Collection number: MC 317
Size: (1 obox) (0.5 cu.ft.)
About the Torr Family of Dover/Durham:
Benjamin Torr (ca. 1787 Durham NH – April 19 1852 Dover NH) was a farmer on the Durham side of Dover, NH. He was the son of Andrew Torr (1744-1815) and Mary Molly Jones (1745-1809), and the grandson of Vincent Torr (1708-1744). Both his father and grandfather fought in the American Revolutionary War. Benjamin Torr married at least once, and had at least five children. Though his grave is unmarked, he is likely to be buried in the Torr Cemetery near the intersection of Mast Rd. and Rt. 108 in Dover.
Vincent Torr (June 1777 Durham NH – September 3 1815 Dover NH) was an elder brother of Benjamin Torr. He married Sally Torr of Rochester in 1804, according a local newspaper the Dover Sun and his own records. Vincent and Sally had two children: Mary (born 1807) and Andrew (1807-1827). Beyond this little is known about his life or death, other than that he was a competent farmer whose household produced substantial additional income from the spinning, weaving, and dying of fabric (detailed dye recipes are included). He also worked lumbering and plowing with oxen and spent some time working for the Durham Sawmill (as noted in his daybook).
Other Torr family names mentioned include Joseph Biford Torr, George Henry Torr, Simon Torr, John H. Torr, as well as Harriet, Mary, Sarah, Molly, and Andrew.
About the Torr Family Account Books (1802-1852)
The Torr Family Account Books (1802-1852) consist of three incredibly detailed volumes:
- Benjamin Torr Account Book No. 1: 1810-1852
- Benjamin Torr Account Book No. 2: 1833-1836
- Vincent and Simon Torr Account Book: 1802-1849
A partial family genealogy is contained in the back of one volume, quoted verbatim below:
Vincent Torr & Salley Torr
Was Married December 16th on Sunday 1804
Mary Torr Was Born On Fryday April 17th 1807
Andrew Torr Was Born July 6th on Thursday 1809
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Molley Torr died 10th day of September 1808
Aged 54 Years and six months
Vincent Torr died 3th day of September 1815
Aged 38 Years and seven months
Andrew Torr died September 6th day 1827
Aged 18 years two monts [sic]”
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[Identification of item], [Folder Number], Box 1, Torr Family Account Books, 1802-1852, MC 317 , Milne Special Collections and Archives, University of New Hampshire Library, Durham, NH, USA.
Purchase, ca. 2010