When I wrote of the death of "Mrs. Torrance," the photocopy of the actual death record was not yet online at the FamilySearch.org website.I had no clue she died at the poor house.
Let's see...in 1850 Eunice (Gibbs) Torrance lives with the family of son John Torrance (value of her real estate: $1200); in 1855 she is no longer with widower John and his children; in 1860 John is alone (value of real estate: $150).
Also...Eunice's daughter, Eunice (Torrance) Cook, lives with husband and five children at Enfield in 1850; in 1855 she is at Hadley with husband and six children; in 1860 she and family are still at Hadley.
And...Eunice's daughter, Patty Boynton, dies (or is divorced?) about 1831 as her husband remarries in 1832. I agree she is "Patience" as "Patty" is a nickname, not a typical name given at baptism.
As for Eunice's son, Thomas...a "Thomas Torrance" of Enfield marries Mary Latham of Pelham in Oct 1833.I find a Thomas Torrance at Ludlow, Hampden, MA, in 1840 but can't find him after that.
Back to your question:Why is Mrs. Torrance (age 74...so born around 1780) in the poor house when she has children living in the area?I might have an answer.Recall that Jeduthan Torrance, Sr. had three siblings: John, Melvin, and POLLY.And Polly Torrance, daughter of William and Hepshibah (Batcheller) Torrance was baptized in Dec 1780.[Source: Baptismal Record, "Torrence, Polly; d. William and Hepsibah; baptized 3 Dec 1780," Rice, Franklin P., Vital Records of Brookfield, Massachusetts - To the End of the Year 1849: Births, (Transcriptions of the "Tan Book"); Copyright 1909; Vol. 1, p. 212.]
So, despite my skepticism concerning family stories of an elderly woman's trip across country, I must say that "Mrs. Torrance" certainly could have been POLLY Torrance, whose parents and three brothers all were dead by 1854. Polly's brother Melvin died at Dedham, MA, in 1814; but brother Jeduthan Sr. died at Hadley, Hampshire, MA, in 1848 and John at Enfield, Hampshire, MA, in 1849.
This might explain who "Mrs. Torrance" is in the 1854 death record for Enfield.Still, we remain stuck for records showing Eunice (Gibbs) Torrance in Oregon.Sure is interesting.