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iv. Henry Morgan, b. June 22, IS'.tl; d. Oct. 28, 1904.
V. Raymond Gerard, b. Aug. 27, lS9(i.



63. George Tuttle Trowbridge {John*^, Joseph-''. Caleb'^-, Joseph^, Thomas*,
Thomas-, Thomas'^), born November 9, 1833, in New Haven, Conn.; died Febru-
ary 15, 1904, in New Haven ; married October 10, 1855, in New Haven, Emily
Ann Ailing, daughter of Joseph and Philea Louisa (Smith) Ailing, bom April
10, 1835, in Allingtown (Orange), Conn. She resides in New Haven.

George T. Trowbridge learned the trade of a carriage painter and followed it
for several years in his native town. He was a soldier in the Civil War. He
enlisted for nine months Sejitember 8, 1862, and was mustered October 3, as a
private in Company A, 27th Connecticut Infantry, and served with that regiment
until he was mustered out at the expiration of his time of service, July 27, 1863.
He was in the battles of Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. He
re-enlisted for two years in March. 1865, in the U. S. Military Roads Construc-
tion Corps, Division of the Mississippi, but after serving six montlis he received
an honorable discharge on account of sickness.

After the war he resided a short time in New York City. He removed to
Newark, N. J., where he was a lieutenant of the police force for twelve years.
About 1894 he returned to New Haven and entered the employ of the National
Folding Box & Paper Company, in which he continued imtil his deatiii. He was
a member of Admiral Foote Post, No. 17, G. A. R., of New Haven, and of
Benevolent Lodge, No. 28, F. and A. M., of New York City.

* No children by first marriago.



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CIIILUREN :*

89. i. William Wallace, li. Apr. 11. 18.57.

ii. Loui.sA Edith, b. Sept. IG, 1SG2 ; m. Nov. 2.5, 1885, Frank V.tii Duyne and

resides in St. Paul, Minn,
iii. IlARUY Cliffoeu, b. Aug. 27. 1870 ; i.s a clerk in tlie general offices of tbe N. Y.,

N. H. & IT. R. R. Co. in New Haven, Conn. : unm.
iv. Antoinette, b. i\Ia.v 20, 1875 ; m. .Ian. 7, l'.)08, G. Edward Ilobbs and re.sides

in Ilolyoke, Mass.



64. Elisha Mix Trowbridge (John*'^, Joseph - , Calch'^-, Joseph^,. Thomas*,
Thomas-. Tltomas^). bom February 22, 1836, in New Haven, Conn.; died Sep-
tember 9, 1895, in Nangatiick, Conn.; married Avignst 19, 1855, in Williainstown,
N. J,, Ellen Maria Little, daughter of Isaac and Angeline Zipera (Bateman)
Little, born March 29, 1834, in Nangatuck; died April 28, 1902, in Naugatuck.

Elisha M. Trowbridge learned the trade of a carijenter in New Haven. About
1860 he removed to Newark, N. J., where he became an extensive and prosperous
contractor and builder, erecting in that city about one hundred and fifty fine
residences. He continued in active business iip to the panic of 1873, which
crippled him financially and caused him eventually to retire from business. The
remaining years of his life were passed in Naugatuck, Conn.

CHILDREN :t

90. i. Isaac Little, b. July 30, 1850.

91. ii. Frederick Clinton, b. Mar. 31, 1859.

iii. Angeline Bateman, b. Oct. 10, 18G1 : m. Oct. 10, 1881, Dewey Alphonso

Whitehead of Newark, N. .1.
iv. Lizzie Kane, b. Aug. 5, 1864: d. Dec. 3. 18GG, in Newark.
V. Bessie, b. .Tune 10, 1807: d. Mar. 10, 1808. in Newark.
vi. Nellie Maria, b. Mar. 22, 1800: m. Oct. 0. 1805, Frank Howard Judd and

resides in Naugatuck, Conn,
vii. Florence JIahel, b. Aug. 27, 1873: m. Oct. 27, 1892, James Mitchell McKellan

and resides in Naugatuck.

92. viii. John IIatiield, b. June 0, 1875.



65. Charles Hotchkiss Tro\vbrid«e (John*^. Josepli - , Caleh'^-. Joseph^,
Thomas*, Thomas'-, Thomas^), born November 11, 1844, in New Haven, Conn.;
died June 24, 1900, in Jlilford, Conn.; married >September 16, 1869, in Milfoi-d,
Maria Louise Merwin, daughter of Jolm Welch and Maria Gilbert (Huntington)
Merwin, bom January 23, 1847, in Milford. She resides in Milford.

Charles H. Trowbridge was graduated from the Hillhouse High School in New
Haven in 1862. He entered the Mechanics Bank of New Haven, with which he
was connected over forty-one years, for thirty-three years serving as its. cashier.
In 1886 he organized and secured a charter for the Mercantile Safe Deposit
Company of New Haven, the first company of its kind to do business in Con-
necticut. He was elected secretary and ti'easurer of this comjiany, and continued
to hold those offices and that of cashier of the bank until 1903, when he suffered
a stroke of paralysis and was forced to retire from active business,

Mr. Trowbridge was one of the active promoters of the Connecticut Bankers
Association and was its first jn'esident. He was also a life member of the New
York Society of Colonial Wars and was one of the organizers of the Connecticut
branch of that society. He was a charter member of the New Haven Chamber
of Commerce and a member of the New Haven Colony Historical Society. In
Milford, Conn., where he had always made his home, he was a member of the
Higgins Club, an incorporator of the Taylor Library, and a trustee of Ansan-

♦ i-ii born in Allingtown. Ponn. : iii in East Orange. N. .T. ; iv in Newark. N. ,T.

t i-ii born in Bridgeport. Cunu. ; iii-iv and vi-viii in Newark. N. .T. : v in East Orange. N. .T.



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tawae Lodge, No. 89, F. and A. M. He was one of the conmiittee of five chosen
to arrange a program for the dedication of the Milford memorial bridge in 1883,
and was also instrumental in bringing about the erection of the soldiers'
monument in tliat town. He was confirmed in early manhood in St. Paul's
Church in New Haven, but after his marriage attended with his wife the
Congregational church in Milford.

CnlLDREN ISORX IN' illLKOUD, CONN. :

i. Charles Edward, b. t)ct. 10, ISTO : attended soliool in Milford, going from
there to Hopkins Grammar School in New Haven. An excellent position was
' offered him in the Mechanics Kank in New Haven, which he accepted, and

for seventeen .vears he was associated with this bank, where he rose to be
assistant teller. lie was a member of the Connecticut Naval Reserve, and
received a prize for excellent marksmanship. He was intensely fond of the
water and greatly enjoyed sailing. lie was quiet and reserved, not making
many close friends, but was loyal to all. He resigned his position in the bank
in June, 1905, on account of 11! health, and d. May 30, 1907, in Milford ; unm.

ii. Cecil Huntington, b. Dec. IG, 1874; was prepared for college at Hopkins
Grammar School in New Haven and entered the Sheffield Scientific School of
Yale University in 1894. He left college after completing his junior year.
and was in the banking busine.ss in Bridgeport, Conn., and later president of
the General Construction Company of that city. He served in the Spanish-
American War as a private in Battery A, 1st Regiment, Connecticut Light
Artillery, being mustered in Jlay 19, 1898, and mustered out October 2.5, 1898.
He is at present engaged in civil engineering. His residence is Milford, Conn.
He is unmarried.

iii. RAYiiOND Merwin, b. Oct. 20. 1877 ; d. Feb. 3, 1894, in Jlilford.

iv. WiNTHROP Nelson, b. May 3, 1882 : was educated at Hopkins Grammar School
in New Haven and is in the office of the Bridgeport Brass Company, Bridge-
port, Conn. He has made himself well known in athletics, especially on the
baseball field as a pitcher. He resides in Milford and is unmarried.

66. Caleb Trowbridge {Jolin*^, Joseph-^, Caleb'^-, Joseph^, Thomas*, Thomas'-.
Thomas^), born August 30, 1849, in New Haven, Conn.; resides in Los Angeles
(Soldiers' Home), Cal. ; married, first, June 23, 1870, in New Haven, Adella
Louisa Merwin, daughter of Lewis and Elmina Louisa (Smith) Merwin, born
March 12, 1850, in New Haven. He married, second, December 22, 1883, in
New Haven, Margaret L. (Hoffman) Sperry, widow of William W. Sperry of
New Haven and daughter of John and Julia (Klaein) Hoffman, born November
1(5, 1844. in New Orleans, La. She resides in Bridgeport. Conn.*

Caleb Trowbridge at the age of fourteen became a soldier in the Civil War.
He enlisted December 18, 1863, as a private in Company M, 1st Connecticut
Cavalry, to seiwe for three years, or during the war. He was in Sheridan's
famous raids around Richmond and down the valley, participating in nearly all
the battles in which Sheridan's cavalry were engaged, in the Wilderness, at
Craig's Church, Spottsylvania, Todd's Tavern, Ashland Station, Winchester, Five
Forks, Cedar Creek, etc. He served under Generals Kilpatrick and Wilson until
about October 1, 1864, when General Custer took command. He served in his
brigade until the close of the war; and was at Appomattox at the surrender of
General Lee, April 9, 1865. after which he marched toward Johnson's army until
he surrendered to General Sherman. He was promoted corjioral July 1, 1865.
and was detailed for provost guard in 'Wa.shington. D. C initil the regiment was
mustei"exl out of service August 2, 1865.

After the war Mr. Trowbridge was in the carpenter business with his brother
Elisha in Newark, N. J., and was extensively engaged in building and selling
until the panic of 1873 forced them to retire from business. He returned to
New Haven, where he was in the building business and made his home for some
years. Early in 1900 he removed to Los Angeles, Cal., and engaged in the roofing

• She was confirmed in the German Congregational Church in New Orleans in 1S55.



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business. In September of that year he was injured by a fall from a building,
and went for surgical treatment to the National Soldiers' Home in that city, and
has since continued to reside there.

CHILD BORN IN NEWARK, N. J. :

By first marriage:*
i. Lewis Merw^tn, b. Aug. 15, 1873 ; a commercial traveler ; resides in Alameda,
Cal.



67. WiLLUM DuRAND TuowBRiDGE (Francis*", Caleb-^, CaleW^-, Joseph^,
Thomas*. Thomas-, Thomas^), bom June 25, 1S42, in Milford, Conn.; died June
23, 1871, in Milford ; married April 27, 1869, in Milford, Mary C. Feun, daughter
of Alpheus Andrew and Anna (Caruthers) Fenn, born February 16, 1840, in
Northfield, Ohio. She resides in Tallmadge, Ohio.

William D. Trowbridge conducted a business college in Worcester, Mass., and
later one in New Haven, Conn., being principal of the latter up to shortly before
his death, which occurred in Milford, Conn.

NO CHILDREN.



68. Edward Trowbridge (Edward*', Roswell-', Newman^*, DanieP, Thomas*,
Thomas-, Thomas'^), born June 3, 1852, in Kidgefield, Conn.; died May 14, 1900,
in Brooklyn, N. T. ; married June 16, 1875, in Pittsfield, Mass., Minnie Rebecca
Morey, daughter of Daniel Corey and Rebecca Maria (Mattison) Morey, born
October 31, 1851, in Pittsfield. She resides in Pittsfield.

Edward Trowbridge in early manhood was in the banlcing and brokerage busi-
ness in New York City. For several years after his marriage he was connected
with the wholesale grocery trade in Troy, N. Y. In 1878 he removed his resi-
dence to Brooklyn, N. Y., and was engaged in the stationers' supplies business
in New York City for a number of years. He resided in Europe, 1885-88, and in
Australia, 1891-98. While abroad he wrote articles for newspapers there and at
home. He returned to his home in Brooklyn shortly before his death.

CHILDREN :t

i. Minnie Morey, b. Mar. IC. 1S76 ; d. Apr. 6, 1S77, in Troy, N. Y.
ii. Grace Rebecca, b. May 21, 1877; d. Mar. 20, 1878, in Hrooklyu. X. Y.
iii. Miriam Augusta, b. Oct. 6, 1879 ; ni. .Tune S, 1905, John Barker and resides
in Pittsfield, Mass.



69. WiLLUM Leslie Trowbridge (Edward*', Eoswell-', Newman^*, DanieP,
Thomas*, Thomas-, Thomas'*), born July 12, 1863, in Ridgefield, Conn.; resides
in East Orange, N. J.; married March 4, 1885, in Chicago, HI., Carra Mabel
Shaw, daughter of Francis Murray and Mary Elizabeth (Kramer) Shaw, born
April 23, 1865, in Moimt Pleasant, Iowa.

William L. Trow-bridge for a number of years has been partner in a firm
engaged in metal manufacturing in Chicago, 111., and resided there until 1899.
Since that year he has been engaged in that business in New York City, where
his firm has a branch office. His home is in East Orange, N. J.

CHILDREN BORN IN CHICAGO, ILL. :

i. Cakrol Shaw. b. Dec. 25, 1885.
ii. Hazel Augusta, b. July 1, 1887.

• No children by second marriage.

t i born in Pittsfield, Mass. ; 11 in Troy, N. Y. ; iii in Brooklyn, N. T.



104 TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY

70. IIexry Trowbkidge {Thomus B.*", Henry""', Uuthcrford^'^, DanieP,
Thomas*, Thomas". Tltomas^), born August 14, 1836, in New Haven, Conn.; died
June 29, 1900, in Williamstown, Mass. ; married, fir.st, November 2, 1858, in New
Haven, Lucy Elizabeth Parker, daughter of Joseph and Caroline (Mulford)
Parker, bom June 12, 1836, in New Haven ; died March 28, 1881, in New Haven.
He married, second, November 1, 1892, in Lowell, Mass., Cornelia Bri'nsmade,
daughter of Josiah and Mabel (Hotclikiss) Brinsmade. She resides in New
Haven.

Henry Trowbridge was educatt'd at Hopkins Granunar School, which he
attended during the years 1850 and 1851, and the school of Amos Smitli in New
Haven. At the age of eighteen he entered the long-established house of H. Trow-
bridge's Sons, a firm widely known in the West India trade and of which his
father was senior partner. Like other members of his family, after several years
of service in the branch of the business located in the West Indies, he returned to
New Haven, and on reaching his majority was admitted a partner in the firm.
His duties in the business necessitated his spending most of his time in the New
Y(>rk City oiSce, and he was a well-known figure in business circles in that city.
He was an energetic business man, and his untiring attention to the affairs of his
firm were of the greatest benefit to it. He retired from active business when the
partnership was dissolved in 1891.

Mr. Trowbridge was a well-read man and had the happy faculty of remember-
ing what he read, and his fund of information and anecdote made him a most
interesting companion. He was a man firm in his convictions and loyal in his
friendships. He was admitted in 1860 a member of the First Church of
New Haven, to which his first wife had been admitted in 1858. His second
wife is a member of Calvary Baptist Church, New Haven.

CniLl)RE?f BOUN IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. :
Bii first marrUiijc:*

93. i. Henry, b. Aug. 12, 1,8.59.

94. ii. Joseph Parker, b. June 8, 1861.

95. iii. Thomas RuTHERFORU.t b. Sept. 10, 1864.

iv. Katharine Bacon, b. July 23, 1875; resides in New Haven; uum.

71. Thomas Rutherford Trowbridge (Thomas E.*^, Henry^^, Rutherford}^,
Daniefi, Thomas*, Thomas-, Thomas^), born March 3, 1839, in New Haven,
Conn. ; died October 25, 1898, in Litchfield. Conn. ; married November 22, 1864,
in New Haven, Katherine Bacon, daughter of Gen. Francis and Elizabeth Shel-
don (Dutcher) Bacon, born April 18, 1844, in Lancaster, Pa. She resides in
New Haven.

Thomas R. Trowbridge received his early education in his native city at the
well known schools of Amos Smith, Lewis M. Mills and Stiles French. After
leaving school he became identified with the firm of H. Trowbridge's Sons, West
India merchants, of New Haven, which had been founded by his grandfather.
The ofiices were on Long wharf, and it was in them, with liis father and uncles,
that he began his business career. At the age of nineteen he was sent to the
West India branch of the firm, and lived in the islands of Barbados and Trinidad
five years. On March 10, 1863, while living in Trinidad, he was appointed to
act as United States consul there, and performed the duties of that ofiice for
several months. In the summer of 1863 he returned to New Haven, and was
admitted a partner in his firm. A few years later the business was transferred to
New York, as that city offei-ed a more convenient port, although the main ofliee

* No cbildrou l)y second marriage.

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continued to be in New Ilnven. I'lianfiing methods of trade and of transporta-
tion, leading ultimately t<i a modification of the West India business, induced
Mr. Trowbridge and his brothers to witlidravv from business, and the firm was
finally dissolved by mutual consent in 1801. During all that time, thirty-six
years, Mr. Trowbridge had been one of its most active members and in later
years a partner. Since his retirement from business he had been occupied with
his jirivate interests and those of the institutions with which he was connected.

Mr. Trowbridge was always interested actively in whatever concerned the wel-
fare of New Haven, and, although never taking a very lu'ominent part in the
politics of the city, held several jniblic oftices of trust. He served in both
branches of the city comicil, and was president of the board of aldermen in 188G.
In that year he was a candidate for mayor on the Republican ticket, but was
defeated, although he reduced considerably the usual large Democratic majority.
He was one of the organizers of and was the first president of the Republican
League Club, in the interests of which he was active for many years. He was
also for several years president of the New Haven Board of Harbor Commis-
sioners. He \\'as a stanch supporter of the First (Center) Church of New
Haven, with which he united in 1858, and as a member of its society's committee
rendered efficient service. Mrs. Trowbridge united with the First Church in
1878.

In the field of historical research Mr. Trowbridge's contributions are well
known and will always be valued. It was through his efforts that funds were
raised for the memorial tablets set in the walls of Center Church and that the
eryfjt below was restored. He was a leading spirit in planning and carrying
tlirough the celebrations which during the twenty-five years that preceded his
death had commemorated the city's growth and history ; and many of the tablets
whicli uuirk historic spots were placed as a result of his researches and under his
personal supervision. He was connected with the New Haven Colony Historical
Society for thirty years as a director, secretary, and president, and rendered
important service to the society in contributing and securing additions to its
collections. He also compiled a number of papers which he read before the
society. He was at great pains to investigate the facts connected with the sub-
jects upon which he wrote, and his papers are regarded as trustworthy records of
early New Haven liistory. These pajjers contain many valuable references to the
business, commercial and social life of the colony and city. He was an authority
on Connecticut shipping interests and was familiar with their history from the
earliest records. His writings are preserved in the published "Collections" of
the historical society, those on the "Ancient Houses of New Haven" and the
"Ancient Maritime Interests of New Haven" being the most important. Among
his other paj)crs were "A vSketeh of the Hist/n-y of the New Haven Colony
Historical Society," written for the opening of the society's present building in
1892, and "The Action between the Chesapeake and the Shannon." He also
contributed articles for several histories and historical publications.

Mr. Trowbridge died at his country place in Litchfield, where he had passed
his summers for many years. At the time of his death he was president of the
New Haven Colony Historical Society and the Mercantile Safe Deposit Company,
a director of the Mechanics Bank, a trustee of the New Haven Savings Bank,
the New Haven Orphan Asylum and the New Haven City Burial Ground, a
member of the conunittee of the First Ecclesiastical Society, the New Haven
Proprietors Committee, the American Historical Association, the Society of
Colonial Wars, the Sons of the American Revolution, the New Haven Chamber
of Commerce and the New York Produce Exchange, a vice-president of the
Connecticut Humane Society, and an hoiujrary member of several historical
soi-icties in diti'erent parts of the country.



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The late Prof. James JI. Hoppiu of Yale University, who was a neighbor of
Mr. Trowbridge both in New Haven and Litchfield, wrote in his memory this
tribute of a friend:

'"The business and public life of Mr. Trowbridge has been set forth by those
better able to do it, and I would but add a brief word of his personal qualities as
they appeared to a friend's eye. He had a noble personality. He was a whole-
souled man. His heart and hand were open as the day. He was of generous,
manly nature, but did good modestly and his good actions were not always
recorded in subscription lists or newspapers. Many a young man was aided along
in life by him. Many a poor widow's heart was made to sing with joy by his
timely benefactions. He was quick in his sympathies with the joys and sorrows
of others. He judged men albeit shrewdly, but kindly and genially. While
ardently attached, traditionally so, to his own church, he was broad-minde<l
towards other religious denominations and had friends in them all, whether
Protestant or Catholic. A New Haven man to the core, he was also beloved in
Litchfield, where he had his country home. None knew better than he the whole
region of Litchfield county and its pleasant drives. He had an eye to nature and
scenery. Among his dying requests was to be moved to the window where he
might see tlie eastern hills on which lay the sunrise light — his last morning
on eartli.

"Mr. Trowbridge had a great love for historical researches, and much that is
curious in the history of his native city and state, picked up by him in odd cor-
ners and ways, will die with liim. His library, which was a fine one for a private
collection, was composed largely of books relating to American and English his-
toi-y, and, above all, the naval and maritime history of the country. The papers
which he read before the New Haven Colony Historical Society on these and
kindred topics, and published in the records of the society are, in their carefully
collated facts, of real value. His personal observations also in regard to the West
Indies were exceedingly interesting, mingling as he did in writing and conversa-
tion the narrative and the general in his remarks. He was the tyjje of a good
citizen, awake to every popular interest, not seeking his own advancement nor
jealous of the advancement of others, but working on the lines of sound sense and
honest politics, whether of a local or national character. He was a man who
disliked controversy, and while ready to defend his own opinions with spirit, was
willing to give others the same chance, and thus he avoided bitt<»r strife. There
was something sweet-hearted about him which prevented him from having
enmities, or arousing ill-will. He would rather be the anvil than the hammer,
to take than to give ofFense. He was a loyal, unselfish friend, a man of absolute
integrity and honor. And so anotlier pilgrim of us on life's dusty road has
gone to his everlasting rest."*

CHILDREN BORN IN NEW HAVEN, CONN. :

96. i. Francis Bacon, b. .Tune 7, 1SR6.

ii. Edith Champion, b. June 29, 1870: d. Feb. 28, 1896, in Florence, Italy; unm.
Her life was a simple and genuine life, yet full of earnest purpose. While at
Miss Porter's school in Farmington she had developed a decided artistic talent,
and she afterwards became a member of the Yale Art School, where her work
was regarded as giving excellent promise. But it wa.s in the history of art
that she found her favorite line of study, and she wa.s making her second visit
abroad for the purpose of studying Italian painting. In New Haven she was
active in the organization of a working girls' club, in which she was deeply
though unassumingly interested. The perfect sincerity of her character and
her high ideals and her large-heartedness endeared her to all who were asso-
ciated with her.

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72. WiLLUM RiTiiERFORD Hayes Trowbuidge {lliomas R.*", Ilenry^", Buther-
ford}'', DanieP, Thomas*, Thomas", Thomas'-), born May 7, 1842, in New Haven,
Corui. ; resides in New Haven; married June 29, 1S65, in Philadelphia, Pa.,
Isabella Nesbit, daughter of Alexander and Hester Anna (Wilson) Nesbit, born
May 30, 1843, in Philadelphia ; died October 12, 1901, in Dresden, Germany.

William R. H. Trowbridge prepared for college at the school of Mr. Stiles
French in New Haven and was graduated from Yale College in 1863. He spent
the first year after graduation in traveling with a tutor in Egyist. Arabia,



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