Trombley Family Genealogy
The Trombley boys, Joseph, Leon and Medor, were among the first pioneers to settle in Bay County. Their surname has been recorded with various spellings, i.e., Tremble, Tremblay, Tromble', Trombley, Tromblay, etc.
Ancestry of Local Trombleys. The information below has been developed from various historical biographies as well as available genealogy references. Its purpose is to provide some insight into the members of the Trombley families that were associated with Bay County's early history. None of this data is supported with certified documents researched by Bay-Journal.
Source Credits. Much of the early genealogy of the Trombley clan was developed by the following websites:
#06: Louis TREMBLAY b: Abt. 1604 Orne, France d: 1639 in France
Married Nicole m: 1604 d: Unknown
#07: Philibert Gilbert TREMBLAY b: Abt. 1604 Chartres, France d: 17 Nov 1642 in Randonnai, Perche, France
-- Married Jane COIGNET b: Bet. 1584 - 1607 m: 03 Oct 1623 in St. Firmin De Normandel, Tourouvre, France d: Bet. 1629 - 1695 in St. Maurice les Cherncey, Perche, France
#08: Jean DU TREMBLAY d: Unknown
-- Married Pierre TREMBLAY b: 1626 Randonnai, Perche, France d: 1689 in L'Ange Gardien, Quebec, Canada
#09: Michel TREMBLAY, b: 10 Sep 1662 Notre Dame, Quebec, Quebec, Canada d: 17 Oct 1727 in Hotel-Dieu, Baie-St-Paul, Quebec, Canada
-- Married Genoveva BOUCHARD b: 29 Apr 1672 St. Anne de Beaupre, Montreal, Quebec, Can m: 20 Jun 1686 in Baie St Paul, Petite Riviere, Quebec, Canada d: 23 Mar 1754 in Petite Rivieres, Quebec, Canada
#10: Jacques TROMBLEY, b: 13 May 1704, Baie St Paul, Quebec, Canada, d: 12 Oct 1775 in Lachine, Quebec Canada
-- Married Marie-Renee ROY on 21 Feb 1731 in Laprairie, Quebec, Canada, b: 26 Jan 1718 Lachine, Quebec, Canada, d: 1784
#11: Michael Louis TROMBLEY, b: 01 Nov 1738, Petite Rivier, Quebec, Canada, d: Dec 1825
-- Married Cicilia YAX in 1767 in Detroit, MI, b: 30 Sep 1753 Detroit, d: unknown
#12: Thomas TROMBLEY, b: 20 Dec 1775 Fox Creek, Gross Pointe, MI - d: 07 Mar 1849, Detroit, Wayne, MI
-- Married Catherine THIBAULT in 1803
#13: Cecilia, b: 16 Sep 1805, Grand Marais, Gross Pointe, Wayne, MI
#13: Thomas, b: 09 Jun 1807 Grand Marais, Gross Pointe, Wayne, MI
#13: Joseph TROMBLEY, b: 9 May 1809, Corner's Creek, Detroit, Wayne, MI - d: 1895, Bay City, Bay, MI, buried St. Joseph cem., reburied in Oak Ridge cem., both Bay City
-- Married Sophia CHAPOTON on 25 Oct 1836, b: unk., d: 10 Dec 1879, Bay Co., MI, buried St. Joseph cem., reburied in Oak Ridge cem., both Bay City
(Note: Reference to Portsmouth (village) is today the south end of Bay City. These family members were born in the historical Trombley House located on 24th and Water, "now Harrison." This house was relocated to Veterans Memorial Park.)
#14: Joseph M. b: 8 Jan. 1839 Portsmouth, d: unk.
-- 1st marriage to Nancy BEEBE in 1863 at Banks who died after one son.
-- 2nd Marriage to Susan BENNETT on 22 Feb. 1868 at Banks.
#15: Children names - Mary (Mrs. Bush), Henry, Kate (died age 3), Leo, Casper (died at birth), Blanche, Reuben B., Irene.
#14: James M. b: 25 Feb 1841 Portsmouth, d: unk.
-- Married Mary MILLIKIN, b: unk., d: unk., from Canada
15: Children names - Jennie L. (Mrs. Palmer) died 1885(age 19), Frank j., Charles, Harvey, Joseph.
#14: Theodore b: 15 Sep. 1846 Banks, d: unk.
-- Married Ida BROOKS in 1872 at Bay City.
#15: Children names - Josephine M, Charles L., Gladys M., Jay F.
#14: David b:29 Feb. 1848 Bangor, d: Unk.
-- Married May PIERCE in 1873
#15: Children names - Charles E. died age 13, Ivy M., Nellie D. David W.
(Note: Historical biography of Joseph states Sophia gave birth to nine children. but only five grew to maturity.)
#13: Lazarus b: 13 Jul 1811, Wayne Co., MI
#13: Medor TROMBLEY b: 16 Nov 1813, Detroit, Wayne Co., MI d: 20 Sep 1902, Bay City, Bay, MI
-- Married 20 Aug. 1847, in Bay City, to Sarah MCCORMICK b: 1827 Albany, New York m: 26 Aug 1847 in Bay Co, MI d: 22 Oct 1887, Bay City, Bay, MI
#14: Frank A., b: Sep. 1848 Portsmouth, MI, d: 1916, buried old St. child Patrick cem, Bay City. -- Married Adilla (?) in 1879.
#14: Mary, b: abt 1852, Bay Co., MI d: unknown
#14: Josephine, b: 1854, Bay Co., MI
History refs.: Married John C. GREENING; #15: Marrie b. 1879, #15: Gertrude b. 1883 (m. Lewis WEADOCK,1910), #15: Nedos J.T. b. 1886.
#14: Fremont J., b: Mar 1856, Bay Co., MI
#14: Daniel H. b: Jan 1858, Bay Co., MI (see bio.)
#14: Edward L. b: Sept 1865 Portsmouth; d: 1951, buried old St. Patrick cem., Bay City
Euphrenia (Eugene) b: Sep 1862, Bay Co., MI
#13: Mary b: 21 Jun 1815, Wayne co., MI d: Unknown
#13: Anastasia b: 12 May 1817, Wayne Co., MI d: Unknown
#13: Francis b: 05 May 1819, Wayne co., MI d: Unknown
#13: Celestin b: 10 Feb 1821, Wayne Co., MI d: Unknown
#13: Euphrosine #13: Pauline (Poly)
#13: Magdalene b: 28 Sept 1826, Wayne Co., MI d: Unknown
#13: Leo TROMBLEY b: 14 Dec 1829, Wayne Co., MI d: Unknown
#12. Benedict TREMBLAY b: 21 Mar 1789 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI d: 1873, Bay City, Bay, Mich.
-- (1) Married 1815, Mary LAUZON b. Candada, d. abt1859.
#13. Benedict Joseph TREMBLAY b: 1818 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI d: unknown.
#13. Louis TREMBLAY b: Jul 1826 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI d: unknown.
-- (2) Married 1826 Jan 23, Detroit, Mich., Theresa POMMINVILLE b. 15 Apr 1796, Detroit, MI, d. unk.
#13. Sarah TREMBLAY b: unknown d: unknown married: Male GIRARD.
#13. Theresa TREMBLAY b: 1823 d: unknown
-- (1) Married John DIAMOND.
-- (2) Married Daniel CHAPEL in 1840 at Bay City, Bay Co. MI.
#14. Maria CHAPEL b: 1847 d: unknown.
-- (1) Married Edmund COLE #15. Daniel COLE #15. Ada COLE #15. Mary T. COLE b: Apr 1869 d: unknown
-- (1) Married Fred SMALLEY -- (2) Married Herbert DRAKE IN 1888 at Bay City, Bay Co., MI d: unknown
#16. Pearl Drake b: abt. 1897 d: unknown.
-- (2) Married William Oscar BRIGGS #15. Benjamin Herbert BRIGGS
-- (3) Married Eli RHYNDRESS
#12. Leon Leander TROMBLAY b: 31 Oct 1820 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI d: 1858, Bangor Twp., Bay, MI.
-- Married Catherine CAMPAU on 3 Oct 1815 in Detroit. b: 4 Jan 1797 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI d: after 1823. - Mother: Agathe CHENE
#13. Leon TROMBLEY Jr. b: unk. d: 28 Sep 1887, Traverse City, MI.
#13. Elizabeth TROMBLEY b: Unk, d: 29 Nov 1922, Grand Rapids, MI - Maried Patrick Joseph PERROTT, 4 Feb 1850, Bay City, Bay, MI.
#13. Anne TREMBLAY b: 30 Aug 1822, Detroit, Wayne, MI d: 21 Apr 1912, Bay City, Bay, MI - Married Job TROMBLE.
#13. Lucille TREMBLAY b: 15 Apr 1818, Clinton River, Macomb, MI, d: 1906, Mt. Clemens, MI. - Married Dominic Godfroy BALARD, 7 Jan 1842, Detroit, Wayne, MI.
#13. Louis TREMBLAY b: 25 Mar 1820 Detroit, Wayne Co. MI d: unknown.
-- Married Euphrosine TREMBLAY in 1843 at Saginaw, MI b: 11 Nov 1822 d: unknown.
#14. Mary Philomene TREMBLAY b: 9 Jan 1844 Upper Saginaw, MI d: unknown.
#14. Peter TREMBLAY b: 16 Sept 1845 Detroit, Wayne Co., MI d: unknown.
#13. Catherine TROMBLAY b: 26 Dec 1823 Belle Isle, Detroit, MI d:6 Sept 1912 Escorse, Wayne Co., MI
-- Married David LEBLANC on 26 Jul 1847 in Detroit. b: unknown d: 17 Oct 1897 Escorse, MI
#14. David Alexander TREMBLAY b: 12 Oct 1854 Ecorse, Wayne Co., MI d: 6 Sept 1912 Detroit
-- Married Vitaline Louise DROULLARD on 27 Apr 1879 at Ecorse, MI. b: 15 Nov 1860 Ecorse, MI d: 17 Oct 1897 Ecorse, MI.
#15. Elmer Alexander LEBLANC b: 22 Mar 1881 Ecorse, MI d: 15 Mar 1953 Highland Park, Wayne Co., MI
-- Married Emma Ann ROTH on 31 Dec 1918 in Detroit. b: 26 Dec 1894 Cleveland, OH. d: 17 Jul 1985 Woodhaven, Wayne Co., MI
#16. Yvonne Madeleine LEBLANC - Married Eddie J. LATTA.
#16. Robert LEBLANC
-- 2nd marriage, 25 May 1852, St. Joseph Church, Bay City, Bay, MI: Teresa RICARD/RICOR, b: 23 Sep 1810, MI, d: 23 Jul 1898, Essexville, Bay, MI.; St. Patricks Cem., Bay City, Bay, MI. - Parents: Joseph RICARD & Archange BERTRAND.
#13. Julia TROMBLEY b: 15 Feb 1852, Bay City, Bay, MI, d: 17 Aug 1931, Essexville, Bay, MI, St. Patricks Cem., Bay City, Bay, MI.
-- Married Alexander GUILLETT, 17 Aug 1868, St. Joseph Ch., Bay City, Bay, MI.- Parents: Louis (Ludovilus) GOULETTE & Theresa DUPRAT.
#14. Alexander GUILLETT, b. 28 Nov 1876, Essexville, Bay, MI, d: 16 Feb 1942, Traverse City, MI, Green Ridge Cem., Bay City, Bay, MI. -- Married Myrtle Amelia WARREN, 28 Sep 1903, Bay City, Bay, MI.
#14 John C. GUILLETT b. 22 Feb 1873, Bay Co., MI, d: 1956, Essexville, Bay, MI, Old St. Patrick's Cem., Bay City, Bay, MI. -- Married Zilda REOUX. #14. William GUILLETT, b: unk, d: Sep 1880, Essexville, Bay, MI. -- Married Kate unk.
#14. Theresa GUILLETT, b: 18 May 1870, Essexville, Bay, MI, d: 1845, Bay City, Bay, MI.
-- Married Robert "Bill" DACK.
#14. Albertha GUILLETT, b: Jun 1894, Essexville, Bay, MI, d: unk. -- Married Gerry ROBINSON & Charles HOUSER.
#14. Henry Arthur GUILLETT b:21 Sep 1883, Essexville, Bay, MI, d: 11 Jan 1933, Sebewaing, MI, Immanueal Lutheran Cem., Sebewaing, MI. -- Married Amanda Marie WING.
#14. Anna GUILLETT b: 6 Feb 1875, Essexville, Bay, MI, d: 23 Dec 1878, Bay City, Bay, MI.
#14. James Jacob GUILLETT b: 17 Sep 1884, Hampton Twp., Bay, MI, d: 30 Apr 1952, Bay City, Bay, MI -- Married Eva J. RIOUX, 16 Nov 1908, St. Joseph Ch., Bay City, Bay, MI.
#14. Frederick GUILLETT b: Sep 1887, Essexville, Bay, MI.
#14. Viola GUILLETT b: May 1889. -- Married Robert SHERWOOD.
#13. Henry Napoleon Nestorem TROMBLEY b: 19 Mar 1854, Bay City, Bay, MI, d: unk. (1870 Census: Hampton Twp., Bay, MI. - Living with mother & her 3rd husband Louis GUILLETTE.)
#09: Louis TREMBLAY (1667-unk) -- Married Marie PERRON (abt 1667-1706)
#10: Rosalie TREMBLAY (1699-1706) -- Married Sebastian HARVEY (1722-unk)
#11: Dominique HARVEY (1722-unk) -- Married Genevieve SAVARD (1754-unk)
#12: Felicite HARVEY (abt 1766-unk) -- Married Joseph PERRON (unk)
#13: Marie PERRON (unk) -- Married Jean-Baptiste SIMARD (unk)
#14: Pierre SIMARD (unk) -- Married Hortense DUPERE (UNK)
#15: Archille SIMARD b: 15 Aug 1853 Montreal, Que., Can., d: 28 Dec 1925, Bay City Bay Co., MI
-- Married Celina TURMELLE abt. 1882 in Can. b: 5 Aug 1858, Quebec, Can., d: 17 Apr 1931, Bay Co., MI
#16: Richard Arthur Rene SIMARD b:1 Mar 1886, Bay Co., MI, d: 11 Jan 1981, Monroe, Monroe Co., MI
-- Married Elizabeth VALLEY in 1914 at Pinconning, Bay Co., MI, b:14 Jun 1895, MI d: 7 Dec 1969, West Branch, MI.
#17: Mary-Jan Seymour -- Married George Peter SCHMALZEL.
#18: Dennis George SCHMALZEL -- Married Leana Denise ROZANSKI.
#19: Douglass Allen SCHMALZEL
Family Burial Site of Joseph Trombley:
Location: Oak Ridge Cemetery - Henry Street, Bay City, MI
Large family marker: (A) - Sophia wife of Joseph Trombley, born Jun. 1, 1812 - died Dec. 18, 1879
- Joseph Trombley, born Mar. 3, 1809 - died May 21, 1883
- Sophia dau. of the above died Oct. 1, 1861, Aged 8 yrs 7 months & 6 days
(B) - Louis, born Apr. 7, 1878 - died Jun. 15, 1878
Katie, born Oct. 1, 1876 - died Apr. 25, 1880
Cassie, born Dec. 6, 1881 - died Jul. 21, 1882
(C) - Joseph, son of J.D. & A. Beebe, born Dec.13, 1878 - died Jul. 13, 1878
(D) - Theodore, son of T & I Trombley, born Apr. 20, 1881 - died Aug. 22, 1882
Individual Markers: 1 - May Pierce Trombley, 1855-1938
2 - David W. Trombley, 1889-1955
3 - Nellie T. McLaughlin, Mar. 9, 1880 - Jul. 14, 1956
4 - Deloris Garvin, May 15, 1906 - Jun. 8, 1982
5 - Mother
6 - Father
7 - Theodore
8 - Richard Tromble, 1837-1883
9 - Louis E. Moultane, Jul. 8, 1903 - Jun. 13, 1989
10 - Helen A. Moultane, Aug. 20, 1903, Feb. 24, 1983
Family Burial Site of Medor Trombley:
Location: Old St. Patrick Cemetery - Ridge Rd., Bay City, MI
Large family marker reads: Medor Tromble Nov. 16, 1813 - Sep. 20, 1902
Sarah R. McCormick Feb. 23, 1827 - Oct. 22, 1885
Inscription on marker reads, "Pioneers of 1835. To the Glory of God and in Memory of MEDOR TROMBLE Founder of Bay City.
Smaller headstones nearby read: 1 - Brother, Frank A. Tromble, 1848-1916
2 - Freemont J. Tromble, 1856-1932
3 - Edward L. Tromble, 1880-1935
4 - Medor J. Greening, 1886-1911
5 - Daughter, Mary Elizabeth, 1917-1962
6 - Mother, Catherine, 1875-1951
7 - Father, Edward L., 1865-1951
8 - Baby, Daniel, 1902-1903
9 - Daughter, Catherine, 1905-1916
Historical Timeline Notes on Bay City area Trombleys:
1820 - Joseph visits the valley traveling from Detroit by turnpike road to Royal Oak, by wagon road to Pontiac, then Indian trails to Saginaw.
1832 - Leon settles in the Lower Saginaw (along river near Fourth st. of what is now Bay City).
1834 - On Aug. 13, Joseph and Medor file land patent in Detroit for property and settle in area that is now 24th & Water in Bay City. They build a log-cabin with intentions of selling goods to local Indians and fur-traders. (Joseph previously worked for American Fur Co. in Saginaw.)
1836 - Benoit purchases portion of property owned by nephews, Joseph and Medor.
1837/38 - Joseph and Medor build framed house. (Considered first frames structure here.)
1837 - Joseph marries Sophia Chapaton of Detroit.
1840 - Theresa marries Daniel Chapel(her 2nd spouse) in Lower Saginaw (Bay City).
1845 - James McCormick purchases the Trombley house (aka: Center House).
1847 - Medor marries Sarah McCormick in Lower Saginaw. Wedding is performed by Fr. Richard in the home of Capt. Joseph Marsac, a local government agent. Celebrations took place at the Center House (now owned by James McCormick).
1863 - Daniel Trombley, saloon, Water bet. 10th and 11th, listed in Michigan Gazetteer Businewss Directory.
1867 - J. Trombley builds barge for "Alex, Trombley & Co." Sank btwn. Charity Islands & Caseville, MI.
1885 - Theophilus moves to Bay City from New York and sets up machine shop business.
1971 - Trombley House is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.
1981 - Trombley House is moved from its historical east side location to Veterans Memorial Park on west bank of Saginaw River.
Other Trombley Bay County Connections:
Descendancy connection to #11 Marie-Procule TREMBLAY b: 14 Oct 1726 St Francois Xavier, Quebec, Canada d: Unknown / Married Joseph GUAY b: 22 Apr 1722 m: 04 Nov 1744 in Les Eboulement, Quebec, Canada d: Bef. 26 Oct 177
Archille SIMARD b: 15 Apr 1853 Montreal, Quebec, Canada d: 28 Dec 1926 in Bay City, Bay Co., Michigan. / Married Celina TURMELLE b: 05 Aug 1858 Quebec, Canada m: Bef. 1882 in Canada d: 17 Apr 1931 in Bay Co., MI
Richard Arthur Rene SIMARD b: 01 Mar 1886 Bay Co., MI d: 11 Jan 1981 in Monroe, Monroe Co, MI. / Married Elizabeth VALLEY b: 14 Jun 1890 MI m: 1914 in Pinconning, Bay Co., MI d: 07 Dec 1969 in West Branch, Michigan
Peter was born in Lachine, Quebec, Canada in 1831 to French parents. In about 1855-58, he married Mary Jane Green of Oswego, NY. In 1868, they moved to Bay City, MI and they are buried in the Green Ridge Cemetery.
Trombleys of Bay County, 1847, by Judge Albert Miller. (1911)
Leon Tromble, Sr., the first white settler within the territory that is now Bay county, was a native of Michigan, born near Detroit, and resided in Wayne county till 1832, when he located on the banks of the Saginaw river, within the present limits of Bay City, having been appointed Indian farmer by General Cass. He was a genial, jovial Frenchman, always hospitable beyond his means. He was known to all the early settlers and to the early travelers visiting the valley and much respected by all who knew him. He lived within the limits of the county till 1858, when he passed away, aged sixty-five years.
Leon Tromble, Jr., son of the above named, was an enterprising young man and early engaged in the fishing business which, at one time, he prosecuted on a large scale. He was married at Bay City. He and his wife were members of the first Presbyterian church, and he a deacon. They afterwards removed to Escanaba, where Mrs. Tromble's life was tragically ended by an assassin, who, in the same affray injured Mr. Tromble so that he was ever afterwards insane and was an inmate of an asylum till death came to his relief about three years ago.
Lucy Tromble, whose marriage with John Jones was the first celebrated within the limits of the county, is now residing at Toledo, Ohio.
Ann Tromble is now the wife of Job Tromble, living in the town of Portsmouth.
Louis L. Tromble has always resided within the limits of the county since he came to it when a boy ten years old. His residence is now in Bay City.
Elizabeth Tromble, the youngest of the above mentioned family is the wife of P. J. Perrott, Esq., who is known to all residents of the city.
Joseph Tromble, a nephew of Leon and Benoit Tromble, purchased from the government the tract of land upon which Daglish's division of Portsmouth was afterwards located, and in company with his brother, Medor, in 1835 erected a trading house on it where they engaged in the Indian trade, and in 1837 built what is now known as the "Center House", which is the oldest house in the county. After selling his property in Portsmouth he removed to the west side of the river where he founded the village of Bangor and was prominent in the business interests of that locality till he passed away about three years ago. His wife took leave of earth about two years before him. Medor Tromble is still living in the south part of Bay City where he has been known and highly respected for more than fifty years. His wife, who was Miss Sarah McCormick, passed from earth about two months ago.
Leon Tromble, a brother of the two last named, married the daughter of Captain Joseph F. Marsac and lived in the southern limits of Bay City till about ten years ago when he passed away.
Sylvester Tromble, another of the above named, died about the year 1864, while engaged in the war of the rebellion.
Trombley in Bay County Homesteads - Michigan Census (June 1, 1870) (Link is provided to photo of actual page which is in pdf format.)
Adeline (Tromble) Beebe Daughter of Joseph & Sarah
Job Trombley Married Anne Trombley, daughter of Leon & Catherine Trombley.
Leon Trombley - Daughter
Bay City Tribune June 13, 1909
First Resident is Coming. -----
Mrs. P.J. Perrott, First White Child Born Here, Will Be Here "Home-Coming."
Many Other Old Residents of City Whose Names Are Just Coming Into Public View.
The first white child born in this section will be a guest of Bay City during the home-coming week, July 4-10. To Mrs. P.J. Perrott, widow of the late P.J. Perrott belongs the distinction, and from her home in Detroit comes word that she will visit Bay City during the old home period. Mrs. Perrott will be accompanied by her daughter Miss. Abbie Perrott, and from Grand Rapids will come Mrs. L. Daniels, widow of the former Bay county clerk, who in a letter written to Mrs. F.L. Wands tells of the coming of her mother.
Mrs. Perrott was the youngest daughter of the late Leon Trombley, the first resident of Lower Saginaw, now Bay City. Mrs. Perrott's early life was spent in the wilderness that has since blossomed and brought forth Bay City, and she can tell many interesting reminiscences of olden times.
Other old residents of Bay City who will be at the home-coming are:
Peter Van Haren, 1301 Second street, born in Holland in 1851, came to Bay City in 1855.
Mrs Belinda L. Dawson, born in Lyme, Conn., in 1829; came to Bay City in 1852, residence, 612 Sheridan street.
Charles J. Roueche, born in Syracuse, N.Y., February 28, 1842; came to Bay City in 1861.
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