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Here are some Truman stories
accounts over the years:


Benjamin Truman and the Black Eagle Brewery


Truman followed in the footsteps of his father
and grandfather, both named Joseph, into brewing, joining the family
firm in
1722.  Under his management, the Black
Eagle brewery in London increased substantially in prosperity and size.  His beer became the drink of the Royal family
and he was knighted by King George III in 1760.
He subsequently had his portrait painted by both George Romney
and Sir
Thomas Gainsborough.
Truman’s image was used on Truman beer labels and in
advertising until the 1970s, depicting him as a jolly fat man with a
peg leg
and the motto: “There’s more hops in Ben Truman.” 


Truman Tailors in Devon

Truman was born in Chudleigh in Devon in 1769
and came to Dawlish to marry Mary Matterface.
It was he who started the tailoring business in 1815 in Dawlish
in a
Georgian house at the top of the Strand, Dawlish’s main shopping area.  He died in 1828 and his wife two years
earlier and they were buried in Dawlish.

of his sons were tailors.

James also had his shop at the top of The Strand.  On
his early death in 1831, his widow turned
to keeping a lodging house there.

had a shop in the center of the Strand.
In 1835 he acquired the adjacent premises which his wife turned
into lodging
apartments.  His son George was also a
tailor and took over his father’s business on his death in 1880.  The lodging apartments stayed under family
control until 1939



Trumans and Truemans in the 1891 Census


Truman Trueman
Cheshire     20    170
Derbyshire    120    150
Lancashire    100    130
Nottinghamshire 270 130
Yorkshire     60    240
Devon    120     10
London    210    120
Elsewhere    700    950
Total   1,600   1,900


Trumans in New
London, Connecticut

wrote the following in his note-book in 1822:

Truman, owner of
this book, is the son of Jonathan Truman, born at New London, on June
25, 1730.
He was the son of Thomas Truman who was also born at New London. His
who was named Joseph, came to America from England (Nottinghamshire),
company with a brother who settled in Virginia. He left at New London
two sons,
Joseph and Thomas, and a number of daughters.


Harry S. Truman and His Ancestry

am sure that the good old Saxon name Truman is
just what it purports to be and has nothing whatever to do with
Normandy or
what spewed out of it.”

wrote President Harry Truman to his cousin Mary
Ethel Nolland in March 1952.  He was
commenting on the coat of arms marked “Tremaine” that another cousin
Ralph Truman had brought to the President.
The President said that he believed the “Tremaine thing is a lot
bunk.”  But, he conceded:
“Maybe I’m wrong.  Anyway as I’ve
told you so long as we don’t find Captain Kidd, Morgan the Pirate or
Morgan either for that matter in ‘the line’ I’m satisfied.”

Truman occasionally received inquiries from people interested in his
genealogy, and he usually referred them to his cousin Ethel.


think she has all the facts, although she spent most of her time trying
prove that the family were Virginians and came over with the followers
Charles I and I always tell her the first Truman to come to this
country was
the son of the old man who established Truman’s Brewery in England in
1666.  Ethel, of course, doesn’t like it
when I say I think this relative belongs to the branch of the family
which I

eventually compiled hundreds of pages of letters, family
lore, and other genealogical data that comprised the most complete
record of
Truman family genealogy.”


The Truemans
of Prospect Farm

Truemans, Chapmans, and Blacks were all
Methodists and leading figures in the transplanted Yorkshire community
established itself in New Brunswick and Nova Scotia in the 1770’s.  William Trueman and his wife Mary and son
William had arrived in 1774 and made their home at Prospect Farm at
Point de
Bute in New Brunswick.

Truemans multiplied.
Son William married Elizabeth Keillor and they raised ten
children.  These children were equally
prolific and
there were 87 children in the next generation.
A reunion of the descendants of these early Truemans was held at
Prospect Farm in 1875, at which time 500 gathered for an all day picnic.

Farm today is considerably larger today than the parcel of land
purchased in
1775 by William Trueman.  It began with
80 acres of upland and 54 acres of Tantramar marshland. Today the
Trueman farm,
operated by descendants George and Ronald Trueman, consists of more
than 1,000
acres. The farm contains many old Yorkshire heirlooms, including a
clock made
by Robert Henderson, of Scarborough and brought out in 1774.  There is also a painting of Helm
, the home of the Truemans
back in Yorkshire


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