Philip Troutfetter was born in Warsaw, Hancock County, Illinois, in the 1860s and died near Colby, Thomas County, Kansas, in 1911. There are several things I learned about research from Philip:
- Some people move a great deal. Philip lived in Illinois, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, and spent time in Cuba and Columbia, South America. After leaving Columbia he worked for a time in a Boston, Massachusetts, restaurant.
- Some people change their name to avoid authorities. Philip used the last name of Taylor in order to avoid capture by the police and postal inspectors in the 1890s.
- A good lawyer can help. According to a Denver, Colorado, newspaper, Philip’s ability to get out of his legal difficulties was at least partially due to his ability of his parents to hire an expensive and experienced lawyer.
- Planned marriages do not always happen. A local newspaper mentions Philip’s upcoming marriage in the late 1880s. There has been no evidence located to indicate the marriage ever took place.
- Don’t assume anything.