Continuing...It is entirely possible that Hepsibah (Batcheller) Torrance died shortly after her son's Melvin's birth (he was bap. Sep 1784) and that William, with four young children, remarried. We know that a William Torrance married Susannah (Hardin/Harding) Stoddard at Bridgewater, Plymouth, Mass., on 15 Oct 1787.
A search (using variant spellings/wildcards/soundex) for William Torrances in the 1790 U.S. census was conducted. Four men with this name were found in Vermont, Pennsylvania, South Carolina...and Bridgewater, Plymouth, Massachusetts.
The family of "Wm Torrance" of Bridgewater in 1790 consisted of two males under 16, 1 male over 16, and 1 female over 16. Based on their 1787 marriage date, this would have included William and Susannah...and his children. Recall that William and Hepsibah (Batcheller) Torrance had four children: Jeduthan, John, Polly, and Melvin, born between 1775 and 1784. If Hepsibah died prior to 1787, and William next married Susannah, then the census tells us that only two of the children remained in the family. Other than her name (via her baptismal record), nobody knows what happened to Polly. But the three boys all lived to at least 1814 (when Melvin died). We are left with the question: What happened to two of William's four children? So far, we can only speculate.
It is interesting that there are only four William (or W. or Wm) Torrances (or Torrence or Torrans, etc.) in the 1790 U.S. census, so I am open to the idea that William (husband of Hepsibah) married Susannah Stoddard in 1787.
Finally, what intrigues me are comments that Kay posted on this site concerning the Torrance family Bible...in the possession of William H. Torrance of Pembroke (15 miles from Bridgewater). And that the Pembroke VR's mention the death of William Torrance, the unmarried, esteemed principal at Keene, New Hampshire. We know that this William was the son of John Torrance, the second son of William and Hepsibah Torrance. This seems to tie William and Hepsibah's clan into the Bridgewater/Pembroke area. Can anybody elaborate on these last statements? It's all very interesting. I welcome your comments.
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