I don't know if this information has been posted on the Torrence (or Torrance) site, but I found this using the Illinois Statewide Marriage Index on the Illinois State Archives. It proves the marriage of LUKE G. TORRENCE (son of Jeduthan and Eunice Gibbs TorrEnce) to SARAH J. WOOD.
Marriage Record, "Torrence, Luke G. and Sarah J. Wood; m. 9 Dec 1845; v. 001; FINK, place; Cook County, IL; note from Illinois State Archives: Marriage records with the word FINK in the license field were transcribed from a microfilm copy of the typescript Chicago Marriage and Death Index compiled by Sam Fink. Mr. Fink's compilation of pre-1872 marriages was an attempt to recover information about early Cook County marriages lost in the Great Fire of Chicago on October 8-10, 1871. The index includes the names of the bride and groom, the date of the marriage and the newspaper in which the marriage appeared," Illinois State Archives online database; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index.
The following helps prove the relationship between LUKE G. TORRENCE (TORRANCE) and THOMAS TORRENCE (TORRANCE), son of Jeduthan and Eunice Gibbs Torrence. We know Luke married Sarah J. Wood in Cook County, IL. But where?
I located the following:
"LUKE G. TORRENCE; price: $500; total: $5000; description: NENW, NESW, and SENW of section 33, township 42N, range 10E, meridian 3rd; acres: 4000; type: FD; vol. 686, p. 87; date: 10 Jul 1844; ID nos. 079257, 079258, and 079259," Illinois Public Land Purchase Records; Ancestry.com; www.ancestry.com.
What is T42, R10E, 3rd meridian? It is a township northwest of Chicago called Palatine. We know that Luke purchased land in Palatine Township and that he married Sarah in December 1845. The most likely location, of course, would be Palatine.
His younger brother, Thomas Torrence, married his second wife, Lavinia (Quackenbush?), in Massachusetts or Illinois around 1848. By 1850, the couple lived with their children at Palatine, Cook, IL.
Section 33 at Palatine is interesting in that an 1861 plat map shows a "J.J. Whitcomb" and a "Whitcom" living there. Of course, Luke and Thomas and families are gone by that time. We know Luke went to Oregon...Thomas likely died before 1860 at Palatine or nearby Algonquin, McHenry, Illinois, as that is where Lavinia and children are in the 1860 U.S. census. Luke's and Thomas's youngest brother was William Sinclair Torrance, who married Mary Jane (Clarissa) Whitcomb, daughter of Lot Whitcomb, pioneers of Oregon.
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