Elbridge Fisk Trow born 24 October 1835

Elbridge Trow was born 24 October 1835, in Mont Vernon, NH, the son of Joseph Trow Jr and his wife Sarah Perkins.  The 1840 census only lists the heads of family, and both Joseph Trows were listed.  In 1850, Elbridge was listed with his father, stepmother, and older brothers Joseph and Henry, in Mont Vernon.  Elbridge’s father was a farmer, with real estate valued at $3000.

Just before Elbridge turned 21, on 15 March, 1856, Joseph published a notice that “This is to certify that I have given my son Elbridge F Trow his time to act and trade for himself as I shall claim none of his earnings nor pay any debts of his contracting after this date.  Joseph Trow. Jr.  (Farmer’s Cabinet from Amherst NH). 

I was not able to find Elbridge in the 1860 census.  His parents lived in Mont Vernon, but he was not with them. 

Elbridge enlisted in the Civil War on 29 August 1862 at the age of 26.  He enlisted in Company E, 13th Infantry Regiment on 19 September 1862.  He received a disability discharge from that unit on 20 October 1862, in Washington DC. 

THIRTEENTH REGIMENT NEW HAMPSHIRE VOLUNTEER INFANTRY. (THREE YEARS ) By S. MILLETT THOMPSON, late Second Lieutenant Thirteenth Regiment New HampshireVoiunteer Infantry, and Historian of the Regiment.

 THIS regiment volunteered under the call of July 1, 1862, for 300,000 men. Gathered personally their officers to be, two companies each were formed in Rockingham, Hillsborough, and Strafford counties; and one each in Grafton, Merrimack, Carroll, and Coos– all coming into Camp Colby, near Concord, between September 11 and 15. The muster-in of the rank and file was completed on September 20, and of the field and staff, with the exception of Assistant-Surgeon John Sullivan, on September 23. The colors were received on the afternoon of October 5; and at the same time a military outfit, including Springfield rifles, muzzle-loading, calibre 58.

Space does not admit fairly of extended mention of individuals. This was at first almost wholly a regiment of native* Americans and of New Hampshire’s representative young men, many of them lineal descendants of the patriots of 1776 who fought in the Revolution. The average age was a little under twenty-five years, average height five feet and eight inches, and the most were of the dark blonde type. Its companies were fellow townsmen, and its members were in almost every trade and calling — many of whom, too, since the war closed, have gained prominent positions, commercial, professional, and in the Legislatures of States and Nation. The detachments, at the front, of its officers and men, upon special and staff duties, because of their intelligence and efficiency, were very numerous — exceeding that of any regiment near and associated with it in the service.

The Thirteenth was at Camp Colby from September 11-15 to 4A. M. of October 6 ; then moved by rail via Nashua and Worcester to Allyn’s Point on the Thames river ; thence by steamer to Jersey City ; thence by rail–cattle cars-via Philadelphia and Baltimore to Washington, arriving there at 9.30 P. M. of October 8, and bivouacking upon the Capitol grounds; thence at 2.15 P. M. of October 9, marched via Long Bridge to Camp Chase on Arlington Heights, arriving there at 6 P. M., and spending the frosty night upon wet ground and without tents or cover. Here it was assigned to the First Brigade’ five regiments, Col. Dexter R. Wright, of Gen. Silas Casey’s Provisional Division, known as the Defenses of Washington. At 7 A. M. of October 17 marched to Upton’s Hill, and, the distant enemy threatening and noisy, to the outer picket lines beyond Falls Church, returning to Camp Chase on the afternoon of October 19, and there was continuously engaged in drill, intrenching, and guarding Long Bridge and the Potomac shore. Marched, November 1, to Camp Casey, near Fairfax Seminary, arriving at 3 P. M. Here the drill, under regular army officers, was most exacting and continued at long hours in all weathers, while the general labor and duties were very severe.

*I am sure that the reference to native Americans above refers to the soldiers being born in the US, and not American Indians.   The history of the Unit is much longer, but the above information covers Elbridge’s short stay in the Army. 

Elbridge did have a Civil war pension later. In 1863, Elbridge F Trow, age 27 of NH was listed in a roster of men in Suffolk County (Boston) who might be called into service.  He may have recovered to some extent by then, but his service record doesn’t show that he was recalled. 

On 1 January 1863, in Antrim NH, Elbridge married Hannah M Twiss, daughter of Dimon Twiss and Harriet Parmenter.  Elbridge was a farmer, this was the first marriage for both, and John H Bales, clergyman of Antrim, conducted the service. 

In 1870, Elbridge and Hannah lived in Mont Vernon with their first son, Franklin D Trow.  The family farm was valued at $3000, and they had $700 worth of personal property.   

Reported in the Farmer’s Cabinet Amherst May 1, 1872 Mr. Elbridge F Trow, of Mont Vernon, met with a serious accident while loading a heavy block of granite, Monday afternoon.  He had a bar under the stone, which would weight several tons, and was adjusting the chains preparatory to lifting with the derrick, when a chain slipped, causing his bar to fly up, and the end striking him on his chin and tearing the flesh complete down to the bone for several inches.  It was a very narrow escape from instant death. 

Jan 8, 1878 Farmer’s Cabinet Crystal Wedding Anniversary at Mont Vernon.  Fifteen years ago, on New Year’s eve, Mr. Elbridge F Trow – now better known as “Trow the butcher” – and his estimable lady were joined in marriage.  The fifteenth anniversary of this event was certainly a fitting occasion for the gathering of some 140 friends of the happy couple at their home on Tuesday evening last.  The company embraced large delegations from Milford, Mont Vernon and Amherst, with representatives from other places in this vicinity.  It is needless to say that the event was an exceedingly happy one, devoid of unpleasant formalities, but attended by that whole-souled hospitality on the part of the hosts that make all happy within their doors.  It was also a lively affair, as anything must be that Trow controls.  A very handsome collation was served ruing the evening, and it was after midnight before the company separated, amid strong protests of Trow, and assertions that the affair was just commencing, with earnest solicitations for all young folks to “stay to breakfast.”  The gifts brought by thoughtful friends embraced a table full of glass and china ware, with numerous other articles appropriate to the occasion, and expressive of the regard in which Mr. and Mrs. Trow are held by their many friends.  May they “live long and prosper,” and events always be ordered for the “general joy of the whole house.”

The 1880 census lists the Trow family in Mont Vernon, and Elbridge continued his profession as a farmer.  Besides son Franklin, they now have another son, Albert Fisk Trow.  They lived next door to Hannah’s sister, Mary Elizabeth (Twiss) Richardson, and her family.

Elbridge served in the state legislature 1880-1882 as Democratic representative sent from Mont Vernon. 

The 1890 Veteran’s Schedule for Mont Vernon lists Elbridge Trow, and says that he was kicked by a horse.  The pension records from the Archives in Washington DC would tell more about the injuries. 

Elbridge died 19 March 1892 of pneumonia, in New Boston NH.  His wife Hannah died March 28 1892 of pneumonia, in New Boston.  They were buried at West Street Cemetery in Milford.  The photos in Find-A-Grave show a substantial headstone, and it looks like son Albert and his wife Delle may share the same stone.  The last record I have for their son Franklin was the 1880 census.

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