Source:History of Essex Co., NY, with illustrations and biographical sketches of some of its prominent men and pioneers by : H. P. Smith, Syracuse, NY (1885)
The TORRENCE FAMILY ws founded in Jay, Essex Co., NY by William Torrence, who came from Sandgate, VT, with five sons; John, Louis, Daniel, Orrin, and Reuben, and settled in the locality known as Torrence Hill. Russel Torrence, of Jay, NY, a descendant of John Torrance, married Rhoda, daughter of Israel Taylor. William Torrance, an early settler of Jay, NY, married Mary, daughter of Aaron Houghton. They have five children living; Luella, Maria, William, Martha and John; two deceased; Lydia and Nellie. Besides William Torrence, Mrs. Rhoda Torrence had seven children; William, Ephraim, who served nine months in the late war, Adoniram, who lost his life from wounds received in the battle of Wilderness, Jane, Isaac, Elizabeth, and Elanora. William Torrence lives on the old Houghton farm and his mother resides with him. Ira Torrance was born Aug., 9th, 1841. He is a farmer and owns 100 acres. Nov. 9th, 1862 he married Lucy E., daughter of Sylvester and Lucinda Smith. They have one son, Fred Torrence, born Jan. 11th, 1878. Ira Torrance was a member of the 2nd. N.Y. Harris Light Cavalry, Company E; enlisted Sept. 1864, and served until the close of the war.
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