Thomas Bonner Trent

#4597, b. 12 April 1852, d. 25 July 1921
Father*William Clough Trent b. 15 Sep 1824, d. 22 Jul 1886
Mother*Mary Virgin Bonner b. 26 Dec 1830, d. 5 Feb 1888
     Thomas Bonner Trent was born on 12 April 1852 Tennessee.1 He was the son of William Clough Trent and Mary Virgin Bonner. Thomas Bonner Trent died 25 July 1921 , in Blackburn, Saline County, Missouri at age 691 and was buried on 27 July 1921 Vance Laurie Cemetery, Saline County, Missouri.
Trent: Thomas B., 1852-1921 Mary, his wife, 1853-1935
Cemetery: Vance Laurie
Description: Located east of Gilliam on Highway 240 for 9/10 of a mile, turn right on the Rock Quarry Road; turn left on dirt road 1/10 mile; cemetery on left side of road.1
     He served as a private in Capt. Ed. Brown's Company, organized May, 1861 -- Cavalry. in May 1861.2 He was variously a merchant then a bookkeeper and a cashier in a bank between 1880 and 1921.

"Blackburn, though yet in its infancy, is quite a business point. Trent & Palmer have a large dry goods and clothing store on Main street, and are doing a splendid business. Trent, the resident member, is a young man of fine business qualifications, and very popular among his customers." [p514]

THOMAS B. TRENT, P. O., Blackburn. Mr. Trent was born near Somerville, Tennessee, April 12, 1852, where he was raised and educated, to his nineteenth year, when he entered the mercantile business, and continued the same until May, 1878, when he came to this county and taught school. In 1879 he located in the new town of Blackburn, and again embarked in the mercantile business, in which he is now engaged. [p661]

Also in Saline County were Joseph Trent, who was captured at Blackwater, 19 Dec 1961, and released on his oath March 14, 1862, and Wilson Trent, who was in the same company as Thomas Bonner Trent, Capt Ed. Brown's Company, organized May 1861, Cavalry, part of the "Saline Guards, M S G".

Alonzo Palmer was a private in Company D, First Missouri Cavalry.

We do not know who the "Palmer" is of this store, but the Palmers of Cumberland County, Virginia, were closely connected with the Trents and Browns. There is one Alonzo Palmer in nearby Malta Bend, b ca 1848 in Missouri, who is listed as a Merchant in the 1880 census. There may be a connection, but in 1848, Alonzo is listed with parents David (38) and Rebecca (30) Palmer in Lafayette County, both born in Missouri.

A reference to Alonzo in the "town of Malta Bend" indicates that there were two dry goods stores, one belonging to A T Palmer. [p433]3 He had no children.

Thomas B Trent is found in Blackburn, Saline County, Missouri as early as the 1880 census. He is 28, single, a merchant, and has living in his household one Curt Coleman, 22, a clerk. In 1900, Thomas, now 48, and Mary J (Greene), 47, are married and have been for a five months, probably in late January or early February. He is, at that time, a Bookkeeper in a bank.

Mary has had no children.

There appears to be a marriage record for the pair, for 24 January 1900, in Saline County. The marriage may have taken place in LaFayette County.

The 1910 census has the pair still in Elmwood, and without children. Both are listed as being married only once.

In 1910, Jessie L Branscom, 23, with husband Robert P Branscom, 24, and daughter Dorthy Lee, 1 2/12, are living in Elmwood, Saline County next to Thomas B Trent, Mary, and her brother, Robert Green. Bothe Mary and Robert list their parents as father born in Virginia, and mother born in Missouri.

A search through the Missouri Death Records, gives us Mrs. Jessie Lee Branscum, b 29 Jun 1886 in Missouri to Robert E Greene, born Missouri, and (--?--) Brown, also born Missouri. Jessie Lee died 28 July 1928 in Jackson County, Missouri.

Robert P Branscum (indexed Branscoum) died in General Hospital in Kansas City, but identified as living in Raytown, Missouri. He is "about 35" a telegraph operator, born in Virginia, Father is Cyrus Branscum, mother is Elisabeth Hutchens. He died 21 June 1920, in an automobile crash. "T F Branscum was the informant.

By 1920, Thomas and Mollie are still in Elmwood, he 66 and she 65. In the household are Mollie's brother, Robert E Greene, 64, as well as Dorothea Lee Branscum, 10 and Mary Leona Branscum, 8.

We find later that Dorothy married Everet Butner 12 Oct 1928.

In 1930, Dorothy and Everet are living with Mary Trent and her brother Robert E Greene in Elmwood. She married George Herndon before 1940.

Mary Trent, b 14 April 1852, died 24 May 1935, at age 83. Born at Sweet Springs, Missouri, her parents were Alexander Greena and Elizabeth Owens.4,5,6,7











Last Edited=16 Jan 2017

Citations

  1. [S326] Missouri Digital Heritage: Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1957, online http://www.sos.mo.gov/archives/resources/deathcertificates/, 19545
    Thomas Bonner Trent
    25 Jul 1921
    b 12 Apr 1856
    father Wm, b Tenn
    mother Mary Bonner, b Tn
    Informant: Mrs. T. B. Trent, Blackburn, Missouri.
  2. [S439] Missouri Historical Company, History of Saline County, Missouri , Carefully written and compiled from the most aughentic official and Private Sources including a history of its Townships, Cities, Towns and Villeges, etc. (1881: Missouri Historical Company, 1881), p 329.
  3. [S439] Missouri Historical Company, History of Saline County, Missouri , Carefully written and compiled from the most aughentic official and Private Sources including a history of its Townships, Cities, Towns and Villeges, etc. (1881: Missouri Historical Company, 1881).
  4. [S19] 1920 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Source Citation: Year: 1920; Census Place: Elmwood, Saline, Missouri; Roll: T625_962; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 191; Image: 229.
  5. [S437] 1910 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Source Citation: Year: 1910; Census Place: Elmwood, Saline, Missouri; Roll: T624_823; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 0168; Image: 806; FHL microfilm: 1374836.
  6. [S254] 1900 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Source Citation: Year: 1900; Census Place: Elmwood, Saline, Missouri; Roll: 902; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 126; FHL microfilm: 1240902.
  7. [S243] 1880 US Census Population Schedule, Washington, District of Columbia, US National Archives, Source Citation: Year: 1880; Census Place: Blackburn, Saline, Missouri; Roll: 716; Family History Film: 1254716; Page: 399D; Enumeration District: 062; Image: 0084.