JAMES W. TRUMBULL, farmer, section 6, Bridgeton Township, was born in Wayne Co., Mich., Sept. 3, 1841. His father Squire Trumbull, was a native of Vermont, and a descendant of the Trumbull family, of Colonial fame. The mother, Hannah (Crouse) Trumbull, was born in New York, of English lineage. The families of the parents came to Michigan at an early period.
Mr. Trumbull spent his early life assisting his father on the farm and acquiring his education, until the year following his majority, when he yielded to the influence which filled the entire North and became a defender of the integrity of the Union. He enlisted April 28, 1862, in the 18th United States Infantry, Co. H, under the command of Henry R. Misner. The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland, and during his period of service Mr. Trumbull was in action at Hoover's Gap, Chickamauga, Missionary Ridge, Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, seige of Atlanta, Jonesboro and other battles of minor importance. He escaped without injury except a slight gunshot wound in the wrist, and received honorable discharge April 28, 1865. He returned to his home and resumed farming.
Mr. T. was married Nov. 16, '65, to Ellen L., daughter of Silas and Elvira (Ward) Winchester. Her father's family was known to financial fame through its operations in England, and their descendants settled in Massachusetts. Mrs. T.'s parents settled near Detroit in 1838, where she was born, March 1, 1846. Her mother was a native of Vermont. After his marriage, Mr. Trumbull continued the pursuit of agriculture near the home of his youth two years, going in 1867 to Saginaw, where he interested himself in lumbering. In 1871 he went to Oakland County, and there once more engaged in farming. In the spring of 1874 he came to Bridgeton and located on 79 acres of heavily timbered land. Nearly half of his place has been put under a fine state of improvement through the personal effort of the proprietor. Hattie L., only surviving child of Mr. and Mrs. Trumbull, was born June 28, 1869. Francis A., born April 2, 1867, died Nov. 26, 1880.
Mr. Trumbull is a Democrat in political sentiment, has been Justice of the Peace and is at present School Inspector (1884). He is a member of the Masonic Order and belongs to Zion Lodge, No. 1 at Detroit.