White County, Illinois



From History of White County, Gray Township, chapter, pp.795-797

Geo. A. Tromly, born Dec. 22, 1841, in Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., Ill. is a son of Michael and Jane (Boughton) Tromly, his father a native of New Jersey, and his mother of Vincennes, Ind. Michael Tromly's father was a native of Canada, and settled in Vincennes in 1789. His father and mother were married in 1832 at Burlington, Iowa, where they were living, and moved to Mt. Vernon, Jefferson Co., Ill., in 1835. He was a jeweler by trade, and followed his trade there up to the time of his death, May 26, 1878. He was prominently connected with the business interests of Mt. Vernon, and was a highly esteemed citizen of that place. His mother died in August, 1855. They had a family of six children, four of whom are now living--Michael Tromly, was married three times. He first married a lady by the name of Reseco, of Vincennes, who died in 1829 or '30, by whom he had three children, one now living. His second wife was Jane Boughton, and his third wife was Mrs. Emily A. Wylie, to whom he was married in 1836; now living at Mt. Vernon. They have one child living.

Geo. A. Tromly was reared in Mt. Vernon. When he was quite young he began to learn the jewelry trade, and when he was fifteen years old he began to take care of himself. He made a trip in the fall and winter of 1858 and '59, and the spring of 1860, to Texas and Missouri, clerking in Texas and engaged as a farmhand in Missouri. In August, 1860, he returned to Mt Vernon; after staying there about two months he went to Bond County, Ill., and engaged on a farm, where he remained till May, 1861. He then enlisted in the army, in the 100 days’ service. He enlisted at Greenville, Bond Co., Il1., in Company D, Twenty-second Infantry; was ordered to Belleville, Ill.; stayed there till his time expired and then was mustered into the three years' service. The regiment was ordered to Bird's Point, Mo., off Cairo, Ill.; remained around there for sometime, and while the regiment was encamped there, they went down to Belmont, Mo., and was in the engagement at that place. In this engagement Mr. Tromly received a wound in his left shoulder, by a musket ball, which he carried for three months and one day. He was one of the first volunteers of Southern Illinois who was wounded, and the result of which he was off duty four months. The next actual service he was in was at the siege of Corinth. On the 9th of May, 1862, in front of Farmington, near Corinth, he was struck with a piece of a shell in the same shoulder and was off duty from this wound one month. After the evacuation of Corinth, his company was put out as guard on the line of the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, and occupied this position about one month. From there the regiment marched overland to Nashville, Tenn., and remained there about three months, when they again took a line of march for Murfreesboro, on Stone River, and was in this engagement, which was one of the hardest fights of the war. In this engagement he came very near being killed. A minie-ball passed through the top of his hat, taking the hair along with it, in its course along the top of his head. From this point they went south into Alabama and stopped at Bridgeport, Ala., on the Tennessee River, and went into encampment at this place. They were in several different skirmishes in their line of travels, and the next hard fight they participated in was the battle of Chickamauga. After this battle they went back to Chattanooga; there he was taken sick and was sent to the hospital, at Nashville, where he was confined for seven weeks. He was not with his regiment at the battle of Missionary Ridge, being on detached duty, and joined the regiment again on the march south to the Atlanta campaign. The next fight they got into was the battle of Resaca, where he had a high old time in some of the charges made there. After this battle they continued their march southward, having several lively skirmishes on the way, and finally took a stand at Dallas and New Hope Church, Ga. Here occurred a lively siege, and then continued the march south, one day after the siege, when the next morning they received orders to report at Springfield, Ill., where they were mustered out of the service, July 7, 1864.

He then returned to Mt. Vernon, Ill., and went to clerking for Gray & Bogan, dealers in general merchandise, and stayed with them seven months, and then went to Bridgeport, Laurence Co., Ill, and then went on a farm and stayed two years with an uncle and cousin respectively. He was married in Bridgeport, Nov. 8, 1866, to Samatha A., daughter of Dr, Samuel Hays, of that city. He then moved to Mt. Vernon, and made this his home for about sixteen months; entered into the jewelry business, taking up the profession of his father, which he has been engaged in since. He came to Carmi, White County, in 1871, and continued in business there three years, when, in 1874, he moved to Grayville, where he is now permanently located. He is the only jeweler in the place, and is thoroughly conversant with his trade, and carries a fine stock of jewelry.

As a worthy citizen he is firmly established, and honesty and integrity in his dealings with his fellow man has gained for Mr. Tromly a reputation that is creditable to him and will extend into the future. Mr. and Mrs. Tromly have five children, three sons and two daughters-- Gracie, Charles, Clarence, Glen and Maud.

Submitter's note: George Tromly and his family moved to Fairfield, Wayne Co. in 1886. There is a sixth child not listed in the biography, Dwight Tromly.

From History of White County (IL) Gallatin County – Bear Creek Township (ca 1882-1884), P.  969

Isaac T. Trusty, son of Henry and Elizabeth Trusty, was born in Tennessee, July 31, 1825.  His parents moved to White County, Ill., when he was two years of age.  Isaac T. was reared to the hardships of a pioneer farmer, having but a limited education.  He was married Dec. 23, 1848, to Elizabeth Wilson.  He moved to Gallatin County in 1850 and entered eighty acres of Government land.  he now has a large and valuable farm.  Mr. Trusty has always taken an active part in all public improvements.  He untied with the Methodist church in 1841.  he is a member of the Omaha Lodge, I.O.O.F.  He has been Constable several years.  Mr. and Mrs. Trusty have reared a family of eight children.  The eldest, William C., was a school teacher several years, and is at present one of the proprietors of the flouring mills at Equality, Ill.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

Source:  History of White County, IL, Phillips Township (ca 1882-1884) p 935-936

James M. Thrash, farmer; post office, Phillipstown; son of James and Sarah (Stanley) Thrash.  His mother was a native of White County, Ill, where she died.  James M. was born July 24, 1831; he followed farming and ran a saw-mill until the war, when he enlisted, In 1861, in the Twenty-sixth Illinois Infantry, Company G, Captain Updegraf.  He was wounded in skirmishing before Cornith, Miss., and lost an arm; in 1862 he was discharges at St. Louis.  After returning home he married, Dec. 14, 1862, Pamelia, daughter of Thomas and Maria Jane (Kimball) Black, natives of Illinois.  Mr. Black died in this State.  Pamelia was born Dec. 30, 1841.  By this marriage there are nine children, four living – Thomas, born Aug.   29, 1863; Rosa, born Aug. 14, 1867, Effie, Sept. 15, 1872; Laura, Sept. 15, 1874.  Mrs. Thrash is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.  Mr. Thrash votes the Republican ticket.  Mr. Thrash after his marriage went into the mercantile trade, groceries, etc., which he continued some eighteen years, until he was burned out; he is now farming, owing 140 acres of land on section 31.

Submitted by:  Linda Roberts

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