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Re: Torrance's of Enfield, Pelham, MA
Posted by: jan mongoven (ID *****9107) Date: November 17, 2010 at 05:59:09
In Reply to: Re: Torrance's of Enfield, Pelham, MA by jan mongoven of 1443

I have located (what I believe is) the death record for Eunice Gibbs Torrance of Enfield, widow of Jeduthan Torrance. My sources are from the FamilySearch Record Search and Ancestry.com.

We know that 70-year-old (so b. abt. 1780) Eunice lived with her son John Torrance (widower) and his children in Enfield as of the 1850 U.S. census:

1850 U.S. Census, Massachusetts, Hampshire, Enfield, "Eunice Torrence (70; b. MA; widow; value of real estate, $1200); lives with son, John Torrence (55; b. MA; farmer; [no wife listed, so probably a widower]; value of real estate $1200) and his children, all b. in MA: Pamelia (17); Rowena (11); Israel (14); Augusta (8); and Sarah (6)," Images 20 and 21/26 at Ancestry.com; www.ancestry.com.

By 1855, however, she was no longer with her eldest son:

1855 Massachusetts State Census, Hampshire, Enfield, "John Torrance (50-60; farmer) with wife Hepzibah (20-30) and his children: Rowena (15-20); Israel (15-20); Augusta (10-15); and Sarah (10-15); [note: all were born in Enfield]," FamilySearch Record Search.

I work in the Genealogy Department at our city library and scoured FamilySearch Record Search last night. I found the following:

Death Record, "Mrs. Torrance; female; death date: 27 Feb 1854; death place: Enfield, MA; age: 74; birth date: 1780," Source film no. 960170; FamilySearch Record Search.

This, I am certain, is Eunice Gibbs Torrance. I have to ask myself, why would a woman in her 70s leave the home of her eldest son to travel to Oregon? Also, why can I not locate her in any census (territorial, state, or federal, and using multiple search techniques) if she survived the trip and ended up in Oregon? It makes no sense to me. I am convinced that "Mrs. Torrance" is Eunice...her name, age, and place of death fit perfectly.

Sincerely,
Jan


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