JOHN W. TORPY was born March 19, 1833, in Cazenovia, N.Y. His father, J. F. Torpy, who now resides with his son, at the age of ninety-three, was born May 12, 1802, also in Cazenovia. The earliest member of the family to settle in the State of New York was John Torpy, who took up forest land, which he cleared, built his home, and carried on farming. He married Miss Polly White, daughter of Joel White, of Cazenovia. During the War of 1812 he was pressed into service by the United States government to carry supplies with his team to Sackett's Harbor, N.Y. Later in life he moved from the home which he had built to Sandy Creek, on Lake Ontario, where he passed the remainder of his days. After his death the family returned to Cazenovia. The father of our subject married Miss Polly Moore, daughter of William Moore, of the town of Nelson, N.Y.; and their union was graced by two children, Daniel M. and John W.
Although John W. Torpy was born in Cazenovia, he early removed to Manlius, N.Y., and attended the district schools. The family afterward going to Georgetown, N.Y., he finished his studies in the schools of that town, and received a plain but solid education. Believing that in the profession of farming the most independent life and peaceful existence could be found, Mr. Torpy adopted it as his vocation; and on his beautiful farm of one hundred and twenty acres of fine, rolling land, with its handsome barns, stables, and commodious dwelling-house, he finds a contentment and happiness to which few denizens of the city can attain. He has an additional source of contentment in his rural home in the person of his pleasant and amiable wife, who was formerly Miss Abigail Barrett, daughter of Joseph and Clarissa (Barber) Barrett, of Amsterdam, N.Y. As into all lives some shadows must come, Mr. and Mrs. Torpy have experienced theirs in losing one of their children, who died in infancy. They have reared three sons and one daughter; namely, Willis E., Francis, Homer, and Cora. Willis married Miss Louisa Jones, daughter of Morey Jones, of Nelson; and they have one son, Ray. Francis resides in Syracuse, N.Y. Homer, a young man oŁ great charm of character and person, resides at home, and with his sister Cora contributes in every way to the happiness of his parents.
Mr. Torpy has on many occasions fulfilled his duties as a citizen by acting with judgment and decision in the grand juries of the courts of his place. He has also served as District Trustee, and has held other local offices. As a voter, he casts his ballot with the Democratic party, believes in its principles, and strongly supports its candidates. In their religious proclivities Mr. Torpy and family are Methodists, and attend the church of that denomination at Erieville, giving evidence in their lives of the sincerity of their belief. Socially, Mr. Torpy is connected with organizations pertaining to agricultural interests, and has closely identified himself with the Grange Lodge, No. 605, of Erieville, N.Y. He is a wide-awake and patriotic American, and in all his duties as a citizen has always proved himself the "right man in the right place."
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