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33. George A. Torrence6

(Major Joseph5 Honorable Joseph4 Aaron3 Albert2 Sergeant Hugh1), born November 28, 1835; died in New Haven, Pennsylvania, June 25, 1908; married Maria Matilda McGuire, born 1832, died September 17, 1883. He was graduated from Kenyon College, Gambier, Ohio, and, following in his father's footsteps, became a banker and merchant. At the time of his death he was one of the most influential and respected citizens of New Haven; a Director of the Pennsylvania Railroad; Senior Warden in Trinity Episcopal Church; served as Burgess in 1870; and as Borough Treasurer in 1875. Children of George A. and Maria Matilda (McGuire) Torrence, six: 80

34. Lieutenant Thomas Rogers Torrence6

(Major Joseph5 Honorable Joseph4 Aaron3 Albert2 Sergeant Hugh1), was born in New Haven, Pennsylvania, June 22, 1839, and died at York, Pennsylvania, February 29, 1908.At the outbreak of the Civil War Mr. Torrence was engaged in the study of law, under Major H. B. Banning, a celebrated jurist of that period, but at once joined in the formation of a troop of Cavalry then being organized at Pittsburgh, Pa., under authority given by the War Department to Colonel James M. Schoonmaker. Entering the service in September, 1862, in Captain Zadock Walker's Company, he proceeded with it to Hagerstown, Maryland, where the entire body was mounted, armed, and accoutred. He was mustered in, November 28, 1862; elected 1st Lieutenant of Company B, 14th Pennsylvania Cavalry, a part of the 159th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Lines, and was presented with a handsome saber "By his Friends in Fayette County," which he greatly prized. He was honorably discharged, February 10, 1865, by reason of wounds. During the summer of 1863, Lt. Torrence was constantly in the field, engaging with his regiment, at Rocky Gap, August 5; Hedgville, October 15; Droop Mountain, November 6; Cove Gap, New Market and other battles. Having contracted pneumonia on the Salem Raid, made famous by "swimming and freezing," he was unable to rejoin his regiment until January 1, 1864, at Martinsburg, West Virginia, where winter quarters had been established. He participated in severe skirmishes with the forces under General Siegel, at Back Creek and Williamsport, Maryland, July 4, 1864. It was on July 6, 1864, at Hagerstown, Maryland, that Lt. Torrence particularly distinguished himself. He had been sent out, in charge of a detail of men on a scouting expedition, in the morning. On returning, in the evening, with clothes covered with limestone dust, he and his men reached Potomac Street before discovering that the town had passed, since morning, into the hands of the Confederate Army. Turning to retreat, they heard the command, "Halt!" It proved to be from General McCausland and his staff. The only alternative to submission and capture was a hazardous attempt to charge the enemy. This they attempted, and while momentarily successful, found themselves confronted by infantrymen and the command, "Halt!" Seeing it was hopeless to resist, his men obeyed, and were captured, but he persisted in his attempt to escape. This brought a volley from the infantrymen, killing his horse, which fell under him, and wounding him81 in several places. Extricating himself from his fallen horse, he made his escape by entering a gate in an alley, and thence into a house, which fortunately belonged to a loyal citizen, who cared for him. During the night, Dr. MeKinnon was secretly brought into the house, and treated his three gunshot wounds. The pursuers were not long in following him. They inquired as to the direction he had taken, but were misled on information given them, by a lad, who, on being questioned, boy-like, to magnify his knowledge, at the expense of the truth, replied, "I saw a Yank running as if the Devil was after him." The search was finally given up, General MeCausland remarking: "He is too good a soldier to kill. If I had a thousand men like him, I would take the City of Washington in twenty-four hours." After a sixty days leave of absence, he returned to duty as Provost Marshal of Hagerstown, later becoming acting Ordinance Officer for a detachment of the Brigade, and in December joined his regiment at Winchester, Virginia. During Sheridan's brilliant campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, in the Fall of 1864, the 14th Regiment was actively engaged. After being honorably discharged, Lieutenant Torrence returned to his former home, devoting his time to his interests in real estate, and insurance. He was a member of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and like his maternal forebears for many generations, was a consistent member of the Episcopal Church. Trinity Church, New Haven, of which he was many years vestryman, was built by his grandmother, Mary Mason Rogers, who throughout her life did much to uphold and strengthen the Church among the early settlers. He was gifted with a manly presence and a dignity of manner, combined with a rare modesty, which gave charm to his companionship. The latter part of his life was spent in York, Pennsylvania.

He married at New Haven, Pa., July 16, 1868, Gertrude Olivia McIlvaine, born September 14, 1847; died May 25, 1923, daughter of Robert A. McIlvaine and his wife Susannah King. Children of Lieutenant Thomas Rogers and Gertrude Olivia (McIlvaine) Torrence, the first four born at New Haven, Pennsylvania, were five:

35. The Reverend Joseph William Torrence6

(Joseph5 Captain Samuel4 Aaron3 Albert2 Sergeant Hugh1), born 1831; received his education at Miller's Academy, Washington, Guernsey County, Ohio, and Ohio Central College, Iberia, Ohio, from which he was graduated in 1858, and received his D.D. degree in 1879. he was a United Presbyterian clergyman at Seven Mile, Butler County, Ohio. his wife, Eliza S. Bartholomew, was born in 1831. Children of Rev. Joseph William and Eliza J. (Bartholomew) Torrence, twelve:

36. John McNutt Torrence, M.D6

(William5 John4 Aaron3Albert2 Sergeant Hugh1), was born October 16, 1819; died July 29, 1889; married, June 15, 1851, Mary Curry, who died September 18, 1881. Children of John McNutt and Mary (Curry) Torrence, four:

37. Susannah Torrence6

(William5 John4 Aaron3 Albert2 Sergeant Hugh1), eldest child of William and Mary (Watt) Torrence, was born April 11, 1827; died May 1, 1867; married William E. McClellan, son of John and Nancy (Elder) McClellan of York, Pennsylvania, born August 11, 1825; died February, 1900, Children of William E. and Susannah (Torrence) McClellan, seven:

38. The Reverend George Watt Torrence6

(William5 John4Aaron3 Albert2 Sergeant Hugh1), was born at Xenia, Ohio, January 15, 1829, and died December 28, 1896; many years a United Presbyterian minister and active in his particular field.

He married, first, October 9, 1855, Lizzie Crane, born January 1, 1837; died March 16, 1878. On October 28, 1880, he married as second wife, Martha Harrah, born August 16, 1842; died in 1927.

Children of The Reverend George Watt and Lizzie (Crane) Torrence, eight:

39. The Reverend James Templeton Torrence6

(William5 John4 Aaron3 Albert2 Sergeant Hugh1), born at Xenia, Ohio, March 20, 1832; died September 20, 1901; married, April 23, 1861, Sarah Isabell Leslie, born August 11, 1840; died in 1904.
Quotes from his diary (supplied by Jason Torrence Dowling:
"Born March 20th, 1832, in the brick house on the farm in Sugar Creek township, Greene County, Ohio, owned by my father William Torrence."

"We were united in marriage April 23rd, 1861, at 1p.m."

Mr. Torrence was the third of his immediate family to become a Presbyterian clergyman, in which faith and profession he was followed by a son and two sons-in-law. Children of the Reverend James Templeton and Sarah Isabell (Leslie) Torrence, seven: