Samuel D. Torrey

14 April 1789

Grandfather of W.H. Taft, 27th President of the United States


Samuel Davenport Torrey was born in Mendon in 1789 and established himself early in life in Boston, in the
West India trade, at No 25 South Market Street, near Faneuil Hall. In 1831, his health being somewhat impaired
and having acquired what he regarded as a competency, Mr. Torrey retired from business and located
permanently in Millbury.

      For forty-six years he was one of the substantial citizens of town, bearing an important part in its affairs,
and with those of the Second Congregational Church of which he was a member. Mr. Torrey was twice married.
His first wife, Delia Chapin, died in 1821. In 1824, he married Susan Holman Waters, daughter of Asa Waters,
Jr. and granddaughter of Colonel Jonathan Holman. Five children were born to them, four daughters and one
son, the latter dying in infancy.

The daughters were Delia Chapin; Louisa Maria, wife of Judge Alphonso Taft, of Cincinnati, OH, and mother of
the Honored ex-President of the United States, William Howard Taft; Susan Waters, who married Samuel A.
Wood, once of Millbury and later of San Francisco, CA; Anna Davenport, wife of Prof. Edward Orton, of the
Ohio State University, and later state Geologist of Ohio.