Letter from Hugh Torrens of Mayoughill to JST

Mayoughill
Jan 5th 1919

Mr J S Torrance
I was greatly interested in your letter of 8th Nov you can certainly do
great things in America in the line of farming I hope your great
enterprise will prove a success it certainly is a very patriotic act we
are all very glad here that the war is over and victory has crowned the
Allies efforts we are all very sensible here of the great part America
took in bringing the war to a speedy issue.

You will think by the time this reaches you that I have forgotten you but
no I was trying to gather up a little information about the Torrance
family I have searched Aghadowey Church Burying ground there is one
tombstone inscription Hugh Torrens Mayoughill Died 1804 Aged 31 years but
it is possible a good many more Torrance may have been buried there and
no tombstone erected One of the Carah Torrenses told me that He always
heard his father say that the Torrenses originally came from
Stirlingshire Scotland at the time of the Plantation of Ulster that was
all he knew I thought then that I would have to try some other source I
went up to Belfast about ten days ago I went to the lady in charge of the
historical room in connection with the Presbyterian Church. She was very
kind and obliging but said she had just been put in charge for a short
time however. She said She would see Mr Kernohan the gentleman who was
formally in charge and is an expert at tracing old histories I have
received an answer from Mr Kernohan which I enclose Caheny that he
mentions is where Wm Hogg who married a Torrance resided and Coolnamen
that he mentions includes the the Carah half the inhabitants of which are
Torrenses.

If you think on employing Mr Kernohan I think some useful information
might be obtained I believe Him to be a reliable man you could put the
information you want to know in shape for him I could not get you a
history of the Plantation of Ulster when I was in Belfast But I have
ordered one for you as soon as I get it I will send it on to you

Wishing you a happy new year
I remain
Very Sincerely yours
Hugh Torrens

Note. 18th April, 1999 RJT.
There appear to be no such grave in Aghadowey - Hugh seems to be referring to:
Here Lyeth the body
of James Torrens who
departed this life the
21nd of March, 1804,
aged 31 years

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