The Trousdale Family Genealogy

Submitted by  Lillian Trousdale Tunnell 

Includes Gov. William Trousdale of Tennessee

Early Records

Phineas Trousdale - 1635 booked passage from England to Barbados; Ann Trousdale - 1679 - arrived from England, died in Barbados

William and John "the elder" Trousdale show registered in Lancaster Co., PA, from Ulster Province, Ireland (Protestant); migrated 1730-35

  • John Trousdale moved to Orange Co., NC, then to Gallatin, Sumner Co., TN
  • William has a land survey in Lancaster Co., PA in 1756; in his will of 1785 he lists children William Jr., Thomas and Margaret, and his brother John; William's information ends here
Tennessee Trousdales

John Trousdale, 1704-1784, b. Ireland, m. Elizabeth

  • six children, eldest two born in Ireland, last four born in Pennsylvania
  • family then moved to Tennessee
    • William (eldest) d. 1807
    • John Jr. m. Miss Ferguson, d. 1797, had 5 children
    • Captain James, 1736-1818
      • m. Elizabeth Ferguson, 1761; had 5 children before she died
      • m. Elizabeth Dobbins, b. 1753 Orange Co., NC, d. 1839; had ten children
        • one of those children was WILLIAM TROUSDALE, b. 1790, d. 1872, became Governor of Tennessee, after a distinguished military career; Trousdale County is named for him
        • his younger brother, Bryson Blackburn Trousdale, b. 1793, Orange Co., NC, d. 1878, buried Mt. Olive Cem., Nashville, TN; he is the father of the Trousdale family living in Tennessee
          • studied law and moved to Robertson Co., TN; owned property at Jackson, Madison Co., TN; was fined $1.00 for retailing liquor about 1830; secured a retro-active pension for his elderly mother; appointed trustee of the Lewis Academy (1856)
          • m. Susan Hicks 1813, Springfield, Robertson Co., TN, had five children
            • Albert Gallatin b. 1815, no children
            • Cincinnatus, d. 1852; a lieutenant in the Mexican War, moved to Arkansas, no children
            • Leonidas 1823-1897, m. Virginia Frances Joy (d/o Levi and Martha Johnson Joy of Boston, MA), had 5 children; Leonidas was an assistant adj. General of Wright's brigade in the Civil War; he was editor of the Chattanooga Rebel, the Memphis Commercial, and the Appeal; he became the State Superintendent of Education
              • Luluh b. 1855, m. Robert S. Cuzzort 1895, no children
              • Jennie Joy, 1856-1938, m. Edward Smith, no children
              • Susie, died in infancy
              • Leon Jr. 1862-1937, m. Lillian James Cantrell, 1892; moved to California in 1903 due to Lillian's poor health; opened a grocery store in Long Beach, CA
                • Leon III, 1893-1910
                • Charles Eastman 1895-1985, m. Florence June Steffy 1900-1983 (d/o Frank and Rosa Pugh Steffy)
              • Levi Joy 1867-1919, m. Mary Martin Wade, 1893
                • Goulding Marr b. 1899, m. Martha Perkins; son Goulding Marr, Jr. resides in TN
            • Susan, m. 1847 and had infant daughter that died young
            m. Maria Smith, but no children

TROUSDALE Coat of Arms
Color combination code from England in the year 1610.

Trousdale Coat of Arms

  A. Wild Boar's Head
      1. Head - brown
      2. Eye - red
      3. Tongue - red
      4. Snout - yellow
      5. Upright Tooth - white

  B. The Shield
      1. The 3 downward pointing triangles - black
      2. The 4 upward pointing triangles - deep red
      3. Lower part of the shield - silver

  C. The ribbons about the boar's head and around the sides of the shield - silver

  D. Scroll with motto inscribed - silver - "With Audacity and with Zeal"

"Know the lay of the land before you strike" is the family motto
per Pappa Trousdale, Charles Eastman Trousdale, Sr.,
born November 1895 in Davidson Co., TN to
Leon and Lillian J. (Cantrell) Trousdale, Jr.

Charles Eastman Trousdale    Leon Trousdale III   
1895 - 1985                   1893 - 1910

Charles Eastman Trousdale, 1895 - 1985

Leon Trousdale III, 1893 - 1910

Charles Eastman Trousdale, 1895 - 1985