William Francis Trowbridge
Born: July 6, 1856, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Dec. 17, 1935, Dover Gen. Hospital, Dover, Morris Co., New Jersey
Parents: David Austin Trowbridge & Catherine Caroline Coe
Occupations: farmer, laborer, woodchopper
Dec. 19, 1935, Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Marriage: Aug. 20, 1882, Mt. Freedom or River Styx (Lake Hopatcong), Morris Co., New Jersey
Wife: Anna Mae Southard
Born: Feb. 24, 1864, River Styx. (now Mt. Arlington), Roxbury, Morris Co., New Jersey
(located along Lake Hopatcong, the largest lake in New Jersey)
Died: May 22, 1959, Millbrook (Randolph), Morris Co., New Jersey
Parents: Timothy Southard and Sarah Elizabeth Babbitt
Buried: Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Church Cemetery, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Born: Dec., 1882, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: before 1908, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Occupation: according to 1900 US census, servant for the John Wilson family in Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey Willie Trowbridge
Born: between 1883-1888, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: before 1900, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey Ellwood Trowbridge, Sr. Harry Trowbridge
Born: Mar., 1891, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: between before 1908, Millbrook, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey Myrtle Trowbridge
Edward "Eddie" Trowbridge
Born: 1903, Millbrook, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: between 1920-30, Millbrook, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Buried: Mt. Freedom Presbyterian Cemetery, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey Winifred or Minnie Trowbridge
William Francis Trowbridge (center) with his daughter-in-law Rose Snook (left)
and daughter Myrtle Geisik (right) in Millbrook, NJ sometime between 1920-34.
Anna Mae Southard
Mae Southard with her family in the 1950s taken in my grandparents
backyard by the privy. From left to right: her daughter-in-law,
Clara Flornes Trowbridge, who was married to my grandfather Robert
Trowbridge; in the center are her son-in-law Calvin Troutman
and daughter Minnie or Winnie Troutman; to the right is her
other daughter Myrtle Geisik, with Anna Mae obviously sitting
below. The child being held by Calvin may have been Richard
Poole, son of Robert & Clara's oldest daughter Doris Trowbridge.
WILLIAM FRANCIS TROWBRIDGE & ANNA MAE SOUTHARDWilliam
Francis Trowbridge was a farmer, woodchopper, and laborer who lived on
Lawrence Road near where Pierson's Hill Road intersects with Millbrook
Avenue in Randolph. According to the late Winifred (Minnie) Trowbridge,
William & Anna Mae Trowbridge were squatters. This was proof
civilization had finally arrived in Randolph, because a hundred years
earlier they would have been called homesteaders. Now a neighborhood of
high income housing, it is hard to believe that William and his family
lived in a shanty. He spen t his early years at his father David Austin
Trowbridge's farm in Mount Freedom, which now the Randolph Museum in
Randolph, New Jersey. William left home by the 1880 census, which lists
him as afarmhand living with the Pomeriard Pool household in Mt.
Freedom. Some time between 1880 and 1882, he was in the Lake Hopatcong
area, where he met and then married Anna Mae Southard, who was born in
River Styx section of Roxbury Township along Lake Hopatcong (now in
Mount Arlington) about seven miles northwest of Randolph. The marriage
may have been a "shotgun" wedding, because their eldest son Mahlon was
born less than six months after their marriage. One interesting
coincidence with William and Anna Mae wast William's grandfather, David
Trowbridge, and Anna Mae's father Timothy Southard both served as
Justices of the Peace for the Morris Co., New Jersey. Although David
Trowbridge & Timothy Southard were the same age, it seems that they
never knew each other, so their positions did not play a direct role in
getting William and Anna Mae together.
GENEALOGY, THE HISTORY OF THE TROWBRIDGE FAMILY IN AMERICA”, pg. 477
Compiled by Francis
Bacon Trowbridge (New Haven, Ct.; Tuttle, Morehouse, & Taylor, 1908)
928a. WILLIAM FRANCIS
TROWBRIDGE (David A. 689,
Jabez 199, Shubael 137,
born July 6, 1856, in Mt.
Freedom, N. J.; resides in Millbrook, N. J.; married August
20, 1882, in ——, N. J., Annie M.
William F. Trowbridge is a farmer in Millbrook, N. J.
i. MAHLON, b. _____,
ii. HARRY, b. ——,
m. ELWOOD, b.
Dec. 20, 1889.
iv. WILLIAM, b.
——, 189-; d.
v. MYRTLE, b. ——,
vi. ROBERT, b. ——,
vii. EDWARD, b. ——,
viii. MINNIE, b. ——,
ix. WALTER, b.
*He failed to answer
the compiler’s letters.
† Names furnished by a sister of their father.
final resting place of William Francis Trowbridge, Anna Mae Southard,
and their sons Mahlon, Willie, Eddie, and Ellwood Trowbridge in the
Mount Freedom Presbyterian Cemetery in Randolph, New Jersey. It is
approximately fifty feet directly behind the headstones of William's
parents, David Austin Trowbridge and Catherine Coe.
Mae was the daughter of lawyer, school teacher, and farmer Timothy
Southard and his much younger second wife and cousin, Sarah Elizabeth
Gordon. Timothy Southard's family originally came to New Jersey from
Long Island during the 1730's, settling in Rockaway and Basking Ridge,
both in Morris Co., New Jersey. The Basking Ridge branch of the
Southard family, descended from Abraham Southard, produced several
notable figures in both state and federal politics, including New
Jersey Governor and Senator Thomas Southard, who was a political rival
of New Jersey Governer and United States Senator and Secretary of the
Navy, Mahlon Dickerson of Mine Hill. In the 1870 U.S. Census, 71 year
old Timothy Southard, and Sarah Elizabeth Gordon lived with their four
year old daughter Anna Mae on a farm in Roxbury, Morris County, New
Jersey, apparently in what is now Mount Arlington. One source says that
her father owned either parts, or all of Bertrand's Island, a peninsula
in the lake which currently has some of the most expensive real estate
in Morris County today. Anna Mae was the only child of Timothy's second
marriage, with two older brothers and one surviving sister from his
first marriage to Mary Estile Dickerson. After her father's death
around 1877, Anna Mae apparently lived in her father's house with her
mother Sarah unti l some how she met and married William Francis
Trowbridge aroun d 1882. Apparently she was pregnant out of wedlock,
because the period between her marriage and the birth of her first son
Mahlon was about four months. Anna Mae's mother probably died around
1893-94, when Anna Mae sold the Southard property in 1894 to the Cutler
family for a dollar, which at this point consisted of thirty acres and
a house along Lake Hopatcong. According to last surviving
daughter-in-law of Anna Mae's, she was apparently swindled by the
Cutlers, who built their fortune on foreclosing on mortgages and
generally paying below fair market value on properties owned by
illiterate and naive farmers like William and Anna, who were satisfied
living as squatters in a ramshackle dwelling, accepting quick and easy
money for what was even in those days valuable lake front property.
Lake Hopatcong in those days was a popular resort area for vacationers
coming from New York City, especially in the days before freeway and
airlines, and was popular because it was closer to the city than the
Poconos and Catskills, which eventually were more popular destinations
when the automobile became more available during the early 20th century.
of William and Anna's sons, Mahlon, Willie, and Eddie, died young, with
five others living to adulthood: Ellwood, Robert, Walter, Myrtle, and
Minnie. By the 1930 census, all of the children had left the house,
with William and Anna iving by themselves in their shanty in Millbrook.
Two questions asked during the 1930 census was if the members of the
household were literate, and owned a radio, which William and Anna Mae
answered no to both questions. It is ironic that Anna was illiterate,
being the daughter of a schoolteacher, but given the attitudes towards
women in those days, it would not be suprising, since the woman was
expected to stay home and care for the children. William died in 1934,
and Anna Mae moved in with her son Robert, who had married Clara
Flornes in 1933. Blinded by cataracts, Anna Mae continued to live with
her son until her death at the age of 94 in 1959, affectionately known
to her family as "granny".