Born: Aug. 7, 1899, Millbrook, Randolph Township, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: Apr. 21, 1967, Dover, Morris Co., New Jersey
Parents: William Francis Trowbridge & Anna Mae Southard
Buried: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Randolph Township, Morris Co., New Jersey
Occupation: driver, Dalrymple's ice pond.
Religious Affiliation: Millbrook United Methodist Church, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Marriage: Dec. 21, 1933, United Methodist Church parsonage, Millbrook, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Wife: Clara Delinda Flornes
Born: Sept. 20, 1913, Ironia, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: Apr. 25, 1988, Dover General Hospital, Dover, Morris Co., New Jersey
Parents: Sigurd Mander Olsen Flornes & Lydia Jane Stoll
Buried: Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Religious Affiliations: Millbrook United Methodist Church, Millbrook, Randolph, Morris County; New Jersey,
Church of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, (Morman) Ledgewood, Morris Co., New Jersey
Robert & Clara Trowbridge next to the truck he drove for Dalrymple's Ice Pond.
Robert Trowbridge in his strawberry garden sometime during the 1960s.
Robert Trowbridge and Clara Delinda Flornes lived in a house located at 343 Millbrook Avenue in Millbrook, Randolph Township, Morris Co., New Jersey between 1934 and 1988, about a quarter mile down from where Robert’s parents lived.
The deed for the property dates back to the 1820s, when it was owned by the Atno family. The picture
on the left was taken around 1950, and the picture on the right was taken shortly before the house was torn down in 2004.
Robert Trowbridge, his wife Clara, and their landlord Bill Todd around 1935.
Originally owned by Bill Todd, Robert and Clara started renting the property around 1934.In 1940 Bill Todd passed away, and in his will, in his will he gave the house to Robert and Clara in exchange for covering his funeral expenses, which came to $200.00, a real bargain. Seventy years later, property in the same neighborhood now sells for over $300,000 for a single family home. The house may have been built around 1760, but Robert Trowbridge's deed for the property lists the first owner as Knapp Sisco, who owned it around 1820. Subsequent owners included the Corby family, who are mentioned in an 1868 Beers map of Morris county (to see the Randolph portion of the map, click here.
next owner mentioned in the deed is Abraham Pierson, who owned the
the 1870s. Pierson also owned property located across Millbrook Avenue
street and hill which still bear his last name, Pierson's Hill Road.
also owned property across the Millbrook adjacent to the house, which
to Randolph for the construction of a school, which Robert, his
Walter, and sister Minnie attended (see the above picture). The school
stands, and is currently a private residence. Interesting enough,
great uncle, Edward
Pierson's neighbor, was a carpenter who owned a house at the corner of
Millbrook Avenue and Fords Road, as well as property across the street
Robert's family as "the Meadow". Edward died six years to the day
Robert was born on Aug. 7, 1893, and was a brother of Robert's
David Austin Trowbridge. Sometime after the 1880s, the house came into
possession of Bill Todd and his family, first with his mother, his
by 1920 with Todd himself
Thirteen years after Clara passed away, the family finally sold the property to Randolph Township in 2002. Although the house was part of the Motts Hollow Historic District, Randolph demolished the house on Dec. 7, 2004, and will convert the now vacant property to a trail along the Millbrook, a part of the proposed Millbrook Valley Linear Park. According to Robert's sister, Winnie Trowbridge, a carriage house was located in front of the house dating from the 1800s. Located at the foot of Trowbridge Mountain, or Trowbridge Hill in Randolph. 200 years after Jabez Trowbridge settled in Randolph,last property owned by the family on Millbrook Avenue was sold to the Township of Randolph. The house was demolished in 2004.
the Millbrook schoolhouse around 1915. Robert Trowbridge is located in
middle of the photograph under the shudder, his younger brother Eddie
of him, his face partially obscured by a fellow student standing in
him. Standing in front of Eddie is another brother, Walter, and their
Minnie (later changed to Winnie), is located on the upper right corner
photo, the only student in the group wearing a bonnet.
The same school house today, which is now a private residence.
Clara as a child.
The Millbrook United Methodist Church, which Robert and Clara attended.
The headstone of Robert (left) & Clara Trowbridge (right) at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Randolph, NJ.
Video of Clara from 1985 in Randolph, NJ.