Millwood Truscott

MILLWOOD TRUSCOTT was one of three Truscott brothers who came to the U.S. in the 1870's separately from St. Austell, Cornwall, England. Millwood Truscott was born March 19, 1861 in St. Austell, Cornwall, England. He was the son of Samuel and Susan Cook Truscott. His father, a saddler, had his own business.

The oldest was J. Lynn Truscott, who became president of the Camden Fire Insurance Association. Arthur Truscott, who became a prominent architect, was the middle son, and the youngest was Millwood Truscott. 

As a young man, Millwood Truscott worked at 25 Market Street as clerk in the insurance business of his relative, John W. Cheney, a prominent Camden businessman. He was living at 415 Cooper Street, with brother Arthur in 1887, according to the city directory of that year. He married Caroline M. "Carrie" Weatherby on May 2, 1888 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church on Market Street in Camden. 

Millwood and Carrie Truscott first stayed in Merchantville, then were reported living at 210 Elm Street in the Camden City Directory of 1890-1891. The family later lived at 310 North 2nd Street, across the street from Captain Andrew Blair Frazee at Second and Penn Streets. A daughter, Carrie May Truscott, was born in 1891, and a son, Millwood Joseph Truscott, was born in 1895. Millwood Truscott served as an officer at the Camden Fire Insurance Association until he retired in 1935.

Millwood Truscott passed away on February 2, 1949. He was survived by his son and daughter. He is buried with other family members at Harleigh Cemetery in Camden NJ.

The 200 Block
of Elm Street

As seen from
2nd & Elm Street
April 18, 2004

Millwood and Carrie Truscott lived at 210 Elm Street in 1890. 210 Elm Street is the left hand side of the 3rd twin from right.

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The Millwood Truscott Home
at 310 North 2nd Street - 2002

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Joy Perry wrote of her grand-father and great uncles in 2004

This account is about three Truscott brothers, one of them my Grandfather, who came to the United States in the 1800’s.  Their father was Samuel Truscott (1817-1874).  Their mother was Susan Frances Matilda Cook (1834-1874), who was born in the United States.  The story was that her parents were English, but she was born in New York City.  She returned to England, perhaps because her parents had died.  Family tradition says that she then lived with her aunt and uncle, who were the proprietors of the White Hart Inn, on the square in the heart of St. Austell, Cornwall.  Samuel Truscott had a Saddler Leather shop across the street from the White Hart, and the tradition says that is how they met.  Samuel and Susan had five children:  James Lynn , born in 1855; Samuel Joseph, born in 1856 (he only lived for 15 months); Arthur, born in 1858 (my Grandfather); Millwood, born in 1861; and Susan Frances, born in 1863. 

Samuel Truscott's
Truscott Saddler Leather Seller & Co.

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Samuel’s parents were George Truscott and Christina Thomas, of Tregascoe Farm, St. Stephens, Cornwall.  George’s parents were John Truscott and Elizabeth Andrews, of Resugga Farm, St. Stephens, Cornwall.  John’s parents were Digory Truscott and Frances Andrew, of Gwendra. 

Each of the Truscott children came to the U.S. separately.  The oldest, J. Lynn, eventually became head of Camden Fire Insurance Company in Camden, NJ.  The following tale is copied from an out-of-print booklet about Camden Fire, “Cavalcade of Camden Fire A.D. 1844, Sixth Decade”:

“. . . We turn now from the story of an institution to the story of a man.  Soon, as you will see, the man and the institution become one story – and the name of the man – J. Lynn Truscott – becomes synonymous with that of The Camden Fire Insurance Company.

“At the age of sixteen James Lynn Truscott had completed his education in a private school at Lostwithiel, Cornwall, England.  His schoolmaster, a Congregational minister named Stevens, must have fired his imagination with the tale of America – the land of opportunity for a young Englishman.  The Truscott family was a substantial one residing in St. Austell, a town of about 4000 in those days, on the St. Austell Bay, which is an estuary of the English Channel.  St. Austell was in the china clay district, near the beaches, which England visited in the summer, near the harbor of Falmouth where ships sailed for America.  If St. Austell’s china clay could sail to America, why not St. Austell’s native son?

“So, in October 1871 the brig “William and Anthony”, a 300-ton vessel overloaded with china clay, and bearing a passenger named James Lynn Truscott, left the shores of Cornwall, sailed into the English Channel and headed for an eleven-week voyage that gave young Truscott thrills enough to last a life-time.  Years later he could recall it vividly.  ‘The storms we passed through were so frequent and continuous that it was a miracle that we were spared to arrive at our destination,’ wrote Truscott in 1921.  ‘The vessel’s bulwarks and stanchions on either side, from bow to stern, were carried away, as were also all boats, galley and cooking utensils which were on the deck – figurehead and mainsail suffered in like manner – the meat and water in casks on decks were made unfit by the sea for use, and so we were left for many days with only the ship bread to eat and dependent upon the rain for water to drink.

“ ‘Between the gales, efforts were made to throw cargo overboard to lighten the ship, which was much overladen, and, in addition, the ship was leaking badly and necessitated continuous pumping day and night, which added much to the dangers to which we were exposed, and you can imagine there was but little hope, and I was accustomed, the only passenger, to crawl into my bunk at night with my clothes on, with a ship biscuit in each pocket ready for any emergency and in fact was called one night with the word that the ship was sinking.  The vessel was an interesting wreck on arriving in Philadelphia and was visited by many.’

“During the time of that momentous voyage, Truscott later recalled, the city of Chicago was destroyed by fire – an event that it memorialized by the Insurance Fraternity of the United States through Fire Prevention Week.

“Once in safe harbor, early in January in 1872, Truscott proceeded to Camden and joined an uncle who was agent for several insurance companies.  [Note: the uncle was John W. Cheney, who was married to Mary Cook, sister of J. Lynn’s mother Susan.]  Soon afterward he secured a position in the office of Brand and Cheney at 150  South Fourth Street in the heart of the Philadelphia Insurance District.  Here he learned the business from the ground up and was so successful that by 1881 he was the ‘Co.’ in John W. Cheney & Co.  The next step upward was a managerial position in the downtown office of the Girard and Marine Insurance Company and the title of Assistant Secretary by 1890.

The account states that by 1891 he became Vice-President and Managing Underwriter of Camden Fire.  Later he became President and then Chairman of the Board.  By 1910, at the age of 55 he was “the dignified executive of one of American’s leading Insurance Companies”. 

After describing his work, the article tells about his personal life:  “With all his tremendous tasks he found time for a full religious and family life.  (He and his wife Mary C. P. Browning had 9 children, 3 of whom died young..  There were 7 grandchildren, and at last count 26 great-grandchildren, with 14 known great-great-grandchildren. )  He was a warden of St. Paul’s Protestant Episcopal Church for 30 years. He was more than ordinarily proud of his large family and extremely affectionate as a father. He retired from Camden Fire in 1930 and died in 1935.

J. Lynn’s brother, Arthur (my Grandfather), came to the U.S. in 1874.   He had received his education at Weston House School in St. Austell.  By 1875 he was established as a clerk in an architect’s office in Philadelphia.  Although he did not receive any formal education in architecture, it did not take him long to establish himself as a professional architect in that area.  Over the years he worked with many architectural firms and designed many buildings in the greater Philadelphia area, as well as in Camden, NJ.  These included churches, business and office buildings, schools, and residences. 

He was a founder of the T-Square Club in 1883, and was appointed to the position of Vice-President of that club.  He had several designs in the prestigious Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1885-1886.  He was elected as a professional member of the American Institute of Architects in 1889.  He designed the second Home Office of the above mentioned Camden Fire Insurance Association in 1899, and later an addition to the building in 1904.  He also designed an elaborate home for his brother, J. Lynn Truscott, in Camden.  He also designed a home for his own family in Merchantville, NJ, in which I grew up.

From 1911 to 1913 he was an instructor at Drexel Institute in Philadelphia, first as head of the School of Architecture and later the Department of Engineering.  He died in 1938 after an illness of several years.  He and his wife, Alice Emily Parry, had 4 children.  There were only 2 grandchildren, one died young.  There are now 3 great-grandchildren, and 10 great-great-
grandchildren.  He, like J. Lynn, was active in his church, being a warden of Grace Episcopal Church in Merchantville.  

The third Truscott brother was Millwood, and I asked one of his grandson’s to write about him.  His account follows: 

Millwood Truscott, originally from St. Austell, Cornwall, landed in Philadelphia in March of 1876 at age 15.  He had left Liverpool on the S.S. Ohio. He joined his brothers, J. Lynn and Arthur, who had come previously.  He married Carolyn (Carrie) Weatherby, and their family home was on N. Second Street in Camden, NJ, which house still stands.  He became the Assistant Secretary of the Camden Fire Insurance Association in 1904 having gone there in 1902.  He retired in 1935.  He was a very active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Camden, and wrote a history of that parish, which was later continued by his son.  He was very conscientious and loving in the care of his wife in her latter sickly years and was referred to as a Saint in this regard.  His children were son Millwood Joseph and daughter Carrie May.  Today there are (living) 3 grandchildren (Paul Truscott, Ryland Hanger, and S. David Hanger), 8 great-grandchildren, and 5 great-great-grandchildren. “

This article has been about the three Truscott brothers.  There was also a sister, Susan Frances Truscott.  Not much is known about her.  She did also come to the United States, married Freas Hill and they had a daughter, Ethel J. Hill.  There are no known survivors.

Fire Insurance Association

432-434 Federal Street


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Camden Courier-Post - January 12, 1928


William S. Darnell became president of the Camden Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children at the annual meeting and election of officers of the organization yesterday. Other officers are Millwood Truscott, first vice president; Rev. Roland Wringwalt, second vice president; Millwood Truscott, treasurer; Mrs. William P. Walsh, secretary; William P. Walsh and Frank T. Lloyd Jr., solicitor; Dr. A. S. Ross, Alexander Ellis, Charles Hutchinson and Ernest La Rossa physicians for the society.

A contract was awarded by the society for the erection of a playroom for the children of the Sheltering Arms Home on River Avenue. More than half of the sum needed for the construction of the addition has been collected. A report by Mrs. Walsh revealed that during the past month 43 cases were investigated and that 66 children were involved. Members and nurses of the society made a total of 21 visits during the period..

Camden Courier-Post - January 13, 1928


All officers of the Camden County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children were re-elected yesterday afternoon at a meeting at the Hotel Walt Whitman.

William S. Darnell again was named president. Other officers re-elected were Vice-presidents, Millwood Truscott and Rev. Rolland Ringwalt; treasurer, Millwood Truscott; secretary, Mrs. William P. Walsh.

Solicitors appointed are William P. Walsh and Frank T. Lloyd Jr. Physicians named are Dr. Alexander S. Rosa, Dr. Alexander Ellis, Dr. Charles Hutchinson and Dr. E. DeRossi..

Camden Courier-Post - February 2, 1949

Millwood Truscott Dies here at 87; Civic Leader

Millwood Truscott 87, retired assistant secretary of the Camden Fire Insurance Association and a resident of Camden more than 72 years, died today in his home, 310 North Second Street.

Born in Cornwall, England March 19, 1861, Mr. Truscott came to Camden in 1S76. He was a brother of the late J. Lynn Truscott, for many years president of the fire association.

When Millwood Truscott arrived in the United States he was employed in a woolen company in Philadelphia and later became associated with the fire insurance company. For 30 years he was assistant secretary, and retired in 1930.

Mr. Truscott was one of the two living charter members of the Camden County Chapter of the American Red Cross which was organized February 14, 1917. He was elected secretary at that time and was the only secretary the group ever had. The other surviving charter member is F. Morse Archer Sr. 

He was a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 422 Market Street, and had been a member of the vestry since 1910. He was a junior warden and secretary of the vestry, and was former superintendent of the Sunday school. Mr. Truscott was a member of the board of missions of the Episcopal Diocese of New Jersey and of the Society for Relief and Amelioration of' Poverty.

Mr. Truscott also was treasurer of the Camden County SPCA and a former president of the Camden Civic club. 

One of the oldest members of the Camden central YMCA, he joined the "Y" in lS76.

Surviving are a daughter, Miss C. May Hanger, Haddonfield; a son. M. Joseph Truscott, Merchantvllle. and three grandchildren, Ryland T. Hanger, S. Davis Hanger and Paul J. Truscott. 

Funeral arrangements are being made with the Murray funeral home, 408 Cooper Street.

Millwood Truscott Family Plot

Harleigh Cemetery

Camden NJ

May 1, 2004

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Samuel Truscott's
in England

Millwood Truscott's
marker is of identical design