Wednesday, November 25, 2015

William H Trindle - Sheriff of Wayne County Indiana

Not everything is a puzzle.  The 1880 census lists William as the sheriff of Wayne county.  The following news-clippings add a bit more.
Hagerstown Exponent (Hagerstown IN) 12 Feb 1880 Thu p3

Hagerstown Exponent (Hagerstown IN)   4 Mar 1880 p 2

21 Hagerstown Exponent (Hagerstown IN)   11 Mar 1880 p3

21 Hagerstown Exponent (Hagerstown IN)     18 Mar 1880 p4 

Hagerstown Exponent (Hagerstown IN)       8 Apr 1880 Th p2

So.. a question.  It appears that William lost the election for sheriff, yet when the census was taken on 15 June he is listed as Sheriff and the prisoner's are listed with him.  Was the newspaper wrong?  Or was this only a partial report for the town of Hagerstown rather than for the whole county? Did the change of office take place after June 15?  

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Sorting out Trindles

Over the years many Trindle researchers have contributed to the files I've collected.  Among the records that were confused were the children of John M and Mary Raymond Trindle and those of his brother Samuel Swan and Ann Coen Trindle.

The newspapers of 1873 help to sort them out.

Indianapolis News 30 Sep 1873 p1

Indianapolis News 3 Nov 1873

Indianapolis News 6  Nov 1873

I have just sent a request that these two children be unlinked from John M and relinked to Samuel Swan on FindAGrave.....

John also lost two children in their youth. Eleanora (Lonnie) died in April 1880 at the age of 14 and Frances Arbena died a month earlier at the age of 7.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Dr. Trindle - Pittsburgh 1860

Pittsburgh Daily Post 11 Sep 1860 p 1
I don't find any Trindles in Pittsburgh in the 1860 census, nor am I aware of any physicians at this time in Pennsylvania.  Who is Dr. Trindle?

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Mary Trindle - Cincinnati, Ohio 1859

Cincinnati Daily Press 7 Nov 1859 Mon p 4

Who is Mary?  We find Frederick Trindle (bn. in Germany 1811) living in Cincinnati by 1856 when his daughter Rosa was born.  His wife is Margaret.  There is no daughter Mary in the 1850 or 1870 census.  The 1860 census has not been located.

Cincinnati Enquirer 9 Feb 1865 p3

No other Trindle family is  found in Cincinnati at that time. Who is Mary?

Monday, October 26, 2015

Joseph Trindle in Wilmington, Ohio

The following newspaper articles do not link to any known family. All the articles take place within a three month period.  With no 1890 census the hope of finding them in census records is diminished.

Wilmington Journal 2 Nov 1887

Wilmington Journal 28 Dec 1887

Wilmington Journal 8 Jan 1888

Wilmington Journal 25 Jan 1888

Joseph Goodhue Trindle was born in 1864 in Ohio, but he is listed as single in records in 1900 and later. I didn't find any other likely candidates for either Joseph or Maude and no Gardner's that connect to the family in that time and place.

Who are they?

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cowardly Blow - Sam Trindle

The Indianapolis News - Tue 22 Dec 1896
 The news was carried to the Cincinnati Enquirer the next day where they called it a "Cowardly Blow"

Cincinnati Enquirer 23 Dec 1896

Samuel Trindle was most likely the son of John K Trindle.  He was born in 1870 in Ripley County, Indiana and died in Fort Wayne, IN in 1945.  Samuel married twice and had eleven children.

Does anyone have another suggestion for his ancestry?

Monday, October 12, 2015

A couple more Kansas city mysteries

The Kansas City Gazette (Kansas City, MO) 18 Mar  1892
Who is C.P. Trindle,  One possibility is Charles (F?) the son of Frederick Jacob Trindle was living in Cincinnati in 1891. I have not found any records after that date.

Kansas City Journal 7 Dec 1899
Who is S. Trindle?  Charles above had a brother Samuel, but he died back in Cincinnati in 1902.

Ideas, anyone??

Monday, October 5, 2015

Richard Trindall (Trinder / Trindle)

Elizabeth was not the only "Trindle" who was transported to Australia.   On 25 Aug 1815 Richard Trindall (this is the spelling that descendants use) was transported having been convicted at Oxford, Banbury Session of Peace on 23 April 1814.  Richard, a rope and twine maker, was 21 years old.  He arrived on the Fanny in January of 1816. 

State Records of New South Wales - Colonial Secretaries Index 1788-1825
OldMill65 shared the information on Ancestry that Richard Trinder was pardoned in 1823.

Richard Trindall (Trinder/Trindle) born about 1794 in Eynsham, Oxfordshire, England was the son of Richard and Sarah.  He supposedly married Mary Ann Adams (1809–1906) about 1828, however on source claims a wife Charlotte.  They lived in Maitland City, New South Wales, Australia and had at least ten children.  Different resources give different names and dates, so make sure you have documentation to prove any links to this family.

More on this family can be found at:

  • Australian Royal - You will find some interesting court documentation here.
  • FindAGrave - Richard Trindall  Many family members are also buried in Campbell Hills Cemetery. 
  • has a number of trees as well as some records.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Weekly Puzzle - Gordon Trindle

Three records for Gordon Trindle have popped up in my research.  The oldest is for Gordon W Trindle.  In 1858 he was a witness in court and the defense tried to prove that he was insane. Sane or not, who is he?

4 Brooklyn Daily Eagle 2 Dec 1858
The next record is nearly 80 years later for Gordon Trindle a member of the crew of the Shellco, arriving in the port of Seattle, WA in 1933 from Victoria.  He was born about 1909 and is listed as English.

Who is he?

Last we find Gordon C Trindle mustering out of the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, NC in Jul 1947

This might possibly be the same Gordon as the one listed above.  There is no age listed in this record and the Gordon in the first record would be about 38 well within the parameters of those who fought in WWII.  However, I found no other again who is Gordon Trindle?

Monday, September 21, 2015

Weekly Puzzle - Timothy Trindle

The Weekly Wisconsin - 1 Jan 1887
Who is Timothy?  He does not show up in any record I have found to date with any spelling of Trindle.  He is not listed in the First Battalion in the National Parks database, did he change his name?  The only Timothy listed is

Pradle , Timothy H.

1st Battalion, Dakota Cavalry  



 I did not find any records for Timothy Pradle, either.  
Clues are welcome.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Weekly Puzzle Jesse Trindle - Wiper

Jesse Trindle, coal heaver / wiper (coal passer), was admitted to the hospital in the fall of 1900 and again in late winter 1901.  Who is he?  It seems likely that he is Jesse the son of John K and Lydia Hancock, born in Greensburg, Indiana in 1875 and married in 1901 in New Franklin, Howard, Missouri to Minnie Waterfield.  Most probably he was working on a vessel that plied the Missouri River, which was about five miles from New Franklin.  Franklin Junction does not appear on today's maps, was where the road to New Franklin hits the river?

The Sedalia Democrat 22 Oct 1900

The Sedalia Democrat 12 Feb 1901
If this is the correct Jesse, and no other known Jesse would fit the time period, then he is listed as a servant in the 1900 census, living in Franklin.  In 1910 he is a widower, living in Jefferson City.  He was remarried there to Dollie Gouge in 1911. Jesse worked as a prison guard in Jefferson City where he died in 1942.

He had three children with Minnie: Opal, Jesse Thomas and John Fleming and five children with Dollie: Ruth, Raymond, Leroy, Lodell and Bernice.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Weekly Puzzle - Arthur Trindle - revisted

Sometimes looking long enough proves a connection.  The post (Charles Arthur Trendell) - Sep 23, 2013  discussed the possibility that Arthur was the son of George Trindle born in NY and died in MS. I made what seemed a good case for that supposition.  Last night I found the article that puts the "icing on the cake."  According to the Fort Scott Daily Monitor of 30 Jun 1889, Arthur's father had deserted the family and Arthur made daily trips to the water works where his father had worked trying to find some clue to his current location.

One conflict here might be that we know George the father of Arthur Trindle was a RR engineer not a stationary engineer, but further findings clarify this and continue to prove the connection.

The Wichita Beacon Sat 13 Sep 1884

The first proves the stationary engineer in Kansas City was named George.

Second are directory listings for Lydia Trindle in Kansas City in 1888-1891.  In 1888 and 1890 Lydia is listed as the "widow" of George.   This is not unusual, many abandoned and divorced women were listed as widows.

The 1888 listing showing George is already gone would work with the Nov 1887 marriage of George to Emma.


Of interest in 1890 is the listing in the same household of Frank a fireman.  Frank the son of Lydia and George would have been only 13 or 14 at the time, but was the only male left in the household and would have been needed to help support the family.  An index for Kansas City in 1891 on lists Lydia but not Frank.  It is supposed this is the same Lydia, but is not proven.

Lydia Trindle
Location 2:r 1124 Grand avenue
Business Name:Crescent Laundry

Further corroboration that this is the correct family comes with a mention in the Wichita Eagle of 5 June 1884 that Gracie Trindle contributed one basket of flowers to decoration day celebration.  We have now found all family members in Kansas City except Estella.

Looking further for Grace we find that she married Martin Corbett on 23 Feb 1895.   

We are left with the following questions. What happened to Lydia?  Did she die before 1910 as she is not in MO death records as Lydia Trindle -any spelling.  Did she remarry?  Did she move?  Was there ever a divorce?  

What happened to Frank?  I have not found him in any subsequent records including 1900 census and beyond.  

Is George in fact the same George as the one who died in Mississippi.  This I believe to be true.  There are too many coincidences to believe there is another George Trindle who was a Railroad conductor and we have proven that George the Railroad conductor of Wisconsin and Minnesota is in fact George the stationary engineer of Kansas City by finding his abandoned wife and three of four children in Kansas City.   I'm still looking for current family members that might be able to clear up some of the mystery.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Weekly Puzzle - Thomas the Owler, miscreant?

Thomas Trindle owler  -  Stamford Mercury 11 apr 1717
Justice was a little more difficult in England in the 18th century.  Even though Thomas was acquitted he was not freed as the "government" appealed.  I didn't find anything more in the papers.  Did he in fact get found guilty after appeal?  Did he die in prison? Who is he? Next step would be to delve into court records.

A century later. Elizabeth Trindle was committed to the Castle in August of 1822 charged with uttering forged notes along with her companions Ann Rummer, James Drury and Peter Cannell, she was tried, found guilty and sentenced to death in March of 1823.

Norfolk Chronicle - 17 aug 1822 p 2 Postscripts
Norfolk Chronicle - 26 Mar 1823 p 4

Elizabeth was one of the lucky ones.   On 3 Jun 1823 she sailed on the Mary one of 27 convicts in a group of 127 female convicts who was transported for life.  The Mary arrived in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land on 5 Oct 1823. (2) Anne Rummer was among those on the vessel. It appears James Drury was also transported.


But....who is Elizabeth.  Is Trindle her maiden name or a married name.  I have not been able to find any verifiable records for her in England or Australia. (Searches were made allowing for all spelling variations.) There is an Elizabeth Trindell who died in Tasmania in 1825 and an Elizabeth Trinder (father Scott Williams) who died in Victoria in 1873.  Elizabeth Trindle m. Alexander McLean in 1857 in NSW. There are possible records in England, but not in Norfolk.  Without further information it is impossible to connect her to any family.

(1) England & Wales, Crime, Prisons & Punishment, 1770-1935 Transcription HO 13 Correspondence and Warrants piece 40  pg 123-127 
(2)  The National Archives (TNA) : HO 11/5, p.66 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monthly Puzzle - Canada 1901

Found in the Census in Canada in 1901
pg 1 Ontario, District 125 Wellington North Sub-district 2
Polling subdivision 2 Amaranth Twp.

Family 6 Dwelling 6
Albert Trindle M - M - head - 24 Aug 1876 ONT - Irish background - Presbyterian - farmer
J. Lucinda Trindle F - M - wife 24 Jul 1880 ONT - Irish - Methodist
Emily Trindle - F - W- mother - 29 Aug 1849 - England - imm. 1853 - English - Presbyterian
Trindle (no given name) F - S - sister - 28 Aug 1882 - Irish - Presbyterian
Pearl Trindle - F - S - Uncle (assume this should be niece)  - 13 Dec 1897 ONT

Family 7 Dwelling 7
H Walter Trinble M M - head - 13 Aug 1862 ONT - Irish - Methodist - farmer
A Susan Trinble F M - wife - 1 Jun 1868 ONT - Irish - Methodist
W Herbert Trinble M S - son - 27 Nov 1888 ONT - Irish - Methodist

Family 8 Dwelling 8
Robert Trimble M M - head - 1 Aug 1828 ONT - Irish - Presbyterian farmer
Liza Trimble F M - wife - 3 Sept 1853 ONT - Irish - Presbyterian
Matilda Trimble F S - daughter - 4 Sept 1871 ONT - Irish - Presbyterian

Are they really Trindles?  Perhaps not.  They are listed together leading one to think they are related, the rest of the listings are not in any kind of alphabetical order which is sometimes the case.

In either case they are not found in the 1911 or 1891 census with a spelling similar to Trindle.  Clues are welcome.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Did this work out?

  Friday, January 16, 1903  

Kalamazoo Gazette (Michigan) 


Josephine (St. John) was the wife of Alexander Trindle, the son of Alexander and Delitha Austell, grandson of Alexander and Sarah Crockett.

It is interesting that this plan was concocted in the beginning of 1903, Alexander was still alive, he died in October of that year in Boise, Idaho.  

Did the plan fail and they moved on to Boise?  Did he go on his own?

Josephine was probably in Malibu, California by 1910.  There is a Mrs. Trindell that would fit and I haven't found her elsewhere.  She did die in Los Angeles County CA in 1935.

I would love to know if the plan worked.  

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Gregory Carl Trindle

27 Nov 1949 - 12 Apr 2015

12 Mar 2015
A native of Sacramento, Greg was a graduate of El Camino High School, American River College, and Sacramento State University.  He moved to Redwood City in 1972 when he was hired by the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office.  Over his thirty-six year career he worked in every corner of the county, spent nearly twenty years with the SWAT team and rose through the ranks to Asst. Sheriff.

Upon retiring in 2008, he enjoyed his new found leisure by traveling, fly fishing, hiking and playing with his five beautiful grandchildren Madison, Carissa and Daniston Carbullido and Alexis and Nicholas Mersch.

His two-month battle with pancreatic cancer was extremely short-lived but filled with stories, love and friendship, and vists and calls from family and friends both, old and new.  It was a time to treasure, and he made the best of it, as he always did.

Besides his grandchildren, Greg is survived by his wife of 44 years, Cath, and his two daughters, Jessica (Scott) Carbullido of Portland, OR and Andi (Eric) Mersh of San Francisco.

In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the San Mateo County Parks Foundation or California State Parks Foundation.

Chess board, pieces and checkers all created by Greg........

Monday, April 6, 2015

Monthly Puzzle - Albert Trindel

Found in the Duluth News-Tribune on Tuesday, 13 September 1910 ( (Duluth, MN vol 41 issue 132 p 5).  I haven't found an Albert anywhere near Minnesota in that time frame.  Any clues anyone?

Billings Park - Zenith City Archive

Monday, March 2, 2015

Monthly Puzzle - Theo Trendel and Family

On Sunday,  24 July 1892, the Daily Inter-Ocean reported the death of Carrie Eda Trindel. (Vol:21 Issue:122 Sec:2 Pg:13)

In this case the identity of Carrie is not a mystery, her parents are named as Theo and Lizzie Trindel. The spelling of the name is generally Trendel.  Theodore Trindel, bn 1866 in Illinois married Elizabeth Eichelmann(Ickerman) in Chicago in Cook County on 20 Sep 1890.  There are six other known children in the family born between 1893 and 1906, Carrie fits in perfectly, born about 10 months after the marriage.  Theo died in 1922 in Chicago and Lizzie in 1931 in Elmwood Park and according to death certificates, he was buried in Oakridge Cemetery.

 The puzzle this month is a missing cemetery record.   I found two Oakridge Cemeteries in Cook county.  One has over 10000 burials listed and the other over two, but the only Trendel found is Marie the daughter of Theodore's brother Julius.  Where is Theodore?

Theo was the son of Herman Trendel and Caroline Mack who were discussed in the 9 Dec 2013 posting on this Blog.  I have found another possible record for Herman, a birth in Prussia for a Carl Herman Trendel on 5 Sep 1838 with a baptism on 20 Oct 1838 at  Sankt Nikolai, Berlin Stadt, Brandenburg, Prussia, father Joh. Carl Trendel and mother Elisabeth Henriette Karstaedt.  As I said possible, but in no way proven and the names Carl and Johann do not seem to have been used by Herman in naming his children which makes it a little suspect.  Additionally, this appears to be a Lutheran baptism and Herman married a Catholic. The only census record found for Herman states he was born in Germany which is not very helpful and no death record has been found to date.

This is still a puzzle in progress!

Monday, February 2, 2015

Monthly Puzzle - C.R. Trindle of Cheney

From the Ritzville Journal-Times 8 Nov 1945 p9

Does anyone have a clue as to the identity of C.R. Trindle?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Where there's a will! Finding Margery McQuiston Trindle McConnel

For years I have been looking for any record of Margery after the death of John Trindle.

I knew that she had remarried, various documents from the estate of John gave her married name, such as this one from the Spring court session 1790 of Cumberland Co. PA.

An additional Clue came from the 1800 Census where a Matthew McConnel was listed directly above Widow Paxton (John and Margery's daughter Agnes who had married Samuel Paxton) and James Holmes (husband of John and Margery's daughter Jane).  Matthew is listed with a female who is the correct age to be Margery.

East Pennsboro, Cumberland, Pennsylvania; Roll: 38; Page: 62.
But, there I have been stuck for way too long.  But a few days ago, I happened upon an index to wills in Cumberland County and found the following entry.

McCONNELL, MERGERA.   May 25, 1815.   H. 333.
Well, that could be Margery McConnel. Right?

I knew the early wills for Cumberland county were available on FamilySearch, so I immediately headed there and found.

 Last will of

Mrs. McConnel dec
Know all men by these presents that I Mergera McConnel of Mifflin township, Cumberland county, State of Pennsylvania being very sick and weak in body but Blessed be God sound of memory and Judgement I do make this my last will and testament in the year of our Lord one thousand eighteen hundred and fourteen it being the sixth day of March.  In the first place I do Recomend my soull unto God who gives it and my body to be intered in a decent christian manner. First all my just debts to be payed then what remains is to be disposed of in the following manner, I do bequeath unto my daughter Mergera all of my moveable property. First I bequeath my case of drawers, second my bed and bed clothes, third my table and chairs, fourth all the money that is due unto me, fifth my half of the cow sixth all the books, allso all the kitchen furniture, also the looking glass, allso my spinning wheel and Rull, allso the two Best Bedsteads, allso the cupboard with all the furniture Belonging to it. In testimony thereof I have set to my hand and seall the day and deat above written in presence of us Samuel Hannah c James Pettigrew                                                                         her                                                                                                                                                                         Mergera (M) McConnel                                                                                                                                                                  mark
Cumberland County Ss Personally appeared before me Geo Kline Jr dep for Geo Kline registrer for the Probate of Wills and granting of letters of Administration in and for said county Samuel Hannah and James Pettigrew the subscribing witnesses to the instrument of writing to which this is annexed purporting to be the last will and testament of Megera McConnel de       cd. and being duly sworn according to law acknowledge the said instrument of writing as and for the last will and testament that at the time of her so doing she was of sound mind memory and understanding that they wrote their names as witnesses at the request of the testatrix in her presence and in the presence of each other
Sworn and subscribed 25 May 1815                                                 Samuel Hannah
Before me Geo Kline, dep regr                                                        James Pettigrew
Be it remembered that on the 25 of May AD 1815 the last will and testament of Margary McConnell was legally proven of which the foregoing is a true copy and letters of Administration to Margary Johnston no executor being named in said will.

As I read I kept wondering if this was the right will.  Margery had seven children.  Would she leave everything to just one daughter?  It was only with the final sentence that I could be certain this was the correct record, for we knew that Margery's daughter Margery had married Samuel Johnston. 

By 1814, some of Margery's family were gone from Cumberland County.  The youngest, David, died during the War of 1812.  Her eldest daughter, Ann, had married Samuel Lamb and moved to the Shenandoah Valley.  Alexander had moved to Ross County, Ohio about 1807.  The whereabouts of Agnes is unknown.  The widow of Samuel Paxton had most likely remarried by this time.  She is listed as "Porter" in her brother John's probate in 1821.  

Still in Cumberland county are Margery's eldest son John and her daughter Jane (James Holmes).  Perhaps everything went to Margery, because Margery was living with her?  That would explain Mifflin township, which does not show up in other Trindle records.  But a quick search for the 1810 and 1820 census shows the only probable Samuel Johnston family is in Allen township which is on the opposite side of the county, so why Mifflin?  Why Margery only?

Probably my favorite part of finding this record is the very unique spelling of Margery's first name. Does it perhaps give a indication of it's pronunciation? I noted that the will was signed with her mark.  Who was the scribe?  

The will as written in the register does show the importance of looking for all spellings, Margary and Mergera are both used in the same document as are McConnel and McConnell.