William Trowbridge
Born: Sept. 3, 1633, Exeter, Devonshire, England
Died: Nov. 1, 1690, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Parents: Thomas Trowbridge & Elizabeth Marshall
Occupation: Merchant, Planter, Master of the sloop the "Cocke"
Marriage: Mar. 9, 1657, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Wife: Elizabeth Lamberton
Born: 1632, London, England
Died: May, 1716, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Parents: Captain George Lamberton & Margaret Lewen
First Marriage (Elizabeth Lamberton): unknown
First Husband (Elizabeth Lamberton): Daniel Sellivant
Born: unknown, England
Died: Before 1657, Connecticut

Children:

(William Trowbridge & Elizabeth Lamberton)


William Trowbridge II
Born: Nov. 12, 1657, West Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Died: Jan. 1703-04, at sea
Marriage: 1687, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Wife: Thankful Stow
Born: May 5, 1664, Middletown, Middlesex Co., Connecticut
Died: after 1719, Connecticut
Parents: Samuel Stow & Hope Fletcher

Thomas Trowbridge
Born: Oct. 2, 1659, West Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Died: July 1750, West Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Marriage: May 26, 1684, New Haven, New Haven Co., Connecticut
Wife: Abigail Beardsley
Born: Aug. 10, 1664, Stratford, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Died: unknown
Parents: Samuel Beardsley & Abigail Clark

Elizabeth Trowbridge

James Trowbridge

Margaret Trowbridge
Born: June 1, 1666, West Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Died: unknown
Marriage: unknown
Husband: Joseph Goodwin
Born: unknown
Died: unknown

Hannah Trowbridge (twin of Abigail)
Born: July 6, 1668, West Haven , Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Died: unknown
Marriage: July 6, 1688, Fairfield Co. , Connecticut
Husband: Moses Jackson
Born: 1652, Fairfield County, Connecticut
Died: unknown

Abigail Trowbridge (twin of Hannah)
Born: July 6, 1668, West Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Died: unknown

Samuel Trowbridge, Sr.

Mary Trowbridge
Born: Oct. 12, 1672, West Haven, Fairfield Co., Connecticut
Died: Feb. 20, 1696-9 , Connecticut
Marriage: unknown
Husband: John Marshall
Born: Apr. 10, 1672, Windsor, Connecticut
Died: 1699, Connecticut
Parents: Samuel Marshall & Mary Wilton

Joseph Trowbridge
 

WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE

FROM "THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY, THE HISTORY OF THE TROWBRIDGE FAMILY IN AMERICA", Pages 123-125
 Compiled by Francis Bacon Trowbridge (New Haven, Ct.; Tuttle, Morehouse, & Taylor, 1908)

100. WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE (Thomas 1), baptized September 3, 1633, in Exeter, Devonshire, England; died November —, 1688,* in West Haven, ɫ Conn.; married March 9, 1656-7, in Milford, Conn., Elizabeth (Lamberton) Sellivant, widow of Daniel Sellivant, and daughter of Capt. George and Margaret (______) Lamberton, born __________, 163-, in London, ƪ
England; died __________,Ŧ 1716, in West Haven.

William Trowbridge was brought in childhood by his parents from England, first to Dorchester in the Massachusetts Bay colony, and then to the plantation of New Haven.   When his father was, called back to England, he and his brothers were left in charge of his father’s former servant, Henry Gibbons. The latter mismanaged the property left for the boys’ support, and after a time they were taken away from him by the town authorities and put under the care of Sergt. Thomas Jeffrey and his wife, and in their home William and his brothers passed their boyhood.  His schoolmaster was Mr. Ezekiel Cheever.  Soon after reaching his majority William Trowbridge made an attempt to bring Gibbons to an account for his stewardship. His efferts were continued over a series of years, but gained little result during his father's lifetime.  A few years after the latters death Gibbons made some restitution, as has been printed on a previous page.

"William Trowbridge propounded to ye Court if he might have an account of his father's estate that was left in New Haven, and for this end presented two letters from his father, one dated March 6, 1655, the other March 4, 1658, wherein his father writes, that he marvells that there is not an account of it given. It was told him that some time has been spent in searching ye records, but it could not be cleared, wherefore he paying the Secretary then ye Secretary would afiord him what help he could therein to cleare it."

"January 3, 1664. William Trowbridge having had a warrant for Henry Gibbons to answer him in an action of ye case, was now called to enter his action. He required of Henry Gibbons an account of his father's estate that was left with him when he went for England. Wm. Trowbridge was asked by what authority he made this demand?  He showed a letter of attornie from his father, which being read was allowed and accepted. Henry Gibbons said that he had given him an accompt as well as he could, but the estate  he said, was taken out of his hands by order of the authority here, & therefore it must be referred to ye records. But the records having been looked into formerly‘ and matters not found so cleare as was desired & there being‘ much business at this tyme, the case was referred to another time."

"At a County Court held at New Haven June 10, 1674," before  James; Bishop, assistant and moderator, the assistants, commissioners and a jury,  in the case of Trowbridge vs. Gibbons.  “Wm. Trowbridge of New Haven or his lawful attornie, plaintif, Henry Gibbons of the same place, defendant, in the action of the case for an accompt of the estate of Mr. Thomas Ti-owbridge of Taunton in the realm of England mentioned in his letters of Attomie dated ye 19th of January. 1662, and sometime in ye possession or trust of ye said Henry ye defendant disposed of & not accounted for."“In the action wherein Wm. Trowbridge is Plaintif 8: Henry Gibbons Contra Defendant: after the Records of the transaction about the utate were read, The Court saw not cause to admit the protest.  In which the plaintif seemed to rest satisfied."
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* “The Inventorie of the estate of Mr Willlam Trowbridge late of Newhaven deceased intestate was exhibited in Court, proved by oath of Appraisers according to law and approved for
record,  and power of administratlon of said estate granted to Elisabeth ye widdow & relliet of the said deceased & to Thomas 
Trowbridge the son 0! ye deceased & Samuel Smith. . . .
The Children are Willlam Trowbrldge, Thomas Trowbridge. of age; Elizabeth, Margaret & James of age; Hannah 20 years old: Samuel & Abigaile, twins, about 18 years old; Mary
16; Joseph about 12 years old." [New Haven Probate Records, vol. 2, p. 109: vol. 4, pp. 275, 279.]
ɫ Then a parish In New Haven.
Ŧ Perhaps in May, 1716, for on June 7, 1716, her heirs make an agreement.
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William Trowbridge is usually described in the public records of that time as a “planter,” and later on as a “husbandman.” In 1664 he appears to have been master of the sloop Cocke, making voyages out of New Haven.   In July, 1667,  he sold his house and lot in the village of New Haven, and probably about that time became one of the first residents in the parish of West Haven.  He probably built a house on that part of the “Lamberton Farm”  that through his wife eventually came into his possession.*   His share was one-sixth of the Lamberton farm, and it included all the land between the present Campbell and Washington avenues from Brown street (the site of the piano factory) nearly to Long Island Sound.  He also owned 144 acres on the Sound near Oyster river.  William Trowbridge was nominated a freeman of the colony of Connecticut on May 13, 1669.   He lived on his farm in West Haven the remainder of his life.  He made gifts to his children during his lifetime of much of his real estate, so that the inventory of his estate mentions but 55 acres of “second division” land and a small amount of personal property. He made no will.  He and his wife were admitted members of the First Church in New Haven on April 28, 1686.

CHILDREN BORN IN NEW HAVEN, CONN.: ɫ

101. i. WILLIAM, b. Nov. 12, 1657.
102. ii.THOMAS, b. Oct. 2, 1659.
iii. ELIZABETH, b. Jan. 5. 1661-2; m. May 28, 1678, Peter Mallory of New Haven.
103. iv. JAMES, b. Mar. 26. 1664.
v. MARGARET, b. June 1, 1666; m. Joseph Goodwin of New Haven.
vi. HANNAH, b. July 6, 1668; In. Moses Jackson of Stratford, Conn.
          vii.  ABIGAIL,                } twins,
104. viii. SAMUEL, b. Oct. 7, 1670.
ix. MARY, b. Oct. 12, 1672.
105. x. JOSEPH b. ________, 1676.

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*"This writing witnesseth that I Shubael Painter of Newport in ye Colony of  Rhode Island have sold unto my brother-in-law William Trowbridge of New Haven all my right." & "in a farm at New Haven on which said William Trowbridge now liveth.    May 4, 1677."
ɫ By New Haven Town Records.
Ŧ He died before Feb. 2, 1703-4, for then his brother Thomas was the "oldest surviving child" of their father. (New Haven Town Records, vol. 2, p. 226)


THE TROWBRIDGE GENEALOGY
 , Pages 46-47


Thomas Trowbridge 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 wrote often to the authorities in New Haven to bring Gibbons to an account for his breach of trust, but Gibbon s 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 Sergeant 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 Feb. 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 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, making 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 judgement, 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 Jan. 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 Feb.,
1683.
By John Nash, recorder"
{New Haven Land Records, vol 1, p. 202]


The sons sued Gibbons for possession, but as matters were found, a settlement could not easily be effected before Mr. Trowbridge's death, which occurred in Taunton, Feb. 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 New haven, merchant, in New England aforesaid merchant as follows viz: Imrints my houses home-loft & yard, scituate lying 7 being in the towne of New haven 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 North 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 Feb. in the yeare of our Lord, one thousand six hundred and eighty.

Henry his (=) marke Gibbons
Signed sealed & delivered in the presence of us, John Nash, William Gibbons (his mark)} Henry Gibbons appeared in Newhaven this 5th of Feb. 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, ThomasTrowbridge was appointed administrator, and as the said Henry Gibbons had no children, the matter was concluded.


FROM YE COURT RECORDS OF NEW HAVEN: TROWBRIDGE VERSUS GIBBONS

(From the webpage of Cheryl Trowbridge-Miller)

"William Trowbridge propounded to ye court if he might have an account of his father's estate that was left in New Haven, and for this end presented two letters from his father, one dated March 6, 1655, the other March 4, 1658, wherein his father writes, that he marvells that there is not an account of it given. It was told him that some time has been spent in searching ye records, but it could not be cleared. Wherefore he paying the secretary then ye secretary would afford him that help he could therein to clear it."

"Jan. 3, 1664, William Trowbridge having had a warrant for Henry Gibbons to answer him in action of ye case, was now called to clear this action. He required of Henry Gibbons an account of his father's estate that was left with him when he went to England. Wm. Trowbridge was asked by what authority he had made his demand? He showed a letter of attorney from his father (see below), which being read was allowed and accepted. Henry Gibbons said that he had given him an account as well as he could, but the estate was taken out of his hands by order of authority here and therefore it must be referred to ye records. The records having been looked into formerly and matters not found so clear as was desired and there being much business at this time, the case was referred to another time."

At the county court held at New Haven on June 10, 1664, before James Bishop, assistant and moderator, commissioners and a jury in the case of Trowbridge vs. Gibbons:

"Wm. Trowbridge of New Haven, plaintiff, Henry Gibbons of same place, defendant, in the action of the case for an account of the estate of Mr. Thomas Trowbridge of Taunton in the realm of England mentioned in his letters of attorney dated ye 19th of Jan., 1662, and sometime in ye possession of trust of ye said Henry ye defendant disposed of and not accounted for."

The records of the transaction concerning the estate were read. Mr. Gibbons made some restitution, in which th e plaintiff "seemed to be satisfied".



INVENTORY OF THE ESTATE OF WILLIAM TROWBRIDGE

The Inventorie of the estate of Mr. William Trowbridge, late of New Haven, deceased, in estate, was exhibited in court, proved by oath of appraisers, according to law, and approved for record and power of administration of said estate granted to Elizabeth, the widow and relict of the said deceased, and to Thomas Trowbridge, the son of ye deceased, and Samuel Smith, they, the said Thomas Trowbridge and Samuel Smith, having giving their reconisances in court, of 50 pounds, well and faithfully to administer, in the said estate in paying the just debts of ye deceased so far as the estate shall there unto extend and the law shall charge them, and the remainder to pay portions to the children of the deceased, as the court shall order distribution, and to given an account thereof to the court, when there unto called and lawfully required. The children are William Trowbridge, Thomas Trowbridge, of age, Elizabeth, Margaret, and James of age; Hannah, 20 years old; Samuel and Abigail, twins, about 18 years old; Mary 16; Joseph 12 years old.

An inventory of the estate of William Trowbridge, late of New Haven, deceased, taken December 26, 1690, by Henry Bristol and Samuel Smith, assesors.

Imprimis, 2 cows: 6 , 0 s., 0 d. one heifer: 2 , 0 s., 0 d. one yearling: 0 , 18 s., 0 d. 3 swine: 0 , 25 s. 0 d. [total:] 9 , 0 s., 0 d. per pewter, 0, 14 s. spoons: 0, 1 s., 0 d. a brass pan, frying pan, 1 skillet: 0 , 3 s., 0 d. an iron pot: 0 , 12 s., 0 d. a small iron pot: 0 , 7 s., 0 d. [total:] 0 , 19 s., 0 d. a parre of tongs: 0 , 2 s., 0 d. a smoothing iron: 2 s., 0 , 4 s., 0 d. an adze, 2 s., 6 d. a coultre and share: 0 , 8 s., 6 d. [total:] 0 , 11 s., 0 d. a pair of pott hooks: 0 , 1 s. 6 d. a small pair of pot hooks: 0 ., 1 s., 0 d. [total:] 0 , 2 s., 6 d. a pair of cards, 2 pails, 2 old casks, wooden ware, 2 bags: 0 , 15 s., 6 d. a bible, 3 casks, a prospect glass, a hat, a suit of clothes: 2 , 16 s., 6 d. a sieve: 0 , 1 s., 8 d. an earthen pot: 0 , 1 s., 0 d. an earthen pot: 0 , 0 s., 8 d. 0 , 3 s., 4 d. a piece of land in ye second division, 55 acres: 27 , 10 s., 0 d. bedding: 3 , 0 s., 0 d.

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