This is info from a letter I received in 1977 from John B.B. Trussell, Jr, Colonel, US Army, Retired
Quite long, but think it would be good to
post it, but will leave out any info not of importance to Trussell research,(......will mean info skipped not important)
"Dear Mrs Mann:........The material I have on your branch of the Trussell family, while not complete, seems to make it clear that the connection between your branch and the Trussells of Chester County, SC was fairly distant.When your branch moved from Va to SC, they settled in and around Honea Path, in Anderson County.The info I have on this branch is based on a 1962 statement by Mrs. Claude G. (Nell) Trussell, whose husband would have been your grandfather's brother.I have supplemented this in some minor details from a few Ander Co records and from the WAR of 1812 Pension Records in the nat Archives.
The earliest record of a Trussell in Anderson County,SC is one James Trussell, who in 1782 sold land on Hen Coop Creek there, but who left no other record of which I am aware.Presumably, he would have been at least 21 years old in 1782 in order for the sale to be legal.
In the next generation in And. County we find a number of Trussells.Taking them in the order in which they appear on the enclosed Chart #1, we have Henley, Sallie, Posey, Amos, and Thomas.Except for the fact that Sallie and Posey (which could be a nickname) were sister and brother, there is no conclusive record of what relationship existed between them.Since both Posey and Thomas are shown as marrying Elizabeth Kay, it is possible that Posey and Thomas were the same person; on the other hand, it is quite possible that there were two women--cousins, perhaps, or aunt and niece-- named Elizabeth Kay.In any case, Posey was born in Virginia in 1777.He and his sister, Sallie, were buyers at the estate sale of Henley Trussell in 1854.Elizabeth Kay, who was forty years younger than Posey, was Posey's second wife.When Posey died, leaving no children, his relatives filed lawsuits against his widow to try to break his will, charging that the widow had exercised improper influence on him in his old age.
I have no info on Sallie Trussell except that she marr William Kay, who was the bro of the Elizabeth Kay who marr Sallie's brother, Posey.
The Elizabeth Kay who marr Thomas Trussell was the sister of Grace Kay, who married Amos Trussell.
I do not know when or where Amos Trussell was born, but he died in Anderson co, SC where his will probated 1830.He marr Grace, dau of robert Kay and sister of the Eliz Kay who marr thomas Trussell.This may have been his second wife.
Henley Trussell was born in Maryland in 1772 but spent most of his life in Anderson County, SCarolina, where estate settled 1854.
The son of amos Trussel was Rhodam Trussell, whom I will call Rhodam (1).....in 1830 Rhodam (1) became involved in a legal dispute...claiming right to be an executor of his father's will.In any case, Rhodam (1) was born in SC in 1794 or 1795.On feb 1, 1814 he enlisted in Capt. Jacob Reed's company of SC militia.Rose to rank of Sergeant was honorably discharged at Sister's Ferry march 24, 1815.A contemporary of his was Grace Trussell, who in 1821 marr Hezekiah Rice; considering the fact that Rhodam (1)'s father's wife was Grace Kay, it is possible that Grace Trussell was Rhodam (1)'s sister or half-sister.
After Rhodam (1) returned to Honea Paath he married Elizabeth McFee who died Jan 1848.On June 4, 1848, Rhodam (1) married as his second wife, Barbara Cox Harper, who was about 27 yrs old at the time.Mrs Claude Trussell's statement says thaat by his marriage to Barbara Harper Rhodam (1) had a son, John Jasper Trussell......,
The question which remains, however, is what is the link between the Trussells in Va and the Trussells in Anderson County, SCarolina?The only connection I can suggest is the use of the name Rhodam or, as also spelled in the virginia records, Rodham.To track this down, I will go back to the first Va Trussell, whom you mentioned in your letter, who is identified on the enclosed chart #2 as John (1).
John (1) was born in England in 1603 or 1605 and, as you say, came to Virginia in 1622 on the "Southampton" , as servant to Capt. Thomas Paulet.You may not know that John (1) and Thomas Paulet were faiirly closely related to each other, which probably has some bearing on John (1) coming to Virginia in the first place.In any case, John (1) eventually obtained land in Northumberland Co. where he became colonel of the county militia, chief justice , and a member of the virginia House of Burgesses.Died early in 1660, leaving a widow, Mary (maiden name unknown) ; two daughters, Anna and Elizabeth; a son John (2); and apparently another son, William (1)(all that is known of this person is a fragment of John (1)'s will, which was partly destroyed in a fire, contains a reference to "sonne William").
There is no other info about Anna.Elizabeth marr about 1653/54 to Matthew Rhodam or Rodham, which introduced the names Matthew and Rhodam into the trussell family.John (1)'s widow, Mary had remarried by feb 1662, her second husband being a man named Gooch.
John (2), son of John (1), marr Elizabeth, dau of John Chinn.He died in 1692 or 93, for by Jan 1695, his widow marr as her second husband, henry Hudson or (Hatson).John (2)and wife Elizabeth had three children:Robert, who died before his father; John (3); and William (2), who was still a minor when John (2) died, as in 1693 Henry hudson was named as his guardian, and 1707 Henry Hudson was again named as William (2)'s guaardian.Thus, as he was still a minor in 1707, William (2) could not have been born before 1687 at the earliest.In 1717,, William (2) is shown as an admin of the estate of Henry Hudson.William (2) himself died about 1748.In that year an inventory of his possessions was filed in Northumberland Co, Virginia by William (3) Trussell, presumably son of William (2).
Returning to John (3) , he married a woman named Jane (maiden name unknown) and they are known to have had two sons, George, born in 1710; and Matthew (1), born in 1715.Of the same generation as these two are John (4) and his sister, hannah, who may be other children of John (3) and Jane, or who may be children of William (2)-- I do not know.Anyway, john (3) died no later than 1716, for by sept 18, 1717 widow, Jane married John Harding.
John (4) married Mary (maiden name unknown) and had one son, Rodham or (Rhodam) (2) .John (4) died February 28, 1754.On August 10, 1762, his widow, Mary marr Richard Rice, who became the guardian of Rhodam (2), and was still Rodham (2)'s guardian in 1764;but in 1767 Rodham (2)'s guardian was named as Isaac Richardson.thus Rodham (2) could not have been born before 1747 at the earliest.Rodham (2) is shown on the muster roll of Capt. Oliver Towle's company of the 6th Virginia continental Regiment having enlisted from Northumberland Co; the roll covers period jan 24, 1776 to may 31, 1777, but has a notation that Rodham (2) deserted october 2, 1776.The only other record of Rodham (2) that I have found shows him as property owner on tax rolls for Prince William Co, Va for period 1782 to 1787 .On no other basis than recurrence of the name Rodam (1) (see Chart #1) , I suggest the possiility that he was the father of Amos Trussell, who was the father of Rhodam (1).
Now , as for Trussellsof Chester Co, SCarolina, they descended fromMatthew (1).He had four sons: John (5), who died while a member of the virginia Provincial Regiment serving under Braddock in 1755; Matthew (2);movedfrom Northumberland county to Frederick county, Va.About 1780 , they and their families moved to Chester County, SCarolina, Matthew (2)'s son Daniel (1) joined the rest of them there after he was discharged from the Continental Army in 1782 or 1783.,Matthew (2) died by 1789.his bro , James (1) died in 192.William (4) lived until 1811 or 1812, also dying in Chester county.
Daniel (1) Trussell died in Chester county about 1825, leaving a son William (5) , who died in chester county in Oct 1838.He left widow, eleanor, and three sons:Mabry, Daniel (2), and william (6).Daniel (2) and Will. (6) remained with their mother in chester county, but between 1841 and 1848 Mabry moved with his wife and children to Calhoun co, Ala.his eldest son was Moses Franklin Trussell, who after serving through Civil War in the Confederate Army moved to Chickasaw County, Miss.in 1894, he and his family (the eldest son being john Marion trussell, my grandfather) moved to Wise County, Texas, where Moses Franklin died in 1920 and John Marion in 1941.
To revert to the other Chester County trussells, the children of James (1) and William (4) had all left SCar before 1830.Some moved to Georgia but most moved to Greene County, Alabama.Some of these moved on to Mississipi, and then either to Texas or to Arkansas.
Gong back to John (1), I realize that I have raised at least as many questions as I have answered.If you can arrange it, you would probably do well to go to Anderson county check record wills, marriages, deedsthat is the most accurate info, although it can be less than complete.Fed census records 1850 through 1880,but 1890 records burned, and from 1900 on they confidential, prior to 1850 very limited information.............
John B. B. Trussell, Jr.
Colonel, US Army, Retired,
Hope this helps someone to solve the broken pieces in all the family Trussell trees!
I have a copy of the chart if anyone wants it,
Have MANY letters like the above from all over the United States from the past 30-40 years.
Pat Trussell Mann