The original spelling of Trumbell is said to have been Trumbull, and was derived from the bravery of a young Scot who seeing his King in peril while hunting in the forest, caught the enraged animal by the horns turned him aside and allowed the King to escape. The grateful monarch knighted the young man and named him Turnbull, granted him an estate near Peebles, Scotland, and a coat-of-arms bearing the device of three bulls heads with the motto: "Fortuna facet audaci". The coat-of-arms is perpetuated in the American branch of the Trumbull family. Probably no family among early colonial and revolutionary stock has contributed so many distinguished men to their country's service in so many widely varied walks of life. They stand pre-eminent among statesmen, warriors, divines, poets, painters, and historians, while the affectionate nickname bestowed on Governor Jonathan Trumbull, of Connecticut - of "Brother Jonathan", has spread until it now applies to all citizens of the United States as "John Bull" applies to every Englishman.
John Trumbull, ancestor of the Connecticut family, came from Cumberland county, England, and settled in Rowley, Massachusetts, where his second son John was made a free man in 1640; deacon of the church in 1686; lieutenant of militia in 1689, then removed to Suffield, Connecticut. He had four sons: John, Joseph, Ammi, and Benoni. John(3), eldest son, was a clergyman of Watertown, Connecticut, father of John Trumbull, the poet, author of "McFingal" and other works. Captain Joseph was the father of Governor Jonathan Trumbull, was governor of Connecticut, a man of the highest type, an ardent and self sacrificing patriot who helped in every to gain independence for his native land. Ammi was a prosperous farmer of East Windsor, Connecticut. Benoni, was the father of Benjamin Trumbull, the historian, who is well known as the author of an early history of Connecticut. John trumbull, youngest son of Governor Trumbull, was an officer of the revolution, but best known as the artist who painted the great national pictures by order of Congress: "Declaration of Independence," "Surrender of Burgoyne," "Surrender of Cornwallis," and the "Resignation of Washington". He painted numberless other portraits and pictures, many being historic in character, which were of the highest artistic merit and entitle him to front rank among the greatest artists of the world. He was president of the Academy of Fine Arts from its foundation. He married; left no issue. Jonathan Trumbull, of Connecticut, born 1775, was the progenitor of the family that at an early day settled in Fulton county, New York, and now are of Schenectady.
(V) Solomon, son of Jonathan Trumbull, was born in Connecticut in 1797, died in the town of Ephratah, Fulton county, New York in 1887, at age of ninety years. He was a young man removed to New York where he settled on a farm in Fulton county, town of Ephratah. He was a man of influence and an active, earnest member of the Methodist church, to whose interests both he and his wife were devoted. He was a Whig during the days of that party, and later a Republican. He married Maria Penny, born in Connecticut, died in Ephratah, New York, in 1907, at great age of ninety-seven years. Maria Penny was the daughter of Rev. Amial Penny, an early Methodist preacher of great power. He continued his ministerial labor until the end of his useful life, expiring in the pulpit while delivering a sermon. She and Solomon Trumbull were the oldest couple in the county at the time of his death, and passed together a married life of sixty years. They are buried in the Methodist burying ground. Children:
Source: Cuyler Reynolds, "Hudson-Mohawk Genealogical and Family Memoirs", Vol. II (New York: Lewis Historical Publishing Co.)1911, pgs. 662-663.
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