French & Indian War
Born: May 22, 1709, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Died: May, 1777, Danbury, Fairfield Co.,Connecticut
Parents: Deacon James Trowbridge & Mary Belden
Public Office: selectman and collector of rates, Danbury, Connecticut
Military Service: corp. 5th Company, 4th Regiment of Connecticut, Sergeant, 7th Company, 3rd Regiment of Connecticut
Marriage: about 1735, Norwalk, Connecticut
Wife: Mary Comstock
Born: Aug. 5, 1710, Connecticut
Parents: Capt. Samuel Comstock & Sarah Hanford
John Trowbridge was born at Stratford, Ct. on 22 May 1709. The Trowbridge family, with its eight children, moved from Stratford, CT to the parish of Wilton in the town of Norwalk, CT in 1712. After they moved, Mary (Belden) Trowbridge gave birth to three more children: Abigail in 1712, Lydia in 1715 and Sarah in 1717. John Trowbridge married Mary Comstock at Norwalk, Ct about 1735. She was born at Norwalk on 5 August 1710 to Captain Samuel Comstock and Sarah Hanford. Capt. Comstock had been Deputy to the General Assembly from 1726 to 1730. Mary was the third child of seven children. John and Mary Trowbridge lived at Wilton where their first six children were born. Their first child, John was born about 1736. David Trowbridge was born in 1738. Sarah was born in 1739, Ann in 1741, Isaac in 1744 and Hester in 1748. In the spring of 1749 the Trowbridge family moved to Danbury, CT. Mary gave birth to two more children. Lydia was born in 1755 and Phoebe in 1751. Mary's father, Captain Samuel Comstock, died in October 1752 and was buried at the Old East Norwalk Cemetery. John Trowbridge was chosen to be a selectman of Danbury in 1753. A selectman is one of a board of town officers chosen annually in New England communities to manage local affairs.
John Trowbridge served in the French and Indian War as a corporal in the 5th Company, 4th Regiment of Connecticut, from 12 September 1755 to 8 November 1755. He was a sergeant in the 7th Company, 3rd Regiment of Connecticut at Fort William Henry in October 1756 and again in August 1757. In 1761, John Trowbridge was appointed the collector of rates in Danbury. The Trowbridge children grew up and married at Wilton in Danbury, CT. Their son, Isaac married for the 2nd time to Lucy Foote. Their daughters, Sarah and Hester married the Benedict boys. Sarah married Lemuel in 1763 and Hester married Aaron in 1768. John Trowbridge was a prominent member of the Danbury Congregational Church. John was a farmer and worked his land, just west of Danbury, until his death in May 1777.