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Seth Trowbridge
Birth: Jun. 1, 1763
Fairfield County
Connecticut, USA
Death: May 10, 1836
Onondaga County
New York, USA

History of the bronze Revolutionary military marker:
My Aunt Margaret Phelps Swanson in California, a DAR member, ordered a bronze marker with Seth Trowbridge's military service in early 1980s, and it arrived in Preble. It sat stored by the Sexton for several years. When she found out that my dad was planning a road trip to New England in 1989, she asked him to do a favor. Dad arranged to have the bronze marker placed in front of Seth's brother SAMUEL's headstone at Elmwood Cemetery in Preble. Later, my aunt re-checked her records and realized she had it placed in the wrong cemetery. In July 2011, my aunt asked me to stop by and try to correct her error. So during my trip back east, I arranged to have the military marker moved to Tully Cemetery, a couple miles north. Two weeks later it was placed in front of SETH's headstone where it belongs finally, in Tully Cemetery. The bronze marker was obviously reset in a new concrete plate. Seth's headstone, which was broken in half, was already repaired when I saw it for the first time in the summer of 2011.

The bronze marker read "Captain Nathan Dix's when it should have said Dick's. She learned of the spelling years later, it was already too late to fix the error. Seth Trowbridge is my 4th great grandfather. Seth is one of Aunt Margaret's many (more than 12) DAR supplementals.

Seth Trowbridge was the 5th child born on 1 June 1763 to James TROWBRIDGE and Molly (Mary) DUNNING in Wilton, Fairfield Co., Connecticut. He moved to Sheffield with his older brother Samuel to be with their older brothers.

Like his older brothers, he fought during the Revolution War. He enlisted in 1781 for three years in Captain Nathan Dick's Company, Col. Michael Jackson's Regiment, Massachusetts Line.

After the war, he returned to Sheffield, Berkshire Co., Massachusetts. There he married Lucretia SPOOR, of Dutch ancestry, daughter of John SPOOR of Sheffield, Mass. on 2 Feb 1785.

With the war behind him, he focused on farming for several years in Sheffield. In 1787 he moved to the town of Williston, Vermont. Not satisfied with Williston, he moved to New York State in 1794, first settling in Florida, Montgomery Co., New York. Six years years later, in 1800, he moved to Preble, Cortland Co., New York and settled on Lot 59 of 600 acres. His farm lay on the present Tully line and adjoined that of his brother Samuel. [NOTE: "The Trowbridge Row" straddled on the area where the border between Onondaga and Cortland Counties shifted back and forth several times. Today, Tully is in Onondaga Co., and Preble is in Cortland Co.]

Together Seth and Lucretia raised their 13 children. They had 7 sons, all farmers, and 6 daughters. Their farms were located from one half mile south of Tully Village into Preble. Their children are as follows:

1. Eli TROWBRIDGE 17861872
2. Minor TROWBRIDGE 17871876
3. John TROWBRIDGE 17901885
4. Cornelia TROWBRIDGE Trowbridge 17921870
5. James TROWBRIDGE 17941851
6. Milo TROWBRIDGE 17951882
7. Pamelia TROWBRIDGE 1797
8. Hiram TROWBRIDGE 17991860
9. Stephen TROWBRIDGE 18041895
10. Caroline TROWBRIDGE 1805
11. Sally TROWBRIDGE 1808
12. Polly TROWBRIDGE 18101896
13. Catherine TROWBRIDGE 18121892

Seth Trowbridge was a good citizen, good in church, in school. He and his wife were members of the Presbyterian Church in Preble. Tradition says that he was an active member of the Under Ground Railway that had a station in Preble.

Seth applied for a pension October 2, 1832 while a resident of Preble, Cortland County, N.Y.. He was placed on the pension roll, 1832, of Cumberland County, N. Y., for seventeen months' actual service as private, New York militia. Seth died on 10 May 1836, in Tully, Onondaga Co., NY, aged 72.

Lucretia was a widow pensioner in 1840. She applied for a Revolutionary War widow's pension in 1838. Mary Galusha, sister of Seth Trowbridge, swore in the town of Cortlandville, Cortland County, NY under oath that she was Seth's sister and that he was a revolutionary soldier and drew a pension. Seth married Lucretia in Sheffield, Mass. by the Rev. Mr. Shel (?) of Egremont and that she was present at the wedding in the month of February 1785. Seth's brother, Samuel Trowbridge also testified under oath. The minister's name in his declaration looks much more like the Rev. Mr. Steele, of Egremont.
Spoor is a Dutch name. Mary signed her name on her deposition. Samuel signed by mark and Lucretia signed her application by mark. Pension Claim W [widow] 19470.

"Once on a time there was a string of Trowbridge farms about a mile long, one-half mile south from Tully village, in the town of Preble, commencing with William and his family of boys on the north.. Milo, my father, next; Uncle James next; and Uncle Hiram with his boys in the old, big red house of Grandfather Seth; next was Uncle Samuel, brother of Seth. All of these were farmers brought up to the trade of farming, and it was a real Trowbridge neighborhood. But oh, how changed it now is! I am the only Trowbridge living in the two towns; all have passed away, or wandered off to the Far West. Grandfather Seth was a strong, enterprising Yankee. Most of the seven sons were six-footers, and the six daughters were as fine-looking girls as could be found round about."

Family links: 
  James Trowbridge (1729 - 1800)
  Lucretia Spoor Trowbridge (1765 - 1855)*
  Permelia Trowbridge Woolston (____ - 1852)*
  Eli Trowbridge (1786 - 1872)*
  Minor Trowbridge (1787 - 1876)*
  John Trowbridge (1790 - 1885)*
  Cornelia Trowbridge Trowbridge (1792 - 1870)*
  Milo Trowbridge (1795 - 1882)*
  Hiram Trowbridge (1797 - 1860)*
  Stephen Trowbridge (1804 - 1895)*
  Samuel Trowbridge (1761 - 1850)*
  Seth Trowbridge (1763 - 1836)
*Calculated relationship
Tully Cemetery
Onondaga County
New York, USA
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