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Rev. William Troy
My father's oral history talked of a minister, Rev. William Troy. He was reported to be a prominent Richmond minister and was invited to attend the Gettysburg Address.
I found his mini-autobiography in a book he wrote "Hair-breadth Escapes from Slavery to Freedom" in about 1861. He was born free in Essex County Virginia in 1827. His father was a slave, a son of the master, and his mother was free. Her parents died when she was young. Her father was black and her mother was English. When the slave master died, William's father was given to one of his daughters. In 1848, William moved to Cincinnatti, Ohio where he studied to become a minister. Then, he moved to Canada and ministered to escaped slaves in Amhurstburg and Windsor, Canada West.
In a letter written to William by his oldest daughter, four children were identified: Fanny Ellen, Annie, Willie and Joshua. I believe that Joshua is my ancestor, though I am having trouble documenting it. I am looking for other Troy's who are trying to document their ancestry.
My grandfather died in 1978. His death certificate identifies his father as Joshua Troy. His SS-5 form identifies his father as William Troy and his birth certificate says his father is Willis Troy.
I sent for the SS-5 forms from his sister and two brothers. One says their father is Joshua Troy, one says Joshua William Troy and one says Jasun Troy. How's that for making documentation complicated!!!! They all indicate that their mother is Ida Hollis (Ida Troy on my grandfather's death certificate) so I know that I've got all the right siblings...besides I knew all of them as a child.
Reverend William Troy probably had siblings that I need to locate, but I don't have his father's name and he only make reference to attending school (secretly) with his brother. No names were given. In addition, his two daughters probably married, so I'm also looking for decendents of Fanny Troy and Annie (or Anne) Troy without having any idea who they married. Fanny may have married a man named Ford. My father remembers meeting her (another reason I'm pretty sure that I'm related to Rev. William Troy).
William shows up in the 1880 census in Richmond Virginia (LDS website). His wife is identified as Sydney Troy. Joshua and William are there as well as three other children who would have been born after he wrote his book. Sarah, Edward and Isaac. There should also be decendents of these children.
I am in contact with another Troy family from Ohio but have not been able to make a connection to them. They are decended from a Simon Troy born 1800 in Virginia. Simon is reported to have been a shoemaker and to have had 13 children. Only 7 of those children are documented, so it's possible that my William is one of the older children, but again, I haven't been able to document that. William indicated that his father was a shoemaker and after he was given his freedom (his wife purchased him then freed him) they moved to Ohio around the early 1850's.
Any one out there looking for Troy's or have information about Troy's who could possibly be connected???
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