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which tlie New York mine had taken so much wealth. These facts illustrate
the irony of fate.

Mr. Trowbridge was very much interested in the subject of a railroad to the
Pacific coast and did much to secure the necessary legislation, and in the winter
of 1864-5 made a journey overland across the continent for the purpose of
personal observation. It was a perilous jouniey at tliat season of the year,
and nearly cost him his life. When the discoveries of silver were made at
Silver Islet on the north shore of Lake Superior, he became interested in the
property and was secretary of the Silver Islet Mining Company until the day
of his death, at which time he was also interested in a silver mine in South


1164. Hon. Eowland Ebenezkr Trowbridge (Stephen F.^^'^ Liither^"^-,
Thomas'O": John'^''"', Thomas'""-. James'"'"', Thomas'), born June 18, 1821, in
Horseheads, N. Y. ; died Ai)ril 20. ISSl, in Birmingham. Mich.; married
November 20, 1851, in Birmingham, Mary Anna Satterlee. daughter of Samuel
and Susannali (West) Satterlee, born February 16, 1823, in Birmingham; died
April 18, 1893, in Birmingliam.

Rowland E. Trowbridge was brought in the year of his birth to Troy, Oak-
land county, Mich., by his father, who settled in that town upon a farm. He
entered Kenyon College in the Class of 1841. It was there that he made the
acquaintance of Rutherford B. Hayes, afterward president of the United
States. This acquaintance ripened into the closest friendship, which continued
without interruption throughout his life. Stanley Matthews, late associate-
justice of the IT. S. Supreme Court, was also his warm friend in college days.
In his ambition to succeed, he overtaxed the nerves of his eyes, and when
he was graduated in 1841 he was obliged to abandon all thought of any calling
which might require the use of his eyes, and so was unable to take up the
study of lais chosen profession, the law. Although he consulted eminent
oculists, it was in vain, and for years he could not use his eyes even to read
the current news of the day.

He became a fanner, and in 1848 settled in Barry county and cleared up a
farm in the town of Thomdale. The following year he was elected super-
visor of the town. In 1851 he exchanged his farm for one in Bloomfield,
Oakland county, and settled there, having married that year. He was super-
visor of Bloomfield in 1855. He was elected to the state senate in 1850 and
1858. He worked the farm until 1860, when he exchanged it for a milling
property, and removed to Birmingham, Mich. In 1860 he was elected from
the 4th District a representative to the Thirty-seventh Congress, serving on the
committee on the post office and post roads. He was defeated by a small
majority for re-election in 1862, but was again elected in 1864 to the Thirty-ninth
Congress, and served on the committee on revolutionary claims and agriculture.
He was also a delegate to the Philadelphia "Loyalists Convention," and was
re-elected to the Fortieth Congress, serving as chairman of the committee on
agriculture. He again became a farmer, and in 1873 took charge of the large
Chandler farm near Lansing, in which he was successful. In 1880 he was
appointed eonnuissioner of Indian affairs by President Hayes, and held that
tiffice until the time of his death.

Mr. Trowbridge was president of the Central Michigan Agricultural Society
and was widely recognized as a leading agriculturalist. He was a sincere,
honest and incorruptible man, and was so acknowledged by all who knew him.
In politics he was first a Wliig, but became a Republican upon the organiza-

* This sketch is in greater part taken from a paper read Vietore the Oakland County Pioneer
Society by Gen. Luther S. Trowliridgo. (See note to the sketch of his father.)



tion t)f that party. He was a clear and forcible speaker, iukI in debate, while
not claiming nnieh in the grace of oratory, his manifest fairness and candor in
dealing with all public questions gave great weight to his arguments. This
was well illustrated by the following incident. When the theory of fiat money
swejit over the country, he was called upon to discuss the subject of honest
money. His argument was clear and forcible. After the meeting was dismissed
a gentleman, a stranger to him, approached him and expressed great satis-
faction. "But," said he, "Mr. Trowbridge, I could not discover to which
of the old political parties you belong." He was not discussing party politics,
but the great and important subject of honest money.*


i. Susan Elizabeth, b. Oct. 7, 1852; resides in r.irniiiigliam, Midi.; uiiiu.

ii. Stepuen Van Renssei.aeu. b. .Tan. 1, IS.")."); eiitcreil tlie Cniversii.v nl'
Michigan with the Cliiss of 187(j. but left there in the fall of his senior
year. While a student there he was elected a member of the Psi I'psilon
fraternity. After leaving college he pursued law studies in the ollice of
Mor-se & Wilson in Ionia, Jlicli., 1S77-!), and then began practice by liim-
self in that city. He was prosecuting attorney for Ionia county, 18.SI-2,
and was elected attorney-general of Michigan in 1S8!». lie performed I lie
duties of this office until May 2,). ]8'.t0, when he resigned on account of
ill health. He returned to the family home in Birmingham, where he d.
Apr. I'.t. 1801 ; unm.

iii. Tillman Conklinu, b. May 28, 1857; is a farmer in Kirniingham ; uuiii.

iv. Samuel Satterlee, b. Mar. 11. IStiO ; was graduated from Michigan Agri-
cultural College in 1878. and spent the following twelve years in the general
land office in Washington, D. C. In 1800 he returned to his home in
Birmingham, where he at present resides with his sister and brother on
their farm, known as "Briarbank Farm," He is unmarried.

IKio. Ed-ML'nd Tuowbridge {,'<h>plieii !'.>"■', Luther''"''-'-, Thuiiuis'"'^''', .7';/n/""'',
Thomas^""'-, James^'""', Thomas^), born December 10, 1825, in Troy, Mich.; dicil
February 11, 1873, in Detroit, Mich. ; married May 25, 1852, in Detroit, Cornelia

Amouret Lyon, daughter of Edward and (Lyman) Lyon, born July

20, 1832. in Burlington, Yt. She married, second, in Detroit, Col. Albert Jenks
of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Cal., and died in the latter city June (i. 1900.

Edmund Trowbridge prior to reaching his majority joined a surveying party
under John Mullett and spent two summers in surveying in the ujiper ix'niusula
of Michigan. He then became a clerk in the employ of Lieut., aftervi'ards Gen.,
M. C. Meigs, when he was constructing the fortifications at Fort Wayne, near
Detroit. He afterwards entered the hardware store of Alexander Newbold in
Detroit, and later became a member of the firm of Pittman, Trowbridge &
Jones in the forwarding and commission business in that city. He afterwards
engaged in the ship chandlery business as senior member of the firm of Trow-
bridge, Wilcox & Co., in which he continued luitil the time of his death.
Licidentally he became interested in vessel property and in manufacturing and
mining, being connected with the Silver Islet Mining Company and interested
in some coal mines in Illinois.

Mr. Trowbridge was an energetic, clear-headed business man. He was
actively interested in charitable and philanthropic works. He was for many
years a member of the vestry of Christ Church, Detroit. He died sincerely
mourned by a large number of people who had been charmed by his genial,
cheerful intercourse and aided by his generous help. His widow, after her
second marriage, removed with her husband and children to San Francisco, Cal.


i. Martha Elizabeth, b. May 17. 1853 ; m. 1st. Sept. 20. 1880. Samuel Adams
Ames of Uiverside, Cal.; m., 2d, Oct. 7. 100:^. .Toseph Foxton and resides in

* See footnote * on preceding page.

t Except iv, who was born in Birmingham. Mich.


ii. Edward Lyon, b. Feb. 24, 1857; d. Sept. 26, 1857.

iii. Kathekine Uogeks, b. Sept. 5, 1858 ; m., 1st, Oi-t. 13, 1878, William H.

Booth of Kentucky ; m., 2d, Mar. 15, 1894, Sewall Dolliver and resides

in San Francisco, Cal.
iv. Edmund Augustus, b. Mar. IG, 1800 ; d. Dec. 11, 1879, in Jackson, Fla. ;

V. William, b. May 5, 1862 ; d. Aug. 12, 1862.
vi. Nellie Hammill, b. Nov. 1, 1863; m. Sejit. 22, 1896, Wiflter Scott Newhall

and rcside.s in Los Angeles, Cal.
1280. vii. Charles Ciikistophek. b. Mar. 12, 1865.

viii. William Henry, b. Sept. 15, 1870 ; d. Apr. 29, 1872.

1166. Prof. William Petit Trowbridge, (Stephen V.^"''^, Luther'^'"^-,
Thomas^"'^, John^"", Thomas'""-, James'-'""', Thomas'), bom May 25, 1828, in
Troy. Mich. ; died August 12, 1892, in New Haven, Conn. ; married April
21, 1857, in Savannah, Ga., Lucy Parkman, daughter of Samuel Breck and
Theresa (Halsey) Parlonan, bom May 19, 1831, in Savannah. She resides in
iSTew Haven.

William P. Trowbridge at the age of sixteen years and one month was
appointed a cadet in the United States Military Academy at West Point. He
stood at the head of his class at each annual examination during the four
years' course at that institution, and was graduated in the Engineers with the
highest honors in 1848. During the last year of the course he acted as institictor
in chemisti-y. At his graduation he was assigned to the CoriJS of Topographical
Engineers of the United States army. During the same year he was sent back
to the military academy as assistant to Professor Bartlett in the department
of philosophy, where he remained for three years. In 1851 he was detailed for
duty on the United States Coast Survey under Professor Baclie, a position he
occupied for five years. During this period he was engaged, first in the
triangulation of the coast of Maine, afterwards in the survey of the James
and Appomattox rivers in Virginia, and in 1853 he was sent to the coast of
California to conduct a- series of .tidal and magnetic observations extending from
San Diego to Puget Sound, a distance of thirteen hundred miles. This duty
occupied three years, and during that time, in his leisure hours, he collected
several thousand specimens of the natural history of that coast, which he pre-
sented to tlie University of Michigan. The collection is said to be very complete
and to embrace at least three-fourths of the natural history of that coast.
In 1857 he resigned his commission in the army to accept the professorship of
mathematics in the University of Michigan. Not finding that position just
what he had anticipated, he resigned, and at the solicitation of Professor Baehe
accepted a civil appointment in the Coast Survey office at Washington, and
remained there as his assistant until the beginning of the Civil AVar.

When the war broke out most of the employees of tliat office were of Southern
sympathies and resigned, taking with them all the charts of Southern harbors.
It is said that Professor Trowbridge was the only person left in the office who
(^ould prepare charts of the Southern harbors from the original field notes in
the office, and for several months he was kept on that duty. He was then
selected by General Totten, late engineer-in-chief of the army, to take charge
of the branch office of the engineer department in New York City, where he was
charged with the construction of fortifications on the East river, including the
new fort at Willet's Point, opposite Fort Schuyler, the alteration and repairs
of Fort Schuyler, and the alterations and repairs of the fortifications on
Governor's Island. It was his duty to purchase all the engineering supplies
required for tlie army in the East. He was charged with the construction of
pontoon bridges for tlie armies in tlie field, supplying them with materials
and tools for conducting siege operations and for building temporary fortifica-
tions. He had charge also of tlie supplies of materials, granite, brick, lumber,


iron and machinery for the permanent fortifications of the Atlantic coast, from
Maine to New Orleans. He held this position until the close of the war.

In 1865 he was offered, without solicitation, and accepted the position of vice-
president and general manager of the Novelty Iron Works, the largest manu-
facturing establishment in New York City, devoted to the construction of
marine engines and heavy machinery of all kinds. This position he occupied
until that coi-poration went into voluntary dissolution and the works were finally
closed on account of the falling off of the steamship building business. He
then, in 1870, was offered and accepted the appointment to the professorship of
dynamical engineering in the Sheffield Scientific School of Yale College, New
Haven, Conn. He was soon afterwards appointed a member of the New Haven
Board of Harbor Commissioners, was later chosen its vice-president, and served
on the board for many years. He was appointed adjutant-general of Connecticut
by Gov. Charles R. Ingersoll and served in that capacity during the latter's
terms of office, 1873-7. In 1877 he was offered and accepted the professorship
of civil engineering in Columbia College in New York City. He held tliis
position until his death, which occurred in New Haven, where he had made
his home for many years.

Incidentally Professor Trowbridge rendered great service to the Census Bureau
in gathering and arranging statistics on scientific subjects. His services were
also called into requisition as consulting engineer in important matters. He
designed and made the drawings for a high bridge across the East river from
New York to Long Island, on the principle of what is now known as the canti-
lever bridge, and the design was approved by some of the most eminent engi-
neers in the country, although a new departure in bridge building. He said at
the time that he thought the next bridge across the Niagara river would be
built on that principle as the conditions there were favorable for that method
of construction, a prophecy soon after realized in the construction of the canti-
lever bridge at Niagara Falls. He was one of the commissioners appointed to
examine and report upon the constniction of the state capitol at Albany, and
had the recommendations of that conmiittee been followed, the state of New
York would have been saved a large sum of money and secured a safe structure.
He made many valuable contributions to the scientific literature of the day
and was a very busy man in many fields of usefuhiess.

The following honorary degrees were conferred upon Professor Trowbridge:
M.A. by the University of Rochester in 1856 and Yale College in 1870; LL.D.
by Trinity College in 1880 and the University of Michigan in 1887. He was a
member of the National Academy of Science and many other learned societies.

ciriiJ)REN :*
i. Kathemne Haxset, b. Jan. 2.3, 1858 ; resides in New Haven, Conn. ; unm.
ii. Lucy Parkman, b. May 7, 1850; m. Oct. 10, 1809, Francis Gregory Inger-
soll and resides in Rye, N. Y.

1281. iii. Wii-LIAM Petit, b. Jan. 5, 1801.

1282. iv. Samuel Breck Paekman, b. ilay 20, 1S(')2.

V. Nannie Beirne, b. Sept. 20. ISCA : resides in New Haven ; nnm.

vi. Percival Eli-Iott. b. Sept. 15, ISO" ; d. Sept. 1(5, 1808.

vii. Julian Percival. b. Jan. 10, 1800: d. Aug. 7, 1800.

viii. Charles Chrlstopxier. b. .\pr. 20. 1870: prepared for college at Hopkins
Grammar School, New Haven, and was graduated from Trinity College,
Hartford, Conn., in 1802 with the degree of B.S. He is at present
instructor in physics in Columbia University, New York City. He was
given the honorary degree of doctor of science by Trinity College in 1008.
He is a member of the Trinity Chapter of the Delta Psi fraternity. He is

1167. Rk\. Tn.LirAX Coskling Trowbridge (Stephen U.^""!, Lutlier^"^".
Thomas^""''. JohH^'>o\ Thoinas^<>''-, James^""", Thomas''), born January 28. 1831,
in Troy, Mich. ; died July 20, 1888, in Marash, Turkey ; married May 15, 1861,

• i-Iii born in Washington, D. C. ; iv in New York City ; the others in Astoria, N. T.



in Constantinople, Turkey, Margaret Riggs, daughter of Rev. Dr. Elias and
Martha Jane (Dalzel) Riggs, born October 14, 1841, in Smyrna, Turkey. She
resides in Aintab, Turkey.

Tilhuan C. Trowbridge had the fibre of liis whole life set and toughened by
the hardy and wholesome discipline of a frontier farmer's home, where he had
the stimulus and benefit of learning to rely largely on his own efforts for the
means of pursuing his studies. He fitted for college at Romeo, Mich., and
entered the University of Michigan in 1848. He was graduated in 1852.*
Feeling called to the ministi-j-, he entered Union Theological Seminary in New
York City and was graduated from that institution in 1855. While in attend-
ance there his interest became gi-eatly aroused on the subject of foreign missions,
and on his graduation he took an appointment under the American Board.
He was ordained in Brooklyn, N. Y., in .November. 1855, and soon after sailed
for the East, reaching Constantinople early in 1856. He spent his first years
of mission sei-vice in Constantinople, and then was sent on a long tour through
Northern Armenia with Rev. Mr. Dumnore. In 1861 he returned to Con-
stantinople, married, and for more than six years was in charge of the city
mission work of Constantinople, interrupted only by a brief visit to America
in 1866. In 1868 he removed to Marash to take part in the instruction of the
Theological Seminary. In 1872 he was appointed to the work of raising funds
for the college just then decided upon for Aintab, and started for England and
America, where he prosecuted that work with great vigor and good success.

In 1876 he returned to Aintab and became associated in the direct manage-
ment of the college. Central Turkey College, of which he was now appointed
president, and to which he gave the larger part of his time, though always
rendering important aid in mission work. Since that time his home was in
Aintab, and, with the exception of brief visits to England to solicit funds for
the college, he devoted his time and energy with inspiring zeal, to promote the
interests of the college and the material, moral, and religious progress of the
people of Turkey. In this work his wide acquaintance witli influential, wealthy
and philanthropic people, his well-known integrity and good judgment, his
quick and contagious sympathies, his unfailing cheerfvdness and hope, gave
his ready and tireless pen and his persuasive voice a very wide and effective
influence, and it is not too much to say that the college owes a very large share
of its present prosperity to the efforts he made in its behalf. His whole soul
was wrapped up in the college, which he believed would surely become a great
instriunentaJity in Christianizing the whole Turkish empire.

He was a regular correspondent of the London Times, and in his plain out-
spoken way he gave tlie English peojde much valuable information regarding
the character of the Turkish goveriunent. In this he was most courageous, for
it was perfectly well known by the Turkish authorities that he was the corre-
spondent of the Times, and he knew this, and yet it never deterred him for one
moment in exposing the weakness, the corruption and the horribly oppressive
character of "the Turkish goveriunent. He was a man of genuine piety, of
quick symisathy, of broad and comprehensive ijuiiioses, of em,inent and varied
ability, widely known, honored and loved, an affectionate son and brother, a
devoted husband and father, a faithful friend, a large-hearted philanthropist, a
noble Christian man, and he left the world richer for his having lived in it.

He was taken away in the prime of life, in the midst of abundant labors.
While assisting at a communion service in the city of Marash in Central
Turkey, he was stricken with paralysis, and after lingering four days closed his
usefid and unselfish life. After public service at Marash, the body was taken
to Aintab, where the funeral was held just at evening, under the shadow of the

• He was given the honorary degree of LL.D. by the University of Michigan in 1880.



college buildinj;'. An immense oongregalion of all nationalities ami religions
listened attentively to the tender and earnest words that were spoken, and with
many expressions of grief followed the body to the grave in the comer of the
college ground. So he rests under the shadow of the institution he had been so
instrumental in founding, and among the people for whom he so long labored.
For thirty-three years his life was one of unselfish devotion to the highest needs
of his fellow-men. The gathering of 2,000 of the native population arovmd his
tomb at Aintab, many' of them weeping as if they could not be comforted, told
in a most impressive manner of the strong hold which he had gained in the
affections of that people.*


12S,'?. i. William Ricos. b. Aug. 17, ISO:!.

ii. Elizabeth Martha, b. Dec. 12, 1805; ciime to tlu^ United States in 1882.
She attended Pontiac (Micli.t liigli sclinol. and then entered tlie University
of Michigan, where she took tlie classical and some medical course.^. In
1888 she entered the training school for nurses in connection with Bellevue
Hospital, New York City, where she took the full course and was gradu-
ated in 189.J. She went to Turkey under the Woman's Board of Missions,
and is now head nnrse in the Azariah Smith Memorial Hospital at Aintab.
Turkey. She is unmarried.

iii. Emiia Ray, b. Jan. 11, 1808: d. Dee. 24, 1800, in Marash, Turkey.

1284. iv. Edward Dwight, b. Oct. 1, 1870.

V. Isabella Bliss, b. Aug. 12. 1870; came to the United States in 1895;
attended Ferry Hall Seminary. Lake Forest. 111., for one year; and was
graduated at ^'a.ssar College in 1900 ; m. .lohn Merrill and resides in
Constantinople, Turkey.

1285. vi. Stephen van Rensselaer, b. May 28, 1S81.

1168. Guy Maxwell Trowbridce (S/epken T'.'"''. Luther^o'-\ Thomas'"^''',
John^""', Thomas''"''-, James'"'"', Thomas'), bora January 31, 1834, in Troy,
Mich.; died December 25, 1900, in Pontiac, Mich.; married October 15, 1S55,
in Schodack, N. T., Emily Ostrander, daughter of Simeon and Hannah (Fellows)
Ostrander, bom May 24, 1836, in Chatham, N. Y. She resides in Ionia, Mich.

Guy M. Trowbridge settled on a farm in Troy, Mich., near the old homestead,
where he could bo near his parents in case of need, and when his father died
he went to the old home to care for and cheer the declining years of his mother.
He was one of the prominent men of Oakland county, where he had always
lived. He was for twenty years supervisor of Troy township and seven years
deputy collector of internal revenue. He also served several terms on the
Michigan Board of Control of Kailroads. He was president of the Citizens
Fire Insurance Company of Macomb and Oakland counties from its organiza-
tion. He was an influential meiuber of the Grange and held an important posi-
tion in that organization up to the time of his death. He was prominent in
the OaJiland County Pioneer Society and was one of its most faithful members.
He was active in religious affairs and was for over fifty years a member of
the Presbyterian church in Troy and an elder for many years, having been
chosen to that oiEce in 1859 as the successor of his father.

Mr. Trowbridge was at all times an honored and respected resident of Oak-
land county, and was a man of sterling integrity. He enjoyed a host of friends,
not only among the pioneers, but also with the younger generation with whom
he had long been a favorite. In all his public life he was faithful, intelligent
and honest. In the sometimes delicate and difficult duties connected with the
revenue office he was so fair, so honest, and so just, that he gained the eon-

* Extracts from a notice prepared hy Dr. Fuller of f'entral Turkey College.
t i-iii horn in Constantinople, Turkey : Iv in Marasli. Turkey ; v iu London, England ; vi in
Aintab, Turkey.


fidence of all with whom he was brought in contact. All who knew him were
united in commeniling him as an honest, earnest, whole-souled, generous
Christian man, whose greatest jsleasure in this life was making others happy, and
whose noble life has been an inspiration to many.


i. Caroline ELi7,.\i:i;Tn, b. .Tuly 1(5. IS.'iO. iu .Schodiuk, X. Y. ; m. Feb. 20, 1890,
Gordon Areliibald Heuedict and resides in Ionia, Mich.
1280. ii. Louis Ostkaxuer. b. .Inly 8, 1801, iu Troy. Mioli.

iii. Emily Pauline, b. Apr. 10. 1870. iu Troy: i.s a trained nurse in Harper

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