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Aaron Torrence
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Birth: 1722
County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
Death: 1795
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA

Aaron Torrence was a Scotch-Irish Presbyterian and came over from Londonderry, and settled in what is now Franklin County, Pennsylvania. He was the son of Albert C. Torrence, born 1699 in Londonderry County, N. Ireland and died Sept 9, 1775 in Carlisle, Cumberland, Pennsylvania, USA. Albert married Elizabeth (last name unknown) before 1717 in Northern Ireland.

In 1750 Aaron Torrence married Susannah Finley. Aaron Torrence and his wife Susannah made their home in that part of York which later became Franklin County, where their four sons were born. Susannah (Finley) Torrence died in 1772.

Aaron Torrence and Susannah Finley had 4 sons:
1. Joseph Torrence married Mary Paull.
2. Samuel Torrence married Jean McConnell.
3. John Torrence married Jane (McConnell) Jolly.
4. David Torrence born in 1762; married Martha, daughter of Captain William and Elizabeth (Irwin) McConnell, and sister of Jean McConnell, wife of his brother Samuel. He is presumed to have accompanied or followed his brother John Torrence to Ohio, where he died without issue, near Xenia.

On March 20, 1774, Aaron Torrence married, as second wife, Elizabeth (Irwin) McConnell. Elizabeth's first marriage was to Captain William McConnell, who died June 24, 1770, leaving her his widow, with eight children: Alexander McConnell; Jean McConnell, married Samuel Torrence, son of Aaron; Captain James McConnell; Rebecca McConnell, married Captain James McConnell; Martha McConnell, married David Torrence, son of Aaron; Mary McConnell; William McConnell; and John McConnell.

On November 5, 1775, a daughter was born to Aaron and his second wife, Elizabeth (Irwin) McConnell Torrence. She was named Susannah Torrence, born in Franklin County, November 5, 1775, baptized by the Rev. John King; married a Mr. Frost; accompanied her parents to Lexington, Kentucky, where, at her home, her father died, presumably after 1795.

In 1778, Aaron and Elizabeth moved to Washington County. Aaron later moved to Lexington, where he died after 1795. Aaron was buried in Lexington.

The earliest cemetery in Lexington was abandoned years ago, due to a plague of cholera in 1833, when bodies were buried in tiers. No care was taken of it after that time and it ceased to be used. But few stones remain. It is believed that Aaron Torrence and his wife, Elizabeth, were among those buried there.

"First Hill," occupied now by the First Baptist church, was the earliest permanent cemetery of Lexington. It fell into disuse after the cholera epidemic of 1833.
--information from Torrens and Allied Families by Robert McIlvan Torrens, 1938.

Private in Captain Thomas Askey's Company, 1st Battalion, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania Militia. (Revolutionary War) 
 
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 Parents:
  Albert C. Torrence (1699 - 1775)
 
 Spouses:
  Susannah Finley Torrence (1722 - 1772)
  Elizabeth Irwin Torrence (1732 - ____)*
 
 Children:
  Joseph Torrence (1751 - 1831)*
  Samuel Torrence (1755 - 1795)*
  John Torrence (1759 - 1840)*
 
 Siblings:
  Samuel Torrance (1719 - 1788)*
  Aaron Torrence (1722 - 1795)
  Albert Torrence (1729 - 1804)*
  James Torrence (1736 - 1810)*
  William Torrence (1748 - 1828)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
First Hill Cemetery
Lexington
Fayette County
Kentucky, USA
 
Created by: Katie
Record added: Feb 05, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 47641849
Aaron Torrence
Added by: Katie
 
 
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5th Great Grandfather, my grandmother was very proud of her maiden name of Torrence and used it as a first name for her first born son and then it continued on to be used as a first name for 3 generations and maybe will continue.
- Susan R
 Added: Aug. 5, 2015

- EL Edwards
 Added: Jan. 12, 2014
husband of grand aunt of wife of 7th great grandfather
- PATRICIA K. GRUETTER
 Added: Sep. 5, 2012
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