Fayette County Genealogy ProjectHenry Trump
Contributed by Jerry Stout <jerrystout at sbcglobal.net>
Henry Trump came from Germany and settled in what is now Springfield township, on Indian Creek, near its mouth, about 1780. He patented a tract of about four hundred acres, now owned by the heirs of Henry Walters. He erected a saw-mill some distance up the creek, and the lumber sawed in it he, with the aid of his sons, John and Michael, floted down the Youghiogheny to the Pittsburgh market. The saw-mill was said to be the first erected in that part of the county. He had also a small grist-mill on the creek, propelled by a "tub" water-wheel. Henry Trump, however, was less famous as a sawyer and mill-owner than as a hunter. For many years his chief employment was hunting deer and bears, and he derived considerable profit from the sale of the skins of these animals and brear's oil. At his home on Indian Creek he had several deer and bears which he tamed and hept as pets. He lived to a great age, said to be over one hundred years. His son
John settled in what is now Connellsville township, near the line of Springfield. Michael Trump, son of Henry, settled in Connellsville, borough.
Source: "History of Fayette County, Pennsylvania : with biographical sketches of many of its pioneers and prominent men," Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1882. pp.753