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Re: Children of JEDUTHAN & EUNICE (GIBBS) TORRANCE of Enfield, MA
Posted by: Mary Ann Thurmond (ID *****8627) Date: January 31, 2011 at 13:14:29
In Reply to: Re: Children of JEDUTHAN & EUNICE (GIBBS) TORRANCE of Enfield, MA by jan mongoven of 1442

Wow, this is good information! Possibly this is a descendant of DeWitt Torrance who had a little more info on him. I had noted that a couple of the census records said he was b. in NH, but there had been so many other places mentioned that it was difficult to know just what to believe. I think he's the only one of the children of Thomas/Mary/Lavinia b. in NH. The others seem to have been b. in Massachusetts or Illinois. I wonder if Thomas and Lavinia m. in NH?

I'm sure you know that some of what is now the southern part of NH (and probably Vermont) was, until fairly late in the scheme of things, part of Massachusetts. Awhile back I was researching, probably William, and I kept coming up with Keene (and other towns), Mass. and I thought, "This doesn't make sense because these towns are in Vermont/NH." Then I came across something from which I learned that a relatively large area was in Mass., I want to say until the late 1800's, and then became a part of the two states above it. There were also some relatively small areas of land which were exchanged between some other contingent states, apparently to create more "logical" borders. At least they apparently accomplished this peacefully, unlike PA/MD where they had a border "war" (which my Hendrix ancestors were in up to their necks because they had been selected by the PA authorities to locate on the disputed land early in the dispute) which went on for over 100 years before it was settled. When you look at PA's southern border note the absolutely unnatural portion of a circle which is how the dispute was finally settled. It has probably been an absolute nightmare for civil engineers ever since! Anyway, I have found very little information about this land which was Mass. for so long and them because Vermont/NH. I looked at the NEHGS(?) site and could find no mention of this.

We will tame this Torrance tangle a little piece at a time!


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