Born: Aug. 30, 1736, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: Mar. 9, 1749, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris Co.,
Born: Nov. 15, 1740, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris
Co., New Jersey
Died: June 6, 1755, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris Co.,
David Trowbridge II
Born: May 29, 1745, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris Co.,
Died: Mar. 13, 1760, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris
Co., New Jersey
Born: Apr. 16, 1749, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris
Co., New Jersey
Died: July 7, 1753, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris Co.,
Born: about 1748, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris Co.,
Died: before 1758, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris Co.,
Born: Jan. 30, 1763, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris
Co., New Jersey
Died: 1767, Morristown, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris
Co., New Jersey
(maybe a granddaughter)
Born: Feb. 23, 1769, Morris Township, (Trowbridge Mountain), Morris
Co., New Jersey
Died: still living, June 26, 1793, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey
Marriage: June 26, 1793, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: still living, June 26, 1793, Morristown, Morris Co., New
the death of his father Joseph at a young age, David came to Hanover,
New Jersey with his mother Anne, his stepfather, Caleb Fairchild, and
his sister Anne by 1730. Shortly after his marriage to Lydia Holmes,
David was quit-claimed land by his stepfather and mother on April 1,
1736. The following is from a Fairchild genealogy site, "The
Descendents of William Fairchild":
"The New Jersey
Archives prove Caleb was in New Jersey as early as 1730. His last
grantor deed in Stratford was 18 April 1722 (41A). One of Caleb's
descendants said he went from Stratford to Stonington, Connecticut,
then to Hempstead, Long Island, New York, and thence to New Jersey. He
also was briefly in the New Haven, Connecticut area, and is on the
deeds there. On April 1, 1736, Caleb of Hanover, Hunterdon Co., New
Jersey, and wife, Anne, formerly the widow of Joseph Trowbridge of
Stratford, Connecticut, quit-claimed land to David Trowbridge, son of
the deceased Joseph Trowbridge. The inventory for Joseph Trowbridge,
dated June 1, 1715, Stratford, names children, David and Anne."
Later David moved to a steep hill located about 2 miles west of
Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey along the Minisink Trail, which
according to Julia Beers (see below), he purchased land from the local
Native Americans. This hill would later be named Trowbridge Mountain,
because David and his family built their farms there. According to tax
records of the time, David farmed 143 acres of land, and owned 16
horses and livestock, and 40 sheep. He also is said to have produced an
applejack whiskey called "New Jersey Lightning".
The children of David & Lydia settled all over the United
They moved into such states as: Pennsylvania, Virginia, West Virginia,
Vermont, Ohio,Michigan, New York, Illinois, Kentucky, and Indiana. Many
Trowbridges from around the United States can
trace their ancestry from David and Lydia Trowbridge.
"THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, HISTORY OF THE TROWBRIDGE FAMILY IN AMERICA"Compiled by Francis Bacon Trowbridge, (New Haven, CT: Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor, 1906)
(Joseph 103, William 100, Thomas 1), bom December 30,
1709, in Stratfield, Conn.; died November 16, 1768, in Morristown, N.
July 3, 1735, in Bedford, N.Y. ?, Lydia
(Holmes ?),§ born January 21,
1716, in ____ ; died January 27, 1792, in Morristown.
Trowbridge settled after his marriage in ''the township of Hanover,
in the county of Hunterdon, alias Morrice county, West New
Jersey." ]] He was
farmer and probably lived in the west part of Hanover which became
Morristown. He and his wife were Baptists in religion.
Trowbridge Mountain, situated partly in Hanover, and partly in
Randolph, N. J., derives its name from the fact that
David Trowbridge and several of his sons and grandsons had their farms
on and near it.
CHILDREN BORN IN
MORRISTOWN, N. J.:**
b. Aug. 30, 1736; d. Mar. 9, 1750.
136. ii. DANIEL,
b. Dec. 28. 1737.
137. iii. SHUBAEL,
b. Sept. 3. 1739.
b. Nov. 15, 1740 : d. June 6, 1755.
138. v. SAMUEL,
b. Feb. 23. 1742.
139. vi. DAVID,
b. July 11, 1743.
b. Mar. 29. 1745; d. Mar. 13. 1760.
viii. MARY ANN,
b. Oct. 17, 1747 ; in. Jan. 29, 1766,
Gershom Johnson of Morristown.
b. ____, 174- ;tt
b. Apr. 16. 1749 : d. July 7, 1753.
140. xi. ABSALOM,
b. May 25. 1750.
b. ____ 175- ;‡‡
d. "aged 21 years and 8 months." tt
141. xiii. JOB,
b. Mar. 5, 1754.
142. xiv. JOSEPH,
b. Oct. 2. 1756.
b. Jan. 30. 1763 : d. Dec. 12. 1767.
b. Feb. 23, 1769 : m. June 26. 1793, ____
+By New Fairfield Congregrational Church Records; 11 by New Milford
Congregational Church Records.
ŢŢ His will, dated Nov. 9. 1708, wherein he calls himself
"of the town of Morris," was proved Dec. 9, 1768, and mentions: "wife
children." Shubael being the only child mentioned by name.
(Trenton Surrogate Records. Liber K of wills,
pp. 58. etc.]
§ She is called "of Bedford" in
Stratford. Conn.. Town Records.
** This family register is copied from the family bible
of David Trowbridge which was found in the mountains, eight miles from
William A. Eardeley of Brooklyn. N.Y., a genealogist who
visited that locality in behalf
of the compiler.
tt Date torn off from family bible register. Perhaps a
‡‡ Gravestone in Whippany. N.J. churchyard. No date
The name of Peter Trowbridge appears in 1783 in West New
Jersey Deeds recorded at Trenton. His relationship, if any, is unknown.There are
some discrepancies in the Francis Bacon Trowbridge book, the Trowbridge
Genealogy, about the names of the children of David and Lydia. This list is known to have several inaccuracies, such
as the daughter named Tabitha (II), who is listed as died at the age
of 22, and buried in the Old Burying Ground in Whippany, New Jersey
(the same cemetery mentioned above). She was most likely the wife
THE WILL OF DAVID TROWBRIDGE
Nov. 9. Trowbridge, David, of Morris Township, Morris Co., Farmer; will
of. My lands and goods to be divided among my eight children, with this
reserve, that my wife, over her equal proportion, is to have her choice
of one cow, and any one jade (horse) belonging to the estate, and she
is to have the possession of my estate, as long as she is my widow.
Son, Shubal (Shubael) Trowbridge, has built and improved on 11 acres,
and he is to have a deed for the same land.
Executrix - my wife, Lydia.
ABSTRACTS FROM THE WILL OF LYDIA HOLMES
Witnesses - James Smyth, William Locy, John Losee.
Proved December 9, 1768."
Mar. 19. Trowbridge, Lydia, of Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey,
Morris Co. Widow of David Trowbridge: will of. All estate, including
houseand lot of 3 acres where I now live, and a 3-acre lot in Hanover
Twsp., and a 4-acre lot at Watnung Plains, to my son, Absalem
Witnesses - Timothy Linsley*, John Losen, Cornelius Losen.
Proved Mar. 11, 1812
*Signed by a mark.
FROM "THE HISTORY OF MORRIS PLAINS"
by Julia Beers
1929, Julia Beers, the first librarian and a member of one of the first
families to settle Morris Plains, wrote "The History of Morris Plains",
which was published after her death in 1955. Born in the 1860's, she
wrote about a Morris county that vanished a long time ago. Her book
contains a lot of valuable information on the Trowbridge family,
especially the location of the David Trowbridge farm. She writes:
"On the early maps of New Jersey, an Indian path is designated running
from the south shore of the Shrewsbury River in a westerly direction,
crossing the Raritan a little to the westward of Amboy and thence in a
northerly direction to Island in the Delaware. Many branches of the
Minisink Path spread out through New Jersey from this trail. The Dutch
and Swedes must have traveled it long before the English settlers came
to New Jersey. There are traces of Indian camping grounds, and no doubt
there were Indian villages in the Watnong Mountains northwest of Morris
Plains. Indian arrowheads are found there even at this time. A perfect
arrowhead of New York Brownstone tells a tale of either of attack from
New York Indians, or of a visitor from that state, we hope the latter!
Hundreds of years ago, or farther back than that, the Plains must have
been a marsh, for the Indian camps are found among the surrounding
hillsides, notably the south side. The early settlers also chose these
places to build their log huts, which were built without cellars. A
cave was dug in an embankment to house produce from garden and field.
The Indians camped on the many sources of the Whipponong River above
Morris Plains. And that is where the white settlers built their log
huts and started to make a living from the soil, which the Indians were
incapable of doing. Now descendents of those white settlers have
vanished from the land and other invaders have captured the hill and
plain, for "to the strong belong the spoils." New Jersey Records show
that the English settlers bought and paid for all the land they
acquired from the Indians. We have no doubt that Morris Plains settlers
did the same, or acquired land that had been bought by the original
The Original White Settlers: Pierson, Losey, Trowbridge,
the first English settler to come to the region now known as Morris
Plains was Thomas Pierson. In 1685 he established a saw mill on
Thomason's Pond and a residence on the road to the present state
hospital. This mill was operated as recently as the 1860s. The Losey,
Trowbridge, and Raynor families may have come here about the same time,
settling on the north side of the Minisink Path on the east slope of
the mountain known in that day as Trowbridge Mountain. Trowbridge owned
the place that Jesse Pierson purchased. Tradition tells us that
Trowbridge bought this place from the Indians.
There is a map of the property posted at the Morris County US GenWeb site by Brianne Kelly-Blye
of the David Trowbridge farm on West Hanover Ave., in Morris Township,
New Jersey, also the location for the Morris Co, NJ September
memorial, which includes steel from the World Trade Center.
was chosen because the World Trade Center was clearly visible from
Trowbridge Mountain, which is located about thirty miles west of New
Above this tract was
a road to the left called the Raynor Road. The land still showed
evidence of cultivation in 1880. Whoever the Raynors were, they must
have left there at an early date. Jesse Pierson built his house
opposite the present TB Hospital and turned the Trowbridge house into a
wagon shed. There was a lane or Indian path that started from there and
traversed the lower part of the mountain, emerging on Pigeon Hill Road.
There are signs of habitation on this lane, but they must have been of
very early date. We have no record of the people who may have been
there. This road was used by the settlers to avoid the steep hill
between the Losey and Trowbridge lands. Losey must have given the land
for the present road to the Welfare House, thereby losing two acres of
land. I don't know what the former hill was like. It must have been
impossible. I think the present one is nearly so. Losey's son built the
house now occupied by Reeds. The road was changed for their benefit....
Recently there was a tree uprooted by the elements on the old Losey
place. In its stones were two stones, one oblique in form, the other
small and square. Someone must have been buried there, probably during
the Revolutionary War when Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey was
occupied by the soldiers. It might have been William Losey [named as a
witness in David Trowbridge's will and father-in-law of Joseph
Trowbridge] who bought the land from the Indians. Tradition tells of
three long houses built in Spring Street. These people may have been
some of our early settlers who moved to the mountains north and west of
former TB Sanitarium, which later became Morris View Nursing Home, and
now houses several Morris county offices.
The image on the left is the
building, which also housed the Morris County poorhouse, around 1900, on the left was taken in 2003.
The David Trowbridge
house was located along the Minisink Trail, a former Indian trail, now
West Hanover Avenue in Morris Township, just across the street from the
former Morris County TB Hospital (the building is now occupied by a
Morris County housing agency and shelter), and the nearby Morris View
Nursing Home, where Karen Ann Quinlan from the famous "right to die"
court case from the 1970s stayed. Jesse Pierson, who purchased
converted the David Trowbridge house into a wagon shed, sold the
property to the state of New Jersey around 1870, which was incorporated
into the Greystone Park Lunatic Asylum (later Greystone State Mental
Hospital)in 1871. The state rebuilt Greystone Park in 2008, and most of
the grounds were deeded to the
Morris County Parks Commission, which developed this area into
and recreational facilities, with the notable exception of the main
building, the Kirkbride, which is slated for demolition in 2014.
original site of the Morristown Baptist Church on Mt. Kemble Road in
and a drawing of the
Morristown Baptist Church looked like during
Morristown First Baptist Church in 2004. The church
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
was gutted by a
fire in 2000, but was reopened in 2004 after three years of repair.
second church to be built in Morristown, the First Baptist Church of
Morristown was founded by eleven members including David Trowbridge in
1752, meeting 3 miles south of the First Presbyterian Church on Mount
Kemble andSandy Spring Road. The church moved to it's present location
in 1771, building a wood frame structure on the southeast portion of
the Morristown Green. Like the neighboring First Presbyterian Church,
the First Baptist Church was used as a hospital by the Continental Army
in 1777. 70 years later, in 1840, the congregation had outgrown the
first building, and voted to build a new church in Littleton (now
Parsippany), New Jersey. The church and the surrounding property, with
the exception of the cemetery, was offered to the Second Presbyterian
Church, which had just split off from the First Presbyterian Church
that year, for about $2,000. Negotiations broke down when the Second
Presbyterian Church wanted use of the cemetery, which the Baptists
wanted to keep. So instead of moving to Littleton, the present church
was built in Morristown. The cemetery was located on what is now
occuppied by the Century 21 Department Store (formerly the location
ofMacy's), and was in use from the Revolutionary War until the end of
the 19th century. In the late 1800s, the property was purchased by a
prominent citizen by the name of Mc Alpin, who then moved the graves to
Evergreen Cemetery in Morristown (this area is sometimes known as the
"Mc Alpin block"). Lydia and David might have been buried in the
Baptist Cemetery along with their son Shubael, because their names show
up on the "Combined Bills of Mortality" kept for both the Presbyterian
and Baptist congregations, first by the Presbyterian minister Dr.
Timothy Johnes, and then by the Presbyterian sextion, William Moses
Cherry from 1768 to 1806. When the bodies were moved to Evergreen
Cemetery, their remains could have been transferred there, but
according to Evergreen Cemetery historian Kemper Chambers, no records
of David, Lydia, or Shubael appear in Evergreen Cemeteries records. So
unfortunately for now their graves are lost.
It is unknown why
David and Lydia chose to join the Baptist congregation instead of the
Presbyterian church, which his stepfather and mother were founding
members of the congregation, but it probably has more to do with
Lydia's denomination, since her grandfather, Obadiah Holmes, was a
famous Baptist evangelist in Massachusetts and Rhode Island during the
1600s. About a year after David's death, Lydia received an adult
baptism. One interesting fact is raised by David and Lydia's attending
the Baptist Church is their contact with the family of David's mother
Anne Sherwood Trowbridge Fairchild. The closest thing to any contact
between the Trowbridges and the Fairchilds after the 1730s is the wife
of David and Lydia's son David's wife Tabitha being buried in the Old
Burying Ground in Whippany near the Fairchild Mill. Even though David
and Caleb Fairchild's names appear in several tax and legal records
(both were important land owners in the Morristown area), and David
served on the Morris County Board of freeholders about the same time as
his stepfather, there is little contact between the Fairchilds and the
Trowbridges after David settled Trowbridge Mountain.
list of potential
jurors compiled by Justice of the Peace John Budd in 1742, includes the
David Trowbridge, step-father Caleb Fairchild, and Caleb's
brother Zacariah Fairchild.
According to the Combined Bill of
Mortality for the Presbyterian and Baptist Churches of Morristown,
compiled first by the pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Dr. Timothy
Johnes, and then by the sexton, William Cherry, recorded the deaths of
David, who died of fever on Nov. 16, 1768, and Lydia died of old age at
75. The Combined Bills of Mortality, first recorded by the Presbyterian
Minister, Rev. Timothy Johnes, and then after 1768 by the legendary
Presbyterian Sexton, William Moses Cherry for both congregations.
According to books on the history of the Presbyterian church, most of
the deaths listed were buried by Moses Cherry. While Mr. Cherry was
very meticulous on recording who he buried, age, and cause of death, he
was as careful in recording where he buried them, which was further
complicated by the fact that he would put them anywhere. Strangers were
buried in the middle of families, family members would be buried on the
other side of the cemetery, etc. While most were buried by Mr. Cherry,
some who were listed in the Bills of Mortality, one example being
David's mother, Anne Sherwood, according to other sources, such as
Francis Bacon Trowbridge, were buried in the Whippany Burying Ground
near the mill of her husband Caleb Fairchild (the samelocation of the
graves of several of David and Lydia's children) The Baptist Church was
not built until 1771 at it's current location, which adds additional
uncertainty where David is buried, since it is unknown if a cemetery
existed at it's first location along Mount Kemble Road, but according
to histories of the Presbyterian church, the Baptists already had a
cemetery at least as early as 1768, so it is possible it could have
been located there. But since Rev. Johnes and Mr. Cherry kept the
records for the Baptists, it is possible that they had started burying
their dead near the present location of the Baptist Church.
LIST OF ALL RATABLES IN THE TOWNSHIP OF MORRIS IN THE COUNTY OF MORRIS
IN THE PROVINCE OF NEW JERSEY WITH THE ASESSMENT MADE THERE ON OCTOBER,
David Trobridge & Samuel Frost
Value of Land: 17 £, 10 schillings
Acres of Land: 143
Horses and Cattle: 16
Pound Value: 51 schillings, 0 dollars
Poor Tax: 1 pound, 1 schilling, 3 dollars
County Tax: 12 schillings, 9 dollars
Sinking Fund Tax: 12 schillings, 9 dollars
James Frost by care of David Trowbridge
Value of Land: 5 £
Acres of Land: 100
Horses and Cattle: 0
Pound Value: 5 schillings, 0 dollars
Poor Tax: 2 schillings, 1 dollar
County Tax: 1schillings, 3 dollars
Sinking Fund Tax: 1 schillings, 4 1/2 dollars