In Memory of Edward Coleman Trexler


Edward Coleman Trexler, Jr. was born on November 14, 1931 and passed away on May 12, 2020.

Ed lived in Fairfax, Virginia for the last fifty years, where he was active in civic and church activities.

He served honorably and productively on the Fairfax City Planning Commission, the Fairfax City Sesquicentennial Civil War Committee and the Board of Historic Fairfax City Inc.

Ed was also a dedicated participant of Weekly Authors Meetings at McDonald’s in Fairfax Circle which was faithfully attended by Carl Sell, Don Hakenson, Ben Trittipoe, Ed Wentzel, Jim Lewis and Bill Connery for over 20 years.

The unofficial Chairman of the Board of Directors of the group was Tom Evans. Ed Trexler was considered by many historians as the resident expert of Fairfax Court House and Fairfax City.

As a native of Richmond, Virginia, Trexler descended from Virginia families who first settled the Virginia Colony and operated plantations along its rivers.

Ancestral grandfathers served in the Continental Army, and his four great grandfathers served the Confederacy in the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederate States Navy.

He was of the last generation to have personal contact with relatives who served in the Confederacy, and waith former family slaves.

His first book, “Descendants of Conquest, Families of the James River Valley of Virginia.” describes the lives of early Virginia families.

He authored and published over ten manuscripts concerning Virginia and Civil War history.

Trexler was also a devoted member of the Sons of American Revolution; the Descendants of Valley Forge; the Stuart-Mosby Historical Society; the Franconia Museum; the Sons of Confederate Veterans Frank Stringfellow Camp; and the Military Order of the Stars and Bars (MOSB) for many years.

In addition, Ed was a faithful member and follower of the Truro Episcopal Church.

Trexler held a BSME degree from Virginia Tech., and attended graduate school in George Washington University. As an engineer he participated in space science exploration, including the SKYLAB and APPOLLO projects, and in energy and environmental studies including the NAPAP acid rain study and the Grand Canyon Visibility Assessment study. He authored numerous technical papers and articles associated with his engineering activities.

Trexler’s writing reflected the perspective of a true analyst and historian regarding his heritage concerning his varied professional and amateur activities which included farming, fishing, sailing, canoeing, attending Mosby and Civil War historical bus tours, providing historical presentations and hiking throughout the Old Dominion.

Ed Trexler was a warm, caring and generous man who always had a smile on his face.

He was preceded in death by Anne, his wife, to whom he had been married for sixty years. Their reunion will be a blessing. Ed Trexler will be missed by many, but forgotten by none.