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Mary (Chickering) Torrey (1648 - 1721)

Mary (Mercy) Torrey formerly Chickering aka Symmes
Born in Dedham, Suffolk, Massachusetts Baymap
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Wife of — married before 1676 in Charlestown, Middlesex, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
Wife of — married 30 Jul 1695 in Charlestown, Massachusetts Bay Colonymap
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Died at age 72 in Weymouth, Suffolk, Massachusetts Baymap
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"Mary, the Daughter of Francis & An Chickering, was borne the 10 of the 2 mo. [1648]."[1][2][3][4]

She first married Capt William Symmes (whose first wife was Mary [Sparhawk]) by 1676 in Charlestown and second Samuel Torrey 30 Jul 1695 in Braintree, Norfolk, Massachusetts.[5][6].

Her death is seen as 12 Mar 1721 in Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts but no primary source record for this or her burial has been found.


  1. Town of Dedham Births Marriages & Deaths Vols 1 & 2, pg 4, Massachusetts: Vital Records, 1621-1850 (Online Database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2016).
  2. New England Historic & Genealogical Register, LXIX:229 (1915) New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1847-. (Online database:, New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2001-2018.)
  3. Source: #S175129 Page: 4588
  4. Source: #S174929 Page: 640
  5. Torrey, New England Marriages to 1700 citing: Reg. 46:188; TAG 17:70; Greene (1903) 71; Ackley-Bosworth 114; Charlestown 930; Paine
  6. Records of Town of Braintree 1640 to 1793 (Edited by Samuel A. Bates)(Randolph, Mass.: Daniel H. Huxford, Publisher. 1886) (Free e-book Also available at Google Books) p. 721
  • Richardson, Douglas. Royal Ancestry (2013) Royal Ancestry: A Study in Colonial and Medieval Families, 5 vols., ed. Kimball G. Everingham, (Salt Lake City, Utah: the author, 2013), Vol III, page 269, Rev. Samuel Torrey.
  • S174929 Title: Genealogies of the Early Families of Weymouth, Norfolk, Massachusetts Author: George Walter Chamberlain, M.S. Publication: Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc. Baltimore: Reprint, 1984
  • S175129 Title: Genealogies of the Families Of Braintree, Norfolk, Mass., 1640-1850 Author: Waldo Chamberlain Sprague, AB Publication: Including the modern town of Randolph & Holbrook and the city of Quincy, after the separation from Braintree in 1792-3.
  • Torrey, Frederic. The Torrey Families and their Children in America (Lakehurst, NJ, 1924) Page 25
  • Stott, Clifford L., Humphrey Blake (1494?–1558) and His Descendants in New England and South Carolina: Blake, Richards, Selleck, Torrey, and Wolcott, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 2010) Vol. 164, WN 653, Page 65.
  • Schmidt, Jr., Alwin E., Rebecca’s Siblings: The Overlooked Children of Secretary Edward1 and Rachel (Perne) Rawson, The New England Historical & Genealogical Register (NEHGS, Boston, Mass., 2019) Vol. 173, WN 691, Page 242.
  • Torrey, Clarence Almon. Francis Chickering of Dedham, Massachusetts, The American Genealogist (1940) Vol. 17, Page 70.

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19 Mar 2018: It appears this Mary is a case of mistaken identity, by other genealogists. There was a Mary Chickering b 1630 ish died 15 Mar 1697/8 but she wasn't the daughter of this couple. This couple had a Mary b. 1648 d. 1720. This profile needs to be merged. Is it ok if I change her dates and merge her with the Mary (1648-1720)? Objections?

Update: This was done in April 2018

posted by Anne B

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