Biographies of Whiteside County, IL 1885
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Biographies Whiteside Co 1885 > Cornelius Trowbridge

Transcribed by Deb Thormahlen
7 Jun 2008


p. 191

            Cornelius Trowbridge, a farmer owning land on sections 33 and 34, Mt. Pleasant Township, is a son of Willard and Amy (Sprague) Trowbridge, natives of Connecticut.  They were married and settled in Lewis Co., N.Y., where the wife and mother died.  The father afterward removed to Fulton Co., Ohio, where he is at present residing.  Their family comprised six children, namely: John S., Jordan, Emily, Anson, Allen and Cornelius.

            Cornelius, the subject of this biographical notice, was born in York, Lewis Co., N.Y., Feb. 20, 1828.  He received a common-school education in Ohio, and as the country in which his father resided was new, and he being the first settler in the township of the county, the school privileges were very limited.  Cornelius lived at home assisting on the farm until he attained the age of majority.  He then bought a tract of timbered land, which he cleared and afterward sold, and then cleared another farm in the same locality; he also assisted in clearing his father’s farm in Fulton County, Ohio.

            Nov. 8, 1863, Mr. Trowbridge enlisted in the 38th Ohio Vol. Inf., and served till the close of the war.  He participated in the battle of Jonesboro and at the siege of Atlanta, and was wounded by a minie ball in the right leg, and in consequence thereof he was incapacitated from active duty in the field.  He is a member of Alheus Clark Post, G.A.R., at Morrison, and is also a pensioner of the Government.  After the war closed Mr. Trowbridge returned to his farm in Ohio, and resumed the cultivation of his land, which he continued until June, 1878, when he came to this county and settled on the farm on which he at present resides, in Mt. Pleasant Township, which he had purchased the spring previous to his removal hither.  He is the owner of 187 ½ acres, the principal portion of which lies in Mt. Pleasant Township, and of the whole tract, 180 acres is in a good tillable condition.

            Mr. Trowbridge was united in marriage in Fulton Co., Dec. 30, 1849, to Celina M., daughter of Alanson and Mary (Hubbard) Bradley, natives of Connecticut.  Her parents were married and settled in York State, from whence they removed to Fulton Co., Ohio, in 1844, and where the father died Aug. 8, 1877.  The mother resides in Dakota.  Their family comprised ten children, namely: Edwin, Celina, Almon, Jane, Enos, Cyrus, James, Martha, Frederick and Mary.  Mrs. Trowbridge was born in Oswego Co., N.Y., Aug. 21, 1830.  She and her husband are the parents of three children, Julius O., born Dec. 26, 1850; Alfred E., born Jan. 6, 1854; Martha A., born May 7, 1867, and died when 16 months old.

            Mr. Trowbridge has held the office of School Director, and he and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church.  Politically he is identified with the Republican party. 




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