TRUMBULL FAMILY. John Trumble founded the American branch of the Trumbull family when he emigrated from England to Roxbury, Massachusetts, in 1639. The spelling "Trumbull" was adopted in 1766 by John's great-grandson Jonathan (1710–1785) and by other branches of the family about two years later. Several members of the family were famous during the Revolutionary era. Jonathan was governor of Connecticut from 1769 to 1784. His sons also had notable careers: Jonathan Jr. was governor of Connecticut from 1797 to 1809, Joseph was the first commissary general of the Continental Army, and John painted portraits of many important figures of the revolutionary era. Two other Trumbulls were the sons of two first cousins of Jonathan the elder, and therefore were second cousins of the three brothers just mentioned. These cousins are Benjamin (1735–1820), a clergyman and historian, and John (1751–1831), a poet, wit, and jurist.
revised by Harold E. Selesky