Biography of Andrus T. Thorup
Bristol County, MA Biographies





Thorup, Andreas Thomsen, was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, May 17, 1817. After the death of his mother, to whom he had been most tenderly attached, he left his native land for America. He sailed in September, 1837, as a musician (clarinetist) on board the U. S. frigate Independence, Commodore J. B. Nicholson, for a three years' cruise on the coast of Brazil, and arrived in New York in April, 1840. In June of the same year he left that city for New Bedford. Mass., wherehe took up the position of organist and music teacher, serving in the former capacity at the First Congregational (Unitarian) Church. Having received a thorough musical education in Copenhagen, he was fully qualified for the duties of music teacher and organist in any city and consequently, in September, 1818, he was induced by influential friends to remove to Boston, Mass., where he had received a call as organist at Dr. Gannett's church (Unitarian) on Federal street. He met with great success in Boston's best circles as teacher of the piano forte and gained, a host of lifelong friends, for "his generous disposition and childlike purity of character" could not but make friends of all who knew him. November 7, 1850, he married Mary W. Beetle, only daughter of the late William Beetle (one of New Bedford's worthiest and most respected citizens) and Dorothy Tripp, his wife. Mr. and Mrs. Thorup resided in Boston until December, 1855, when they returned to New Bedford on account of the flattering inducements held out for their advantage. Mr. Thorup's engagement as organist at the First Congregational Church (Rev. John Weiss, pastor) commenced in January, 1856, and he gave the most faithful and assiduous service there until his decease in April, 1868. His death was caused by intense mental and physical exhaustion induced by overwork. He organized in New Bedford a large and admirable company of the best vocalists in the city which many will remember as the "Choral Union." Many fine musical compositions were introduced for the first time in New Bedford in this way. and few of the community realize what a fresh impetus was given to the cause by his efforts in the leadership of this organization. The " Choral Union" expressed their thorough appreciation of Mr. Thorup's helpful influence by presenting him with valuable gifts on several occasions. He was far more loyal to this countrys cause than many native, born citizens, for at the time of the Rebellion he offered his services as a soldier for the nation's welfare. On accotint of his age, however, the offer was not accepted and a younger than was enrolled. Not many know the disappointment which this decision caused him, but it was a just one. Mr. Thorup's widow and one son, William M. (their only child), still reside in New Bedford. William M. was born November 25, 1851, and for many years has been connected with the New Bedford Safe Deposit and Trust Company as bookkeeper. In 1885 he married Amelia D. Davis, a native of Boston and daughter of Horatio and the late Jane Inglee (Hall) Davis, and they have two children living: Gretchen and Oscar; their first child, Hilda, died in infancy.

From:
Our county and its people
A descriptive and biographical history of
Bristol County, Massachusetts
Prepaired and published under the auspices of
The Fall River News and The Taunton Gasette
With assistance of Hon. Alanson Borden
The Boston History Company, Publishers, 1899.

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