Shubael inherited 18 acres from his father David, as per his fathers will. It is unknown where Shubael was buried. He was probably buried in the Baptist Cemetery in Morristown, but unfortunately in the 1880s the cemetery was purchased by a developer, and all of the bodies where moved to the new cemetery at Evergreen Road in Morristown. The graves of Shubael, his father David and mother Lydia are probably lost as their names do not show up on any lists of those reinterred at Evergreen, compiled and maintained by Evergreen historian Kemper Chambers from cemetery records dating back to the 1850s.
1782, June 24
Trowbridge, Shubel, of Hanover, Morris county.
Int. Adm- Mary Trowbridge. Fellow bondsmen, Timothy Lindsly and Robert Young, all of said place. Lib. M 27, p 72"
1783, March 11.
Bayles, Benjamin, of Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey, Morris Co.; will of. Grandson, ;Benjamin Bayles, oldest son of the wife of my son, William Bayles, all of my real estate: but if he dies before 21, then to my son William. Granddaughter, Mary Aikerman, a cow. Daughters, Hannah, wife of Benjamin ;Hathaway, and Mary, wife of Joseph Williams, rest of personal estate.
Executors - son, William, and friend, John Pitney. Witnesses - Caleb Russell, Stephen Conkling, Benjamin Larselere, David Larselere.
Prove March 3, 1784" Lib. M, p. 190)
Dtd August 19, 1768
Cons. 5 Schillings
David Trowbridge of Morristown, Morris Co., New Jersey
to Shubal Trowbridge of Hanover
All that tract of Pine Land situate in Hanover Township in Morris County and in Morris Town and County Off ;on both sides of the Road leading to Succasoney. Beginning at the second Corner of a Tract of Eleven Acres and ;Eighty two Hundredths of an acre strict measure surveyed & returned to Isaac Winshel the 30th Day of March ;1764 & recorded in Book S 5 page 168 then runing first allong the said Winchels Line north 39 & 15 east 5 ;chains & 36 Links thence (3) 4 South 50 West 21 Chains & 42 Links & from thence 5y South 7 East 12 chains to ;the Beginning Containing 17 acres & 68 Hundredths of an acre of Land strict measure which said tract was Returned to William Earl of Stirling on Pine Right the 26th of July 1766 and Recorded the 26 of August 1766 in ;book S No 5 Page 12 which said tract above Described was conveyed by a Deed under the hand & seal of the ;said Earl of Stirling bearing date first day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & sixty seven unto him being David Trowbridge as reference to the said Instrument had may more at Large appear.
Witnesses Thos. Millidge, Mercy Millidge
Course & distance numerals spelled out in orig.
Warranty Deed dated Feb 12, 1781
N.J. Historical Library, Newark
Frederick Co. Virginia to
Shubel Trowbridge of Morris Co.
Grants the following tract of land being part of a Tract of land which was divided to the said Samuel Trowbridge in pursuance to the devise and direction in the last will & Test of his father David Trowbridge decd & that part of sd lands hereby intended to be granted being part of lot No. 11 as marked on a survey thereof made in April 1769 is bounded as follows by it on the South corner of the said lot No. 11 being the East cor of Dan Trowbridges land marked on said Survey lot the 12 thence extending from the said corner along the said David line (1) N 64 W 20 ch to his cor. in a line of lot no 9- (2) in the same N 20 E 2.97 to cor of Job Trowbridges land in said line (3) S64 E 2.97 to corner of Jobs line to his corner (4) S 20 W 2.97 to beg containes (blurred) across to 3/4 and 27 rodds Strict measure signed sealed & delivered/
Samuel Trowbridge (seal) in presence of
Cousin Angela Dethloff submitted this article she found on the web.
"OK time to get the chains out to measure where Shubael's farm was:
Gunter's chain n.
Surveying a measuring instrument 66 ft (20.1 m) long, subdivided into 100 links (1 rod or perch = 25 links), each link being a short section of wire connected to the next link by a loop. It was long used for land surveying and became a unit of length (80 chains = 1 mile), but has now been superseded by the steel tape and electronic equipment.
[Edmund Gunter, Engl. mathematician (1581-1626)]
The Oxford English Reference Dictionary
You [your name] doe swear by the great name of ye living God that you shall faithfully attend to and discharge your office of Surveyor unto which you are appointed without favour or respect to persons.
The Surveyor's Oath (c1760)
You ____ and ____, Being desired to assist [name of surveyor]. -- Surveyor;
in carying the Chain,Do Swear by the Everliving God
that you will faithfully assist the said Surveyor in his servis and that you
will keep a true account of all Lines on measures by you taken and the
same give up
to said Surveyor at his desire according to your best Skill and ability
So help you God.
The Chainsmen's Oath (c1760)
Gunter's Chain is the most widely known unit of measurement that is universally attributed to the Art of Surveying. It came into common usage about 1700 a.d. and was the standard for measuring distances over 150 years. Until early in the 20th Century, it was universally made of iron or brass links. Because all of these chains were hand made, they rarely measured exactly the proscribed sixty six feet in length. Thus, the surveyor had to use a correction factor when translating his notes into a drawing. In later years, it became the Surveyor's Tape that was machine made and used sophisticated metallurgy to compensate for the small (but measurable) effect of temperature on the length of the tape. These chains are commonly found in both the full (100 link) and half (50 link) lengths.
The Chain Winder
This wrought iron device was frequently used in the field to keep the chain from tangling, thus speeding the process of measuring distances.
These stakes come in many sizes and shapes. Their main function is to aid in holding the chain in place while the chainsman makes a change in direction. They can also be used to identify temporary locations the need arises.
Value: 20.1168 ;m
Category: - Units of Length
Description: The chain is an obsolete unit of length used
by British surveyors. The value given above is Gunter's Chain.
1 chain (Gunter's) = 1/10 furlong
1 chain (Gunter's) = 4 rods
1 chain (Gunter's) = 66 feet
1 chain (Gunter's) = 100 links
Other values for the chain:
Engineer's Chain: 30.48 m
Ramsden's Chain: 30.48 m
Surveyor's Chain: 20.1168 m
Gunter, Edmund (1581-1626), was of Welsh extraction, but was
born in Hertfordshire in 1581. He was educated on the royal foundation
of Westminster school, and in 1599 was elected a student of Christ
Oxford. After graduating bachelor and master of arts at the regular
times, he took orders, became a preacher in 1614, and in November,
1615, proceeded to the degree of bachelor in divinity. Mathematics,
however, which had been his favorite study in youth, continued to
engross his attention, and on 6th March, 1619, he was appointed to the
professorship of astronomy in Gresham College, London. This post he
held till his death, which took place on 10th December, 1626. With
Gunter's name are associated several useful inventions, descriptions of
which are given in his treatise on the Sector, Cross-staff, Bow, Qua
drant, and other Instruments. He had contrived his sector about the
year 1606, and written a description of it in Latin. Many copies were
transcribed and dispersed, but it was more than sixteen years
afterwards ere he allowed the book to appear in English. In 1620 he
published his Canon Triangulorum, a table of logarithmic sines and
tangents (extended to 7 decimal places) for every degree and minuteof
the quadrant. In
later editions an account of the general use of the canon is prefixed,
and Brigg's logarithms of the first 1000 numbers are appended. There is
reason to believe that Gunter was the first to discover (in 1622 or
1625) that the magnetic needle does not retain the same declination in
the same places at all times.By desire of James I, he published in 1624
The Description and Use of His Majestie's Dials in Whitehall Garden,
the only one of his works which has not been
reprinted. He introduced the words co-sine and co-tangent for sine and
tangent of the complement, and he suggested to Briggs, his friend and
colleague, the use of the arithmetical complement (see Brigg's
Arithmetica Logarithmica, cap. xv.). Other of Gunter's practical
inventions are briefly noticed below.
Gunter's Line, a logarithmic line, usually laid down upon scales, sectors, etc. It is also called the line of lines and the line of numbers, being only the logarithms graduated upon a ruler, which therefore serves to solve problems instrumentally in the same manner as logarithms do arithmetically.
Gunter's Quadrant,an instrument made of wood, brass, or other substance, containing a kind of stereographic projection of the sphere on the plane of the equinoxial, the eye being supposed to be placed in one of the poles, so that the tropic, ecliptic, and horizon form the arcs of circles, but the hour circles are other curves, drawn by means of several altitudes of the sun for some particula r latitude every year. ; This instrument is used to find the hour of the day, the sun's azimuth,etc., and other common problems of the sphere or globe, and also to take the altitude of an object in degrees.
Gunter's Scale (generally called by seamen the Gunter) is a large plane scale, usually 2 feet long by about 1-1/2 inches broad, and engraved with various lines of numbers. ; On one side are placed the natural lines (as the line of chords, the line of sines, tangents, rhumbs, etc.), and on the other side the corresponding artificial or logarithmic ones. ; By means of this instrument questions in navigation, trigonometry, etc. are solved with the aid of a pair of compasses.