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Joseph  Trudgeon

Josephiah Ruth Haydon


Joseph Trudgeon, son of Joseph Trudgian and Betsey Knight, was born May 15, 1853 in Gunbarrow, St. Austell, Cornwall, England, and died February 20, 1917 in Ironwood, Gogebic, Michigan.  He married Josephiah Ruth Haydon October 30, 1873 in Greenville, Mercer, Pennsylvania, daughter of Richard Haydon and Ruth Hicks. She was born May 03, 1849 in St. Austell, Cornwall, England, and died January 06, 1890 in Boyne City, Michigan. He married Rosina Mary Knight December 29, 1890 in Eveline, Michigan. She was born September 28, 1860 in Lanevett, Cornwall, England, and died 1899.  Joseph initially came to the United States prior to Albert's birth in August, 1874.  He returned in nine months to Gainsborough, England, and then came back to the United States about 9 years later, in 1885 and settled in Boyne City, Michigan.

Joseph had fifteen children: ten with his first wife and five with his second. He sent back to England for his second wife, Rosina Mary Knight.  Joseph was a coal miner by trade.  After the death of Rosina in 1900, Joseph married Emma Trethewey Harvey.

Joseph's obituary (recorded in the "Ironwood News Record" on Saturday, Feb. 17, 1917):

"Joseph Trudgeon died suddenly at his home on Mansfield Street Thursday morning (February 15, 1917) of heart failure. Though he had not been in the best of health for some time, his condition was not considered serious and only a few minutes before he died, he carried water from a neighbor's house and had filled the stoves with fuel. Mr. Trudgeon had been a resident of Ironwood since 1899, coming here from Charlevoix County, in the southern peninsula. He was born in England in 1853, came to America in 1872 and worked in the coal mines of Pennsylvania. In 1890 he removed to Michigan and nine years later to Ironwood. He is survived by his widow and fourteen children. Those who are residents of this city are James, William, Philip, Frank, Charles and Ernest. Mrs. Simon Kent and Mrs. George H. Rowe, Park Street. The other children are Joseph of Dallas, Texas, Fred of Hancock, Mrs. Chas. Thomas of Pontiac, Mich., and Henry of Kansas City, MO. Besides the immediate family, he is survived by three brothers and one sister, one of the brothers being W. H. Trudgeon of this city. The funeral will be held Tuesday afternoon from the First Methodist Church and interment at Riverside. The family will have the sympathy of the community in the sad bereavement of their husband and father."

Joseph and Josephia and children

Joseph and Rosa Knight Trudgeon

Joseph and Emma Trethewey Harvey and sons

Joseph's sons by Rosa Knight

Joseph Trudgeon (Son of Joseph, brother of Albert) in Ennis Texas in 1951