Berkeley County, West Virginia Biography of Elias Stevenson TROXELL


         Elias Stevenson TROXELL, the son of Elias and Ruth (Stevenson) Troxell, was born at Emmittsburg, Maryland, June 14, 1824. His father died shortly after his birth, leaving his mother with four small children. At 26, Elias Troxell moved to Waynesboro, Pennsylvania, where he married Barbara S. Funk, who died in January 1861, leaving two small children, Asbury H. Troxell and Ella D. Troxell.

         An active supporter of the governmentís position at the outbreak of the trouble between the States, Elias Troxell, in October 1862, received a captainís commission in the 158th Pennsylvania Volunteers and, in November 1863, was made lieutenant-colonel. During the winter of 1862-63, he served with his command at Newbern, North Carolina and commanded his regiment at the raising of the siege of Little Washington. After mustering out when the term of his service expired, he re-enlisted in March 1864 as major of the 22nd Pennsylvania Cavalry and was assigned to duty in the Valley of Virginia. After mustering out of the service in October 1865, he moved to Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia where, in 1866, he was elected clerk of that countyís circuit court and filled that office until January 1879 when he declined and began the practice of law. He was largely instrumental in establishing the Peoples National Bank, of which he was president, was president of four successful building associations, and secretary of the Farmers and Mechanics Mutual Insurance Company.

         Elias Troxell married Margaret J. Bosserman in September 1873 and their post office address was Martinsburg, Berkeley County, West Virginia.


    Submitted by Marilyn Gouge and extracted from West Virginia Heritage Encyclopedia, Volume 3, a reprint of Hardesty's Historical and Geographical Encyclopedia Berkeley County, WV, Biographies List, 1884.

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