James Trowbridge
Born: 1636, Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts
Death: May 22, 1717, Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Parents: Thomas Trowbridge & Elizabeth Marshall
Marriage: Dec. 30, 1659, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
First Wife: Margaret Atherton
Born: April 30, 1638, Dorchester, Suffolk Co., Massachusetts
Died: before 1673, Massachusetts
Second Marriage: Jan. 30, 1673-74, Newton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
Second Wife: Margaret Jackson
Born: June 20, 1649, Cambridge, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts
Died: September 16, 1727, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts


(James Trowbridge & Margaret Atherton)

Elizabeth Trowbridge
Born: October 12 1660, Massachusetts
Died: July 15, 1734, Massachusetts
Husband: John Myrick
Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Mindwell Trowbridge
Born: June 20, 1662, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Died: Feb. 22, 1758, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Marriage: unknown
Buried: Grave number 426, Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts,
Headstone inscription reads: "The memory of the blessed is just.6"
Husband: Jonathon Fuller
Born: February 23, 1648, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Died: August 12, 1722, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts

John Trowbridge

Margaret Trowbridge

Thankful Trowbridge

Mary Trowbridge
Born: June 11, 1670, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Died: unknown
Husband: Thomas Stedman
Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Hannah Trowbridge
Born: June 15, 1672, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Died: June 21, 1728, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Husband: John Greenwood
Born: 1673, Massachusetts
Died: 1737, Massachusetts

(James Trowbridge & Margaret Jackson)

Experience Trowbridge
Born: November 1, 1675, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Died: Oct. 10, 1705, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Marriage: unknown
Husband: Samuel Wilson
Born: unknown, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Died: unknown

Thomas Trowbridge

Deliverance Trowbridge

James Trowbridge

William Trowbridge

Abigail Trowbridge
Born: April 11, 1687, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Died: unknown
Marriage: unknown
Husband: James Greenwood
Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Increase Trowbridge
Born: 1690, Cambridge, (now Newton), Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Died: December 31, 1690, Massachusetts

Rev. Caleb Trowbridge

The headstone of Deacon James Trowbridge at the East Parrish Burying Ground in Newton, Middlesex Co., Massachusetts.  
Photographed by Sheila Doyle and posted by Star Rhodes on


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 Deacon James Trowbridge, third and youngest son of Thomas Trowbridge (1),  was born at Dorchester, Massachusetts, in 1636, and baptized two years later.   In 1641 he removed with his father to New Haven, Connecticut. He lived in  New Haven until nearly twenty-one years old, when he returned to Dorchester and occupied the land his father had owned before removing to  New Haven. He removed in 1664 to Cambridge Village, (now Newton),  Massachusetts.  His wife Margaret, Thomas Wiswan, Goodman Kinwright, were dismissed by the Dorchester church, July II, 1664, to the church gathered at Cambridge Village.  James Trowbridge was elected deacon to succeed his  father-in-law, in 1675, and held that office forty-two consecutive years.  In 1675  he bought of Deputy-Governor Danforth a farm of eighty-five acres with
 house and other buildings where the governor had lived several years,  adjoining his farm, and the descendants of James Trowbridge have ever since  kept in their possession a considerable part of the original homestead in Newton. In the seventh generation the place was owned by Nathan Trowbridge.   He was selectman on the very first hoard, elected August 27, 1679, and served nine years.  He was clerk of writs 1692-93, lieutenant of the  military company, deputy to the general court from 1700 to 1703. He made  his will in 1709 and added a codicil in 1715; it was proved June, 17l7.  He mentions his rights in land at Dorchester received from his father, Thomas
 Trowbridge. The estate amounted to two hundred and forty pounds and seven shillings. He married Margaret Atherton, daughter of Major-General
 Humphrey Atherton, December 30, 1659, and had seven children.  She died  August 17, 1672. He married (second) Margaret Jackson, daughter of Deacon
 John Jackson, January 30, 1674. She died September 16, 1727, aged seventy- eight years. Children of James and Margaret (Atherton) Trowbridge were:

 Elizabeth, born October 12, 166o, married John Myrick; Mindwell, born June  20, 1662, married Jonathan Fuller; John, born May 22, 1664, married Sarah
 Wilson; Margaret, born April 30, 1666, married Hon. Ebenezer Stone;  Thankful, born March 4, 1668, married Deacon R. Ward; Hannah, born June
 15, 1672, married John Greenwood. Children of James and Hannah (Jackson)  Trowbridge were: Experience, born November 1, 1675, married Samuel
 Wilson; Thomas, born December 4, 1677, married (second) Mary Goffe; (third)  Susanna _____ ; Deliverance, born December 31, 1679, married Eleazer Ward;
 James, see forward; William, born November 19, 1684, married Sarah Ann  Ward and (second) Sarah Fullam; Abigail, born April 11, 1687, probably never
 married; Caleb, born November 9, 1692, married Sarah Oliver and (second)  Hannah Walter.

 by Francis Bacon Trowbridge

Thomas Trowbridge [James father] after the death of his father came into his inheritance, being the only surviving son. He  succeeded his father as the chief Trowbridge in Taunton, just as the latter had succeeded his father, and that he  was a man of consequence there is shown by the prominence given  him in the pedigree in the wife's family,  which has been previously quoted. He rote often to the authorities in New Haven to bring Gibbons to an account for his breach of trust, but Gibbons kept possession of the Trowbridge estates in New Haven for many  years, and affairs remained thus until the sons came of age. They had continued in the meantime to pass their boyhood under the care of Sargeant Jeffrey, their father  evidently being satisfied with that arrangement. They had received a good education under the instruction of  Mr. Ezekiel Cheever, the famous colonial schoolmaster who taught  the first school in New Haven. In the colony  records it is noted that at a court held February 8, 1643-44, "Mr. Cheever desired 4-3-6 out of the estate of  Mr.  Trowbridge which is justly due him for teaching the children."  The course of instruction to be pursued by the  schoolmaster for his scholars at that  time was "after they are entered and can read in the Testament; to perfect  them in English; and teach them Latin tongue as they are capable, and to
 write."   Soon after he came of age William Trowbridge endeavored to have an accounting made of his father's estate that  was left in New Haven, and for this end presented to the court two letters from his father, one dated March 6,  1655, and the other, March 4, 1658, wherein his father wrote that he  "marvells that there is not an account of it  given." This attempt to to recover from Gibbons was a failure, but finally, on January 19, 1663-64,  Mr. Trowbridge executed, and sent to his three sons a power of attorney, makiing over to them jointly and severally  the property in New England wherever  found, to be retained and equally divided between them, and bring the  said Gibbons to account and punishment:
"To all Christian people in whom this present writing shall come greeting: Know ye that I Thomas Trowbridge of Taunton in ye county of Somerset. Gent doe hereby
make ordaine, constitute and depute and in my place and stead put my three sons Thomas  Trowbridge and William  Trowbridge of New Haven, and James Trowbridge of Dorchester in ye Bay in New England in ye ports of  America beyond ye seas, to be my true and  lawfull attornies, jointly, and severally for me and to my name to  aske, sue for, and  chattles whatsover, which I left in trust in New England aftersaid with Henry Gibbons,  sometimes my servant, or doe otherwise belongs unto me and upon detaining thereof or of any particular  parcell therof, to are or any particuar parcell theroff, to arrest, attach, call  to an account, sue implead and  imprison ye said Henry Gibbons, and all and every other person and persons whatsover in whose lands,  custody, or possession of my estate,  houses, lotts, goods, eattel and chattels whatsoever are or have or hath  beene in any way or course of law or equity. And ye same suit or suits to persecute and issue to judegement, sentence and final execution, until recovery shall be had off my said estate, houses, lotts,  goods, cattle and  chattels whatsoever with all costs and deamages to be had for detaining  the same.  And upon receipt htereof or  of so much thereof as my said attourneys or any or  eyther of them shall agree for and accept by way of  composition, the said person of persons soe by my said atturnies or any or eyther of them said atturneyes or any or eyther of them sued or imprisoned, out of prison to release and discharge and also  to make seale and  deliver acquittances releases or other sufficient discharge to and for the same or any part therof, and I doe  hereby given and grant unto my said attornies, jointly
 and severally, my full and whole power and authoirty in  and around the premises and by  the aforesaid or any other lawful waies and means whatever to get in and
 recover my said estate, houses, lotts, goods, cattle and chattles whatsover in as full and  ample manner in every  respect to all intents considerations and purposes as allowing and confirming whatsover my said atturnies or  any or either of them sall lawfully doe or cause to be done in ye premises by virtue of these presents, and I do  alsoe hereby order and appoint that all and whatsover of my said este, houses lott goods cattle or chattels whatsover shall be recovered and received by my said attornies or any or either of them shall be kept and  enjoyed by my three sons Thomas William and James equally divided between them to their own use and behoff  without any account to be rendered unto me for ye same. In whitness thereof I have hereunto sett my hand and  seale, the nineteenth day of  January in ye fourteenth year of ye reign of King Charles the second et Anno gr. deus  1663. 

Thom. Trowbridge, [Seale]
Sealed and delivered in ye
presence of Henry Chase Notary Publick. Robert Chase, John Chambers

The above written is a true record of the originel composed therewith and
recorded ye 26th day of February,  1683. By John Nash, recorder"

{New Haven Land Records, vol 1, p. 202]

The sons sued Gibbons for possesion, but as matters were found, a settlement could not easily be effected before Mr. Trowbridge's death, which occurred
 in Taunton, February 7, 1672-3. The suit was finally settled in 1680 by  Gibbons "for sundry good cause best known to myself, who made a deed of the
 property for Thomas  Trowbridge, the younger to take effect after the death of Gibbons. This deed included his house and lot, and  sundry other
 property including "the bed and bolster I lie on."

"To all people to whom the present writing shall come greeting.
I Henry Gibbons of New Haven in New England husbandman bring greeting. Know ye that  I the said Henry  Gibbons for and in considertion of sundry good causes and reasons (best  known to myself) have given, granted,  conveyed made over. And by these presents doo  give, grant convey & make over unto Thomas Trowbridge of  Newhaven, merchant, in New England aforesaid merchant as follows viz: Imrints my houses home-loft & yard, scituate lying 7 being in the towne of Newhaven aforesaid, bounded on ye South with the  house & homelott  now belonging unto Nathan Andrews, on the West by ye homelotts  now belonging unto John Winston & Wm.  Johnson on the N Morth with a homelott  belonging unto Allen Ball and on the East with the streets or  highway. Also foure acres  of meadow lyeing by the old ferry & three acres & a half of upland lying in the suburbs quarter alsoe in ye town of Newhaven aforesdid as the bed & bolster I lye on. To have &  to hold after  my decease all & singular, the houses land mew and be as aforesaid to the aforesaid Thomas Trowbridge his  heirs, executors, administrators, or assignees for ever to
 his & their power use and hehoof, thereof & therewith  to doe & dispose at his will and  please. In witnesse whereoff I have hereunto sett my hand & seal dated at  Newhaven this

 fifth day of February in the yeare of our Lord, one thousand six hundred and eighty.

his (=) marke

Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us, John Nash, William Gibbons (his mark)}
 Henry Gibbons  appeared in Newhaven this 5th of February 1680 & acknowledged the above
written deed to be his voluntary act according to the law. Jn Nash Assistant"

 [New Haven Land Records, vol. 1, p. 162]

Gibbons died in 1686, and as his brother William Gibbons refused to take out letters of administration, Thomas Trowbridge was appointed administrator,
 and as the said Henry Gibbons had no children, the matter was concluded.

More more information about James Trowbridge and his descendents, visit the web page of Sylvie Higgins Paine .

James Trowbridge online memorial at Find-a-grave.com