Eliphalet Augustus Trowbridge I
Born: 1800, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: 1820-21, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Elizabeth "Betsy" Trowbridge
Born: 1810, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Husband: Aaron Reeves
Note: F.B. Trowbridge lists him "of New York City."
Born: 1814, Mt. Freedom, Randolph, Morris Co., New Jersey
Died: still living, 1880, inmate at the Morristown Alms House, Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey
Note: In 1850 census, lived with mother Jane Lewis Trowbridge and brother Augustine in
New Providence, Union Co., New Jersey; 1860 census, Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey as a washer;
1870 as a boarder at her nephew, Benjamin Knapp Atno, Sr. (II)'s
Brooklyn Hotel in Stanhope, Sussex Co., New Jersey.
Two views of the Trowbridge family plot in Mount Freedom, New Jersey, where Jabez and Jane were
possibly buried in unmarked graves. Their son David and his family are buried here, as well as Jabez's paternal uncle, Absalom.
In various legal documents, Jabez's name is often spelled Jebus,
Jebis, Jabish, Javish, Jabis, or Jabus. Jabez owned a farm in a section
of Trowbridge Mountain in the Mt. Freedom section of Randolph, Morris
Co., New Jersey. This section of Millbrook Avenue was often referred to
as "Trowbridge Hill" because of the large number of Jabez's sons and
grandsons who owned substantial amount of property along Millbrook
Avenue between 1810 to the 1890s. The last known piece of property
owned by his family was sold in 2001, a very long presence along the
same stretch of road. According a list of tax ratables dating from
1805, Jabez is mentioned as owning 150 acres of land valued at $30.00,
with 3 horses and 4 cattle. He lived on Millbrook Ave. near Schoolhouse
Road until sometime after 1840, which according tolocal records he was
heavily in debt and lost his farm. F.B. Trowbridgewrites in "The
Trowbridge Genealogy" that he removed to the home of his son
David, who owned a farm about quarter mile south along Millbrook Avenue
in Mount Freedom. After his death, by 1850 his widow, Jane lived with
their son Augustine in New Providence, Union Co., New Jersey, possibly
returning to Mount Freedombefore her death in 1853.
ABSTRACTS REGARDING THE WARDSHIP OF JABEZ TROWBRIDGE
"1788, April 7. Trowbridge, Javish, [Jabez] of Hanover, Morris
Co., son of Shubel Trowbridge, of said place,deceased. Said ward, being
out of wardship of Mary Williams, makes choice of Joseph Beers as his
guardian. 1788, Apri l7.
Guardian-Joseph Beers, of Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey, said co.
Fellow Bondsman-Absalom Trowbridge, of said co.
Witness - John Dalrymple."
Note: usually a document like this is issued when a parent ("out of
wardship") has recently died, which apparently Jabez's mother Mary may
have, because this is the only legal document her name appears after
her father's will, which was probated in 1783. She is listed as Mary
Williams because she married Revolutionary War veteran Joseph Williams
within a year after Shubael died. The marriage was short lived however,
becaise s Williams died in Denville, Morris Co., New Jersey by 1784.
The guardian named for Jabez is a close friend of the family, Joseph Beers.
Beers had very close ties to the Trowbridge family, with two daughters
who married Trowbridges: Hannah, married to Jabez's first cousin David, and Huldah who married Jabez's nephew Shubael Trowbridge II
(son of Jabez's older brother Augustine). Jabez was also named in honor
of Joseph's father, Jabez Beers. The Absalom Trowbridge listed as a
"fellow bondsmen" is Jabez's paternal uncle. Absalom Trowbridge,
who lived in Mount Freedom, but spent a considerable amount of time in
Morristown, because his name appears in several various Morristown
legal documents such as in deeds and wills as a witness. It is unknown
if he was an influence in Jabez settling in Mount Freedom during the
1790s, around the same time his younger siblings, John, Justus,
Benjamin, and Elizabeth moved to Pennsylvania, For some unknown reason,
his younger brothers changed the spelling of their last name to
Strawbridge, while Jabez and his older brother Augustine retained the
original Trowbridge spelling. Jabez appears to have been close to
Augustine, who lived in nearby Morris Plains, naming two sons,
Eliphalet Augustus and Augustine after him. It is interesting to note
in 1845, Jabez died a few days before the death of Augustine's wife
Elizabeth in April, and Augustine died about a month later in June, all
well advanced in age.