Dr. Trowbridge was born in Boone county, Kentucky, February 4, 1834 a son of Joseph and Ruama (Riley) Trowbridge. The doctor remained with his parents until he attained his majority, his boyhood being spent upon the family farm.
When he became of age he engaged in farming in Henry county on a small tract, but in a few years he sold his place and moved to Blountsville, where he became interested in a saw mill, which he continued to operate until its destruction by fire about one year later. This left him with but little money, but he rebuilt the mill and continued the business for some nine years.
About the time of the burning of the mill, he began the study of medicine, also practicing a little among the neighbors, in 1867, in Randolph county.
In 1868 he changed his location to Cowan, Delaware county, where he remained until 1881, at which time he located in Muncie, remaining in the city until 1885, where he bought a small farm in Harrison township, upon which he lived until 1892. In the latter year he sold the farm with the intention of again locating in Muncie, but afterwards purchased another farm in Harrison twp. where he now makes his home.
In addition to his agricultural interest, Dr. Trowbridge makes chronic diseases his specialty and also pursues a general practice.
Dr. Trowbridge has been married twice, his first wife having been Miss Rebecca Stout, of Henry county, born in 1837, the daughter of Elijah and Sallie (Williams) Stout, natives of Ohio. Mrs. Trowbridge died in 1876 after bearing her husband the following children: Alice V, wife of Emmerson Case; Sallie R., wife of Smith Childs, deputy sheriff of Delaware county; Rosella E., wife of John W. McKinley; William B.; Merrit E and Ernest, both deceased. The first wife was a member of the Christian church.
In 1878 Dr. Trowbridge married again, his second wife being Amanda Clevenger, born March 14, 1857 in Delaware county, daughter of Job and Elizabeth (Bower) Clevenger, natives of Ohio. Four children have been born of this marriage, namely: Jesse, deceased; Barton W.S.; Laurel May; and an infant unnamed [Dale].
Both the Doctor and his wife are members of the Christian church, in which body they are prominent factors. In politics Dr. Trowbridge a republican until a few years since, when he identified himself with the peoples' party. At the last election he was the nominee for representative to the National Assembly and was endorsed by the democratic party.
Rev. Joseph B. Trowbridge, the father of Dr. Trowbridge, was born in New
York and died in Muncie in 1883 at the age of eighty-six years. He was
a farmer and minister. He began preaching at twenty-one years of age
and continued until his death, a minister of the Christian church. The
mother of Dr. Trowbridge was born in New Jersey in 1818 and is now
living with her son David.