| || Notes for Margaret Ann Fash:|
According to Harriet Land, Margaret was known as 'Maggie'. [David Grimm, e-mail]
"There is a letter from Maggie [Gilbert] Patee to [her son] Arthur in which she tells of her mother, Margaret Gilbert Couch, coming to Tremont to die.In the letter Maggie tells of the buggy ride from the train to her farm."[David Grimm, e-mail, March 2003]
The early appearance of the FAESCH family in America may be discovered in the references to; "Early Forges and Furnaces in New Jersey", by Boyer and in "History of Morris County , . (New Jersey)".
Early schoolteacher in Peoria.She came west in 1832 with her mother, Ann, and father, Michael.She so impressed the settlers of Fort Clark, later Peoria, that they asked her to teach school.She did, barely 16 years old.
She married William Henry Gilbert, and after he died, Dr. Herriman Couch.She was a strong-willed abolitionist, and the Couch home on Jefferson St. was one of the stops on the Underground Railroad.
Maggie Couch was known for her sumptuous Christmas dinners, which were reunions for the Patee, Couch, and Gilbert families.
She wore a red wig.