Doing some additional research on Loring-Collier descendants of Mass. and Maine, I note again that the 1917 Loring genealogy has apparently confused two William Lorings who lived in eastern Mass. in the 19th century. (There WERE a lot of them.)
pp. 235 - 236 of the 1917 book has a William H. Loring, born in 1822, Portland, Maine, who died in Lynn Mass. in 1887. That seems correct. His wife is given as "Sarah E. ----," and they are said to have had 10 children in and around Boston from 1845 to 1862.Meanwhile, following the trail of a North Yarmouth, ME Loring descendant - Elizabeth A. Larkin (1818 - d. 1897, Lynn, MA), I find that SHE married her first cousin William H. Loring, the one mentioned above who wad born in Portland, 1822. Elizabeth Lakin and William Loring, "cordwainer," married in Lynn, Nov. 15, 1848, where William's mother also seems to have hailed from. The couple appear to have remained in Lynn for the rest of their lives, William usually employed in the shoe making business. There he indeed died May 23, 1887 and Elizabeth ("m. n. Lakin") Sept. 9, 1897. I don't yet find any record of children.
Meanwhile, in and around Boston lived ANOTHER William Loring, middle initial either H. or T. I believe he was born about 1819 in Boston, married the Sarah (UNKNOWN) mentioned in the 1917 genealogy, perhaps in the early 1840s. Sarah was born in Maine about 1820 - perhaps near Bar Harbor. I have found records of the births of some of the children mentioned in 1917 - Charles H., b. Dorchester 1847; Samuel, b. 1853, d. 1854, etc. - but have not pursued this too far yet. I haven't yet found the family in the 1850 census, but in 1860 they were in Boston's 10th Ward, William working as what appears to be a "hat maker," Children with the family on June 11, 1860 were: Wm T Loring 17 (Not sure he was son of Wm. and Sarah) C H Loring 12 Oliver Loring 10 Sarah E Loring 4 George Loring 2
By the 1870 census, Sarah Loring was a widow and the family was living in Walpole, Norfolk County, Mass. "Wm. T. Loring" is gone, and Francis J., age 7, is added to the family roster. That Sarah was a widow in 1870 leads me to think that we can identify the late father as the William H. Loring who died in Boston on May 3, 1867, aged 48. His occupation was "weaver," cause of death an arm amputation of 3 months prior to death, and names of parents and next of kin unfortunately not given. He had been born in Boston.
Can anyone identify this particular William H. Loring of Boston, b. about 1819, or clarify, correct or debunk my research on the matter?? I am particularly interested in whether we can trace his lineage back to a Loring - Collier marriage in Hull, Mass. in the early 18th century, or not.