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ii. Frances Darrow, b. Sept. 20, 1795 ; m. Dee. 20, 1828, Bilarchy Snow o£

ill. Mary Wop.k, b. Mar. 31, 1798 ; m. Lorenzo BoUes of Ashford.

iv. Elisua, b. Jan. 9, 1802 ; d. .Tiily 13, 1804.
1081. V. John Work, b. May 2, 1803.
11)82. vi. Philander, b. Nov. 20, 1807.
lOSo. vii. ASAPU, b. Dec. 3, 1813.

viii. Arsina, b. July 23, 1810 ; m. Oct. — , 1859, Laton Sherman of Chieopee,

1037. Clement Trowbridge (James'"*, Danisl^'>'>'>, James^"'"', James'^'""',
Thomas^), bom June 27, 1774, in Pomfrct, Conn.; died December 22, 1853, in
Albion, Mich. ; married June 20, 1810, in Sheldon, Vt, Olive Smith, daughter of

Col. Elihu and Honor (Slade) Smith, born , 1784, in Clarendon, Vt.;t

died September 14, 1868, in ChicaRO, 111.

Clement Trowbridge was a merchant. He was in business in Cambridge, Vt.,
until 1832, when he removed to Medina, N. Y., thence emigrating to Michigan,
where he became one of the early settlers of the village of Albion, Callioun
county. He resided there until his death.

Mr. Trowbridge was a man of strong character and courageous spirit. One of
his gi-anddaughtersij: has a carving knife made from the point of a British officer's
sword, which he wrested from him and broke over the latter's shoulder during the
border troubles with the Canadians. He held a distinguished position in the
Masonic orders, and the Free Masons of Michigan erected a beautiful monument
at Albion to his memory.


i. Frances Honor, b. Apr. 20, 1813; m. Apr. 2, 1834, Henry G. Whipple of
Albion, Mich.

1084. ii. Nelson Clement, b. July 8, 1815.

1085. iii. James S.mith, b. Dec. 4, ISIG.

iv. Olxve Lucinda, b. Oct. 29, 1818; m., 1st, Mar. 20, 1839, Henrv R. Mann of
Marshall. Mich.; m., 2d, May 17. 1853, William L. McKim of Jackson, 111.

V. Adaline Runnels, b. Oct. 11, 1821; m. Dec. 31, 1842, David Lewis Johns
and resides in River Forest, 111.

1038. James Trowbridge (Jame«'"^ Daniel'''"'^, James'""'^, James^"'"',
Thomas'^), boni February 28, 1785, in Pomfret, Conn.; died IMarch 26, 1871, in
Eastford, Coiui. ; married, first, March 30, 1809, in Westford,§ Conn., Eebecca
Lyon, daughter of Thomas Lyon, born September 6, 1788, in Westford ;§ died
August 27, 1810, in Eastford. § He married, second, January 6, 1811, in West-
ford, Nancy Lyon, a sister of his first wife, bom October 2, 1786, in Westford ;§
died January 8, 1827, in Eastford.§ He married, third, May 6, 1830, in East-
ford, Abigail Welch, born November 23, 1784, in Windham, Conn. ; died
February 26, 1862, in Eastford.

James Trowbridge was engaged in farming all of his life. He settled in that
part of the town of Ashford, Conn., that became the town of Eastford. He was
a representative from Ashford in the Connecticut General Assembly in 1834,
1S35 and 1839. After Eastford became a town he was elected a justice of the
peace in 1849, a member of the board of relief in 1850, and an assessor in 1850,
1851 and 1852.

* Eastford parish, now Eastford.

t By family record, but not found in town record.

t Mrs. Hugh H. Dobbins (No. 108F>. ii) of Berl;eley, Cal.

§ Then a part of the town of Ashford.


By first marriage:
10S(;. i. Horace, b. May 28, 1810.

lit/ second nKtrri(if/e:\
ii. Rebecca, b. May 22, 1812; d. youiiR.

iii. Melissa, b. Sept. 10, ISU ; m. June 10, 181G, .\lviii Strong of Sturbridge,
1087. iv. .Tahes, b. Jnne i:'.. 1817.

V. Theresa, b. Jan. 20, 181!) ; d. Mar. ]«, 1834.

vi. DlANTHA, b. Nov. 9, 1820; m. l>oc. 0, 1847, Amos Wbittakor of Ashford.

1039. John Trowbridge (James^'>^^, Daniel^""^, James^""^, James"""',
Thomas'^), born November 28, 1786, in Pomfret, Coim. ; died September 27,
1839,$ in Asbford, Conn. ; married December 19, 1815, in Ashford,* Sally Sum-
ner, daughter of Ebenezer and Sarah (Perrin) Sumner, born April 30, 1795, in
Ashford;! died April 18, 1882, in Putnam, Conn.

John Trowbridge was a soldier in the War of 1812. § He enlisted June 29,
1814, and was a coriioral in the company commanded by Lieut. Samuel L. Hough
in the Connecticut militia. He was on duty at Stonington, Conn., and was
discharged Angaist 29, 1814. He re-enlisted November 21, 1814, and seiwed as
a corporal in Capt. Horace Beach's artillery company in the Connecticut militia
until his discbarge on March 9, 1815.

He settled after his marriage in Eastford society in the town of Ashford,
Conn., where he was engaged in farming during the remainder of his life.

children born in ashford,* conn. :

i. Sophia, b. Oct. 21, 1816 ; d. Nov. 12. 18.39. in Eastford, Conn. ; unm.

ii. George Sumner, b. Apr. 6, 1818: d. Oct. 10. 1867, in Putnam, Conn.: unm.

iii. Sarah, b. Jan. 13, 1820 ; m. Feb. 22, 1844, Elisha Pearl of Lisbon, 111.

iv. John. b. Dec. 16, 1821 : d. Nov. 14. 1850. in Putnam ; unm.

V. Caboline, b. Dec. 17, 1823: m. Apr. — . 1845, Hiram Tuffts of Eastford.

vi. Almira, b. Dec. 18, 1S25 ; m. Sept. 14, 1847, John Nelson Cadby and resides
in Merton, Wis.

vii. Percy, b. Apr. 18, 1827 ; m. Dec. 10. 1848, Dexter M. Buxton of West Brook-
field, Mass.

viii. Harriet, b. Nov. 2, 1828: d. aged 9 months.

ix. Emily, b. Apr. 6, 1830 : m. Sept. — , 1852, Lymiin B. Stone of Cranston, R. I.

X. LuciNDA, b. July 26, 1831 : resides in West Brookfield ; unm.

1040. Ephraim Trowbridge (./am.e.s"l^ Daniel^""^, James'""'-, James^""",
Tliomas^), bom August 4, 1788, in Pomfret, Conn.; died August 4, 1852, in
Eastford, Conn.; married April 29, 1818, in Eastford, |] Hannah AVork, daughter
of John and Hannah (Paine) Work, bom Eebruary 13, 1799, in Eastford; died
May 14, 1884, in Eastford.

Ephraim Trowbridge when a young man was a soldier in the War of 1812.
He served in Capt. Elijah Griggs' company from June 21 to June 24, 1813, and
in Capt. David Brayton's company from June 25 to July 15, 1813.**

He settled in Eastford society in Ashford, Conn., which later became the
town of Eastford. He was a farmer and was one of the town's selectmen.

•Now Eastford.

fNo children hy third marriage.

t By V. S. Pension Office Records.

§ His war record is talien from the papers filed in the U. S. Pension OfBce by his widow,
who received a pension for his services, and from "Connecticut Men in the War of 1S12."

II Then a part of the town of Ashford.
•• "Connecticut Men in the War of ISli;" and U. S. Pension Office Records. His widow
received a pension.



i. Hannah, b. Feb. 8, 1819 ; in. .July 14, 1844, Francis G. Watkins of Worcester,

ii. Mary Ann, b. June 8, 1821: m. Aug. 127, 1844, Elbridge G. Watkins and

resides in Worcester.
iii. Eliza, b. May :«). 1823 ; d. Apr. 5, 1824.
iv. Eletiieaii, b. July 12, 182.5 ; m. Nov. 5, 1849, Prescott Alexander Thompson

of Worcester.
V. Catharine, b. Jan. 28, 1830 ; d. Apr. 14, 1831.

1088. vi. Edward, b. Mar. 29, 1832.

vii. John Augustine, b. Oct. 13, 1834 ; wa.s a clerk in a store in Northampton,
Mass. ; d. Oct. 1, 1855, in Eastford ; unm.

1089. viii. Henry, b. Aug. 14. 1837.

1090. ix. Charles, b. Apr. 20, 1840.

1041. Amos Trowbridge (James^°^^, DanieP""', J ames^'^"^ , J ames^"'"' ,
Thomas'^), born October 16, 1790, in Pomfret, Conn.; died April 25, 1822, in
Ashford, Conn.; married, first, February 10, 1813, in Ashford?, Lurilla Carpen-
ter,! who died March — , 1818, in Ashford. He married, second, March 11, 1819,
in Ashford, Laura Dow, daughter of Abel and Olive (Rogers) Dow, bom

— , 1796, in Ashford. She married, second, Asher Hicks of Ashford,

where she died August 27, 1875.

Amos Trowbridge in early manhood was a soldier in the War of 1812. He
served in Capt. Elijah Griggs' company from June 21 to June 24, 1813, and
in Capt. David Brayton's company from June 25 to July 15, 1813.:j:

He was a fanner in Ashford, Conn.

children born in ashford, conn. :
By first marriage:
i. Maria, b. Dec. 4, 1813; m. Feb. 27, 1834, James Harvey Gilmore of Utica,
N. Y.

1091. ii. Marcus, b. Nov. 27, 1815.

iii. Susan, b. Oct. 18, 1817 ; m., 1st. Sept. 11, 1839, Absalom Martin Spence of
Wheelock, Tex. ; m., 2d, June 23, 1850, James Browder Powell of Middle-
ton, Tex.

By second marriage:

iv. Laura, b. Mar. 1. 1820 ; d. Oct. 8, 1839 ; unm.

1092. V. Amos, b. Nov. 8, 1822.

1042. Stephen Trowbridge (James'"''^^, Daniel^-"'"', James^""^, James^'""',
Thomas'^), bom March 31, 1793, in Pomfret, Conn.; died December 30. 1859, in
Pomfret; married May 17, 1818, in Woodstock, Conn., Sarah Estabrook, daugh-
ter of James and Mai-y (Rugby) Estabrook, bom August 10, 1799, in Woodstock;
died April 26, 1889, in Pomfret.

Stephen Trowbridge, like his brothers, was also a soldier in the War of 1812.
He served from June 21 to June 28, 1813, in Capt. Elijah Griggs' company.:):

He was engaged in farming all his life. He lived three years in Eastford
society in Ashford and then moved to the old homestead of his grandfather
Trowbridge in the western part of Pomfret in Abington.

children born in pomfret, conn. :

i. Maryette, b. Sept. 3, 1819 ; d. Oct. 8, 1819.

ii. Evelina Clarissa, b. Aug. 6, 1820; m. Feb. 8, 1847, Calvin C. Wheelock of

Southbridge, Mass. ^

iii. Lucy Ann, b. Aug. 29, 1829; m. Nov. 8, 1864, Hiram Bowen Streeter of


* Then a part of the town ot Ashford.

t Her parentage and date of birth were not found.

+ "Connecticut Men in the War of 1812."


iv. Laura Jane, b. Aug. 17, 1S31 ; m. Nov. — , 1851, Edward Waterman of

Manton, K. I.
V. James, b. Dec. 13, 1833 ; d. July 1, 1834.

1093. vi. Andrew Jackson, b. Sept. 15, 1835;

1094. vii. Da\id Laton, } twins,

Tiii. Daniel, ) b. July 7, 1S3S ; d. Sept. C, 1838.

1043. Dr. Amasa Trowbridge (Winiam^"-", DameP'">\ James^""^, James"-"'"',
Thomas^), born May 30, 1779, in Pomfret. Conn.; died April 10, 1859, in Water-
town, N. Y. ; married September 16, 1805, in Lanesborough, Mass., Glorianna

Havens Billings, daughter of Andrew and Glorianna ( ) Billings, who

died June 27, 1849, in Watertown.

Amasa Trowbridge obtained his early education at the country schools in
the intervals of active labor on his father's farm in Pomfret, Conn. After the
age of fourteen he availed himself of the suixjrior advantag'es of some of
the academies in tlie vicinity, where he made those attainments in the. various
branches of study which fitted him for the duties of a professional life. At the
age of seventeen he commenced a course of study with Dr. Avery Downer of
Preston, New London county, and three years later he was admitted to practice
and received a diploma from the Connecticut Medical Society. He returned to
his native town, where he silent one year with Dr. Thomas Hubbard, and then
removed to Lanesborough, Berkshire county, Mass. He there associated himself
with Doctor Jan'is and began practice in a large field of professional experience.
He was a young man and almost an entire stranger to the community, in
which he found able competitors, yet he was completely successful in gaining for
himself high social standing and a good reputation in his practice.

Soon after his marriage Doctor Trowbridge removed with his wife to Trenton,
Oneida county, N. Y., where he practiced two years in company with Dr. Luther
Guiteau. A large field of usefulness opened to him in the country about Trenton
and he had opportunity for a wider practice of surgeiy than he had enjoyed
before, so that he began to take rank in that branch of his profession in which
he partieidarly desired a good degree of eminence. Opjiortunities were con-
stantly presenting themselves for adding to his experience in new and difficult
operations in various localities in a wide range of country, stretching off towards
Lewis and Oswego counties, so that when he fell in with the tide of immigration
that was flowing into this "Black Eiver Country" his reputation had in a
measure preceded him. In 1809 he removed with his family to Watertown,
Jefferson county, which he made his penuanent residence, and where he entered
at once upon a large medical and surgical practice in company with Dr. Paul
Hutchinson, a talented physician, also from Oneida county.

Doctor Trowbridge was a Eepiililican in politics, took part in the great politi-
cal questions of the day and became conspicuous in the ranks of his party. It
was a time of great political strife between the Republican partisans of the
government and the Federal party, when the war measures and the embargo and
non-intercourse acts of the dominant party were assailed. The doctor was an
easy and agreeable writer, and was the author of a series of political essays,
designed to sustain the administration, which were widely published and served
to identify the author strongly with his party.

At the breaking out of the War of 1S12 Doctor Trowbridge volunteered for
duty and on June 29, 1812, Gen. Jacob Brown appointed him surgeon of the
forces he was collecting on the St. Lawrence, and ordered him to organize
hospital quarters at Cape Vincent and Sackett's Harbor. Doctor Trowbridge
rendered important service at those places, and on October 10, 1812, Governor
Tompkins confirmed his assignment and brevetted him surgeon of militia.
From then until the close of the war he was so identified with the movements of
our troops on the frontier, that his histoiy involves the historj' of the war itself,


as far as the Northern Division of the American anny was concerned. He had
his quarters principally at Sackett'.s Harbor during the winter of 1812-13, and
was very busy treating a large number of cases of the "epidemic" which pre-
vailed tliroughout the country. In Ajiril, 1813, he was on board the brig Oneida
in the expedition which sailed on the 25th against Little York (Toronto), and
attended principally among the enemy and citizens, many of whom were wounded
by the explosion of the powder magazine. He returned with the fleet to Sackett's
Harbor and resumed his duties at that place, continuing there throughout the
battle of May 29. On August 28 he received an appointment (to date from
August 1) as surgeon of the U. S. army and was ordered to report to Colonel
Ripley of the 21st Regiment Infantry.

The doctor entered with zeal upon his new and enlarged sphere of duties. He
pitched the first hospital tents used on this frontier and removed the 200 sick to
them, where under sanitary arrangements they in due time were fitted to again
take their places in the ranks. He served with Ripley's regiment in General
Wilkinson's unfortunate exiiedition down the St. Lawrence and continued with
it until its arrival at French Mills. Here the doctor remained with the army,
constantly engaged in efforts to help the conditions of the soldiers, surrounded
by a wilderness, and where the sick and wounded were without suitable clothing
or medicine. On January 20, 1814, he was ordered to Sackett's Harbor to pre-
pare quarters for the 200 sick of that imfortunate little army.

Doctor Trowbridge continued in the service and marched with his regiment
to Buffalo in the spring of 1814. He was in the batttle of Chippeway on July 5
and at Lundy's Lane on the 25tli, and performed most arduous duties in caring
for the wounded after those engagements. lie was with Colonel Bissell in the
ascent of the Chippeway, and then was engaged with his hospital duties at
Sackett's Harbor until the close of the war. He had performed his duties in the
army with honor and distinction and was offered a commission in the new
arangement of our forces, but declined, preferring to return to his private prac-
tice. He was welcomed back, of course, by his former friends and patrons, and
was soon engaged in extensive counti-y practice, with a professional reputation
second to few practitioners in the state.

Immediately on his return to private practice he was appointed one of the
assistant justices on the bench of Jefferson county, and in 1818 he was appointed
a judge. The duties of these several positions he performed with credit. In
1819 he was appointed sheriff of the county, and discharged the duties of that
office for two years. In the meantime he continued his medical and surgical
practice in a very large district of country. He s]>ent the winter of 1822 in
Philadelphia, forming the acquaintance of distinguished physicians of that city
and in observing hospital practice there. In 1834 he received the appointment
of professor of surgery and medical jui'isprudenee in Willoughby University in
Ohio. This gave new scope for his faculties in preparing a course of lectures
running through eight weeks of each year. He kept his residence in Watertown,
however, until 1838, when he gave up his practice to his son Amasa* and removed
his family to Painesville, Ohio, ten miles from the medical college. At that
place he entered with ardor upon the acquisition of a new and enlarged sjahere
of practice, having Painesville and the college as the base and the Western
Reserve as the field of his newly acquired practice. The death of his aforesaid
talented son in June, 1841, caused him to abandon liis Western field, and he
returned to his practice in Watertown, in which he continued until his death.

Doctor Trowbridge was an inventor in the line of his profession and was not
confined to the books. He was conceded to be one of the most successful
operators in his profession. Cases of extraordinary delicacy and difficulty

* Whose reputation in his profession was second to none in Northern New Yorlc, only
excepting his father.


marked liis extensive practice, and were attended with a success seldom attained
in surgical operations. He was favorably known not only throughout the state
and nation but in Europe, and many of his operations were chronicled wherever
surgical journals are printed. He is said, during his long life, to have ampu-
tated the leg at the thigh nearly one hundred times. It is also said that he
performed the first successful operation of cutting open the windpipe of a child
to save its life in all tlie known history of surgery.

Doctor Trowbridge was one of the pioneers of Masonry in Jefferson, county
and a founder of the first Masonic lodge ever formed in Watertown, and was one
of the first oifieers of Watertown Chapter, No. 59, Royal Arch Masons. He
continued active in Masonic circles until his death. The accompanying portrait
is from an oil painting presented by the medical students of Willoughby

Doctor Trowbridge's letters describing important naval engagements excited
nuich interest in his native town. In May, 1S14, he wrote to Mr. John Trow-
bridge of Pomfret:

"I should not trouble you with a letter, was it not for the purpose of transmitting
inform.ition which must be pleasing to every person who will be pleased with the success
of the American arms over our enemies. A secret expedition was fitted out at Sackett's
Harbor, under command of Commodore Chancey, Generals Dearborn and Pike. The fleet
consisted of a ship of 2G guns, 32 s ; a brig of 24 guns, 24 s ; eleven schooners, varying
from four to eight guns each, maimed by 2(K) marines and TOO sailors : 2,370 troops,
consisting of infantry and artillery, embarked on board of this fleet on the morning of
April 2."i, at Sackett's Harbor, and the fleet immediately put to sea. I embarked at the
same time as surgeon on board the brig Oneida. I soon perceived that the place of our
destination was Little York, about 300 miles up the Lake, the seat of government in the
upper provinces of Canada. Winds proved favorable and we arrived before that city
about 6 A. M. on the 27th. The fleet came to anchor about two miles from the town, and
within half a mile of the shore, at a very favorable spot for debarking the troops. We
unmanned in a few minutes, and 300 riflemen, commanded by JIajor Forsyth, reached
the shore. They were met with 300 British Regulars and 1.50 Indians. A severe contest
ensued. Other troops soon landed, which, together with the guns of the schooners which
commenced cannonading, obliged the enemy to retreat. Our troops then all landed and
formed in battle array, and commenced their march against the forts near the town. Our
vessels hauled up at the same time within .300 yards of three batteries and a strong
fort ; a general cannonading commenced and was carried on with spirit on both sides
for one hour. At this moment one of the enemy's strongest batteries blew up, and 40 of
their men were seen flying in the air, accompanied by three cheers from our brave
Yankees ; about the same time our troops came to the charge with the enemy in line, and
obliged them to retreat to the block-house and fort. The well-directed fire from our
vessels soon obliged them to leave their strongholds, and our troops were advancing upon
them when their matio-inc blew up, containing, as hij thrir own statement, 500 barrels
of powder. I cnnnot describe to you the sublimity of the scene! It seemed that the
heavens and earth were coming together. The magazine was placed deep in the earth
and surmounted by an immense body of stone, prohahlij fur the purpose of injuring an
enemy hi ease it should be necessary to explode it. Our troops were within 200 yards
when the explosion took place, and were levele<l with the ground in a moment, and
covered with stones. About 40 were killed and 200 wounded. General Pike and several
other officers fatally. The enemy did not escape the destruction of their own works;
hundreds were killed and wounded. Our men soon recovered and marched on, took
some prisoners, and the town soon capitulated on condition that private property should
be respected. They had set fire to a new ship, carrying 30 guns, aud to the store-house,
containing £520,000 of public property. Gen. Schaffe, their commander, made his
escape with about 300 Regulars and the principal part of the Indians. We took two
schooners and about one million of public stores and property, "28 pieces of cannon. We
continued in the city four days. The people were polite and treated us very well.
We have many real friends among them. We left the place Jlay 2. and proceeded to oiu-
fort at Niagara, opposite to Fort George, and there landed our troops and wounded."

Another letter, written a few months later, gave details of further action :

"The battle at the Falls, our retreat to Fort Erie, the desperate attack and shocking
slaughter of the enemy in their attempt to storm this place, and the tremendous fight
at the batteries on the 17th inst., you have undoubtedly seen official accounts of. In
these actions the .American arms have been triiuuphaut, aud our haughty foe completely


humbled. More real courage and heroism could Dot be displayed than was shown by
the troops on these occasions. I never expected to witness such scenes, but it was my
fortune to be called to the head of the surgical department in this branch of the army,
and I have the proud satisfaction to believe that I have met with the approbation of the
whole army in conducting the surgical department. I feel a peculiar pride in being
placed in a situation where I can exercise the medical and surgical talents which I have
labored for a number of years to acquii'e. . . . The battle at Chippewa, at the Falls,
at Fort Erie, and the siege of that place vi'hich lasted 57 days, furnished a large number
of the most important cases in surgery. General Gaines mentioned my name in his
official account of the action at the Fort. Here were 400 wounded, principally of the
enemy, in the most shocking manner. I was constantly at my amputating and dressing
for 36 hours. Our force here is respectable, and we shall in a few days attempt to
drive the exiemy from this part of Canada. I have no doubt but that we shall do it,
if Chauncey keeps the ascendancy on Lake Ontario.

Amasa Trowbridge, Surgeon V. S. A.
Fort Erie, Upper Canada, September 30, ISH"


i. Gloriakxa Billings, b. June 4, 1800; m. May 10, 1827, Charles Clark of
Watertown, N. Y.

ii. Catharine Frances, b. , 1808 ; d. • , 1811.

iii. Amasa, b. , 1811 ; d. , 1812.

iv. Amasa, b. Aug. 21, 1813 ; was graduated from Fairfield Medical College and
engaged in practice in Watertown, being elected a member of the Jefferson
County Medical Society. He was considered the most skillful surgeon of
his age in Northern New York, and if he had lived he would have reached
an enviable place in his profession. While riding in a street in Water-
town, he was run into by a runaway team and thrown from his horse,
his head striking the curbstone, and he died from his injuries the following

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