Darius Brittain Troth

Darius Brittain Troth I - my great grandfather

Darius Brittain Troth I - my great grandfather

I’ve mentioned my great grandfather Darius Brittain Troth I in posts about my Foreman family.

The first known (to me) Troth ancestor was William Troth who came from England and settled in Evesham Township, Burlington County, New Jersey.

Amos Haines Troth writes:

. . . East of the Hewling tract was the large Troth tract.  He parted from his boyhood sweetheart, Elizabeth Fields, and made the trip across the ocean and landed at Burlington.  He loaded his packhorse with gun, ax, grubbing hoe, knives, a cooking utensil, salt, flour, corn meal, and blankets, and took the walk through the woods to his future home, which, of course, was a log cabin.  Back in England his sweetheart was making preparations to join him.  The Fieldses were a wealthy family and they objected strongly to her marrying William Troth, who was not wealthy.  They refused to pay her passage on the boat trip to this country.

True to that feminine instinct of knowing what she wanted and getting it, she sold her jewels and trinkets, thereby securing enough money to pay the passage on the sailing vessel, which required six weeks to make the crossing.

Arriving at Burlington, William Troth met her with his horse, and the two made the trip on horseback through the woods.  For fear of being brushed off the horse, she would put her arms around him and he voiced no objection.

Why did she leave her home and family in England with its luxury and security to live in a wilderness in the crudest kind of a house?  Here she found the ferocious greenhead fly, the persistent strawberry fly, and hordes of mosquitoes–all seeking her blood.  Snakes were numerous: the poisonous rattlesnake and copperhead; the rapid traveling nonpoisonous black snake, that could overcome a rattlesnake in battle; the water snake, garter snake, pine snake and other varieties.  If the door was left open, snakes would crawl into the house.  There were the screech owls and the hoot owls, breaking the silence of the night.

Troth now proceeded to build a better house of ironstone or sandstone, abundant then and now in the nearby meadow.  To make sure of keeping warm in winter, he built a large fireplace which extended almost across the room.  Doors were built opposite each other so that a horse could drag a heavy log across the room.  The back log was then rolled into the fireplace and would burn all night without any attention.  On the second floor was a fireplace not quite as large.  An outside door was made so that wood could be handed into the room.

There was a bake oven where a fire could be made inside.  When fire heated the brick bottom sufficiently, it was withdrawn and the bricks swept clean.  The bread dough was placed on the hot bricks and this heat was sufficient to bake the bread to a beautiful brown.  A thick slice of this hot bread, with butter and molasses on it, was a hungry boy’s delight, and the smell of home-made bread sharpened the appetite of the elders.

To make the bread, a jar of yeast was always kept on hand.  Mashed potatoes and water were added to the jar to keep it full.  The yeast was added to the bread dough, and then allowed to rise for a few hours.  It was then ready for the oven. Pies were also baked–huckleberry, gooseberry, and pumpkin.  For sweetening they had sorgham molasses; and if they were lucky to find a honey tree where bees stored honey in a hollow branch, this added to the sweetening supply.

As soon as lumber was available from the water-power saw mill, Troth built a high back settee.  The reason for the high back was to protect the neck and shoulders from the draft of cold air that swept across the room and up the chimney.  More hot air went up the chimney than came out into the room.  An old saying About these fireplaces was “your shins toasted and your back froze.”

In the long winter evenings as they sat around the fireplace, Troth would read Bible stories to the children.  They roasted chestnuts ( which fell to the ground by the bushels, popped popcorn, cracked hickory nuts, shell barks, and black walnuts.  Perhaps a neighbor would drop in and spend the evening.

Troth also built a cross-legged table with a long bench on each side.  His wife kept busy.  For breakfast she would fry ham in a long-handled pan over an open fire.  For dinner, a big dinner pot would be filled with pork, cabbage, and potatoes. This pot was then swung over the fire by a crane.  Supper was a bowl of corn mush and milk.  To supplement this diet, wild game was plentiful.  Domestic fowl were chicken, duck and geese.  In winter pigs were killed, and also a beef.  Tallow as made from the beef into candles and soap.  Ashes from the fire were put in a barrel.  Water was allowed to soak through the ashes; lye was obtained in this manner and was mixed with the tallow to form homemade soap.

A housewife washed and combed wool which was then spun into thread on a large spinning wheel. This thread was then made into warm winter clothing.  For summer wear, flax fibers had to be taken out of the flax stems.  This was a difficult job and a special tool had to be used.  The fiber was then spun on a smaller spinning wheel, flax being harder to spin than wool. The flax thread was then put through a weaving machine.  The linen then made into clothing.  No coloring was used; the linen was a dull gray.

While the wife was busy in the house, the husband was busy outside, cutting down trees and clearing the underbrush.  It was a hard job to dig out the stumps, so he planted his corn between the stumps, using a grubbing hoe to stir the soil and cut down unwanted growth.   When time permitted, he dug out the stumps.  He made a sort of wooden plow that was pulled by oxen.  He made a barn to shelter his grain and livestock; and he made an oxcart with solid wooden wheels, wooden axle, body, tongue, and neck yoke to hold the oxen.  The oxen pulled the cart by their powerful necks.  This was the slow method of transportation for heavy hauling  For fast transportation, one mounted a horse.  Oxen were powerful beasts weighing About a ton, as compared to a horse’s 1200 to 1500 pounds.  Oxen could pull a load in muddy ground where a horse would flounder.  Oxen were hard to train.  It was hard to get an idea into their thick skulls.  When the driver saw that an oxen team was about to hit an obstruction he would holler “whoa;” but to get them used to the word “gitup,” a whip lash was a good instructor.


My Troth lineage

  1. William Troth and Elizabeth Fields
  2. Paul Troth and Rebecca Haines
  3. Isaac Troth and Hannah Litterell
  4. William Troth and Elizabeth Phillips
  5. Job Troth and Matilda Poland
  6. Hugh Jackson “Jack” Troth and Elizabeth Gregory
  7. Darius Brittain Troth and Susan Elizabeth “Susie” Glenn
  8. Mary Myrtle Troth and Isaac Ross Coslett

Note:  until Job Troth married Matilda Poland (whose family was from Germany), the British strain was predominant.  Susie Glenn had a Cherokee and Scottish ancestor and Isaac Ross Coslett was mostly Welsh.

It is no exaggeration to state that my blood courses with dozens of nationalities (for this posting only deals with eight generations of the Troth family).

I realize of course that internet browsers who happen upon this post could care less about genealogy research and my particular families – but – just perhaps – a Troth cousin will happen upon this site and I will discover another link (I’m hoping).


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Posted on July 1, 2009, in genealogy and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Hope,

    Interested in conferring with you to review this line, and particularly the connection to the Haines family. You may recall that we share the same great-grandparents, Darius I and Susan Elizabeth (Glenn) Troth. Two books available through Google search deal with the earliest American Troths. See Ancestry of the Haines, Sharp, Collins, Wills, Gardiner, Prickitt, Eves, Evans, Moore, Troth, Borton and Engle Families. Also Genealogy of the Stokes Family Descended from Thomas and Mary Stokes. Both show Paul Troth to be married to Deborah. Other sources show her to be Deborah Haines (2d marriage to Goldy). If we can establish Haines connection, four generations back is William Haines/Haynes marriage to Margaret Cokayne/Cockayne. If this is accurate, Cokayne family may go back another 10 generations. Was one of Norman family purportedly that came into England shortly after or at time of Conquest. Email me, if interested.

  2. Darius Britton troth V

    Hi, I’m Darius Britton Troth V. Thank you for this post. It was interesting to read about my. History. I never really looked into it. I am close to Darius the IV and III. Grandpa mailed me a few things that belonged to my great grandfather . He died not long ago. I see a lot of resemblance to the pic above. Thanks again.

    • Good to hear from you! I only met my great-grandfather one time (I must have been about twelve years old or younger). He and his wife passed through Tucumcari, New Mexico on their way to California and stopped to see us for a few minutes.

      When we lived in Denver, I attempted to get in touch with a Darius Britton Troth (from the Denver telephone directory), but discovered that he had since moved to Houston. Never did find any other Troths other than my great-grandfather’s son who was living in Oregon at that time, I believe (memory not so sharp these days!).

      However, I corresponded with Darius B. Troth II for a brief period of time. Alas, lost all of that correspondence in the Guadalupe County, Texas flood of 1998. He was still riding his motorcycle when we were writing to one another and living life to the fullest. Enjoyed his letters.

  3. I am interested in this statement:
    until Job Troth married Matilda Poland (whose family was from Germany), the British strain was predominant.

    Do you have more information on the Poland family?

    • I have a limited amount of Poland information. Matilda Poland was the daughter of William Poland (1792-1865) and Mary “Polly” Swadley (ca1793-ca1858).

      William Poland was the son of John Poland (1754-1823) and Sarah Smock Bennett (1768-1834). Nothing is written in stone, of course; I am continually adding information and making changes/corrections. On and on it goes!!

  4. Betty Coslett

    Hope, this is so awesome! What a wonderful thing for you to share.

  5. Samuel Troth Friedman

    Hi, my name is Samuel Troth Friedman and I’m also a direct descendent of a William Troth who was born in England and emigrated in 1670 to Talbot Country, Maryand. He built the Troth’s Fortune in 1676 on the Choptank River. I was researching my family lineage after I heard an old family rumor that the Troth’s are descendants of King Edward I. This is a great write up you’ve posted and I can’t believe that there’s another William Troth that emigrated so close to my ancestor William Troth. Have you found out any information of the Troth’s in England before both of our William’s emigrated since you posted this?



    • I’ve not discovered any information about the Troths in England. Unfortunately – for I am most interested but have put the research on the back burner for awhile. However, the interest is always there, of course.


  6. Darius Britton Troth V

    I’m the 5th. Darius britton troth V. I enjoyed reading about my ancestor. Thank you very much.

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