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Re: William Torrance, d. 1800 New York- Pembroke, Plymouth Co, MA VR'
Posted by: jan mongoven (ID *****9107) Date: January 12, 2011 at 06:28:05
In Reply to: Re: William Torrance, d. 1800 New York- Pembroke, Plymouth Co, MA VR' by Kay of 1442

Hi,

I do apologize...I mistakenly typed "Mary" when I knew William Torrence married "Susannah" Hardin Stoddard. I agree she married Constant Church in 1813 at Pembroke.

As for the 1800 U.S. census for Belchertown, Hampshire, MA, we may never know if the "Wm Torrance" listed with five others is William Torrance, husband of Hepsibah Batcheller. In addition to two women age 45 and up, there are three other people [one male 10-16; one male under 26; and one female under 26] who are counted in the family. It should be noted that William and Hepshibah had four known children: Jeduthan (bap. 4 Jun 1775); John (bap. 30 Nov 1777); Polly (bap. 3 Dec 1780); and Melvin (bap. 10 Sep 1784). Hepsibah Batcheller Torrance (b. 25 Jul 1741, would have been around 60 in 1800.

Jeduthan Torrance married Eunice Gibbs in 1796 and his young family is at Belchertown in the 1800 U.S. census. This leaves Wiliam and Hepsibah's other three children. Melvin would have been almost 16; Polly would have been around 20; and John would have been about 23 in 1800. Polly likely never married, and could have been with the family in 1800. John married Chloe Bartlett at Pelham, Hampshire, MA in 1810, so could have been with his family in 1800. [It was John and Chloe's son, William (b. 1815 at Enfield, Hampshire, MA) who was the respected principal at Keene, New Hampshire, who died in 1855...he was a bachelor.]

I have more thoughts on the matter but must go now...so I'll post more later today or tomorrow. Thanks for reading.

Sincerely,
Jan


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