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Re: William Torrance, d. 1800 New York- Pembroke, Plymouth Co, MA VR'
Posted by: jan mongoven (ID *****9107) Date: January 13, 2011 at 10:16:43
In Reply to: Re: William Torrance, d. 1800 New York- Pembroke, Plymouth Co, MA VR' by jan mongoven of 1443

The more I study the 1790, 1800, and 1810 U.S. censuses, the more likely it appears that William Torrance, husband of Hepsibah (Batcheller) Torrance, is the man who married Susannah (Hardin/Harding) Stoddard in 1787 at Bridgewater.

In 1790, there are no Torrences (or other surname variants, such as Torrance, Torrans, Torens, etc.) in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. This was where William and Hepsibah's four children (Jeduthan, John, Polly, and Melvin) were born. Yet a William Torrance and his wife Susannah live with two children (probably his) at Bridgewater, Plymouth, MA. Only two other William Torrances (one in Sandgate, VT; the other in Mixed Twp, PA) are found in 1790.

By 1800, the only "logical" William Torrance is found in Belchertown, Hampshire, MA. Two other William Torrances are found (one in Sandgate, VT; the other in Mt. Pleasant, PA.] So, it seems William and family had "come home." Son Jeduthan Torrance's young family also is found in Belchertown in 1800.

We know from Pembroke Vital Records, that a man named W[illia]m Torrance died in "New Yorke" in 1800 (

In the 1810 U.S. census, we find four possibilities but none in Hampshire County: William Torrens (Mt. Pleasant, PA); William H. Torrence (Jerusalem, NY); Wm Torrence (Jay, NY); and William Torrence (Union, PA). "Jeduthen Torrence" is at Greenwich, Hampshire, MA.

Then, Massachusetts marriage records tell us that Mrs. Susanna Torrance married Constant Church on 18 Jan 1813. And Pembroke, MA VR's indicate the death of William Torrance (grandson of William and Hepsibah Torrance) in Keene, NH.

I appears to me that Hepsibah Torrance died (in Hampshire County? or else in Plymouth County?) around 1784-87 and that William next married Susannah Stoddard at Bridgewater in Plymouth Colony in 1787. They lived there as of 1790. The family next seems to have moved west, back to Hampshire County, MA, by 1800. This puts William closer to New York, where he dies sometime in 1800. I sure would like to know the month in which he died...because a William Torrance was alive at Belchertown, Hampshire, MA, as of the 1800 census. And, according to "The official enumeration day of the 1800 census was 4 August 1800. All questions asked were supposed to refer to that date. The enumeration was to be completed within nine months." If our William Torrance died in New York in 1800, he must have died after August (unless the census taker got an early start!).


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