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[Bann Valley] Hello


My name is Sheelagh Rowland and although I have scoured most of the material on the Bann Valley Geneology site, and made copious notes of possible family connections I’m very much struggling to prove possible facts.

I’m hoping that by being on this subscribers list I’ll find others who may be able to help!

My mother, Jeanette, was a McClenaghan who grew up on Blackrock Farm in Boveedy.  This farm had been purchased by her grandfather John McClena(g)han from his uncle/cousin (I believe)  Robert or William Michael 1920ish? Previously, the McClenaghans had been in Ballynameen (bordering Kurin), possibly having arrived in Ireland from Scotland in the 1700s.  I believe that they attended First Garvagh Church for several generations and it is quite possible that I have found the birth certificates of 2x grandfather and a brother- John and Robert born 1799 and 1797 respectively- but I’m missing the parents' names.  
Additionally, John McClenaghan  married Margaret Thompson  who was from Kurin.  And her father was James Thompson (1822-1911?) who married Jane Leech  from Ahoghill, Antrim.  I have her father as Thomas Leech (1784- ?) and that’s the end of that trail. 
Blackrock Farm was inherited by my grandfather William John McClenaghan and then passed onto my uncle, another John McClenaghan. 

William John McClenaghan married Rachel Gilmore Johnston.  The Johnston’s Townland was Caulhame, and previously Upper Movenus.  Rachel’s father was James Johnston (1825 -1903) and her mother was Margaret McFetridge (1855-1933).  Margaret’s father was James McFetridge (1814-1907) from Cullyramer who married Margaret Knox (1819-1889). Margaret’s father was Thomas Knox from Clarehill. ..From there on with the Knox’, I haven’t any more info.  
* I also haven’t been able to find out where the link to ‘Gilmore’ is with my grandmother’s middle name.  I have to think that her grandmother must have been a Gilmore but can’t find a marriage certificate for John McC?!

On the other hand, James McFetridge’s father,  Alexander of Mayohill, (1789-1882) married Jane Torrance (1799 - 1875).  This Torrens line was then easily followed with help not only from this site but also the book: The Descendants of Lewis Hart and Anne Elliot compiled by Jared Sidney Torrance and published in 1923…and this then got me back to Scotland where 8x GG Thomas Torrence emigrated to the Bann Valley around 1660.

Not only do I have this significant Torrens history, but ‘Torrens’ are peppered through the family tree that I have so far with a Torrens McFetridge being a 3x Great Uncle who was married to a Jane Torrens!  My grandmother Rachel’s elder sister Margaret Ann/Maggie Johnston (1885-1924)- married William Torrens (1876-1958).

I could keep going with this, but I’m hoping that there are folks out their who can help fill in some gaps? I’ve also got a GEDmatch file, although 4 requests thus far to find family connections have been impossible to solve!

Thank you,