Appeals to the Privy Council

Report No. 11_1733_00

Torrey v Mumford

Rhode Island 

Case Name Short

Torrey v Mumford

Case Name Long

Joseph Torrey v George Mumford


Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


APC Citation 

v.3 [293] p.402 – 20 December 1733 – entry 1

PC Register Citation 

George II v.3 (21 July 1732 – 18 July 1734) p.281, 489, 504: PC 2/92/281, 489, 504


APC Citation 

v.3 [293] p.402–404 – 16 July 1734 – entry 2

PC Register Citation 

George II v.3 (21 July 1732 – 18 July 1734) p.527–529: PC 2/92/527–529


APC Citation 

v.3 [293] p.404 – 18 July 1733 recte 1734 – entry 3

PC Register Citation 

George II v.3 (21 July 1732 – 18 July 1734) p.537–538: PC 2/92/537–538


Colonial Courts

Inferior Court of Common Pleas – last Tuesday in June 1732

Superior Court – first Tuesday of September 1732

Superior Court – Newport – last Tuesday in March 1733


Bundy, James

Hull, John

Miles, Rev. Mr. Samuel, Presbyterian minister

Mumford, George

Smith, John, surveyor

Torrey, Joseph, Presbyterian minister, of South Kingstown in King’s County


Land (trespass and ejectment) called the Petaquamsent (Petaquamset) purchase




Related to other Privy Council appeals:

    MacSparran v Mumford – Report No. 11_1725_00 (APC, v.3 [85] p.118)

    MacSparran v Hassard – Report No. 11_1736_00 (APC, v.3 [390] p.518)

All of these Privy Council appeals concern a dispute about glebe land and have overlapping parties. There is an extensive discussion of this dispute in Bilder, Salamanders and Sons of God, ch. 6.

Multiple spellings are given for the surname of the Presbyterian minister – Miles in Torrey v Mumford; Nyles in MacSparran v Hassard; Myles in Chalmers, Opinions of Eminent Lawyers, 1:9.

On the action of ‘trespass and ejectment’ involved here, see Additional Research.

References in Smith, Appeals to the Privy Council from the American Plantations

Table of Cases (Torrey v Mumford)


Printed Cases

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Privy Council Documents in PC 1 at The National Archives at Kew

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