George Whitfield Trowbridge
Born: Dec. 4, 1868, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey

Died: Dec. 5, 1940, Short Hills, Union Co., New Jersey

Parents: David Austin Trowbridge & Catherine Caroline Coe

Buried: Fairmount Cemetery, Newark, Essex Co., New Jersey

Find A Grave Memorial: 16812486

Occupations: carpenter, farmer

Marriage: June 26, 1895, Harrison, Essex Co., New Jersey

Wife: Rachel Ann Sanford

Born: Nov. 3, 1875, Harrison, Essex Co, New Jersey

Died: July 4, 1945, Summit, Union Co., New Jersey

Buried: Fairmount Cemetery, Newark, Essex Co., New Jersey

Find A Grave Memorial: 16812569



Irving Napoleon Trowbridge

Helen May Trowbridge

Mabel Eveline Trowbridge
Born: Mar. 26, 1903, Madison, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: Oct. 5, 1932, unknown

Ralph Austin Trowbridge

Laura Coe Trowbridge


Compiled by Francis Bacon Trowbridge (New Haven, Ct.; Tuttle, Morehouse, & Taylor, 1908)

928c.  GEORGE WHITFIELD TROWBRIDGE (David A. 689, David 367, Jabez 199, Shubael 137, David l14, Joseph 105, William 100, Thomas 1), born December 14, 1868,

in Mt. Freedom, N. J . ; resides in Chatham, N. J.; married June 26, 1895, in Harrison, N. J ., Rachel Ann Sandford, daughter of Napoleon Bonaparte and

Sarah Eveline (Van Riper) Sandford, born November 3, 1875, in Harrison.  George W. Trowbridge is a carpenter and is in business in Chatham, N. J.


i. IRVING NAPOLEON, b. Mar. 22, 1898, in Summit, N. J.

ii. HELEN MAY, b. June 4; 1900, in Summit.

iii. MABEL EVELINE, b. Mar. 26, 1908, in Madison, N. J.

iv. RALPH AUSTIN, b. June 6, 1904, in Madison.

v. LAURA COE, b. Aug. 16, 1905, in West Livingston, N. J .


by his grandson David Wilson at Poor House

"My great grandparents ran the poor house that was in Millburn/Short Hills, [Essex County] New Jersey for a number of years.  The Poor Farm was located on what is now White Oak Ridge Road in Short Hills, Essex County, New Jersey.  The fire station now stands on the front portion of that property which was quite large at that time.  In the 1910-1920 range George W. Trowbridge (1868-1940) and his wife Rachel (Sandford) Trowbridge (1875-1945) farmed the land and tended the cows.  They also ran a milk delivery wagon into local towns.  Their children often helped with many of those chores.  By about 1923 Philip Ayres Ross (1890-1965) and his wife Helen Trowbridge Ross (1900-1986) had taken on the poor farm and ran it for a ten year contract with the town according to one of their sons.  The family moved from the Poor Farm approx. in 1933.  A that point Earl James (1905-1995) and Mary James (1898-1982) took over the operation of the farm.  How long they ran the Poor Farm I do not know.  It had a very large house which sat way back from the road, at least two large barns.  I do not have information about how it operated earlier and such. But I do know it existed.