Was the Trumbull family store, later Gov. Jonathan Trumbull's War Office, originally built as a house for Joseph Trumble, Jr., and his wife Sarah Bulkeley, and their two daughters, Sarah and Catherine Trumble? Where in Lebanon, Connecticut did they live from 1727 to 1731?
"JOSEPH, born at Lebanon, Conn., March 27, 1705; married Sarah Bulkley, November 20, 1727. They resided in his native town. He was lost as sea, June, 1733. Children: Sarah and Kate."
". . . on a foreign voyage in the interest of his father's growing business, he was lost at sea, leaving a widow with two daughters. Doubtless he had become, at this time, his father's right-hand man, and doubtless too, much of the father's success and prosperity were due to this son."
Joseph (my ancestral grandfather, and to whom this "Lost" Trumbull blog is dedicated) left the Port of New London aboard the Trumbull family merchant vessel, the brigantine "Lebanon," bound for the West Indies, December 29, 1731. The ship was last seen five days later in "great distress in a storm." The June 1733 date mentioned above, may refer to when Joseph Trumble, Jr., was declared legally dead?
The traditional date for the construction of the Trumbull "store" or "War Office," is 1727, the same year Joseph Trumble, Jr., married at Lebanon, Connecticut, 20 November 1727, Sarah Bulkeley, the daughter of the Rev. John Bulkeley, first minister of Colchester, Connecticut. We know at this time (1727) the Trumbull family was living in the Trumbull family homestead, the house Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr., Patriarch of the Trumbull family of Lebanon, Connecticut, purchased from the Rev. Joseph Parsons, first minister of Lebanon, Connecticut. This house no longer exists, but it originally stood on the South corner of Town Street and the Colchester Road (Route 207), on the present site of "Redwood", which was built by Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, Sr's son, David Trumbull in 1778/1779.
After the loss of Joseph Trumble, Jr., Sarah (Bulkeley) Trumble returned to Colchester, Connecticut, with her two young daughters. This is where the date of 1732 becomes significant? Some early histories list 1732 as the traditional date of the store, which would fit the theory that the War Office was originally built in 1727 as Joseph Trumble, Jr's house, and after he was lost at sea in early 1732, the house was converted into the Trumble/Trumbull family store?
2. Jonathan Trumbull, Governor of Connecticut, 1769-1784, Jonathan Trumbull, Boston, Little, Brown and Company, 1919, page 8.