Biography of Lewis Trombley
Monroe County, MI Biographies

LEWIS TROMBLEY was born at Chazy, Clinton county, N. Y., March 24, 1805; died Feb. 13, 1880, aged nearly 75. He was married in 1831 to Sophia Gregory, of Isle of Mott, Vt. He emigrated to this State in June, 1833, when he settled in this county. near the present village of Petersburgh. He was accompanied by Horace Hill and wife, the latter being a sister to Lewis Trombley. They came on the first steamboat that landed in Toledo, then in the Territory of Michigan. The steamer was named "Walk-in-the-water" There was at that day but 25 or 30 families in what now comprises the township of Summerfield. The country was yet comparatively a wilderness. Wild game was abundant, and Lewis, who was passionately fond of hunting, secured many a trophy in the shape of deer and wild turkeys, and an occasional bear. He located on a small farm, which he worked when not occupied in hunting. He was also for many years in the lumber business. He became familiar with every uninhabited portion of Summerfield at an early day; could guide any one through the woods to any desired spot, and thus became useful on more than one occasion. He was the first butcher in Petersburgh, supplying the village and vicinity for a few years. He also held public offices of trust, among them being township treasurer, in which capacity he served several terms. He was a zealous supporter of the old Whig party, and afterwards became a firm member of the new Republican party until his death. He became the father of ten children, but four, however, attaining the age of manhood, viz.: Jerome, William, Lewis E. and Victoria E., who are now living in and near Petersburgh.

History of Monroe County, Michigan
Talcott E. Wing, Editor
Munsell & Company, Publishers
New York 1890.

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