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Sarah (Chapoton) Trombley (1812-1879)
Biographical sketch.

Pioneer Society of Michigan (Vol.3, 1881)
Bay County Memorial Report - February 5, 1880


by Judge Albert Miller of Bay City

The following are the names of Pioneers who have died in Bay County within the past year:

At West Bay City, December 10, 1879, Mrs. Trombley, wife of Joseph Trombley, one of the earliest settlers of Bay County. Mrs. Trombleyís maiden name was Sophia Chapoton; she was born in 1812 in Detroit, where she resided till her marriage in 1836, when she removed to Portsmouth, (now a part of Bay City) and commenced her pioneer life in a log trading house which her husband has previously built to accommodate his business as an Indian trader. Mrs. Trombley was truly a "help-mate" for her husband; she was possessed of all the qualifications necessary to assist him in his pioneer struggles, and to adorn and make pleasant his home after success had crowned his early efforts. Although Mrs. Trombleyís first residence in this county was in a log house, her spirit took its flight from a brick mansion at West Bay City, where she had resided with her family for many years previous. She leaves a husband, four sons, one daughter, and a large circle of relatives and friends to mourn her loss.

Related Notes & Pages
Sarah and Joseph Trombley (aka: Tromble') are among the first pioneer residents of Lower Saginaw (now Bay City). Jospeph and his brother built a log-cabin settlement. He then, built the a "first framed" house here in 1837-38, which is still standing and located in Veterans Memorial Park. Sophia and Joseph also founded the village of Banks which later merged with West Bay City, and later yet, Bay City.
Related Pages
Trombley, Adeliine(dau.)
Trombley, David (son)
Trombley, James M.(son)
Trombley, Joseph (spouse)
Trombley, Jospeh M. (son)
Trombley, Theodore (son)
Trombley Genealogy
Maps Library/
{Trombley Plat Maps}
People Referenced
Chapoton, Sophia
Trombley, Joseph
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Detroit, MI
Indian trader
Portsmouth (village), MI
West Bay City
1870 Michigan Census
TROMBLEY: Bangor, Bay Co.:
Joseph: 57,m,fisherman,Canada
Sophia: 50,f,keep'g hse.,Canada
Theodore: 23,m,?,MI
David: 20,m,grocer,MI
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