[Date Prev][Date Next][Thread Prev][Thread Next][Date Index][Thread Index]
[Torrens List] A Rescued Torrens Family Bible.
Hi All, Ive been meaning to mention this story about a Torrens Family
Bible that was spotted at an Antiques Auction. Back in September 2009
while I was milking cows, I received a phonecall on my Mobile/Cell phone
from my sister Heather. She was in a panic as she had only got time to
tell me that Cousin Melonie had been informed about a Torrens Family
Bible that was for sale at McAfees Antiques Auction in Ballymoney.
It was about 6.05pm and I asked when does the Auction start, she said
6.10pm !! I was going "Beserk" !! Heather was still working, I couldnt
run out and leave the Cows milking, so I had to make a lot of quick
calls, my neice, another sister, my cousin Alan Torrens, No anwer on any
of their phones so I was ready for Mental Breakdown at this stage.
Finally I got in touch with fellow Genealogist Kate Connolly who was
just about to have her supper and then she would head over.
Then cousin Alan who had received my message rang back and said he was
already in Ballymoney, he said he will make a bid for it and I told him
that not to go over £50-60 for it. I had no idea just how much a Family
Bible would cost and yet I had not even seen this Bible.
I knew Alan is the type of guy who is always dealin in something, He
hackles people so much they get so fed up with him they usually
practicly give the item away just to get rid of him Lol !!
I rang Kate and told her that Alan was already there and he has first
hand experince at buying and selling.
So I continued to attend the cows again when I got a few phonecalls from
Alan with bits of information on this Torrens Bible. He said there was
Death Cards inside this Bible of a Mary Ann Torrens, and her address was
at Union St, Ballymoney.
So this gave me a fair idea what Torrens she was, I remember seeing this
family in the 1901 Census, I recall they were School Teachers as well
being Reformed Presbyterians.
Anyhow, about 7.30pm Alan rang me to inform me that he has bought the
Bible for £80. He said there seemed to be much interest in it and from
what he told me it sounded like there was some very Religious type
people who image would be simillar to that of Plymouth Bretherin.
So thanks to my cousin Alan I now have this Torrens Bible still in
Now this Bible has about 800 pages, about a foot long, and 4 - 5 inches
thick. It was Published by William Flint, 26 South Seventh Street,
Philadelphia. It was made in 1869, So that explains the large engraved
brown leather cover on it which also has a steel clip that binds it
On the front cover is the name "James Torrens" engraved.
Inside is a stamp of "James Torrens, House Carpenter, 109 D St, SO.
There are pages where entries of Family should be made but unfortunatly
they are empty. But there is the Death Cards which read;-
At her Residence, Oldenburgh Terrace, Charlotte Steet, Ballymoney, On
Wednesday, 3rd January, 1900,
MARY ANN TORRENS.
Her remains will be removed for interment in Kilraghts Old
Burying-Ground, on Friday, the 5th instant, at Eleven o"clock.
MARTHA J TORRENS.
There was not many Reformed Presbyterian Torrenses in the area. The only
other ones who were was John Torrens of Ballyboylands, Kilraghts. He is
in the 1901 census as a RP. I think this Mary Ann Torrens could have
been either his Aunt or his sister.
I must look over my notes to see if I can find Mary Anns age.
Now I wonder if any of John Torrens of Ballyboylands descendants are
on this list. I know there was a Kenneth Torrens in Florida who grew up
in Ballymoney, Im sure this Bible would mean a lot to someone like him
or perhaps he could shed more light on it.
What does concern me is that just how many Family Bibles turn up at
these Auctions and end up leaving famillies forever. I dont know if
these Torrens ladies ever married so what may have hapenned is that
someone has taken over their house and either they decided to sell this
bible or maybe it turned up on someones roofspace.
I know one thing, we Torrenses should be very thankfull to those who
first spotted, allerted us to the fact this Bible was being sold.
Has anyone else had these experiences ??
To unsubscribe send a mail to TorrensList+unsubscribe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
List rules and FAQs: http://www.torrens.org.uk/Lists/3_rules.html