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Re: William Torrance, d. 1800 New York; printed in Pembroke, Plymouth Co, MA news
Posted by: Mary Ann Thurmond (ID *****8627) Date: April 12, 2010 at 14:52:46
In Reply to: William Torrance, d. 1800 New York; printed in Pembroke, Plymouth Co, MA news by kay fakhar of 1443

I'm with you, Kay, on whether the same William Torrance who m. Hepsibah Batcheller and Susannah (Hinter?) Stoddard is the same man. There doesn't seem to be any proof in the records as to when Hepsibah d. or where the children of H. and William were in the 1790 census. Plymouth Co. was almost all the way across the state from Hampshire Co. And what would this William be doing in New York? I know he lived purportedly toward the western end of Mass., and, therefor, not horrendously far from the N.Y. border, but ??? William was a frequently used name among the Torrances so it's curious to me why researchers have settled on one to be the husband of two different women with no obvious (to me at least) reason to think they were the same William.

I came across a William who is stated to have been born in Enfield and I can't figure out who he was although he must have been a son of either Jeduthan (I) or his younger brother, John, because these are the only two I know of who lived in Enfield. This William was a school teacher (at a private school, if I remember correctly), never m. and died at the age of 40. He was so well respected by his students that they paid for a tombstone to be erected on his grave. I'll have to find that info and post it so other can help me identify him. But he couldn't be an "alternate" husband because he never m.

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