TRUMBO Family Biography and Reunion

A Prominent Family

The Trumbo family has a record in this country.

Its reunion held at Dayton.

Descended from an early settler in America, the family now extends all over the United States - The association here in the flourishing condition.

The 8th annual reunion of the Trumbo family association was held at Elias Trumbo's grove, near Dayton, on Thursday. About 175 of the family, their relatives and friends, assembled to spend a day renewing the old ties and possibly making new ones. The place was an ideal one, on the east bluff of the Fox, overlooking the rapids between the dam and the Dayton bridge. Tables have been erected by Mr. Trumbo and another a genuine picnic dinner was enjoyed by all present.

After dinner the members were called to order by President Elias Trumbo, who, in a few well-chosen words, welcoming those before him to the eighth reunion of the Trumbo's. The Secretary W. E. W. MacKinlay of Ottawa then made a brief report in which he said: "There are, according to secretary's records about 2500 of the Trumbo race in the United States, descended from the four brothers, Andrew, George, Jacob and John, who lived in Virginia prior to 1750. The earliest document known is a deed now in possession of 0. W. Trumbo, of Dayton, dated June 23, 1752, from Cornelius Murley and his wife to Jacob Trumbo, at Brock's Gap, Virginia. There are present, descendants of the last three brothers. For the first time since our organization we have with us a descendant of John Trumbo, of Pennsylvania; Authur C. Trumbo, of Chicago; who will now address us. "

Mr. Trumbo then delivered an address full of thought, which showed a wide acquaintance with the Trumbos is in a thorough grasp of the subject. He said in part: "Fellow Trumbo's, this is a gathering of the Trumbos and here we are, in the beautiful state of Illinois, on a Trumbo farm, celebrating in the capacity of the family reunion. It is not who are grandfathers are, but farther back, that causes us to study and inquire who they were. We are all aware of our eccentricities, and believing the scientific laws of heredity, we wonder if the old stock were likened to us, or we likened to them. It is only by careful and detailed work in genealogy that we shall ever know definitely who are ancestors were. Research is the only key to the problem, and we're glad to know that our secretary has added so much to our store of knowledge in unfolding these perplexing problems. In this reunion work, long since begun, we are in line with the spirit of the ago by enterprising efforts, and will be able to lay such a foundation for future generations can refer to us and be able to keep clear records of the Trumbo family in America. In the great Newberry library in Chicago there are probably not more than a score of family histories. The only reference made to our name is in a citation to a county atlas of Sangamon County, this state, and to the fact that a Trumbo history is being prepared by Secretary MacKinlay. There are many Trumbos in Sangamon County, near Springfield; they came from Kentucky, and belong to the race of Andrew. Many of the Ohio Trumbos, of which your humble speaker is one, belong to the race of John. In Ohio they are to be found in Seneca County, in Marion County, at Hanging Rock and   southern Ohio, who are of the line of George, and at Springfield, in Clark County, in Putnam and Allan counties and in Franklin County. These latter are of the race of Jacob. In La Salle County here we find the descendants of Jacob and George. We hear of them in Virginia in various parts of the state. In Utah, in Salt Lake City, where they are prominent in business, social and political circles. Also northern and southern California, in the Dakotas in Indiana and Missouri and in some of the southern states. In a few years they will be in every state in the union. They are progressive people and constantly on the lookout for the best opportunities in life. We number more than 2500 and this country, but it seems that the only association formed have been in this County and Clark County, Ohio. The Lasalle County Trumbos will have the honor of being the original organizers, and upon the efforts of this nucleus formed here will depend, to the great extent, the success or failure of the organization. It is difficult to form and hard to preserve a successful family organization, for the reason that much of the family are strange to each other, have different tastes and ideas and have been thrown among different surroundings, following various lines of business and are so scattered that, being a busy people, it is seldom we can all come together. To preserve such a union necessarily many must live near each other and be intimately aquatinted and so closely associated with several hundred can assemble on short notice. Such meetings, however, cultivate our better natures and extend our friendships, which are as essential to successful lives as the sunshine is to the flowers.

"This is been my first experience in celebrating at a Trumbo reunion, but I hope it will not be my last. Let us all remember this reunion as one of the glad moments in our lives. May we ever appreciate the high honor of having affiliated with those who bear the 'Trumbo' name and in whose veins flows the Trumbo blood on this happy June Day in 1897 in Lasalle County, Illinois. Let us bear in mind that we are today fashion in a golden chain of friendship, which, strengthened by the silver record of memory, will stretch promotion to ocean, from time to eternity."

Thomas E. MacKinlay, of Hot Springs, South Dakota, whom was first Secretary of the society, then made a few remarks. He said: "No meetings or reunions that I have attended since my coming to this neighborhood 30 years ago have afforded me more pleasure than the Trumbo reunions. They are among the most pleasant memories of my life here and he hearing while Chicago on business that the reunion was today. I came down too again be with you all. "He alluded to the importance of thorough research and geological work and the necessity of having absolute proof of whatever was put forth as history, and touchingly alluded to those of the old race who had gone before. Mr. MacKinlay closed with the characteristic remark that to Trumbo nines would not play a ball game, and that he had promised to home umpire, and the meeting adjourned at 1898.

The old officers and committees were reelected, with Elias Trumbo as president.

Two ball games were played, the first resulting 16 to 6 in favor of Harry Robinson's nine. The second game was interrupted by William Wilson, of Ottawa, who was pitching, being overcome by the heat. He was, however so far recovered by evening as to be able to walk around.

After launch the relatives and friends departed, after pleasant and profitable day, and the eighth Trumbo annual had passed into a memory. (From The Daily Republican-Times June 15,1894)

Adam & Andrew Trumbo

Adam Trumbo was born 6 May 1790 in Bourbon County,Kentucky. He married Mildred Foster. She was born in February 1790 in Bourbon County and died 19 April 1835 in Sangamon County, Illinois.

After her death he remarried Mrs. Hannah Hall 1 May 1836 in Sangamon County, Illinois; she died in January 1872. Adam died 6 October 1856.

Adam and Mildred Trumbo had twelve children. In the Trumbo Family Cemetery at Springfield, Illinois located about three miles south of the junction of City Route 66 and By-Pass 66 south of Springfield, 4 blocks west of Route 66) a tombstone reads: Mildred, wife of A. Trumbo died 19 April 1835. He is also buried there.

The first time Adam's name appeared in the tax records was in 1810 when the Bourbon County lists showed him owning two horses. He appears the next year owning two horses and thirty-five acres on Johnson Creek. In 1812 he was down to twenty-five acres on Green Creek but owned four horses, Apparently he paid all the taxes on his land and his brother's land in 1813 for he is listed with two hundred and three acres and had seven horses.

Later Bourbon County tax lists from 1814 to 1828 showed him owning from two to eight horses and from one hundred twenty-eight acres to two hundred three acres on Green Creek, and from one to two blacks.

His name appeared in most of the same deeds in Bourbon County as his brother Isaac. The last year Adam appeared in the Bourbon County tax records was 1828. He moved that year with his family to Sangamon County, Illinois into what is now Woodside Township. His slaves went with him and were free but stayed with him.

Additional information: By John Carroll Powell

These biographies were submitted by a researcher and evidently abstracted from the 1876 History of Sangamon County, IL. Errors could occur, so one should always verify the correctness by obtaining copies of vitals and performing all necessary research to document what is contained herein.

TRUMBO, ADAM, was born May 6, 1790, in Bourbon county, Kentucky. Mildreth Foster was born February 1790, in the same county. They were there married, had ten children, and moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, arriving in November 1828, about six miles south of Springfield, in what is now Woodside Township, where two children were born. Of their children--

JOHN married Ellen Haley and died in 1848 or '49, and his widow married Milton Bridges. See his name.

MELINDA married Jeremiah Adams. She died, leaving four children near Galena, Illinois.

JACOB died at seventeen years of age.

LAVICA married James L. Southwick. See his name.

HARNESS, born Oct. 9, 1816, in Bourbon County, Kentucky, married in Sangamon County, July 15, 1838, to Elizabeth Hall. They had eight children. WILLIAM, born April 10, 1840, died Sept. 14, 1862. SARAH C., born Jan. 26, 1843, lives with her parents. JAMES P., born Jan. 27, 1845, married Dec.25, 1870, to Anna Staley. They have one child, WILLIAM, and live one and one-half miles west of Chatham, Illinois. JACOB, born July 2, 1848, lives with his parents. MARIA L. died at five years of age. HARNESS, Jun., born Nov. 15, 1854, and OSCAR, born Feb. 7, 1856, live with their parents.

ANDREW J., born August 25, 1861, died Sept. 23, 1875. Harness Trumbo lives six miles south of Springfield, near where his father, Adam Trumbo, settled in 1828.

LOUISA J. married Thomas Chord, had ten children, and Mr. Chord died Jan. 20, 1874, leaving his family near Petersburg, Illinois.

NANCY married Joseph Scales. They have ten children, and five in Wisconsin, near Galena, Illinois.

ELIZABETH, born March 10, 1823, in Kentucky, married in Sangamon County to John Smith. See his name.

ANDREW F., born in Kentucky, raised in Sangamon County, and married in Missouri to Mary Flournoy, has three children, and lives near Barr's Ridge P.O., California.

REBECCA married Mitchell Graham. See his name. She had one child, REBECCA, who married Mitchell Lawson, and lives near Johnstown, Bates County, Missouri.

ISAAC H., born March 13, 1830, in Sangamon County, married Emma Bridges. They had three children. The second one, AMANDA J., died, aged seven years. ALMA and ARABELL live with their parents, one mile north of Chatham, Sangamon County, Illinois.

GEORGE W., born Nov. 28, 1832, in Sangamon county, married March 29,1865, to Mary F. Malone, who was born Feb. 24, 1844, in St. Louis county, Missouri. They had four children, twins, died in infancy. EUGENE L. And ARTHUR A. lived with their parents. G. W. Trumbo resides where his parents settled in 1828, and where he was born. It is six miles south of Springfield, Illinois. Mrs. Mildreth Trumbo died April 20, 1835, and Adam Trumbo married Mrs. Hannah Hall, whose maiden name was Cunningham. He died Oct. 6, 1856, and she died January 1872, both in Sangamon county, Illinois.

Andrew F. Trumbo

Andrew F. Trumbo was born in Kentucky about 1827. He married a Mary S. Flournoy 22 December 1859 in Linn County, Missouri and they had three children. She was born about 1842 in Missouri. Isaac Trumbo said, "He owned land in Linn County, Missouri. He worked for Waddell Majors Fargo, a big company at Independence, Missouri. They ran ten thousand wagons for the government contractors in the west. He took thirty wagons over the plains at a time for a salary of eight hundred dollars. He told me he was so clever he gave all of it away." At one time he lived near Bans Ridge, California. They lived in Linn County, Missouri in 1860. From Illinois he went to Missouri, and when the California gold fever broke out in 1849, he was one of the first to risk the dangers of crossing the plains for the Eldorado. He crossed seven or eight times as wagon master to the trains which were then seeking the gold fields.

The 24th of December 1859, he was married to Mary Susan Flournoy, who was born in Linn County, Missouri, July 21, 1842, the eldest daughter of William S. and Cornelia Flournoy.

The Civil War having so changed the conditions in Missouri, Mr. Trumbo and family with Mr. Flournoy's family and other relatives, left old Home ties and again started across the plains which were already covered with the white bones of those who had been surprised by Indians or died from disease.

In April 1864 the little family that now consisted of Mr. and Mrs. Trumbo and two children, Anna and George Harness started for their new home. All the way little Anna became sick and delayed the train for a time in what is now Idaho. Here she died and was buried, while the survivors were an imminent peril of their lives from the warlike Indians, who were on the war craft at that time both before and behind them. But five is ever watchful providence permitted them to reach grand rounds valet, Oregon, after a long wary trip of three months, a trip that could now be easily made in four days. They remained in Oregon three or four years but on account of having no market moved to Sacramento Valley, California, but again a change must be made and South Fork, Modoc County was the new home chosen in about 1878. Hear their fifth child John F. the first white child born in the County was born a little over a year after they moved to Pine Creek and established their last Earthly home. Though for four years they live in Sacramento Valley for the benefit of Mrs. Trumbo's health.

Mrs. Trumbo, after lingering illness of several years and much suffering died June 3rd, 1902.

After the death of his wife Mr. Trumbo did not care to live but wanted to be with his wife.

In August, even this two youngest children, left the old Holm for the home of his daughter in Montana.

On account of failing health he was taken in two-out sanitary and trusting he would be benefited, but he quietly passed away after only a short stay there Jan. 3rd, 1903. DOS is ended an eventful career on this earth.

He leaves to mourn his loss, nine children, George Harness, of Republic, Washington; Mrs. Alice Parker, of Morris, Montana (now Roscoe, MT); Mrs. Lelia V. Fitzpatrick of Alturas, California (Died Dec. 12, 1968); John F. Bridger, Montana; Charles H., Paisley, Oregon; Ms. Maud E. Wilson of San Francisco California; William Spencer of Alturas California; Ms. Mable G. and Ora, of Loami, Illinois.

He was a kind, loving husband, father, an accommodating neighbor and true friend.

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