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Samuel Torrance

Male 1719 - 1788  (69 years)


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  • Name Samuel Torrance 
    Born 1719  County Londonderry, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died 14 Jan 1788  Woodbury, Litchfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried South Cemetery, Woodbury, Lichtfield, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I36740  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of LMH
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2021 

    Family Jemima Parke,   b. 5 Mar 1716, Plainfield, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1793  (Age 76 years) 
    Married Jul 1741  Voluntown, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Children 
    +1. Nancy Torrance,   b. 1746,   d. 5 Jan 1806  (Age 60 years)
    Last Modified 7 Nov 2021 
    Family ID F21598  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From his Find a Grave page (citation details below):

      Captain in the Revolutionary War.

      Captain Samuel Torrance came with his father to America between 1730 and 1740; landed in Philadelphia and made his way to Woodbury, Connecticut, where he died January 14, 1788. The land records of Canterbury reveal that he first bought about six acres of land there on October 16, 1747, together with dwelling houses and improvements, from James Kasson, a Scotch-Irishman of Voluntown, in the eastern part of Connecticut. The location of his purchase was at Cross Brook, north of Good Hill, in the present Roxbury part of Woodbury. Roxbury was originally called New Roxbury, said to have been named for Roxbury, Massachusetts.

      Samuel Torrance's name appears as Captain in William Cothren's History of Ancient Woodbury, page 786, in connection with a list of Revolutionary soldiers. In the same list are Corporal Joseph Torrance, Private Samuel Torrence, Ezra Torrance, William Torrance and Thomas Torrance.

      He married in July, 1741, Jemimah Parke (1716-1793), daughter of Robert Parke, of Voluntown, who was appointed administratrix of his estate. The files of the Woodbury Probate Court show, in his intestacy papers, Number 4562, that he died January 14, 1788, and that within the month the widow asked to be relieved of administration duties.

      The inventory of Captain Torrance's estate consisted of a full page of items, some of which were: Ten acres of land and dwellings thereon; one acre with barn; one house with land; seven acres of land; live stock; grain stores; one great wheel, one small wheel, flax; general household furnishings; tools, farming implements, etc. The distribution to the widow as her dower in her husband's estate included the dwelling house he last lived in, also the land adjoining on the north, called about nine acres, be it more or less.

  • Sources 
    1. [S6093] Find a Grave page for Samuel Torrance.

    2. [S1054] Connecticut, Church Record Abstracts, 1630-1920, on ancestry.com.

    3. [S6093] Find a Grave page for Samuel Torrance., month and year only.