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Lt. James Torrey

Birthdate: (53)
Birthplace: Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset, England
Death: Died in Scituate, Plymouth Colony
Cause of death: Burns to body after blast from the gun powder he was drying at the house of Goodwife Tickner. He was burnt especial on his breast, face, hands and arms
Immediate Family:

Son of Phillip Torrey, Sr. and Alice Torrey (Richards)
Husband of Ann Hatch and Anne Phillips
Father of Jonathan Torrey, 1; Micajah Torrey; Deacon James Torrey; William Torrey; Joseph Torrey and 7 others
Brother of Anne Dunster (Torrey); Capt. William Torrey; Sarah Torrey; Phillip Torrey; Naomi Silvester and 2 others

Occupation: Towne Clarke of the Town of Scituate, Mass and a Weaver
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About Lt. James Torrey

  • James Jonathan Torrey
  • Birth: 1612 Combe St Nicholas, Somerset, England
  • Death: Jul. 6, 1665 Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • He was born about 1612 or 1613.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Phillip Torrey (1580 - 1621)
  • Alice Richards Torrey (1584 - 1634)
  • Children:
    • Sarah Torrey Warren (1660 - 1722)*
  • Siblings:
  • Anne Torrey (1605 - 1621)*
  • Mary Torrey (1607 - 1634)*
  • William Torrey (1608 - 1690)*
  • Sarah Torrey (1609 - 1621)*
  • James Jonathan Torrey (1612 - 1665)
  • Naomi Torrey Silvester (1614 - 1663)*
  • Phillip Torrey (1614 - 1686)*
  • Sarah Torrey (1616 - 1634)*
  • Mary Torrey (1618 - 1675)*
  • Joseph Torrey (1621 - 1675)*
  • James Torrey (1629 - 1665)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 79414007
  • From:


  • James Torrey
  • Birth: 1629 Combe St Nicholas, Somerset, England
  • Death: Jul. 6, 1665 Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, USA
  • James was born about 1629 at Combe Saint Nicholas, Somerset County, England.
  • He died at Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • Phillip Torrey (1580 - 1621)
  • Alice Richards Torrey (1584 - 1634)
  • Siblings:
  • Anne Torrey (1605 - 1621)*
  • Mary Torrey (1607 - 1634)*
  • William Torrey (1608 - 1690)*
  • Sarah Torrey (1609 - 1621)*
  • James Jonathan Torrey (1612 - 1665)*
  • Naomi Torrey Silvester (1614 - 1663)*
  • Phillip Torrey (1614 - 1686)*
  • Sarah Torrey (1616 - 1634)*
  • Mary Torrey (1618 - 1675)*
  • Joseph Torrey (1621 - 1675)*
  • James Torrey (1629 - 1665)
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 79413836
  • From:


  • Anne Hatch Torrey Phillips
  • Birth: Dec. 3, 1626
  • Death: 1697
  • Birth: Dec. 3, 1626 Wye Kent, England
  • Death 1697 in Marshfield, Plymouth, Massachusetts, USA
  • Parents
  • Father: William Hatch (1598-1651)
  • Mother: Jane King (Hatch) (Abt 1596-1653)
  • 1st married Nov 2, 1643 James J Torrey (1612 - 1665)
  • 2nd married Apr 3, 1677 John Phillips (1601 - 1691)
  • Siblings
  • Name and birth year:
  • Walter Hatch 1623
  • Andrew Hatch 1633
  • Jane Hatch 1631
  • John Hatch 1625
  • William Hatch 1629
  • Family links:
  • Parents:
  • William Hatch (1599 - 1651)
  • Jane Young Hatch King (1597 - 1653)
  • Siblings:
  • John Hatche (1625 - 1651)*
  • Anne Hatch Torrey Phillips (1626 - 1697)
  • Anne Hatch Phillips (1626 - 1691)*
  • Jane Hatch Lovell (1631 - ____)*
  • Hannah Hatch Utley (1638 - ____)*
  • Burial: Unknown
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 147077591
  • From:


  • HATCH, Ann
  • b. 3 DEC 1626 Wye, Kent, England
  • d. 1691 Marshfield, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: HATCH, William Elder
  • Mother: YOUNG, Jane
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 2 NOV 1643 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Spouse: TORREY, James [aka: Lieutenant James /Torrey/]
  • b. 1612 Combe St. Nicholas, Somersetshire, England
  • d. 6 JUL 1665 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Parents:
  • Father: Torrey, Philip
  • Mother: Richards, Alice
  • Children:
    • TORREY, James
    • TORREY, William b. 15 MAR 1645/6 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
    • TORREY, Joseph b. 18 MAR 1647/8 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
    • TORREY, Damaris
    • TORREY, Jonathan
    • TORREY, Josiah
    • TORREY, Sarah
    • TORREY, Joanna b. 4 MAY 1663 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
    • Torrey, Bethia
    • TORREY, Mary
  • Family:
  • Marriage: 3 APR 1677 Scituate, Plymouth, Mass.
  • Spouse: PHILLIPS, John
  • From:


  • The New England historical and genealogical register, Volume 70 By Henry Fitz-Gilbert Waters, New England Historic Genealogical Society
  • Pg.258
  • .... etc.
  • 11. Elder William Hatch (William, Thomas, John the Younger, Thomas, Thomas, John), of Ashford, Wye, and Sandwich, co. Kent, and of Scituate in the Plymouth Colony, woollen draper and merchant, born about 1598, died at Scituate 6 Nov. 1651. He probably married first ____; and secondly, probably at Thanington, near Canterbury, co. Kent, by licence of 9 July 1624, Jane Young of Thanington, born about 1596, who married secondly, at Scituate, 31 Mar. 1653, Elder Thomas King of Scituate (who succeeded William Hatch in the office of elder), and died at Scituate 8 Oct. 1653. Her parentage has not yet been discovered, but it is likely that Edward Young of Thanington, husbandman, one of the bondsmen on Marriage licence, was her kinsman, perhaps her brother.
  • About 1634 William Hatch and his family removed from Wye to Sandwich, co. Kent, The statement that he was at Scituate in Plymouth Colony in 1633 is incorrect, and is due to the assumption that the date after the names of the assistants in the records applied to all the names following. He embarked for America for the first time in Mar. 1634/5, sailing from Sandwich in the ship Hercules with his wife Jane, five children, and six servants. In the same ship sailed his cousin, Lydia (Huckstep) Tilden (7, i, 7), with her husband Nathaniel Tilden, and their children. William Hatch and his famly settled at Scituate, where he built a house on Kent Street and was admitted freeman on 5 Jan. 1635/6. He returned to England, but came back to New England in Apr. 1638, in the ship Castle. It is probable that his brother Thomas (10) with his wife and children and his sister Elizabeth Soan (12) with her son William came with him on this voyage. In 1643 William Hatch was chosen the first ruling elder of the Second Church of Scituate, and in August of that year he with his sons Walter and John appears on the list of those in Scituate able to bear arms (that is, they were between 16 and 60 years of age). In the same year also he was lieutenant of the trainband.
  • Child, probably by first wife:
    • i. .... etc.
  • Children by second wife:
    • .... etc.
    • iii. ANNE, bapt. at Wye, co. Kent, 3 Dec 1626; emigrated with her parents to New England in Mar. 1634/5; m. (1) at Scituate, 2 Nov. 1643, Lieut. JAMES TORREY of Scituate, who d. at Scituate 6 July 1665; probably m. (2) at Marshfield, 3 Apr. 1677, JOHN PHILLIPS. Children by first husband, b. at Scituate: 1. James, b. 3 Sept. 1644. 2. William, b. 15 Mar. 1646/7; probably d. young. 3. Joseph, b. 18 Mar. 1648/9. 4. Damaris, b. 26 Oct. 1651. 5. Jonathan, b. 20 Sept. 1654. 6. Mary, b. 14 Feb. 1656/7. 7 Josiah, b. 28 Jan. 1658/9. 8. Sarah, b. 9 Feb. 1660/1. 9. Joanna, b. 4 May 1663. 10 Bethia, b. 19 July 1665.
    • iv. A son, .... etc.


  • Memoir of Major Jason Torrey: Of Bethany, Wayne County, Pa By David Torrey
  • Pg.7
  • These records show:
  • 1 That the will of William Torrey, of Combe St. Nicholas in said county, was proven on June 18, 1557, and Thomasyne, his wife is named as his Executrix. His "children" are mentioned but not named in the will.
  • 2 That the will of Philip Torrey, son of the above, was dated August 31, 1604, and mentions his son William and daughter Dorothei, and names Margaret his wife as Executrix.
  • 3 That William Torrey, son of the above Philip was living at the date of the death of Jane, his wife, who was buried on the 27th April, 1639.
  • 4 That the will of Philip Torrey, son of the last named William, was proven on 27th June, 1621. His wife Alice is mentioned as Executrix, and the will mentions three daughters, Annie, Mary and Sarah, and four sons, William, James, Philip and Joseph. The will of Alice, the widow is dated in 1634, mentions the same seven children, by name and referes to the previous death of the daughter Mary.
  • From the provisions of these last two wills it is evident that at the date of the father's death in 1621, all the children were minors and some of them in early childhood.
  • We, also, have reliable information that William Torrey, eldest son of the last named Philip, born at Combe St. Nicholas, in 1608, was married to Agnes, daughter of Joseph Combe--the name being suggestive of the probability that she belonged to the family which gave the place its name. ..... etc.
  • Pg.9
  • Also that the brother James was settled at Scituate, Mass., in 1640, and there were born to him five sons and five daughters. He was a military officer and was killed by an explosion of powder, at Scituate, July 5, 1664. It is found that after his death his brother William, at Weymouth, became guardian of at least two of his children (Jonathan and Mary) who grew up in his family at Weymouth, with the very singular result that, after more than two hundred years, the numerous Torreys, now living at Weymouth, are all descended from James, though William was the permanent resident of that place, and reared a large famly there; while the only descendants of William now there, bear other names.


  • Genealogical notes, showing the paternal line of descent from William Torrey, of Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset County, England, A.D. 1557, to Jason Torrey, of Bethany, Pennsylvania, with the descendants of Jason Torrey, and of his brothers and sister, to A.D. 1884. (1885)
  • Pg.9
    • 1
  • WILLIAM TORREY [1], of Combe St. Nicholas, in the County of Somerset, England, who died in June, 1557, leaving a will, in which he mentions Thomasyne, his wife, and "every of his children," without naming them.
    • 2
  • PHILIP T0RREY [2], son of the above William, and Margaret, his wife. His will is dated in 1604 ; mentions his son William, and daughter Dorothie : also his wife Margaret.
    • 3
  • WILLIAM TORREY [3], son of Philip (No. 2), and Jane, his wife. His wife died in April, 1639, at which date he was still living. The date of his death is not found. His son Philip had previously died.
    • 4
  • PHILIP TORREY [4], son of William (No. 3), and Alicie, his wife. He died in June, 1621, leaving a will dated 21 April, 1621, in which he mentions three daughters, Anne, Mary and Sarah, and four sons, William, James, Philip and Joseph.
  • Pg.10
  • The will of the wife Alicie is dated in 1634. and mentions by name the same seven children, and states that the daughter Mary was deceased.
  • These four sons all emigrated to America in 1640, and located within a few miles of Boston, Mass., and seem to have been the ancestors of all the early families of the name in America. William and Joseph first located in Weymouth ; James in Scituate, and Philip in Roxbury. Although Philip raised a family, it is not learned that he had any son to transmit his family name to later generations. He died in Roxbury in 1686.
  • Joseph removed to Rehoboth, Mass., and subsequendy to Newport, R. I., where he was prominently active in public affairs. He died there in 1675. Nothing is learned concerning his descendants. James was accidentally killed by an explosion of powder in Scituate, in July, 1664, leaving five sons and five daughters.
    • 5
  • WILLIAM TORREY [5], of Weymouth, Mass.. son of Philip (No. 4), usually designated as "Captain William Torrey," was born in Combe St. Nicholas, in England, in 1608. The church records show that he was baptized on 21 December of that year.
  • On 17th March, 1629, he was married to Agnes Combe, of Combe St. Nicholas. She died before he left England, and he was appointed administrator of her estate. In 1640 he came to America, bringing with him two sons, Samuel, born in 1632, and William, born in 1638, and settled in Wey-
  • Pg.11
  • mouth, which was thereafter his home. It is believed that he brought his second wife with him from England. Six children were born to him in Weymouth, viz.: Naomi, Marv, Micajah, Josiah, Judith and Angel.
  • Besides which, he took two small children of his brother James, after their father's death, and brought them up with his family, viz.: Jonathan and Mary. Both of whom are in some of the records of early history erroneously referred to as his own children.
  • He died in Weymouth, June 10, 1690. He was our earliest ancestor who resided in America. -


  • The ancestry and allied families of Nathan Blake 3rd and Susan (Torrey) Blake (1916)
  • Pg.61
  • TORRY William1, who died June 1557 in Combe St. Nicholas, in the diocese of Bath and Wells, by his Will dated 7 Oct. 1556 and proved June 18, 1557, we read, "My body to be buried in the church-yard of Combe St. Nicholas; To the church of St. Andrews, in Wells twelve pence — To the church of Combe St. Nicholas 6 shillings, eight pence — To Elizabeth Screvyn, my servant a Chilver Sheep — To John Morys my servant a Chilver Sheep — To every of my children ten sheep — The residue of my goods not given in other bequests I give and bequeath to Tomasyne, my wife, whom I make and ordain sole executrice."
    • Witnesses of Will William Gollopp & Thomas Torry (two of the overseers)
  • .... etc.
  • Pg.62
    • Phillip, b. —— , married Margaret —— , died leaving a will proved 31 Aug. 1604.
    • Emmett, b. —— , m. Henry Cookney, was living in 1593.
    • William, b.— — .
  • TORRY Phillip2, son of William and Thomasyn, in his Will, made the last day of August 1604 we read, "Phillip Torry, late of Wadbrook, in the parish of Hawkschurch, Dorset, husbandman, etc., did make his last Will and testament, in his manner and form following, or the like in effect, viz.: To his son William Torry he did bequeath ten young sheep, and not any other chattel or goods whatsoever. He bequeaths all the rest of his goods to Margaret, his wife, and Dorothy, his daughter. And last of all he appoints his forenamed son William Torry the sole executor of his last Will and testament."
    • Witnessed by Henry Holcombe, John Cookney, with others.
    • Will proved 23d February 1604/5.
    • William married and was living in 1621.
    • Dorothy, married, living in 1604.
  • TORREY William,3 son of Phillip and Margarit, married and had a son Phillip whom he outlived.
    • Phillip, b. , married Alice, died 1621.
    • See will of Philip Torry2 of the 31 Aug. 1604. Who mentions his son William Torry.3
    • See will of Philip Torry4 of the 16 April 1621. Who mentions his father William Torry.3
  • TORRY Phillip4, of Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset, husbandman, by will dated 16 April 1621 and proved 27th June 1621, we read, "To be buried in the churchyard of Combe — to the relief of the poor of Combe three shillings four pence — Ann Torry, mine eldest daughter shall have threescore pounds when she shall accomplish the age of sixteen years, to be paid my overseers who shall take the government of it until she shall accomplish the age of one and twenty years — To her the biggest brass pan, to be delivered to her at the time of her marriage, and not before — To my daughter Mary Torry twenty pounds at sixteen — to be held (as before) until she is twenty one, and the second brass pan; to Sarah Torry, my daughter three
  • Pg.63
  • and thirty pounds six shillings eight pence at sixteen (as before) and the second best brazen pot; to James Torry, my son thirty pounds at 16 (as before) four silver spoons when he is one and twenty — To my son Phillip Torry 20 lbs. at 16 (as before) and he shall be put at some trade, as apprentice, as soon as he is able — I give unto William Torry my son the biggest brazen pot, the furnace kettle, table &c with condition his mother shall have the use of it so long as she doth keep herself widow and dwelling in the house — To Joseph my son ten pounds — all the rest to my wife, whom I make sole executrix — My father William Torry, my cousin John Fry, John Richards, Robert Sellecke & Thomas Lambert to be overseers, & I give them 5 shillings apiece" —
    • Proved by Alice Torry, the widow —
  • Will of Alice Torry, widow of above Phillip .... etc.
  • Pg.64
  • .... Hon. Alphonso Taft says: 'The line as I find it is William, who died in 1557, leaving a will. Phillip, his son who died in 1604, leaving a will — William, his son, who survived his son Phillip, but the date of whose death we have not — Phillip, who died in 1621, leaving a will, named his four sons who emigrated to America.' Mr. Taft also furnished, from the Bishop's Register at Wells, the following for Combe St. Nicholas: "
    • 1608, William, son of Phillip Torrie was bapt. 21 day of December.
    • 1608, Agnes, daughter of Joseph Combe was baptized the 4th of January.
    • 1629, William Torry was married unto Agnes Combe the 17 of March.
    • 1639, Jane, wife of William Torry was buried the 27 day of April.
  • Hon. Alphonso Taft was father to Ex-President Wm. H. Taft, Henry F. Waters, author of "Gleanings in England," was an authority of high rank — being sent by Harvard College on research work for historical purposes. He died in 1913, Salem, Mass.
  • From authentic record 'tis proved that the above Agnes Combe lived only one year after marriage. Wm. Torry then married Jane Haviland who died 1639, was mother of two sons brought to America — Samuel, b. 1632, William, b. 1638.
  • The photographs of the church .... etc.
    • William, Capt., bapt. at Combe, 21 Dec. 1608, m. (1) 17 March 1629, Agnes Combe, d. abt. 1630; m. (2) 1630 or 31 Jane Haviland, d. 27 Apr. 1639; m. (3) ——; d. at Weymouth, Mass., 10 June 1690.
    • James, Lieut., b. —— , m. Anne Hatch at Scituate, Mass., 2 Nov. 1643, d. at Scituate, 6 July 1665.
    • Phillip, b. —— , m. Mary, widow of John Scarborough,1 Oct. 1647, d. at Roxbury, 12 May 1686.
    • Joseph, Lieut., b. abt. 1615, was married, d. at Newport or Westerly, R. I., 1676.
    • Ann, oldest daughter.
    • Marie or Mary, d. before 1634.
    • Sarah.
  • Pg.79
  • Previous records have shown the genealogy of this family from 1500 to 1640 in England and well authenticated dates prove that the William Torrey born in 1608 was the 5th in line in this record, but for convenience we now assume the numeral (1) for him and his brothers as the first of this name in America. Will also state that all the records of the family here for the first two decades used the name "Torry." Then we find the letter (e) introduced to read "Torrey" on all documents and tombstones. In the year 1640 William,1 with his two young sons of 8 and 2 years of age, also his three brothers, James,1 Philip1 and Joseph1 and Cousin George Fry came to New England. William and Joseph first located in Weymouth, Mass., James in Scituate and Phillip in Roxbury.
  • James1 married Ann the daughter of Elder William Hatch, 2 Nov. 1643 at Scituate, Mass. In "Davis Ancient Landmarks of Plymouth" is found the statement that "the first clothing mill in Plymouth Colony was erected in 1643 by James Torrey on the first herring brook in Scituate." He was in military life and a lieutenant, was a man of great usefulness and respectability, was accidentally killed by an explosion of powder in Scituate 6 July 1665, leaving five sons and five daughters.
  • Phillip1 settled at Roxbury, Mass., and married Mary, widow of John Scarborogh, 1 Oct. 1647. In the Suffolk Deeds dated 5 March 1673/4, he made deposition that reads "Phillip Torrey age 59 years or ther about heretofor of Combe St. Nicholas in the County of Somersett untill the year 1640 (yeoman) in that year removeing to New England with William Torrey & Samuell his son both of the Sd Comb, St. Nicholas with whom hee Lived for severall years, & beeing arived in New England Settled & hath ever since Lived in Roxbury, in the County of Suffolk in New England, etc." — He died at Roxbury, 12 May 1686, and it is not known that any of his direct descendants are now living.
  • Pg.80
  • Joseph1 came to America with his three brothers and settled at Weymouth, Mass. Although not in our line of descent his work should be included as it is one more life record of able and patriotic devotion to the colonies, and shows of what moral and mental fibre were the pioneers. He removed to Rehoboth, Mass., in 1643, and then to Newport, R. I., in 1644, and on the 3 July 1644, he with 29 others signed a compact for Good Government. In 1647 he and Obidiah Holmes were .... etc.
  • Pg.82
  • TORREY Capt. William1 who is 5th in line of descent in England and of the 1st generation in America, was born at Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset, England, and baptized there 21 Dec. 1608 the son of Phillip and Alice Torrey. He married for his first wife, Agnes, daughter of Joseph Combe, 17 March 1629. She died about 1630. (For the following is found on record.) " 1630, Feb. 14. Was issued a commission to William Torrey late husband of Agnes Torrey, als. Combe deceased, whilst she lived of Combe St. Nicholas." He then married for his second wife, Jane, daughter of Robert and Elizabeth (Guise) Haviland about 1630 or 31. She died and was buried 17 April 1639, being the mother of Samuel, born 1632 and William born 1638. He again married a third wife, and neither her name, place or date of marriage are known, the latter, however, occurred before 1641. She was the mother of all the children born in America, he having come here in 1640 and settled at Weymouth, Mass. In him centers our chief interest ... etc.
  • Pg.84
  • First wife not known to have had children.
  • Children by second wife:
    • SAMUEL, REV., b. in England, 1632, m. (1) 15 May 1657, Mary Rawson, d. 10 Sept. 1692; m. (2) 30 July 1695, Mary, widow of William Symmes, d. 12 Mar. 1720/1; d. at Weymouth 21 April 1707, ae. 75 yrs.
    • William, b. in England, 1638, m. Deborah Greene of Warwick, R. I., before 1670; d. at Weymouth 11 Jan. 1717/18, ae. 80 yrs.
  • Third wife:
    • NAOMY, b. at Weymouth, 3 Dec. 1641, m. John Lowell (?) of Boston, before 1665; d. after 1680 and before 1686.
    • MARY, b. at Weymouth, Aug. 4 or Dec. 3, 1642, m. William Downe.
    • MICAJAH, DEACON, b. at Weymouth, 12 Oct. 1643; d. at Weymouth, 20 Jan. 1710/11, a. 67 y.
    • JOSIAH, b. ---- , 1650, m. Sarah (Wilson) Batt, at Medfield, 5 May 1680.
    • ANGEL, b. at Weymouth, 10 June 1657, m. Hannah; lived at Mendon, Mass., d. at Bristol, R. I., 1725.


It has been stated that ninety-five percent of the Torrey descendants in America are from the lineage of Philip and Alice Richards Torrey. The lived in the parish of Combe St. Nicholas, Somersetshire, England, where Philip died in 1626, and Alice about 1634. Four of Philip and Alice Torrey's sons came to America in 1640. Their names were: William, aged 32; James, aged 28; Philip, aged 25; and Joseph, aged 19. Only William and James produced descendants past the first or second generation.

After the brothers separated at Weymouth, Massachutsetts, James moved to Scituate, probably to secure more freedom for his distinctive religious belief as a follower of Ann Hutchinson. There he married Ann Hatch, daughter of William and Jane Hatch, on November 2, 1643.

James was called a clothier. However, it is believed he built a fulling mill in 1653 for the purpose of dressing and fulling clothes woven by women in their homes. He was also involved in the community by serving as a town clerk and having an active part in military affairs, being known as "Lieutenant" Torrey. It was his involvement with the military which proved to be James' undoing.

On July 5, 1665, he received orders from the Governor of Plymouth to look after the Town of Scituate's supply of gun powder because of a threat from the Hollanders. By some twist of fate, an explosion occurred, injuring several. James Torrey died shortly thereafter. His widow remarried and lived until 1691.


2, LIEUT.JAMESTORREY,wifeANNHATCH. m. Nov. 2. 1W3 at Scituate, Mass. He was b. abt. 1612-3 in England and d. July 6, 1665 a t Scituate. Clothier; lived at Scituate. t She was b. abt. 1623in England and d. abt. 1691 at Marshfield, Mass.: dau. of lvilliam and Jane (Y oung) :.m. Znd, April 3, 1677 a t JIarshfield, Mass. John Phillips as his fourth wife. CHILDREN: 21, James.. 2, William, b. Mar. 15, 1646; d. y. 3, Joseph, b. Mar. 18, 1648; d. May 8, 1714; unm. A, Damaria.* 4. Jonathan. B, Mary.' 5. Joeiak* C, Sarah.. D, Joanna, b. May 4, 1663;m.way 3,1702Thomas Lambert. E,&thiah.* JAMESTORREY arrived i n Scituate soon after 1640 and in 1643purchased a house and lot of John Stockbridge. The Freemen also granted him a tract of land south west of his house lot. IIe was a man of great usefulness and prominence, and was chosen on the 18th of July, 1653, as "Towne Clarke of the Towne of Scituate" and seems to have had a prominent part in military matters. i\lrs, -4. 1. Power of Sor\\*cll, AIass.. ICcgcnt of the Chief Justice Cushing Chal~tcrof the D. A. It.. in an article on Thc 1Iills of Sr<tuatc, \vritrs: "James Torrcy's 'clothing mill' was the nest mill crcctctl for the convcnicnce of thc scttlcrs ul~unthe same brooli" (Second I-lerring Brook) "a little higher 1111. Traces of the clam can yet bc found near R t ~ l x r t 1I;~vc.n ScIiauMer's log cabin. Although styled 'c-lothin;: mill.' it \\.:Ls ~~rohabl;Iyfalling mill for the dress- ing :mrI fulling of the cloth \\.oven by tlie wotnen in thr homes. It war built by Torrey in 165.7. Hc died in l(fiS. ant1 the niill clcsccndcd to his son. Dcacon James. and l y llini was soltl to Sanruel Clapp as early as 16'30. It rcmain- rtl in the Cl;iiq) family for many years. Arountl 1750Capt. John Clapl), sun of Samuel, h:itl :l grist mill and fulling mill on the satnc location,-the latter r rob ably thc one crcctcd by James 'Torrcy one hunclrctl ycars before." James 7'orrcy died in a very unusual \\-a?-. Rcvcrcncl 9an1ucl Du~fortlii,n his rccorcls of the first church in Kos- bury 5:1ys : "16G5, July 3.-There happened a rery sad accident at Scitnare. Lieftenant Torrp, having rec" order iron1 tlie Gor- enor of E'limotrth (Iq- reason of y" kings letter y' informes of vC'Hollantlers coming set us) to look to ye powder & ammu- nition of ye Towne. He \vent into ye House of Gooclnlan Tickner where yr Magazine of ye Towne was, \vC" was but t r o barrels of po\vtler & opened ym & while ye said lieftenant was ( l y i n g some of ve poivder al~roaclupon boards S- doores, by some acciclenr. G. knot\-s what, yo powder was fired. b o ~ h that in ye house & that al)road. & ye house blown up & broken in pieces: and y 'woman of ye House, Goodwife Tick- ner. miserably burnt (for it seems she \\-as at that instant stepping upon ye barrel1 pt was in yr house t o reach some- thing) 8: a little childe also was sadly burnt & buryed amongst ye rubbish S: Timber, but ye woman & childe lived severall hours airer. about 10 or 11. Also ye lieftenant w s sadly burnt esp'ly on his breast, face. hands & arms. get he lived till ye next day 8:then dyed."

From Vol 2First Generation LIEUT. JAMES TORREY, wife ANN HATCH. She was baptized Dec. 3, 1626 at lVyc, England. Her com- plete ancestry may bc found in the Kew England Historical and Genealogical Register, 1-01, 70, page 245. Her second husband, John Phillips, d, May 21. 1691 at Duxbury. CHILD: ZD,Joanna, m. May 3, 1709 Thomas Lambert.

Name James Torrey Gender Male Birth? abt 1612 Combe St Nicholas, Somerset, England Marriage 2 Nov 1643 Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United Statesto Ann Hatch Death[1] 6 Jul 1665 Scituate, Plymouth Colony

Parents and Siblings (edit)

   F.  Phillip Torrey1580 - 1621
   M.  Alice Richards1580/81 - bet 1634

m. 27 NOV 1604

   Captain William Torrey1608 - 1690
   James Torreyabt 1612 - 1665
   Philip Torrey1614 - 1686
   Lieutenant Joseph Torrey1621 - bet 1673

Spouse and Children (edit)

   H.  James Torreyabt 1612 - 1665
   W.  Ann Hatch1626 - 1697

m. 2 Nov 1643

   James Torrey1644 - Bef 1719
   Jonathan Torrey1654 - 1718
   Sarah Torrey1660 - aft 1722


   ↑ Stott, Clifford L. "Humphrey Blake (1494?-1558) and his Descendants in New England and South Carolina: Blake, Richards, Selleck, Torrey, and Wolcott", in The New England Historical and Genealogical Register. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society), Vol. 164:63, 67.

Lieutenant James Torrey. He was born in 1612/13 in England, Somersetshire, Combe St. Nicholas. He died on 6 Jul 1665 in USA, Massachusetts, Plymouth Co., Scituate. James came to New England in 1637. He had purchased a house lot 1643 from John Stockbridge. His house stood 10 rods south of the gate that lead to Hobart's Landing, (in the Neal field since called). The freemen also granted him a considerable tract of land southwest of his house lot. On 18 Jul 1653, he was chosen as "Towne Clarke of the Towne of Scituate." He was a "clothier," and built a "clothing mill" in 1653, a little higher up from another mill on the same brook. It was probably a fulling mill for the dressing and fulling of the cloth woven by the women of the homes. He was admitted a freeman to the colony and at the same meeting commissioned lieutenant of the Scituate military company on 8 Jun 1655. He was a representative to the Plymouth General Court many terms and on important committees; a member of the Council to aid the Major General in planning the defense of the colony against the Indian foes; and appointed a local magistrate, to administer oaths, take testimony, begin suits, marry persons, etc. James met with a fatal accident while attending to his duty. As lieutenant of the militia, he was called upon by the governor of Plymouth to prepare the powder and ammunition in a great hurry for an expected engagement with the Dutch. He went into the house of Goodman Tucker where the magazine of the Town was, which was but two barrels of powder and opened one. He was drying some of the powder abroad upon boards and doors when by some accident the powder was fired, both that in the house and that abroad. The house was blown up and broken in pieces, a woman of the house, Goodwife Ticknor miserably burnt and a little child also was sadly burnt and buried amongst the rubbish and timber. An extract from the Church Records of Roxbury: "July 5, 1665, there happened a very sad accident at Scituate. Lieut. Torrey, having received order from the Gov. of Plymouth (by reason of the king's letter, that informs us that the Hollanders are coming against us) to look to the powder and ammunition of the towne; he went into the house of Goodman Ticknor, where the magazine of the town was, which was but two barrels of powder and opened them; and while the said Lieut. was drying some of the powder abroad upon boards, by some accident, he knows not what, the powder fired, both that in the house and that abroad, the house blown up and broken in pieces, and the woman of the house, Goodwife Ticknor, miserably burnt on here body (for it seems that she was at that instant, stepping up on the barrel that was in the house, to reach something) and a little child was sadly burnt, and buried in the rubbish and timber: but the woman and child lived several hours after, (about ten or eleven.) Also the Lieut. was sadly burnt in his breast, face, hands and armes, yet he lived til the next day, and then died." Shortly after his death, probably in recognition of his public services, but upon 'a petition preferred to the Court to that purpose,' there was granted to his four younger sons William, Joseph, Jonathan and Josiah, two hundred acres of land, which probably adjoined Hatherly's, 'three miles sqare,' on the west, 'lying above Weymouth near linto the line of Massacliusetts.' An Inventory of the goods and Chattles which Lieutenant James Torrey was seized of when he departed out of this life; taken by us whose names are here underwritten as they were shown to us the 15th of September 1665 and exhibited to the Court held in Plymouth the 11th of October 1665 on the oath of mistress Ann Torrey, widow. (Plymouth Colony Records, Wills and Inventories 1633-1669. Volume 1 Edited by C. H. Simmons, Jr., Picton Press, Camden, Maine. LC F63.S56. Page 2:30).

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Lt. James Torrey's Timeline

March 1612
Combe St. Nicholas, Somerset, England
September 3, 1644
Age 32
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
March 15, 1646
Age 34
Scituate, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
March 18, 1648
Age 36
Scituate, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
October 26, 1651
Age 39
Scituate, (Present Plymouth County), Plymouth Colony (Present Massachusetts), (Present USA)
September 20, 1654
Age 42
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
February 14, 1657
Age 44
Scituate, Plymouth County, Massachusetts, United States
January 28, 1658
Age 45
Scituate, Plymouth Colony