Reverand Samuel Torrey

M, b. 1632, d. 21 April 1707
FatherWilliam Torrey b. b 21 Dec 1608, d. 10 Jun 1690
MotherJane Haviland b. b 2 Aug 1612, d. b 27 Apr 1639
     Samuel was born in 1632 in Combe St. Nicholas, Somersetshire, England. On 24 April 1634, his grandmother left him a book of Mr. Perkin's work. Around the year 1650, he attended Harvard College and would have graduated with an A.B. degree, but Harvard changed its requirements at that time, requiring four years of study. Samuel as well as others in his class chose to leave the school.1 Samuel married Mary Rawson on 15 May 1657 in Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. After leaving Harvard, he was offered a position at Hull as their minister and then in 1664 he took the position of pastor of the Congregational Church at Weymouth where he was ordained on 14 February 1666. He remained at this church until his death. In 1681 and again in 1684, he was asked to take the honored position of president of Harvard College, which he declined. He & Mary had no children.1 Samuel's wife, Mary, died on 10 September 1692 in Weymouth leaving him a widower. Samuel married 2nd Mary Chickering, daughter of Francis Chickering and Ann Fiske, on 30 July 1695 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.2 Samuel made his will in 1706 at Weymouth, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. In his will, he mentions a kinmans Ebenezer Lowell, a son of John and Naomi Lowell of Boston. He also mentions a sister Judith deceased and a kinsman John Hunt.3 Samuel departed this life on Thursday, 21 April 1707 in Weymouth.4 He was buried there at Weymouth in North Weymouth Cemetery. The inscription on his stone reads: Here Lyes interred ye body of the Reverend Mr. Samuel Torrey pastor of the Church of Christ in Weymouth aged 75 years died April 21 1707.5

Family 1

Mary Rawson b. 14 May 1640, d. 10 Sep 1692

Family 2

Mary Chickering b. b 9 Apr 1648, d. 12 Mar 1720/21


  1. [S1358] Almira Torrey Blake Fenno Gendrot, The ancestry and allied families of Nathan Blake 3rd and Susan (Torrey ..., page 85.
  2. [S1349] Clifford Scott, Humphrey Blake and his Descendants, page 65 - He [Samuel Torrey] m. (2) Braintree, Mass., 30 July 1695 Mary (Chickering) Symmes b. Dedham, Mass., in April 1648 . . .
  3. [S1358] Almira Torrey Blake Fenno Gendrot, The ancestry and allied families of Nathan Blake 3rd and Susan (Torrey ..., page
    Note: This will needs to be found for added information - KLM.
  4. [S127] John Adams Vinton, The Symmes Memorial: Biographical Sketch of Rev. Zechariah Symmes, Minister of Charlestown, 1634-1671, With the Genealogy & Brief Memoirs of Some of His Descendants: also embracing notices of many of the name, both in Europe & America, not connected with the family: and an autobiography., pages 22.
  5. [S506] Note: Courtesy of Sandra Bushnell.