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Rev William Leslie Torrence
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Birth: Mar. 5, 1871
Death: Dec. 19, 1928
Peoria County
Illinois, USA

Rev. William Leslie Torrence, the fourth child of James Torrence and Sarah Leslie, was born March 5, 1871, and died December 19, 1928. His early school days were spent in Monmouth, Illinois. In 1894, he graduated from Tarkio, Missouri, and in 1898, from Xenia Seminary; was ordained by Cedar Rapids Presbytery, and installed pastor at Fairfax, Iowa, November 1, 1899.

Appointed by the Presbyterian Board of Missions to organize congregations, his other pastorates were: Guernsey, Iowa; Summerfield, Kansas; Alliance, Nebraska; Elmira, Illinois; Mt. Ayr, Iowa; Tildon and Washburn, Illinois.

He married, November, 1899, Margaret Dill, born June 22, 1875, daughter of the Rev. Mr. Dill, of Elkridge, Kansas, an Elder of the Reformed Presbyterian Church.

Children of the Reverend William Leslie and Margaret (Dill) Torrence:

1) Edna Torrence; born September 22, 1900; married, September 14, 1922, J. Campbell Martin, professor of Chemistry at Colerain, Minnesota.

2) Leslie Torrence; born July 1, 1903; married Esta Poor, born April 1, 1905; resides Decatur City, Iowa.

3) Mildred Torrence; born February 9, 1910; married Oliver Perry.

4) Mabel Torrence; born October 15, 1913; married Robert Carson Brownlee.

OBITUARY: The Rev. William Leslie Torrence, son of the Rev. James T., and Sarah Belle Leslie Torrence, was born March 5, 1871, and died in the M. E. hospital in Peoria, Illinois, aged 57 years, - months, and 14 days. On November 1, 1899, he was united in marriage to Miss Margaret Dill, of Eskridge, Kansas. To this union were born five children, Edna, wife of Professor J. Campbell; Martin of Coleraine, Minnesota, who has three sons, Leslie, of Decatur City, who has a wife and one son, Melville, of St. Charles, who is also married, and Mildred and Mabel, who are still in the home. His wife and all of the children, except Edna, were present at the funeral. Rev. Torrence was pastor here in the United Presbyterian church. He came here from Mt. Ayr, the latter part of August, 1923, where he remains until November 1935, going from here to Tilden, Illinois, and going from there to Washburn, Illinois, September, 1937, where he was pastor until his death. His body was brought back here last Thursday morning. Funeral services were conducted in the United Presbyterian church at 1:30 o'clock, by the Rev. C. E. Carnthan, of this place, assisted by Rev. W. C. Porter, of Winterset, and his remains were laid to rest in the St. Charles cemetery, west of town. --Winterset Madisonian, Winterset, Iowa, Dec. 27, 1928

Bio by: Katie
Family links: 
  James Templeton Torrence (1832 - 1901)
  Sarah Isabell Leslie Torrence (1840 - 1904)
  Margaret D Dill Torrence (1875 - 1953)
  James Melville Torrence (1905 - 1996)*
  James Edwin Torrence (1866 - 1911)*
  Nettie Maria Torrence Foster (1867 - 1943)*
  William Leslie Torrence (1871 - 1928)
  Lucretia T Henderson (1881 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
Saint Charles Cemetery
Saint Charles
Madison County
Iowa, USA
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Record added: Mar 29, 2008
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Rev William Leslie Torrence
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Rev William Leslie Torrence
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