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Re: Torrance's of Enfield, Pelham, MA
Posted by: Mary Ann Thurmond (ID *****8627) Date: January 13, 2011 at 20:41:08
In Reply to: Re: Torrance's of Enfield, Pelham, MA by jan mongoven of 1443

Jan, I certainly can't argue with you about not being able to find Eunice in Oregon records. After seeing your post, I went back again and searched and searched, and she simply isn't to be found. I had often wondered where she had "hidden." What I really can't understand is why there are so many family stories about her trip to Oregon (either of the versions which you choose never really made sense to me); the stories of what long walks she undertook while there are detailed, not just vague references. The only thing I can think of is that younger people hearing these stories might have been confused about the subject of the story.

1854 is reportedly the year that Jeduthan [II] and Emma left NY by ship and journeyed to San Francisco, crossing the Isthmus of Panama; I haven't been able to prove or disprove this as I have been unable to find passenger records of ships leaving NY at that time. Since Jeduthan's brothers William S. and Luke G. had come west in the late 1840's and it appears that his brother Thomas had perhaps moved to Illinois, perhaps Jeduthan felt that he wasn't obligated to stay in Massachusetts once his mother had died.

Maybe there will never be any answers to the "what if's."


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