Somewhere in here, I've got the 1995 magazine article of the home written about in 'Chesapeake'. It's a historic monument type of place, purchased many years ago by others, not Troth. It's a real place, just as depicted in the novel.
In Michener's forward to his novel, he mentions his relatively short stay in Talbot Co. while he researched the history, legends and memories and created his fictional story based on the Troth families of roughly 1700~1850. I received this insight from a Troth descendent and before I really began documenting all the facts and sources; hence my lousy records. The novel, I checked out from the library and learned of his story's basis. Good reading, by the way, lots of flavor.
My Joseph Troth certainly married Susannah H. Grumbles of DE. Not only do Dorchester Co. marriage record filings show this, but subsequent census, bio- and obits record their, and their childrens' whereabouts throughout their lives. They are both buried in PA; together as he, Joseph, and she, as Susan.
My mystery still remains.....where did this guy (Joseph) come from?
a. Was 'Joseph' a middle name which he was commonly known? If so, what was his given, first name?
b. Was he a recent immigrant? I've only checked online & LDS for immigration records, but there are NO Troths listed during that time period that I could find.
c. In the 1820 MD census, he was listed on a plot of ground in Dorchester; was it ownership or sharecropping? His abode was in close proximity to a number of DEAN families, so there might be a relationship to Wm. Troth and Amelia Dean.
It's a fine puzzle, especially confounded by the Dorchester Co. Court House fire.
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