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William's History of Frederick County

James W. Troxell

James W. Troxell was a gentleman of learning and experience, son of Joseph and Amy (Haff) Troxell, was born in Frederick County, Md., April 1, 1831.

Mr. Troxellís grandfather, Frederick Troxell), was a direct descendant of Frederick Troxell the first settler in this community. He was married to Susan Wilson. Their children are: Joseph Frederick, married Sarah Rowe; Catherine, (Mrs. Jones); Thomas. married Naomi Hause, of Catonsyille.

Joseph Troxell. father of James W. Troxell, a farmer of Frederick County, Md., was married to Amy Heff, a sister of the late Abraham Haft, pharmacist with Fairfax Sebley, M.D. Their children are James Wilson; Francis Katherine. married Benj. Poole; Anna Elizabeth. married John Miller. Susan Rebecca. married Joel Myers.

James W. Troxell. a prominent citizen of Emmitsburg, Frederick County, Md., was married to Miss Mary F. Zacharias, of Frederick County. Md. Their children are: 1, Mary (Mrs. Harry Stonesifer), of Emmitsburg, Md.; 2, Florida, at home; 3, Thomas Wilson, graduated from Dickinson College, Carlisle, Pa., in 1898, began teaching at Morven, N. C., spent seven years as principal of the High School, Brunswick, Md., was made principal of the high school in Front Royal. Va., in 1907, was married in 1901, to Miss Minnie F. Faber, of Carlisle, Pa., daughter of the late George Fa-liner, has one child, William Barbour Russell, born August 24, 1902; 4, Irene (Mrs. J. W. Flemming), has one child, Walter Wolf; 5, Naomi (Mrs. C. C. Clemson), living near Frederick, has three children, Paul Hamilton, Frank C., and Frederick Wilson; 6, Marian, was married to Wilbur H. Otto, of Key Mar, Carroll County. Md., January 19, 1910; 7, Elizabeth, was married to Charles E. Abrahams, Jr., of Baltimore, on October 5, 1909. Mr. Troxell died suddenly, at Rocky Ridge, Md., February 2, 1904.


"Mr. James W. Troxell, a prominent resident of Frederick County, Md., and a member of the Board of Charities and Correction, died suddenly at Rocky Ridge, Frederick County, Md., February 2, 1904. Mr. Troxell, who resided near Emmitsburg, on the morning of February second, took a train from Emmitsburg for Rocky Ridge, where he intended to take a train on the Western Maryland Railroad. A short distance from its destination, the train encounter a snow-drift and stopped. Fearing that they might miss the Western Maryland train, if they stopped until the drift was opened, the passengers left the train, and started to walk to Rocky Ridge. They had gone but a short distance when Mr. Troxell, overcome by fatigue fell in the snow.

Members of the party, rushing to his assistance, found him unconscious. He was carried to a home near by, where he died in a short time, The physicians gave as the cause of death, paralysis of the heart. Mr. Troxell was born in Frederick County, Md., April 1. 1821, and was seventy-two years of age. In 1856, he graduated from Dickinson College. Carlisle, Pa., and four years later, received the degree of Master of Arts from that institution.

Prior to the Civil War, Mr. Troxell taught school for some years in Augusta, Georgia. Later he returned to Frederick County. and far the last thirty-five years has been engaged in farming and surveying. In politics he was a Democrat, and during his career held several important positions under his party, all of which he filled both great credit to himself and to the people whom he represented. His wife and seven children, one son and six daughters, survive him.

Mr. Troxel was as a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and until his death, he was connected with Tomís Creek Church, of Thurmont Circuit. The ground on which the new Tomís Creek Church stands, was donated by Brother Troxell, and we are certain that had he remained to see its completion, he would have contributed even more largely to this enterprise. In the death of this man the community loses a most worthy citizen; the church a friend and brother; and the home a good provider. Yet our loss is his eternal gain. To the bereaved ones we extend our heartfelt sympathies, and pray that under this deep affliction, they may trust in Him who has promised that all things shall work together for good to them that love Him.

The funeral services were held at his late residence, the Rev. G. W. Harris, his pastor, officiating, assisted by the Rev. A. M. Gluck, of the Reformed Church. Interment was made in Mountain View Cemetery, Emmitsburg, Md." 

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