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  DAVID TORREY, D.D., formerly pastor of the Presbyterian church, and who for the last twenty-four years has been a resident of Cazenovia, presents a high type of the cultured Christian gentleman. He was born in Bethany, Wayne County, Pa., November 8, 1818. His father was a native of Williamstown, Mass., and came from the old Bay State to Pennsylvania about 1793, when a young man. He was born in 1772, and married Lois Welch, of Williamstown, returning to Massachusetts from Pennsylvania for that purpose. By occupation he was a surveyor and land agent, being employed for many years by Philadelphia capitalists. He died at the home of his son John in Honesdale, Pa., when advanced in years. This son succeeded to his father's business, and is now a man of wealth, though eighty-six years of age, being still fairly active and able to conduct his own business.
  He of whom we write is the youngest of eleven children, nine sons and two daughters, all of whom arrived at mature years, with the exception of two sons. All have now passed away except our subject and his brother above mentioned. The mother of these children died in middle life, being forty-five years of age. David Torrey received a good education, and in early life acquired a knowledge of surveying. At nineteen he began preparing for college, and entered Amherst at the age of twenty, graduating in 1843. He then spent one year in Andover, Mass., and two in the Union Theological Seminary of New York. He received his ordination at Delhi, N.Y., in 1849, was installed, and remained there until 1861, when he removed to Ithaca, in which place he was pastor four years. Owing to poor health, he went abroad for one year in 1865, visiting Europe and the East in the endeavor to recuperate his exhausted faculties, and on his return received a call to Ann Arbor, Mich. In this place, where he remained for a year and a half, he had the misfortune to lose his wife. Her maiden name was Mary E. Humphrey; and she was a daughter of Dr. Heman Humphrey, the President of Amherst College. Their marriage had occurred in 1848; and she died in 1868, at the age of forty, leaving two children, namely: Sarah, now the wife of William D. Wells, of Cazenovia, and the mother of two daughters and one son; and James H. Torrey, a prominent attorney of Scranton, Pa., who is married, and has two sons and two daughters.
  Dr. Torrey was married for the second time to Georgiana (Mitchell) Moseley, widow of George F. Moseley, who died in Janesville, Wis. He was a well-to-do bookseller, and a man of high reputation personally. Mrs. Torrey is the daughter of Dr. David and Sarah (Coman) Mitchell, the former of whom was from Westmoreland, N.H., born there in May, 1793, and died at the present home of the Doctor and his wife August 31, 1873. His father died in Walpole, N.H., when he was a child of four; and there he spent his youth, later becoming a student and graduate of Dartmouth College and of the Hanover Medical College. He came to Cazenovia in 1816, and was married here in the following year, his wife being seventeen and he twenty-four at the time of their marriage. He practised his profession in Cazenovia for many years, and at his death left his widow with seven children, two sons and five daughters. His wife was of the town of Eaton, and was a daughter of pioneers of this county. One son and three of their daughters are now living, namely: Nancy D. Mitchell, of Chicago; Maria E., widow of Rev. A. P. Smith, a rector in the Episcopal church, and who resides in Chicago; Mrs. Torrey, of this sketch; and Lucian Coman Mitchell, who has been a resident of Chicago for many years, and was one of the sufferers of the great fire of 1871. He holds a prominent position in the house of A. C. McClurg & Co. of that city.
  The subject of this sketch, although advanced in years, is well preserved both mentally and physically, and is a man of pure and upright life and true Christian character. All who are acquainted with him and his estimable wife will surely wish that they may, yet enjoy many years of comfort and happiness here below; for their loss would be a severe bereavement to their numerous friends and well-wishers who reside in this county and elsewhere.

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