Maybe this will wake up Trenary researchers. I am still looking for answers to the mystery of the silver-headed walking cane in the possession of descendants of James Marshall Trenaryof the Pollock Masonic Lodge of Tarentum, PA.It is engraved as a tribute from the faculty and students of Massanutten Military Academy of Woodstock, VA.
This is a prep school for grades 7-12 established 1899and changed to a military school in 1917.
Our James M. was born in Winchester, VA and on the 1860 census was an apprentice to the noted silversmith James Meredith who lived next door to Samuel Trenary, father of James M.I have never found a military record that I could definitely prove for J. M.However, there was a J. M. Trenary who enlisted in Staunton, VA for a 3 month tour of duty CSA.That J. M. had an occupation listed as watchmaker.
Brother Robert Edward or Edwin Trenary was a CSA officer. Father, Samuel was a union supporter and Sheriff of Winchester after the war.
The first record I find for J. M. was after he had moved to PA. He married in Tarentum, PA before 1870 and was on the census there in 1870, 1880, 1900. He died in 1902-3.
Very active in the Masonic Lodge, J. M. was treasurer of the Pollock Lodge until he died.He is listed on tax lists as donors to several charities.
I want to know how he got the cane or if it was awarded to his son James M. Trenary, the brickmason and builderor his grandson James M. Trenary III, the New York Banker who was a graduate of Colgate University?
Did J. M. Trenary donate money to the Massanutten school? Did he donate funds of the Masonic Lodge to help establish the school?Did any of his children or descendants attend the school?
Family rumors were that someone in the Trenary family attended or was a teacher at VMI!Maybe there was a confusion!I am certainly often confused by the Trenary mysteries.