Morrow Co., Ohio Militia
Col. Abner Trowbridge
Born: Oct. 11, 1799, Mendham (now part of Randolph), Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: May 19, 1875, Chester?, Morrow Co., Ohio
Parents: Samuel Trowbridge & Sarah Denman
Military Service: Colonel, Morrow County Ohio militia
Marriage: Oct. 24, 1822, Chester, Knox County, Ohio
Wife: Eliza Lion or Lyon
Born: 1804, Mendham, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: May 18, 1884, Chester?, Morrow Co., Ohio
Col. Abner Trowbridge
"The Trowbridge Genealogy, History of the Trowbridge Family in America", Pgs. 255-256
Compiled by Francis Bacon Trowbridge, (New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1906)
356. COL. ABNER TROWBRIDGE (Samue1 196, Daniel 186,David 114, Joseph 105, William 100, Thomas l),
born October 11, 1799, in Mendham, N. J.; died May 19, 1875, in Fayette, Ohio; married October 24, 1822, in Chester township, Knox*county, Ohio, Eliza Lyon, daughter, of Simeon and Hannah (Sherrin) Lyon, born June 3, 1804, in Mendham; died May 18, 1884, in Fayette. Abner Trowbridge came in 1808 with his mother and maternal grandfather, William Denman, to what was known as the Owl Creek valley, in what is now Chester township, Morrow county, Ohio. That part of the country was the Eldorado of the "Great West" as it was then known, and was a very rich and productive locality. He was taken into the home of his grandfather Denman and brought up by him. He had no time for school, and, even if he had had, there was no school for him to attend, as it was many years after that before a school was established near there. He grew to manhood surrounded on all sides by environments that called for physical rather than mental development. The whole country around was densely timbered and required an immense amount of hard work to clear up so that the rich, virgin soil could be cultivated, and every hand, no matter how small, of Mr. Denman’s,family had to be put to work. Being naturally industrious, he early learned almost every kind of mechanical work. He learned the cooper’s trade and it was said, that when Abner Trowbridge made a barrel, neither wind nor water could get out where in, nor get in when out; and of the thousands of barrels which he made none ever came back to be reconstructed. He was a conscientious workman in whatever he did and his business watchword was, “Be honest".
He became a wagon-maker and built many of them at a time when six-horse wagons were in great demand, and when very few orders were placed for less than four-horse wagons; but he also built light one-horse buggies and other vehicles. He followed. carpentering, and was a contractor for many large. (at that time) buildings and ﬂour mills of the largest size. He was a good superintendent of construction and was never happier than when building some large structure. There was a saying about his buildings, that the wind might roll them over, but could never blow them down or to pieces. I He was in the carpenter business for many years and had many men in his employ. He was always kind to his employes, and many warm attachments grew out of that business. In 1838 and the early part of 1839 he built a water-power sawmill in Middlebury township, Knox county, and retired from the carpenter business. He started his mill in February, 1839, and continued to run it until 1850, when he sold out. In September, 1851, he removed to the northwestern part of Ohio, where he bought eighty acres of dense woodland in Williams county, near the village of West Unity. Four years later he sold that, and in August, 1855, bought eighty acres in Gorham township, Fulton county, close to the site of the present city of Fayette, where he resided the remainder of his life.
Abner Trowbridge was a born military man and took great interest in military affairs. He was commissioned ensign of the Second Company, 2d Regiment, Now Morrow, Ohio state troops, August 10, 1824; was promoted lieutenant October 9, 1826; and commissioned lieutenant colonel of that regiment June 1, 1830. He was a good commander, and, being a tall, straight, well-proportioned man, he made a ﬁne-looking officer. He and his brothers were what were called Jackson Democrats in politics. Their church aﬂiliations were with the Old Close Communion Baptist Church. Colonel Trowbridge was a manly man, a man of invincible integrity, strictly honest, kind-hearted and generous. He was kind to his family, a good husband, and his home was always a sunshiny place.
i. CEMANTHA, b. Jan. 9, 1824; m. Dec. 29, 1850, William J. Havens of Knox county, Ohio.
665. ii. BENJAMIN, b. Dec. 31, 1826.
iii. HANNAH, b. Jan. 27, 1829; d. Apr. 27, 1832.
666. iv. WILLIAM, b. Apr. 19, 1833.
v. LUCY, b. June 14, 1836; d. Mar. 7, 1840.
667. vi. JUDS0N, b. Apr. 30, 1839.