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Re: Torrance's of Enfield, Pelham, MA
Posted by: jan mongoven (ID *****9107) Date: January 18, 2011 at 09:48:12
In Reply to: Re: Torrance's of Enfield, Pelham, MA by jan mongoven of 1443

Mary Ann,

Look at the "death record" for Enfield in 1854 once again. Notice the Wd. Childs, age 100, who also died at the "poor house" at Enfield. I figured she, too, should be in the 1850 U.S. census. I checked and found her at Enfield (image 15/26 at

She was Ruth Childs, age 95, and lived at the farm residence of Daniel (Savage??; age 24; farmer), his wife Samantha (22), and daughter Angelia (1). Listed with Ruth are five others called "paupers." The residence is called a "pauper establishment" in a note to the left of the names, which include:

Mary Blair, 72; Lucy Stone, 50; Franklin Ward, 23, Jane Cone, 9...and CATHERINE TORRENCE, 82.

Remember, too, that in the same census for Enfield we find EUNICE (GIBBS) TORRANCE with son John.

So, there WERE two Torrance/Torrence women of the same era in Enfield in 1850. And, although the age of the woman who died in the "poor house" in 1854 was given as 74, it seems obvious she was CATHERINE Torrance and not EUNICE. I don't know (yet) who Catherine was, but to be in Enfield with the rest of the Torrances, she must have married into the family.

So, it looks like Eunice might have made the looooong journey as the family stories tell us. Wow.


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