(Deacon James Trowbridge & Esther Howe)
Born: 1697, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Born: 1694, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
(Deacon James Trowbridge & Mary Belden)
Born: Mar 1, 1702-03, Stratford, Connecticut
Marriage: unknown, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Husband: Mr. St. John (first name unknown)
Born: unknown, Norwalk, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Born: Apr. 8, 1706, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Born: Sept. 1, 1712, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Husband: Mr. Green (first name unknown)
Born: May 8, 1715, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Marriage: May 9, 1735, Connecticut
Husband: Eliakim Elmer
Born: July 29, 1717, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Marriage: Aug. 29, 1737, Connecticut
Husband: Nathaniel Wescott
Born: Sept. 13, 1689, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Died: July 21, 1714, unknown
JAMES TROWBRIDGE & MARY BELDEN
(from the webpages http://www.tricountyi.net/asmullen/greenegenie/Herkimer/Trowbr~1.htm
James Trowbridge was born at New Haven, Ct. on 26 March 1664. His
father, William Trowbridge married at Milford, Ct. on 9 March 1657 to
Elizabeth Lamberton, the widow of Daniel Sellivant. Elizabeth Lambertom
was first married as the second wife of Daniel Sellivant on 17 October
1654. James was one of ten children between 1657 and 1676. In July
1677, the Trowbridges moved to West Haven and built a home on a portion
of the Lamberton farm. James' father was a planter, husbandman and a
master of the sloop - "Cocke" making two voyages out of New Haven.
James Trowbridge was thirteen when the family moved to West Haven.
There he grew up with his four brothers and four sisters. James marries
Lydia Alsop in 1688. James' parents, William and Elizabeth Trowbridge,
were members of the First Church of New Haven in 1686. William died at
West Haven in November 1690, and Elizabeth there in 1716.
James Trowbridge, at the age of twenty-four, married first on 8
November 1688 to Lydia Alsop. James and Lydia Trowbridge had one child.
Little James was born on 13 September 1689. James Trowbridge learned
the trade of a "cordwainer" or a shoemaker and settled at New Haven,
Ct. Lydia Alsop died at Stratford, Ct. on 6 May 1690, leaving James a
widower with a baby boy. James Trowbridge married again on 29 September
1692 to Esther Howe. In September 1693 James Trowbridge moved to
Stratford, Ct., where they were admitted as members of the Stratford
Congregational Church on 8 April 1694. James and Ester Trowbridge had
three children. Isaac was born at Stratford about 1693. Esther was born
at Stratford about 1695, and Mary was born at Stratford about 1697.
Esther died at Stratford in 1697. James Trowbridge was a widower again
with four children, ages eight, four, two and an infant. On 19 April
1698 James Trowbridge married at Wilton for the third time to Mary
Belding (or Belding) Mary was born at Hatfield, Mass. on 17 November
1677 to Daniel Belding and Elizabeth Foote. Mary Belding's mother, two
brothers and a sister had been killed by the Indians in 1696. Mary's
father, another brother and sister had been captured by the Indians and
just released. James Trowbridge was a widower with four young children,
ages nine to one. Of course Mary Belding was one of fifteen children.
Their married life could only get better!
James and Mary (Belding) Trowbridge had seven children born between
1701 and 1717. Daniel was born at Stratford on 13 August 1701.
Elizabeth was born at Stratford on 1 March 1703. Caleb was born at
Stratford on 8 April 1706. John Trowbridge, our ancestor, was born in
1709. Abigail was born at Stratford on 1 September 1712. Lydia was born
at Norwalk on 8 May 1715, and Sarah was born at Norwalk on 29 July
1717. In 1712 James Trowbridge and his family moved to the parish of
Wilton in the town of Norwalk, Ct., where he purchased a large farm. He
was one of the original members of the Wilton Congregational Church,
becoming a deacon there. He was a grand juror in 1719 and the town
collector in 1721. James Trowbridge farmed at Wilton until his death in
May 1732. Mary died sometime after 1737.
Mary Belding was born at Hatfield, Mass. in November 1677. Mary Belding
was the fourth child of nine. Her baby sister died as an infant in
1686. After her death Mary's father, Daniel Belding, moved the family
to Deerfield, Mass. Their oldest child was fifteen and their youngest
was only three. Mary Belding was nine years old when they moved to
Deerfield. Mary Belding's mother gave birth five more children. Samuel
was born in April 1687, John was born in June 1689 and died the next
day. Abigail, named after the daughter who died, was born in August
1690. John was born in February 1693. Last but not least [indicated by
the name], Thankful; was born 31 December 1695. The Beldings with their
surviving eleven children lived a rather peaceful life at Deerfield.
Homes with unpainted clapboards, narrow, unshuttered windows, and
dignified doorways lines the mile-long street reflected life on the
frontier 75 miles west of Boston.
Then the Indians attacked on September 26, 1696. Mary Belding was
nineteen years old at the time. Her mother and three of her siblings
were killed by French Mohawk Indians. Young Daniel was sixteen, John
was three and Thankful was one year old when they were killed by the
Indians. Her father, her sister Elizabeth and brothers Nathaniel and
Hester were captured and taken to Canada. Mary Belding's older
brothers, William and Richard, managed to escape with Mary, her
fourteen year-old sister, Sarah, and nine year old brother, Samuel.
Apparently Mary Belding left Deerfield after the 1696 Indian raid. Mary
Belding married at Wilton, Norwalk, Ct., on 19 April 1698 to James
Trowbridge (as his third wife). Mary Belding was twenty-two and James
Trowbridge was thirty-four when they were married. Mary lived a
prosperous married life with James Trowbridge in Connecticut while her
father continued to battle the Indians in Massachusetts.