William Bailey Trent
- Born: 5 Nov 1811, Virginia
- Marriage: Sarah (Sallie) Wall Garrett on 23 Dec 1833 in Farm Near Madison, N.C.
- Died: 11 Apr 1886, Knox Co., Tennessee at age 74
- Buried: Trentville Cemetery, Knox Co., Tennessee
See general notes on his brother Glover Trent.
The 1850 Federal Census for Henry Co., Virginia, page 48 records William B. (37 - VA) and Sallie W. (33 - NC) Trent with children James (16 - VA), Robert (15 - VA), Leftwitch (12 - VA), Eliza (9 - VA), Joseph (7 - VA), John (7 - VA), and Elizabeth (4 - VA). William is a Tobacconist has real estate valued at $1,200.
The 1860 Federal Census for Ridgeway, Henry Co., Virginia (page 166) records William and Sallie Trent and children living next to William's brother, Glover and his family: Wm B. Trent (43 - VA/Tobacconist) with his wife Sally (44 - VA) and children Green (22 - VA), Sally (22 - NC) [this is Green's wife], Eliza (19 - VA), Joseph (18 - VA), Bettie (14 - VA), Jno P. (12 - VA), Sarah (9 - VA), and Mary (6 - VA); Robert W. Trent (24 - VA/Tobacconist) with his wife Sarah B. (19 - VA); Glover Trent (46 -VA/Farmer) with his wife Amy A. (43 - NC) and children Benja F. (20 - NC), William (18 - NC), James (16 - NC), Powhatan (14- NC), Cath (11 - NC), Susan (9 - VA), John (7 - VA), and Rufus (2 - VA). Nearby is a Catherine Trent (84 - VA). For each of the families, real estate and personal estates are valued at: Robert - $0 & $4,400; William B. - $10,000 & $13,000; Glover - $10,000 & $5,600; Cath - $2,500 & $4,500.
The 1870 Federal Census for Knox Co., Tennessee, Civil District 16, Strawberry Plaine P. O., page 279B records William B. Trent (58 - VA) with his wife Sallie Trent (54 - NC) and children Eliza (26 - VA), Sarah (18 - VA), and Mary (15 - VA). William is a farmer. Nearby are his sons with their families: Robert W. Trent (35 - VA) with his wife Sarah V. (28 - VA) and children Walla (9 - VA) and Susan (6 - Alabama); James W. Trent (35 - VA) with his wife Mary E. (32 - VA) and children William (15 - VA), Charlie F. (13 - VA), Mollie (9 - VA), Bettie (7 - Alabama), and Bobbie (5 - Alabama). It appears that the families left Virginia for Alabama at the start of the Civil War then came to Tennessee to make a new life. William B. has real estate valued at $0 with a personal estate of $288, James W. has real estate valued at $3,000 and a personal estate valued at $800, and Robert W. lists no assets ... it appears that the families all live on James' farm.
The 1880 Federal Census for Knox Co., Tennessee, Civil District 16, ED# 154, page 279B records W. B. Trent (69 - VA/VA/NC) with his wife Sarah W. Trent (66 - NC/NC/NC) and daughter Mame (24). W. B. is a tradesman. Nearby are his sons, J. W. Trent (45 - VA/VA/NC) (on 279B) with his wife, Mary E. Trent (43 -VA/VA/VA), and children Chaly F. (22 - VA/VA/NC), Bettie T. (18 - AL/VA/NC), Robert J. (16 - AL/VA/NC), and Flores B. (7 - TN/VA/NC); and (on page 278B) R. W. Trent (44 - VA/VA/VA) with his wife Nettie A. (34 - TN/TN/TN) and children Susan A. (16 - AL/VA/VA), Frank H. (3 - VA/TN/TN), and Ray S. (7/12 - VA/TN/TN). Both J. W. and R.W. work in Tobacco Manufacture. It is obvious that Robert's first wife has died and he is now married to Nettie B. and has started a new family. It is of interest that there is a Frank Trent (42 - VA/VA/VA), living next door to James, working in Tobacco Manufacture with his wife Elizabeth (23 - TN/SC/SC).
Noted events in his life were:
• Occupation: Tobacconist (1850/1860) / Farmer (1870) / Tradesman (1880).
William married Sarah (Sallie) Wall Garrett, daughter of James Garrett and Elizabeth Sims, on 23 Dec 1833 in Farm Near Madison, N.C. (Sarah (Sallie) Wall Garrett was born on 16 Apr 1816 in Rockingham Co., N.C, died on 24 Aug 1892 in Knox Co., Tennessee and was buried in Trentville Cemetery, Knox Co., Tennessee.)
The www.ancestry.com database North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868 records the marriage date of Sarah W. Garrett to William B. Trent as Dec 23, 1833.