Samuel D. Torrey
14 April 1789
Grandfather of W.H. Taft, 27th President of the United
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
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.