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This letter is of interest: Dr H.R Torrens was uncle to my Grandfather, John Morrison Torrens of Youghal. I believe JMT was himself contacted by Jared Sidney and as a result was in touch with his uncle, HRT. This probably triggered my father's interest in Genealogy. Certainly my uncle (Cecil Woodman T) has a tree he claims was handwitten by John Morrison Torrens - but RGT says the tree was written by Aunt Hattie' - Harriette Thompson. (Note added by RJT)
Seaforde Park Road Belfast Ireland 4/5/1920 Dear Sir:- I have your letter of Mar. 30th, and note what you say about applying to the families still residing in Co. Derry. It is not a very satisfactory affair. I visited, I suppose, the most educated man of the whole connection a few years ago, and he knew very little about the earlier history. He is a retired medical doctor. But I shall try him again. From the enclosed you will see I have been drawing a rather fine comb thro the public records, with unsatisfactory results. There is only one abstract of real interest - the memorial of deed (Orr to Torrens) It shows there was a lease in this case. The line here was: Hugh Torrens | James Torrens (see above and abstract) | John Torrens of Gorton later of Coolyrammer | Dr. H R Torrens (see above) I am now seeing what the landlord's rentals or records or leases can be got at. Owing to land troubles they are not easily accessble, if they exist at all. It is regrettable that these do not help us in the provisional chart. I got the wives' names looked up in Dublin. There is only one giving the name. but without fresh light. Notice one of the wills of Torrens sent before - Alexr. Torrens of Mullahinch, par. of Aghadowey. His son in law, Samuel Heselet in mentioned. I think I sent you previously the marriage entry (probably the same) of Samuel Haslet from the Boveva register, dated Mar. 8, 1761. The wife Elizabeth Torrens is named as of the parish of Boveedy (Bovidie). Yet in the will Alexr. Torrens is named as of the par. of Aghadowey in 1770. These changes of residence are perplexing. Let me say now that following on the getting of another name or two the search in the bills is now going on. I think I explained that owing to all the lists of Bills having to be examined it proves very costly unless by method of co-operation. The document about Sergeant Hugh, which I hope reached you, was only got by this search in Bills, which had to be suspended through one or two dropping out. I have a letter from Mr. Hugh Torrens in reply to an inquiry about graveyards. My letter in the newspaper drew a few answers, but they were useless. Yours faithfully J.W.Kernohan.
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