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Re: [Torrens List] Torrens Genealogy Facebook Page.
I am interested in a Torrens family from the Roe valley. The ancestral
graveyard was at the Presbyterian church at Ballykelly. The last known
member of the family was William Torrens, farmer of Carryclare
(Carrowclare), who left the bulk of his estate (or at least intended to)
to a nephew, Robert Martin Torrens, when he died in 1883.
Robert Torrens and Ann Martin had three other known children besides
William. Three emigrated to the United States. Eliza had married John Kerr
in Co. Londonderry and settled in Barry, Pike County, Illinois by 1850. Her
unmarried siblings arrived shortly thereafter; brother John's son was to
inherit his uncle's farm. John returned to Ireland for six months to help
settle his brother's estate. I suspect the farm was sold at that time.
There may have been a brother James who stayed in the area, but he was not
mentioned in the will. An unnamed deceased aunt (Torrens or Martin?) had
been living on the farm.
I would be interested in suggestions of resources I could use to find out
more about this family. I am a descendant of John Kerr's brother William
and his wife Elizabeth Irvine, but have been working with a descendant of
John Kerr and Eliza Torrens. Several members of both lines have taken
autosomal DNA tests.
I will check out the Torrens FaceBook page, which I note is a "public"
page. I have found closed Facebook groups very helpful for genealogy.
On Monday, September 5, 2016, Richard Torrens (Genealogy) <
> In article
> > This email comes at an opportune time. I have sent an odd email here
> > and there in the past trying to track down the origin of the Spanish
> > Torrens line, to determine if it's an independent occurrence or in fact
> > somehow descended from a more ancient branch. Just a couple of days ago
> > I asked a friend whose family had traced their Spanish genealogy back to
> > El Cid (certified by the Spanish government), to forward me the
> > resources they used in tracking their ancestors. I'm hoping during my
> > spare time and with a little work, to gain some greater insight into the
> > origins of the Spanish Torrenses. Incidentally my family moved to the
> > US via Cuba in the 1960s, and I live in San Francisco.
> You and I both!
> As yes nothing has come up to connect the spanish line to any non-spanish
> line. But you aren't alone: there are many disconnected lines.
> I have never had a spanish GEDCOM to put on the site.
> Genealogy site: http://www.Torrens.org.uk/Genealogy/
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