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Re: Torrance's of Enfield, Pelham, MA
Posted by: jan mongoven (ID *****9107) Date: November 16, 2010 at 09:00:24
In Reply to: Re: Torrance's of Enfield, Pelham, MA by Karen S. Mercier of 1443

Hello,

This is my wife's line...her father William Sinclair Torrance is a direct descendant of Jeduthan Torrance (1775-1848) and Eunice Gibbs (abt. 1775-18??) of Enfield. I am so pleased to find researchers who are doing quality work on this family. Thanks so much for the effort you've put into it.

I'm sure you've already found this, but the Pelham, MA, Vital Records show the marriage intentions of John Torrence of Belchertown and Chloe Bartlett on 3 Mar 1810.

As you've posted, Clarinda/Clorenda lives with her son, Marlin, on both the 1850 and 1860 censuses at Enfield. And, called Chloe, she lives with him and his family at Chicopee, Hampden, MA, as of the 1870 census. So, most certainly, Chloe and Clorinda are the same woman. I'm not sure about the Clorinda Mixter, although I found a woman with her name who married a Jonathan Hakes (b. 1780) in Jefferson Co., NY, in 1800 (USGenWeb, New York, Jefferson County). If, Jonathan died before 1810, then Clorinda Mixter Hakes would have been his widow. I can't figure out how this Clorinda could become Clorinda Bartlett. I think it's probably a sloppy internet genealogy error that's been replicated.

Regarding my wife's line (Alexander - William - Jeduthan, Sr. - William Sinclair - William Grant - Roscoe Conkling - William Sinclair - my wife), I cannot find Eunice Gibbs Torrance anywhere in the 1860 census. I've tried every conceivable type of search at Ancestry.com but come up empty. I had written in my Family Tree Maker notes that she was buried in Lone Fir Cemetery (in Portland). But a check of that cemetery's website (they have a great search feature) indicated no Torrances/Torrances. I find it hard to believe - though certainly not impossible - that a woman nearing or in her 80s would make that incredibly difficult journey across the country. My instincts tell me she died at Enfield, but the record has been lost and the graves long covered by the waters of the Quabbin Reservoir!

I just wanted to pass this along and to thank you Karen, and Mary Ann, for bringing this family up. We greatly appreciate it. By the way, my tree is posted on Ancestry.com (Jan Mongoven Family Tree) in case you wanted to see what I have, Torrance-wise. Take care.

Sincerely,
Jan Patrick Mongoven


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