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- [S2803] The Trowbridge genealogy. History of the Trowbridge family in America, Francis Bacon Trowbridge, ( New Haven, Conn., Printed for the compiler [Press of the Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor company]), 567-568 (Reliability: 2), 2 Jun 2022.
1078. WILLARD TROWBRIDGE (Willard1035; James1018; Daniel1009; James1003; James1000; Thomas1)), born February 1, 1796, in Ashford, Conn.; died December 19, 1885, in Delta, Ohio; married, first, January 7, 1816, in Edinburgh, N. Y., Amy Sprague, born June 4, 1795, in , ___, R. I.; died November 24, 1831, in Houseville, N. Y. He married, second, March 5, 1832, in Houseville, Lydia Sackett, daughter of Joel and Abigail (Sheldon) Sackett, born ___, 1811, in Westfield?, Mass.; died August 1, 1840, in Delta. He married, third, June 24, 1841, in Delta, Catharine Doolittle, who died April 1, 1843, in Delta. He married, fourth, November 23, 1844, in Portage, Ohio, Mary Ann Hesser, daughter of Jacob and Lydia (Glenn) Hesser, who died September 6, 1883, in Delta.
Willard Trowbridge came in early boyhood with his parents to Edinburgh, N. Y., and grew up on his father's farm in that town. At the age of eighteen he became a soldier in the "War of 1812. He enlisted at Albany September 8, 1814, in Capt. James [or George] Morrill's company, Colonel Colden's regiment of artillery, New York militia. He was stationed with his company at New York City, where he performed his whole term of service, nearly three months, and was discharged there November 26, 1814. On account of his services in the war he received a grant of 160 acres of land, and late in life applied for and received a pension.
He settled in Edinburgh after his marriage, removing two years later to the village of Houseville, Turin township, Lewis county, N. Y. It was a new country, then known as the Black River Country, and there he built a log house
and cleared a farm. In the spring of 1834, accompanied by William Fewless [Footnote: He became the husband of Mr. Trowbridge's niece Caroline (No. 1077, i).], he went to Ohio to select a new home in the Maumee Country, They made their way through the woods out into the wilderness to the vicinity of what is now
Delta, York township. Fulton county [Footnote: Then Lucas county], and arrived at a Mr. Meeker's clearing, about two miles east of Delta, on Saturday evening. Both Mr. Trowbridge and Mr. Fewless were church members and on Sunday morning they held a little prayer meeting at Mr. Meeker's, the first prayer meeting ever held in that vicinity.
Mr. Trowbridge entered a piece of land, and then returned to New York for his family, arriving with them in Delta the following October. He soon had a log cabin erected on his farm, a mile west of Delta, and then began the task of clearing up the land. He was surrounded by Indians and wild beasts, every foot of ground was covered with heavy forests, and the first winter there he killed seven wolves and a bear. By hard work, prudence and economy he soon placed himself among the foremost of the new country, and he always kept himself there. In the early days, before roads were cut, it was necessary for him to take a bushel of wheat on his shoulder and walk ten miles to the nearest mill. He assisted in cutting a road from Providence, Lucas county, for the first wagon that ever came through that part of the country. He lived on this farm until about 1875, when he and his wife came to reside in the village of Delta. After her death he made his home with his son-in-law Mr. Haubiel on Wood street. He retained wonderful physical strength and activity until two or three days before his death.
He was one of the first board of trustees of York township. He was well qualified to hold, and might have held, many important offices in the town and county, but he always had a strong aversion to office holding, nor did he wish his sons to accept office. When the plank road was projected from Toledo to Angola, he took a thousand dollars' worth of the stock, and by his personal solicitations obtained a great deal which the company could not otherwise have obtained, besides building one mile of the road himself.
Mr. Trowbridge was a professor of Christianity for sixty years, during all of which time his life was never a reproach to his profession. About the year 1S26 he joined the Methodist Episcopal Church in Lewis county, N. Y., and after coming to Ohio he was one of the organizers and first members of the First Methodist Church in Delta. For over half a century he was identified with the early settlement and growth of what is now Fulton county.
CHILDREN: [Footnote: i-ii born in Edinburgh. N. Y.; iii-vii in Houseville, N. Y. ; viii-x in Delta, Ohio.]
By first marriage:
1180. i. John Sumner. b. Nov. 18. 1816.
ii. Jordan James, b. Jan. 30. I818: d. Oct. 3; 1839, in Delta. Ohio; unm.
iii. Emily, b. Oct. 29. 1820; m. Jan. 15, 1846, Peter Haubiel of Delta.
1181. iv. Anson, b. Nov. 1, 1822.
1182. v. Allen Smith, b. Oct. 3. 1825.
1183. vi. Cornelius, b. Feb. 20, 1828.
By second marriage:
1184. vii. Luther Henry, b. May 10, 1833.
viii. Hester Ann. b. Jan. 2, 1837; m. Benjamin Biddle and resides in East Toledo, Ohio.
By third marriage:
ix. Catharine, b. Apr. 1. 1843; d. Feb. 5, 1845.
By fourth marriage:
x. William Holland, b. Apr. 19, 1848; resides in Delta.
Transcribed by Ted Smith