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The following information is from Nancy Ann Salmon Hook

Nancy believes Agnes Torian was born closer to 1800 based on her age in the 1830 and 1840 census.


p. 71


i. Nancy Jane Salmon died after the 1880 census because she was living with her children in Christian County, Kentucky in 1880. Her husband William G. Bobbitt was born 8 December 1819, Christian County, Kentucky.

ii. James J. Salmon was born 1832 according to his tombstone. He had 4 sons, one of whom died as a baby. The others were Romulus Manford Salmon, Leeroy Rome Salmon, known as Roy, and Richard Jacob Salmon.

iii. William B. Salmon. His wife Nancy Adaline Clark was born 7 April 1828 and died 2 March 1862, Christian County, Kentucky.

iv. Leander David Salmon was born in Halifax County, Virginia.

v. Anderson G. Salmon was born in Christian County, Kentucky. He enlisted in the Union Army as a Private, 15 October 1861, Calhoon, Kentucky. Enlisted Co. B 25th Inf Reg., 1 January 1862 and transferred to Co. G 17th Inf. Reg. Kentucky, 13 April 1862. He died of disease on 25 June 1862 Co. G 17th Inf. Reg., Kentucky at Florence, Alabama.

vii. Albert F. Salmon was born 15 December 1840 according to his tombstone and was born in Christian County, Kentucky.




p. 95


Michael L. Torian

He married Terry Sullivan, born 1948.

Children of Michael L. and Terry (Sullivan) Torian:

         i.       Michael Shannon Torian, born 1973, Kalamazoo, Michigan; married Kelly Kirby, 23 August 2003, Kalamazoo. In 2010 they live in Colorado.

                  Children of Michael and Kelly (Kirby) Torian:

                       i.     Polly Catherine Torian, born 2004.

                      ii.     Vincent Michael Torian, born 2005.


         ii.      Matthew Ryan Torian, born 1976, Kalamazoo; married Elizabeth LaPorte, 3 May 2001, Kalamazoo.



p. 152


photo from Georgia Torian Houska’s obituary is found at:




p. 168


vi.        Eva “Katherine”9 Torian, born 13 August 1912 in Paducah to John Anderson and Dora Susan Griffin and died 6 April 1951 in McCracken County at age 38 of pneumonia and Hodgkin’s disease and is buried in Mt. Kenton Cemetery.[1] Eva married Don Harmon, 25 April 1931 in Paducah.

            Children of Don and Eva Katherine9 (Torian) Harmon:

                  i.    Lena Pearl10 Harmon, born November 1936; married (1) Fred Q. Blair, born Miami, Florida. They met while she was attending college in Christian County, Kentucky and he was stationed at Fort Campbell, Kentucky and a 101st Airborne Special Forces Pilot. She married (2) James Scott, and she died February 1996.

Child of Fred and Lena Pearl10 (Harmon) Blair:

      i.    Katherine Anne11 Blair, born 1956, Kentucky; married (1) Bernard Thompson, 1974, Fort Knox, Kentucky, divorced, and (2) Elijah Epps in Atlanta, Georgia, 2001. Childhood spent in Paducah, Kentucky and Ocala, Florida. Her children are Laura Thompson of Atlanta, Georgia and Terrell Thompson of Montgomery, Alabama.

Children of James and Lena Pearl (Harmon) Scott:

     i.     Donnie11 Scott.

    ii.     Connie11 Scott; married [–?–] Powell.

   iii.     Karen Scott.

                  ii.   Frances A.10 Harmon, born 1938[2] in McCracken County, married Melvin Styers.

                        Child of Melvin and Frances10 (Harmon) Styers:

                              i.    Suzanne11 Styers.



p. 177


Ila M. Torian’s obituary:


UTICA- Ila Mae Torian Dodson Nelson died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2001, at Trace Haven Nursing Home. She was 92. Mrs. Nelson was born in Kentucky and moved to Mississippi as a small child. She was a hairstylist and operated a country store she and her husband owned in Utica. She was also employed at The Valley for many years. She was a member of the ladies auxiliary of Hill City Lodge 707. She was preceded in death by her husbands, Lloyd Dodson and Alan Nelson. She is survived by a son, Ronnie Lee Dodson of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a niece, Margaret Wilkinson of Vicksburg; three nephews, Robert Lee McReynolds of Jackson, B.A. McReynolds of Brandon and Robert Cecil McReynolds of Baton Rouge; and other relatives including, Bill Tillman and Jayne Tillman, both of Utica, and members of the Dodson family. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Utica Cemetery with the Rev. John Ed Snell officiating under the direction of Glenwood Funeral Home in Utica. Memorials may be made to a favorite charity. shows: Burial Utica Cemetery, Utica, Hinds County, Mississippi, USA




p. 183


photo should be identified as Marcelino and Roberta Buck Martinez, 2007




Chapter 7



p. 379


Richard Leslie Torian lives in Frederick, Maryland where he is an active member of the Evangelical Reformed United Church of Christ. Richard retired from the Department of Defense in 1994 as an intelligence research specialist. Then, he went on to earn a MBA degree and now offers business research services as an independent information professional. Richard’s son, Maxwell Lansing Torian, is finishing up (in 2011) course work at Frederick Community College for a degree in the construction trades (HVAC specialty).




p. 404


John Chambers Torian

He is buried in Kent-Forest Lawn Cemetery, Panama City, Bay County, Florida with dates of 12 December 1901 and 8 December 1981.[3] Records also show his first wife was Margaret Cheatham, born 30 December 1907, Lynchburg City, Virginia. They married 31 October 1937. She died 25 July 1942, Richmond City. Margaret was a graduate of Randolph Macon College, attended the College of William and Mary, and at the time of her death was attending Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg.[4] John Chambers apparently later married Helen Hood and she was born 13 April 1910 and died 3 June 1995, Bay County, Florida.[5]




p. 405


Courtney Torian Jr’s obituary:

Courtney M. Torian Jr.

December 13, 2009

THE VILLAGES, FLA. — Courtney M. Torian Jr., age 79, died Monday, Nov. 16, 2009 in The Villages, Fla. Mr. Torian was born in Vernon Hill, South Boston, Va. His family moved to Hampton, Va., in 1943, where he attended public schools and graduated from Newport News Business College with a degree in accounting. He began employment with The Daily Press, Inc. on Nov. 1, 1950, in the Classified Advertising Department and transferred to the Retail Department as a Sales Representative in 1951. Through a series of promotions he became the Assistant Advertising Director in 1986 and retired from the Daily Press on Jan. 1, 1988. During his tenure with The Daily Press, he attended advertising courses at Princeton University and the American Press Institute at Columbia University. He won state, national and international awards for Excellence in Advertising Design and Content. In Newport News, he was active in many business and civic organizations including the Virginia Press Association; Mid-Atlantic Newspaper Advertising and Marketing Executives; Hampton Roads Advertising Federation; Peninsula Sales and Marketing Executives Board; Newport News Rotary Club; and St. Stephens Episcopal Church, where he served on the vestry, the perpetual fund and was an usher and lay reader. He was an avid golfer, enjoyed sailing, traveling, hunting, and delightful dinners with special friends.



Chapter 8


p. 429


Elisha Hutchin Torian’s wife Fannie Lille died about 1910 according to Ruth Torian Emerson.



p. 432


Correct name is Margaret Ruth Torian.






Second child of Benjamin and Pearl (Robinson) Torian is:

         ii.      Fannie Lou Torian, born about 1923 and died 26 April 1938 in a highway accident and is buried in Sand Hill.




Chapter 9


p. 446


I found four documents at the Bureau of Land Management for Jacob Torian but the question was, which Jacob Torian. By looking at the dates of the documents (1856-1860) and residence listed on the documents (Christian County), and one of the documents shows he served in the War of 1812 in Virginia, I’ve narrowed it down to Jacob Torian (1776-1863) in chapter 9.


The first document shows Certificate 46050, Whereas Jacob Torian of Christian county, Kentucky has deposited in the General Land Office of the United States, a Certificate of the register of the land office of Warsaw, Missouri whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Jacob Torian according to the provisions of the Act of Congress of the 24th of April, 1820 entitled “An act making further provision for the sale of the Public Lands for the south west quarter of the north west quarter of section twenty four in township forty-four of range twenty-four in the District of Lands subject to sale at Warsaw, Missouri containing forty acres, signed 10 October 1856.[6]


The next document shows Whereas in pursuance of the Act of Congress approved September 28th, 1850, entitled “An Act granting Bounty Land to certain Officers and Soldiers who have been engaged in the Military Service of the United States,” Warrant No 9034 for 80 acres issued in favor of William Taylor, Private in Captain Young’s Company, Kentucky Cavalry, War of 1812, has returned to the General Land Office with evidence that the same has been duly located upon the East half of the North West quarter of Section Twenty four in Township Forty four of Range Twenty Four in the District of Lands subject to sale at Warsaw, Missouri containing eighty acres … which has been assigned to Jacob Torian., dated 1 April 1857.


Another document shows certificate 46051 Jacob Torian of Christian County, Kentucky as deposited in the General Land Office of the United States … at Warsaw whereby it appears that full payment has been made by the said Jacob Torian for … containing three hundred and twenty acres, dated 1 May 1857.


The last document shows …there has been deposited in the General Land Office Warrant No. 69288 for 120 acres in favor of Jacob Torian, Private Captain Medley’s Company, Virginia Militia, War of 1812, dated 4 July 1860.



Chapter 10



p. 565





Chapter 11



p. 598  


Name is Julie Ann Torian.

Name is spelled Raugh



p. 599


iii.      Mattie10 Torian, born February 1888, Halifax County to Charles Henry Torian and Emma Smith and died 10 January 1978 in Halifax.[7] Mattie married Richard A. Rickman, 21 December 1912, Halifax County. Richard was born 28 June 1882 in Halifax County and died 17 February 1958 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Scottsburg, Halifax County, Virginia. (All this information came from William Davis Rickman, April 2010)


Children of Richard and Mattie10 (Torian) Rickman:

                 i.     Masuria “Zoo”11 Rickman, born 14 November 1913, Halifax County and died 30 July 1997 and is buried in Oak Ridge Cemetery, South Boston, Virginia. She married John A. Sadler and he was born 15 December 1895 and died May 1981.[8] The family shows her name spelled as Missoure however Social Security records show Masuria.


                        Children of John A. and Masuria11 (Rickman) Sadler:

                                i.     Dan Hagood12 Sadler, born 1937.

                               ii.     Mattie Louise12 Sadler, born 30 November 1938, Halifax County and died 29 May 2009[9] according to Social Security records and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Scottsburg, Virginia. She married Henry Allen Smith.

                              iii.     James Edward12 Sadler, born 1945, Halifax County.


                ii.     Richard T.11 Rickman, born 12 September 1918, Halifax County and died 24 January 1995 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Scottsburg. Never married.


               iii.     John H.11 Rickman, born 23 June 1924, Halifax County and died 5 June 1985 and is buried in Oakland Cemetery, Scottsburg. Never married.


               iv.     William Davis11 Rickman, born 1929, Halifax County; married Ellie Virginia Dunkley, 26 June 1954 in Halifax County.


                        Children of William D.11 and Ellie Virginia (Dunkley) Rickman:

                                i.     Avis Susan12 Rickman, born 1957, Halifax County, Virginia.

                               ii.     Wanda Gale12 Rickman, born 1961, Halifax County.




p. 601


According to Charles Henry Francis, Ola “Janie” Torian was born February 1894 and died November 1969. Her husband James M. Francis, was born 18 March 1887 and he died about November 1951. A corrected list of their children is below:

i.              Elva Rebecca “Bee” Francis, born 1915.

ii.            John Robert Francis, born 1916.

iii.          Child died at birth.

iv.          Janie R. Francis, born 1918.

v.            Betty Mary Francis, born 1921.

vi.          Marie Francis, born 1922.

vii.        Ola Virginia Francis, born 1923.

viii.      Ellie Virginia Francis, born 1925.

ix.          James W. Francis, born about 1926.

x.            Charles Henry Francis, born 1927.




p. 603


According to Doris Hogan Thompson, Lanie Torian was born about 1898 and died at age 93 in 1991 and is buried in Halifax Cemetery. Lanie and Harry Hogan’s child Elsie Hogan was born in 1930 and died 30 May 1985. Harry and Lanie’s twins Doris and Dorothy Hogan were born in 1931.



p. 606 



Chapter 12



p. 614


1815    I mothe on the court that myself and hands be appointed to worke on my Roade on Each Side of the River from the ferry as fare as my Land Extends which is near 2 miles on one side and About one mile on the other and Discharge me and my hands from working any other Road as it is convenient and I think and hope as I have Agreed to take so large and so (Bad? can’t read) Apart of the Roade the court will hear and grant me my Motion

                                                      Signed   Thos Torian

            (transcribed with original spelling)


This petition was found in loose papers, Halifax County, Virginia and is dated 1815 (Sept.?)[10]




p. 616


1844    Copy of this deed for 2953 acres is on the CD of Torian photos.[11]






I also made a copy of the General Index to Deeds showing the Grantee (buyer) for Halifax County, Virginia showing the Torian name on pages 230-235 and a copy of the General Index to Deeds, Halifax County, Virginia, Grantor (seller) for Torians on pages 464-471 but they are too lengthy to include here.






This is a supplement to the book The Torian Family History by Marian Brune McCreary, published in 2010

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[1] Eva Katherine Harmon, death, Kentucky Death Records 1852–1953, no 8955 ,

[2] Frances A. Harmon, birth, Kentucky Birth Index 1911–1999,

[3] shows John Chambers Torian.

[4], Margaret Cheatham Torian.

[5] Florida Death Index 1877-1998,, Helen Hood Torian.


[7] Social Security Death Index, Mattie Torian and correspondence with William Rickman.

[8] Social Security Death Index, John Sadler, and correspondence William D. Rickman.

[9] Social Security Death Index, Mattie L. Smith, born 30 November 1938.

[10] Copy of petition courtesy of Hallie Torian Owen, April 2010. Scan of original is on Torian CD.

[11] Copy of Deed courtesy of Hallie Torian Owen, April 2010, Halifax County, Virginia Deed Book 49, p. 519-520.