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Places of special importance

Several geographical places or features are of special relevance to our family or have been named for our family of have similar names.


United States


The first two of these, according to Robert M Torrence, were named after the explorer, Col. Robert Torrens who is a descendant of Thomas Torrens of Dungiven.


  • Torrance, Ontario. We're also looking for more information on the founder of this.

    Other Places of interest

    The Bann Valley

    The Torrenses are so intimately connected with this area that there is a whole section devoted to Bann Valley Genealogy on this site.

    Legend has it (reports Linde Lunney) that the original Torrens settlers were brothers - quantity unspecified, perhaps three. They came up the Bann in an open boat. One settled on the Co. Antrim side and the other one or two chose Co. Derry.

    Certainly my own line traces (we believe - though the early links are tenuous) back to Hugh Torrence of Culnamen and his putative sons Hugh of Cahenny and Alexander. They died about 1715.

    The 1821 census lists 29 Torrens families in the Bannn Valley area and around 110 names - a quite possible descendency tree from the two brothers. So my current project is to collect all the available Torrens data for the time/area and see if I can make more connections. Is it demonstrable that these two brothers were the ancestors of all these families?

    There was another group of Torrenses in the next valley (Thomas Torrens of Dungiven) during the same time, another family in the Tamlaghtfinlagen area (southern shore of Lough Foyle) and another lot in Letterkenny (Donegal). Another family was in Clogher, Tyrone.

    Sgt. Hugh (bef: 1689 - aft: 1705) seems to have travelled widely throughout Ireland, being a soldier. Most of his line, it is claimed, emigrated to America. However it appears that several wrong assumptions have been made in compiling his tree: these errors have probably hindered many correct links. A discussion of the early Hughs of the Torrens Family in Ulster.

    There are many untraced and unlinked descendants of these Bann valley Torrenses, but apparently very few still reside in the area. So did the families die out, did the name change through female progeny or did they emigrate?

    Unravelling this group of families will involve drawing a multi-layered map with one layer for each, say, 10 years. I can show households, occupants and geographical changes. I may also need to study available data on other families in the area between, say 1650 and 1850, so if you have anything to add or can help in any way, please contact me. The only thing to hinder such a project may be lack of data!

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