Elijah Freeman Trowbridge

Elijah "Lige" Freeman Trowbridge
Born: July 22, 1803, Morris Plains, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: Dec. 4, 1851, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
Parents: Augustine Bayles Trowbridge & Elizabeth Freeman
Occupations: farmer,lumberman, New York City policeman
Religious Affiliation: First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey
Baptism: Mar. 23, 1843, First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey
Marriage: Nov. 30, 1830, Madison, Morris Co., New Jersey
Wife: Temperance Ludlow Muchmore
Born: Apr. 7, 1808, Madison, Morris County New Jersey
Died: Apr. 25, 1885, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
Parents: John Tyler Muchmore  & Phoebe Donnington (external link)

Burial: Apr. 28, 1885, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York
Baptism: Mar. 23, 1843, First Presbyterian Church, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey
Church Dismissal: Feb. 10, 1850, to Brooklyn church

Children:

William Harvey Trowbridge
Born: Feb. 17, 1832, Morris Plains, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: Jan. 17, 1844, Morris Plains, Morris Co., New Jersey
Cause of Death: Inflammation of the Bowels
Buried: Old Presbyterian Burying Ground, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey

Phebe Elizabeth Trowbridge
Born: May 23, 1833, Morris Plains, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: 1909, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York

Burial: Feb. 17, 1909, Green-Wood Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York

Charles Tyler Trowbridge

Francis Granger Trowbridge


James Henry Trowbridge
Born: Nov. 12,1837, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: 1849, unknown

John Augustin Trowbridge

Joanna Lydia Trowbridge

Ida E. Trowbridge

Born: 1859, New Jersey
Died: still living, 1880, Brooklyn, Kings Co., New York  

ELIJAH FREEMAN TROWBRIDGE

From "History of Morris Co., Vol. 1", Lewis Publishing Co., 1914

"Elijah Trowbridge was a farmer, but when a young man removed to Brooklyn (around 1854) and was appointed one of the first  policemen of that city. He married Temperance Muchmore, who was born in Bottle Hill, now Madison, New  Jersey, a daughter of John Taylor Muchmore. Eight children were born of this union, five of whom reached years  of maturity, while four are still living, namely: Phoebe, Charles, John, and Johanna, the wife of George Perkins.  Frank, who joined the one hundredth and forty-seventh New York Volunteer Infantry, and served throughout  the war, was wounded at Cold Harbor and died from the effects of his injuries after the close of  hostilities. Three children of this family died in childhood. The father [Elijah] died in Brooklyn, in the forty-ninth  year of his age, while his wife lived to be seventy-two years of age. After her husband's death, she returned to Morris Co., but later moved back to Brooklyn, where her death occurred."

It is unknown if Elijah's older brother Shubael Trowbridge II, who moved to Brooklyn before 1845, played a role in influencing Elijah to relocate his family to the city around 1854.

 

FROM JULIA BEERS "A HISTORY OF EARLY MORRIS PLAINS"

(Copyright, the Friends of the Museum of Old Morris Plains)

"Abraham's son Lige was accounted the wit of the mountain, and I was told many anecdotes in proof thereof, but can recall only one. His brother-in-law, Harvey Wilson, sent his boy over to tell his Uncle Lige that his geese were in their grain. Lige turned to his own
boy and said "Go and git them geese quick! They'll starve to death over there."

Some notes about the names mentioned in this story by Julia Beers. Julia was told this story by her father, it seems some details became blurred by time. Abraham was actually Augustine "Austin" Bayles Trowbridge, whose nicknames must have been Abe, derived from his initials A. B.. When Julia heard his name, she thought Abe was Abraham. The town wit, Lige, was Elijah Freeman Trowbridge, and Liges's brother-in-law, Harvey Wilson was William Harvey Willison, husband of Elijah's sister, Jane Lewis Trowbridge. In several Morristown records, his family's last name was often spelled as "Wilson".

Special thanks to cousin Angela Dethloff for helping to identify the people in Julia's story.

 


The headstones of Elijah's son William Harvey Trowbridge, and Elijah's
father Augustine Bayles Trowbridge, in the Morristown Presbyterian Cemetery.


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