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Laura Jane (Miner) Troxel


Laura Jane (Miner) Troxel was born in July 1848 in or near Fort Madison, Lee County, Iowa, the daughter of Nathaniel and Susan (Abbott) Miner.

On Aug. 29, 1871, when Laura was 23 years of age, she married 25-year-old Joseph Troxel Jr. (1846- ? ), also spelled "Troxell," a native-born Pennsylvanian. Their nuptials were celebrated in the home of Laura's parents, officiated by Rev. William Salter. A record of the wedding was made in the Des Moines County Marriage Book.

During the Civil War, before his move to the midwest, Joseph joined the Union Army. He was assigned to the 3rd Pennsylvania Heavy Artillery, Company H. More about his military service will be added here once learned.

The couple bore one known son, Millard M. Troxel.

The United States Census of 1880 shows the family living in Burlington, Des Moines County, IA, with Joseph working as a furniture dealer. The census taker erroneously wrote Laura's name as "Louisa C." They remained in Burlington at least through 1900, with census records showing that Joseph continued his work in the furniture trade.


Bird's-eye view of Waterloo, home of the Troxels ca. 1908-1910


Joseph was awarded a federal pension in July 1890 as compensation for illness/injury sustained during the war. [Invalid App. #984.411 - Cert. #803.275]

In 1908, the Troxels resided on Washington Street in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, IA, a bustling town along the Cedar River. When the federal census was taken in 1910, Joseph was supported by his own income, and his son Millard worked as manager of a furniture store in Waterloo. Roomers John R. Bolley and Charles Dowd  [spelling?] lived under their roof.

Then in 1911, the couple pulled up their Iowa stakes and relocated to Southern California. The federal census enumeration of 1920 shows the Troxels now living in Coronado, San Diego County, CA, with the 73-year-old Joseph still working as proprietor of a variety store.

They remained in Coronado through the 1920s and are listed together in the 1930 U.S. Census, he retired at age 83 and she age 81.

Sadly, Joseph passed away in about 1932 or 1933.

The widowed Laura petitioned the government to receive her late husband's pension, but it was not granted. [Widow App. #1.735.862 - XC 877.179]

Laura died at the age of 94 at home in Coronado on April 10, 1943. Word of her passing was sent to friends in Waterloo, IA. An obituary in the Waterloo Courier said "They went to Coronado 31 years ago and had since resided there" and that she was survived by her brother William Miner of Denmark, IA. Her remains were placed into rest in the Greenwood Mausoleum.


~ Son Millard M. Troxel ~

Son Millard M. Troxel (1872-1950) was born on Oct. 8, 1872 in Iowa.

At the age of 26, on Valentine's Day 1899, he was united in wedlock with 19-year-old Cora E. Artz (1879-1907). The ceremony was held in Burlington, Des Moines County, IA.

In 1900, the newlyweds lived under the roof of Millard's parents in Burlington, Des Moines County. That year, Millard was employed as a clerk, likely in his father's furniture store.

Sadly, Cora died in 1907. Details will be included here once discovered. She was placed into eternal rest in the Elmwood Cemetery in Waterloo, Black Hawk County, IA. A large prominent marker stands at the grave with the words "Troxel."

In 1910, at the age of 38, he resided with his parents in Waterloo and was employed as a manager in a furniture store.

Millard married for a second time circa 1910 or so. His second bride was Marie (?) (1878- ? ), a native of Illinois. They produced two known children -- Margaret Troxel and Joseph Troxel.

In 1912, when their daughter was born, they lived in Illinois. Then about 1915 or so they migrated to Southern California and established a new home in Coronado, San Diego County, where he operated his own hardware and general merchandise store. They resided in 1920 on 9th Street in Coronado and remained in the city at least through 1935.

By 1940, the family relocated into the city of San Diego, with a home on Biona Street.

Millard died in San Diego County on April 19, 1950, at the age of 68.

Marie's fate is not yet known. She may be the same "Marie L. Troxel" who passed away in San Diego County on March 2, 1962.

Daughter Margaret Troxel (1912- ? ) was born in about 1912 in Illinois. When she was age 28, in 1940, she was employed as a teacher.

Son Joseph Troxel (1916- ? ) was born in about 1916 in California. He lived at home at age 24, in 1940, and earned a living as a hardware salesman in his father's store.


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