Most of the material in this book was taken from two genealogies of the Trowbridge family. The first, written by Frederick W. Chapman, was published in 1872 and is available from Andrew J. Morris, P. O. Box 535, Farmington, MI (?), 48332 on micro-fiche. The second was written by Francis Bacon Trowbridge and was published in 1908. It can be ordered through the libraries of The Church of The Latter Day Saints. Material on George Jacob Trowbridge is from a book by Agnes Tolbert called 'THE ROCK HOUSE' and various state and Federal records.
It appears that our forbears were men of adventure. They were not always the first ones to settle in new country, but they were often among the earliest ones there. Most of them were farmers.
I would like to apologize to the reader for the errors in this material. The typing has been very frustrating, due to my present handicap, but it has been a labor of love. (My aunt became nearly blind due to complications from diabetes).
The material of this booklet is organized into three parts. The first traces the family in England, the second, from Thomas in America to Joseph in Indiana and the third part deals with George Jacob and Jacob Alva, his oldest son.
A SURVEY OF THE ANCESTORS OF THOMAS TROWBRIDGE, THE FIRST SETTLER IN AMERICA WITH THAT NAME AND HIS DESCENDANTS THROUGH HIS SON WILLIAM TO JACOB ALVE TROWBRIDGE.
The origin of the name Trowbridge is uncertain. Eldon C. Smith in 'SURNAMES OF AMERICA' says that the surnames prefix "TROW" comes from an old English word meaning tree and therefore the name has to do with a tree fallen over a stream and used as a bridge. Francis Bacon in his genealogy of the Trowbridge family says it comes from another word meaning a through or a channel of a stream. He thinks the first Trowbridge probably lived near a bridge with a well worn channel flowing through its arches. He may have received his coat of arms for some deed of valor near the bridge or during a defense of the bridge. He thinks this may account for the red coloring of the bridge in the family crest.
Where the family came from in England is better know. There is a town called Trowbridge in Wiltshire which had its own castle and village as early as the middle of the twelve century. There is mention of one John Troubrigge (or Trowbridge?) in the early records there. It is supposed that a member of the family moved to Devonshire in the thirteenth century. Chapman in his genealogy of the Trowbridge family says, "The very ancient name of Trowbridge derives its name from its inheritance in the Parish of Crittendon, Devon where it has resides for many centuries and was the property of Peter de Trowbridge in the reign of Edward The First. He reigned in the thirteenth century. A younger branch of the family moved to Taunton, Somersetshire, a neighboring shire, near 1550.
In Charles Fitch-Northern's 'Table of Ancestry', the earliest Trowbridge given is John Trowbridge who married Alice ?_________. The next is Thomas Trowbridge who married Joan Laurence (Lawrence?) alias Hutchins. They had the following children: Alice, baptized June 24, 1568: John, baptized March 25, 1570; Dorothy, baptized September 22, 1574. Thomas was a wealthy man, a merchant of woolen goods. he set up a trust to be administered by the parish of St. Mary Magdalene. The yield to be used for the poor and needy of the parish.
Chapman's genealogy says that the trust was set up by his son also named Thomas, brother of John and uncle of the Thomas who came to America. In both genealogies the trust us cited as an example of the wealth and public spirit of the family.
The elder Thomas died February 16, 1619 (or 1620?). His will proved in May of that year, divided his large property between his children, grandchildren, relatives and dependents. The sole executor as his only son John.
John Trowbridge was baptized march 25, 1570. He died July 5, 1649 in Taunton. He married first, Agnes Prowse of Tiverton in 159__?. She was buried June 6, 1622. In 1624 he married Alice Reed, widow of Robert Reed of Tiverton, Devonshire. The children of John Trowbridge were: Prudence, baptized in 1599; John, baptized May 21, 1612; Tracie, baptized May 7, 1615.
Like his father, John was a mercer or merchant of textiles and for some years had a shop next to his father's. he took over his father's shop when Thomas's health failed. He became Mayor of Taunton and is referred to by this title in the will of his son John who died in early manhood.
Thomas Trowbridge was John's oldest son. We do not know his birth date. however, his sister Prudence was baptized in 1599, so he may have been born around 1597. he is found in early manhood established as a mercer in Exeter some thirty miles away, in the next county or shire. Bacon says, "At the time he took up his residence there, he found that the name Trowbridge was a well known and respected one in the town of Exeter. The family had long been identified with the city through business and residence and there also his sister, Prudence, had gone to live after her marriage in 1621 to Elvin Mace." On March 24, 1627 he was issued a marriage license to marry Elizabeth marshall and the marriage is recorded in the records of St. Mary Arches the marriage took place on the 26 th of March. In the parish register of St. Peterock are recorded the following baptisms: in 1627, the daughter of Thomas Trowbridge; in 1629 John, the son of Thomas Trowbridge; in 1631. Thomas the son of Thomas Trowbridge. Elizabeth died and was buried in 1630. A fourth son, James, was baptized in 1637 in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
When Thomas came to America, he left his oldest son in England, probably in the care of his father. In Dorchester, Thomas was greeted by his old friend, Thomas Jeffreys who had arrived in America as early as 1634.
Thomas did not stay long in Dorchester. As the Conneticut Valley opened up he moved his family to the New Haven Colony. According to the 'COLONIST'S LINEAGE BOOK' he owned land in both Dorchester, Massachusetts and the New Haven Colony. It is not possible to know his reasons, but history has given two reasons why many people made the move. The Massachusetts Bay Colony, of which Dorchester was a part, was a Puritan colony whose administrators were religiously strict and all must adhere to the rules, even if they were not members of the Congregational Church. too, the soils in Massachusetts were poor and the soils in the Conneticut Valley were rich. The economic prospects were better there for the farmer or the merchant. The series 'ANCESTORS OF NEW ENGLAND' asserts that he was part of the triangular trade between England and the colonies and Barbados. West Indies sugar and molasses were taken to the colonies to be distilled into rum. The rum, along with furs, limber, and other products were shipped to England to be traded for manufactured goods. he joined the Ancient and Honorable Artillery of Boston in 1637 (1638?).
Elizabeth, his wife, is generally believed to have died in 1641. Charles Fitch-Northern has done considerable research on thomas and his ancestors. He states that Thomas married by order of the Bishop of Exeter, his cousin, Francis Shattocher in 1640. some writers say he left New Haven in 1644. Obviously, there are some discrepancies. However, some time in the early 1640's, Thomas returned to England leaving his sons and property in the hands of his steward, Henry Gibbons. Gibbons proved not to be a good steward. In a few months the court had placed his sons under the care of Thomas Jeffreys. Most of his correspondence over the years was about regaining property which had been usurped by Gibbons and which he intended his sons to have. He never returned to America and died at Taunton, February 7, 1672 (or 1673).
His sons did well in the country. James became a bishop of the Congregational Church. Thomas married Dorcas Rutherford from whose family came the president, Rutherford Hayes. Many cousins bore the name Rutherford, even among William's descendants.
We are descendants of William Trowbridge. He was born September 3, 1633 in Exeter, Devonshire, England. He married Elizabeth Lambertson Sulliphant, a widow, march 9, 1656 (1657?). The had ten children, including a set of twins. William died in November 1688.
It is through his youngest child, Joseph, that we are descended. Joseph was born in 1676 in New Haven, conn. He married Ann Sherwood May 1715. They had three children, Matthew, David (who is our progenitor) and Alva. Matthew died in infancy. Joseph's estate was settled at Fairfield, Conn. on June 1, 1715. The administrator was Danils and Ann Sherwood. The estate was to be distributed by James Benedict and Benjamin Fairweather.
David Trowbridge, son of Joseph and Ann Sherwood Trowbridge was born Dec, 30, 1709 in Stanford, Conn. He married Lydia Holmes July 3, 1735 at Bedford, New York. It was a fruitful marriage, producing 16 children. Four of them died very young, three in their teens, and one daughter at age 22. It may be that so many deaths were caused by the pioneering spirit of their father. By 1743 when David was born, the family lived near Morristown, New Jersey, an area that was still largely unsettled and plagued with Indian uprisings. Apparently, David had taken his mother with him because Ann Sherwood Trowbridge died at Whippany, New Jersey January. 27, 1792.
As stated before David Jr. was born July 11, 1743 near Morristown, New Jersey. Where he married is not known. In 1772 he was in Frederick County, Virginia and later moved into Kentucky. The 1800 census of Kentucky listed as heads if households, David Trowbridge, Ebenezer and Jonathan. In 1810 Job, a bother of David was also in kentucky. In Order Book Number 1 of Barren County Court he filed on 269 acres of land. In 1812 he was summoned to court for failure to list taxable property. In that same year he was appointed to a committee to find the best route for a road. In 1811 he was administrator for the estate of one Thomas Pelham. His widow, Sally married David Trowbridge Dec. 16, 1812. I'm not sure if this was David II or his oldest son. However, it is with the second son Jonathan with whom we are most concerned since it though his line that we are descended.
Jonathan was born in 1772 while the family was still in Frederick County, Virginia. He married Sally Lampton June 12, 1799 in Lincoln County, Virginia. One genealogist states that he fought with Daniel Boone. Boone was one of the earliest settlers of Kentucky and the years before 1812 were years of almost constant warfare between whites and indians, so this is not hard to believe.
Joseph Trowbridge was born October 31, 1805 in Clark County, Kentucky.
About the time that English colonists back East were fighting for their independence from Great Britain, Southern Indiana was beginning to see its first settlers. In 1813, Corydon became the capitol of the Indiana Territory. Statehood was achieved on December 11, 1816. Just when Joseph Trowbridge left Kentucky, the state of his birth, is as yet unknown. He married Julia Sears in Floyd County, Indiana in 1832. He was then a young man of 26 or 27 and she was ten years younger. When the 1850 census was taken he was residing in the 45th district. In 1860 we find him on Harrison County, a middle-aged man of 54 with his three oldest children already married. Joseph's children were as follows; Elizabeth, born 1833; Mary A., 1835; George Jacob, 1837; Enoch, 1839; James, 1841; William, 1843; Henry, 1845; Jonathan, 1846; Sarah C., 1849; David, 1851; Peter, 1855; and Lucy, 1857.
George Jacob, his oldest son, had married Eliza Jane Clark and had a son, William, who was 10 months old. In 1862, the Civil War began. Indiana fought with the Union forces, and George Jacob, Enoch, James, and William undoubtably joined the fight at some point. The only Civil War battle fought in Indiana took place just outside Corydon in Harrison County in 1863 when Morgan's Raiders crossed the river from Kentucky on their way to Illinois.
After the war, Indiana farmers were plagued by low prices for their products and high freight rates getting them to market. Kansas had achieved statehood and was developing rapidly. Government land was selling for $4 an acre and time spent in the army could be applied against the time needed to "prove up" on a homestead. Many veterans found their way to Kansas, among them a related group of families which included several of Eliza Jane's sisters and their husbands. George Jacob, his wife Eliza Jane, and their children, William, Emma Nancy, born in 1866 and Clara Judy, born in 1867, joined them.
Most of them settled on farms in Section 25 and 35. Republic County. There was J. R. Roberts and his wife Wealthy Ann; and Thomas Eckert with his wife, Rachel. Rachel and Wealthy Ann were sisters, daughters of Stephen A. Briggs and his wife, Nancy Clark. George Jacob's wife, Eliza Jane was Nancy's sister. They too, settled in this section next door to the Roberts. James Sherwood, whose wife was Mary Clark, another sister, also lived in this section.
Life in the new country was not easy. Homes were generally dugouts about which I will write more later. Indians were still a threat to the new settlers, not yet having accepted their resettlement in Oklahoma. In 1868, the Salt (Creek?) Militia was organized in Republic County. Every able-bodied man was expected to place himself on call if the need arose. George Jacob and Thomas Eckert are listed on the Muster Roll of Captain W. P. Peake of the Kansas State Militia on August 31, 1868. His son, Jacob Alva, later wrote that he remember his father sitting in the house with a gun across the table in front of him, watching out of the north window during an indian scare. He told of going to town and coming home to find moccasin tracks under the windows, but he said those Indians were not on the warpath. Since Jacob Alva was born in 1870, this must have been a watch often kept in their first years in Kansas.
It explains an article in the June 3, 1876 edition of the Belleville Telescope..."In that early day there were no schoolhouse, so Miss Adkins taught the first school in a part of Captain Isaac Schooley's residence on the Northwest (1/4?), Section 7, Grant Township in 1867. This would seem to be a very advisable way to have school in that day when Indians roamed the prairies, since Capt. Schooley was considered a prudent and careful commander of the Militia of Salt Creek. In his command stood every male inhabitant of lawful age (21 years in that day), so the children were well protected.
Republic County was organized September 8, 1968 from land under the jurisdiction of Washington County. George Jacob became the second treasurer of the county.
In 1869, coal was discovered due south of our settlers in adjoining Cloud County and the first mine was opened. The next year another mine opened, until by 1883 there were 19 mines operating which employed 280 men. The town of Minersville grew up on the Republic- Cloud County line. Its growth was fueled by the influx of miners who came to dig the soft ashy coal. In the busy seasons, 150 wagons would be waiting for coal.
The coal was found at a depth of 25 to 50 feet in a seam, 18 to 24 inches thick. Shallower mines were worked by digging into a slope, and deeper ones by a shaft. Each miner had a small lamp called a pit lamp. They looked like a little iron teapot with a wick out of the spout. The pot was filled with oil and the wick burned slowly. The lamp was held with on the miner's cap. None of the mines were tall enough for the men to stand up. the miners had to sit or lay on their sides to pick out the coal. They mined only in the winter, an many miners had homesteads in outlaying areas. They returned to Minersville in the fall, living in dugouts and shanties.
Coal was found on J. R. Robert's land and was mined both by slopes and shafts. James Sherwood's land was also found to have coal beneath it. Whether they mined it themselves or leased out the mineral rights, I have not learned.
In 1870, the first school house was built. School was held there until the schoolhouse was destroyed by fire while the teacher, H. J. Blackwood had gone home for supper. He had "banked" the fire in preparation for a box supper that evening of December 25th, 1876. When he returned he found the school house had burned. After it burned, the Blackwood family moved from their dug-out home to a house on top of Bunker Hill and school was held in their dug-out for the remainder of the term.
The boundaries if the district at first consisted of the distance in any direction that boys and girls could brave the rigors of winter to get an education. Finally it was established at six miles wide and twelve miles long, embracing all of the territory occupied by the first settlers.
Because of the great distances children had to go, and also because of the cold weather, ladies taught a summer term of three months for younger children and those who could be spared from work at home. Men taught a six-month term in the winter after the corn was shucked and older boys and girls had time to go. men earned almost twice as much per month as their feminine counterparts because it was considered that it was more difficult to teach the winter term when larger, older pupils were enrolled and usually the school was much larger.
The town of Minersville continued to grow and in time contained stores, churches, even places to drink and gambled. Mail was delivered three times weekly. Most of the people lived in dug-outs. A few had houses built of wood. The mine owners had houses built of stone and some of these stand yet today. Mrs. Agnes Tolbert, author of the book 'THE STONE HOUSES OF MINERSVILLE', gave this description of the dug- outs.
The dugouts had only one room, a dirt floor, and poles covered with sod for a roof. However, some dugouts were more elaborate than others. They had a window at each side of the door and some had lace curtains at the windows. A few had poles inside in a corner that reached to the roof (bunk beds). Divided into sections with ropes or slats to put feather or straw ticks on, they made extra sleeping room.
This room was needed as most of the wives boarded several of the single men working in the mines. They also fed many others daily who came to the mines from a distance for loads of coal.
(word written in, Page 7, 3rd line from bottom.???????? This was the life George Jacob's children grew up in. ??????????? In addition to the children who came with him from Indiana were now Jacob Alva (born May 10, 1870), Eddie J. (1872), Mary Grace (1876), and Lucy (1878). Lucy lived only 9 months and died of scarlet fever.
J. R. Roberts and Wealthy Ann's family had also increased in number. Their family included, Beretta (born in 1867), Ella (1869), James G. (1872), Sarah Effie and Nancy Alma, twins, (1875), Emma E. (1876), Mary L. (1878). Doubtless, the two families spent many hours together.
One June 19, 1890, Eliza Jane died. Funeral records showed the cause of death was heart trouble. James Sherwood, her brother-in-law, arranged for the funeral and she was buried in Zion Cemetery, Republic County, near the Town of Talmo.
On September 20, 1891, Jacob Alva Trowbridge married the daughter of J. R. Roberts, Nancy Alma. For a number of years, Jacob worked in the mines. One of his daughters remembered the little light he wore on his head. But before we follow their lives. let us complete what we know of George Jacob.
On June 22, 1893, George Jacob married Sally I. Monrow in Cloud County. She was seventeen years younger than he. Their children were, Ruth Trowbridge, born 1901; Fenton, born 1905; and Ellis, whose birth date I do not have. He may be the oldest with a birth date of 1894- 1895.
George J. died in 1906; Sarah, his second wife, in 1936; Fenton in 1942; Ruth in 1969. All are buried in the Zion Cemetery, Republic County, Kansas. Here to, are buried the Roberts, Eckerts and Sherwood families and Shem Clark, a brother of Eliza Jane.
To return to the story of Jacob Alva, cheap land and the chance for a better life again beckoned. Oklahoma had consolidated its Indian population into reservations and some of the lands previously held by the Indians were being offered for settlement by the Federal government. When a date was set for the opening, settlers gathered along the line and had to be restrained by troops until a gun was fired. Then they raced to find desirable land and stake their claim. starting line. The fourth Oklahoma land run was into Cherokee Outlet on September 16, 1893. Estimates of the people on hand to try and claim land ranges from 50,000 to 100,000, using every kind of conveyance, including bicycles. Jacob Alva and his younger brother, Eddie J. were on the starting line. The account of his daughter, Jessie Marie (Trowbridge) Smith, tells the story.
I was born in a small town in Cloud County, Kansas in the little settlement of Minersville, close to Concordia, Kansas, one of a family of eighteen children having the same father and mother. My father worked in the coal mines until 1897. When the Cherokee Strip of Oklahoma was opened for settlement, my father and his brother were on the line to try to get a homestead, but failed along with many others. However, both were able to take over from others who got land and after five years prove up on their homestead. So we stayed on the place each summer and in the winter returned to Kansas and my father worked in the coal mines. My uncle kept our cows and we always made the trip by covered wagon.
Our first home on the homestead was called a dug-out and was dug in the side of a hill. It was snug and warm but very dark only on days when it was warm enough to leave the door open. Which was dangerous after it got warm enough for rattlesnakes to come out. At one time my aunt left the baby asleep on the bed and went out to hang some clothes. When she went back in, a rattlesnake was sleeping on the bed with the baby. She said the Lord must have it hypnotized for she was able to turn the dishpan over it and get out with the baby. Uncle Eddie came and killed it and put up the screen door but (it was) not much like the ones we use today.
As soon as a crop could be put in, a new house was started. First four horses were hitched to a plow to cut and turn up the sod. It was careful cut and hauled and my dad and Uncle Ed started out house. It was 28 by 14, since there were several of us children, it was none too large. It was 8 foot high with a slightly raised roof with a ridge pole covered with wide thick boards, then layers of sod like the walls which were soon covered with a thick coat of green. In one end three bunk beds were built to one wall and curtained off. The rest of this room was the kitchen with the usual cupboard made of green tin and a stove and table and a few chairs. The flue in the middle partition served both stoves and the other room had one large bed, which was pulled out at night and made a bed for my sister and I. This, with a dresser and baby bed completed our furniture, until much later.
In 1906 we had a new house built and traded our place for a much larger one, where we lived two years. Dad hauled freight for a country grocery store two days a week and farmed too, but he decided to come out and see if he could locate in Missouri.
In August 1907, we had a farm sale. loaded two covered wagons and in three weeks we arrived in Mtn. View. We camped in a wagon yard close to where the Penninger house is now if I remember right. A Mr. Durnell was a land agent then and fixed up a trade where dad traded one team wagon and harness and got the farm just south of Shady Grove schoolhouse. We attended school there. Some of my school mates are still around: Lula Jackson, John CAmpbell, the Denton boys and Lena and Wilford Millary, whose father was teacher and last and orneriest -- Earl Walker. He pulled our hair, tripped us, and tied his sister lena's and my sister Mary's braids together, and dropped them in the ink. But when the teacher asked who did it, he didn't know -- He'd been so busy getting his lesson. Millard Robbins was our close neighbor, also Uncle Tom Walker whose son Roy was teaching Cantrell School.
They were going over and take dinner the last day and asked us kids to go along. He told us to walk down a steep hill and told Earl to hold our hand so we wouldn't fall fall down. After the rig got out of sight, Earl said, "Its lots easier to run down hill than up." So down hill we sailed, 'til I fell down and skinned one hand and both knees and tore up my socks. I must have squalled pretty loud for they waited for me and let me ride and Uncle Tom said, "If I knew you did this on purpose, you'd get your britches tanned.' Well he got to walk with my sis, who was 12, like he planned and my brother walked with Lena. I remember that one of Carl Caton's brothers spoke a piece that day. It was: Mulberry leaves and calico sleaves and all school teachers are hard to please.
When spring came, our place in Oklahoma had not sold, so my father decided to return to Oklahoma and try to sell our place and come back. This required six years. We exchanged our home there for a place near Hutton Valley but, as it was already rented, we lived on a farm that the man owned as Trask until the next November. While moving, one of my brothers who was very small for his age, decided to walk over to the other place. He was stopped several times by people who were sure he was lost. My father hauled tomatoes to a canning factory and, one day, he took one of the girls along. The man helped her out, but started to carry her across the yard/ She said, "Put me down. I can walk!" He said, "I know you can, but I want to carry you." Dad said. "How old do you think she is. She is eighteen, past." And he dropped her so quick you'd have thought he'd got burned.
We were very glad to get moved into own home which had six large rooms and two porches. Also a cellar covered by a smoke house. One of our neighbors, Newt Smith, usually stopped by on Sunday a.m. on his way to Lost Camp Church and visited a few minutes. You don't forget someone who takes time to be friendly when you move into a strange place. He was a friend to everyone and loved by all who knew him. He was accidentally killed a few years later in a hunting accident and we were all terribly grieved. He left two small boys whose mother was dead and now they were double orphaned. They were left on their own at an early age, but both married nice girls and have nice children and grandchildren.
Dad found time every fall to take us kids to Jacks Fork to spend the day playing in the water and looking for hazel nuts, walnuts and butternuts. We would fix our dinner the day before and start about daylight in the wagon. One year, a neighbor boy was going with us if he could. He didn't show up, so we finally went on. Just as we were getting ready to eat dinner, he arrived all hot and tired. Dad said, "We'd have waited a bit if we'd known you were coming." He said, "Oh, I knew you'd be gone. I told them to get me up early and it was daylight, but I'd have sure been mad if I'd missed my dinner for I thought maybe if I ran I could catch you so I missed my breakfast too." He got his dinner, picked some nuts, and I'm sure he enjoyed the trip home much better.
Some of the story needs explanation, perhaps, for those who might read this and are not acquainted with the family. Jacob Alva (called Alva) and Nancy Alma (called Alma) were both small people. None of their children were very tall, my father, Carl Trowbridge, at five feet - six inches tall must have been among the tallest of the boys and Guy was much shorter. Many of the girls were five feet and shorter.
Perhaps this is the place to list the children of Alva and Alma Trowbridge. There was Roy, born in 1892; Roy E,. born 4 Feb. 1894; Mary T., born 31 Jan., 1896; Floyd Erwin and Lloyd Edward, born 25 March, 1898; Jessie Marie, born 31 Dec. 1899; Thomas, born 11 June 1901; Grace, 15 Sept. 1902; Lora, 31 jan. 1904; Hazel, 4 July 1905; Letha, 24 Feb. 1911; Carleton Earl, 9 April 1912; Willis, 24 Feb. 1914; Eunice, __________________; James, 24 Aug. 1917.
All but one of the 18 children lived until adulthood. Eunice died in infancy. when this was being written in 1990, only Ena, Letha, CArl and James survived. (Carl died December 26, 1996). For the last few years, this writer kept notes of my father's memories and those of his sister Hazel who passed away on 1988.
When I asked Hazel why Jacob Alva left Oklahoma to settle in Missouri, she said he never liked the "northerns" (sandstorms) and wood for fuel was hard to get. he had to go to a place she called "the canyons" to get wood for heating and cooking. Evidently, this was some distance away.
The big house Jessie mentioned burned while the family was away. A temporary building was hurriedly put up for Alma and the younger children, and the older boys with their father, slept in the barn while they rebuilt the house. The house was of stone and still stands near Hutton Valley. The man who lives there graciously allowed me to photograph the house and told me of the changes he had made.
My father told me that the family did whatever they could to make money in order to pay the taxes. His mother took the younger children with her to Northern Arkansas to pick strawberries. Grandpa took the older ones to Fisk, Mo. to pick cotton. The children seemed to regard these trips as high adventure.
Alma inherited some money when her mother died. Alva wanted to buy livestock with the money; she wanted to pay off the farm. They bought the livestock. In perfect hindsight, Alva later admitted that she was the wiser, because the stock didn't return a profit and they lost the farm.
They had a twenty-year loan on the "old home place" as the family always called the farm. They lived there 22 years, paying only the interest and taxes. When Grandpa saw he was going to lose it, he sold it to ___________________________________ and traded ________________________________ for a farm in the Mt. Olive Community.
By this time, most, perhaps all of the family were gone, times were difficult for the aging couple. Mother told me of a family get together when several of the children and their families came to visit for the day. Floyd's wife, Ovilla, had brought some green beans canned in vinegar -- several half-gallon jars of them. Alma cried silently all morning, which was very unlike her. Alva and some of the men sat up some sawhorses with boards across them for a table outside. When they sat down to dinner, the only thing on the table was Ovilla's beans. Alva said, "We've never been quite so low before, but we're grateful for what we have."
As one who can never remember going without food, that story haunted me. Surely, they were people of great courage to have provided for so many years for so many children without becoming soured and bitter. Perhaps, in the face of great need, great faith is born and Alma was a woman of faith. My father remembered going to the barn to tend the horses and, on hearing her praying in one of the stalls, slipping quietly away. Daddy said that she would find some secret place like that to pray all her life.
Some of my most treasured memories are of family gatherings at their house when I was a child. There were lots of cousins with whom to play.
From the farm in the Mt. Olive Community. Alva and Alma moved to Guy's farm near Willow Springs. They remained there until Alma, who had been an invalid for some time died on Jan. ??, 1952. Alva took a room in town for a while, worn out from the constant care of Alma, but found it very lonely. He was visiting his daughter Ruth, when he died. He had bought a suit shortly before and told Ruth, when she urged him to wear it to some affair, that he had bought it to be buried in. On Dec. 1952 he joined Alma.
The previous was taken from the pages my Aunt Virginia so lovingly typed up.
The following are areas where the family lived, starting with Thomas in Dorchester, Massachusetts to Jacob Alva in Missouri.
New Haven, Conneticutt
Morristown, New Jersey
Frederick County, Virginia
Clark County, Kentucky
Republic County, Kansas
Mtn. View, Missouri
"We are indebted to Georgie Trowbridge for this outstanding gift. It will ensure that several qualified students can pay for what is becoming an increasingly expensive education to become physicians today," Dr. Clawson said.
The gift established the Harry M. and Georgie M. Trowbridge Scholarship Fund at the Kansas University Endowment Association for medical students. Fund guidelines state that first preference for scholarships must go to students from Wynadotte County, then to students from Johnson and Leavenworth counties, and finally from other Kansas counties.
Georgie Trowbridge established the trust in 1976 as a memorial to her husband, Harry. The trust is manages by the Commercial National Bank in Kansas City, Kansas and will provide annual payments to the scholarship fund until the gift totals $431,832.
Harry Trowbridge graduated with a bachelor's degree in history from Kansas University in 1911. He was a World War I veteran, serving in Army intelligence. After the war he was employed by the Abner Hood Chemical Co. for 38 years. Trowbridge died in 1969.
A renowned amateurs archaeologist, he spent much of his life digging into the ruins left by the Hopewell Indians. Some of his discoveries are housed in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Trowbridge was a charter member and president of the Kansas City Archaeological Society and a member of the Kansas State Historical Society, the Wyandotte County Historical Society and Missouri Archaeology Society.
Georgie Trowbridge, a Georgia native, married Harry Trowbridge in 1951. She was a member of the Wyandotte County Historical Society and served as its president. She was a church clerk and president of the Mission Circle at Brenner Heights Baptist Church and also taught Sunday School there. She also was active in 4-H Club and was a Farm Bureau member. She died in 1990.
The Trowbridges were members of the Kansas University Alumni Association.
Guy Richard Trowbridge passed away Friday, September 18, 1987 about 12:00 noon at the Redlands Community Hospital after suffering a heart attack at home and being taken to the hospital.
Guy was born in Woodward, Oklahoma on January 11, 1908 to Jacon Alva and Nancy Alma Trowbridge. He was one of 18 children, 12 of whom preceded him in death. Brothers and sisters surviving him are: Hazel Michael of Mountain View, Missouri; Ena Gregory of Deepwater, Missouri; Letha Dormois of San Jose, California; Carl Trowbridge of Mountain View, Missouri and Jimmie Trowbridge of Willow Springs, Missouri.
He was married to beulah Floy Barnhart in Blairstown, Missouri on February 14, 1929 and to this union were born Robert Guy and Goldie Beth. Floy and Robert Guy preceded Guy in death.
On July 13, 1956 he was married to Lois Page in Santa Monica, California bringing to this marriage Ronald Page of Davenport, Iowa' Duane Page of Grandby, Missouri; and Brad Page of Yucaipa, California. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
In order to provide for his large family, it was necessary for Guy's father, Alva, to take the older children to Southern Missouri to pick cotton during the season. One time while the family was away from home they came home to discover their house had burned to the ground. there were at least six children at home at this time. Alva built a 10X12 building for eating and cooking and for Alma and the youngest children to sleep in. Alva and the older children had to sleep in the hay loft to keep warm until their rock house could be built.
As a youngster, Guy memorized a lot of poetry. Attending a one-room school he also memorized long poems that his older brothers and sisters recited. His father, Alva, wrote a poem which included something about each child in the school which Guy learned and recited.
The family lived in Hutton Valley, Missouri during Guy's childhood. When they decided to move to kansas City it was by covered wagon -- a distance of about 300 miles. His brother remembers that Guy walked most of the way as they traveled this distance in a two or three weeks time. In Kansas City, one of the jobs he worked at was being a paper boy for the Kansas City Star. He also worked at a brick factory. Later on, he worked on a large farm in North Missouri and it was here that he first married and where his two children were born.
During World War II, unable to join the service because of his short stature, he worked for two different construction companies on the islands of Guam and Kodiak Island.
After moving to California in 1952 he worked in construction and then in the carpet business for 20 years, five of these years he was self- employed.
In 1973 after he retired, he and Lois moved to the Marina Del Rey area where Lois worked for the Marina Light and Life School and he worked at a variety of jobs at the school.
In 1978 Guy and Lois moved to the Oak Glen Christian Conference Center where he volunteered his services in many ways. He worked on buildings, laid carpet, worked in the snack bar and a variety of other things.
He enjoyed painting, wood working, bird and wild animal watching, growing vegetables and flowers, clock making, reciting poetry and was a prolific reader. He was a competitive player of tables games.
It was during a revival held by Harry Livermore at the Santa Monica Free Methodist that Guy was converted. He joined the Free Methodist Church shortly afterwards and remained a member until his death.
Guy was a man of strong christian principles and high moral values. He could be counted on to take responsibility, keep his word and be scrupulously honest.
He will be lovingly remembered and sorely missed by his family and friends.