed Sergeant from private [date not given]; promoted to Sergt. Major on 1 Jan 1864; to 2d Lieutenant on 21 Mar 1864 but not mustered; promoted to 1st Lieutenant to date 11 Aug 1864 by Special Order No. 235, dated Headquarters Army at Adjt. General's Office Washington, D.C. 9 Oct 1886; mustered out to date 20 June 1865.[See also Field and Staff]
1880 census: Mahlon C. [39 OH] and wife Maggie [31 OH] Rouch were living in Wooster, Wayne county OH. He was a lawyer.
Daily Record, 2 Aug 1921, page 1 CAPT. ROUCH TO BE LAID TO REST WEDNESDAY AT 2 Services Will be at United Presbyterian Church, Conducted by Rev. J.H. Spencer The funeral of the late Captain Mahlon Rouch, who died at his home Monday afternoon [online death index 1 Aug 1921 in Wayne Co OH] will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the United Presbyterian church.Rev. J.H. Spencer, pastor, will conduct the service. Captain Rouch was a member of Given Post G.A.R. of this city and officers of the Post will read the memorial ritual of the order during the service.The members of the Wayne County Bar association will attend the services in a body.Interment will be made in the Wooster cemetery. Captain Rouch is survived by his wife.Captain and Mrs. Rouch were married in 1870.Mrs. Rouch is a daughter of the late John McQuigg and is an aunt of General McQuigg of Cleveland.Capt. and Mrs. Rouch traveled life's journeys together for more than a half century. [Mrs. Rouch was the sister of John McQuigg of this company.See his section above.] Life Sketch of Capt. Rouch Mahlon Rouch was born in Plain township June 2, 1841 and the major part of his useful life was spent in Wayne county.His father was Jacob Rouch, a farmer, and upon the home farm Capt. Rouch spent his early days.He attended the neighborhood schools during the winter months.At the age of nineteen years he entered Witttenberg college at Springfield, where he remained two years. On August 16, 1862 Capt. Rouch enlisted as a private in Company A 120th Regiment O.V.I. under Capt. Joseph H. Dowing.He saw gallant service in the army and won several promotions, rising from private to first lieutenant in rapid order.The promotion came to him while he was held a prisoner.He was a prisoner in Camp Ford near Tyler, Texas, [this was continued on page 4] for thirteen months.He received his discharge July 22, 1865, more than three months after the fall of Richmond, April 9, 1865. Returned Home After the War After the war Capt. Rouch returned to his home, taught school and conducted a farm for a time.He then entered the law department of the University of Michigan and was graduated therefrom in the spring of 1868. He was admitted to the practice of law in Ohio and began his practice in Orrville in 1870, remaining there four years. He moved to Wooster in 1874 and opened an office for the practice of law.In 1896 he formed a partnership with C.M. Yocum. Capt. Rouch continued the practice of law until a few weeks ago when illness prevented him from making his daily trips from his home to his office.At his office he was always courteous and diligent in whatever task was undertaken.His was a busy life, filled with the activities of the years as they rolled past into history.He met situations as they came, often taking a staunch stand upon leading issues with a firmness that knew no deviation. Expressions as to the character of Capt. Rouch were numerous today.As to his character as an upright man, Judge W. E. Weygandt said: "I am grieved that we shall not again see Mahlon Rouch upon the streets nor in the court room.Capt. Rouch was a man of staunch character, of the strictest integrity and above all he was charitable toward those in whom he might see faults.The legal profession has lost a noble member." Many of the civil war veterans, some of whom served with Capt. Rouch, were grieved beyond expression when the news of his death was told them. "Capt. Rouch was a noble man, a brave soldier, a Christian gentleman and one who was loved by all comrades." is a summary of what the comrades said about Capt. Rouch. -------------------------------------------------------------------
Mahlon Rouch is buried at Wooster Cemetery, Wooster, Wayne county, OH....1841-1921
Pension index:widow Margaret Rouch applied 22 Aug 1921 in Ohio.