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TO THE MEMOnv OF MY ORAXDFATHER

THOMAS i;ri 111 KFOKI) TROWBRIDGE

IX ltEfOi;NlTluN OF HIS SKUVIfES TO

TiiowBiiiiHiE c.em:.\loi;y

AND AS A TESTI.MOMAI, TO
HIS INTEGRITY, GENEROSITY AMI PATRIOTISM



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About the year 1850 the first attempt was made to colloct and arnrngc in
genealogical order the descendants of Thomas Trowliridgo. the first of his name
in this country, who cmiirrated from Exeter, Dcvonsliire. England, to Dorchester,
Jlfass., as early as IG.'iT, and soon after went witii the early M-ttlt-rs to the
colony of New Haven. Those who were most interested in tliis undertaking were
Thomas II. Trowbridge* of New Haven. I'liilo M. Trowhridge of W(H>dl>nr>%
Conn., and Otis Trowliridgo of Newton, Mass. As the result of their efforts,
most of the descendants in the male line of Thomas, the second son of the
settler, were collected by Kcv. William S. Porteft who was employe*! for that
punwsc^ by Mr. Thomas R. Trowbridge; many of the descendants of William
Trowbridge, the thinl son, were collected by Deacon Philo i[. Trowbridge; and
of the descendants of James Trowbridge, the youngest son, the n-oonls of wveral
hundred were collected and ])rinted in a pamphlet in ls.'i4 by Deacon Otis Trow-
bridge. John, the oldest son of the settler, did not come with his father to this
country and dietl unmarried in early maniiood in Taunton, P^ngland. The
subject then rested until the summer of 1S()9, when Mr. Thomas R. Trowbridge
employed Rev. Frederick W. Chajjuian to take the materials collected and gather
such other records as might l>e found and prepare n book for publication. As a
result of his work the "Trowbridge Family" was published in 1872.

The compilation of the present l)ook was begun early in ISIIS. The genealogi-
cal standard has advanced materially since the '■Trowi>ri<lge Family" was pub-
lished, and the compiler of the present book decided tliat he wouM obtnin the
best results if he should disivgard all print<^d records of the Trowbridgi-s and
proceed as if no history of the family had ever Uvn published. He has followed
this plan throughout the compilation of this book, and all statements made are
based on public records, examined by himself in nearly every case, or on corre-
spondence with members of the family. Mr. Lothrop Witliington, a recogniied
authority on genealogical research in English records, has been employetl to
conduct the investigation in England. Mr. Robert A. Smith of Washington,
D. C, was employed to copy the war records of Trowbridgcs previous to the
Civil War in the United States Pension Office. The many luindreds of nvords
of their service in the Civil War were taken by the compiler from the official
rosters of the several states (a most laborious work, as those volumes an^ not
indexed), supplementetl by family letters ajid a search of tlie records in tlie Pen-
sion office. The compiler has searched the public records diligently for tlie few
facts that are missing in the earlier generations and his correspondents know how
earnestly he has written thom to supply tlie facts missing in the later genera-
tions. He has made a special effort to give the birth and parentage of tlie
Trowbridge wives. The completeness of details in the biogr.iphical sketches
indicate his efforts in that direction. He has corresi>onded with some member
of each family circle within the past six months, so that tlie family registers are
as complete as it was possible to make them. The proof sheets have been com-
pared with the original notes made by tlie compiler and the letters he has received.

The greater part of this book is a history of Thomas Trowbridge ami his
descendants. In the course of searches for members of that family the compiler
has accumulated considerable data relative to several other families of Trow-



8 TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY

bridges, some ]ierhaps descending from Thomas Trowbridge, but so far not cer-
tainly identified, and others known to be not descended from liim. These have
been included in this book. It is intended to record the history of successive
generations in the male line, and that some branches are not brought down to
the present time is due chiefly to the indifierence of their members. But there
have been very few such cases in comparison with the large number of branches
whose members have been anxious to assist the compiler in every way in their
power. It would have been an agreeable work to have recorded the families of the
many Trowbridge women who have married, for without their help as complete a
history as this would have been- impossible, but to have followed out the records
of the female lines would have taken many more years and made another volume
larger than this, which would have at least doubled the cost of the book, and in
very many cases would have been a reprint of portions of genealogies already
published or anticipated others in preparation.

The arrangement of the successive families is simple. The name of each
male head of a family is preceded by his own consecutive number and followed
by an ancestral parenthesis sjating his descent, the jjarticular book number of
each ancestor being printed superiorly. The records of a few members of the
family were received after the numbering of the manuscript was completed, which
has necessitated the use of the letters, a, b, etc., after the number.

The compiler thanks the hundreds of Trowbridge men and women and the
many others allied to them by marriage for the help they have so willingly
given him in preserving in this comparatively enduring form the history of a
family that has done its full share in the building of this country. The corre-
spondence has been a pleasant one, except for a letter now and then that told
of the death of one whose letters in the earlier years of this work made possible
the connecting of the present generations with the past. Some branches of the
family deservedly are entitled to have more of their members represented by
portraits, either on account of their prominence or because they or their descend-
ants have taken interest in this genealogy, but the compiler has endeavored
to have at least one portrait of some member of each main stem or a picture of
some old homestead that is endeared to the memory of its members. Likenesses
of a number of the family that the compiler wished to include were either
luiobtainable or such that satisfactory portraits could not be made from them.

The compiler feels that he has conscientiously made every effort to make this
history complete and he now with regret draws his work to a close.

Fr.^ncis Bacon Trowbridge.
New Haven, Conn., June 30, 1908.



COI^TTEITTS



The Trowbridge arms, ......

Introduction, .......

Thoma.s Trowbridge of Taunton, Kngl;uid, the primitive settler in
America, and his descendants, ....

Thomas Trowbridge of New TIaveu, Conn., and his descendants,
William Trowbridge of New Haven, Conn., and his descendants,
James Trowbridge of Newton, Mass., and his descendants,

Otlier Trowbridge Fajnilies, .....

Benjamin Strawbridge or Trowbridge of Cliatlinin, Conn., am
his descendants, ......

Rhode Island Trowbridges. .....

Orson Trowbridge of Shetfield, ilass., and his descendants,
Orson T. Trowbridge of Pottawatomie ■ county, Kan., and hi;
family, .......

Joel Trowbridge of Cornwall, Comi., and his descendants, .

A Delaware county. N. Y., family of Trowbridges, .

Capt. Stephen Trowbridge of Milford, Conn., and his family,

Seymour Ti-owbridge of New York and Vermont and his family,

Jacob Trowbridge of Lebanon, Ohio, and his family,

John Trowbridge of Mt. Venion, 111., and his descendants,

Ontario, Canada, Trowbridges, ....

A Hudson and Catskill, N. Y., family of Trowbridges,
Samuel Trowbridge of Seneca Falls, N. Y., and his family,
Ira Trowbridge of Mansfield, Conn., and his family,
Alaric Trowbridge of Steuben county, N. Y., and his descendants,
John Strowbridge of Canton, Mass., and his descendants, .
Benjamin Strawbridge, Strowbridge or Trowbridge of Williams
port. Pa., and his descendants, ....

William Strawbridge of Ireland and his descendants,

Trowbridges of recent English descent.

Miscellaneous Trowbridge records, ....

Trowbridges of German descent, ....

Additions and corrections, ......

Indexes, ...•■■••

Index I — Christian names of those bom Trowbridge,
Index II — Surnames other than Trowbridge,

Family Register, ...■•••



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Trowbridge coat of arms, .... Frontispiece

Memorial window to Thomas R. Trowbridfie in ('enter Church, New

Haven, Conn., ........ 5

Old Trowbridge seal. — Trowbridge arms on a window in St. James's

Church, Taunton, England, ...... 10

Map of a section of Devon and Somersetshire containing the districts

around Exeter and Taunton, ...... 18

An old view of Taimton, England, . . . . . 19 .

St. Mary Magdalen Church, Taunton, England, .... 24

Interior of f5t. Mary Magdalen Church, Taunton, ... 25

Interior of St. Mary Arches Church, Exeter, England, . . . 40

St. Petrock's Church, Exeter, England, ..... 41

Center Church, New Haven, Conn., ..... 49

Indian deed to Thomas Trowbridge, ..... 50

Indian deed to Thomas Trowbridge, agent, in behalf of New Haven, 52
Monuments of Thomas Trowbridge and his wife Sarah (Rutherford)

Trowbridge in Center Church cryjit. New Haven, Conn., . . 53

Trowbridge tankard, ....... 54

Trowbridge table, ........ 56

Trowbridge furniture, ....... 5S

Monument of Thomas Trowbridge (No. 4) and his wife Mary

(Winston) Trowbridge in Center Church cryjit. New Haven,

Conn., 60

Trowbridge section in Center Church crypt, .... 61
Gravestones of Capt. Daniel Trowbridge and liis wife Mehetable

(Brown) Trowbridge in Center Church crypt, . . . 63

Joseph Trowbridge (No. 11) House, Water street. New Haven, Conn., 64

Rutherford Trowbridge (No. 16) of New Haven, Conn.. . . 67

Rutherford Trowbridge house. West Water street. New Haven.

Conn., 68

Henry Trowbridge (No. 33) of New Haven. Conn., ... 76

Rev. James H. Trowbridge (No. 43) of Chicago. HI.. ... 84

Frederick H. Trowbridge (No. 44) of Brooklyn. N. Y.. ... 85

Thomas R. Trowbridge (No. 49) of New Haven, Conn., . . 87

View across New Haven Green towards the residence of Thomas

R. Trowbridge, ....... 88

Residence of Thomas R. Trowbridge. Elm street, facing Green, New

Haven, Conn., ........ '''9

Henry Trowbridge (No. 50) of New Haven, Conn.. ... 91

Ezekiel H. Trowbridge (No. 51) of New Haven. Conn., . . 92

Memorial window to Ezekiel H. Trowbridge in Center Church, New

Haven, Conn., ....••.• 93

Winston J. Trowbridge (No. 52) of New Haven, Conn., . . 95

Amos H. Trowbridge (No. 54) of New York City, ... 96

Stewart H. Trowbridge (No. 58) of Lyle, Minn., ... 98



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Charles H. Trowbridge (No. 65) of Milford, Conn., .

Henry Trowbridge (No. 70) of New Haven, Conn.,

Thomas K. Trowbridge (No. 71) of New Haven, Conn.,

William K. H. Trowbridge (No. 72) of New Haven, Conn.,

William K. H. Trowbridge, Jr. (No. 72, i) of London, Englan'

Kutherford Trowbridge (No. 73) of New Haven, Conn.,

E. Hayes Trowbridge (No. 75) of New Haven. Conn., .

Dr. George Trowbridge (No. 81) of New York City, .

Capt. Miles M. Trowbridge (No. 85) of Portland, Ore., .

Francis B. Trowbridge (No. 96) of New Haven, Cojm.,

West Haven Green, West Haven, Conn.. .

Trowbridge homestead (No. 145), Litchtield, Conn.,

Billy Trowbridge (No. 191) of Syracuse, N. Y., .

Stephen Trowbridge (No. 217) of Litchfield, Conn.,

Charles Trowbridge (No. 225) of Catskill, N. Y.,

Samuel Trowbridge (No. 230) of Albany, N. Y..

Henry Trowbridge (No. 234) of New York City,

Gen. Cyrus Trowbridge (No. 240) of Lockport, N. Y.. .

Minor Trowbridge (No. 261) of Newark, N. Y., .

Milo Trowbridge (No. 264) of TuUy, N. Y., .

Demetrius N. Trowbridge (No. 278) of Toledo, Ohio, .

Trowbridge homestead (No. 308), Bethel, Conn.,

Trowbridge homestead (No. 312), North East, N. Y., .

Daniel Trowbridge (No. 325) of Hudson, Ohio, .

Allerton M. Trowbridge (No. 338) of Patterson, N. Y., .

Levi Trowbridge (No. 341) of Detroit, Mich., .

Trowbridge brothers (Nos. 340-4) of Detroit, Mich.,

Dr. Silas T. Trowbridge (No. 348) of Vera Cruz, Mexico.

Harley Trowbridge (No. 349) of Viroqua, Wis.,

Archibald Trowbridge (No. 35.'!) of Cincinnati, Ohio, .

Col. Abner Trowbridge (No. 356) of Fayette, Ohio,

Marcus H. Trowbridge (No. 414) of Catskill, N. Y., .

Dea. Philo M. Trowbridge (No. 417) of Woodbury, Conn.,

Jolm H. Trowbridge (No. 424) of Albany, N. Y.,

Miner Trowbridge (No. 431) of Brooklyn, N. Y.,

Seymour Trowbridge (No. 477) of Cleveland, Ohio,

Eobert C. Trowbridge (No. 487) of Tidly, N. Y.,

Dr. Newton Trowbridge (No. 492) of Tnlly, N. Y.,

Leverett H. Trowbridge (No. 490) of Dunseith. N. D., .

William Trowbridge (No. 557) of Carroll, Iowa,

Edward N. Trowbridge (No. 582) of Whitehall. Wis.. .

Eev. Noble A. Trowbridge (No. 614) of Longmont. Colo.,

Ira C. Trowbridge (No. 617) of Waseca, Minn., .

Alvali Trowbridge (No. 637) of Hackensack, N. J., .

Eev. William A. Trowbridge (No. 657) of Muncie, Ind.,

George W. Trowbridge (No. 661) of Union, Ohio,

Hon. William L. Trowbridge (No. 663) of Vicksburg. Miss.,

Judson Trowbridge (No. 667) of Fayette, Ohio,

Col. Charles 1. Trowbridge (No. 676) of Minneapolis, Minn.,

Eev. Allen H. Trowbridge (No. 722). of Rutland. 111., .

Lncius A. Trowbridge (No. 793) of Evanston, III,

Francis E. Trowbridge (No. 800a) of New York City, .

Rev. Walter S. Trowbridge (No. 816) of Chicago, 111., .

Dr. William H. Trowbridge (No. 851) of Stamford, Conn.,



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Prof. Samuel II. Trowbridge (No. 853) of Glasgow, Mo.,

Francis C. Trowbridge (No. 910) of Haiiiilton. Ohio, .

Trowbridge homestead (No. 1010), Worcester, Mass.,

Caleb Trowbridge (No. 1021) homestead, I'omfret, Conn.,

Trowbridge tomb, Framiugham, Mass.,

Capt. Luther Trowbridge (No. 10.32) of Albany, N. Y.,

Willard Trowbridge (No. 1035) homestead, Edinburgh, N. Y.,

Dr. Amasa Trowbridge (No. 1043) of Watertowu, N. Y.,

George Trowbridge (No. 1046) of Camden, N. Y.,

Dea. William Trowbridge (No. 1048) of Sheboygim Falls, Wis.

Stephen Y. R. l^rowbridge fNo. 1071) of Troy, Mich.. .

Hon. Charles C. Trowbridge (No. 1072) of Detroit, Mich.,

James S. Trowbridge (No. 1085) of Jackson, Cal.,

Dr. William K. Trowbridge (No. 1095) of Watertowii, N. Y.,

Dr. Lawrence D. Trowbridge (No. 1097) of Palmyra, N. Y.,

Charles E. Trowbridge (No. 1098) of Whitinsville. Mas.-^.,

James L. Trowbridge (No. 1102) of Shelioygan Falls, Wis.,

Dea. Otis Trowbridge (No. 1119) of Newton, Mass.,

Almarin Trowbridge (No. 1121) of Boston, Mass.,

George A. Trowbridge (No. 1157) of Framingham, Ma-ss.,

John Townsend Trowbridge (No. 1162) of Arlington, Mass.,

Hon. Rowland E. Trowbridge (No. 1164) of Birmingham, Mich.,

Prof. William P. Trowbridge (No. 1166) of New Haven, Conn.,

Rev. Tillman C. Trowbridge (No. 1167) of Marash, Turkey, .

(Jen. Luther S. Trowbridge (No. 1169) of Detroit, Mich.,

Major Charles F. Trowbridge (No. 1170) of Ann Arbor, Mich.,

Rev. Luther II. Trowbridge (No. 1184) of Detroit, Mich.,

Dr. George M. Trowbridge (No. 1187) of Centreville. Mich., .

Rev. John P. Trowbridge (No. 1192) of Rochester, Mass.,

J. Eliot Trowbridge (No. 1235) of Newton, Mass.,

Almarin Trowbridge, Jr., (No. 1237) of Charlestown, Mass., .

Dr. Edward H. Trowbridge (No. 1249) of Worcester, Mass., .

Edward A. Trowbridge (No. 1260, vi) of Boston, Mass.,

Edwin Trowbridge (No. 1263) of Thomaston, Me.,

William H. Trowbridge (No. 1275) of South Framingham, Mass.,

Prof. John Trowbridge (No. 1277) of Cambridge, Mii-ss.,

Prof. D. Hector Trowbridge (No. 1303) of Chicago. 111..

Henry Trowbridge (No. 1324) of Colorado Springs, Colo.,

Francis H. Trowbridge (No. 1419) of Neligh. Neb..



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The photographs of the New Haven members of the family ami the views in that city,
with a few exceptions, were taken by tlie Phelps studio of New Haven. The half-tone
plates were made by The Stoddard-Brown Co. of New Haven and printed by The Tuttle,
Morehouse & Taylor Co., printei-s of this genealogy.



THE TROWBETDCE ARMS



The amis borne by tlio Trowbridge family are what are termed in heraldry
annes parlanles, becaxise of their allusion to the name — the bridge and the water
running tJirough. In the earliest heraldry, whenever it was possible, the object
chosen was one whose name bore sufficient resemblance in sound to suggest the
name of the bearer of it. This characteristic of the Trowbridge arms is an
evidence of their antiquity.

In "A Treatise on Heraldry" by Woodward and Burnett, page 362, is printed
the following account of the use of the bridge in heraldry :

"In the later svipplement which follows M. Vallett's edition of the 'Armorial
de Berry.' . . . Azure, a bridge argent supporting a castle, or, is borne by
Pontaut; this resembles the eighteenth century coat of Trowbridge, Bart. Or,
over water in base a bridge of three arches embattled thereon a tower proper,
its i3ag flying charged with a cross potent of the field ; on a canton of the third
two keys in saltire gold.* Of bridges without castles there are a good many
instances. The Scottish f aiaily of Bridge naturally bears : Gules, a bridge of one
arch argent, stream transfluent proper. Azure, a bridge argent is a coat of
Pierrepont, and (with square arches) Pontbriant. Gules, a bridge of two arches
or is borne by the Marquises of Ponte.ves in France. Or, a bridge of three arches
sable is used by the Prussian Briickners. The Venetian Counts da Ponte carried
azure, a bridge of one arch with steps or."

In the herald's visitation of the county of Devon the Trowbridge arms are
described as: Or. over water, proper, a bridge towered, gules. The Harleian
Society printed in this connection the following document :

"Sciant praesentes et futuri quod ego Waltenis de Trobridge dedi et coucessi Rogero
de Trobridge Moyland de Esticot nativam meam et totam setiuelam suam de omnibus
catallis suis. His testibus Tho. Fordeton. Roberto Wanti, Osberto Trobridge et aliis.
Sans date. (Sealed with arms: a bridge with flag.)"

A picture of the old seal may be seen at the top of the next plate. Two pictures
of the arms, one exactly like the seal and the other the same with a tower added,
may be seen in "Elviu's Dictionary of Heraldry," plate xxiii, nos. 19 and 20.

That the Trowbridge family of Taunton, Somersetshire, was related to that of
Devonshire is sufficiently proved by the similarity of the family arms. .

In the Parnell collection is an engraving of the Trowbridge ai-ms, nearly
exactly like those shown in the lower illustration of the next plate, engi-aved in
1638, with this inscription: "This coate standeth in Kirton Church in y"* county
of Devon and it seemeth to have been given to the first bearer thereof as an
allusion to his surname, quasi Throwbridge, having respect to the current and fall
of the streams that doe passe through the arches."

In the stained glass window in the chancel of St. James's Church. Taunton, the
Trowbridge arms are to be seen quartered with those of Ilalliday, the second and
third quarterings being for Trowbridge. A picture of these arms may be seen in



* These arms were home hy .\dmiral Sir Tbomas Trouhridge. a brave naval offlcer under
Nelson, -n-ho was knighted in ITOil. the '-ci-ossed keys of St. Peter" being added to his arras
after his reduction of the castle of St. Elmo. His motto was : Siics Pons Titac Est:



1(5 TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY

tJie lower illustration of the opposite plate. In these arms the tower is domed,
otherwise tliey are practically the same as those shown in the frontispiece of this
genealogy. That the Trowbridge arms as last described were the arms of the
Taunton family in the seventeenth century is proved by the fact that they are
engraved on the tanliard owned by Thomas Trowbridge (No. 2) of New Haven,
Conn., the second son of Thomas Trowbridge, the primitive settler in America. A
picture of the tankard, with the arms traced thereon, can be seen on the plate
facing page 54.

The plate for the arms as shown in the frontispiece was prepared by the depart-
ment of heraldry of Tiffany of New York, after exhaustive investigations by the
compiler, and it is considered by him to correctly depict the Trowbridge arms.

The description of the Trowbridge arms is: Or, on a liridge of three arches
embattled, in fess, gules, masoned sable, as many streams transftttent toivards the
base, proper, a tower of the second, thereon a pennant argent.

The motto engraved below the arms in the frontispiece was chosen by the
compiler and it seems to him an eminently fitting one, containing as it does a
reference to the family name. It is: Sit pons firmus. Let the bridge be firm.



OLD ti!c)\vi-.uiih;k seal.




Ti;o\vi;iaiii;K aums

ON A WIXDOW IK ST. JA.MES'.S CIIURCH,
TAUNTON, ENGLANU.



INTEODUCTIOK"



Trowbridge* lias been used as a surname in England for many centuries, but
the exact time that it was first so used is uncertain and the authors of diction-
aries of family surnames do not agree as to its derivation. Bardsley in his
'"Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames" states that the name was first
given an individual on account of his residence at Trowbridge in Wiltshire.
It may be that this was its origin, and that a member of the family removed to
Devon and gave the same name to his seat in that county, and it is also quite
possible that some individuals in later times may have assumed the name of
Trowbridge on account of a residence at Trowbridge, but that an earlier claim
may be made for its use as a family name seems to be indicated by the history of
the town of Trowbridge.

"Trowbridget is a thriving market town situated on a rocky eminence rising
from the valley of the river Biss, and in resi^ect of population is the largest town
in Wiltshire. Its history has never yet been fully written, and yet few towns
have fairer claims to our notice, both on account of the old and interesting asso-
ciations that are connected with it, as well as from the important position it has
now assumed for some years as one of the principal seats of the woolen manufac-
ture in the west of England.

"The parish of Trowbridge forms part of the hundred of Melksham. On the
south side it adjoins the hundred of Wherwelsdown and on the west that of Brad-
ford-on-Avon. It consists of a strip of land some three miles long and on an



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