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Adam Torrence Sr. (1732 - 1780)

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Adam Torrence Sr.
Born in Irelandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married about 1753 in Cumberland County, Pennsylvaniamap [uncertain]
Descendants descendants
Died in Ramsour's Mill, Lincoln County, North Carolina, United Statesmap
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Adam Torrence Sr. served in the Rowan County Regiment during the American Revolution
Service started:
Unit(s): Rowan County Regiment
Service ended: 1780



Adam Torrence was born in Ireland in 1732. He died at Ramsour's Mill, Lincoln County, North Carolina on Jun 20, 1780.

He was the son of Hugh and Elizabeth Torrence. Hugh was born in Londonberry, Ireland on Oct 10, 1701. He died on Jul 22, 1784 in Franklin County, PA.[1]

Adam married Ann Bonar (born in 1736, died Nov. 3, 1802)[2]

Adam originally lived in Pennsylvania. He sold his land and went to NC where he became the proprietor of the Torrence Tavern, 1/2 mile south of Mount Mourne, Rowan County (currently Iredell County), North Carolina, where Cornwallis and his men camped on their way to Salisbury in pursuit of Gen. Green.[3]

Adam Torrance and his son Adam joined the Revolutionary Forces of North Carolina with the Rowan County Regiment. Adam Torrance, Sr. was killed at the Battle of Ramsour's Mills, Lincoln County, North Carolina, on June 20, 1780. His body lies there in an unmarked grave.[4]

In his son, Adam Jr.'s, Revolutionary War Pension application, Adam Jr states "at the Battle of Ramsour's Lincoln County where I saw my Father fall on the field of Battle being shot dead through the head by a ball & a few moments afterwards I was shot in the hip & which hurt me all my life since".[5]

Adam Torrence, Sr. and Ann Bonar were parents of:

  1. Hugh Torrence (1754 - 12/2/1797), first Sheriff of Iredell County
  2. Adam Torrence, Jr. (1755 - 7/13/1844)[6]
  3. George Torrence (1759 - 7/24/1843), married Margaret McKnight (1763-1831) in 1787[7]
  4. Barnabas Torrence (1761 - 2/29/1840)[8]
  5. Elizabeth (Torrence) McNight (1768 - 11/30/1830); married Rev. James McKnight
  6. Alexander Torrence (1772 - 12/2/1797), married Catherine Lawson (1778-1843) on Apr 7, 1800 in Iredell County, North Carolina[9]
  7. Margaret Torrence (1774 - 9/2/1841); single

Torrence Family Ancestors

Albert Torrence (1699-1775), Hugh Torrence (1701-1784), and James Torrence (1703-?) were three sons of Sgt. Hugh Terence of Ireland (with Scottish lineage). Albert immigrated to Philadelphia, and settled in the Conocoheague Settlement in Franklin County, Pennsylvania by 1751. Hugh immigrated to Hopewell Township, Cumberland County, Pennsylvania and served in the Revolutionary War. James, the third son, remained in Ireland, as did most of his descendants, although at least one of his sons immigrated to Pennsylvania. Descendants and relatives lived in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, Ohio, Missouri and elsewhere. Some descendants emigrated from Scotland or England to Quebec, Manitoba and elsewhere in Canada. Includes ancestry in Scotland, Ireland and elsewhere.[10]

Battle of Tarrant's or Torrence's Taverne

The Battle of Torrence's Tavern was fought on Feb 1, 1781 near Torrence's Tavern. It was the only major battle or skirmish to be fought during the Revolutionary War in Iredell County. J.D. Lewis has a fascinating description of this battle.[11]


  1. #FG, #Torrence
  2. #DAR, Find A Grave No. 145602816
  3. #Torrence
  4. #FG, #Lewis
  5. #Pension, #DAR
  6. #EstateAdam
  7. #C1790George, #DAR line used for DAR application
  8. #EstateBarnabas
  9. #DAR line used for DAR applicaiton
  10. #Torrence
  11. J.D. Lewis, Link

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