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Was born in Tipperary, Ireland, August 12, 1835, and when two years old, his parents immigrated to the United States and settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he was reared. When twelve years of age he began to support himself, and at fifteen was apprenticed to learn the shoemaker's trade, serving three and one-half year?, and from that time until 1857, he worked at his trade as journeyman, in Philadelphia, and various towns in Iowa and Missouri, when he came to Grundy county and settled in Trenton, continuing to work as a "jour" until 1859, when he engaged in the boot and shoe business.
At the breaking out of the war of the rebellion in 1861, he enlisted in company B, Twenty-third Missouri volunteer infantry and served three years; was taken prisoner at the battle of Shiloh, April 6, 1862, and incarcerated in different southern prisons until October 19, 1862, then released on parole at Aiken's Landing, Virginia, and from there sent to Washington, D. C., where for two months he was in the hospital recovering from the effects of prison exposure. He was sent home on a furlough of six weeks and afterwards joined his regiment at Franklin, Missouri. His regiment was kept in the State until the following fall, then ordered to Nashville, Tennessee, and soon after joined the Army of the Cumberland in the Fourteenth army corps, and participated in all the battles of that division up to the capture of Atlanta.
September 26, 1864, when he was mustered out, and immediately returned to Trenton and again engaged in the boot and shoe trade. In 1866, with Martin Eagan, he went into the marble business at Trenton, under the firm name of Eagan & Torpey. Closing out that business in 1869 he resumed dealing in boots and shoes which he continued until January, 1881. Selling out he entered the restaurant business, in which he is at present engaged.
During the years 1871, 1872, 1879 and 1881, he was a member of the city council of Trenton. November 4th, 1860, Mr.  Torpey and Miss Sarah E. Crouch, of Trenton, were united in marriage. They have five children: Thomas E., Charles A., Maggie G., Hallie and Mabel. Maggie died at Trenton, June 27, 1881. Mr. Torpey holds a prominent place among the enterprising merchants of Trenton.
Source:  The History of Grundy County, Missouri: Birdsall & Dean, publ. 1881; Submitted to Geneaology Trails and Transcribed by Andrea Stawski Pack 

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