Mary Chickering1,2

F, b. before 9 April 1648, d. 12 March 1720/21
FatherFrancis Chickering b. c 1599, d. 10 Oct 1658
MotherAnn Fiske b. b 1 Apr 1610, d. 5 Dec 1649
     Mary was born in Dedham, Norfolk County, Massachusetts. She has also been referred to as Mercy. She was christened there on 9 April 1648.3 Mary married William Symmes, son of Reverend Zachariah Symmes and Sarah Baker, circa 1675. Mary's husband, William, died on 22 September 1691 in Charlestown leaving her a widow. Mary married 2nd Reverand Samuel Torrey, son of William Torrey and Jane Haviland, on 30 July 1695 in Braintree, Norfolk County, Massachusetts.4 Mary's husband, Samuel, died on 21 April 1707 in Weymouth leaving her a widow.5 Mary made her will on 26 June 1720.

Mrs. Mary Torrey, bequeaths various articles of household furniture to her eldest son, William Symmes, of Charleston; to her son Timothy Symmes, of Scituate; to her daughter Elizabeth Torrey, a ticking bed and feathers, lying in the best chamber. Her son Nathaniel Symmes she makes her executor and residuary legatee.

Mary departed this life on Wednesday, 12 March 1720/21 in Weymouth.


William Symmes b. c 10 Jan 1627, d. 22 Sep 1691


  1. [S123] John Torrey, Genealogical Notes Showing the Paternal Line of Descent From William Torrey of Combe St Nicholas, Somerset County, England, page 30.
  2. [S1144] Frederick Clifton Pierce, Fiske and Fiske Family, page 50.
  3. [S1328] Clarence Almon Torrey, Francis Chickering of Dedham, Massachusestts, page 70.
  4. [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 . . .
  5. [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.