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In 1850, the vast majority (but probably not all) white Troutmans in Kentucky were the descendants of Johann Leonhart Trautmann, aka Leonard Troutman (c1710) through his sons John Michael Troutman (1738) (usually just referred to as Michael) and George Peter Troutman (1741) (usually just referred to as Peter). A deed from 1761 in Frederick Co, MD (Book G, pages 226-229) proves that Michael was the son of Leonard. Various other records strongly imply that George Peter was also the son of Leonard and the brother of Michael. In the year 1776, both Michael and Peter had baby boys whom they named Leonard, a highly unlikely coincidence unless Leonard was the father of both of them.
Probably the best known and most influential work on this family is an essay by Evelyn Crady Adams entitled The Troutman Families of Kentucky, which appeared in The Filson Club History Quarterly (Vol 24, No 3, Louisville, KY, July 1950). This essay is "required reading" if you are interested in this family. It has a few mistakes, but is overall very well-written and enjoyable to read. I refer to this essay several times as FCQ.
There are two modern researchers I know of who have done a lot of great work on this family, Maria Troutman (her page) and Bob Alvey (his page).
I found some information on this line in The Heritage of Union County, South Carolina. Article 610 is entitled The Michael Troutman Family, contributed by Mannie Lee Edwards Mabry. The first part of the article is simply a rehash of parts of FCQ. The last few pargraphs are very interesting:
Michael Troutman, Jr. married Mary ? and it is believed that they had at least six children: Anna, believed to have married a Young, living in Georgia in 1814; a daughter Rebecca ? married Henry A. Puckett; Catherine (Caty), born 1792, married William Humphries (See The Charles Humphries Family), died May 5, 1856 in Union County, SC; John, born 1804, died 1828, buried at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church, Union County, SC, not married; Peter Lee, born February 27, 1807 in Laurens County, SC, married Elizabeth Shawler February 18, 1835 in Bullitt County, Kentucky, died March 10, 1861 in Bullitt County, Kentucky; Caroline born 1808, died March 18, 1858 in Laurens County, SC, buried at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church, Union County, SC, not married.
In 1805, Michael purchased land in Union County, South Carolina, on Padgett's Creek, a branch of the Tyger River, where he operated a tannery. The census of 1820 and 1830 show Michael living in Union County, SC. In 1840 he moved to Laurens County, SC. In 1837, Michael's wife Mary, born 1777, had died and was buried at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church.
Upon his death January 10, 1855, Michael Troutman was buried beside his wife Mary and his son John in the Padgett's Creek Baptist Church cemetery. Daughter Caroline followed in 1858. Markers at their graves stand today, purchase of which was provided for in the will of Caroline, probated in Laurens County, South Carolina.
Cathrine (Caty) Troutman, daughter of Michael and Mary Troutman, was born in 1792 in Kentucky. About 1800, she migrated with her parents to South Carolina. She married William Humphries, son of Charles and Elizabeth Humphries. Caty died May 5, 1856, aged 64 years, and was buried in the Polly Young Cemetery, Union County, South Carolina. (See The Charles Humphries Family)
Michael Troutman was in the 1800 tax list of Jefferson Co, KY. He was in the 1810, 1820, and 1830 Censuses of Union Co, SC. He was in the 1840 Census of Laurens Co, SC. In the 1850 Census of Laurens Co, SC, he is listed as Michael Troutman (79, SC) with his daughter Caroline (42, SC). Note that his birthplace is incorrect; he was born in MD. See Trautmann/Troutman Early Records in America for census details.
No luck in finding Michael's daughters Anna (Troutman) Young or Rebecca (Troutman) Puckett. In the 1850 Census, Michael's son Peter Lee Troutman was in Bullitt Co, KY. Michael's daughter Catherine (Troutman) Humphries was in the 1850 Census of Union Co, SC (ntl, roll 859, p.33): William Humphries, 65, SC; Katharine Humphries, 56, KY; 4 children born in SC.
Note: According to trees published by Maria Troutman and Bob Alvey, Michael's daughter, Anna Troutman,
married John R. Shoemaker and had several children with him. I found this Anna in the 1850, 1860, and 1880
FC 1850 IN Clinton, Jackson Twp, p.448 (census taken 7 Nov 1850) - Leonard Shoemaker, 21, IN; Mariah Shoemaker, 18, IN; James Shoemaker, 19, IN; Newton Shoemaker, 17, IN; Anna Smith, 56, KY; Amelia A Chenoweth, 6, IN.
FC 1860 MO Linn, T60 R20, p.728 - Leonard Shoemaker, 30, IN; Mariah, 28, IL; Ann Shoemaker, 2, MO; Virginia Shoemaker, 3m, MO; Anna Shoemaker, 67, KY
FC 1860 MO Linn, T59 R20, p.722, p.722 - Newton Shoemaker, 29, IN; Rebecca L Shoemaker, 27, IN; Ida Ann Shoemaker, 1, MO
FC 1880, MN, Lincoln, Blue Earth, p.420 - C Leonard Shoemaker, Head, 50, IN KY KY; L Maria Shoemaker, Wife, 48, IL -- SC; Anna Shoemaker, Mother (divorced), 87, KY VA VA; Virginia B Shoemaker, Dau, 20, MO IN IL; William N Shoemaker, Son, 18, IN, IN, IL; Vilinda J Shoemaker, Dau, 16, IN IN IL; Inda M Shoemaker, Dau, 15, IN IN IL; Austin C Shoemaker, Son, 12, IN IN IL; Benjamin F Shoemaker, Son, 9, MN IN IL
There is a marriage record in Clinton Co, IN for Mrs. Anna Shoemaker to George Smith on 3 Oct 1850. She was listed with son Leonard as Anna Smith on 7 Nov 1850. She apparently divorced Mr. Smith and reverted to the Shoemaker name.
I also found these earlier census listings for John R Shoemaker, though I did not look at the actual census records:
FC 1840 IN, Clinton, ntl, p.362 - John R Shoemaker
FC 1830 IN, Bartholomew, ntl, p.206 - John R Shoemaker
FC 1820 IN, Jackson, ntl, p.268 - John Shoemaker
In 1840 and 1830, he was the only John R Shoemaker in Indiana. In 1820, he is probably the John Shoemaker listed in Jackson County which is today adjacent to Bartholomew County (which was formed in 1821). John R. Shoemaker and Anna had a daughter named Mahala. Since they were living in Bartholomew Co, IN in 1830, and Greenup Troutman (1811), son of Peter Troutman (1769), married a Mahala Shoemaker in Bartholomew Co, IN on 15 Feb 1832, the Mahala Shoemaker who Greenup married was likely the daughter of John R and Anna Shoemaker. There is a marriage record in Bartholomew Co, IN for Leonard C Shoemaker to Maria L Hook on 27 May 1850, so Leonard apparently traveled back to Bartholomew Co from Clinton Co to marry.
Adam Troutman (1771) was the second oldest known son of Peter Troutman (1741) and his wife, Anna Maria Miller. Adam's birth year of 1771 is estimated from his tombstone, which reads he was 79 years old when he died 28 Oct 1850. See Pisgah Church Cemetery, Graham Twp, Jefferson Co, IN.
Adam was likely one of the two males over 16 in the household of Peter Troutman in the 1790 Census (Frederick Co, MD), the other being Peter himself. Adam was in the 1800 tax list of Fayette Co, KY. In the 1810 Census of Fayette Co, KY, Adam was enumerated twice (numbers are identical), but the enumerator apparently caught his mistake and crossed out all the numbers for one listing, and changed them to zeroes. In 1816, Adam was listed in a tax list for Jefferson Co, IN. In the 1820, 1830, and 1840 Censuses, Adam was listed in Jefferson Co, IN. He should have been listed in the 1850 Census of Jefferson Co, IN, since he died after the official starting date of the Census, but he was missed. See Trautmann/Troutman Early Records in America for census details.
Here is a county map of Indiana. Jefferson County is southeast Indiana.
Here is a township map of Jefferson Co, IN. Graham Township is in the western part of the county.
According to FCQ, Adam married Eve (maiden name unknown). Various sources on the web give Eve's maiden name as Miller, although I have not found any documentation. If her name was Miller, she may have been Adam's cousin of some sort, since Adam's mother was Anna Maria (Miller) Troutman. Adam probably married Eve in the mid to late 1790s in Fayette Co, KY. Eve's tombstone in Pigsah Cemetery says she died 11 Oct 1841 at the age of 67, so she was born about 1774. Her birth date is given as 18 Jan 1774 at Robert C. Haefner' site.
Bill Troutman, a descendant of Adam, sent me this list from Jefferson Co, IN records, dated May 27, 1851, of persons who recieved portions of Adam's estate:
From this list and other records, we can deduce that the children of Adam Troutman were Margaret, Catherine, William, Sarah (Sally), Mary (Polly), and Frances (Fanny).
The following are the marriage records of his children, all in Jefferson Co, IN, arranged chronologically:
|STEWART DAVID||TROUTMAN CATHERINE||24 Dec 1818|
|HUTSELL STEPHEN||TROUTMAN MARY||16 Apr 1828|
|TROUTMAN WILLIAM||HOWELL ELIZABETH||10 Nov 1829|
|TROUTMAN JOHN S||TROUTMAN MARGARET||22 Feb 1831|
|HORD WILLIAM||TROUTMAN SARAH||17 Mar 1835|
|TROUTMAN WILLIAM||HOARD CATHARINE||16 Apr 1835|
|COOPERIDER GEORGE||TROUTMAN FANNY||1 Sep 1835|
|EVANS SIMPSON||HUTSELL POLLY||18 Feb 1836|
|TROUTMAN WILLIAM||NEAVES MARTHA||29 Mar 1842|
|WILSON MOSES||TROUTMAN NANCY||29 Oct 1846|
Note: There was only one other Troutman marriage recorded in Jefferson Co, IN before 1851, that of Peter Troutman to Margaret Logan on 29 Mar 1827. This was Peter Troutman (1769), son of Michael (1738), and thus first cousin of Adam (1771). Peter (1769) is in line KY.01.ab.
At least 3 of Adam's children and their spouses are buried at Pigsah Cemetery:
Hord, Sarah, w/o Wm. Hord, d. 18 Oct 1856, age 49 years Hord, William, d. 12 Aug 1877, age 62 years Hutsell, Mary, w/o S. Hutsell, 12 Oct 1808 - 23 Feb 1853 Hutsell, Stephen, h/o Mary, 28 May 1803 - 08 Jan 1832 Stewart, David, d. 06 Dec 1857, age 58y 6m 9d Stewart, Catherine, d. 12 Sep 1845, age 42y 10m Evans, Simpson, 15 Jan 1816 - 04 Apr 1891
More detail on Adam's children:
Bill Troutman has a record of a deed from Adam Troutman 'to his son, William'. So, William was definitely the son of Adam. Of the other persons listed in the settlement of Adam's estate, all the females apparently had Troutman as a maiden name, and were thus almost certainly Adam's daugters. For those who's husbands were living when the estate was settled 1851, they are listed along with their husband as was customary. Margaret and Frances were widows, and thus were listed without husbands. Catherine died before her father, so her share went to her heirs.
The one confusing heir was Margaret Troutman because she had married her cousin, John Segeser Troutman. He died in 1850 before Adam's estate was settled. In the section on Leonard Troutman (1776), I will show that John Segeser Troutman was Leonard's son, and thus was Adam's nephew and Margaret's first cousin. There are two other remote possibilities - (1) that John Segeser Troutman was Adam's son, or (2) that neither John Segeser nor Margaret was Adam's child. The second possibilty is extremely unlikely - otherwise, why would Margaret be listed in Adam's settlement? The first possibilty is also unlikey, because, if John Segeser Troutman had been Adam's son, the settlement would have listed "the heirs of John Troutman" instead of listing Margaret Troutman.
Leonard Troutman (1776) was the third oldest known son of Peter Troutman (1741) and his wife, Anna Maria Miller. He was born 9 Mar 1776 and christened at the Evangelical Lutheran Church at Frederick, Frederick Co, MD. He is sometimes confused with his cousin of the same name who was born 12 Nov 1776 in Frederick Co, MD.
Leonard Troutman was probably one of the two males under 16 in the household of Peter Troutman in the 1790 Census of Frederick Co, MD. Leonard moved to Kentucky with his parents in Autumn 1791. Leonard was in the 1800 tax list of Bourbon Co, KY. In the 1810 Census, he was in Bourbon Co, KY. In the 1820 Census, he was in Clark Co, IN. In the 1830, 1840, and 1850 Censuses, he was in Oldham Co, KY. It is currently unknown when Leonard (1776) died, but he probably died before 1860, since I cannot find him in the 1860 Census. See Trautmann/Troutman Early Records in America for census details.
According to FCQ, Leonard married a woman named Mary Ann Sagaser-Leenup. This is incorrect. Leonard was married twice: (1) to Mary Ann (or Anna Maria) Sageser about 1796 probably in Fayette Co, KY; and (2) to Mary Seenup on 30 Apr 1811 in Fayette Co, KY. FCQ confuses the two Marys that Leonard married. Also, is says "Leenup" instead of "Seenup", a fairly common mistake because L and S are often written similarly.
Leonard's second marriage is documented in Fayette Co, KY marriage records: Leonard Troutman to Polly Scenup (or Seenup) on 30 Apr 1811, Mathias Seenup bondsman, "Personal and by father". Not sure what the last part means, but I think it means consent was given by the bride and her father. The Mathias Seenup may have been her father or brother. Polly is simply an old nickname for Mary. In the 1850 Census of Oldham Co, KY, Leonard was listed as 70, born in KY; and Mary was listed as 58, born in KY. Leonard was actually 74, born in MD. If Mary's age is correct, she was born about 1791, and was about 20 when she married Leonard.
Leonard's first marriage, to Mary Ann Sageser, is not in any county marriage record I could find in Kentucky. They likely married in Fayette Co, KY about 1796, and the Fayette Co marriage records that survive today do not seem to start until 1803. This marriage is implied in the estate records of Jacob Sagaser of Fayette Co, KY, whose will was probated in 1821. See Sageser GenForum message 7. Anna Maria Sageser was born to Jacob Sagaser and Anna Maria Wilheid on 10 Sep 1771 in Frederick Co, MD. "Anna Maria" is German, and is typically rendered as "Mary Ann" in English. The Sageser family followed the Troutmans to Fayette Co, KY about 1796. Jacob Sageser's 1821 will names his deceased daughter, Mary Ann Troutman. Mary Ann apparently died before April 1811, when Leonard Troutman married his second wife. According to the GenForum message, the will lists the children of Leonard and Mary Ann Sageser Troutman as "Polly Henning, Berbery Pierce, John Troutman, George Troutman, Fanny Troutman, and Elizabeth Troutman".
The GenForum mesage goes on to say that Polly and Barbary both married with the Sagaser surname. I have not actually seen the will, but I wonder if it says the children belong to Leonard and Mary Ann Troutman, or just to Jacob's deceased daughter, Mary Ann Troutman. The distinction is important, because there is evidence that Mary Ann Sageser had her first two children, probably out of wedlock, before she married Leonard. I found all six of Mary Ann's children in the 1850 Census, and most of them in the 1860 Census. Mary Ann Sageser's first two children were Mary A(nn?) "Polly" Sageser Hanning, born about 1790/1791 in MD; and Barabara "Barbary" Sagaser Pierce, born about 1794/1795 in MD. Mary A Sageser Hanning was born when Leonard Troutman was only about 15 years old, and Barabara Sagaser Pierce was born when he was about 19. Definitely, Mary A Sageser Hanning was too old to have been Leonard's daughter. Secondly, both girls were born in Maryland at a time when Leonard is believed to have been in Kentucky. Lastly, both girls married under the Sagaser surname, most likely because their surname actually was Sagaser, because they were born out of wedlock to Mary Ann Sagaser before she married Leonard Troutman.
Mary Ann Sagaser and Leonard Troutman probably married about 1796, soon after the Sagasers arrived in Kentucky. Their first child together, John Segeser Troutman, was born 31 Mar 1798. Note his middle name "Segeser", a spelling variation of Sagaser. His middle name came from his mother's maiden name.
More details on Mary Ann Sagaser's children before she married Leonard Troutman:
In the 1820 Census, Leonard Troutman (1776) was living in Clark Co, IN. Leonard's brother Adam Troutman (1771) settled in Graham Twp of Jefferson Co, IN. Although the 1820 Census of Clark Co, IN does not list townships, I believe Leonard was living in Washington Twp of Clark County, because his daughter Elizabeth was there in 1850. Graham Twp of Jefferson Co, IN and Washington Twp of Clark Co, IN are only about ten miles apart, so Adam and Leonard settled very close to each other, and it appears they stayed in contact with one another.
Here is a county map of Indiana. Jefferson County and Clark County are ajacent in southeast Indiana.
Here is a township map of Jefferson Co, IN. Graham Township is in the western part of the county. Here is a township map of Clark Co, IN. Washington Twp is in the northeast part of the county.
There are only two known marriage records of Troutmans in Clark Co, IN before 1850, those of Leonard Troutman's daughters, Elizabeth and Frances.
More details on the children of Leonard Troutman and Mary Ann Sagaser:
By 1830, Leonard Troutman (1776) have moved across the Ohio River to Oldham Co, KY. Leonard was there for the 1830, 1840, and 1850 censuses, and probably died there before 1860. The censuses seem to indicate that Leonard and his second wife, Mary Seenup, had about 7 or 8 children, about 4 sons and 4 daughters. Not much is known about these children. It is unknown how many lived to adulthood. It would be interesting to check probate records of Oldham Co, KY for anything on Leonard. Also, check to see if there are any Troutman marriages before 1850 in Oldham County. The Jacob Troutman (c1815) living near Leonard in the 1840 and 1850 Censuses was almost certainly a son. The Mary A. Troutman (c1826) and Eliza A. Troutman (c1835) living with Leonard Troutman in the 1850 Census were probably his daughters. It is unknown how Ann E Troutman (c1845), who was also living with Leonard in 1850, was related to him, since Leonard's wife Mary (c1791) was probably too old to have been Ann's mother. A Michael Troutman (1818) married Eugenia Davis in 1842 in Trimble Co, KY, which is adjacent to Oldham Co, KY and across the Ohio River from Clark Co, IN. There is a strong possiblity that this Michael was Leonard's son.
More details on the children of Leonard Troutman and Mary Seenup:
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