Learner Leeds Trout

Learner Leeds Trout
B: 1854 
D: 1942 
M: Hannah Elizabeth Hinshaw

M: Rhoda Keziah Hinshaw

Learner Leeds Trout     [ID 03035] Click here to switch to Ahnentafel view: Ahnentafel View

Learner Leeds Trout1,2 [Colonel Trout2,3].

Born Sep 17 1854, Highland County, Ohio.4,5  Parents: Morris Trout & Elizabeth Leeds.2,5  

The nickname "Colonel", which was so consistently used that it essentially became his actual name, comes from Civil War time when a cavalry colonel was camped at the the young boy's family home.  According to family legend, he had the daily chore of riding the colonel's horse to water at the nearby creek.  Neighbors and friends, seeing the tiny figure perched atop the cavalry charger, got to calling out "Hi, colonel".  The name stuck for the rest of his life.2  

When Learner was 5 his father was killed in an accident at a logging camp in Ohio.  Sometime in 1868 the family, now headed by mother Elizabeth (Leeds), moved to a farm near Kellogg, Jasper County, Iowa.2  

He married Hannah Elizabeth Hinshaw, Sep 13 1876, Newton, Jasper County, Iowa.1,2,5  (Sep 12 1876).6,7  Hannah Elizabeth Hinshaw, daughter of Evan Hinshaw & Ruth Sopher, was born 1-6-1858, near Newton, Jasper County, Iowa.1,8  


Viola Trout.
Zoa Trout; died in infancy.

Hannah Elizabeth Hinshaw died Jul 15 1884, buried Friends Center, Newton, Iowa.2,5  

He then married Rhoda Keziah Hinshaw, Sep 21 1885, Jasper County, Iowa.3,4,8  Rhoda Keziah Hinshaw, daughter of David Hinshaw & Elizabeth Ann Lewis, was born 8-17-1865, near Newton, Jasper County, Iowa.1,2,8  Rhoda was Hannah Elizabeth's first cousin.  

Children (all born on the family farm near Newton, Jasper County, Iowa):4

Mona Lou Trout, born Jul 27 1886; died Feb 22 1953; married Myrlin Stanley (child: Carol Lou Stanley). 9
Zella Trout, born Oct 7 1887; died Apr 19 1888.
Hazel Isabella Trout, born Feb 16 1889; died Aug 2 1957; married John George Kling.
Verda Trout, born Oct 27 1890; died Aug 13 1968; married Samuel Harry Vinall.
Cecil Aleric Trout, born Jul 27 1892; died Jul 31 1982; married Jennie June McCausland.
Zola Alice Trout, born Aug 25 1894; died Jan 14 1994; married Orville W. Cleverley. 10
Bernice Cora Trout, born Jul 6 1897; died Jul 23 1977; married George McKinley Wormley.
Earl Howard Trout, born Nov 12 1899; died Jan 15 1982; married Eva Marie Russell.
Regenia LeeNora Trout, born Feb 20 1902; died Feb 16 1970; married Charles E. Bartlett.
Edith Elizabeth Trout, born Jan 7 1908; died Nov 18 1992; married Russell Lister Lynch. 10
Daughter Zella only lived 6 months: she was taken to her grandmother's funeral in late Feb 1888 on a cold & miserable day, and the exposure caused her to develop croup, which eventually choked her to death before they could make the 5 mile drive to the doctor in town.2  

Colonel Trout was a farmer, first on a farm near Kellogg, Iowa, then on a place east of Newton, Iowa.  Rhoda's uncle Zimri, a bachelor, and her two old-maid aunts, Asenath & Serena, lived together on a nearby farm.  Rhoda inherited from them the money to build the family home on the farm near Newton in 1894.2  

They retired from farming about 1925 and moved to a house in Newton, leaving Cecil, the older of their two sons, on the home place.  Cecil bought the farm from the other heirs soon after Rhoda's death.  In 1976 he sold the farm to his son Leslie.  A new house was built in 1977.2  

Learner Leeds Trout died Jan 25 1942, Newton, Jasper County, Iowa; buried Friends Center, Newton, Iowa.4,5  

Rhoda Keziah Hinshaw died Dec 20 1943, Newton, Jasper County, Iowa.3,4  

Learner had a brother, John Alexander Trout.  They were the sons of Morris Trout, Jr. who descended from John Trout (1701-1768) of Freehold, Monmouth County, New Jersey.11  

In 1878 a History of Jasper County, Iowa was compiled, and a short biographical sketch of Colonel Trout and Hannah Hinshaw was included:12

TROUT, C. L.  
Farmer, Sec. 20, P.O. Amboy. he was born in Highland Co. OH in 1854.  He located in this county in 1868.  He married Hannah HINSHAW in 1876.  She was born in the house she now occupies -- being the homestead of her father, who was one of the oldest residents in the county.  He is a Greenbacker in politics.  He owns sixty acres of land, valued at $60 per acre.


  1. The Church Of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (LDS) International Genealogical Index (IGI) - Iowa.
  2. Contribution from Claudia Wormley Wilson ().
  3. Family group sheets from Annette L. Schmidt ()
  4. Contribution from Claudia Wormley Wilson () citing:
    Learner Leeds Trout family bible.
  5. "Hinshaw Family": a collection of family group sheets by Edna Harvey Joseph; LDS FHL microfilm #1572018 items 8-10 and #1572019 items 1-4
  6. Marriage Register, Jasper County, Iowa, Volume II 1870-1878; USGenWeb:
  7. Marriage Register, Jasper County, Iowa, Volume II 1870-1878; USGenWeb:
  8. "The William Wade Hinshaw Index to [Iowa] Quaker Meeting Records", a microfiche in the LDS Family History Library.
  9. Contribution from Carol Lou (Stanley) Brain ().
  10. "Social Security Death Index" (as it is commonly called), derived from the Social Security Administration "Death Master File". See: http://www.rootsweb.com/~rwguide/lesson10.htm
  11. Contribution from Richard A. Moore ().
  12. Jasper County, Iowa, USGenWeb: http://www.rootsweb.com/~iajasper/1878-bios/kellogg.htm
    citing: "The 1878 History of Jasper County, Iowa Containing a history of
    the county, its cities, towns. A biographical directory of its citizens.
    Published: Chicago, Western Historical, 1878.

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