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Trousdale Genealogy

December 1999

    It is assumed that John Jr. and his family accompanied the rest on their move from Pennsylvania to Orange Co., NC.  He is the first Trousdale to buy land in North Carolina being deeded two acres, including a mill, on both sides of the Haw River by H. E. McCulloch (the Granville land agent) on 14 November 1768 (Orange Co. Deeds II 84).
    Whether John Jr. took part in the Regulator troubles is not of record.  He did, however, with William, petition in behalf of John Fruit.  During the Revolutionary War John is not listed as a soldier but he did render assistance to the State military authorities:  supplies and cash to the militia, 1.4.8. (NC Rev Accounts C98 #3170), which with other items (not stated) totaled 4.16.8 were paid for by the Auditor on 10 January 1783 (op cit Voucher 2905).
    Not recorded, John Jr. had purchased "some considerable time past" from H. E. McCulloch, 620 acres in the fork of the Haw River and the Great Alamance (Orange Co. Deeds XI 142).  This, together with the two acre mill site gave him 622 acres which agrees with the 1790 tax list (Col Rec NC XXVI 1286).  In 1792 he bought a 60 acre tract east of the Haw, selling at a loss in 1797.  John Ray, a witness, later proved the deed (op cit V 212 & V 219).  Not recorded in North Carolina but in Tennessee (Davidson Co. Land Rec 25W 2104 Location 4344) John on 12 July 1790 was assignee of the heirs of John Gibson for 640 acres on the north side of the Cumberland River on Blooming Grove Creek.  This tract lies in Montgomery Co. on its western (Stewart Co.) boundary.  (Davidson Co. was acting as office of record for Montgomery Co. which had just been formed. KT.)
    In 1795 John, referring to the 620 acre tract in the fork of the Great Alamance, stated that there were then living on it:  himself, James Trousdale, and James Stockard.  At that time he gave a quit claim thereon to the University of North Carolina reserving clear title to James Stockard.  The deed was not recorded until 1803 (Orange Co. Deeds XI 142).  In 1793 John had bought 203 acres on Back Creek for 170 which either he or his estate disposed of in 1797 for 400 (op cit V 384 & VII 359).  Finally on 17 March 1797 the two acre mill site, which John had owned and operated for 30 years, was disposed of (op cit XII 61).  Here again John Ray was a witness but did not place the deed in Court until 1806.
    By early 1797 all of John Jr.'s Orange Co. holdings were disposed of, possibly in anticipation of his approaching demise.  The November Court of 1797 directed William Trousdale to inventory John's estate and on the following February granted approval of the "inventory of the estate of John Trousdale, dec'd, as returned by William Trousdale, admr".  No details nor mention of the beneficiaries is given.  (The Orange Co. Estate Records do not begin until 1800. KT)
    John Trousdale, Jr. never settled on the Tennessee grant.  Apparently this was taken over by his several sons, Alexander having moved to Montgomery Co. before his father's death and was followed later by William and John 3d.

Children of JOHN TROUSDALE and  are:
10. i. ALEXANDER3 TROUSDALE, b. June 23, 1766, Lancaster Co., PA; d. September 07, 1834, White Co., IL.
11. ii. WILLIAM TROUSDALE, b. Aft. 1775.
12. iii. JOHN TROUSDALE III, b. Aft. 1775, Orange Co., NC; d. Aft. 1820.
13. iv. NANCY TROUSDALE, b. Aft. 1775.
v. JAMES TROUSDALE, b. Bet. 1755 - 1774; m. <UNNAMED>, Aft. 1790.

In 1795 John Jr. stated that James was living on the 620 acre tract.  There is no positive evidence that James moved to Montgomery Co., TN although he might be included within the family of John 3d in the 1820 Census.

                         Living: 1820

4.  CAPT. JAMES2 TROUSDALE (JOHN1) was born 1736 in Lancaster Co., PA, and died December 24, 1818 in Gallatin, TN.  He married (1) ELIZABETH FERGUSON 1761.  She died Abt. 1774 in Orange Co., NC.  He married (2) ELIZABETH DOBBINS March 10, 1775 in Orange Co., NC.  She was born Abt. 1753, and died December 01, 1839 in Gallatin, TN.

SOURCE:  "The Trousdale Genealogy" by Karl Truesdell, 1952; Enlarged by Theodore McKee Trousdale, Jr., 1960.
    James was the last mentioned son in his father's will and was to receive only the normal inheritance of a younger child.  In the codicil, however, he is called "my beloved son" and is given the "House Bible".  With his family he accompanied his parents from Pennsylvania to Orange Co., NC settling on the Haw River.  It is believed that James was an unnamed member of the ill-fated rebels at the battle of the Alamance on 16 May 1771.  B.F. Allen, who married a granddaughter of Capt. James, writing of the latter's service during the Revolution, included this engagement with those of the War of the Revolution, Allen not realizing the historic significance.  James Trousdale's first recorded grant of land was by ht State, 200 acres on the waters of Haw Creek (south of Hawfields) 3 Sep 1779 (NC Land Grant XL 929).  His home was about three miles east of that of his brother William (Pension Claim Affidavit Nancy Freeland).

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