Thomas Erwin Trotter

12 December 1854–5 February 1951 (Age 96)
Hagersville, Haldimand, Haldimand-Norfolk, Ontario, Canada

The Life of Thomas Erwin

When Thomas Erwin Trotter was born on 12 December 1854, in Hagersville, Haldimand, Haldimand-Norfolk, Ontario, Canada, his father, Christopher Trotter, was 39 and his mother, Barbara Burns, was 26. He married Alice Catherine Corwin on 16 March 1887, in Beaulieu Township, Pembina, North Dakota, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Deschutes, Oregon, United States for about 10 years and Glendale Judicial Township, Los Angeles, California, United States in 1940. He died on 5 February 1951, in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 96, and was buried in Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Family Time Line

Thomas Erwin Trotter
Alice Catherine Corwin
Marriage: 16 March 1887
Vera Bell Trotter
Erwin Cecil Trotter
Carolyn Luella Trotter
Allan Carlyle Trotter

Spouse and Children

16 March 1887
Beaulieu Township, Pembina, North Dakota, United States


Parents and Siblings

    Christopher Trotter


    Barbara Burns




    John Trotter


    Mary Margaret Trotter


    William Joyce Trotter



    Mariann Trotter


World Events (8)


Age 9

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · Gas Street Lamps Installed

Age 13

The Los Angeles Gas Company installed 43 gas street lamps on Main Street. A lamplighter rode on horseback at dusk to light the streetlights. By 1873, 136 gas lamps had been installed in Los Angeles. 
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 27

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 Northern English and Scottish: occupational name for a messenger, from an agent derivative of Middle English trot(en) ‘to walk fast’ (Old French troter, of Germanic origin, akin to 2 below).2 German: occupational name for a grape-treader, from a derivative of Middle High German trot(t)e ‘winepress’. The word and the surname are confined largely to Alsace, Lorraine, Switzerland, and Swabia.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Thomas Trotter in household of Christopher Trotter, "Canada Census, 1881"
  • Thomas Erwin Trotter, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Thomas E Trotter, "United States Census, 1930"

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